How We Started

Colliers International proudly traces its roots back to a local firm founded 1898. Today, our offices in 68 countries are aligned under a single brand and leadership, providing our clients with best-in-class resources while maintaining our historical flexibility and local ties.

Colliers was one of the first truly global commercial real estate organizations, formed more than 30 years ago as a network of independent firms. As client needs evolved, Colliers embraced the the opportunity to build an integrated global platform of professionals and property services to meet the demand for globally consistent service, accountability and integration.

Our local history

Originally opened in 1997, the Fairfield office of Colliers International has local roots dating back to 1985 when the office first opened under the Norris Beggs & Simpson brand. In 1994, the office became part of the Galbreath Company before joining Colliers in 1997. Operational support was transferred to the San Jose-based Colliers Parrish International, Inc. in 1999 and the office continues to be a market leader both in business and in the community.

In joining the Colliers Parrish organization, the Fairfield office had partnered with a well-respected group with it’s own deep history. Founded in 1974, J.R. Parrish, Inc. quickly earned the respect of both clients and competition with its dedication to honesty, integrity, and delivering on promises made. The approach even then was to accelerate the success of the client. That philosophy has attracted the industry's best personnel over the years. In 1994, that philosophy brought the Parrish organization together with Colliers International, a global commercial real estate firm that shared the same core principles. After nearly 20 years of doing business as J.R. Parrish, Inc., the organization joined forces with Colliers, becoming an independent owner and taking the name Colliers Parrish International.

In 1998, that same shared philosophy led to the merger of Las Vegas based Stuart-Mixer Commercial with Colliers Parrish International. Once again, a name change was in order. Now known simply as Colliers International, there are over 400 brokers, consultants and support staff in 11 locally-run offices throughout Northern California and Nevada specializing in sales, leasing, appraisal, and management of prime commercial/industrial real estate and serve as an integral part of the global Colliers International platform.

Did You Know?

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