About Us


It’s a 24/7 world, where staying connected is no longer an option, it’s a requirement. Avison Young’s Data Center Practice takes the guesswork out of searching for and optimizing data center space for investors, developers and tenants. With more technology space available today than ever before in its short history and such fierce competition, our senior-level, IT-trained professionals are leading the initiative to improve the balance of supply and demand – owned, leased and build-to-suit.

The members of the Practice Group, supported by a highly respected research department, have an unparalleled, in-depth understanding of local and national markets. The Avison Young team averages 10 years of experience in helping their clients with data center real estate acquisitions/dispositions, leasing, re-locations, M &A and engineering.

We understand business success hinges on reliability, security and connectivity, and have built-in resources to meet you in your market through Avison Young’s network of approximately 31 locations throughout the US and Canada. If you need customized, forward-thinking solutions for power and data for day-to-day needs and disaster recovery, Avison Young’s Data Center Practice can help.

The team includes:

Jim Kerrigan

Jim KerriganJim Kerrigan joined Avison Young in February 2012 to lead the Data Center. Prior to joining Avison,  Jim spent 4 years at Grubb & Ellis  as their National Data Center Practice Group Leader  and 14 years as a Principal in The Staubach Company’s Midwest Regional Office.

Jim has focused on representing technology oriented office tenants for over 20 years. In 1998 he began representing telecommunication companies looking for data center space. He has completed over three million square feet of data center transactions.  Services include: Colocation versus stand alone, construction management, business continuity services, business and economic incentive, price per kilowatt analysis, and providing financing sources.

Jim has worked on over $150 MM private equity transactions, $75 MM of investment banking transactions and 25 MW of wholesale lease transactions. Jim has been entrusted by developers and colocation companies such as DuPont Fabros, Equinix, and Savvis to find their sites but also represented tenants such as Guardian Life Insurance, Server Central, and Singlehop to lease wholesale space within these projects.

On a 2013 transaction, Jim’s involvement resulted in a $5 MM savings compared to a similar size transaction in the same property.

Jim has also worked on a number of projects throughout Canada assisting Oxford Properties and Postmedia Network repositioning their properties to maximize their sales price.

Jim holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Illinois.

Rob Walters

Rob WaltersRobert Walters has 14 years of commercial real estate experience, initially on the acquisition and development side of the business. He currently focuses on the sale and leasing of office and flex product throughout Northern Virginia. Since joining Millennium in 2002, Rob’s combined sales and leasing activity totals more than $700 million. Recent accomplishments include: 100,000 sf lease with Blackbird Technologies, 220,000 sf lease with CACI, 120,000 sf lease with Qinetiq, and the prelease of 435,000 sf to the EPA to kick off the Potomac Yard office project. Rob joined Avison Young as a result of the June 2011 acquisition of Millennium Realty Advisors.

Prior to joining Millennium, Rob worked as an analyst/development project manager for Monument Realty LLC, where he focused on the acquisition and development of office product in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. His responsibilities included valuation of both income-producing property and ground-up development, obtaining third-party financing, construction management, asset management, budgeting and financial and physical due diligence. Projects included the development of Presidents Park and the first three phases of Monument @ Worldgate totaling 1.2 million SF.

Prior to that, Rob worked as a financial analyst for CB Richard Ellis’ investment properties group, where he was responsible for the valuation and marketing of $2.5 billion of office, industrial, retail and multi-family space nationwide.

Rob holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Virginia. Membership associations include president, DC Real Estate Group; board member, GWCAR; and member, NAIOP-Northern Virginia chapter.

Kevin Malloy

Kevin MalloyKevin Malloy has over 25 years of experience in commercial real estate. During this time, Kevin has developed a national tenant representation practice with an expertise in the high-technology sector, including mission-critical data centers and life sciences laboratories. He has represented Boston’s blue-chip landlords on some of the largest suburban office buildings in the market and executed more than $200 million in investment sales. Kevin has closed over 600 real estate transactions at an aggregate value of over $700 million dollars.

Prior to joining Avison Young, Kevin served for 10 years as Senior Vice President at Lincoln Property Company in Boston where he was consistently one of the firm’s leading producers.

Malloy joined Avison Young as Principal & Director of Avison Young’s Technology Practice Group to help grow the company’s brokerage business and further expand the company’s brand in the New England market.

Kevin is an Advisory Board Member of both Self Help Africa and Goal USA. He is a youth basketball coach in Wellesley, Massachusetts where he and his family are members of Brae Burn Country Club.

Kevin received his Bachelor of Science, Business Administration from Spring Hill College, Mobile, AL

Dan Strauss

Dan Strauss joined Avison Young in the Spring of 2012 as an Associate.  As a member of a leading brokerage team, Dan specializes in tenant representation work for clients whose primary operations are in the Greater Boston Area.  His academic background in statistics and economics provide him with the tools to consistently execute his strategic approach, which includes:

  • Assessment of current real estate portfolio
  • Customized market research
  • Comprehensive market survey of potential space
  • Lease vs. buy comparison
  • Negotiation with brokers and owners
  • Extensive DCF analysis of renewal and relocation options

Dan becomes a “single point of contact,” for his clients as he engages with all parties involved in the real estate transaction, enabling clients to stay focused on their core businesses.

In 2007, Dan began his career in real estate as a residential broker in the Boston area.

Dan enjoys hiking, cycling, skiing, and competing in triathlons.  Throughout college, Dan rowed for the University of Rochester’s Varsity Crew Team.

Tim Hooton

Tim has 25 years experience in corporate real estate, and is a Principal at Avison Young. Tim has spent the last 15 years in working Avison Young’s Tenant Advisory services group advising and representation corporate clients, across Canada and the United States.

Tim’s strengths include strategic planning, financial analysis, negotiation and implementation of real estate disposition and consolidation projects for various industry sectors. He has a proven track record with companies in financial services, marketing, public relations and has significant experience in the loyalty and fulfillment business sectors.

Tim is a member of Avison Young’s Data Centre Practice Group which provides corporate users, and suppliers of IT services advisory and brokerage support in critical mission requirements. This specialization ensures Tim’s clients have vision and criticial evaluation of corporate IT requirements, facility planning, and IT capital budgeting.

He works diligently for his clients and is most proud of the satisfied results and long term relationships he has developed with his clients.

Jonathan Pearce

Jonathan PearceJonathan has worked in corporate real estate since 1993.   Jonathan specializes in professional advisory services and representation of both landlord and tenant clients.  Jonathan’s focus is on serving the transaction needs of his clients on a best in class basis.  Jonathan’s extensive background and experience in commercial real estate provides clients with the knowledge and technical ability to solve their real estate challenges.  His strengths include a balance of technical and communication skills along with a precise understanding of tenant and landlord issues, as well as extensive negotiating experience. These strengths allow him to facilitate advantageous solutions on behalf of his clients, while maintaining a focus on his clients’ time lines, budgets, and business objectives. Jonathan specializes in the downtown and midtown areas of Toronto, but has transactional experience for clients in most major metropolitan markets in Canada and the US. Jonathan has experience working with private, corporate, institutional, associations and not-for-profit organizations.

Jonathan is consistently a leading producer at Avison Young.

Jonathan has a degree in Urban Land Economics and Finance from Sheffield Hallam University, and is a Professional Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the pre-eminent global property designation.  This provides him with an extensive understanding of real property, including contracts, financing and valuation.   His technical business acumen allows him to work closely with senior business people and stakeholders to resolve critical client business issues.

Mike Shuler

Mike ShulerMike Shuler joined Avison Young as a result of the June 2011 acquisition of Millennium Realty Advisors, which he co founded. He has more than 25 years of experience in the Northern Virginia commercial real estate market, with a combined sales and leasing activity totaling $30 billion. In the 1990s, Mike worked with large national institutional ownerships that foreclosed on real estate, guiding them through successful repositioning of their assets. It is these contacts that Mike has utilized to negotiate joint-venture partnerships between local developers and larger equity sources to develop new speculative development. Mike has consulted on numerous “ground up” developments that give him a unique knowledge of ground up replacement costs which enables him to quickly evaluate valuations for new and existing projects. This experience also gives him an ownership mentality with a mindful eye to debt and exit strategies as he leases office project for institutional ownerships. This balance also helps him negotiate on behalf of tenants. He is uniquely qualified in “build to suit” negotiations.

Mike received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from The College of William and Mary.

Joe Almeida

Joe AlmeidaJoe Almeida joined Avison Young in September 1991 after a brief career as an educator, working in the UK. During his commercial real estate career, Joe has gained a wide range of experience working with national and multinational users and owners of corporate real estate.

Over the years, his main goal has consistently been one where all necessary internal and third party resources are brought to bear to ensure that his clients’ real estate objectives are achieved and their expectations surpassed. This is evidenced by the long term relationships that he has enjoyed with his clients throughout his career. Joe has been a principal of the firm since 2000 and has been recognized as a Top Producer.

Joe is a firm believer in giving back to his community and as such he is a committed volunteer and fundraiser for many organizations including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Canadian Cancer Society.

As a strong proponent of continued professional development in the commercial real estate industry, Joe is involved with many initiatives of the Society of Industrial & Office Realtors and sits as Membership & Admissions Chair for the SIOR Central Canada Chapter Executive Committee. Real estate professionals who have earned the SIOR designation are recognized by corporate real estate executives, as the most capable and experienced brokerage practitioners in any market.

Joe received his Bachelor of Education from McGill University (1986)

Kurt Love

As an Associate Vice President with Avison Young’s Office Group, Mr. Love brings over 11 years experience in suburban leasing focusing on landlord and national tenant representation.

Kurt comes to Avison Young from a leading brokerage firm where he held a series of advancing roles, most recently as Vice President — Office Group. Personal Business Philosophy – Continued enhancement of personal knowledge base and to consistently strive to further develop the technical and creative skill sets to better serve and surpass the clients’ needs through creative Real Estate solutions to derive the maximum value for their transactions. In the past 9 years, Kurt has brokered the lease of over 400 office and industrial properties.