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Karen Whitt | Colliers | Washington, DC - REMS

Karen Whitt


President, Real Estate Mgmt Services

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Professional Summary

As President Real Estate Management Services US, I develop complete real estate solutions that address my clients’ business needs. This means connecting our retail, industrial, office, multifamily, brokerage, investment sales, and property management groups in ways that create memorable experiences. In addition, I oversee property management operations in the United States.

I am active in the commercial real estate community through multiple organizations including IREM, CREW, and BOMA. To help prepare college students for careers in commercial real estate, I also work with the Industry Advisory Board for Virginia Tech’s Program in Real Estate, of which I am founding member. Nearest to my heart is the work I do with Lucky Dog Animal Rescue in Washington, DC, which has placed more than 7,000 animals in new homes since 2009. I always have a few dogs staying at my house that are looking for their forever homes. 


  • Grew Colliers’ REMS portfolio by more than 200M SF in five years
  • CREW Network Director (2019-2020)
  • DC Salesperson License
  • Certified Property Manager of the Year, IREM, Washington, DC
  • IREM National, Executive Committee
  • 2018 Colliers International Tom Richardson Award recipient
  • 2016 Woman of Influence, Real Estate Forum
  • CREW Network Distinguished Leader, 2017
  • Counselors of Real Estate Membership Development Committee Industry Representative, 2018
  • BOMA National Advisory Council
  • NAR Large Commercial Firm Advisory Board
  • Floorwire, Advisor
  • Contributing Writer, Washington Business Journal, IREM Journal and Building Operating Management ‚Äč


  • Real Property Administrator, BOMI International
  • Certified Property Manager, IREM
  • Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, Washington, DC
  • BA, English, Villanova University

Memberships & Involvements

  • CREW - Commercial Real Estate Women
  • ICSC
  • IREM - Institute of Real Estate Management
  • IFMA - International Facilities Management Association
  • The Real Estate Group
  • ULI - Urban Land Institute


  • AEW Capital Management
  • American Realty Advisors
  • Blackrock, Blackstone
  • Clarion Partners
  • Invesco
  • James Campbell Company
  • JP Morgan
  • Prudential Real Estate Investors
  • Stockbridge
  • TH Real Estate



Property and Facilities Management, Business Development, Operational real estate, Portfolios

Service Lines

Real Estate Management Services

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