Brendan Cavender

Senior Managing Director

License #6501-359389


Professional Summary

Brendan Cavender is a Senior Managing Director with Colliers International. His current focus is bifurcated between New York City and on a global basis.  

Over the course of 6 years, he has led more than 450 deals and has completed transactions in over thirty countries globally. To date he has represented several Fortune 500 companies, dozens of publically traded companies, and currently exclusively represents a multibillion dollar company on a global basis.    

Mr. Cavender began his career at Colliers Ann Arbor where he was an integral part of growing the business into the number one brokerage firm in Washtenaw County. Specifically, Brendan led numerous high profile and record-breaking projects particularly for tenants in the tech sector including Barracuda Networks, HookLogic, Pillar Technology, Duo Security, Prime Research of North America, ArborMetrix, and Lakeside Software.

Additional projects with which Brendan was involved while in Ann Arbor include: the Borders Flagship redevelopment (90,000 SF in downtown Ann Arbor), 100 Phoenix Drive sale and redevelopment (330,000 SF), The Landmark (220,000 SF multi-use with retail), HandiCraft redevelopment (48,000 SF), as well as the sale of over twenty historic downtown Ann Arbor buildings.

Mr. Cavender has also had extensive experience in retail leasing and has represented national restaurants (e.g., Ruth Chris Steakhouse, Iron Chefs.), national fast casuals (e.g., Panera, 7/11, Tim Horton’s, Firehouse Subs), and nationally acclaimed local restaurants.

Mr. Cavender received his B.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is currently a CCIM candidate pursing his designation.

He has received numerous awards including:  CBOR Leader of the Pack Award; MLive Deal of the Year Award; and Colliers Mover and Shaker award, and numerous annual Colliers largest deal awards.

He holds broker licenses in both Michigan and New York. Additionally, Mr. Cavender is very active redeveloping and owning multifamily housing.



2012 CBOR Leader of the Pack Award
2012 and 2013 MLive Deal of the Year Award
2013 Top Office Sale
2014 Most Deals Done
2014 Top Office Deal
2014 Top Retail Deal
2014 Mover and Shaker Award


  • Investment Services / Capital Markets

Property Type:

  • Office
  • Retail
  • Multifamily-Apartment


  • Digital Marketing
  • Financial Analysis


“Jim Chaconas and Brendan Cavender are our “go-to” real estate team in Ann Arbor. They understand the marketplace and more importantly they understand the business aspects of real estate which makes them an invaluable asset given the existing challenges in real estate valuations and financing. They were instrumental in our negotiations with the original land owners for our student housing development “Landmark” and continue to be a valuable member of our team by securing retail tenants at highly favorable rental rates. They are knowledgeable, accessible and, first and foremost, concerned, with the success of their clients.” Ron Hughes, Developer  

“We consistently work with Jim Chaconas and Brendan Cavender because they deliver results time and time again. Their knowledge of the commercial market is unsurpassed in the area and it is highlighted through their commitment and dedication to their business. We use them on all of our properties whether it be retail, office, or industrial and they have yet to disappoint. Brendan and Jim's philosophy on the importance of marketing commercial real estate, along with their countless local and national contacts,

is what allows them to get the job done every time.”

Jon Carlson, Owner Blue Tractor, Café Habana, Grizzly Peak, Jolly Pumpkin


“I thoroughly enjoy utilizing Colliers to lease up McKinley properties in and around Ann Arbor. Jim and Brendan have the best knowledge in the market, but more importantly they are the hardest working brokers in town, which allows them to produce great

results. The entire Colliers team is a first-class group and I enjoy my partnership with them.”

Tom Gritter, Managing Director McKinley Inc.



Clarivate Analytics, First Martin Corporation, Duo Security, Prime Research, Pillar Technology, Hook Logic, Aysting Solutions, Wickfield Properties, Chef Takashi Yagihashi, Lakeside Software, SavCo Inc, Zaragon, Campus Aquisitions, Ann Arbor Chamber, Ann Arbor Library, Knight's, 


University of Michigan Ann Arbor
Currently Pursing CCIM Designation

Memberships & Involvements:

CBOR - Commercial Board of REALTORS, NAR - National Association of Realtors, MAR - Michigan Association of REALTORS


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