Christopher Leonard | Colliers International | Clearwater

Christopher Leonard


Managing Director

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Professional Summary

Christopher has been active in the real estate industry for 24 years. He is experienced in providing clients a full complement of commercial real estate services including office, industrial, retail, land, multi-family, investment, and general brokerage sales and acquisitions, landlord and tenant representation, sale-leasebacks, 1031 exchange transactions, corporate services and consulting. His extensive and diverse background allows him to provide his clients with a wide range of client centric commercial real estate needs.


Although Christopher's primary Area of Responsibility (AOR) includes the Bradenton-Sarasota market and Pinellas County, he is very familiar with many of the markets and sub-markets throughout SW Florida. Ultimately, his client's needs dictate the area he works.

Christopher prides himself on his absolute commitment to ethics and integrity and extreme market knowledge in the areas he specializes and his awareness of regional and national trends within his industry and providing his clients with the highest level of personal service possible.

Christopher has learned to creatively adapt to the diversity and challenges of today's economic environment and has tailored his services to meet his clients' specific needs.

Through the utilization of his market knowledge, industry related tools and Colliers resources; Christopher helps his clients deal with the continuously changing economic environment, which assists his clients in making informed and knowledgeable decisions.

Christopher has personally participated in the evaluation, acquisition, disposition and leasing of properties with transaction values exceeding $500 million, which includes one of the largest foreclosure sales in the Tampa Bay Area.


Christopher attended Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio and earned a degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Law from Columbus Community College in Columbus, Ohio. He has furthered his education by attending numerous real estate related courses and seminars; he earned the coveted CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment member) designation, which is held by less than 1% of the real estate professionals in the world, from the Certified Commercial Investment Institute in Chicago. The CCIM designation was established in 1969 and is recognized as the mark of professionalism and knowledge in commercial investment real estate. Institute members are generally viewed as being in the technological forefront of the industry.

He has also received advanced Pro-Calc lease analysis training from the founders of Pro-Calc, which enables him to financially dissect, analyze and compare all leasing and sales scenarios.

Memberships & Involvements

Certified Commercial Investment Member - CCIM


Service Lines
Landlord Representation
Property Type
Industrial, Office
Featured Research
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