John Gerlach

John Gerlach


Executive Managing Director, Investment Servs

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Professional Summary

John Gerlach has been with Colliers International Tampa Bay since 1978 and serves on the Board of Directors as well as the Advisory Council for Colliers International Tampa Bay.  John specializes in selling investment properties and land with a focus on office buildings, industrial/flex properties and land with a need for a specialized marketing plan.  John is instrumental in organizing the office teams for Colliers International Tampa Bay and Colliers International Southeast region.


In recent years, John has successfully negotiated and closed over 18 million square feet of space with a total value in excess of $650 million.  Representing owners from Tallahassee to Orlando, Tampa and Miami, John has set new market values for investment properties and land sales in many Florida markets.

Through education, technology utilization, years of experience, and the development of a successful marketing program, John has maintained the status of "Top Producer" with Colliers International Tampa Bay since joining the company.  Numerous awards have been received as a result of John's real estate accomplishments including "Top Producer" and "Deal of the Year" from the Florida Gulf Coast Association of Realtors (FGCAR).

  • In both 2019 and 2016, The Gerlach Team was recognized within Colliers International Florida for having produced the largest office sale respectively.
  • In recent years, the Gerlach partnership has resulted in over $230,000,000 in office dispositions. 
  • Represented Sterling Equities, as the seller of Park Tower, a 500,000± SF office tower in downtown Tampa.
  • Represented the seller of Airport Executive Center, to purchaser IP Capital Partners for $28,850,000.
  • In 2013, the Gerlach team was recognized within Colliers International of Florida for having produced the largest office sale and largest land sale respectively.
  • Successfully secured and managed the financing of a 220,000 SF office portfolio in Pinellas County.
  • Represented LNR (Owner) in the disposition of Lakeside Technology Center, a 223,547 SF office facility in Hillsborough County.



  • Alumnus of the University of Florida with a BA in Real Estate and Urban Land Analysis
  • Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM)
  • Florida Real Estate License
  • Florida Mortgage Broker License

Memberships & Involvements

Colliers Investment Services Group (CISG), Greater Clearwater Chamber of Commerce, "Real Estate Investment Counci, Inc.", Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM)


John Hancock Mututal Life Insurance, Utah State Retirement Fund, The Allen Morris Company, Sterling Equities, BGK Ventures, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation


Land Marketing, Financial Analysis, Land Sales, Operational real estate, Transactions Services, Site Sales, Property and Project Finance
Service Lines
Capital Markets
Property Types
Office, Land, Industrial

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Vacant 8.38-acre tract on U.S. 19 in Largo sells for $6 million
Lantower Largo HWY 19 Tampa LP, a Delaware limited partnership, has purchased an 8.38-acre plot of land on U.S. Highway 19 just south of Whitney Road in Largo for $6 million.
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Dec 4, 2019
Colliers’ John Gerlach Team Wins CREW Tampa Bay Excellence Award
Colliers International Tampa Bay’s Gerlach Team was recently honored with the CREW Tampa Bay 2019 Sales Transaction Excellence Award. The team, which manages investment services for the Tampa office, includes John Gerlach, Mackenzie Gerlach, Jake Gerlach and Cyndi Cushman.
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