Colliers, one of the largest commercial real estate firms in Greater Cincinnati, has added a veteran female brokerage duo.
Colliers International, one of the largest commercial real estate firms in Greater Cincinnati, has added a veteran female brokerage duo.
Elaine Gillespie and Sloane Nichols have joined the Cincinnati office of Colliers as senior vice presidents, effective Oct. 22. Both were previously with Equity, where they had been a team since Nichols joined the firm in 2019.
Joe Wiles, managing director of Colliers, said it has been his goal to attract “the best talent” to the firm and focus on diversity and female empowerment in the commercial real estate industry.
“Sloane and Elaine are well-respected agents that clients in the region highly regard,” Wiles said in a news release. “Our culture will continue to evolve with the addition of Sloane and Elaine and their additions are just the most recent of our growth initiative.”
Gillespie and Nichols each have more than 20 years of experience in commercial real estate. Gillespie has been with Equity for nearly 20 years.
Nichols is returning to Colliers, after joining Equity in 2019. She joined Colliers in 2015 and spent nearly four years with the firm, specializing in tenant and landlord representation of medical and office properties. Prior to coming to Cincinnati, Nichols spent more than 12 years working in commercial real estate in the Athens, Georgia area.
Catherine Williams, director of marketing and public relations for Colliers, said adding Gillespie and Nichols to the office will help make the industry more diverse.
“By having these two join the Colliers team, our goal of growing the powerhouse of female agents is fueled in the right direction,” Williams said.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 31.2% of professionals working in the rental/leasing aspect of real estate are women. Colliers | Greater Cincinnati has 50% of its leadership positions held by women, compared to the national average of 9% within the industry, according to CREW Network’s 2020 Benchmark Study.