Thursday, December 19, 2019

Commercial Real Estate Industry Loses Colleague – One of Its Finest, a Leader and ‘Classic Gentleman’

Raymond “Ray” Hayhurst 

ORLANDO, FL – Raymond “Ray” Hayhurst an Orlando resident for over 35 years, senior vice president at Avison Young Global, passed away Dec. 13 at the age of 73.  

He was survived by his wife Pam Carman-Hayhurst, a sister Helen Eve Vance, daughters Alissa Hayhurst Tasler and Annie Carman Burns (husband-Kevin), son Justin Hayhurst and grandchildren Riley and Cameron Burns.

Hayhurst was an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers. His successful 50-year career in commercial real estate focused on retail investment sales for over 30 years.   

 Throughout the decades he developed key relationships with top national and local retailers and was recognized as an expert in the disposition of retail properties. 

 He worked for top commercial real estate firms in the nation and directed the sale of more than 4 million square feet of retail properties in Florida , Virginia , Georgia and North Carolina . 
Hayhurst was born in DeLand, graduated from DeLand High School and from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Education.

Early in his career he rose quickly to be Vice President of the Atlanta Merchandise Mart and was involved in the development of Trammell Crow’s 1.5 million-square-foot Infomart in Dallas . 

He went on to spend 15 years with Trammell Crow, responsible for the firm’s retail investment sales. Hayhurst also held similar roles overseeing retail investment transactions for such renowned firms as Lat Purser & Associates, Grubb & Ellis and Cushman & Wakefield.

John Crossman
He was a friend to and admired by all who knew and worked with him, according to one colleague, John Crossman.  

 “Ray was the classic gentleman.  He was kind, compassionate and hardworking.  A total professional and someone I’ve admired for my entire career.”

A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, Dec. 19 at 3 p.m. at Pine Ridge Church , 3900 S. Hiawassee Rd. , Orlando , FL 32835 .   A reception will immediately follow the service at the church.

*ADDENDUM -- In lieu of flowers, please honor Ray Hayhurst’s memory by making a donation to the Angiosarcoma Cancer Fund.  Gifts may be mailed to UF Health Office of Development, P.O. Box 100386 , Gainesville , FL 32610 .  *Please indicate on your gift that it is in memory of Ray Hayhurst.


John Crossman, CCIM, CRX,

Beth Payan Larry Vershel Communications Inc

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