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Colliers | South Carolina celebrates 115 years in business

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Charleston/Columbia/Greenville/Spartanburg, SC – Colliers | South Carolina, which has offices in Charleston, Columbia, Greenville and Spartanburg, SC, is celebrating its 115th anniversary in business.

The company was founded in 1906 in Columbia by Walter A. Keenan as The Keenan Company. Following Walter A. Keenan’s leadership, the company was led by his son, Walter M. Keenan. John W. Folsom joined the firm in 1993 as President and CEO and continues to serve in that capacity today.   

In the early days of the business, Walter A.’s staff consisted only of himself and an assistant. Business was conducted by going door-to-door, serving as a broker representing local buyers and sellers in the acquisition of commercial real estate. He carried the company through The Great Depression as the railroad system and Columbia’s skyline grew larger. Until the 1960s, The Keenan Company was the only firm in Columbia focusing exclusively on commercial real estate. 

Burley Kittrell joined Walter A. as his partner and was a principal of the company until his untimely passing in May of 1972. Burley was best known for his mentorship within their team, which at the time consisted of himself, Walter A. and his son, Walter M., Robert Selman, the company’s first salesperson, an assistant and a bookkeeper. 

The company began to grow dramatically under Walter M. Keenan who joined The Keenan Company in 1951 and remained active until his passing in 2008. Walter M. guided the company through economic ups and downs, changes to the industry, new technology and the rapidly expanding South Carolina market. 

A commitment was established to invest in the people who could be leaders in the market. Success became dependent on hiring top-notch professionals who were eager and talented as it became important to keep up with the changing times and new technologies. 

Walter M.’s “selling” personality and love of people is evident in the memories of him shared by colleagues, family, friends and business acquaintances. For example, it was not an uncommon occurrence for him to take a napkin from a restaurant, lean on the hood of the car, and write a contract on the spot to be negotiated over a handshake. 

Having had a deep devotion to the community and to giving back, he donated his money, time and mentorship to help those in need. This principle of giving back to the community remains at the forefront of the company today. Colliers’ six core values are: service, expertise, community, fun, integrity and collaboration. These are all principles passed down from the original Keenan Company leadership and are an integral part of the company’s culture. 

Henry W. “Woody” Moore, Jr. joined the company in 1971 as a sales associate and was mentored by Burley Kittrell. He was promoted to Vice President of Sales in 1973 and remained in leadership management until 2013. He is still part of the organization today. 

In 1984, The Keenan Company affiliated with Colliers International to take advantage of the expanding global commercial real estate market and to benefit from the broad resources available through Colliers. Colliers International is one of the leading global commercial real estate organizations with a worldwide network which provides a competitive edge to customized real estate services. Colliers International sought to align with dominant local companies and The Keenan Company’s strong reputation in South Carolina led to this collaboration.

In 1989, the ownership of the company was expanded beyond the Keenan family to include the company’s leadership team. Shortly thereafter, the company partnered with Bob Nuttall, Sr. in Charleston to launch The Keenan Company of Charleston. 

The next significant hire by the company was Mickey Layden who joined The Keenan Company as a property manager in 1986 and was promoted to Vice President of Property Management in 1989.  As one of her major accomplishments, she created a project management division utilizing her extensive background in the technical aspects of architecture and construction, as well as experience with facilities management. The division began by managing tenant improvements and quickly moved into management of green field construction projects. In 2001, the division was incorporated into an independent LLC and was branded as LCK. Today, Mickey is the President and CEO of LCK, which is designated as a Woman Owned Business.  In 2021, LCK has nearly one billion dollars of construction projects in progress across South Carolina and the Southeast. LCK has a staff of 12 project management professionals in Charleston, Columbia and Greenville-Spartanburg. 

David Lockwood joined the company in 1986 in office leasing and moved into management in 1992. He currently serves as the Executive Vice President and COO | South Carolina and as the Market President in Columbia. It is also noteworthy that Neel Keenan, grandson of Walter A. and son of Walter M., has been with the company since 1976.

John W. Folsom joined the company in 1993 as President and CEO. Formerly the President and CEO of a statewide financial institution, John brought his unique experience from that field to the Keenan Company, including creating a more corporate and strategic approach to conducting business. 

Colliers Keenan’s expansion into Greenville took place in 1999 as a joint venture with The Goldsmith Company which had key agents focusing on commercial real estate. The Greenville operation was known as Colliers Keenan Goldsmith until 2006 when it became Colliers International Greenville LLC. 

The company’s current senior leadership team also includes:
Neil Jones, CFO
David Feild,  Greenville-Spartanburg Market President
Jim Garrett, Charleston Market President
David Cuda, Senior Vice President and Director of Corporate Solutions
Debbie Lane, Senior Vice President of Real Estate Management Services

In 2010, the global corporate Colliers International organization united firms across the globe and committed to working under a single brand name. At that time, Colliers Keenan became known as Colliers International | South Carolina. 

In 2015, the global organization of Colliers International began trading on the NASDAQ (CIGI) and TSX (CIG) as one of the leading publicly traded commercial real estate firms with operations in more than 60 countries around the world. Colliers International South Carolina remains a privately owned affiliate of the brand which provides the benefits of the corporate company’s global reach and deep resources for marketing, research, brokerage referrals, valuation, capital markets and many other resources. 

In 2018, Colliers International | South Carolina opened a fourth office in Spartanburg to address the opportunities of that rapidly expanding commercial real estate market. 

In 2021, Colliers launched a new visual identity as part of its global brand strategy designed for the evolving digital era. Most notably, “International” has been dropped from the name and logo. Colliers offices in South Carolina are now known as Colliers | South Carolina. 

Through Folsom’s leadership, Colliers has strategically differentiated itself among other commercial real estate firms in the state through its concentration of talent in staff holding professional designations, its vast portfolio of properties under management, its project management partner with unmatched resources in the state and a successful corporate services platform. 

Today, Colliers | South Carolina has over 140 staff members, including 62 licensed real estate professionals, covering the entire state with locations in Charleston, Columbia, Greenville and Spartanburg. The company is proud of its 49 staff members who hold advanced degrees and professional designations.
The company has 41 brokerage professionals in South Carolina.  2021 is expected to be a record-breaking year for the company’s brokerage oprations with transactional volume over $850 million. 

Colliers | South Carolina offers Corporate Solutions, which is headed by David Cuda, to anticipate client needs through the client’s perspective and work to design real estate strategies and align them with business objectives to empower clients to make smart real estate decisions.

Since 1989, the company’s property management division, known as Real Estate Management Services (REMS), has grown from managing 1.5 million square feet of space in Columbia to over 17 million square feet of space across South Carolina with 27 property managers and support staff.  Colliers is an Accredited Management Organization (AMO) through the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM)

The company’s accounting and financial services department has grown into a 12-person team and is led by two Certified Public Accountants.  
The marketing and research team has expanded from one position in Columbia in the 1990s to a 15-person team in the company’s four offices. The company’s marketing endeavors are cutting-edge and are recognized annually on a national level. 

Globally, Colliers has operations in 67 countries with more than 15,000 enterprising professionals and annualized revenues of $3.0 billion ($3.3 billion including affiliates) and $40 billion of assets under management.

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John Folsom

President and Chief Executive Officer


I have served as the President and CEO of Colliers | South Carolina (CISC) for over twenty-eight (28) years. CISC is the largest commercial real estate firm in SC with sales and leasing transactions exceeding $1 billion in 2021. I am responsible for the administration of the firm, including finance and human resources, client development, and our service platforms, including commercial real estate brokerage and management services, corporate solutions, project management and healthcare solutions. I also devote considerable time to client development.

Along with our senior management team, I strive to establish a solid foundation from which our Colliers staff can grow and enjoy success in their careers. I strongly believe our platform is unparalleled in the commercial real estate industry in our markets and has played a huge role not only in the success of our company, but most importantly, the accomplishments of our professionals and their clients.

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Neel Keenan

Senior Vice President


I have been associated with Colliers International | South Carolina since 1975 and am currently the Senior Vice President of the firm. Working with investment sales and single-net lease clients, I bring buyers and sellers together who have an interest in investment properties. Having worked in the commercial real estate industry for over 42 years, I love building relationships with my clients and being able to deliver the best customer service to meet their needs with a very straightforward approach. I believe that honesty plays a big role in the client-broker relationship and that clients appreciate someone who is on their side. In this business, clients may come and go, but I take pride in the fact that many of my relationships with clients are long-lasting because I strive to always go the extra mile for them.

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Woody Moore

Executive Vice President | South Carolina


I have been with Colliers International since 1971 and am an Executive Vice President of the firm. Previously, I served as the broker-in-charge of the firm for over 30 years. My current focus is on multifamily and mixed-use development transactions as well as providing receivership services on behalf of Colliers International.

The most rewarding part of my job is the daily interaction with the people that I work with. My clients are my number one priority, and I strive to leverage my expertise to help them accomplish their real estate objectives. I have a broad base of real estate experience coupled with a wide range of contracts which helps me in this effort.

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Mickey Layden

Exec. Vice President | South Carolina & President | LCK


I am President/CEO of LCK, the project management partner of Colliers | South Carolina. Founded in 1994, LCK is a certified woman-owned business that serves clients throughout the state through a regional network of offices in Greenville, Spartanburg, Columbia, and Charleston.

I also serve as Executive Vice President and Principal of Colliers | South Carolina, with executive leadership responsibility for the firm’s Real Estate Management Services division. The REMS staff of nearly 55 property management and maintenance professionals manages over 16 million square feet of space statewide. 

I have been fortunate to assemble a great team of project management professionals within LCK and together we leverage collective backgrounds in engineering, facilities management, construction and financial modeling to offer a comprehensive service.

My primary focus within both Colliers and LCK is business development, consulting, advisory services and strategic planning.

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David Lockwood

Executive Vice President and COO | South Carolina


I have a great appreciation for business competition and enjoy helping our team members win. This has been relevant in my career in brokerage activities with our clients and now with my approach to management. I enjoy seeing the success of people within Colliers who apply a strong work ethic and persevere to win assignments. I possess a strong passion for helping our clients achieve their goals whether it is in leasing space or determining solutions to complicated real estate matters. 

I have the great honor or currently serving as the President-Elect of SIOR Global - Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS®. I will become President of this worldwide organization in the fall of 2023.

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Neil Jones

Senior Vice President and CFO | South Carolina


I am a Senior Vice President and the Chief Financial Officer for Colliers International | South Carolina. As CFO, I provide detailed accounting services and financial reporting for all three of the Colliers | South Carolina offices and LCK as well as our property management clients.

I strive to provide an exceptional accounting and finance platform for both Colliers and our clients. I believe that I bring a strong set of management and technical skills to the company to provide that platform. Client service is a top priority at Colliers, and it’s exciting to be a part of that service model. There’s never a dull day at Colliers and it’s very gratifying to see my work directly impact the success of Colliers and our clients.

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David Feild

Market President Greenville-Spartanburg


I am the Market President for the Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson market, also known as the Upstate. My responsibilities include the management of the brokerage staff in the Greenville and Spartanburg offices as well as the growth of the company’s sales, leasing, property management and project management business. In support of this growth, one of my primary responsiblities is recruiting talent to Colliers. I also serve on Colliers International | South Carolina’s statewide management group and specialize in developing and implementing strategic and tactical plans to best use the resources of Colliers International.

I assist the brokerage staff in Greenville and Spartanburg, comprised of office, retail, industrial and land leasing and sales specialists, with strategies for achieving clients’ real estate objectives. I very much enjoy seeing the development of talent and growth within the company. This growth is measured in many ways, including repeat business with clients, the overall client satisfaction with our services and the growth in sophistication of the transactions that we are involved in. Attracting fresh, talented minds to our team, combined with the wealth of experience that many of our brokers possess, enables us to stay ahead of the changing markets and remain as a top third-party commercial real estate service provider in the state of South Carolina.

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James Garrett

Market President


I am the Market President for the Charleston, SC Market. My responsibilities include the management of Colliers’ Charleston area brokerage staff, recruiting and business development as well as community and civic affairs and economic development. I also serve on the company’s statewide Management Committee and its Board of Directors.

I am a seasoned commercial real estate professional with more than 30 years of experience in the industry. I am very knowledgeable about commercial real estate brokerage, corporate real estate, operations and trainings.

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David Cuda

SVP Director of Corporate Solutions


Working through Colliers’ Columbia, Greenville, Spartanburg and Charleston offices, I leverage the Colliers global platform for the benefit of my clients, which include corporations as well as educational, governmental and non-profit organizations. I aim to provide analytical solutions that are uniquely available from Colliers. These services include project management, facilities management, transactional representation, property management, advisory, analytical and valuation services. 

As a relationship manager, my objective is to anticipate client needs through a client’s perspective, working to design real estate strategies and align them with business objectives to empower clients to make smart real estate decisions.

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Debbie Lane

Senior Vice President of REMS | South Carolina


I am responsible for leading Colliers’ statewide Real Estate Management Services division. With a team of directors, property managers, building engineers, and technical and support staff, I oversee the delivery of property management services to our portfolio of commercial office, industrial, retail and healthcare properties. I strive to develop efficient processes and implement best-in-class practices that directly benefit each of our clients and their real estate.

The most rewarding aspects of my daily activities can be summarized as seeing our clients’ investment goals attained through our proven management practices and advice.

We leverage cutting-edge technology and stay abreast of industry shifts, market changes and new construction trends, which serve as great tools to enhance our employees knowledge and advance our clients’ goals. Having spent decades in an asset management career, I bring a broad understanding of the owner’s perspective and I can assist in integrating those perspectives and challenges into our property management approach.

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