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As an Occupier Advisor Specialist for Colliers International, Jim Damiani makes it his practice to assist his clients before, during and after an assignment in order to provide them with the best possible results for their business needs. His proactive approach, relationships, market knowledge, and superior negotiating skills and leverage enable him to provide comprehensive service to his clients. With a degree in accounting and finance, Jim conducts in-depth financial analysis for every client to ensure their goals are met.

With nearly 30 years of experience in commercial real estate, Jim has worked with over 2,500 clients, saving them between 20% and 75% on their occupancy costs. His knowledge of efficient workspace design and current market conditions, along with his vast professional network, helps him secure the best possible rental rates and flexible lease terms for his clients.


Jim surveys all clients when a deal is complete to achieve a Key Performance Indicator (KPI). His current overall client satisfaction rating is 4.92 (1-5 scale) on the KPI survey.

Jim attends numerous global seminars/conferences and studies workplace culture to help clients create better means of attracting and retaining top talent.

 

 

Accomplishments

  • 16-Time Welsh/Colliers Office Salesperson of the Year
  • 2012 MNCAR Broker of the Year
  • 2014 MNCAR Volunteer of the Year
  • Top 5 Company Broker Award, 1998 to 2015
  • CoStar Power Broker, 2006 to 2015
  • Broker MVP Award, Minneapolis Colliers
  • 2012-2015 Everest Club (Top 10% of all Colliers brokers in U.S.)
  • #1 producing broker - Ackerberg Group, 1995
  • "Hustle Award" most transactions, 1995
  • CCIM Office Challenge Champion, 1999 & 2000
  • MNCAR Transaction of the Year, 2006
  • 40 Under 40 Award Winner, Minneapolis Business Journal, 2005
  • Annual moderator MNCAR December ROAST program
  • NAIOP moderator office update
  • Annual instructor MNCAR "Client Relationships"
  • Mentor STRIVE program - Osseo High School, 2006 to Present
  • Speaker/Moderator, Annual CCIM forecasts, NAIOP, MNCAR and BOMA
  • Chairperson, City of New Hope’s Planning Commission (past)
  • Selected by Twin Cities Business's editorial staff as one of their "100 People to Know in 2016" 

​Working on a tenant’s behalf, Jim conducted a highly confidential space search and located multiple buildings that suited the needs of his client. Rather than simply cut a market deal with the landlord, Jim identified an existing tenant in the same building who was eager to sublease and negotiated a sublease for his client at extremely favorable terms, saving the client over 50% on their expected rental costs.

  

Jim recently helped a buyer secure a property for personal use. The property required zoning changes, so Jim met with the governmental authorities on the buyer’s behalf. Using his full-service real estate skills, Jim was able to help the buyer not only purchase but also finance, design, and renovate the property.

Expertise

Brokerage: Tenant Representation, Office

Clients

US Bank, ITT, Carmichael Lynch, Mithun, Paychex, Ticketmaster, Opus Corporation, Weber Shandwick, Winmark, Spanlink, Daugherty Business Solutions, Dorsey & Whitney, Larkin Hoffman, Augsburg Fortress, Portico, Berkley Risk, Bassford Remele, Zelle Hofmann, Jack Link's, Comm-Works, Parameters, Fluid Interiors, Miller Dunwiddie

Education

  • Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM)
  • Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR)
  • Green designation, National Association of Realtors (NAR)
  • Augsburg College, 1988, Bachelor of Arts - Accounting Major, Finance Minor

Testimonials

"Jim Damiani has been a wonderful resource for our company.  He is extremely knowledgeable and well connected in the industry.  In both of our office moves, he quickly understood our needs and worked diligently to get us the best deal possible.  His efforts have certainly taken a huge burden off of my shoulders."

- Greg Lindberg, CFO, Hot Dish Advertising 

 

"Jim was extremely hands on throughout our entire relocation process.  Jim was involved with us every step of the way, from site selection, lease negotiation and construction planning up to and including project management.  His first hand knowledge of our local marketplace was extremely valuable in the transition to our new office.  He is very capable and proved to be a valuable partner to Winmark."

- Brett Heffes, President of Finance and Administration, Winmark Corporation 

 

"Jim is definitely in the elite class and one of the top brokers in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. His communication, financial and creative skills put him at the top tier of any broker ranking in the Cities."

- Keith Steinhoff, Director of Leasing, Super Valu

 

"Huge thanks for everything.  This has been a long and unique road.  Thanks for making it happen!  As unique as this has been, success was for sure driven by Colliers!"

- Steve Fray, CFO, Jack Link's Beef Jerky

Affiliations & Memberships

CCIM, SIOR, MNCAR, NAR, Augsburg College MBA Board, City of New Hope Planning Commission (Past), STRIVE Mentor

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