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James Garrett | Colliers | Charleston

James Garrett


Market President

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Professional Summary

I am the Market President for the Charleston, SC Market. My responsibilities include the management of Colliers’ Charleston area brokerage staff, recruiting and business development as well as community and civic affairs and economic development. I also serve on the company’s statewide Management Committee and its Board of Directors.

I am a seasoned commercial real estate professional with more than 30 years of experience in the industry. I am very knowledgeable about commercial real estate brokerage, corporate real estate, operations and trainings.


In my tenure at Colliers | Ohio, the team doubled its top line revenue, its Real Estate Management Services (REMS) division increased to over 28 million square feet of space and the Cleveland office grew organically to include over 20 professionals. These accomplishments and many other factors helped me to lead the Colliers | Ohio team in winning the Colliers International | USA “Team Innovation Award” in 2013.

I previously served as the Program Chair for NAIOP in Central Ohio. I am also a past Marketing Chair for the Athletic Club of Columbus’ Rod and Gun Club and have been an active mentor for the Real Estate Center at The Ohio State University.


I attended Franklin University and Wright State University. Prior to joining Colliers International | South Carolina as the Market President, I served as the Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Colliers International in Columbus, Ohio. While there, I was responsible for launching the Colliers | Cleveland office and served as Chair of Colliers Managers’ National Steering Committee. 

Prior to joining Colliers | Columbus, I was associated with NAI Global as Executive Vice President of its national brokerage services group.

Memberships & Involvements

Master of Corporate Real Estate – CoreNet Global

Green Belt in Six Sigma – The CRESTAR Alliance

Advanced Negotiations – CCIM Institute

Mentor for real estate majors at The Ohio State University

Board Member at Charleston Regional Development Alliance

Board Member at The Harbour Club


“Jim epitomizes the essence of the "Can Do" approach to every problem. Jim is one of those rare individuals that has boundless energy, an incredible work ethic, and a personality that draws people to him in a spirit of collaboration. His innovative approach to problem solving combined with his ability to get things done has made Jim one of the finest real estate professionals I have had the pleasure of working with. Over the past dozen years we have worked together on many assignments and each time has been a true pleasure. Jim is one of the great ones in our business and I have become a better professional for having had the pleasure of working with him. The real bonus jis counting Jim as a good friend.” Thad Seligman, President/CEO, NAI Horizon

Featured Research

Nov 3, 2022

2022 Q3 Multifamily Charleston Report

Multifamily demand keeps pace with construction, but may slow soon-growth remains steady but may cool as supply continues to deliver to the market
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Aug 19, 2022

2022 Q2 Multifamily Charleston Report

Multifamily construction pipeline is nearing completion-If the current trend of leasing more apartments than deliveries continues, a new wave of multifamily construction will likely be necessary
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May 7, 2019

2019 Q1 Retail Charleston Report

Bricks-and-mortar retail is necessary - Bricks-and-mortar shops are necessary to enhance online sales and keep up with customers’ omni-channel shopping preferences.
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Featured News

Sep 28, 2021

Colliers | South Carolina celebrates 115 years in business

Colliers | South Carolina, which has offices in Charleston, Columbia, Greenville and Spartanburg, SC, is celebrating its 115th anniversary in business.
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Apr 30, 2019

Colliers International South Carolina and LCKs Charleston Office Moves to Accommodate Growing Team

Charleston, SC – The Colliers International and LCK office in Charleston has a new location as of May 3, 2019.
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