History

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Colombia Office

Bogotá

Cra. 7 No. 99-53 | Tower 2 | Floor 16

Building Capital Tower

Tel +57 1 594 2333

Medellín

Cll. 5A No. 43B-25 | Office 703

Building Centro Empresarial Meridian

Tel +57 4 266 3653

Barranquilla

Cra. 54 No. 72-80

Building Centro Ejecutivo I

Cel. +57 316 470 5933

Cel. +57 310 343 7033

Cali

Tel. +57 1 594 2333

How We Started

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.

How We Started in Colombia

Colliers International starts operations in Colombia in 1.999 as the result of the union between Inmobiliaria Cáceres & Ferro, a real estate company with more than 50 years of experience in the Colombian market, and Colliers Lomelín, a leader company of the commercial real estate market in Mexico and Central America.

The company provides efficient and integral services that cover the different needs that a client may have along the commercial real estate cycle, helping it optimize its operation.

REMS

Complementing the portfolio of services in real estate, in 2009 Colliers International integrates its international group REMS (Real Estate Management Services), the area of ​​Management Services in Colombia and basing its service platform in local knowledge with global reach , placed at the disposal of the Colombian market a new line of business called "MANAGEMENT SERVICES" to provide customer focused corporate one Specialized Integrated Management Management of Property, Facilities, Infrastructure and Support Services, in the same way it does with 104 million square meters worldwide.

REMS team of Colombia is composed of experts in the area, with over 10 years of national and regional experience, which, coupled with the extensive international experience of the company reaffirms Colliers International as the company with the highest degree of expertise and integrity in these services in Colombia.

With the implementation of this service, our aim as a company is to make a market trend towards management in managing condominiums and services characterized by the benefits and results in quality and optimizations that we can offer our corporate clients.

A Few Key Milestones

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A new company in a new city

We trace our roots back to 1898, when Macaulay Nicolls was founded in Vancouver, Canada as a real estate, property management and insurance agency. At that time, there were 50 registered real estate companies in the two-year-old city—more than the number of grocery stores!  J.P. Nicolls opened bank account No. 8 with the Royal Bank of Canada.

Power in partnership

In 1904, 16-year-old Ronald Maitland, a junior bank clerk with the Royal Bank of Canada, is hired as a clerk for Macaulay Nicolls. He became a partner in 1922, and the firm posted a profit of $57,000 in 1927. Macaulay Nicolls Maitland is the only real estate firm to survive Vancouver’s tumultuous property rush due to conservative financial management and diversified services including maritime insurance.

The Colliers brand 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. Duncan, in the middle of the front row, wears a T-shirt with the proposed early Colliers International logo.

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New leadership for expansion

John McLernon, our fourth CEO, took the helm of Macaulay Nicolls Maitland in 1977. Over the next 25 years he would build the company from a provincial operation in Vancouver, BC and Calgary, AB with revenue of $1.5 million to a global enterprise with $1.8 billion in revenue in 2011.

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Leading the trend in global services

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.

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The Everest expedition

Two Canadian mountain climbers, Alan Hobson and Jamie Clarke, reached the summit of Mount Everest on May 23, 1997. It was their third attempt. The expedition was sponsored by Colliers International offices from around the world, helping to unite our team, and several of our professionals joined the climbers at base camp to cheer them on.

Colliers International arrives to Colombia

Colliers International starts operations in Colombia in 1.999 as the result of the union between Inmobiliaria Cáceres & Ferro, a real estate company with more than 50 years of experience in the Colombian market, and Colliers Lomelín, a leader company of the commercial real estate market in Mexico.

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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.

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).

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UK & Ireland business united

In 2012, 90% of Colliers International's revenue is under single ownership, a result of FirstService Corporation's acquisition of the Colliers International business in the United Kingdom and Ireland. New business opportunities soar as a result of referrals from the world's leading financial marketplace.

Expertise

We pride ourselves on building and sharing expertise in order to create success for our clients and our people. Our passion for continuously expanding our knowledge base enables us to take a fresh and imaginative approach to everything we do.

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.

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