John is the Chief Innovation Officer for Avison Young, based in the firm’s Washington, DC office. John joined Avison Young in 2019 to launch the Global Innovation Practice. His focus is to drive ideas, develop processes and launch products at the intersection of data, analytics and technology that make cities more transparent and our clients more successful in their real estate outcomes.
John and his team play leading roles at Avison Young in the execution of data management, analytics, mapping, visualization, client intelligence, go-to-market strategy, technology product design, architecture, development and delivery and PropTech partnerships and investments. In addition to serving as the lead Innovator for the company, John also sits on the firm’s Global Executive Committee, helping shape its strategic direction and guide its overall aggressive growth strategy.
Prior to joining Avison Young, John was a Managing Director of Research, Advisory and Business Development for JLL. During his 15-year tenure at JLL, he fueled the firm's U.S. local market research platform from less than 25 Researchers to more than 125 Researchers. John also conceptualized a broker go-to-market model that doubled win rates across every major business line over four years across the Mid-Atlantic and developed and ran the first successful Research-led local market-advisory businesses in the service sector industry with that group's revenue growing 10x in four years. He also drove direction of JLL across several areas, sitting on the firm's Mid-Atlantic Executive Committee and Americas Research Executive Committee from 2006-2019.
John received a B.S. from Georgetown University in 2001; a Specialization in Central American Relations from the Universidad de Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica; and a Specialization in Latin American Economics and Development from the Universidad de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District and the Associate Board of Directors for the Steers Center for Global Real Estate at Georgetown University. John is also involved in local non-profits such as Pathways to Housing DC, Food & Friends and Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.