Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest leases new headquarters near airport

Colliers in Arizona assists with lease, furnishings & financial support

Phoenix, January 28, 2019 – Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest (LSSS), a non-profit mission affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, consolidated and relocated its headquarters to Airport Office Park at 2502 and 2516 E. University Drive in Phoenix.

The team of Kathy Foster, MCR; Phil Breidenbach, SIOR; and Kyle York of Colliers International in Arizona represented the charitable organization in its real estate search and negotiations. In addition, the team members obtained donations of furniture for the organization and contributed a portion of their real estate commission back to LSSS to help with development of an unmatched refugee-focused program during the holiday season.

“We cannot say enough good things about our work with Kathy and Phil. Kathy took the time to get to know us and our needs, and she worked tirelessly to find a space that would work. There were many challenges, but Kathy never gave up. She was a true partner; we are very grateful to have been able to work with her,” said Connie Phillips, President and CEO, LSSS.

The non-profit organization leased 16,338 square feet of space, comprised of five different suites at the property. The firm will occupy a sizable portion of the 22,688-square-foot project for a term of seven years. 

“LSSS was on the cusp of being evicted from its building,” said Foster, senior vice president with Colliers. “Fortunately, we were able to work with Reliance [Management] to help them find a new home that suits their growing needs and prevent them from becoming homeless.”

Built in 1978, Airport Office Park provides a variety of features that suit the mission, values and culture of LSSS. It offers an amazing outdoor courtyard component that will be well-used by both employees and clients. Airport Office Park also offers excellent freeway visibility and access to Interstate 10. The property is just two minutes away from Sky Harbor International Airport.

LSSS provides supportive services to empower individuals in need, including aging and disabled, children and family emergency, and refugee and immigration services.

Airport Office Park is owned by Presson Advisory, LLC.  The landlord was represented in this lease negotiation by Michael Crystal and Emily Currie of NKF in Phoenix.  

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Kathy Foster

Vice President, Account Management


Serving dual roles for Colliers as vice president, account management for the Americas, and as senior vice president for Colliers International in Arizona, I specialize in corporate solutions, including portfolio management, corporate real estate and workplace strategy, working on behalf of clients with significant domestic and global real estate assets. Areas of expertise include strategic planning, transaction implementation, site selection, lease administration, and project and portfolio management.

With more than 25 years of in-depth experience in corporate real estate, I have completed transactions in excess of 10 million square feet in more than 100 markets throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Partnering with Phil Breidenbach, SIOR, executive vice president; and Kyle York, associate, our team provides exceptional service and strategic solutions to our clients, representing buyers, tenants, owners and landlords.

Prior to joining Colliers, I was a principal with Cresa Phoenix for seven years, specializing in corporate real estate. Previously, I managed the corporate real estate portfolio for First Health Group based in Scottsdale for 13 years. The portfolio consisted of more than 2.7 million square feet with an annual operating budget of $33 million.

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Phil Breidenbach

Executive Vice President


As an executive vice president with Colliers International, I specialize in commercial office properties, representing both landlords and tenants. I focus on “life of the asset” landlord agency, tenant advocacy, corporate solutions, acquisitions and dispositions. I have specialized in commercial real estate since joining Colliers in 1984.

Core competencies include:

  • Building and office space lease marketing
  • Tenant advocacy
  • Office building sales
  • Office land acquisition
  • Strategic real estate plan development and implementation
  • Site selection

I partner with Kathy Foster, MCR.w, senior vice president; and Kyle York, associate. Our team structure allows representation of both landlords and tenants, with a diverse base of knowledge and expertise that leads to successful and tailored real estate solutions. We build on the strengths of our team members with a synergy not often found in today’s commercial real estate environment. We pride ourselves on developing relationships that continue far beyond a single successful transaction.

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Kyle York



As an associate with Colliers International, I specialize in the sale and leasing of office properties, representing both landlords and tenants. I am a member of the senior brokerage team of Phil Breidenbach, SIOR, executive vice president; and Kathy Foster, MCR.w, senior vice president. Our team provides exceptional service and strategic solutions to our clients.

Leveraging my expertise in researching and understanding the market, I strive to align tenant requirements with available properties. I am focused on finding the perfect space to meet each client’s business needs. On behalf of the team and our clients, I actively pursue property listing opportunities and identify prospective tenants. I conduct market research to pinpoint economic and industry trends to help clients make informed real estate decisions.

Clients and peers describe me as being highly knowledgeable about the market, determined and hard-working. I place great value on being accountable and responsive to my clients’ needs.

I joined Colliers in 2017 as a research associate. I assisted with publishing quarterly statistical reports for each property discipline, compiled market statistics, and maintained databases for sales and lease comps. I also conducted industry research using various in-house and on-line resources.

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