About Venture Commercial Realty

What We Do

We create value for our clients. We are a full-service, innovative commercial brokerage, dedicated to exceeding client expectations and offering value-added services. We specialize in understanding our clients needs and how to excel their success. Whether it be investment sales, land development, leasing, tenant mandate representation or strategic estate planning, the experts at Venture Realty Commercial are here to assist.

Service And Offerings

We create value to our client’s portfolios and mandates by providing the following commercial and investment real estate services:

Acquisitions

Leasing

Valuations

Strategic Estate Planning

Development Planning and Economics

Dispositions

Lease Renewals


Our Team

Chris Wills - Director, Sales and Leasing

As a leading broker in the Okanagan marketplace, Chris has extensive knowledge of the local retail, office and investment market. He has a clear understanding of commercial real estate trends and how they affect the market. His care and attention to detail have been essential in building strong and long-term relationships with his clients, colleagues and community.

Chris has successfully completed thousands of real estate transactions on behalf of various clients and prominent developers. Most notably, the sale, repositioning and full lease up of the former Orchard Gardens Shopping Centre along Harvey Avenue – now called Centre 97, the repositioning and full lease of W. Brett Wilson’s retail property PrairieWest Centre in West Kelowna, and being the lead broker for The Chopped Leaf’s expansion throughout North America, assisting in building the brand from 3 locations to over 100.

Prior to creating Venture Realty Commercial, Chris was one of the top agents at Colliers International for over four years, and was integral part of the Sales & Leasing Team at DTZ Okanagan from 2008 to 2016. Before real estate, Chris worked with an international restaurant group as a Senior Manager and Training Partner. This experience gave him a strong understanding of customer service, and how to succeed in high pressure environments.

When not in the Office, Chris spends invaluable time with his wife and two daughters. When it’s time to relax, you’ll find him on the basketball court or football field.

Charity Work: Co Founder of 100 Men/Hero’s Who Give a Damn- Over $350,000 raised for Okanagan focused non-for-profits since 2016.

Jason Wills - Vice President, Sales and Leasing

Jason has specialized in commercial real estate for over 8 years. He has been involved in hundreds of transactions amounting to over a million square feet of commercial real estate sold, acquired or leased.

Jason’s clients benefit from his extensive experience and technical grasp of all aspects of commercial real estate. He listens to his clients, strives to understand the circumstances, and is driven to deliver excellent results.

Prior to joining Venture Commercial, Jason worked at Colliers International as a Senior Associate. During this time, Jason quickly became one of the Okanagan’s leading volume agents. Jason is excited to partner with Venture Commercial and has built many of the internal systems that will propel the firm’s success. Jason’s core values focus on creating meaningful, long lasting partnerships. 

Jason loves spending time with his wife and daughter. In his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball/football and is very active in a number of local charity groups within the Okanagan.

Sol Benson - Associate, Sales and Leasing

Sol joins the Venture Commercial team as an Associate involved in leasing, sales and tenant representation throughout the Okanagan. He is an integral part of the team, assisting clients with projects and listings from start to finish. He is looking to further expand his knowledge in the commercial real estate industry and brings a detail oriented, relationship driven approach to achieving his clients’ success.

Born and raised in Kelowna, Sol has seen the city’s growth and transformation first hand. He is grateful to be a part of that growth and help facilitate the development of his community. Sol joins us with a Degree from UBC Okanagan and extensive managerial experience in the events industry where his experience managing customer relationships has transferred seamlessly to the world of commercial real estate.

Sol is a big believer in staying connected with his community and donating his time to those in need. He has built houses for underprivileged families locally and abroad, and in his off time, Sol coaches youth basketball.  If not on the court, Sol enjoys long distance running, playing sports, and spending time with friends.

Murray Wills - Senior Associate, Sales and Leasing

Murray Wills is a proven broker in the Okanagan, who has an extensive network of local, national and international clients as well as a wealth of local and regional real estate experience. He has been directly responsible for hundreds of leases and sales throughout Kelowna, the Okanagan and Kootenay regions and was instrumental in negotiating some of the largest industrial lease deals to be transacted in the Okanagan.

Murray’s main emphasis is working to bring buyers and sellers together in mutually beneficial transactions. His tenacity and attention to detail has allowed him to build and constantly improve his relationships with his clients. Murray has a clear understanding of commercial real estate trends and an intimate knowledge of the local Kelowna commercial real estate market as well as the overall BC market.

Courtney Fedevich - Project Lead - Unlicensed Assistant​

Courtney is our Project Lead. She is there to support all of the agents and clients at Venture Realty Corp. Courtney has a background in Marketing, holding her BBA from the University of Winnipeg and a Diploma in Business from Red River College, both with a Major in Marketing. Courtney has spent the last 5 years managing in the Restaurant Industry, where she developed her passion for people and networking. 

Courtney is excited to meet all of the current and future clients of Venture Realty Corp!

Chris Grout - Manager / Broker

I am the founder, owner and Managing Broker of Venture Realty Corp. While my life has not always been in real estate, my history in business has to let to Venture being one the most innovative and well respected real estate companies in the Okanagan.

After finishing my Bachelors of Science Degree and Masters of Business Administration Degree, I began my career in sales and marketing strategy with Canadian Pacific Railway.  A significant achievement for me was in 2003 when I received the President’s Award for my involvement in the arbitration and eventual settlement of a multi-billion dollar contract dispute. In 2004, I joined a couple skilled partners and moved my family from Calgary to Kelowna to develop an innovative 51 unit seniors’ housing project called Mission Villas. 

Venture Realty Corp. came shortly after the completion of the Mission Villas development.  It was my desire to create a real estate brokerage that was structured to function as a collaborative team of highly educated professionals.  Venture has achieved this goal and in 2020 started a commercial division to ensure that we can fully meet all of the real estate needs of our clients. I maintain an active life in the Kelowna business community and sit as a Director of Argent Diversified Holdings, a Kelowna based investment fund.

I’m proud to call Kelowna home and enjoy all the Okanagan has to offer with my wife, two daughters and son.

Education
Trading Services – University of British Columbia
Master of Business – University of Calgary, Haskayne School of Business
Bachelor of Science – University of British Columbia

Professional Affiliations
Member, Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board
Member, BC Real Estate Association
Member, Canadian Real Estate Association

Clare Pollonais - Managing Broker

As Managing Broker, at Venture Realty Corp, I am excited to be a part of this ever-changing industry here in the Okanagan. Having grown up in Kelowna I understand what the valley can offer and am so proud to be able to call Kelowna home.

I did take some time away from the Valley and travelled overseas ending up living in Darwin, Australia. I completed my Business Degree at Charles Darwin University and entered the workforce as a Recruitment Consultant for an international recruitment company called Hudson Global Resources.

After 6 years abroad, I returned to Canada and most recently worked in Calgary as an oilfield Recruiter which is actually very similar to being a Realtor. Choosing a job and choosing a home are two of the most important decisions you can make and I don’t take that lightly. I approach this career with a customer service focus and aim to exceed expectations and make the sale or purchase of your home as seamless as possible.

I returned to Kelowna in late 2015 with my husband and daughter and am very excited to raise a family here and grow a career based on honesty and great customer service!

Education:
Trading Services – University of British Columbia
Bachelor of Business – Charles Darwin University, Australia

Professional Affiliations:
Member, Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board
Member, BC Real Estate Association
Member, Canadian Real Estate Association

Interview with Cseking In - NowMedia

“These brothers are always propelling each other forwards and constantly encouraging each other to be better. Through support and a little friendly competition, they have built a commercial real estate company that prides itself on putting people first and in the video below, share many of their insights and how to obtain, service and retain customers.” – NowMedia 

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