Meet our Team
Learn about our People and Culture

We are a team of dedicated professionals, ready to do what ever it takes to make your business grow!

Executive

Steven Butt

Steven Butt

President / Founder

Steven Butt is the President & Founder of Avenue Commercial. Steven has over 20 years of personal & professional experience in real estate. Steven has worked across Canada and extensively in Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan.

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Office: 403.802.6766
Fax: 403.802.6768

Vic Cotton, AMP

Vic Cotton, AMP

President, Avenue Financial / Broker

Vic Cotton is a commercial and business finance specialist. He holds his Accredited Mortgage Professional designation.

He is also a member of the Canadian Association of Accredited Mortgage Professionals and studied Business Administration at Red River College. With over 30 years of developing and selling businesses there are few concepts that are beyond Vic Cotton’s scope of financing.

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Office: 587.351.0221
Fax: 403.802.6768

Jeff Hopper

Jeff Hopper

Vice President, Investment Sales & Leasing / Associate Broker

Jeff Hopper has over 13 years of experience in the real estate industry. For several years Jeff ran his own successful property management company in Ontario. In 2006 Jeff relocated to Calgary where he launched his own private equity company specializing in the revitalization of Calgary inner city homes. Now a licensed Realtor and Commercial Associate, Jeff is available to assist you with a variety of commercial and development opportunities.

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Office: 587.390.2145
Fax: 403.802.6768

Welcome! This is our dedicated Team. Did we say that we would love to work with you? So dont be shy, get in touch!

Associates

Jim Martin

Jim Martin

Vice President, Office Leasing

Jim Martin has 22 years of Downtown office leasing experience focused primarily on tenant representation. Exceptional client service continues to be his hallmark.

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Office: 403.252.8260
Fax: 403.802.6768

Brandon Lau

Brandon Lau

Senior Associate

Always promoting positive community and economic growth in our city, Brandon brings 15 years of business ownership and entrepreneurial experience to the Avenue Commercial team. Successfully owning and steering startup companies in Calgary and Edmonton Brandon has the dexterity for sales, networking, leadership, and business foresight.

Brandon’s strong passion for business and economics allows him to be your finest and most dependable asset when it comes working hard for your commercial sales, leasing or investment interests.

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Office: 403.802.6766 ext. 265
Cell: 403.708.0730
Fax: 403.802.6768

Jeff Penna

Jeff Penna

Private Equities Specialist / Associate

Jeff Penna’s experience runs deep as an entrepreneur, owning a furniture design studio in Canada before moving to Scottsdale Arizona to open an award winning restaurant and nightclub. Since moving back to Canada in 2006 transitioned into the real estate syndication sector in Vancouver before finding his home in Calgary to continue his passion in the real estate industry. He would love to help you with your real estate needs to fulfill your passion!

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Office: 403.802.6766 ext. 243
Cell: 403.970.8775
Fax: 403.802.6768

Crisel Rivas Cabrices

Crisel Rivas Cabrices

Associate

Crisel is a Business Woman with twelve years of in Industrial Sales, fully dedicated today at Avenue Commercial to develop the e-Commerce and Distribution Warehousing Market. Crisel has extensive international sales experience working in a Multinational environment and covering a wide variety of markets. Her experience dealing with Owners, Operators, Managers and Team Leaders has given her the business and strategic platform needed to dedicate today to Commercial Real Estate. Crisel is a true Accelerator for growth. a big picture sales strategist with a gifted business acumen. Crisel has the capacity to harvest and transition speculative leads into great deals, interacting with a credible network of industry leaders initiated by her astute and aggressive marketing approach. Crisel is an authentic and inspiring leader, whom raises excitement, engagement and top performance. Always open, direct and eloquent, a great communicator, generates trust and respect serving with integrity and pride emphasizing the corporate benefits and the advantage of ethical behavior.

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Office: 403.802.6766 ext. 240
Cell: 403.988.9169
Fax: 403.802.6768

Jordan Geske

Jordan Geske

Associate

With a long and healthy career in Business to Business sales, Jordan has a strong focus on innovative marketing strategies and client service. Understanding that there is no cookie cutter solution for every business, he uses creative thinking and unique structuring, along with adept problem solving skills and an excellent track record in consumer relations, to find a direction that works best for the client. Previously Jordan has worked on a regional level with many large companies such as Ledcor, Sony, and TELUS.

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Office: 403.802.6766 ext. 247
Cell: 403.478.0222
Fax: 403.802.6768

Sunil Mall

Sunil Mall

Associate

Sunil is a Real Estate Associate with over 5 years’ experience in both Commercial and Residential Real Estate. Sunil has vigorously educated himself on the tips and tricks of negotiation, deal structuring, leasing, land development and landlord & tenant representation. During his time so far with Avenue Commercial I have help lease out brand new strip malls, helped managed Industrial properties and have done deals with national clients such as Meineke, Various Doctors, Domino’s, Esso, Mac’s convenience store and many more. Prior to joining Avenue Commercial, Sunil was licensed with RE/MAX where he was recognized with a few awards during his career there.

During my career so far as a Real Estate Agent, I have utilized my passion and relentless work ethic to help numerous individuals become home and business owners. When it’s time to lease/buy or sell you deserve an experienced realtor who gets it. Someone who listens to what you say, and hears what you don’t.

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Office: 403.802.6766 ext. 262
Cell: 403.826.3846
Fax: 403.802.6768

Lila Miller

Lila Miller

Associate

Lila joined Avenue Commercial in October 2012.

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Office: 403.802.6766 ext. 244
Fax: 403.802.6768

Gurpreet (Preet) Sihota

Gurpreet (Preet) Sihota

Associate

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Office: 403.802.6766 ext. 263
Cell: 403.830.1361
Fax: 403.802.6768

Kael Smith

Kael Smith

Associate

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Cell: 403.681.2022
Fax: 403.802.6768

Oskar Golebiowski

Oskar Golebiowski

Leasing and Sales Assistant

Oskar is a young, budding professional in today’s real estate industry. His passion for finance and marketing along with his education both inside Canada and abroad has primed him for a long and successful career with Avenue Commercial.

As a lover of all things sports and social events, he has been a recognizable face in the Calgary community for the past many years. With a wealth of experience building and maintaining strong client relationships and using a data-driven approach, Oskar has the proven ability to meet your every need!

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Office: 403.802.6766 ext. 230
Fax: 403.802.6768

Financial Team

Jennifer A. Neal

Jennifer A. Neal

Assistant Vice President

Jennifer Neal is a Mortgage Associate with Avenue Financial. As a mortgage associate she assists home owners with all their mortgage needs. Whether it’s purchasing their first home, a rental property or refinancing their existing property, Ms. Neal is able to help. Understanding that there are many important factors in determining which mortgage product is right for her clients, Ms. Neal is able to find the mortgage that best suits her client’s needs.

Ms. Neal especially enjoys the challenge of finding a mortgage for clients who may have experienced some blemishes on their credit or have little work history.

Prior to her career in the mortgage industry, Ms. Neal worked in the Marketing and Advertising industry.

When she is not working with her clients, Jennifer enjoys camping, volunteering at community events, baking and most of all, spending time with her family and friends.

Email Jennifer
Office: 587.351.0221
Cell: 403.862.6915
Fax: 888.337.3306

Alejandro Benavides

Alejandro Benavides

Senior Advisor / Mortgage Broker

Alejandro began his career in Real Estate Finance in September 2007 with one of the largest commercial lenders in Canada. As a Funding Officer he had the opportunity to be part of many Real Estate transactions, these include Multi-Family, Condo, Land Development, Retail, Recreational and Industrial projects in western Canada, the majority situated in Alberta.

After 5 years in the business, Alejandro travelled back to his home country (El Salvador) to start his own business and invest in real estate. This ambition helped create jobs and give back to his home country.

Since starting at Avenue Financial in late 2014, he has been involved in structuring construction, Land developments and business financing loans. His recent completed project consists of land loan (soon to be a 26 unit condo development) and multiple infill construction loans in Calgary, AB and Regina, SK.

Outside of work Alejandro enjoys travelling with his family, playing and coaching soccer.

Email Alejandro
Office: 587.390.2147
Cell: 403.971.7592
Fax: 403.802.6768

Alvaro Garcia

Alvaro Garcia

Mortgage Broker

Alvaro is well known for his friendly and helpful approach with clients who appreciate the professional customer service they receive.

He takes pride in a personal level of service with particular attention to a fast response to his clients’ needs. Alvaro works on your behalf to find you the mortgage that best suits your needs.

Alvaro will not only ensure that you receive the best interest rate possible, but also that you understand and obtain the mortgage product that is right for you. Serving clients in Spanish and English

Email Alvaro
Office: 587.390.2146
Cell: 403.827.8967
Fax: 403.802.6768

Home Realty Team

Ken Lucianovich, RPA

Ken Lucianovich, RPA

Acting Broker

Ken Lucianovich has over 30 years’ experience in real estate management with a specialization in retail and has held a variety of roles relating to facilities construction, operations & management. He managed the Calgary office for an Alberta property management firm managing retail, office and industrial properties in Alberta and the NWT and later became an owner of the firm.

Ken is considered very hands on and creates value through his experience and ensures a bottom line focus with adherence to best practices. He is creative in leasing and is credited with many new lease deals and renewals achieved through his experience aided by his strong focus on long term relationships. He places great emphasis on customer service & client satisfaction and he holds a Real Property Administrator designation (RPA).

Email Ken
Office: 403.802.6766 ext. 221
Cell: 403.617.7112
Fax: 403.802.6768

Property Management Team

Dennis Villeneuve, CPM®

Dennis Villeneuve, CPM®

Broker / Vice President, Property Management

Dennis has overall responsibility for client liaison and satisfaction when it comes to the management of our client’s properties. Dennis is a member of the management team of Avenue Commercial and brings to the organization close to 30 years’ experience in the management, leasing, development, acquisition, and sale of a wide array of real estate including office, retail, and industrial properties. He has held senior positions with some of Canada’s largest and most respected landlords as well as a number of prominent third party management companies. Dennis holds the prestigious designation of Certified Property Manager CPM® as a member of The Institute of Real Estate Management and The Real Estate Institute of Canada. In addition Dennis is past president of Calgary Chapter 4 of the Real Estate Institute of Canada, a past member of BOMA Calgary, Government Affairs Committee and past member of RECA (Real Estate Council of Alberta) Property Management Advisory Committee. Dennis is also a licensed Broker in the Province of Alberta.

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Office: 403.802.6766 ext. 261
Cell: 403.589.9208
Fax: 403.802.6768

Ken Lucianovich, RPA

Ken Lucianovich, RPA

Director, Business Development

Ken Lucianovich has over 30 years’ experience in real estate management with a specialization in retail and has held a variety of roles relating to facilities construction, operations & management. He managed the Calgary office for an Alberta property management firm managing retail, office and industrial properties in Alberta and the NWT and later became an owner of the firm.

Ken is considered very hands on and creates value through his experience and ensures a bottom line focus with adherence to best practices. He is creative in leasing and is credited with many new lease deals and renewals achieved through his experience aided by his strong focus on long term relationships. He places great emphasis on customer service & client satisfaction and he holds a Real Property Administrator designation (RPA).

Email Ken
Office: 403.802.6766 ext. 221
Cell: 403.617.7112
Fax: 403.802.6768

Brendan Weekes

Brendan Weekes

Property Manager

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Office: 403.802.6766 ext. 250
Cell: 587.215.5060
Fax: 403.802.6768

Carolynn Eastgaard

Carolynn Eastgaard

Executive Assistant / Property Management

Carolynn Eastgaard joined Avenue Commercial 2010, she has over 20 years’ experience in Residential, Condominium and Commercial Property Management. Previously, Carolynn has served as a Senior Accountant with Avenue Commercial and Consolidated Real Estate Services. A past Co-Operators Insurance service excellence award winner that provides superior client satisfaction. She brings extensive experience in customer service and administration. “Enjoy doing all the little tasks that help everyone put it all together”.

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Office: 403.802.6766 ext. 229
Fax: 403.802.6768

Robin (Iles) Stapleford

Robin (Iles) Stapleford

Property Manager Edmonton

Robin brings several years’ experience as a Commercial Property Manager to Avenue Commercial. In the past she has managed a diverse portfolio of commercial, office and industrial properties. She also has a background in business and finance that she brings to the table. Robin is a licensed Real Estate Associate for Alberta and is currently studying to obtain her Real Property Administrator (RPA) professional designation through the BOMA/BOMI governing associations.

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Office: 780.732.4886
Cell: 780.257.3345

Danielle Vandervlugt

Danielle Vandervlugt

Property Administrator

Danielle brings her experience in Residential Property Management to Avenue. Her administrative background and experience working with Property Managers and unit owners has allowed her to provide a variety of abilities to our team. Danielle has an interest in Real Estate and also has experience as a business owner.

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Office: 780.732.4886

Steve Schellenberg

Steve Schellenberg

Project Manager

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Office: 403.802.6766
Fax: 403.802.6768

Curtiss Bushman

Curtiss Bushman

Construction

Office: 403.802.6766
Fax: 403.802.6768

Matthew Potvin

Matthew Potvin

Senior Building Operator

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Office: 403.802.6766
Fax: 403.802.6768

Jason Rioux

Jason Rioux

Building Operator

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Office: 403.802.6766
Fax: 403.802.6768

David Scott

David Scott

Building Operator

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Office: 403.802.6766
Fax: 403.802.6768

Usman Ilyas

Usman Ilyas

Cleaning Supervisor - Calgary

Office: 403.802.6766
Fax: 403.802.6768

Josh Massey

Josh Massey

Senior Building Operator - Edmonton

Office: 780.732.4886

Rodney Goluk

Rodney Goluk

Building Operator - Edmonton

Office: 780.732.4886

Rodney is a 4th class power engineer with 7 years’ experience in oil and gas operations and 8 years’ experience in residential and commercial maintenance.

Rylee Smoloarchuck

Rylee Smoloarchuck

Concierge / Security

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Office: 403.483.3422
Fax: 403.802.6768

Jim Sands

Jim Sands

Senior Building Operator - Red Deer

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Office: 403.596.1162
Fax: 403.802.6768

Cheryl McDiarmid

Cheryl McDiarmid

Security / Tenant Relations - Red Deer

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Office: 403.598.7930
Fax: 403.802.6768

Administration Team

Nazeli Aboolian, CPA CGA

Nazeli Aboolian, CPA CGA

Senior Accountant

Nazeli Aboolian has over a decade of experience in accounting. Prior to joining Avenue Commercial, she worked in public accounting with several international corporations as well as the oil and gas sector. Nazeli enjoys the many rewarding aspects of her role and strives to being her passion for analyzing and solving problems into her daily activities at Avenue. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and is also a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CGA) and a Payroll Compliance Practitioner.

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Office: 403.802.6766 ext. 259
Fax: 403.802.6768

Shaila Khodabux

Shaila Khodabux

Corporate Accountant

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Office: 403.802.6766 ext. 227
Fax: 403.802.6768

Luba Golombek

Luba Golombek

Property Accountant

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Office: 403.802.6766 ext. 230
Fax: 403.802.6768

Katica Andric

Katica Andric

Property Accountant

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Office: 403.802.6766 ext. 246
Fax: 403.802.6768

Catherine Yu

Catherine Yu

Property Accountant

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Office: 403.802.6766 ext. 248
Fax: 403.802.6768

Chris Konanz

Chris Konanz

Director, Information Technology

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Office: 403.802.6766 ext. 235
Fax: 403.802.6768

Kathy Olin

Kathy Olin

Marketing Coordinator / Investor Relations

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Office: 403.802.6766 ext. 254
Fax: 403.802.6768

Brandi Pleasants

Brandi Pleasants

Receptionist / Administration

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Office: 403.802.6766

Sarah Greuter

Sarah Greuter

Accounts Receivable / Administration - Edmonton

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Office: 780.732.4886