CDPQ-backed Avison Young taps Keitchen as principal

Avison Young, a Toronto-based provider of commercial real estate services, has named Casey Keitchen as a principal. The appointment is effective immediately. Previously, he was a senior vice-president with NAI/Brannen Goddard in Atlanta. Avison is backed by Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec.


ATLANTA, GA, Oct. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ – Steve Dils, Avison Young Principal and Managing Director of the company’s Atlanta office, and John Kevill, Avison Young Principal and Managing Director, U.S. Capital Markets, today announced the strategic hiring of commercial real estate industry professional Casey Keitchen.

Effective immediately, Keitchen becomes a Principal of Avison Young. Based in the firm’s Atlanta office, he will be a member of the U.S. capital markets group and continue to focus on his core specialty of office investment sales. Keitchen brings 18 years of commercial real estate experience to Avison Young, most recently as a senior vice-president with NAI/Brannen Goddard in Atlanta.

“We are very excited to have Casey join our team,” comments Dils. “When we first talked to Casey, he quickly understood our unique Principal-led culture, and we realized that he would be a great fit on our growing capital markets platform. Casey has established himself as one of the top up-and-coming young investment sales brokers in Atlanta, and we believe that, as we continue our rapid growth both locally and globally, he will flourish in our team-oriented structure.”

Dils continues: “Casey has comprehensive knowledge of many aspects of office real estate. In addition to closing on conventional investment sales transactions, he can advise clients through the intricacies and subtleties of note sales, sale/leasebacks, medical office sales, development and financing as they apply to the highly dynamic office investment sector.”

During his career, Keitchen has been involved in the acquisition and disposition of more than $1.5 billion worth of commercial real estate. Specializing in office investment sales valued from $5 million to $50 million, he has represented family office funds, high-net-worth investors, developers, private-equity funds and REITs in Atlanta and across the U.S. Southeast.

Prior to joining NAI/Brannen Goddard, Keitchen held executive and broker positions with Bull Realty, LandAmerica Financial Group and Alston & Bird LLP. He has earned entry into the Atlanta Board of Realtors million-dollar club for the last eight consecutive years and is also a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM).

“Casey will play a key role in growing our Atlanta office investment advisory services and expanding our capital markets platform in the Southeast region,” notes Kevill. “His experience dealing with a wide variety of transactions, including office, industrial and retail properties, will be vital as we continue to provide our clients with best-in-class solutions for their local, national and international property portfolios. His presence will also enhance our ongoing recruitment of U.S. capital markets group members in Atlanta and across the country.”

Keitchen is active in his local community where he volunteers for Feeding the Homeless and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America. He is also a Life Member of the University of Florida Alumni Association.

“I am thrilled to be joining Avison Young and to be part of its collaborative culture and client-centric business model,” says Keitchen. “The company’s core philosophies on how a commercial real estate brokerage firm should operate are closely aligned with my own values. I look forward to helping Avison Young increase its capital markets presence in Georgia and the Southeast, and working with the other Avison Young capital markets professionals across the U.S.”

Keitchen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminology from the University of Florida.

Avison Young is the world’s fastest-growing commercial real estate services firm. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Avison Young is a collaborative, global firm owned and operated by its principals. Founded in 1978, the company comprises 2,600 real estate professionals in 84 offices, providing value-added, client-centric investment sales, leasing, advisory, management, financing and mortgage placement services to owners and occupiers of office, retail, industrial, multi-family and hospitality properties.