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John Burns

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Professional Summary

John R. Burns is a senior vice president of Capital Markets with Colliers and brings more than 30 years of national real estate transaction and investment banking experience to the company.

His area of expertise is working with property owners and developers desiring to secure institutional capital for their respective projects. This includes institutional asset sales, as well as arranging joint-venture equity/partners for development and acquisition projects.

John’s experience encompasses both the buy and sell sides of the business. His 12-year tenure at a high-profile development firm enabled him to hone his skills in the acquisition, finance (both debt and equity), and entitlement aspects of the business. John’s experience on both sides of the negotiations enables clients to benefit from his unique insights and perspective.

He concentrates his efforts in the industrial and office sectors, where he has completed most of his transactions; however, his overall product knowledge covers the full spectrum of asset classes. John has completed in excess of $5 billion of commercial real estate sales and/or financing transactions during his career.

Recently, John relocated to Phoenix from Chicago. John joined Colliers following eight years as principal of Keystone Realty Capital, where he opened and managed the Connecticut-based investment brokerage’s Chicago office.

He began his career with the Chicago-based development firm, The John Buck Company. Later, John founded and managed the Chicago office of Eastdil Realty Company (now EastdilSecured), a New York-based real estate investment banking firm.

John grew up in the Chicago area and attended Lake Forest College. He is a licensed associate broker in the state of Arizona and licensed managing broker in the state of Illinois.


  • Completed in excess of $5 billion of commercial real estate sales and/or financing transactions during his career


  • Associate Broker’s License, Arizona Dept. of Real Estate
  • Managing Broker’s License, State of Illinois
  • Lake Forest College


  • Ares
  • Aetna Life
  • The Blackstone Group
  • Capri Associates
  • CBRE Capital Investors
  • CenterPoint Properties
  • Equitable Life Insurance Company
  • Fleet Bank
  • GIC
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Heitman Capital
  • JMB Realty
  • The John Buck Company
  • Kemper Life Insurance Company
  • Lubert-Adler Partners
  • Mitsui Life Insurance Company
  • New York State Teachers Retirement System
  • NLI Properties
  • Ohio State Teachers Retirement System
  • Overseas Partners
  • The Pizzuti Companies
  • The Prime Group, Inc.
  • Prudential Real Estate Investors
  • Travelers
  • University of Chicago
  • Wisconsin Energy Corp.
  • Yasuda Life Insurance Company



Investment Properties

Service Lines

Capital Markets

Property Type

Industrial, Land, Office

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