Exclusive: Real estate firm poaches heavy hitter from JLL

Roxanna Asgarian for Houston Business Journal

Toronto-based Avison Young told the Houston Business Journal that award-winning industrial brokerage veteran Bob Berry will join its team as a principal, effective immediately.

Berry comes to Avison Young from Chicago-based Jones Lang LaSalle(NYSE: JLL), where he was executive vice president in Houston. He joined JLL in 2008 when it acquired the Staubach Co., where he had worked since 1999.

The Staubach Co., founded by formerDallas Cowboys player Roger Staubach in 1977, had a “high-growth, high-entrepreneurial” spirit that Berry cherished.

“I’ve never totally been able to get that out of my blood,” Berry said. “Avison Young gave me the opportunity to connect to that type of environment.”

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