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Annual Colliers Picnic Recap

The combined efforts from everyone made it another successful annual picnic, and it showcased what makes Colliers special.

The Colliers Cincinnati team members brought their A game — in more ways than one — to the 2022 company picnic in August at Juilf's Park. Headlined by yet another spirited cornhole tournament, more than 70 attendees put on a true display of Colliers’ culture complete with games, tie-dye, raffles, Lehr’s barbecue and more.

The Colliers’ cornhole tournament kicked off to an early start this year, as last year’s winners were MIA, and this year’s teams were eager to crown a new victor. With a Skyline gift card and serious office bragging rights on the line, the betting favorites, AJ Hauer and Tommy Drought, began as expected with a win. Joe Wiles and Emily Thomas barely pulled off a win against last-minute entry and upcoming fifth graders Sawyer McGonigal and crew, only to be obliterated in the next round by frontrunners Zach Smith and Brandon Myers, who appeared to be effortlessly wiping out each team they faced. As each round passed, it appeared the two would be taking a seat on the Colliers cornhole throne—until they faced Sam Peterson and Alex Heidel in the championship. The team that started as the pair to beat lost in a landslide to the accounting duo, and a new champion was crowned.

Though cornhole remained a top activity at this year’s picnic, the addition of tie-dying with Funky Sunshine proved to be a hit. Guided by the professionals, adults and kids alike lined up to tie-dye their own one-of-a-kind Colliers shirt. Participants got to choose from a variety of tie-dye designs and colors to make the shirt their very own, and the results couldn’t have been better.

The gathering also provided an excellent opportunity to raise money for Colliers Cincinnati’s Q3 Building Up Our Communities charity event, RIDE Cincinnati. A handful of generous donations allowed for strong participation in the raffle event, which featured the following prizes:

  • A signed Jonathan India baseball and 4 Reds club tickets
  • A signed Zac Taylor football
  • A choice Bengals jersey
  • Two FC Cincinnati club tickets
  • A $100 gift card to Taste of Belgium
  • Two Riverbend concert tickets to five different shows

With these raffles, Colliers raised $650 towards RIDE Cincinnati!

Following the raffle drawings was this year’s Colliers Superlatives awards, which featured 14 new categories voted upon by Colliers peers. Vibrant emcee and fearless leader Joe Wiles took to the microphone to announce this year’s superlative winners:

  • Driest Sense of Humor: Paul Plattner
  • Most Likely to Quit CRE & Become President: Shenan Murphy
  • Best Dressed: Elaine Gillespie
  • Best Storyteller: Chuck Ackerman
  • Most “All Business”: John Schenk
  • Most Cheerful: Sue Keefer
  • Messiest Desk Award: Fred Macke
  • Most Likely to Star in a Reality TV Show: Frank Telles
  • Most Likely to Show Up Late with Starbucks in Hand: Krystal Bermudez
  • Most Likely to RSVP and Not Show Up: Patrick McGonigal
  • Most Likely to Grab Free Food from the Kitchen: Gil Richards
  • Most Likely to Take a Baseball Bat to the Copier: Mike Finke
  • Most Likely to Burst Into Song: Ellee Cornett
  • Most Likely to Say What Everyone Else is Thinking: Brittany Ramey

With this year’s picnic come and gone, we would like to thank everyone who made the event possible, including the party planning committee, event setup and event cleanup. The combined efforts from everyone made it another successful event, and it showcased what makes Colliers special. However, this is just a small piece in what makes Colliers Cincinnati a Top Workplace. The effort from each team member day in and day out and the relationships built amongst each other are truly what sets Colliers and its culture apart.

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Emily Thomas

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Emily Thomas joined Colliers International as a Marketing Associate with the Greater Cincinnati office in 2021. Emily supports the Industrial team with various projects and assignments, including day-to-day marketing tasks.

Emily is a creative communicator with a strong attention to detail. She is well-versed in AP style writing and proficient in design mediums such as Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop. Emily has honed her skills working in various industries throughout her professional development. She has developed marketing campaigns for ION Television, created digital content for divisions of UF Health, and drove communications with clients at a budding law firm.

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Catherine Williams

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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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