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Bret Swango | Colliers | Chicago - Downtown

Bret Swango

Senior Vice President, Workforce Analytics & Location Strategy

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Professional Summary

With a strong quantitative background, I excel at using data to solve complex business issues. I leverage this skillset in leading the Workforce Analytics consulting practice for the Americas. 

My team provides an integrated approach to people, place and process powered by agile technology and advanced analytics to equip organizations with workforce-related insights to make quantitatively justifiable location-related decisions in labor markets around the world.

Prior to leading the Workforce Analytics team, I was a director on a Chicago-based corporate solutions team where I led a team of developers in developing tools and financial models to help clients address their most complex business challenges. These ranged from fully integrated finacial statement and risk models to landlord vulnerability and business intelligence tools.

Before joinging Colliers in 2015, I spent nearly 4 years working in a variety of roles at Allstate Insurance Company. There I held a number of roles and developed a distinct ability to 1) understand the root cause of the business problem, 2) identify the data required to solve the business problem 3) leverage the technical capabilities of myself and others to analyze the data, synthesisize the finding and communicate with leadership to solve the business problem. 

While at Allstate, I spent time as the lead financial and operational consultant to the Allstate Contact Centers which employ more than 3,000 FTE. In this role I led a redesign of the staffing model to more efficiently match supply (labor hours) and demand (call volume) which drove a double-digit improvement in utilization and improved profitability.

In my time on the agency economics team, I developed a model that identified inefficiencies in the agency compensation system and designed solutions to redistribute capital, helping drive profitable growth for the organization. This project led to a role on a team of 5 charged with a  complete redesign of the company’s $3 billion sales compensation program.


  • Magna Cum Laude, BA, Finance, Illinois Wesleyan University
  • CFA Charterholder

Memberships & Involvements

CFA Society, Chicago

Andrew Weishar Foundation


Service Lines

Corporate Capital Solutions, Occupier Services

Property Type

Office, Healthcare, Industrial, Land


Economic Incentives

My Team

Featured News

Jun 23, 2022

Using Labor Analytics to Uncover Investment Opportunities

Colliers Capital Markets recently spoke to Bret Swango, CFA, Senior Vice President | Workforce Analytics & Location Strategy, about the migration of labor and how it affects real estate investors. Here are the takeaways.
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