DETROIT—Avison Young, based in Toronto, Canada, has opened its 18th U.S. location in Detroit, Mich. With the opening, James Becker is joining the company as principal and managing director of the office. Most recently, Becker was an international director and president of the Canadian practice for Jones Lang LaSalle.

In his new role at Avison Young, Becker will oversee the growth of the company’s Detroit office and manage the day-to-day operations. He will also focus on opening offices in Minneapolis and further expanding the Avison Young brand in Ohio.

Recently, Avison Young acquired New Jersey-based project management firm The Walsh Company LLC and opened three offices in South Florida. Over the last three years, the company has grown from 11 to 38 offices in 32 markets.