Jim Keeley

Jim Keeley

SIOR, CCIM

Founding Partner

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About

Professional Summary

As the Founding Partner of Colliers International’s Scottsdale office and Senior Executive Vice President for Colliers International in Arizona, I lead the Scottsdale office and serve as its designated broker.

Considered one of the leading commercial real estate experts in the Deer Valley and Loop 101 Employment Base and the Scottsdale Airpark, I specialize in the sale and leasing of office, industrial and flex buildings, land, and aviation properties. I serve as a broker and advisor to developers and users in the purchase, sale, and lot layout of business, office and industrial land subdivisions. I also consult with and negotiate on behalf of owners, users and developers on build-to-suits.

With more than 35 years of industry experience as a sales leader, developer and real estate consultant, I have developed and owned office and industrial buildings, aviation hangars, convenience markets, and lot subdivisions.

I embrace the full-service “Cradle to Grave” approach to commercial real estate:

  • Step 1 – Identifying the site and negotiating the purchase on behalf of the client
  • Step 2 – Using a team approach to lease up the property on behalf of the investor, developer and user
  • Step 3 – Selling the asset at the highest value in the shortest amount of time on behalf of the owner

I began working in the Scottsdale Airpark in 1981, and founded Classic Real Estate Corporation in 1983. In 1998, I sold 50 percent interest in Classic to Colliers International to expand its commercial real estate presence into the Loop 101 Employment Base (Scottsdale Airpark, Desert Ridge, and Deer Valley Airpark).

A native Arizonan, I am married with four children and am actively involved in supporting my community.

Accomplishments

  • 2019 – Colliers Everest Club, recognizing the Top 10% of Producers in the U.S.
  • 2014 - Inducted into the Scottsdale History Makers Hall of Fame
  • Since 1983, I have sold ±10,000 acres of business, office and industrial subdivisions and lots, totaling approximately $400 million, including the majority of office, industrial and taxiway lots in the Scottsdale Airpark
  • Since 1983, the Scottsdale office has completed over 5,500 transactions totaling over $3 billion, which includes my personal production of over 1,500 transactions for over $1 billion
  • Creator of the "Loop 101 Employment Base" and known as “Mr. Scottsdale Airpark”
  • Published and quoted in over 300 magazine and newspaper articles

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Business with Sociology Minor, Eller College of Management, University of Arizona

Memberships & Involvements

  • Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA), Board of Directors, 2013 to 2019
  • NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association
  • CCIM - Certified Commercial Investment Member
  • SIOR - Society of Industrial and Office Realtors
  • Colliers International | Arizona - Leadership Council
  • First Fidelity Bank, Board Member, 1999 to present
  • Scottsdale Charros, charitable fundraising organization, 1990 to present
  • Scottsdale Leadership (Past President)

Clients

  • Discount Tire – Bruce Halle
  • Herberger Enterprises
  • Alliance Bank/Phoenix Suns – Robert Sarver
  • Barrett Jackson – Craig Jackson
  • First Fidelity Bank – Bill Cameron

Services

Skills
Investment Properties, Development Consulting, Self Storage
Service Lines
Capital Markets, Landlord Representation, Tenant Representation
Property Types
Industrial, Office, Land
Featured Research
Feb 12, 2020
2019 Q4 Greater Phoenix Office Market Report
Overall the Greater Phoenix office market had an incredible fourth quarter; net absorption remained positive, with over 1 million square feet absorbed. After witnessing an impressive Q3 net absorption fall just shy of 1 million square feet, it just keeps getting better.
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Feb 11, 2020
2019 Q4 Greater Phoenix Industrial Market Report
Greater Phoenix industrial net absorption was 1.64 million in Q4 and over 5 million for all of 2019. Projects under construction increased to 10.5 million square feet, from Q2’s high of 8.9 million, with rents up 5.1 percent over-the-year to $0.59 per square foot.
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Jan 24, 2020
2019 Year End Greater Scottsdale Airpark 2030 Report
The Greater Scottsdale Airpark currently has approximately 59,732 employees, 44,402,564 SF of buildings and 3,283 companies. The Airpark has become an 18-Hour city, with a robust and growing job market, 9,000-plus apartment units and new modern retail and hotel amenities.
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Featured News
Mar 10, 2020
Colliers International in Arizona announces 2019 top producers
Colliers International in Arizona announced its top producing agents for 2019. Four of the firm’s top producers were women. The company’s brokerage professionals exceeded 2018 performance by 13 percent, creating Colliers’ second-best year since entering the Arizona market.
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Feb 19, 2020
Greater Scottsdale Airpark 2030 Report highlights shift to mixed use
Colliers International in Arizona released its Greater Scottsdale Airpark 2030 Report, highlighting market conditions and predictions for the submarket. The area has become an 18-hour city, with a growing mix of apartments, modern retail, hotel amenities and traditional commercial space.
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Feb 18, 2020
Phoenix industrial market maintains low vacancy
The Greater Phoenix industrial real estate market has a very healthy equilibrium in the midst of bringing millions of new square feet to its inventory, reports Colliers International. Vacancy remains below 10 percent after adding 6.4 MSF of new space in 2019, and 10.5 MSF under construction.
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Feb 12, 2020
Greater Phoenix 4Q office net absorption topped 1 million square feet
Colliers International reports the Greater Phoenix office market experienced its best year since 2008, posting very strong net absorption and adding more than 3.4 million square feet of new space to the inventory. Office vacancy sector hit 12.7 percent at year end, following a drop of 120 bps during 2019.
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