LATROBE, PA – Michael B. Downey, C’04, will serve as principal speaker at the 2021 Saint Vincent College Spring Honors Convocation, which will be livestreamed at 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 5, from the historic Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica.
At the Honors Convocation, Saint Vincent College’s highest student honor, the President’s Award, will be presented to one member of the 2021 graduating class in recognition of academic accomplishments, leadership and community service which best reflect Saint Vincent’s mission as a Catholic, Benedictine, liberal arts college.
Outstanding senior students will be recognized for academic excellence in their major fields of study and special awards will be presented by the Student Government Association for service to the college community. Additionally, two faculty members will be honored with the Boniface Wimmer and Quentin Schaut Faculty Awards.
The 2021 Spring Honors Convocation can be viewed online at https://vimeo.com/544575031.
A 2004 Saint Vincent College graduate, Downey serves as principal and vice president in Avison Young Commercial Real Estate’s Pittsburgh office, where he specializes in the commercial business district and suburban office markets.
At Avison Young, he works to identify opportunities and represent clients in all aspects of commercial real estate, including acquisition, disposition and leasing of office buildings. Among the companies Downey has provided tenant evaluation services to includes Northwestern Mutual, the Pittsburgh Steamfitters and Broadridge Access Data. He also also served as an adviser for several Pittsburgh-based companies in their evaluation and lease of world headquarters operations including Lanxess, Calgon Carbon, PPG Industries, Kennametal and United Steelworkers.
In 2016, Downey earned the prestigious SIOR (Society of Industrial and Office Realtors) designation and serves as vice president of its Pittsburgh/Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia chapter. He also serves as treasurer for the Shyne Awards Foundation and is currently pursuing his Pennsylvania broker license.
Prior to joining Avison Young in 2012, Downey worked for eight years as an associate in the Pittsburgh office of Grubb & Ellis, with a focus on leasing and selling office and industrial properties.
Downey graduated from Saint Vincent College with a bachelor’s degree in management and was a four-year member of the Bearcat men’s lacrosse team, playing goalie. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, and graduate of Saint Ignatius High School, he and his wife, Mandi, also a 2004 SVC graduate, are the proud parents of 10-year-old daughter Mackenzie and 4-year-old son Macklin. They reside in Pittsburgh’s North Hills.
PHOTO: Michael B. Downey, C’04