Payson MacWilliam | Colliers International | Phoenix

Payson MacWilliam

Executive Vice President

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Professional Summary

I have been in commercial real estate since 1986, specializing in industrial real estate sales and leasing in the Southwest Valley distribution market throughout my career. Services include tenant representation and agency listings from many major developers, such as CapRock Partners, Merit Partners, ProLogis, EastGroup Properties, First Industrial Realty Trust, Sun State Builders, Exeter Properties, Sun Life Assurance and Liberty Property Trust.

As an executive vice president with Colliers in Arizona, I partner with Don MacWillliam and Chris Reese. Our top-producing industrial team provides exceptional service and strategic solutions to our clients, representing both landlords and tenants. Our diverse base of knowledge and expertise leads to successful and tailored real estate solutions. We pride ourselves on building relationships that continue far beyond a single successful transaction.

During the past decade, we have added more than 5 million square feet of user build-to-suits and more than 3 million square feet of speculative development product to the Southwest Valley distribution market. Our team has also increased the total distribution base by almost 10 percent in the past 10 years.

I have been a member of the Boys Team Charity since 2004, and am a lifetime member of the Brophy Dad’s Club. I am also support these charitable organizations: Andre House, St. Mary's Food Bank and Feed the Homeless Foundation.


  • Ranked Top 10 Producer by Colliers International in 2019, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005
  • Ranked Top 5 Team by Colliers International in 2019, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006
  • Colliers Everest Club, recognizing the Top 10% of Producers in the Americas in 2019, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012
  • CoStar Power Broker Award for Top Industrial Leasing Broker in 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012
  • Nominated as NAIOP Industrial Broker of the Year in 2019, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008
  • Named NAIOP Industrial Broker of the Year – 2002
  • First Industrial Realty Trust Top Producer in 2004 and 2005


  • Bachelor of Science, Finance, Arizona State University

Memberships & Involvements

  • NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association
  • Andre House
  • St. Mary's Food Bank
  • Feed the Homeless Foundation


  • CapRock Partners
  • Merit Partners
  • Prologis
  • EastGroup Properties
  • First Industrial Realty Trust
  • Sun State Builders
  • Exeter Properties
  • Sun Life Assurance
  • Liberty Property Trust
  • Amir Development Company
  • Majestic Development
  • City of Tolleson
  • Kansas City Life Assurance


“Don and Payson strive to get the deal done with a win-win outcome for all parties. Creative, responsible and focused—it’s always been a pleasure working with them through the years and I’m looking forward to many more.”—Jim Chamberlain, Owner and Founder, Sun State Builders

“I think what separates Don and Payson from other high-achieving brokers is focus. They stick to what they know—industrial properties in the Southwest submarket. They thoroughly understand each tenant, owner, building and land parcel, and this knowledge allows them to better serve their clients.”—Bill Petsas, Senior Vice President–Western Region, EastGroup Properties, Inc.

“I call the Payson and Don MacWilliam team ‘The Dynamic Duo.’ They complement each other; both have a sense of urgency when pursuing opportunities; and they work very hard when representing both tenants and landlords.”—Kevin Czerwinski, Principal, President, Merit Partners, Inc.


Distribution, Warehouses
Service Lines
Landlord Representation, Tenant Representation
Property Type

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Featured Research
Jul 7, 2020
2020 Q2 Greater Phoenix Industrial Market Report
Greater Phoenix industrial net absorption ended Q2 up 2.7 MSF and 3.7 MSF year-to-date. Over-the-year vacancy increased only 70 bps to 7.7%. Under construction rose to 11.6 MSF. Asking rates increased nearly 4.2% over-the-year, reaching $0.58 PSF. The quarter closed with $320 million in sales volume.
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Apr 16, 2020
2020 Q1 Greater Phoenix Industrial Market Report
Greater Phoenix industrial net absorption peaked over 1 MSF in Q1 2020. Projects under construction increased 3.7 MSF from the end of 2019 to 14.3 MSF, while delivering 2.2 MSF this quarter. Sales volume reached $833 million during Q1. Vacancy rate remained low at 7.6 percent.
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Feb 11, 2020
2019 Q4 Greater Phoenix Industrial Market Report
Greater Phoenix industrial net absorption was 1.64 million square feet in Q4 and over 5 million square feet 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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Featured News
Aug 24, 2020
MiTek leases industrial space in two buildings in Tolleson Arizona
MiTek, a diversified global supplier of services and products to the residential and commercial construction sectors, expanded its presence in Arizona by leasing 412,921 square feet of industrial space in two Tolleson, Arizona, manufacturing buildings.
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Aug 13, 2020
International mattress manufacturer enters Phoenix market
MLILY, the retail brand of Healthcare Arizona LLC, a venture of China-based Healthcare Co., Ltd., leased 643,798 square feet of industrial space in Goodyear, Arizona, to be used as a manufacturing facility for its creation of memory foam products.
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Jul 13, 2020
Expanding online commerce drives industrial market growth
Colliers International reports the Greater Phoenix industrial real estate market remains healthy, despite business conditions during the pandemic. America’s growth in online purchasing is driving expanded demand for warehouse/distribution space.
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Jul 10, 2020
CapRock Partners buys industrial building in West Phoenix
CapRock Partners paid $11 million for a newly constructed 146,500-square-foot manufacturing/distribution facility at 4615 W. McDowell Road in Phoenix. The vacant building, developed by Sun State Builders, is expected to be leased quickly in a high-demand industrial market.
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