Office Brokerage Team

Leading the Market in Nashville Office Advisory

Our elite team of office leasing brokers provide tenant and landlord representation, consulting services, and years of experience to clients in the Nashville market. Our landlord brokers represent the third largest market share with 7.8%, or 3.6 million square feet of office space, in both new construction and existing office buildings throughout Middle Tennessee.

Our leading tenant representation brokers provide our clients with a deep knowledge of tenant needs across a wide industry base from office-using industry sectors including: corporate headquarters, finance and insurance, legal, and technology. Through a culture of collaboration and shared sense of creativity and determination, our office team is networked throughout the community and the Colliers global network.

Our team
Chris Grear
Executive Vice President & Partner | Nashville
Nashville

Since 2002 Chris has specialized in office sales, leasing and site location.  Chris represents landlords, tenants, buyers and sellers throughout the greater Nashville metropolitan area.  Chris has represented clients in transactions totaling over 2.4 Million square feet with a value over $300,000,000.

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Charlotte Ford
Executive Vice President & Partner
Nashville

Charlotte specializes in office leasing for both users and owners.he has ranked among Colliers Nashville’s top-producing brokers for 6 consecutive years, has received accolades from CoStar and NAIOP, and was a 2016 finalist for the prestigious Nashville Emerging Leader Awards. Charlotte assists clients with portfolio management, leasing strategy, asset valuation, disposition, site selection, and acquisition.

Since launching her real estate career in 2005, Charlotte has successfully completed over $330 million in leasing and sale transactions. She demonstrates meticulous attention to detail and a proven track record of serving her clients’ needs in a timely and efficient manner. 

Prior to 2005, Charlotte was employed by Bissell Hayes Realtors in Charlotte, NC.  She graduated from the University of the South (Sewanee) in 2001 with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree. Charlotte is an active member of the Sewanee Alumni Association. She is also an avid supporter of the Land Trust for Tennessee, a non-profit organization focused on preserving the unique character of Tennessee’s natural and historic landscape and sites for future generations. Charlotte has served as Education Chair on the CCIM Board for 2013 and 2014, and currently serves on the local NAIOP board. 

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Janet Sterchi
Executive Vice President | Partner
Nashville

JANET IS CONSISTENTLY among the top brokers in the Nashville market. In her 21 years in the industry, 17 with CBRE and 4+ with Colliers Nashville, Janet has focused on representing both tenants and landlords in multimarkets and in Nashville. She has received numerous awards, including: the CBRE most distinguished Colbert Coldwell Circle, NAIOP Office Broker of the Year and multiple Office Leases of the Year and Top Producer awards.

In 2011, Janet formed an office brokerage team with Doug Ryan, whose expertise includes brokerage, development, architecture and urban planning. Their goal is to serve as the client’s trusted advisor to navigate the complexities of real estate transactions bringing clarity and experience to corporate lease negotiations. Through extensive market knowledge, negotiation skills, financial analysis capabilities and strategy around navigating approval processes and relationships, their team is recognized as one of the top leasing teams in Middle Tennessee.

Notable Transactions

Tenant:

• HealthStream - 85,000 SF Nashville HQ + San Diego, CA; Boulder, CO; Laurel, MA; Brentwood, TN
• KPMG - 15,000 SF
• Ford Motor Credit - 270,000 SF
• Lipscomb University - 30,000 SF
• Microsoft - 13,500 SF
• Dekalb Office - 100,000 SF
• C3 Consulting - 30,000 SF

Landlord:

• BMG - 34,000 SF
• American Addiction Centers - 100,000 SF
• UBS - 95,000 SF
• State of TN - 140,000 SF
• Bridgestone - 88,000 SF

Current Clients:

• Southwest Value Partners
• Panattoni
• Gaedeke Group
• U.S. Bank

 

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Doug Ryan
Executive Vice President | Partner
Nashville

Doug Ryan joined the Colliers team in November 2014 bringing with him more than 20 years of broad-based commercial real estate experience.

As Executive Vice President in Office Brokerage, Doug provides landlord and tenant representation with a focus on serving clients as a trusted advisor, navigating the complexities of real estate transactions and bringing clarity to corporate leases. With professionals Janet Sterchi, Executive Vice President, and Nikko Sansone, Senior Associate, they are widely recognized among the top brokerage teams and advisors in Nashville’s commercial real estate industry. Doug and Janet have both independently received NAIOP’s Nashville Broker of the Year Award.

Previously, Doug worked for CBRE as First Vice President specializing in landlord and tenant representation for office product. Before joining CBRE, Doug owned his own real estate consulting practice where he advised corporate clients on the development, planning, entitlements, and zoning processes of their projects. He also provided services for office leasing, retail leasing and land sales. Prior experience includes working for Cushman and Wakefield’s Office Services Group in Detroit, Michigan.

Doug holds a Master’s in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.


NOTABLE TENANTS

  •  Amazon - 550,000 SF - Landlord
  •  Healthstream - 90,000 SF - Tenant
  •  Healthstream - 9,500 SF - Tenant
  •  Lipscomb University - 30,000 SF - Tenant
  •  Microsoft - 13,500 SF - Tenant
  •  Dekalb Office - 103,000 SF - Tenant
  •  C3 Consulting - 30,000 SF - Tenant
  •  American Addiction Centers - 102,000 SF - Landlord
  •  UBS - 130,000 SF - Landlord
  •  Bridgestone - 88,000 - Landlord
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Nikko Sansone
Senior Associate
Nashville

Nikko Sansone rounds out the award-winning brokerage team of industry veterans Janet Sterchi and Doug Ryan. Since joining Colliers International’s Nashville office in 2015, Nikko has worked on projects ranging from 1,000 SF to more than 1,000,000 SF. Nikko specializes in office landlord and tenant representation. One of Nashville’s most promising associate brokers, Nikko is heavily invested in staying aware of industry trends and furthering his financial analysis skills. He is a candidate for CCIM designation and ARGUS Software certification.

Nikko is actively engaged in several industry and community organizations. He is a member of NAIOP’s Developing Leaders program and the Urban Land Institute’s Young Leaders group. In addition to serving as a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee, he has coached recreational youth flag football and soccer teams.

A 2013 graduate of DePauw University, Nikko joined Colliers International after spending a year post-graduation playing in the European Football League. His introduction to the commercial real estate world happened young, as Nikko’s grandfather is founder of Missouri-based commercial real estate firm Sansone Group.

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Shane Douglas
Executive Vice President | Partner
Nashville

Having been involved in various aspects of the real estate profession over the last 10 years, Shane assists clients in achieving investment objectives when leasing, purchasing, developing or disposing of commercial real estate assets. He has been actively involved in transactions totaling more than $500,000,000 in total consideration, and he helps his clients navigate the complexities inherent in commercial real estate transactions. Shane’s experience in the market, coupled with his client relationships and extensive network, allows him to serve clients in a way few others can in today’s competitive marketplace.


Shane currently serves on the Board of the Nashville Downtown Rotary Club, is a member of the Occupier Advisory group in Colliers International and is also an active member of Woodmont Christian Church.

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Brian Casey
Senior Associate
Nashville

Brian Casey specializes in identifying comprehensive, cost-effective solutions for diverse client needs. He offers an extensive background in leading local and national companies in the implementation of strategic plans across their real estate potfolios. Brian joined Colliers International’s Nashville office team in winter 2017, bringing 5 years of prior real estate experience.

A 2011 graduate of the University of Alabama, Brian studied marketing with a specialization in sales. After launching his commercial real estate career at the DC offices of NAI KLNB, Brian entered the Nashville market in 2014 as an associate at Eakin Partners. In addition to his engagement with industry organization NAIOP, Brian is an active member of the Delta Waterfowl Foundation and Midtown Fellowship Church.

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Mike Driscoll
Associate
Nashville

In spring 2018, Mike Driscoll relocated to Nashville from Milton, Massachusetts, to join Colliers. Working alongside office brokers Chris Grear and Charlotte Ford, Driscoll handles the team’s lease analysis, market and listing research, data mining, and client outreach. 

Driscoll is a 2015 graduate of Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. He studied business management with concentrations in real estate and business analytics. The summer before his senior year, Driscoll interned with Boston-based real estate firm Cabot & Company. Driscoll played college hockey and was recognized in 2014 as an All-American. For two years post-graduation, he traveled across North America playing minor professional hockey.  

Driscoll cites his family’s longtime involvement in the New England real estate market with sparking his interest in the industry.
 
    
 

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John Gifford
Senior Vice President | Nashville
Nashville

 

As a relational broker whose primary focus has been on office leasing and sales, his relationships have taken him to many places.  As a landlord representative, he has handled many office buildings both in the urban and suburban settings.  These buildings have ranged in size from 5,000 square feet to up to 190,000 square feet.  The owners of these properties have ranged from owner-occupied with excess space to National Real Estate Trusts.  Secondly, because of those relationships, John has handled many of his clients as the tenant representative.  These relationships have allowed him to negotiate office leases, purchases of land for build-to-suits, and acquisitions for owner occupancy.

 

Additionally, these relationships have led him to assist clients who are looking to be real estate investors in the purchase, lease up and sale of properties.  Due to his community involvement, John has assisted many non-profits in office lease negotiations, land purchases and building sales and dispositions.  Because of his relationships over the years and the nature of the market, John has worked in all areas of the Nashville and Middle Tennessee market.  This breath of experience has given him a unique perspective in working with his clients.

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Chad Poff
Vice President
Nashville

Chad specializes in representing institutional owners and users of commercial office space within the Nashville, Tennessee MSA.  The knowledge and experience that he has gained in his 14 years of working at Colliers International, formerly NAI Nashville, helps him understand the goals and objectives of each client and can tailor those goals into a comprehensive and effective strategy to achieve the best possible solution to their real estate needs.

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Lee Paradise
Senior Vice President | Nashville
Nashville

Lee specializes in office leasing, sales and site location in the Middle Tennessee market. The knowledge Lee has gained during his tenure with Colliers International allows him to help his clients evaluate their position and develop a solution that best fits their real estate needs.

Lee has handled transactions ranging from single office operations to 100,000 square foot multi-floor tenants. He believes each deal is unique and works with his clients on a personal level to identify their critical factors to best achieve their goals.

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Richard Fulton
Vice President | Nashville
Nashville

Richard joined Colliers International in 2010 and formerly served as the Principle Broker for Grubb & Ellis|Centennial and was responsible for all brokerage operations. Richard has been involved in all phases of real estate, including brokerage, management and investment sales.

Richard is a CCIM Institute Instructor, teaching courses across the United States, Canada and Russia. He is a Senior Instructor for C1-Intro (Introduction to Commercial Real Estate), C1 101 (Financial Analysis and C1 103 (User Decisions).

Richard has over 40 years of experience assisting corporations with their commercial real estate needs. From 2002 to 2004, he served as Executive Vice President and General Manager for Grubb & Ellis Corporate. From 1975 through 1980, Richard was the Executive Vice President and General Manager of The Tomlin Company. During 1984 to 1985 he also was the General Manager for The Tomlin Company, Nashville’s largest commercial real estate brokerage firm during this time period. Throughout 1980 to 1984, Richard was the Director of Urban Development for The Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency for the city of Nashville. During Fulton’s tenure at MDHA, new development in Nashville increased over 400 percent to a record level of one $1B in 1984. Projects adopted during his tenure included the Convention Center/Renaissance Hotel Complex, Church Street Centre Retail Center, and the Riverfront Park Development.

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