Senior Associate, Retail Services
License # SL3346875
I joined Colliers International in 2012 as a Marketing Coordinator for the Retail Tenant Representation Team in Tampa Bay to develop and implement comprehensive marketing campaigns based on each project’s unique set of requirements. I served as the Marketing Coordinator Team Lead for the Tampa Bay office from 2012 through 2015, as well as the meeting and event planner for the Colliers International Florida Retail Group statewide for all retail conferences, ICSC and Retail Live! events. In late 2016 I transitioned into a brokerage role and am now an Associate in the Retail Services group.
I specialize in Retail Tenant Representation, as well as Retail Leasing. I am an expert in market analysis, tenant prospecting, strategic planning, site selection, LOI negotiations, lease structuring and negotiations, brand roll-outs, preparing Real Estate Committee packages and High Quality Trade Area studies for national clients. Some of my clients include: The TJX Companies, Lowe's Home Improvement, Second and Charles, Willie Jewell's Old School BBQ, DECA Dental, Core Life Eatery, Pearle Vision, Jeremiah's Italian Ice, Jollibee, Action Gator Tire, Fabio Viviani Hospitality Group, Teriyaki Madness and more. I also serve as master broker for PAINT Nail Bar, where I am helping them with market strategy and site selection nationwide.
On the Retail Leasing side, I am working on the Water Street Tampa and Sparkman Wharf project, which is a 50 acre, $3B project in Downtown Tampa. Upon completion of Phase I and II, Water Street Tampa will add 9M SF to Tampa's downtown, and 1M SF of retail/entertainment. I have also recently began working on a high profile restaurant lisitng in St. Pete's Westside district, 6001 Central Avenue.
I have over 11 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry. I discovered my passion for Real Estate while working for Grubb and Ellis in NYC in the Office Services division. I quickly learned that while I enjoyed office brokerage, retail is my true calling.
In 2018 I became the head of the Retail Next Generation Committee for Colliers International nationwide. In 2017 I was awarded a Women's Diversity Scholarship and earned Top Producing Team along with my business partners Jim Kovacs and Tyler Peterson. I have also been the recipient of the Colliers International Above and Beyond Award for excellence in 2012 and 2013, as well as the Community Service Award for 2014 and 2015.
Melissa is a licensed Florida State Sales Associate.
Melissa studied financial economics at Binghamton University and has earned her CPMC and CPRC designations from Colliers University and the Hubspot Inbound Marketing Certification from Hubspot Academy.
Memberships & Involvements
ICSC FL Committee Member
Executive Managing Director
Jim joined Colliers International-Tampa Bay in August of 1988 and has since specialized in Retail/Commercial Leasing and Tenant Representation in the Tampa Bay Region, Orlando Metro and Florida’s West Coast. As a Landlord’s Agent, Jim maintains an inventory of 1 to 2 million square feet of institutional grade retail shopping centers and free standing commercial buildings. Much of Jim’s business activity can be attributed to Retail Tenant and Retail Buyer Representation services. Some of the clients Jim has represented (many with multiple assignments) include: IKEA, Academy Sports (multiple), TJX Companies (TJMaxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods – over 75 units) Office Depot (over 40 units), Panera Bread (over 40 units), Ashley Furniture Industries (multiple units), and multiples of the all of following: Lowes, Home Improvement Store for both store acquisition and site disposition, Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen, Pollo Tropical, Mission BBQ, Crunch Fitness, Bloomin' Brands, Banfield Pet Hospital, and more.
Executive Managing Director, Retail Services
Tyler joined Colliers International in 2013 as an Associate of Retail Services, servicing major retail clients in the Tampa Bay area. Tyler works together with accomplished real estate professional, James Kovacs, and focuses on the team’s Tenant Representation clients. He specializes in new business, tenant focused strategy, new market entry rollouts, infill markets, sites selections, off market pursuits, and lease negotiations.
Tyler is currently working with clients such as Lowe’s Home Improvement, Ashley Furniture Industries, Banfield Pet Hospital, Tijuana Flats, Panera Bread, Blaze Pizza, Mission BBQ, Crunch Fitness, Burger King, Ciccio’s Restaurant Group, Village Inn, Office Depot and more.
Kyle Mahoney joined Colliers in January of 2017 as an Associate of Retail Services in the Tampa Bay Area. Kyle is directed by accomplished brokers, Jim Kovacs and Tyler Peterson CCIM, specializing in Tenant Representation. Kyle focuses on tracking and studying market trends demographics for his clients, as well as pursuing and facilitating sale and lease transactions.