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Joel Yakovac


Senior Executive Vice President | Principal

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Professional Summary

Joel R. Yakovac is a member of the Columbus Industrial Team at Colliers along with Michael Linder, SIOR, Shane Woloshan, SIOR, Jonathan Schuen, SIOR, Kyle Ghiloni, and Molly Crosby, Joel specializes in industrial sales and leasing. He focuses on new business development and prospecting new tenants, buyers, landlords and sellers. Joel works with local companies throughout Central Ohio as well as large corporations across the United States.

Through extensive work, the willingness to go above and beyond and a vast grasp of the Columbus industrial market, Joel ensures clients have professional and efficient representation to expedite successful transactions.




Colliers International Everest Club, 2015-2016, 2018-2020

Columbus Realtors Achievements

Top Producer - 2015 to 2019

 Largest Transaction - 2009, 2013, & 2019

Largest Sale - 2019

1031 Exchange Award - 2019

Commercial/Investment Advisory

Board Committee Member

Chair of Columbus Board of

Realtors C/I Membership


Co-Star Top Broker for Industrial Leasing transactions, 2006 - 2017

Midwest Real Estate Hall of Fame, 2015

Member, Ohio Association of Realtors

Member, National Association of Realtors Member, Society


Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-Finance and Real Estate Major, University of Cincinnati

Memberships & Involvements

Columbus Board of Realtors, Ohio Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, Society of Industrial & Office Realtors (SIOR)


• Asplundh Construction Corp.
• Avnet
• Cabot Properties
• Cambridge Hanover
• DCT Industrial
• DHL/Exel
• Direct Buy
• Duke Realty Corporation
• Eaton Vance
• Edison Welding Institute
• ETAK systems
• Faurecia
• First Industrial
• Flodraulic Group
• Hackman Capital
• Helena Chemical Company
• Holland Roofing, Inc.
• HSA Commercial Real Estate
• Indcor
• Industrial Realty Group
• Invesco
• Kroger Company
• Lanter Delivery Systems, Inc.

• Liberty Property Trust
• Limited Stores
• Meritex Properties, Inc.
• MSC Industrial
• Nestle Waters, NA
• Nifco
• Opus
• Otis Elevator
• Plymouth Industrial
• Polaris Sales
• PPG Industries
• ProLogis
• Raymond Storage Concepts
• Rogue Fitness
• Roto-Rooter Services Company
• Sears
• Smyth Automotive
• Sunlife
• TwinMed, LLC
• Thirty-One Gifts
• Welsh
• Wilmington Investors


"Joel understood what our needs were...outstanding work in assisting us to get a zoning variance, this was pivotal in getting the transaction closed...we would be happy to recommend you and your services to anyone who has industrial needs in Central Ohio."
~Brantley Dreisbach
Dreisbach Wholesale Florists, Inc.


Service Lines

Landlord Representation, Tenant Representation

Property Type

Industrial, Land

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Featured Research

Mar 31, 2021

2021 Q1 Industrial Trends Columbus Colliers

The Columbus industrial market started the year strong, recording 5,072,626 square feet of net absorption. The ongoing COVID-19 health crisis has caused already-high demand for warehouse space to skyrocket, leading to booming activity in the industrial sector. This growth has yielded absorption greater than 1 million square feet in 14 of the past 15 quarters in Central Ohio and driven vacancy to 4.02 percent - the lowest it’s been in three years. With consistent demand and expected construction completions, Columbus can anticipate more activity throughout 2021 as the pandemic fuels growth in industrial space.
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Jan 4, 2021

2020 Q4 Industrial Trends Columbus Colliers

The Columbus industrial market finished 2020 with a strong fourth quarter, posting 2,184,850 square feet of net absorption. This brings year-to-date net absorption to over 10.6 million square feet - the highest annual absorption the Columbus market has ever recorded. The already thriving industrial sector has skyrocketed this year, as the e-commerce industry has grown exponentially due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Sustained demand in prime warehouse space has yielded absorption greater than 1 million square feet in 13 of the past 14 quarters in Central Ohio. This activity drove vacancy down in the fourth quarter, from 4.9 percent to 4.74 percent. Overall asking rates held steady at $3.89 per square foot, but new speculative availability increased rates for warehouse/distribution properties to $3.74 per square foot. In the past quarter, nearly 2 million square feet of product broke ground and the number of users looking for industrial space increased to 130 tenants, demonstrating the resiliency of the industrial market. Central Ohio can expect continued activity in the new year as COVID-19 fuels demand in the industrial sector.
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Sep 30, 2020

2020 Q3 Industrial Trends Columbus Colliers

The Columbus industrial market continued a strong year with a record third quarter, posting 3,660,680 square feet of positive net absorption. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has caused the already rising e-commerce industry to skyrocket in recent months, indicated by an influx of demand from these types of users. Due to this sustained demand, Columbus has seen absorption greater than 1 million square feet in 12 of the past 13 quarters. Additionally, this quarter marks the highest absorption in a single quarter since 2016. Despite recording positive absorption, vacancy slightly increased to 4.9 percent, as nearly 1 million square feet of new available speculative development was added to the market. This first-class space also caused overall and warehouse/distribution rates to rise, to $3.88 per square foot and $3.67 per square foot, respectively. In the past quarter, more than 4 million square feet of product broke ground and the number of users looking for industrial space increased from 102 to 120 tenants, demonstrating the strength of the industrial market. Central Ohio can expect continued activity in coming months as COVID-19 fuels growth in the industrial sector.
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Featured News

May 30, 2019

2019 Top Producers Award Release

Colliers International | Greater Columbus Region is proud to announce that they are home to five of the ten Top Producers at the Columbus Board of Realtors Commercial Awards.
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