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Director, Commercial Services | Clearwater
Jim has been a local commercial expert based in Pinellas County for 31 years.
•He was a former CEO of the Greater Clearwater Chamber of Commerce from 1974-1981.
•In 1981 he joined Lee Arnold & Associates (now Colliers International) as a General Commercial Broker.
•In 1987, Jim was named the Tampa Bay Commercial Manager for Merrill Lynch Realty.
He was instrumental in developing a statewide commercial director system for Merrill Lynch Realty and served as the Florida Commercial Director. Jim also negotiated all leases for Merrill Lynch Realty in Florida which amounted to over 90 offices. Merrill Lynch Realty was purchased by Prudential and later evolved as Prudential Florida Realty with 120 offices statewide.
•Jim continued his responsibilities as Statewide Commercial Director for Prudential Florida Realty and maintained responsibility for all office new and renewal lease negotiations. Prudential Florida Realty was purchased by the St. Joe Company and operated as Arvida Realty. Jim was named Florida Commercial Director for Arvida Realty.
•Arvida Realty was purchased by Coldwell Banker in 2002. Jim continued negotiating all leases for Coldwell Banker NRT and its subsidiaries in Florida, which now amounted to over 220 offices. He declined relocation to Sarasota as Corporate Facilities Director preferring to maintain his Pinellas County foothold and relinquished his leasing responsibilities.
•From 1987 to 2004, Jim held statewide corporate positions as Statewide Commercial Director coordinating all Florida Commercial brokerage and leasing activities for Merrill Lynch Realty, Prudential Florida Realty, Arvida Realty and Coldwell Banker Commercial.
•He was named The Florida Commercial Education Director for Coldwell Banker NRT in 2003 and served in that capacity until 2008.
•While serving as Commercial Education Director, he formed a brokerage partnership with Mike Taylor in 2003 and operated as the Parker Taylor Team through mid 2009, just prior to rejoining his commercial mentor, Lee Arnold, in the much expanded Colliers International group of companies.
Awarded the CCIM designation in 1986
First recipient of the Coldwell Banker Commercial Spirit Award for commitment to excellence
Former Advisory Board Member Salvation Army
Past Chairman Clearwater Board Commercial and Investment Committee
Past Board Member of Florida Association of Realtors and Clearwater Board of Realtors
Realtor Associate of the Year, Greater Clearwater Board of Realtors
Chairman Bar Relations Committee Greater Clearwater Board of Realtors
Lifetime Leading Edge Society Based on Production
Rotary Paul Harris Fellow
Multiple Pinnacle Awards from FGCAR
Big Brothers Big Sisters Board Member of the Year (2 years)
Big Brother for 8 years
Recipient, Four Way Test Annual Award, Rotary Club of Clearwater East
Past President of the Rotary Club of Clearwater East
Rotarian of the Year, Rotary Club of Clearwater East
Past President of the Clearwater Touchdown Club
Charter Member Clearwater Bucs Bunch
Past Chairman Florida Realtors 6th District Commercial Committee
Committee Chairman of the Year, Clearwater, Largo, Dunedin Board of Realtors
Former Secretary of the Greater Clearwater Board of Realtors
Chairman Commercial Investment Division Greater Clearwater Board of Realtors
Presidential Elite Society Based on Production
Rotary District Governors Representative
Past President of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas County
Past Chairman of the Clearwater YMCA
Landlord Representation, Brokerage: Office
•BS Degree from Southern Illinois University in speech communications and public relations
•Salesman and Broker Real Estate License