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John Folsom | Colliers | Columbia

John Folsom

President and Chief Executive Officer

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Professional Summary

I have served as the President and CEO of Colliers | South Carolina (CISC) for over twenty-eight (28) years. CISC is the largest commercial real estate firm in SC with sales and leasing transactions exceeding $1 billion in 2021. I am responsible for the administration of the firm, including finance and human resources, client development, and our service platforms, including commercial real estate brokerage and management services, corporate solutions, project management and healthcare solutions. I also devote considerable time to client development.

Along with our senior management team, I strive to establish a solid foundation from which our Colliers staff can grow and enjoy success in their careers. I strongly believe our platform is unparalleled in the commercial real estate industry in our markets and has played a huge role not only in the success of our company, but most importantly, the accomplishments of our professionals and their clients.


I am humbled to have received several recognitions over the years, including 

  • United Way of the Midlands’ “Humanitarian of the Year”
  • Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce’s “Ambassador of the Year”
  • South Carolina Biz “The 50 Most Influential People in Columbia”
  • Transitions “Volunteer of the Year” Award
  • Central South Carolina Association of Realtors “Meritorious Service” Award
  • Washington and Lee University’s “Distinguished Alumni” Award
  • Honorary Member of ODK, Washington and Lee University
  • Colliers International’s “Tom Richardson” Award

In 2008, an award in my name was created by the South Carolina Independent Schools Association to recognize volunteer leadership.


I hold an undergraduate degree in economics from Washington and Lee University and graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Master of Business Administration in 1974. Prior to joining Colliers in 1993, I was the President and CEO of a publicly traded statewide bank holding company.

Memberships & Involvements

SCRA – South Carolina REALTORS® Association
CCRA – Central Carolina REALTORS® Association
NAR – National Association of REALTORS®

Community is one of Colliers’ core values and thus I am actively engaged in leadership roles in numerous community and statewide organizations, many of which are focused on enhancing the economic and business environment in the Midlands of South Carolina. Current positions include:

  • Commissioner, Richland/Lexington Airport Commission
  • Midlands Business Leadership Group (MBLG); Chair of the Economic Development Task Force
  • Founding board member and treasurer of Salute from the Shore
  • Board member of the Jackson Companies of Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Board member of the Certified Development Corporation (CDC)

Former board and chair positions include: 

  • Founding board member of Transitions 
  • Chair of the MBLG, 2017-2021 
  • Served on the “Cost of Doing Business” and the “Business Friendly” Task Forces for MBLG and Columbia Chamber
  • Continental American Insurance Company (acquired by Aflac)
  • South Carolina Independent Colleges
  • South Carolina Independent Schools Association 
  • Hammond School
  • Trustee of Washington and Lee University
  • President of Washington and Lee’s National Alumni Association
  • South Carolina Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce
  • United Way of the Midlands
  • Young Presidents Organization (YPO)
  • Providence Hospital
  • Chair of Shandon United Methodist Church, Board of Trustees



Business Development

Featured News

Nov 16, 2022

Colliers | South Carolina and LCK offices pledge $101,783 to United Way

Charleston/Columbia/Greenville/Spartanburg, SC – Colliers and LCK staff across South Carolina participated in a “Warming Hearts” United Way campaign to raise funds, collect winter clothing and volunteer for local nonprofits
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Aug 3, 2022

Colliers | South Carolina announces 12-month transaction volume of $1.2 billion

Charleston/Columbia/Greenville/Spartanburg, SC – Colliers | South Carolina, which has offices in Charleston, Columbia, Greenville and Spartanburg, announced a record-breaking trailing 12-month production for the company’s brokerage operations with $1.2 billion in commercial real estate sale and lease transactions closed from July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022.
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