Executive Vice President
Raymond Walker joined Colliers International when the firm acquired The Walker Companies in 2017. Raymond’s vision to provide superior industrial real estate services was the genesis for the creation of The Walker Companies in 1987. Before forming The Walker Companies, Raymond worked 10 years at Cushman & Wakefield where he was a Senior Vice President and head of their Regional Industrial Department.
He has been an innovative real estate practitioner for over 40 years, completing over 1.5 billion dollars of transactions for his clients. Raymond has provided location consulting, brokerage, facility development, and incentive negotiation services for major corporations across the United States, including companies such as Home Depot, AutoZone, Georgia Pacific, Continental Tire and Sara Lee. Under Raymond’s direction, The Walker Companies became a recognized leader in industrial location consulting and real estate services throughout the nation.
As National Director of Colliers Site Selection Services (CSSS), Raymond leads engagements to identify the optimal location for a client's distribution or manufacturing facility. The CSSS team also completes turn-key project implementation, representing client's in their site or facility acquisition, new build-to-suit construction and to secure of a wide range of economic incentives that reduce total capital investment and annual operating costs.
Member of Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SOIR) for over 30 years
Georgia SIOR Chapter President in 1995 and 1996
Former Chairman and currently Emeritus Trustee of Wesleyan School’s Board of Trustees
Former board member of Reflections Ministries, HOI, and Music to Light the World.
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Bachelor of Arts - Environmental Science, University of Virginia
Executive Vice President
John joined Colliers International when the firm acquired The Walker Companies in 2017, where he was a partner for over 25 years. John now leads Colliers Site Selection Services practice, specializing in manufacturing, distribution and e-commerce fulfillment facilities, with responsibility for planning, implementing and managing location consulting engagements including site selection analyses, operating cost studies and incentive negotiations.
He has led site selection and implementation projects for complex, high capital expenditure projects such as steel galvanizing and high capacity power transformer production, as well as traditional distribution and e-commenrce projects. Engagements have been completed for companies such as ArcelorMittal, Gruppo EFACEC, Columbia Sportswear, Aldi and Wolverine Worldwide.
John has 35 years experience in strategic planning and research, and was formerly Director of Economic Development Research at the Georgia Tech Research Institute before co-founding The Walker Companies in 1987. He has spoken widely on labor analytics, labor union threat assessment and site selection of industrial facilities to organizations such as the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), The Material Handling Institute (MODEX), The Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR), The Logistics Institute, The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA), and the Association of American Geographers.