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Expert Insights: Anjee Solanki

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Skilled advice to unlock enhanced value

Based in San Francisco, Anjee Solanki is Colliers’ National Retail Director for the U.S., where she has provided strong leadership to more than 500 retail professionals, nationally, reaching members of Colliers’ 140 markets. Anjee’s exceptional integration of Retail, Supply Chain and Industrial expertise benefits Colliers’ professionals and clients with a more holistic perception of global trade’s impact, which leads to better-informed business strategies.

How long have you been in retail real estate and what led you to join Colliers?

My focus in commercial real estate for the past 31 years has been in Retail, starting with The Irvine Company as a client and working in smaller retail boutique companies. Years ago, I leaped into a larger organization which allowed me to meet a considerable pool of talented colleagues and develop my expertise. Every day at Colliers brings new ideas, and it’s rewarding to work with amazing experts who aspire to make a positive impact on the world. I’m drawn to such enthusiastic trailblazers, pushing the envelope as seekers of proactive solutions to today’s problems. Now, with the integration of Industrial real estate, Supply Chain advisory and Retail, we’ve been able to give our clients the edge by expanding their perspective. I’ve always found innovation such as this to be inspiring.

What do you love most about your job?

"I love the access that the distinguished Colliers name gives me, opening doors to new clients or connecting me with talented experts within."

I love the access that the distinguished Colliers name gives me, opening doors to new clients or connecting me with talented experts within. At the same time, our company culture values the sharing of expertise. This means I have a front-row seat, an experience that is multiplied by sharing the learning opportunity with others. Knowledge flows in many directions at Colliers, and it’s wonderful to be a part of that.

What is your advice for people starting off in the industry?

It’s crucial to learn about the different specializations and asset classes in CRE. Become well-informed through experiences such as internships that expose you to different aspects of the industry. Make the effort to explore all specialties to find your passion and become great at it. Focus on building many relationships for mentorship and networking, as you never know what specialization or person might be the key to your future. Women should not be intimidated by their own perceptions of CRE. Be bold, and if you believe in your value, show it! 

How does Colliers Retail provide value and differentiate from its competitors?

"Colliers’ integration of Retail, Supply Chain and Industrial services makes us the complete and seamless resource. "

Colliers’ integration of Retail, Supply Chain and Industrial services makes us the complete and seamless resource. Our clients enjoy full access to Colliers’ international team of expert advisors providing specialized industry knowledge that leverages proprietary analytics to deliver personalized recommendations throughout every phase of the real estate process. Whether a client is preparing for an international rollout, re-developing or repositioning in a transitioning downtown area, or if they’re endeavoring to attract top retailers to a property — whatever their goal — they can count on our expert insights and innovative solutions to accelerate their success.


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Anjee Solanki

National Director, Retail Services & Practice Groups

San Francisco

AREA OF EXPERTISE

In Anjee’s current role, as National Retail Director for the USA, she has developed strong relationships and strategic leadership to over 500 + retail professional nationally across 140 markets within Colliers for Investment Sales, Agency, Retailer Rep, and Retail Asset & Property Management.

Anjee Solanki brings 30 years of focused retail real estate experience to Colliers International.  She provides strategic retail advisory services to enhance value for her clients with her expertise in lifestyle, community, power center, neighborhood, mixed-use retail/residential, and resort retail. 

She has developed and manages strong working relationships with institutional and private clients such as State of Florida, State of Michigan, Heitman, Invesco, Grosvenor Americas, American Realty Advisors, TH Realty, PNC, and Zurich to name a few.

Her strategy identifies current market and property inefficiencies to capture untapped value through asset repositioning, releasing, redevelopment, rehabilitation, proactive management, and enhanced marketing. 

Creative problem-solving is her specialty, and she becomes a key stakeholder with national and international retailers, such as JPMC, Opry City Stage/Ole Red and Tim Hortons, and many others. Her highly focused approach reduces the risk profile and provides clients with a thoughtful approach executing strategic multi-year planning initiatives. 

BUSINESS BACKGROUND

Previously, Anjee served as Executive Vice President, Retail Services for Madison Marquette. She successfully assisted with repositioning community centers to lifestyle projects and identified opportunities to create value, resulting in higher returns for her clients. She also provided strategic analysis on complex redevelopment projects to address both the asset’s financial stabilization and/or the client’s exit strategy

BLOG

Anjee continues to be an insatiable collector of all things retail. She’s a student of culture living next door to future shoppers, whose fleeting trends constantly change the retail landscape … driving retailers, landlords and developers crazy! Read her Blog at:  https://knowledge-leader.colliers.com/author/anjee-solanki 

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Anjee is originally from Southern California and currently resides in San Francisco.  She is active in the Rincon Hill neighborhood residential improvement group, which participates in the public review of the highly anticipated Salesforce Transit Center in San Francisco.
 

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