Holly Hughes | Colliers International | Atlanta

Holly Hughes

President, COO, Principal

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Professional Summary

As President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Colliers International | Atlanta, Holly Hughes is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Atlanta office. She works collaboratively with the Chairman/CEO and all the key leaders inside the Atlanta office to ensure the highest quality of client services and execution of local, regional and business line operations. In her role, Holly serves as an example of servant leadership - embracing change and setting examples for the organization. She develops and oversees the implementation of programs and infrastructure that increases the potential for adding value, strengthening client relationships and growing existing business.

In her current role as President and COO of Colliers International Atlanta, Holly seeks to best meet her clients' evolving needs by bringing more innovation to help solve their problems.  She has her eyes firmly set on future goals to continue to build and leverage upon the amazing culture and work environment at Colliers, make certain that business lines are supported with resources, technology, innovation, expertise and other support to allow the team to serve clients in a superior manner, and finally, to recruit top talent that adds to the client service offering while enhancing culture.

Holly joined Colliers International as CEO of Colliers International Real Estate Management Services Atlanta and Colliers Facility Solutions in February of 2014. She led a team of professionals dedicated to safeguarding Colliers client’s investments and prolonging the life of the assets for the properties that they manage. She says that a simple philosophy guides everyone on her teams: they treat each property like it is their own. That way they do more to solve their clients’ problems, more to develop tailored solutions to meet their client's goals and provide more personal attention that gives their clients peace of mind.

Holly’s real estate career started at Carter, an Atlanta real estate investment and development firm, where she excelled in several leadership roles. As Executive Vice President she oversaw all facets of their 25 million square foot real estate portfolio. As chief administrative officer she was responsible for finance, accounting, IT, HR, marketing, infrastructure and running and supporting business strategy.


Lead a team of over 3oo individuals; achieved superior customer satisfaction ratings year-after-year; Won numerous Building of the Year Awards through BOMA; Won four International Building of the Year Awards through BOMA; and have a tremendous track record of tenant and client retention; 2014 Atlanta Power Women in Commercial Real Estate, BizNow;  Leadership CREW, Class of 2014; 2013 Women of Achievement, YWCA; Leadership Atlanta, Class of 2010. 


Bachelor of Science, Pre-law, Georgia State University

Master of Business Administration, Georgia State University

Memberships & Involvements

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson; CREW - Commercial Real Estate Women; IFMA - International Facilities Management Association; BOMA – Building Owners and Managers Association;  IREM - Institute of Real Estate Management


Engineering and Building Operations, Corporate Transaction and Portfolio Management, Construction Management, Financial Analysis, Operational real estate, Planning, Property and Facilities Management, Receivership, Retail Management, Sustainability Services, Mixed-Use Properties
Service Lines
Real Estate Management Services
Property Type
Office, Industrial, Retail
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Oct 23, 2019
Holly Hughes named 2019 Women Who Mean Business honoree
Colliers International's Holly Hughes was among 21 women selected to receive the 2019 Women Who Mean Business award presented by the Atlanta Business Chronicle on Thursday, October 17, 2019.
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