License # 347953
Turner joined Colliers International in 2009 and is an industrial broker focused solely on the food industry. As a member of the Food Advisory Services (FAS) practice group, Turner specializes in the acquisition and disposition of food manufacturing and food distribution facilities. He leverages his unique blend of food industry knowledge, industry relationships, and national transaction experience to help his clients make strategic real estate decisions and achieve transaction objectives.
Specifically, Turner has helped complete transactions in 15+ different states involving a wide range of food-grade facilities (cold storage, freezer/cooler distribution and food processing/manufacturing facilities). Turner’s clientele includes all aspects of the food supply chain such as food manufacturers and processors, food distributors (specialty and broadline), cold 3PL’s and food retailers.
Turner is a member of various food industry trade organizations and enjoys traveling to conferences across the country to continually learn more about the industry and meet new people.
The University of Georgia (2008)
Terry College of Business
Bachelor of Business Administration in Real Estate
Memberships & Involvements
Young Alumni Board - University of Georgia Terry College of Business
SIOR Member Associate
Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors
ACBR Million Dollar Club Member
United Fresh Member
C&S Wholesale Grocers, Seneca Foods, Highridge Provender, Tyson Foods, Trident Seafoods, Lineage Logistics, Americold, Food Lion, Schweid & Son's, Universal Cold Storage, Raybern Foods, Colorado Premium, Gilster-Mary Lee, Kelly's Foods, PeachDish, Eat Fit Go, McCain Foods, Sun City Produce, Arden's Garden, DPI Logistics, Prologis, First Industrial, IRG, Rooker, Graham Partners
“I have developed a great partnership with the Colliers Food Advisory Services team (Chris, Turner and Sam), and their dedication to the food industry has been key to our relationship. They have been a trusted resource of mine for 5+ years and have assisted in a few large, food distribution facility sales, as well as simple opinions of value, market research and property surveys. I appreciate their attention to detail and creative approach to finding solutions to my real estate needs.” – Bill Casey, Pinnacle Realty (Gordon Food Service)
“The Food Advisory Services team was instrumental in helping EarthFresh expand into the United States. We described our goals and needs to them, and they were able to guide us from start to finish on the identification of a suitable facility, lease negotiations, and build out of a specialized processing facility. Their food industry expertise, real estate experience, and the resources at their disposal made the process extremely efficient, highly professional and ultimately made my job easier.” - Brad Wiseman, EarthFresh, CFO
“As an owner of real estate who is 100% dedicated to the food industry, we know that real estate advisors who are also 100% dedicated to the food industry are hard to find. The FAS team has been a trusted partner of ours for many years and we look forward to continued work with them in the future.” – John Long, Managing Director, Provender Partners
“The FAS team assisted me in the leasing of a large, tri-temperature distribution facility in Atlanta. I needed a real estate expert with food industry knowledge to help backfill the building, and the FAS team was able to do just that. Their knowledge of all food related prospects out in the market, as well as knowledge of every competing food facility was instrumental in getting my building leased quickly. I would recommend them to any real estate owner who needs help in the sale or lease of a food facility.” – Kip Kramer, V. Paulius & Associates, COO & General Counsel
“We have worked with Chris, Turner and Sam for the last six years. We appreciate the fact that they can use their combined brokerage and food space skill sets to further our business.” Neil Johnson, Provender Partners, Founder & CEO
“The Food Advisory Services team have become a trusted partner after helping us execute multiple transactions over the past few years. Particularly, they have assisted in the sale of numerous food manufacturing facilities, including two complicated campus sales totaling 2.4 million sq ft and 250+ acres. Their ability to assemble a listing team that includes national food industry expertise, plus local boots-on-the-ground market knowledge is unmatched. After working together through numerous transactions, I have learned I can trust them to provide creative solutions when needed and have full faith in their ability to navigate a deal from start to finish.” – COO of publicly traded food company
Senior Vice President
Since joining Colliers International in 2005, Chris Cummings has been appointed the Director of Colliers' highly specialized National Food Advisory Team. Facility specialization for the team includes refrigerated warehousing, freezer and cooler distribution, food processing and dry food distribution facilities. The Team's expertise in coordinating all technical experts, vendors, and consultants involved in the real estate process has earned them long-term and multi-market assignments with leading food organizations.
Chris' experience serving as head of the Team has earned him a solid national and local client base and prepared him well to understand the unique requirements of food distributors, manufacturers and processors and to deliver the best service possible.
Sam joined Colliers International in 2016. He is a member of the Food Advisory Services (FAS) practice group, and is focused solely on servicing the specialized real estate warehousing needs of food property users and owners across the entire United States. Throughout his time spent in the food industry, Sam has developed an extensive network and database of relationships that allows him to provide the highest quality service to fulfill his clients’ needs in a timely and professional manner.