Daphne Berkowitz


Senior Vice President & Managing Director

About

Professional Summary

As Senior Vice President, Managing Director and a member of the Executive Committee, I am responsible for providing sales training, recruiting and retention as well as strategic leadership for growing the Colliers' brand in both the Richmond and Norfolk markets.

With more than 30 years of experience, my initial introduction to the real estate industry came through a real estate subsidiary of a local Richmond-based Savings and Loan Institution.  After the RTC takeover of the locat S & L, my career moved into a developer-focus role with Figgie Properties, the real estate division of Figgie International (owner/developer of Virginia Center, a 1256-acre mixed-use project located in Richmond, Virginia).  During this time, I negotiated and closed more than $100 million in transactions at Virginia Center including multiple residential communities, both single-family and apartment housing, 500,000+ square feet of neighborhood retail centers, Springhill Suites by Marriott, as well as the sale of The Crossing Golf Course and iconic former Figgie Headquarters (now home to a conference center). With the acquisition by Tyco International of all assets of Figgie International in 1998, my role and responsibilities expanded to include disposition of all of Figgie’s non-performing corporate real estate located throughout the US. 

After completion of the disvestitures of Figgie/Tyco's assets, but prior to joining Colliers in 2015, I expanded my real estate experience and knowledge by working in a business development role for two different general contracting companies focused on high-end commerical and university eductional/recreational facilities. 

Accomplishments

I am active in ULI (Urban Land Institute) and was the 1st President of a local Richmond-based commercial real estate networking group called GRACRE (Greater Richmond Association for Commercial Real Estate), started in 1997.  

Education:

I am a 1985 graduate of the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the McIntire School of Commerce.

Memberships & Involvements:

ULI, GRACRE

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