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Avison Young’s Mark Rose: “We’re Building for the Next 50 Years”

Coinciding with Avison Young CEO Mark Rose’s appearance at the Connect Chicago conference Thursday was news that the company had agreed to acquire U.K.-based GVA. The acquisition of this 200-year-old real estate firm “will ramp up Avison Young’s global expansion plans,” Rose said in a video interview conducted at the conference, which appears above.

He recalled that a decade ago, Avison Young was launched “into the teeth of the 2008 recession. Now, we make our biggest acquisition, and arguably the largest acquisition in the U.K., in the face of Brexit. That’s how we like to build, that’s how we like to grow, so in terms of real estate cycles, it really doesn’t matter to us because we’re building for the next 50 years.”

Rose also took the stage at Connect Chicago for a one-on-one interview with Connect Media president Daniel Ceniceros. In that conversation, he discussed the formation and growth of Avison Young, the company’s culture and the global outlook for commercial real estate.

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