Commercial Real Estate Leader Colliers International Expands Southeast Presence New Birmingham, Ala. Office to Lead the Charge in Gaining Local Market Share

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. and SEATTLE, July 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Colliers International today announced the addition of a Birmingham, Ala., office to its global operations.  As part of the firm's ongoing commitment to enhancing client services, Colliers continues to expand upon its already significant presence in the southeast.  The Birmingham office is among 15 others that the firm has established since 2010.

"There is a significant growth opportunity for Colliers not only in Alabama, but also in the southeast region," said Dan Spiegel, executive vice president of operations for Colliers International in the U.S. "We are very excited to welcome our new colleagues to the Colliers family in Birmingham, a leading market in the state, and for the future of the firm's southeastern operations as we continue to grow. This addition will surely strengthen our footprint in the area."

Sandner Commercial Real Estate, a Birmingham-based firm that specializes in office and industrial real estate, and its staff of commercial real estate brokerage experts and property management professionals, will lead the charge by joining Colliers International's 12,300 professionals operating out of more than 522 offices in 62 countries. Sandner will expand its service offerings and better assist clientele in Alabama, across the southeast region, and ultimately extend support to Colliers globally.

"I first began speaking with Colliers nearly 25 years ago and recognized the path of high growth potential the company was headed down," said Joe Sandner III, SIOR, CEO | Colliers Birmingham. "Colliers has strong connections with people across the country and we believe their entrepreneurial spirit matches the enterprising culture of our firm as well. It was easy to see Colliers was the best fit for us. In order to better serve our clients, we needed a broader platform in terms of specialty areas and expertise, and that's exactly what Colliers offers."

Sandner currently offers services in tenant representation, project leasing, property management, brokerage/investment sales and acquisitions, and investment advisory.

In 2011, Sandner's Birmingham-area real estate brokers completed approximately 91 transactions totaling more than $109 million. Sandner's property management division serves more than 148 tenants daily and oversees a portfolio of approximately 1.6 million square feet of office, retail and industrial facilities throughout Alabama.

"Because our history is focused in the office and industrial markets, we're especially excited about the opportunity to expand our firm's retail sector," said Joe Sandner IV, president | Colliers Birmingham.  "Colliers has expertise and background in this area that is unmatched by other national players."

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About Colliers International
Colliers International is the third-largest commercial real estate services company in the world, with over 12,300 professionals operating out of more than 522 offices in 62 countries. A subsidiary of FirstService Corporation, it focuses on accelerating success for its clients by seamlessly providing a full range of services to real estate users, owners and investors worldwide, including global corporate solutions, brokerage, property and asset management, hotel investment sales and consulting, valuation, consulting and appraisal services, mortgage banking and research. Commercial Property Executive and Multi-Housing News magazines ranked Colliers International the top U.S. real estate company. The latest annual survey by the Lipsey Company ranked Colliers International as the second-most recognized commercial real estate firm in the world.

About Sandner Commercial Real Estate
Sandner Commercial Real Estate is a Birmingham-based real estate company specializing in tenant representation, project leasing, investment sales and acquisitions, lease advisory, and property management. For more information, visit http://www.sandnercommercial.com.

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