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Nothing is Better than a Colliers Picnic


Colliers, Coworkers and... Cornhole

Top of the ranks proved itself true not only in the results of the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Top Workplaces of 2021 Awards, but through the electric and dynamic culture displayed at the Colliers company picnic. 


The picnic not only brought out nearly 75 people to Julifs Park, including the friends and family of Colliers team members, but a surprising break of sunshine and perfect park weather. Everyone proved that they don’t just work hard, they play hard. From shoot off’s on the basketball court, to card games at the picnic tables, with everything from chalk drawings and enjoying cold beers in between. 


Fueled up on classic picnic burgers and hot dogs from Lother’s, the much anticipated Cornhole Tournament was underway. Although the office chatter involved trash talk between predicted victors, ultimately Alex Cate and Gil Richards went down in the first match, along with Colliers’ fearless leaders: Shenan, teamed up with his daughter Ryley, Paul Plattner, paired with Rob Read, and Catherine Williams, with boyfriend Zach Smith. Devastating first round losses fueled unexpected competitors. The official office smack talk victory was secured by Connor Fahrnbach and Dave Clements, although they only made it as far as the Semi-Finals in Round Three.


The Finals came down to the fierce pairings of Brent Ludy and Tyler Wiles versus Jackson and Cole Murphy. Based on the ferocious domination (and very apparent skill), speculation broke out, making everyone wonder if Shenan and Joe secretly enrolled their sons in official Cornhole leagues to prepare. But despite the reverence and amazement of the crowd, the Murphy boys solidified the tournament win, proving the rumors are true: don’t mess with a Murphy. 



In efforts to promote Colliers’ involvement in the annual RIDE Cincinnati event, Split the Pot was a notable highlight of the event, ultimately raising the funds to sponsor two riders on the Colliers team. In addition to drawing the Split the Pot winner, the Murphy boys donated their winnings (two baskets of summer fun) to be raffled off. With the Umbstead girls on the mic and pulling the draw, (eventually) winners were awarded: Connor Fahrnbach and Tabatha Umbstead took home the baskets and the Marketing and Research Team wrapped up the Split the Pot win. 


Concluding the event, superlatives were awarded to some of Colliers’ finest, and most memorable, team members. 

  • Colliers Clutz Award - Most likely to need bubble wrap armor: Becky Ober
  • Culture Warrior Award - Most likely to calm the storms, protect good energy, and go above and beyond: Tabatha Umbstead
  • Swagger Strut Award - Most likely to be recognized by the sound of their walk: Norm Khoury
  • Tooth:30 Award - Most likely to be seen brushing their teeth: Bill Keefer
  • Honorary Mechanic Award - Most likely to get stuck fixing the printer: Alex Heidel
  • Squatter Patrol Award - Most likely to fend off unruly "tenants" - AJ Hauer
  • Shooting Star Award - Most likely to step up to the plate: Alex Cate
  • 5 O'Clock Somewhere Award - Most likely to be looking for the next happy hour: John Gartner
  • Bermuda Triangle Award - Most likely to be an organized hoarder: Fred Macke


With deep appreciation and sincere gratitude, thank yous are extended to not only the people who work hard day in and day out on the Colliers team, earning it the recognition of being a Top Workplace, but also to the support systems of each team member, for all that they do and for what they sacrifice, for their Colliers employee. We also tip our hats to our honorable leadership team, spearheaded by Shenan Murphy and Joe Wiles who set a standard of excellence and invest in a culture we can all be proud of.


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Catherine Williams

Director of Marketing & PR


Catherine Williams started her career with Colliers International at the Greater Cincinnati & Dayton offices in 2017. Starting off as a marketing specialist and being responsible for establishing a strategic marketing plan for actively listed properties, developing property collateral, assembling presentations, and assisting in day-to-day administrative tasks. Catherine has since been promoted to the Director of Marketing and Public Relations based on her strong work ethic, team work performance and her commitment to the company.

As the Director of Marketing & Public Relations for the Greater Cincinnati and Dayton offices, Catherine has overall responsibility for the marketing and brokerage support teams. She oversees the strategic direction of marketing and public relations for all service lines delivery and corporate efforts. Catherine not only leads the development of the overall strategy for the firm but also leads the execution of it. She works in line and collaborates with the Director of Research, Loren DeFilippo, to maximize the impact of the regions research material for promotion of the offices and the Colliers brand as a whole. 

Catherine is what you would call a mediator and a defender- she is always eager to help a good cause and is very dedicated for the people she works with. She has always been one to include and relate to those around her; Catherine does not see the difference in others instead she recognizes and cultivates the potential in them.

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