Jim Kovacs | Colliers International | Tampa

Jim Kovacs

Executive Managing Director

License # SL522546

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Professional Summary

Jim joined Colliers International-Tampa Bay in August of 1988 and has since specialized in Retail/Commercial Leasing and Tenant Representation in the Tampa Bay Region, Orlando Metro and Florida’s West Coast. As a Landlord’s Agent, Jim maintains an inventory of 1 to 2 million square feet of institutional grade retail shopping centers and free standing commercial buildings. Much of Jim’s business activity can be attributed to Retail Tenant and Retail Buyer Representation services. Some of the clients Jim has represented (many with multiple assignments) include: IKEA,  Academy Sports (multiple), TJX Companies (TJMaxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods – over 75 units) Office Depot (over 40 units), Panera Bread (over 40 units), Ashley Furniture Industries (multiple units), and multiples of the all of following: Lowes, Home Improvement Store for both store acquisition and site disposition,  Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen, Pollo Tropical, Mission BBQ, Crunch Fitness, Bloomin' Brands, Banfield Pet Hospital, and more.


By thoroughly studying demographics, tracking real estate inventory and retail absorption, Jim has become one of the most knowledgeable and successful retail specialists on the West Coast of Florida. Jim’s experience with tenant mix analysis has been beneficial in creating long term occupancy within the centers in his portfolio. Recent Shopping Center redevelopment/leasing assignments include: Cypress Creek Town Center-Wesley Chapel, Drew 19-Clearwater (redevelopment including four new anchor leases), Northwood Plaza-Countryside (renovation, repositioning, and new Anchor lease), Palms of Carrollwood-Tampa (renovation, repositioning, including three new anchor leases), Cypress Point-Countryside (repositioning and re-Tenanting) and Woodlands Square-Oldsmar (anchor Tenant leasing). In the past five years he has completed approximately 191 transactions totaling approximately 4,000,000 square feet. The value of these transactions total in excess of $305 million.


Jim joined Colliers International-Tampa Bay immediately upon graduating from the University of South Florida, Tampa College of Business. Jim holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing. A native of Stamford, Connecticut, Jim’s relocation to Tampa in 1984 followed a two year internship at Union Carbide’s World Headquarters and study at University of Connecticut.
Jim’s professional affiliations include memberships in the International Council of Shopping Centers, Colliers Retail Specialty Council, Colliers Retail Steering Committee, Chairman of Tenant Rep Council-East Coast Colliers Retail Services Group, USF Alumni Association, and the USF College of Business Leadership Program.

Memberships & Involvements

International Council of Shopping Centers


Lowe's, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods, Academy Sports, Panera Bread, Pollo Tropical, Cheddar's, Office Depot, Banfield Pet Hospital, Bloomin' Brands, Crunch Fitness, Mission BBQ, Uncle Juio's, Paul Martin's American Grill, Landry's, Saltgrass Steak House 


Service Lines
Landlord Representation, Tenant Representation
Property Types

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