The largest and fastest-growing commercial real-estate tenant representation firm in North America, just got larger. Cresa Phoenix welcomes one of the most successful corporate real estate advisers in the Valley, Chris Walton.
Walton will join Cresa’s global platform as a Managing Principal, along with Ryan Burkett as Vice President and Chris Ellington as Advisor.
Alongside partners, Gary Gregg, Scott Maxwell and Jason Wery, Walton and his team will be charged with expanding Cresa’s footprint throughout Arizona.
Walton specializes in corporate multi-market tenant representation, site selection, build-to-suit project management and asset disposition.
Throughout his 14-year career in commercial real estate, Walton has completed over 610 transactions spanning 30 states in excess of $700 million in gross consideration.
Achievements he has been recognized for include Rookie of the Year award in 2003, the 2006 Circle of Excellence (which honors the Top Producers nationally for Grubb & Ellis), Top Producer at Grubb & Ellis, BRE Commercial and Cassidy Turley between 2005-2010, and most recently, the Top Producing team at Heiple Travers in Phoenix.
“This distinctive merger of talent for Cresa Phoenix will provide us with the ability to harness our collective experience and knowledge to the benefit of our respective clients,” Walton says. “It was vital for us to work within a progressive culture with a partnership model, broadly held equity and no debt. I am excited to become a principal within this company and play an integral role in the future direction of the company’s growth.”
Burkett joins Cresa as Vice President of the Phoenix office. Burkett has a strong background in commercial real estate and finance, specializing in office leases and purchases. Burkett comes from Heiple Travers, where he served on the top producing team, and previously held positions within Vanguard and US Airways.
Ellington joins Cresa as Advisor in the Phoenix office. Ellington comes from Heiple Travers where he served on the top producing team with Walton and Burkett.
Ellington specializes in lease renewals, expansions and relocations.
Kallie Burkett also joins Cresa as an Administrative Assistant in the Phoenix office. Mrs. Burkett will provide assistance on various projects pertaining to office brokerage, including conducting research, marketing and data entry. Mrs. Burkett previously worked with the Walton Team.