License # 201211157
As an industrial specialist in Colliers’ Portland office, Brian’s brokerage practice consists of sales and leasing of industrial product throughout the Portland Metropolitan Area, with a focus on the Columbia Corridor and Southwest Washington areas. In his career he has had the opportunity to represent institutional landlords and clients on some of the largest deals in Portland history. His work ethic and knowledge have led to significant advances, including promotion to Vice President and earning membership in SIOR in 2021.
Brian’s market knowledge owes largely to his prolific activity within the industrial marketplace. Brian frequently calls on clients to better understand their needs and physically tours the marketplace to find the best solutions to those needs. This intense focus has led to the completion of hard-to-find transactions for local growing businesses (ZC Cabinets, Red Dog Fabrication) and unique solutions for institutional clientele (Microsoft parking, Rentokil business consolidation in Vancouver, WA).
2021 - SIOR designation
2016-2018 – CoStar Power Broker, Top Industrial Leasing
2016-2018 – Member of Colliers Next Gen Group & Western Region Group Leader
116 deals completed to date totaling nearly 6.5M square feet and over $380M in transaction volume
One of two student athletes on the Division-1 baseball team to graduate with an engineering degree in four years
Prior to joining Colliers in 2014, Brian was a sales engineer in the construction supply field, giving him a unique perspective on the development side of the business. His proficiency in both sales and engineering in the construction field gives Brian a step up on the competition when evaluating real estate decisions from tenant improvements to ground up/build to suit development.
Brian is a University of Portland alumni with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter and son, and an occasional round of golf.
University of Portland: Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering - President’s Scholarship
Real Estate Licenses
Memberships & Involvements
Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR)
Colliers Next Gen Group, Western Region Leader
Executive Vice President
Jerry specializes in representing corporations in locating and negotiating the sale and lease of industrial buildings in the major Portland submarkets and in industries such as 3rd party logistics (Expeditors, Mergenthaler, Mercer, USA Warehousing), Food & Beverage, Paper & Packaging, Oil & Gas (Tarr Oil/Leathers Fuel/Wilson Oil), Outdoor Gear & Sports Apparel (Keen/Nike/Dr. Martens) and R&D (Microsoft, IDEXX, Coherent) to name a few. A true self-starter, Jerry exceeded the expectations of his peers early in his career by completing three of the eight largest industrial lease transactions in the State of Oregon in 2007 and hasn't slowed since, having become the youngest Industrial broker to earn an SIOR designation in State history and completing the two largest leases in Oregon history in 2017.
Jerry has since earned the honor of "Top Producing Industrial Broker” at Colliers Portland four of the last five years and been awarded the Industrial Broke of the year for Oregon & SW Washington in 2016 & 2018 (runner up in 15' & 17') . Jerry has consummated over 850M in transaction in his short career and a recently received the Colliers International Everest Award for being in the top 10% of U.S. in production.
Tom Knecht comes to Colliers from Capacity Commercial Group, where he worked with a top producing industrial team for the last 6 years. At Capacity, Tom focused solely on industrial properties where he represented users and owners in the Portland metro area. Tom has experience working with both local and institutional clients, primarily in the north and northeast submarkets of Portland. Two notable speculative developments Tom worked on while at Capacity were Vista Logistics Park (Specht/NYL) & Logisticenter 185 (Dermody). Tom represented three local landlords who transacted on over 165,000 SF of space in 2021 alone. On the tenant side, Tom has sourced over 200,000 square feet of leasing deals including deals with logistics-based companies XPO Logistics & KAG West. On the user sale side, Tom has transacted on over $10 million worth of assets for his clients. Tom is a member of Urban Land Institute and sits on the board for the Commercial Association of Brokers. Prior to working in the industry, Tom attended Linfield University in McMinnville, where he studied Business Management and played on the football team. Tom enjoys golfing, skiing, hiking, and spending time with his wife, Annie, and their two dogs.