John Crotty, CCIM, Applies Principles from NBA Career to Commercial Real Estate, Becoming Top Producer in Florida

John Crotty, CCIM, Applies Principles from NBA Career to Commercial Real Estate, Becoming Top Producer in Florida


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To lead one dynamic and fruitful career in a lifetime is a great accomplishment. The opportunity to have led two is beyond remarkable. Meet John K. Crotty.

Known for effective execution of office and retail deals throughout the Southeast, particulary within the $3 to $40 million range, Crotty, a Designee CCIM of the Miami/Dade-Monroe District and Principal with Avison Young, draws much of his preparedness and discipline in real estate from his first career as a point guard with the National Basketball Association (NBA). Having played for top teams including the Miami Heat and the Utah Jazz, when he entered the commercial real estate industry, he immediately applied each principle that had previously gained success for his teams – and it worked.

During his 14 years to-date as a commercial real estate broker, Crotty has completed more than $2 billion in transactions. He has represented top private and institutional clients such as Bank of America, BBVA Compass, LNR, KTR Capital, Cerberus, Equity One, BBX Capital, SunGard Insurance Systems and CW Capital.

Recently, Crotty led a team in closing the $16,500,000 sale of West Colonial Oaks, a 160,792-square-foot multi-anchored neighborhood shopping center located at 7150-7300 W. Colonial Drive in Orlando, Fla. He, along with Avison Young’s Joshua Ladle, Associate; Steve Tanner, Senior Vice President; and Ray Hayhurst, Senior Vice President; successfully marketed and sold the retail asset on behalf of seller Noble Properties. The team, split between South Florida and Central Florida, was selected due to their proven ability to market efficiently and quickly, bringing in top offers. As such, within just 90-days of the shopping center going to market, Avison Young closed the deal with purchaser Triarch Capital Group.

Becoming a CCIM was a strategic part of Crotty’s game plan when he transitioned from basketball to commercial real estate.

“When my NBA career ended and I made the commitment to begin my commercial real estate brokerage career, pursuing the CCIM designation allowed me the opportunity to improve my skill-set and advance at a rapid pace,” he shared.
“The overall process of acquiring the designation gave me the knowledge and confidence to get deals done and accomplish my goal of being one of the top producers in Florida for Avison Young. Most importantly, my clients know they will be getting the highest level of advice and service in the industry.”

Crotty’s disciplined approach to investment sales and distressed asset expertise has earned him a notable reputation, especially with institutional and lender clients. Crotty’s dynamic process to successful sales is a reflection of his personal philosophy, grounded in meeting and exceeding client business needs.

Still an avid NBA enthusiast, Crotty serves as a radio analyst for the Miami Heat on 790 AM The Ticket and as a studio analyst and television broadcaster for the Miami Heat on FOX Sun Sports. He is often a keynote speaker for corporate events, organizations, and camps as a valuable resource for teaming, leadership and perseverance.


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