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Michelle Needles | Colliers | Seattle

Michelle Needles

Head of Enterprise Client Solutions | Executive Vice President, Occupier Services | Americas

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Professional Summary

Michelle joined Colliers in 2014 and serves as a leader within the Corporate Solutions team, specializing in Enterprise Solutions.  As the Head of the Enterprise Client Solutions function, Michelle is accomplished in the delivery of complex solutions both in solution design, as well as transaction execution and account management. 

As part of the Solutioning process, Michelle is an active Transition Leader, onboarding key account relationships, with a subject matter expertise in the global Transaction Management service delivery. Michelle has led multi-disciplinary global account transitions for Cummins, the International Monetary Fund, BAE Systems, Alcon, Driscoll’s, and others.

Michelle brings her passion for creating inclusive cultures to all aspects of her role and has been active in the Colliers’ Diversity and Inclusion Program since its inception.  Michelle has been serving as an Executive Champion for the North American program since 2017.


Prior to Colliers, Michelle led the Transaction Management service line at the former Studley, Inc.,  where she managed client portfolios totaling over 25 million square feet and executed transactions on behalf of clients including Canon USA, McGladrey (RSM), Harman International and to name a few.

Prior to Savills Studley, she spent eleven years with CBRE in Global Corporate Services, managing multi-market transaction accounts across all regions. Her clients included Marriott, Tellabs, American Express and Nielsen.

Michelle has driven numerous successful initiatives with current and former clients, highlights including the solution development and transition of over 250 million square feet in over 100 countries.

Recognized by her peers as an industry leader, recent recognition includes:

- CoreNet Global Americas' Summit Panelist, 2022

- GlobeStreet’s 2022 Women of Influence Award: Humanitarian, 2022

- Colliers'  Global Occupier Services Win of the Year, 2021

- HCL’s Red Ladder Unstoppable Women Award, 2020

- GlobeStreet’s 2020 Women of Influence Award: Diversity & Inclusion, 2020

- Colliers’ Sachin Sehgal “Spirit of Colliers Award”, 2020

Michelle is an accomplished public speaker, and in January, 2019 she was a featured presenter at the TedX Hiernymous Park event.  Her talk, "Is That What She Said?" brought forth new ideas on how to manage commonly uncomfortable conversations.


Michelle is a graduate of the James Madison College at Michigan State University, holding a Bachelor of Arts in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy.  While at Michigan State, Michelle was a member of the MSU Women's Rugby team and held various leadership positions with the Phi Mu Sorority.

Memberships & Involvements

Michelle has served as a mentor with the Global Mentoring Initiative, as well as serving as a mentor to rising industry professionals.  Michelle has served on the boards of the Boys and Girls Club as well as CASA and has coached her local high school girls’ rugby team to consecutive State Championships.

Michelle is active within industry organizations including CoreNet, IAOP, ULI and IAMC.


Service Lines

Integrated Service Delivery

Property Type

Office, Industrial, Retail, Land

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