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Thomas Beard | Colliers | Columbia

Thomas Beard


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Professional Summary

I specialize in leasing, user sales and investment sales of industrial properties.

Since a young age, I have had a profound interest in and exposure to commercial real estate. I have long found industrial brokerage to be intriguing because it serves as the foundation of many different types of businesses and processes. It is very rewarding to have the opportunity to play a role in the goals and progress of each of our clients as a trusted industrial services advisor.


In 2022, I earned the Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS® (SIOR) designation. I have been recognized as a CoStar Power Broker in industrial leasing transactions in Columbia, SC every year since 2017. I have received numerous awards through Colliers | SC including the Rising Star Award in 2018, the Service Excellence Award in 2020 and the Top 10 Producers Award in 2020.  In 2018, 2019 and 2020, I received the Central Carolina REALTORS® Association Commercial Circle of Excellence Award and also recevied CCRA’s Sales Transaction of the Year Award in 2020. Additionally, I was part of the team that earned SIOR’s worldwide 2020 Top Industrial and Investment Transaction Awards.

Over the course of my career, I have participated in transactions totaling 20.5 million square feet, valued at over $500 million.


I graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.

In 2014, I joined Colliers | South Carolina as an intern, conducting research for quarterly market reports, special projects and case studies in the three major markets in South Carolina for two years before transitioning to brokerage. I find that my exposure to market data and establishing relationships with many of the professionals I continue to work with today, while working in the research department at Colliers, provides a valuable foundation into identifying market trends and creative deal making from the brokerage perspective.

Memberships & Involvements

SIOR – Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS® 
CCIM – Candidate
CCRA – Central Carolina REALTORS® Association
SCRA – South Carolina REALTORS® Association
NAR – National Association of REALTORS®
SCEDA - South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association

I am a 2021 graduate of Leadership Columbia. I am a member of Christ School’s Alumni Council and serve on the Board of Directors for RED Atlas, a commercial real estate data and analytics company focused on serving emerging markets. 

While attending the University of South Carolina, I served on the planning committee for the annual Game Ball Run, which raises money for the Marcus Lattimore Foundation and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Additionally, I was also involved with the Caribbean Youth Network, a program that provides shelter, food, sports facilities and equipment for youth on Long Island in the Bahamas.



Investment Properties

Service Lines

Landlord Representation, Tenant Representation

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Featured Research

Feb 13, 2023

2022 Q4 Industrial Columbia Report

New deliveries are necessary to meet demand - The Columbia industrial market currently has 2 million square feet of construction underway that is scheduled to deliver in 2023.
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Nov 29, 2022

2022 Q3 Industrial South Carolina Report

South Carolina avoids macroeconomic headwinds-Record-setting speculative development throughout South Carolina continued into the third quarter of 2022
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Oct 27, 2022

2022 Q3 Industrial Columbia Report

Record-breaking activity in the Columbia industrial market-Despite macroeconomic headwinds, industrial tenant velocity remains strong pushing the overall Columbia vacancy rate to an all-time low of 3.16%
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Featured News

Mar 22, 2023

Colliers | South Carolina announces 2022 Top Producers & Walter M. Keenan Award recipients

Charleston / Columbia / Greenville / Spartanburg, SC – Colliers | South Carolina is pleased to announce the commercial real estate firm’s brokerage awards for 2022, presented at the company’s annual Awards Celebration held at Camp Cole in Columbia on March 8, 2023.
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Mar 21, 2023

Scannell Properties sells Airport Distribution Center speculative building to CEEUS and plans new development

Columbia, SC – Scannell Properties has sold its Airport Distribution Center speculative building to CEEUS, Inc., an electric utility company that supplies products to electric cooperatives across South Carolina, who will use the building as a distribution facility.
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