Senior Vice President, Principal
Since joining Colliers International’s Atlanta Office in 2008, Lee has successfully completed over $285 million in transaction volume for both tenants and landlords and Lee has been a partner at Colliers since 2015.
As a key member of the Industrial Team, Lee collaborates with his clients to develop and execute real estate strategies that support their business goals, maximize efficiencies, and increase profitability.
Lee has proven record uniquely qualified to advise clients from site selection through building completion for build-to-suits representing owners and occupants.
Lee joined Colliers International following a career in the oil shipping brokerage business in London and Houston. During that time, he acquired logistics and transportation skills which enable him to better fulfill his client’s needs. His focus on logistics allows clients an expertise for locating the best facility to suit their needs in an ever changing fast paced market.
Colliers International Everest Club - Top 10% Producer (2019)
Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors Million Dollar Club (2011 - 2019)
CoStar Power Broker (2013-2019)
Top 10 Industrial Broker in Atlanta (2014)
Investment Property Group Production Leader (2009)
University of Georgia Bachelor of Arts
American International University, London, UK Studied International Relations and Business
University of Cambridge International Examinations, London, UK Post-graduate Certificates in Managing Information & Managing Teams
Memberships & Involvements
Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors, Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, Center for the Visually Impaired, Governing Board for Woodward Academy, Supporter for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, The Marcus Autism Center, The Schenck School, The Shepard Center
His client list has included TranSouth Logistics, William W. Bird Companies, Haverty’s, Whitco, Luxottica, Mobis Parts America, Compupoint, Diversified Labeling Solutions, AFR Inc., KIA, Oakmont, James Campbell Company, KW International, Investment Property Group, APL Logistics, Liberty Property Trust, and DCT Industrial.
"It is my pleasure to provide this letter of recommendation for Lee Cardwell as a real estate manager. I have worked closely with Lee and the Colliers team for the past six years. We consider Lee as our real estate department. He manages all the transactions for our eleven facilities across the southeast. In addition to the transactions, he works on our behalf to verify and resolve other real estate related issue. Specifically, he has been very helpful with facility repairs and managing the annual CAM, Taxes and insurance increases.
When it comes to closing a deal done for us, Lee is the best. He knows our business. He knows how we want the lease to look. He is incredibly knowledgeable and experienced, especially in the Northeast Atlanta warehouse corridor. No deal is too big or too small. We have done 15 year 300,000 square foot deals. We also have done 5000 square feet deal on a month-to-month basis. In addition to that we have closed several 20,000 to 40,000 square foot deals super-fast (closed in a week) to help my company with urgent short term needs for my customers. He is truly and extension of our company." -- Winston White, VP of Operations, TranSouth Logistics, LLC
"Without reservation, we recommend Lee Cardwell as the best "boots on the ground" industrial brokers demonstrating proficiency at getting deals done.
Lee has provided us with critical market intelligence and has a genuine concern for our wants and needs. He excels in his insight and ability to handle difficult negotiations as well as exhibiting the integrity and energy one looks for in a broker.
We gave Lee his very first listing assignment a decade ago. Lee secured a tenant that was willing to accept our financial terms. We asked Lee to investigate the potential tenant's credit and reputation. To Lee's credit, he suggested we not do the deal. Not many rookies needing to make a commission would have been that honest. Since that start, we have made numerous deals over hundreds of thousands of square feet and millions of dollars with Colliers. Despite a great track record of success, Lee has the same energy and passion as a hungry beginner in the business. He works!
Lastly, Lee has provided good market knowledge and he "plays well with others." He has good relationships with other brokers, potentially increasing his overall value to landlords." - David C. Simpson, Investment Property Group Management Co., Inc.
"I had the pleasure of working with Lee Cardwell and Colliers International on the search and relocation of Proof of the Pudding's new corporate headquarters. Lee and the team at Colliers did a wonderful job guiding us through the process and provided informative data tools and sound advice in helping us select the best location and deal for our business.
Most of all, Lee spent a lot of time working on our project using the extensive relationships and proven experience he brings to the table. Furthermore, once we selected the right location, Lee and the team continued to be a resource throughout the contractual, construction and, ultimately, the move-in process. I would strongly recommend working with Lee and Colliers as he is genuine, professional and delivers results." - Adam Noyes, President, Proof of the Pudding
"Lee has handled my business real estate needs for the past almost three years. He is a man of his word. He looks after his clients’ best interests. It has been a privilege to have Lee as my real estate agent." - Hussein Dohadwala, President, Compupoint USA, LLC
"Lee helped us to purchase property for a warehouse. He made us feel like he was really working for us and always getting back to us immediately with answers to our questions. He is a pleasure to work with. He was awesome!" - Kenny and Cathy Wu, Owners, Shini Plastics Technologies, Inc.
"On behalf of the WebMD, team thank you for all your, help in connection with the sale of the Newnan property. We were able to close as scheduled and we appreciate all of your efforts and a job well done!" - Robert Johnson, Chief Legal Counsel, WebMD, Inc.