Senior Vice President
License # CA-01364981
I have specialized in office brokerage for 15 years in the Oakland metro area, including Berkeley, Emeryville, Richmond and Alameda. Previously, I had built and sold my own company so when I moved to office brokerage I brought a concrete understanding of a tenant’s requirements and the importance of getting the real estate solution right in every respect, with present and future needs in mind.
Having represented a wide variety of tenant clients, including tech firms, healthcare companies, professional firms, design companies and non-profits, I listen carefully to assess each client’s specific requirements, and work persistently to deliver quality solutions on time and on budget.
For my landlord clients, whether I am leasing or selling an office property for them, my first priority is to be a source of accurate, comprehensive insight into the market. I approach the marketing and negotiation for every deal like it is my own property, and bring a disciplined and determined approach to the entire deal. It is my priority to keep my clients informed and engaged in the process as their deal unfolds and is completed.
Before joining Colliers in 2002, I worked in business development at Nominum, Inc. I subsequently cofounded Interactive Public Relations, a high-tech PR firm, which my partner and I successfully sold to Omnicom. My experience also includes working as regional sales engineer of construction products for WR Grace.
Outside of work, I love to play golf and tennis. I also serve as a board member for the Oakland Chamber of Commerce, and as a board member for East Bay Flag Football.
BS Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin.
Artesty Institute of Executive Education, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Memberships & Involvements
California Dept. of Real Estate, Northern California Golf Association
“Ben Harrison has an amazing knack for finding the perfect space at the right price. Both Ben and Marty Melbardis recently helped my company wade through the numerous leasing options available here in the East Bay and ultimately helped us negotiate and close on a great space. Ben and Marty make a great team. They are extremely knowledgeable and motivated and are a pleasure to work with. I’d definitely work with them again and I highly recommend them both without hesitation.”
> Jonathan Martin, President — Telecom, Inc.
“Ben represented our nonprofit through the process of searching and leasing office space critical to the future growth needs and current resources of the organization. He has an exceptional ability to understand his client’s needs. The process Ben led us through was expedient, understandable and ultimately successful.”
> John Keathley, Director of Recruitment and Special Projects — TransFair USA
“I thoroughly enjoyed working with Ben - he helped us identify and close on a great property in the East Bay! I feel very fortunate to have worked with him and look forward to doing more business together in the future.”
> Melinda Doty, Owner — Stage Left Cellars