CHICAGO: Danny Nikitas, Avison Young Principal and Managing Director of the firm's Chicago office, announced today the strategic hiring of agency leasing specialist Fred Ishler.
Effective immediately, Ishler becomes a Principal of Avison Young based in the firm's suburban Chicago office. He will focus on leading the firm's suburban Chicago office agency leasing team while also recruiting new agency leasing specialists. He was most recently with Transwestern in suburban Chicago, where he was executive vice-president in the company's agency leasing group and a member of its Midwest executive committee.

"We're thrilled that Fred has come on board to lead our suburban Chicago office agency leasing practice," comments Nikitas. "Fred and the team that he builds will grow Avison Young's footprint across the 165-million-square-foot (msf) suburban office market. The service line that Fred will lead is imperative to our continued growth and expanded service offering."

Nikitas continues: "Fred is a highly regarded industry veteran and consummate professional. He has unparalleled experience and success in suburban Chicago and an impeccable reputation with landlords, brokers and tenants. Furthermore, Fred's arrival has generated tremendous excitement around Avison Young, because his genuine enthusiasm and outgoing nature permeate his proactive approach to client needs."

Ishler brings 28 years of commercial real estate experience to Avison Young. While at Transwestern, he co-led its Midwest leasing team, which recruited and retained tenants for a 3.5-msf office building portfolio. During his career, Ishler has negotiated suburban Chicago office leases spanning more than 30 msf. He has also provided advisory and analysis services in conjunction with office sales transactions covering more than 4 msf. Prior to joining Transwestern, he was a senior vice-president with CB Richard Ellis, a senior managing director at Insignia/ESG, an agency leasing specialist at Fifield Companies, and an office tenant-representation specialist at Studley.

His notable clients have included: Transwestern Development Company, Pearlmark Real Estate Partners, TriGate Capital, Deerpark Investors, Boxer Property, Miller Global Properties, Aetna Realty, Travelers, Archon Group, Fifield Companies, Soundview Real Estate, Multi-Employer Property Trust and Lionstone Investments. He has developed and coordinated the leasing campaigns for owners and landlords at many high-profile projects, including: Golf Tower; 3800 Golf Road; 701/747 E. 22nd Street; 999, 1011 and 1111 Touhy; Westwood of Lisle; Columbia Centre I II and III; One and Two Century Centre; One and Two Conway Park; 1350 Touhy Plaza; Naperville Corporate Center I, II, III and IV; 25 and 50 Northwest Point; Lisle Executive Center; Oak Brook Regency Towers; 1600 Golf Road; Deerbrook Corporate Center; 1900 Golf Road and Corridors I and II.

In addition, Ishler has garnered numerous industry awards. From 2005 to 2016, he was listed as a CoStar Power Broker; and from 2010 to 2016, he ranked as a Top 10 Producer in Transwestern's Midwest region. He has also earned Transwestern Building Team of the Year (2008), Landlord Representation Deal of the Year (2005) and Landlord Broker of the Year (2005) awards. He has also received a Landlord Representation award from the Archon Group (1999) and Midwest Agency Representative of the Year (1998) and Top Chicago Area Producer awards (1998, 2000) from Insignia/ESG.

"I am very excited to join Avison Young and to be part of its Principal-led, collaborative culture," says Ishler. "When I was deciding on my next career move, I realized that Avison Young's full-service platform and international presence would be ideal for growing my agency leasing practice. I look forward to recruiting and mentoring up-and-coming office leasing talent, and working with my new colleagues across the company as we serve local, national and international clients who require best-in-class agency leasing services in the suburban Chicago office market."

Ishler holds a law degree from the DePaul University College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and economics from Ohio State University. He is a licensed attorney and licensed real estate broker in the state of Illinois.

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 80 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.

(Posted on 30 October 2017, 1675921656 3O93O74O25)