About

Professional Summary

Russ has built a career partnering with the decision-makers of leading organizations in Atlanta and the Southeast to make great real estate decisions.

He understands optimal real estate is realized by not only achieving creative lease terms and favorable pricing, but also ensuring that the facility will mirror a business’ operational, labor and strategic needs. As one of Colliers International Atlanta’s senior principals, Russ guides his clients through this process. He understands the business goals of his client, defines workplace requirements, maps desired labor markets, outlines budget parameters, and presents options that best reflect the branding and strategy of his clients.

Russ is the quarterback of the process, bringing team members with needed expertise to execute on the plan. Russ’ attention to detail, deep understanding of his clients’ business, holistic leadership, and industry expertise create loyal clients and make him a leader in his field.

During the past 30 years, Russ has completed transactions totaling more than three and a half million square feet for clients such as RaceTrac Petroleum, DS Services, General Electric Corporation, Birch Communications, The Hartford, Miller & Martin Law Firm, Georgia Society for CPAs, IMG Worldwide, and Crown Castle International.

Prior to joining Colliers in 1990, Russ worked for CB Richard Ellis and Portman Barry Investments, Inc. Russ served as an Infantry Squad leader in the United States Army and did a one-year combat tour in Vietnam. He was awarded a bronze star commendation medal. Russ graduated from the University of Miami with a B.A. in Marketing.

Accomplishments

  • 2015 SIOR Georgia Chapter President
  • Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors (ACBR) Board Director & Member
  • ACBR: Top Five Producers Award
  • ACBR: Silver Phoenix Award
  • ACBR: The Phoenix Award
  • Top Colliers Producer Award | Atlanta
  • Colliers Atlanta Office Services Group Leader, 2001-2008
  • Colliers Atlanta Board Member, 1998-2000
  • Recipient of Colliers Multi-City Assignment Award | Atlanta (MCA)

Property Type:

  • Office

Testimonials:

“The Colliers office team’s priorities and values were always aligned with RaceTrac’s. Their committment to us was to do whatever it took to make the deal”.     

Brian Thornton
Executive Director of Real Estate and Engineering
RaceTrac Petroleum

“Russ, you and your Colliers team efforts have been truly phenomenal.  We selected Colliers because of its passion for excellence and its commitment to its clients.  You have met and exceeded our expectations and we are very grateful.  Good hard working folks are sometimes a rare breed.  I am glad to have the word spread relative to your contributions to our success.”

Ron Frieman, Chief Financial Officer, DS Services

“One of the main reasons we selected Russ and his Colliers team was their local ownership model being unique among the larger brokerage firms.  With their focus primarily in the Atlanta marketplace, we felt we could get quick decisions from the actual owners of the firm who were in our city.  That gave us real comfort.”

Luke Curtis, Real Estate Member,  Miller & Martin, PLLC

“For 15 years, Russ has been an outstanding partner for Fiberlight to assist with a variety of complex real estate assignments . His sound advice and hard work has allowed us to make strategic decisions to align our real estate with our company’s goals and initiatives.

Michael P. Miller, Founder & Chairman, Fiberlight, Inc.

Clients:

American Safety Insurance Services, A.T. Kearney, Bauerfeind,  Birch Communications, Buckhead Capital, Cbeyond, Digital Envoy, Digitel, DS Services , Fiberlight, Foundation Financial Group, Georgia Society of CPA's, General Electric, Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA International), IMG College,   LeasePlan USA,  PIC-Marubeni, RaceTrac, The Hartford

Education:

University of Miami 1968
CCIM 101
SIOR 200, 203

Memberships & Involvements:

SIOR - Society of Industrial and Office Realtors, Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors, Japan-America Society of Georgia, Ansley Golf Club, Hurricane Club, University of Miami

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