NEW YORK, N.Y.—Highly regarded office leasing professional John Ryan III has joined Avison Young to grow the company's transaction services platform. Ryan joins Avison Young as a principal and will be based in the company's New York City office. He will focus on providing strategic direction and integrated transaction brokerage services for the firm's key landlord and tenant clients.

Most recently a managing director in the New York office of Jones Lang LaSalle, Ryan has 23 years of experience in tenant and landlord representation. Throughout his career, he has managed and executed numerous significant transaction assignments in the New York City market, including the representation of Bank of America in the company's 1.6-million-sq.-ft. lease and joint venture with the Durst Organization at One Bryant Park, as well as the bank's 320,000-sq.-ft. lease at 50 Rockefeller Plaza. Additional noteworthy transactions include the representation of China Center/Vantone in a 200,000-sq.-ft. new lease at One World Trade Center, and UBS in an 890,000-sq.-ft. lease at 1285 Avenue of the Americas, whereby Ryan represented the landlord.

Prior to joining Jones Lang LaSalle's tenant representation group in 1993, Ryan worked as director of leasing at Compass Management and Leasing, where he was responsible for managing Equitable Life's 8-million-sq.-ft. real estate portfolio in the Tristate area. He also previously served as an asset manager for Sumitomo Realty & Development, where he oversaw the company's Northeast U.S. portfolio. Ryan began his career as a real estate broker at Grubb & Ellis in New York City.

In recognition of Ryan's excellence in production, Jones Lang LaSalle honored Ryan with its "Top Gun" award the last three years. A member of REBNY, Ryan holds a Bachelor's degree in policy and management studies from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania, as well as a Master's degree in business administration from New York University's Stern School of Business.

"The positive trajectory of Avison Young's growth nationally, as well as in the New York City market where the firm has established a high-quality reputation in a relatively short period of time, has been very exciting to watch. Additionally, I was drawn to the company's emphasis on culture and its client-first mentality, which I see as being synergistic to my own business approach," Ryan said in a statement. "I am thrilled by the opportunity to join Avison Young as a Principal and I look forward to collaborating with my new colleagues to generate creative solutions for our clients."