History Colliers International

How we started in Denmark

Hans Vestergaard founded Colliers International Denmark A/S in 1988. Back then the name was: Ejendomsmæglerfirmaet Hans Vestergaard Erhvervsejendomme.

The first office was in Aarhus. Since then followed offices in Vejle, Copenhagen, Odense and Aalborg. In 1997 the firm was affiliated to Colliers, and the firm was named Colliers Hans Vestergaard A/S. In 2011 the firm was named Colliers International Danmark A/S to join the unified international brand.

The history of Colliers International

Colliers International has evolved from enterprising, independent local business owners to an organization of 522 offices and 12,300 employees around the world with headquarters in Seattle, Washington. As we grew, we continued to seek out partners who shared our common values and spirit of enterprise.

A few key milestones

Colliers begins

Our name originated in Australia, where Colliers International was founded through the collaboration of three property services firms in 1976. We are named in honor of Ronald Collier, who was a chartered surveyor and respected mentor to the founders, Robert McCuaig, Bill McHarg and George Duncan. This photo was taken in the late 1970s at our first national sales conference.

US and Canada join Colliers
The Colliers family grows

In 1984, Colliers International joined forces with Macaulay Nicolls Maitland, leading the shift in our industry from regional real estate companies to global services organizations. This prompted MNM to change its name to Colliers Macaulay Nicolls and later to Colliers International. CEO John McLernon led the charge to form partnerships worldwide; Colliers is now in 522 offices in 62 countries.

Asia pacific growth
Colliers leads the way

Colliers expands into emerging markets including Central Europe and Latin America. Growth in Asia Pacific continues, with operations in 20 markets by 1986. 

A strong capital partner

In 2004, FirstService Corporation invests in the CMN, Inc., the former Colliers Macaulay Nicolls portion of Colliers International, enabling us to expand our platform to offer clients complementary services such as project management, hospitality consulting and valuation and appraisal services. CMN grows to become become the largest member-owner of Colliers International.

Further expansion

Colliers grows its hospitality and project management services with the acquisition of PKF Hospitality Research, MHPM Project Managers and Roberts Weaver Group.

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A refreshed, powerful brand

The Colliers International brand is united in 2010, with all partner firms committed to working under a single brand name, mission and business principles. All offices are accountable to a clear corporate structure with six regional CEOs (in Asia, Australasia, Canada, EMEA, Latin America and the US).

Welcome to Colliers International Group Inc.

FirstService becomes Colliers International Group Inc. and spins off its residential property management and property services business. Colliers International Group Inc. begins trading on the NASDAQ (CIGI) and TSX (CIG) on June 2, 2015 as one of the top publicly traded commercial real estate services firms with global operations in more than 60 countries across the world.

Did you know?

Colliers was one of the first global companies to enter into Asia, Central Europe and Latin America. We're committed to providing our clients with access to emerging markets around the world.

Our Mission

Colliers International is the leader in global real estate services, defined by our spirit of enterprise. Through a culture of service excellence, and a shared sense of initiative, we integrate the resources of real estate specialists worldwide to accelerate the success of our partners.

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