Boston, MARick Kimball, Principal and Managing Director of Avison Young’s New England operations, announced today that commercial real estate veteran Karen McShea has joined Avison Young New England.

Effective immediately, Ms. McShea becomes a Senior Vice President with Avison Young. She will continue to advise clients on regional and global real estate leasing and development.

Most recently an Executive Director and Principal at Colliers International, Ms. McShea has over 20 years of global commercial real estate experience. Throughout her career, as team leader she was responsible for development consulting for over 25 million square feet of projects world-wide including Boston, Washington, DC, Cincinnati, Ohio, San Juan, Puerto Rico, the islands of Curacao, British Virgin Islands, and Montserrat, Cartagena Colombia, Riga, Latvia, Cap Haitien, Haiti, among others.  Additionally, Karen has advised numerous corporate clients on relocation strategies, build-to-suit projects, and lease transactions. Karen began her real estate career in Boston in 1987, where she worked as Leasing Representative in the Central Business District of Boston.  In that capacity, she was responsible for market research, marketing, leasing transactions, building representation and business development. Throughout her career, Karen’s breadth and depth of experience was used to advise clients on complex projects and assignments world-wide.

“We are fortunate to have another high-caliber industry veteran, who has built a great network of global clients, join our organization”, says Kimball. “Karen has been a long term associate and friend to many of us here, myself included.  Her arrival signifies our streaming trend of incoming seniority from Boston’s iconic Spaulding and Slye.”

“Having worked on some of the most exciting projects around the globe, I am excited to be part of an energetic and collaborative organization with a firm commitment to superior performance for its customers”, adds McShea.

Ms. McShea served her country as a diplomat in Moscow, Russia in the US Department of State, where she was responsible for analyzing and shaping policy on the privatization of real estate, United Nations policies towards sanctions, and intellectual property rights. Ms. McShea is a member of the Urban Land Institute and holds degrees from Boston College and from the United States Foreign Affairs Institute.

Founded in 1978, Avison Young is Canada’s largest independently-owned commercial real estate services company. Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Avison Young is also the largest Canadian-owned, principal-managed commercial real estate brokerage firm in North America. Comprising more than 1,300 real estate professionals in 53 offices across Canada and the U.S., the full-service commercial real estate company provides value-added, client-centric investment sales, leasing, advisory, management, financing and mortgage placement services to owners and occupiers of office, retail, industrial and multi-residential properties.