PaulaClair Smith | Colliers International | Clearwater

PaulaClair Smith


Managing Director

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Professional Summary

Paula Clair Smith, CCIM, joined Colliers as a Director of Commercial Services in February 2016 and was promoted to Managing Director by the end of 2017. As a longtime Pinellas County resident, Paula conveys a wealth of knowledge of the local commercial real estate market.  Her experience in office, industrial and redevelopment spans 20 years, making her extremely valuable to Colliers and her clients.


Paula has been involved in the Tampa Bay commercial real estate market since leaving a marketing career in 1998. She works with  a variety of local investors and business  owners along with very special non-profits  such as the St. Petersburg Free Clinic and  the Tampa Bay SPCA.

Her notable accomplishments include  participating in the All Children’s Hospital  expansion throughout the Tampa Bay area for the past 17 years, and continues building alongside Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital as a tenant and buyer representative. The Hunter Douglas Corporation relied on Paula’s mastery in the  disposition of their 131,500 square foot  facility.

Most recently Paula worked at Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT before transferring her skills to the Colliers International platform. She remains active in identifying and contracting on medical office buildings, industrial/manufacturing facilities, the leasing of multi-tenant complexes and assembling blocks of St. Petersburg’s downtown for redevelopment. Paula has worked in conjunction with most municipalities in Pinellas County and contributes much of her success to those relationships. As Director at Colliers, Paula was responsible for nearly $17M in sales and leases transacted in 2017 and over $16M in 2018.  In recognition for her achievements, she received the #3 Top Producer Investment Award/National Division from FGCAR for 2018.


Paula holds a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from Miami University and earned her CCIM
designation in 2006.

Memberships & Involvements

  • Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM)
  • Women Working Together for Animals at SPCA
  • Tampa Bay Florida Gulfcoast Commercial Association of REALTORS
  • Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce Board Member


Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital

Gulf Coast Pinellas, Inc. and Chris Rinker

St. Petersburg Free Clinic

Scott Wagman

Registered Agents, Inc.

SPCA Tampa Bay


Service Lines
Landlord Representation, Tenant Representation, Capital Markets
Property Type
Industrial, Office

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Featured Research
Nov 10, 2020
Demand for Industrial Product Expands
There has been no shortage of activity occurring throughout the greater Tampa Bay industrial market. Third quarter absorption and leasing activity remained favorable, with nearly 800,000 square feet (0.3% of the market) of positive absorption occurring, driven by nearly 3 million square feet of leasing activity. Year-to-date, amongst the backdrop of a global pandemic, nearly 8 million square feet has been leased, pushing absorption to nearly 3 million square feet for the year. This represents a significant increase of more than 1 million square feet compared to the third quarter of 2019.
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Jul 30, 2020
Increasing Activity, Challenges Still Remain
The second quarter of 2020 began with an unprecedented pause in activity for the Tampa Bay Retail market. Nearly every retailer, except those deemed essential during the COVID-19 pandemic, temporarily closed their doors either voluntarily or through government orders. Investors were pencils down and lenders halted underwriting and decision making. Tenants interested in the market paused or delayed tours, and many properties were pulled off the market in a wait-and-see approach. However, as the quarter progressed, the retail market throughout greater Tampa Bay began to thaw and, although many government orders and restrictions remain, pockets of activity began to come back to the market.
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Jul 30, 2020
Steady Activity Amidst a Global Pandemic
Although the true long-term impacts of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) across the broader economy remain unknown, the local industrial market in Tampa Bay remained poised for growth. Net absorption, a strong indicator of market performance, registered one of the largest positive net absorptions in recent history at 1.8 million square feet. Leasing volume, which is a precursor to absorption also increased registering over 2.8 million square feet of recently signed leases, nearly 1 million square feet more than the previous quarter. Big box tenants were the primary activity generators, completing six lease transactions, accounting for over 1.8 million square feet in transactions. The second quarter displayed a gain in momentum and an overwhelming drive for e-commerce product.
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