NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 15, 2015) – Colliers International Nashville and Vision Real Estate (VRE) have merged to form one of the largest retail real estate leasing and management groups in Tennessee, with a total portfolio of more than 3.8 million square feet of retail space. VRE will immediately rebrand to Colliers International.

Michael Taylor and Phil Ehrlich founded VRE in 2001 with a 100-percent focus on the retail sector, providing landlord and tenant representation. The company provides property management, leasing, and tenant representation services to its clients, which include individuals, partnerships, REITs and other institutional owners.

“For 14 years, Vision has provided the best service to our customers in the retail sector,”   said Taylor, VRE partner and founder. “The opportunity to join with Colliers’ local leadership, entrepreneurial history, and international platform was one that we had to seize. Our two companies coming together is a perfect fit.”    

“This merger underscores the commitment of our two companies to grow our leadership positions in Middle Tennessee’s real estate brokerage and management community,” said Bert Mathews, partner with Colliers Nashville. “The opportunities in the retail environment are significant, and the synergies our merged companies will achieve through combining our efforts promises great things.”

Prior to the merger, Colliers’ Nashville office already was one of the area’s largest commercial real estate brokerage and management companies, with 36 brokers and 6 million square feet of commercial space under management contracts. The combined companies will have 10 million square feet of commercial space under management including office, retail, industrial, and multifamily product. The VRE team will join the Colliers Nashville office at their new headquarters located at 523 Third Avenue South.

“The team at Vision is among the best in the Southeast when it comes to the leasing and managing of retail real estate,” said Janet Miller, CEO and market leader, Colliers Nashville. “They will bring a huge infusion of talent and energy to the Colliers office, and we can’t wait for them to join our already strong retail team.”

“In order to be the best, you have to work with the best,” said Ehrlich, VRE partner and founder. “By putting our two teams together, and with our combined relationships and market knowledge, we will be able to better serve our clients and customers.”