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Brian Yoakum

Vice President

License # 201211157

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Professional Summary

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
Oregon #201211157
Washington #120705


Memberships & Involvements

Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR)

Colliers Next Gen Group, Western Region Leader




Service Lines

Tenant Representation, Landlord Representation

Property Type


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Featured Research

Apr 11, 2022

2022 Q1 Portland Industrial Market Report

During the first quarter of 2022, the Portland Industrial market saw only 365,200 square feet of net absorption, despite a need for more industrial assets. This need continues to be driven by Warehouse-Distribution product as supply chain challenges reveal a need to keep more safety stock closer to consumer.
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Feb 8, 2022

2021 Q4 Portland Industrial Market Report

With 1.9 million square feet of net absorption, the Portland market reflected a continued need for industrial assets, particularly in Warehouse-Distribution product, which accounts for more than 80% of net absorption. With supply chain challenges revealing the need to keep more safety stock closer to consumers, Portland will continue to show strong fundamentals in Warehouse-Distribution product. While Warehouse-Distribution was strong, in the Sunset Corridor/Hillsboro the nearly completed Hitachi Center of Excellence at 3600 NW Huffman fetched $57.5 million (294 per square foot), when developer Trammell Crow sold it to Principal RE Investors. While the valuations look favorable for Portland’s industrial real estate market, a lack of available land near the population centers will continue to limit growth. Increasingly, developers need to look further north, in SW Washington and further south, in Marion/Polk Counties to find suitable land for development.
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Oct 13, 2021

2021 Q3 Portland Industrial Market Report

Portland’s lack of available industrial land continues to push market activity to the fringe of the metropolitan area. The lone delivery this quarter is a 90,000 square foot owner-user warehouse in Canby, Oregon, which is 30 minutes south and east, but still strategically close to the ever-important I-5 Corridor. With 2020’s above average new supply (more than 3.5 million square feet of new industrial space) being occupied, vacancy is beginning to turn from a high of 5.1% in the first two quarters of this year back down toward 4.0%. With limited expected deliveries this year and next, vacancy is likely to remain in this range for the foreseeable future. The largest sale by transaction value this quarter was $16.2 million, a fully leased 100,000 square foot distribution center that was sold off-market for institutional capital in the traditionally tertiary Orchards submarket. As industrial product remains a highly desirable asset for investment, buyers will have stiff competition and sticker shock as prices continue to trend upwards.
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