Senior Vice President, Principal
Kelly began his career in hospitality, working in every area in full-service hotels on his way to General Manager. Serving hospitality clients in both corporate and leisure markets helped shape Kelly’s service philosophies which have been applauded by his teams and clients. His experience in the hospitality business, with a tendency for attention to detail and spirit of service, was a natural segue into facility management. He previously held positions as General Manager for Carter Real Estate, Senior Facilities Manager with Cassidy Turley, and Director of Facilities with Colliers.
Currently, Kelly is focused on serving Colliers facility clients, including Fortune 100 and 500 corporations, regional businesses, non-profit organizations, and higher education institutions. Currently, he leads a team of dedicated associates who support corporate headquarters, childcare centers, R&D facilities, call centers, data centers, warehouses, recreational and aviation facilities for Colliers clients throughout the United States. Kelly’s extended team consists of 165 highly motivated associates whose primary focus is to provide O&M support and integrated services. Kelly and his teams serve their clients with IFM solutions including executive reception services, conference center management, call center operations, lease administration, space planning/design, move management, shipping/receiving, mail room services, managed print services, project management, and oversight of food service operations. Kelly provides support for business development strategies, transition/implementation of new assignments and corporate resources for associates on varying client assignments. Kelly also serves as the National Account Leader for a 140-million-square-foot portfolio in which Colliers provides mobile maintenance services in 21 markets across the United States.
Under Kelly's leadership, his team earned multiple LEED certifications and received numerous awards through Building Owners Managers Association (BOMA), including the prestigious International Building of the Year Award for one of his largest clients.
Reinhart University, B.A.
RPA designation through BOMI
CHA designation through AHLA
Memberships & Involvements
President, COO, Principal
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.