Lee & Associates recently opened an office in Vancouver, its first office in Canada.
To be known as Lee & Associates Commercial Real Estate (BC), the office is headed by commercial real estate veteran Chris Anderson, the former president at DTZ Vancouver Real Estate.
“In the last year, we have been talking aggressively with Chris about the possibilities of a Lee office in Canada,” says Jeffrey Rinkov, CEO of Lee & Associates.
Prior to joining the DTZ brand, the Vancouver office operated as an affiliate of JJ Barnicke, headquartered in Toronto. JJ Barnicke joined DTZ as the Canadian affiliate in 2008 and grew to 15 offices Canada wide and included a mix of both corporately owned shops and affiliate locations in some key markets.
Anderson says: “With the recent merger of DTZ, Cassidy Turley and Cushman & Wakefield, our affiliate office had been orphaned by the new combined brand. Since we first learned of the pending merger we identified, researched and had discussions with several of the top ranked commercial real estate brands, both in the United States and Canada. Everything kept pointing back to Lee & Associates as the right fit for our business model and more importantly, our culture.”
Lee & Associates says it is the largest broker-owned commercial real estate firm in the U.S. It has more than 800 brokers.