Bill Crean joins Avison Young in Boston

Boston, MA – Michael Smith, Avison Young Principal and Managing Director of the firm’s New England region, announced today that highly regarded commercial real estate industry veteran Bill Crean has joined the firm in Boston.

Crean joins Avison Young as a Principal and will focus on office tenant and landlord representation in Greater Boston. He brings more than 20 years of commercial real estate experience to Avison Young, most recently as a Senior Vice-President and partner with CBRE New England.

“Bill will play a leading role as we continue to broaden the Avison Young footprint throughout Boston,” comments Smith. “We’re pleased to add his talents to what has become an unrivaled roster of commercial real estate market leaders. He will provide our firm with a wealth of market knowledge fostered throughout 20-plus years of hands-on experience delivering true value to clients. We couldn’t be more pleased to have Bill on board.”

Crean has closed on transactions totaling more than $1 billion since 2007 and has represented properties comprising more than 5.7 million square feet in Boston. He has advised Fortune 500 companies as well as InsightSquared, Alzheimer’s Association, M33 Growth and General Assembly. 

“I am pleased to join Avison Young’s exceptional team of leading sales and leasing professionals as we provide creative space solutions for local, national and international corporate and not-forprofit clients,” says Crean. “I also look forward to being part of Avison Young’s Principal-led, collaborative culture. The company’s growth in Boston since entering the market in 2010 has been very impressive. Avison Young’s core philosophy of putting the client and community first is aligned with my own values.”

Crean is a past president and current board member of Fairfield University Alumni Association and Vice-President of the Hingham Sports Partnership. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Fairfield University.

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 2,700 real estate professionals in 85 offices, providing value-added, client-centric investment sales, leasing, advisory, management, financing and mortgage placement services to owners and occupiers of office, retail, industrial, multifamily and hospitality properties. 

For further information/comment/photos:

  • Sherry Quan, Principal, Global Director of Communications & Media Relations, Avison Young: 604.647.5098; mobile: 604.726.0959
  • Michael Smith, Principal and Managing Director, New England, Avison Young: 617.575.2830
  • Bill Crean, Principal, Avison Young: 617.702.8865
  • Mark Rose, Chair and CEO, Avison Young: 416.673.4028
  • Earl Webb, President, U.S. Operations, Avison Young: 847.881.2237

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