Whitebox poaches Cushman & Wakefield legacy

Cameron Colvill, son of Colvill Office Properties founder, is the firm’s newest senior transaction manager

Cameron Colvill and Whitebox Real Estate Group's Grant Pruitt (Cushman & Wakefield, Whitebox Real Estate Group)
Cameron Colvill and Whitebox Real Estate Group's Grant Pruitt (Cushman & Wakefield, Whitebox Real Estate Group)

Whitebox Real Estate Group just poached a legacy from Cushman & Wakefield.

Since moving to Houston last September, Whitebox Real Estate Group has made seven hires. Its latest is Cameron Colvill, the Houston Business Journal reported. The Dallas-based commercial real estate brokerage’s new senior transaction manager is the son of Chip Colvill, founder of Colvill Office Properties, which Cushman & Wakefield acquired in 2020.

Colvill’s first day was July 5 and he’ll reportedly be focused on negotiating real estate deals for clients of the tennant-focused brokerage.

Whitebox has been rapidly expanding its Houston foothold since buying a coworking space in the San Felipe Plaza office tower last Fall. Last month, Whitebox moved into its own office a mile away, at 510 Bering Drive, more than doubling its footprint.

“I see it time and time again how fortunate we are that we found him,” Whitebox President and founder Grant Pruitt said of recruiter Andrew Brod, who brought Colvill on board. Brod also represented the firm while negotiating the Bering Drive lease, according to the Houston Chronicle.

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Pruitt worked at Cushman & Wakefield, as well as Stream Realty, before founding Whitebox.

Unlike many tenant-rep brokerages, Whitebox dodged a pandemic-related depression by covering both industrial and office sectors. While there was, of course, a major slump in office transactions, the firm experienced a windfall from distribution-center deals thanks to the surging demand for last-mile logistics facilities.

With a grand total of 20 employees across its offices in Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston, Whitebox has managed at least $1.3 billion worth of transactions, according to Pruitt.

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