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Top-Producing Florida Retail Investment Sales Team Joins Colliers

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Brad Peterson, Whitaker Leonhardt and Michael Brewster expand Colliers’ retail investment services.

 

A top-performing Florida retail investment sales team with brokers Brad Peterson, Whitaker Leonhardt and Michael Brewster has joined Colliers. Based in Orlando, the team works with institutional and private capital investors to facilitate retail investment sales transactions.

 

“The addition of this team is part of the continued evolution of Colliers’ expansion into the institutional retail owner space and our growth in Florida and further enhances our other services in retail including leasing, debt and financing, project and development management, as well as property management,” said Ryan Kratz, President, Southeast and Mid-Central Regions | U.S. Brokerage, Colliers.

 

The team, previously at JLL in Orlando, has handled $750 million in transaction volume since January 1, 2021. “Despite being a large global commercial real estate services company, Colliers has a very entrepreneurial mindset and tempo in the way they do business, which aligns well with how our team operates and wants to grow,” said Brad Peterson, Executive Vice President, Retail Investments, Colliers. In his 20 years of commercial real estate experience, Mr. Peterson has been involved in the sale of more than 350 shopping centers and single-tenant investments with an aggregate value of more than $5.5 billion. Prior to joining Colliers, he led the JLL Orlando Capital Markets Group. In his 15 years of commercial real estate experience, Mr. Leonhardt has been involved in more than $2.5 billion in sales and financing transactions. He was a Senior Director in the Orlando office of JLL Capital Markets (and HFF until JLL’s acquisition in 2019) for 10 years. At HFF and then JLL, Mr. Brewster served as a net lease specialist and focused on the sale, purchase and recapitalization of single-tenant net leased assets in the U.S.

 

“Colliers continues to enhance our retail capabilities in Florida, recently hiring additional brokers for leasing services and now expanding on our already extensive retail investment team. Brad, Whitaker and Michael will be an exceptional fit with our company culture as well as our clients,” said Danny Rice, Executive Managing Director, Market Leader Central/West Florida, Colliers.


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Brad Peterson

Executive Vice President

Orlando

Brad is an Executive Vice President, responsible for originating multi-tenant and single-tenant retail investment sales transactions. Brad has more than 20 years of commercial real estate experience and has been involved with the sale of more than 350 shopping centers and single-tenant investments with an aggregate value of more than $5.5 billion.

Prior to joining Colliers in 2022,  Brad opened and led the day-to-day operations for the HFF Orlando office for 11 years until JLL’s acquisition of HFF, and then led the JLL Orlando Capital markets group until the end of 2021. Prior to joining JLL (HFF) in 2008, Brad led the day-to-day operations for Staubach Capital Markets in the state of Florida, and was with Trammell Crow Company in Atlanta, and West LB and Price Waterhouse, LLP in New York City

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Whitaker Leonhardt

Senior Vice President

Orlando

Whitaker is a Senior Vice President, responsible for originating multi-tenant and single tenant retail investment sales transactions. Whitaker has 15 years of commercial real estate experience and has been involved with the sale of more than 200 shopping centers and single-tenant investments with an aggregate value of more than $4.0 billion.

Prior to joining Colliers in 2022, Whitaker was a Senior Director in the Orlando office of JLL Capital Markets (and HFF until JLL’s acquisition in 2019) for 10 years. Prior to joining JLL (HFF) in 2012, Whitaker was the Director of Investment Sales and Leasing at Crossman & Company where he focused on property dispositions and project leasing.

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Michael Brewster

Vice President

Orlando

Michael is a Vice President, responsible for single-tenant and multi-tenant retail investment sales transactions throughout the southeast and nationwide. Michael has 8 years of capital markets experience and has been involved with the sale of more than 100 properties with an aggregate value of $1.2 billion.

Prior to joining Colliers in 2022, Michael began his full-time commercial real estate career with HFF in Orlando in 2014, and continued through JLL’s acquisition of HFF in 2019. Prior to joining JLL HFF), Michael attended Florida State University where he served as president of the FSU Real Estate Society and worked for NAI TALCOR  in accounting and research during his education.

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