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Colliers Nashville Adds Five Partners

Mike Baggett, Lance Bloom, Ashley Compton, Brian Forrester, and Woody Widenhofer Become Owners

 

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NASHVILLE, Tenn., October 12, 2022 – Colliers Nashville today announced the addition of five new partners; Mike Baggett, Lance Bloom, Ashley Compton, Brian Forrester, and Woody Widenhofer. The addition of the new partners brings the firm’s ownership to 15 members – the largest in the firm’s history.  

 
The Colliers Nashville ownership team has experienced significant growth over the past ten years. Baggett, Bloom, Compton, Forrester, and Widenhofer are top-producing and long-term brokers of the Nashville office. They are joining an elite team of well-established commercial real estate leaders of the Nashville community, which includes Bert Mathews, Janet Miller, Terry Smith, Tony Vaughn, Charlotte Ford, Chris Grear, Janet Sterchi, Doug Ryan, Shane Douglas, and Nate Greene. 

“Bringing in new ownership, new ideas, and new energy is the lifeblood of any successful and sustainable firm,” said Miller, CEO of the Nashville office. “Adding these five remarkable new shareholders is an important day in continuing our company’s legacy as leaders in Nashville’s commercial real estate industry.”

Baggett, who has had a remarkable 13+ year career with the firm, joins the Colliers Nashville ownership team as a consistently ranked top producer. His high level of expertise in tenant representation, developer/owner representation, and land sales has established Baggett as a Colliers Retail Services Group leader. Baggett’s key list of clients includes nationally recognized brands such as Ashley Furniture, Blooming Brands, Boot Barn, Chase Bank, Starbucks, Captain D’s, Peter Millar, Broadwest, Northpoint Hospitality, and a host of others. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Bloom joins the Colliers Nashville ownership team having completed more than $500 million in transactions. Bloom has been a power player in Nashville’s commercial real estate industry specializing in urban land sales focusing on Nashville’s Central Business District and core submarkets for office, hospitality, multifamily, and retail uses. Bloom has been named a Colliers Nashville Top 10 producer year after year. He has won the Everest Club Award (Top 10% Producer for Colliers U.S.) in 2020 and 2021, and in 2021, he was the #1 land broker in Colliers U.S. and ranked #8 overall. Bloom was recognized as a “Heavy Hitter” nominee and a “Power Leader” by the Nashville Business Journal and is an active Nashville Downtown Partnership’s Residential Development Committee member. 

Compton joins the Colliers Nashville ownership team as a National Director for Colliers Self Storage Group. During his impressive 18+ year career as a broker, Compton has sold or listed more than 19.3 million square feet of self-storage properties. His total transaction volume exceeds $2.02 billion, which places Compton among the top national producers of commercial real estate brokerage. Compton has received the Colliers’ Top 10 Producer Award every year since joining Colliers Nashville and has won the Everest Club Award (Top 10% Producer for Colliers U.S.) for the past four years. Other awards Compton has received includes Top Colliers Self Storage Broker in North America and National Association for Industrial and Office Parks Top Industrial Sale Finalist.  

Forrester joins the Colliers Nashville ownership team with a history of completing more than $20 million in transaction value annually and as a Top 10 producer of the firm. He has been active in retail commercial real estate since 2005. His experience includes involvement in several ground-up and redevelopment projects, corporate dispositions and representing retailers in multiple states. Key clients include Kroger Company, MAB American Management, LLC, Walmart Realty, CKE Restaurants, Pinnacle Financial Partners, Dunkin’ Donuts, RaceTrac Petroleum, and others. Forrester is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and Past President of the Nashville CCIM chapter. He is also active in multiple committees for the CCIM National Institute.  

Widenhofer joins the Colliers Nashville ownership team with an impressive resume he has built during his 15-year tenure with the firm. His current portfolio includes leasing advisor for more than thirty shopping centers totaling over 2,000,000 square feet of gross leasable area. Clients serviced by Widenhofer range from small business owners to multibillion-dollar companies. Key clients include Kroger Company, Walmart Realty, North American Development Group, Dunkin’ Donuts, Heartland Dental, B.H. Properties, MAB American Management, LLC, and several others. He has achieved a number of accomplishments during his career with Colliers Nashville, including being named a Top 10 producer several years in a row, winning Retail Lease of the Year, winning Land Sale of the year, and winning Office Sale of the year. Widenhofer is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. 

 

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Consistently ranked as a top-producing member of the Colliers Retail Services Group, Mike Baggett’s 25-year brokerage career has established him as a sought-after agent with expertise in tenant representation, site selection, landlord/owner representation, and land sales throughout Tennessee and Kentucky.

Mike has extensive tenant representation experience in retail corporate real estate and national restaurants for best-in-class tenants including Chase Bank, Starbucks, 7-Eleven and Bloomin’  Brands. His specialization encompasses: market research, site selection, lease negotiation, and growth and development strategies — including the roll-out of Chase Bank throughout the Nashville and Middle Tennessee markets. 

Recently, Mike has led the retail leasing of Broadwest, the high-profile urban mixed-use project in Nashville’s core. He also has a background in land sales and development with valuable  knowledge of contract negotiation, due diligence, entitlement and build-to-suit development.

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Lance Bloom

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Lance Bloom has brokered more than $500 million in transactions. He specializes in urban land sales, focusing on the core submarkets of the Nashville CBD for office, hospitality, multifamily, and retail purposes.

The Nashville Business Journal has recognized Lance as both a “Heavy Hitter” nominee and a “Power Leader.” He was a winner of the Everest award in 2020 & 2021. Also in 2021, Lance was the #1 land broker in Colliers and ranked #8 overall. Lance has also been nominated for NAIOP’s 2015 “Power Broker of the Year” award. He is an active member of the Nashville Downtown Partnership’s Residential Development Committee.

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Ashley Compton

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While obtaining his undergraduate degree, Ashley launched his career as an acquisitions analyst for a self-storage REIT. His brokerage experience began at CBRE in 2004, where he quickly developed the firm’s Nashville-area self-storage practice and grew it into a well-known national brand. In 2014 and 2015, CBRE recognized Ashley as the firm’s highest-grossing national self-storage producer. Ashley has served diverse clients including Bank of America, GE Capital Corporation, Babcock & Brown, Westport Properties, Koch Real Estate Investments, and Amerco / U-Haul.

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Brian Forrester

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Industry veteran Brian Forrester joined Colliers Nashville as Vice President of Retail Services in fall 2018. Since launching his commercial real estate career in 2005, Brian has developed a reputation as one of the area’s premier retail brokers. He holds a CCIM designation and is 2019 President-elect for Nashville’s chapter of the prominent international commercial real estate organization.

Born in Memphis and raised in Murfreesboro, Brian graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a bachelor of science in journalism. He spent five years post-graduation with The Nashville Business Journal, specializing in small business and commercial real estate. Brian particularly enjoyed the analytical components of researching the city’s retail market. He transitioned into an associate broker role with The Shopping Center Group, where he was notably involved with the redevelopment of One Hundred Oaks Mall. After nine years with The Shopping Center Group, Brian joined Centennial Retail Services to focus on landlord representation across Middle and East Tennessee. He then moved to JLL, where he practiced both landlord and tenant representation.

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Woody Widenhofer

Executive Vice President and Partner

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Completing an average of four transactions per month, Woody has serviced clients ranging from small business owners to multibillion-dollar companies. With 15 years of industry experience, he has developed a reputation for his expertise on Tennessee’s submarkets and his keen understanding of the various stages of commercial real estate research, design, and development. 

Woody’s concentrations include landlord representation, tenant representation, pre-construction leasing, and assisting developers in land acquisitions for future retail projects. He is directly responsible for marketing, prospecting, and leasing more than 30 shopping centers totaling over 2,000,000 square feet of gross leasable area.

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