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Forrest Speed | Colliers | Atlanta

Forrest Speed


Senior Vice President, Principal

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Professional Summary

Forrest specializes in mortgage banking/brokerage with an emphasis on debt & equity placement. His primary funding sources are insurance companies, commercial banks, and credit unions with CMBS lenders serving as secondary sources. Multi-family assignments are  often arranged with Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and FHA/HUD.

Forrest has also been active in the investment sales arena via his active Georgia real estate license.

Forrest enthusiastically joined Colliers International in Atlanta in 1999 as a Vice President in the Capital Markets Group where he is responsible for mortgage origination and equity placement for owner/developer/buyer clients.

Forrest began his career in Atlanta in 1988 after graduating from Vanderbilt University, accepting an offer at Bank South, where he worked in several positions over a three-year period. Forrest focused his career on commercial real estate beginning in 1991 when he returned to Vanderbilt, enrolling in the Owen Graduate School of Management concentrating in finance. While at Owen, he gained commercial mortgage banking experience at a  Nashville-based commercial real estate firm.

Upon completing the Owen MBA program, Forrest returned to Atlanta to work for six years in commercial mortgage loan production with an Atlanta based mortgage banking firm. During his employment there, Mr. Speed’s production volume exceeded $150 million spanning a variety of property types including office, industrial, apartment, retail, and hotel.


- Top Producer 2008 for The Standard Life Insurance Company.

- Financed the largest office building in the state of South Carolina

- Mortgage placements span 10 states: Georgia, California, Florida,  Texas, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina,  and Tennessee

-  Financed Downtown Mobile, Alabama's first new, class "A", ground-up multifamily development in over 60 years


Vanderbilt University | Owen Graduate School of Management, Finance (MBA) | 1993

Vanderbilt University | Bachelor of Arts, History |1998

Memberships & Involvements

Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), Strategic Alliance Mortgage, Real Estate Group of Atlanta, International Council of Shopping Centers, Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors



Mortgage Brokerage

Service Lines

Capital Markets

Property Type

Industrial, Multifamily, Office, Retail

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