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Colliers International Florida welcomes Jason Hurst, Bennett Harrell, & Jon Thomas to Gainesville

The Colliers Gainesville market is growing

We are pleased to welcome Jason Hurst, Director, to our Gainesville, Florida market! 

Jason is a part of the North Florida Leadership Committee with U.L.I. and the United Way as a community investment council committee member for North Central Florida. Jason also earned his MBA and undergrad degrees with honors from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida. 
Prior to joining Colliers, Jason was a Senior Vice President at Avison Young/Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group. He specializes in retail investments, tenant and landlord commercial real estate advisory.
Jason can be reached at +1 352 256 6714 or

We are excited to welcome Bennett Harrell, Associate, to our Gainesville, Florida market!
Bennett received his BS from the University of Florida while working as a market research intern with Avison Young. He is a part of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the North Florida Business Advocates group.
Prior to joining Colliers, Bennett was an Associate at Avison Young/Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group. He specializes in retail leasing and investment sales. 
Bennett can be reached at +1 904 252 2823 or

We are proud to welcome Jon Thomas, Associate, to our Gainesville, Florida market! 

Jon earned his degree at Florida State University and is experienced in all areas of coaching, sales and entrepreneurship.
Prior to joining Colliers, Jon was an Associate at Avison Young/Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group. He specializes in multifamily and hospitality. 
Jon can be reached at +1 352 316 2143 or

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Jason Hurst

Associate Vice President


Jason Hurst is a Chicagoland native who graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2005 with a Masters of Business Administration from the School of Business & Industry at Florida A&M University with a concentration in Finance.  He has 7 years of successful experience with a variety of Fortune 100 companies such as Pfizer, Inc., JP Morgan, and State Farm Insurance.  Jason began his career as a Private Wealth analyst in Manhattan with JP Morgan Private Bank and has endeavored into both finance and sales during his corporate career.  Jason also has experience as a savvy entrepreneur as he has run three successful businesses across various industries throughout the State of Florida. Jason served for six years as a Director and Senior Vice President at Avison Young as a leading Agency Leasing broker for the Florida Retail Team. Jason had the pleasure of representing institutional clients such as Kimco Properties, Regency Centers, Site Centers, Washington Prime and several private shopping center owners throughout the state of Florida.  Personally, Jason serves on the City of Gainesville Plan Board and as an active member of ICSC and ULI North Florida Chapter, and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

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Bennett Harrell



Born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, Bennett moved to Gainesville, Florida where he graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelors degree in Food and Resource Economics with a specialization in business management and marketing. Upon Graduating from the University of Florida in 2017, Bennett joined a local boutique real estate firm specializing in both residential and commercial sales and leasing. Prior to joining Colliers International in 2020, Bennett was an associate with Avison Young specializing in both landlord and tenant representation for retail, office, and industrial clients.

Bennett brings to colliers both the managerial and marketing skills needed in any given real estate transaction, but also  the personal skills that are often needed to get a transaction successfully to the finish line leaving all parties involved satisfied. 

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Jon Thomas



Jon C. Thomas II is an Associate with Colliers International. He has experience in hotel, investment, and land sales in North Florida.

Jon’s commercial real estate experiences include Associate at Avison & Young in Gainesville and Associate Advisor with SVN | SouthLand Commercial.

Prior to joining the commercial real estate industry, Jon was the Vice President of Marketing for Thomas-Pierce & Company, a leading succession planning firm, which has completed more than $2 billion in small and medium size business transactions since 1986.

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