A team of brokerage professionals in CBRE’s Phoenix office, Tom Adelson, Jim Fijan, Jerry Roberts and Corey Hawley, have been honored with the Office Broker Team of the Year award from the Arizona Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP). For Adelson and Fijan, who have worked together since 1983, this marks the 19th time in 24 years they have won this award. Roberts joined the company, and team, in 1988 and Hawley in 2004.
Executive Vice Presidents Adelson, Fijan, Roberts and Senior Associate Hawley are consistently among the top producing teams in CBRE’s Phoenix office. Since the beginning of their careers and partnership at CBRE, the team has been the most productive sales professionals with the greatest number of transactions in the Phoenix office. In 2013 alone the team completed 140 sale and lease transactions representing more than 3.55 million square feet of office product and 2.7 acres of land.
“What’s most unique about this team is our ability to keep evolving over the years,” says Roberts. “Early on we realized that if we all focused on the parts of the business that came most naturally to us and enjoyed we’d be able to cover a lot more ground and touch a lot more clients.”
“Over the past 22 years that formula has worked well, but what is most important is that everyone on the team has our clients’ best interests in mind,” said Fijan. “Although we try not to overlap pursuits, we all know what the other team members are working on and we are constantly exchanging ideas and strategies to ensure our clients get the benefit of our team’s market knowledge and experience as a whole, as well as ensure all of our clients’ expectations are fulfilled. We’re all extremely knowledgeable about the office real estate market, but when you combine our individual skill sets the capabilities we have as a whole are quite impressive.”
Fijan, along with his associate Will Mast, focuses on office investment and land sales and consistently leads the market in transaction volume. Fijan has, thus far in his career, closed 90 million square feet in transactions for a total consideration of $9 billion. Adelson represents occupiers and corporate tenants looking for space in the market or around the world and maintains the status as the preeminent corporate services broker in Arizona and the country. Roberts, along with Hawley, provides landlord leasing services to owners and developers of commercial real estate throughout the greater Phoenix area. In 2013 alone, they leased over 1.6 million square feet and represented 18 different landlords in 48 lease transactions.
“Winning NAIOP’s ‘Best’ award is as much a testament to the high-level performance of the brokerage team as it is their ability to leverage CBRE’s extensive market reach and comprehensive platform of services,” said Craig Henig, senior managing director and Arizona market leader. “But the big winners are our clients, who benefit from the local market knowledge and industry-specific expertise these individuals, and our company, provide.”
Outside of the office Adelson, Fijan, Roberts and Hawley are involved in a number of community organizations, including the Thunderbirds, the Diabetes Research Center, EC70 and the Sun Angel Foundation.
NAIOP, a trade organization for developers, owners and investors in industrial, office and related commercial real estate recognized the award recipients at a banquet held March 27, celebrating its “Best of NAIOP 2013” competition. CBRE’s additional honorees included Rusty Kenney, Emerging Broker of the Year, and Cooper Fratt, Rookie Broker of the Year.