James Kinsey, a principal and COO at Avison Young’s New York
City office, has died suddenly on Sept. 11, 2021, at the age of 44.
A popular city broker who grew up in the real estate
industry, Kinsey graduated Boston College with a degree in music, but went to
work with his late father, who ran a property management and development firm.
“After college, I realized that real estate was something I wanted to pursue too,” he told the New York Real Estate Journal in 2011. “Then a couple more years later, when my dad became ill, I stepped in and took responsibility for his property management and development firm.”
In 2000, Kinsey partnered with his late father to form Kinsey
Capital Associates, a subsidiary of The Kinsey Corporation, that saw him add commercial
real estate financing to the platform. In
2005, while simultaneously handling his responsibilities with The Kinsey
Corporation, he formed Mason Real Estate LLC, a firm that handled residential
sales and rental brokerage. Today, Kinsey Equities continues to manage its own
and third-party properties across the city.
He also worked as a territory expert in the NoHo/NoLiTa
market with Massey Knakal Realty before co-founding a new company, ERG Property
Advisors, in 2009 with James and Richard Guarino. Believing that the market
downturn presented an opportunity to combine forces with other industry
veterans to build a more agile and diversified platform, Kinsey went on to work
with industry leaders across various asset lines.
He joined Avison Young as a principal and director in 2018
and worked closely with veteran broker James Nelson to build the company investment
sale and structured finance business in the tir-state area.
In a statement, Nelson said, “Jim was an incredible friend
and business partner. He was loved by all and a truly remarkable individual. He
did so much for those around him and we are grateful to have had him in our
lives. Our hearts go out to his family during this incredibly difficult time.”
In an official statement, a spokesman for Avision Young
said, “It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of James (Jim) Kinsey, a
beloved colleague, leader, mentor and friend. As Principal and Chief Operating
Officer of Avison Young’s U.S. Capital Markets Group, Jim possessed invaluable
wisdom, a strong work ethic and genuine love of both the real estate industry
and wide variety of people in it. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife
Nicole, son Jim and daughter Noelle during this incredibly difficult time.”
No cause of death has yet been issued. Kinsey is survived by his wife Nicole Blanchette Kinsey and children James David Kinsey III and Noelle Olivia Kinsey and remembered as a dedicated family man and well respected professional. He loved the outdoors, music, art, and was an avid camper.
Relatives and friends
are invited to pay their respects at Fairchild Sons in Manhasset, NY, from 3-8
p.m. today (September 15). A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, September
16 at 10:15am at the Church of St. Mary, 1300 Northern Boulevard, Manhasset,
NY. Interment is private.
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