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Benjamin Johnson | Colliers | Columbus

Benjamin Johnson


Senior Executive VP | Principal | Columbus

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Professional Summary

As a Senior Executive Vice President and Principal in the Colliers Columbus, Ohio office, I am the founder of Buckeye Industrial Group. Our team focuses on working on behalf of both local and national clients to execute creative solutions that maximize their bottom-line value. We hang our hat on operating with integrity and will not cut corners – if it needs to be done, we do it right the first time. We aim to leave clients happy and excited to partner with our team
again as we strive to consistently exceed expectations any way we can.

With over 14 years of commercial real estate brokerage experience and a previous career in commercial real estate finance, I specialize in advising clients in the leasing, acquisition, disposition, site selection and development of industrial real estate. Through my deep understanding of these processes, I continue to complete various assignments for clients and have been fortunate to broker the sale and lease of millions of square feet of industrial space and land. Additionally, I act as a consultant for clients at all phases of their commercial real estate transaction, including the early planning, investment, and development stages. Throughout my time with Colliers, I have enjoyed being involved in both local and national industrial real estate organizations, often serving in a leadership capacity.

Personally, I live in Upper Arlington with my wife and two boys. In addition to spending time with family, I keep busy by enjoying a wide array of hobbies including travel (I have traveled 30+ countries at last count), cooking, wine, exercise, sports, boating, water sports, scuba diving, snow skiing, camping, hunting, fishing, tailgating, home improvement projects, and anything else to stay busy and spend time with friends and family.



• Colliers International | Greater Columbus Region, “Rookie of the Year” for 2009
• Columbus Business First “20 To Know in Real Estate” 2013, Inaugural Year
• Columbus Board of Realtors Most Unique Commercial/Investment Transaction for 2010
• Numerous CoStar Power Broker and other industry awards


Ben graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelors Degree in Global Business Management and a concentration in Marketing. He also completed economics courses at an International Business School in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. 2010

Memberships & Involvements

• CSCMP – Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, 2023–Current
• CoreNet Global – The Global Association for Corporate Real Estate, IKO Chapter, 2022–Current
• SIOR - Active member of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors, 2015–Current
• CCDC – Community Capital Development Corporation – Board of Directors, 2022–Current
• Madison County Future, Inc. Community Improvement Corp. – Board of Directors, 2010–Current
• NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association – Member, 2011–Current
• ULI – Urban Land Institute – Member, 2015–Current
• COCIE – Central Ohio Commercial Information Exchange – Governing Board, 2013–2019, Chair, 2018–2019
• CCIIR – Columbus Commercial Industrial Investment Realtors – Member, 2010–Current; President, 2020; Vice President, 2019; Treasurer, 2018; Secretary, 2017
• ACG – Association for Corporate Growth Member, 2017–Current
• NAR – National Association of Realtors – Affiliate Member, 2008–Current


Service Lines

Landlord Representation, Tenant Representation

Property Type

Industrial, Land

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Featured Research

Mar 31, 2022

2022 Q1 Industrial Trends Columbus Colliers

The Columbus industrial market started the year on a positive note, recording 3,455,972 square feet of net absorption this quarter. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has caused already-high demand for industrial space to skyrocket, leading to booming activity from e-commerce and logistics tenants. High leasing activity has driven vacancy down to 1.55 percent and overall asking rates up to $4.61 NNN - both records in the Central Ohio market. Construction activity also remains strong, as there are 26 projects comprising of 13.7 million square feet currently underway. Throughout 2022, Columbus can anticipate consistent demand from tenants, developers and investors as the city solidifies itself as a true U.S. industrial hub.
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Jan 1, 2022

2021 Q4 Industrial Trends Columbus Colliers

The Columbus industrial market finished 2021 with a strong fourth quarter, posting 3,455,921 square feet of net absorption. This brings year-to-date net absorption up to 15,367,522 square feet and vacancy down to 2.16 percent - both records for Central Ohio. The ongoing pandemic has caused the e-commerce industry to grow rapidly over the past 18 months, indicated by an influx of demand for prime warehouse and distribution space. Construction continues to rise, as there is over 15 million square feet of product currently underway and 45 million square feet in the pipeline. Columbus can expect continued activity throughout the new year as COVID-19 fuels demand in the industrial sector.
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Oct 1, 2021

2021 Q3 Industrial Trends Columbus Colliers

The Columbus industrial market continued a strong year with a record third quarter, posting 4 million square feet of positive net absorption.
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