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Commercial Real Estate professionals from several Colliers International offices convened in Pittsburgh last week for two days of networking, meetings, and presentations. The Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, Civil & Environmental Consultants, and Oxford Development sponsored this inaugural Colliers Regional Meeting at PNC Park.
Brokers and service line leaders from Colliers International travelled from California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Virginia, Washington D.C., and across Pennsylvania on Wednesday for dinner and networking on the rooftop deck at the Blue Line Grille, directly across the street from Consol Energy Center.
“The Colliers Regional Conference brought together market leaders, brokers and service line experts to strengthen internal relationships and expand our ability to service clients, whether they are building owners, large corporations, law firms, banks or health care institutions across the state and throughout the region,” explained Joseph Fetterman, Executive Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for Colliers International offices in Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware.
Thursday began with breakfast in the Lexus Club and a Pittsburgh-themed trivia contest and presentation by the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance. Industrial, Office, Retail, and Investment break-out sessions followed, which included collaboration meetings; presentations on energy, healthcare, ADA compliance, corporate solutions, and capital markets; and a panel discussion from some of the area’s largest office users.
Fetterman added, “The highlight was a panel of Pittsburgh based clients who spoke to challenges they face and initiatives they have underway for their respective real estate portfolios.”
“The Colliers International Regional Meeting was a huge success from many perspectives, especially corporate service business development and broker-to-broker networking,” commented Gregg Broujos, Managing Director & Founding Principal of Colliers International | Pittsburgh. “We were also able to show off our great city and the presentation by the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance was an incredibly valuable resource in showing our out-of-town brokerage professionals why they should bring their corporate clients to Pittsburgh.”
The long day ended with a view of the downtown skyline from the bleacher seats at PNC Park as the Pirates took on the Nationals and an amazing display of Zambelli Fireworks.
“The Pittsburgh Pirates were so gracious with their venues and everyone one of their staff members showed the utmost professionalism with every detail of the event,” Broujos added. “And the icing on the cake was the Pirates smacking the Nationals around on Thursday night!”
Gregg Broujos, Managing Director and Justin Kline, Associate of Colliers International l Pittsburgh along with John Banas, Senior Vice President, Director of Colliers International | Philadelphia, announced the integration of the Colliers International Capital Markets Platform into the Pittsburgh market at the Capital Markets Release event hosted at Perlé in Market Square.
Mr. Banas gave an informative presentation to a group of area investors, lenders, and attorneys informing them of the new service line now offered by Colliers International | Pittsburgh. Capital Markets services include Commercial Real Estate Financing such as Debt, Equity, Acquisition, Re-Finance, Construction Loans, Bridge / Mezzanine Financing, Banks, Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities (CMBS), Life Companies and Agency.The Capital Markets Group focuses on the entire capital structure specific to each real estate transaction, and has the ability and experience to structure and place innovative transactions that satisfy the needs of both borrowers and lenders.
“The event was a tremendous success, allowing us to inform our clients of the new services we are now able to provide to the Pittsburgh market as well as showcase the success we’ve had in other markets. The Capital Markets Service Line is not only a valuable resource for our clients, but an exciting opportunity for the Pittsburgh office to expand their services,” commented John Banas of Colliers International | Philadelphia.
Gregg Broujos, Managing Director, David Thor, Principal and Justin Kline, Associate of Colliers International l Pittsburgh, participated in the 2015 Bike MS: Escape to the Lake, an annual fundraising event organized by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Pennsylvania Keystone Chapter. Along with over 1,000 other bike riders, Mr. Broujos, Mr. Thor and Mr. Kline pedaled 150 miles from Western Pennsylvania to Ohio over two days to help raise almost half a million dollars for the battle against multiple sclerosis.
This was the third year Colliers International l Pittsburgh participated in the ride, raising over $17,000 the previous year. For Gregg Broujos, this was his 13th time participating in the ride, supporting his wife and mother-in-law who have been affected by MS.
“The outstanding level of support that we received from the donors, the volunteers, and the communities through which we rode was truly inspiring,” remarked Mr. Thor on the ambiance of the race.
Colliers International | Pittsburgh participated in the ride as part of “The Big EL” team. The Big EL raised the second highest amount of donations totaling $34,481.
“It is through the ongoing and incredible support of riders like Mr. Broujos and companies like Colliers International l Pittsburgh, that help us support people living with MS in our local community,” said Anne Mageras, President of the PA Keystone Chapter. “I am always amazed at the number of riders that join us each year to pedal up the western Pennsylvania hills and to raise critical dollars to fund our local services and our research efforts. We can’t thank Mr. Broujos enough for his long-time commitment to the event and for his passion to put an end to MS, forever.”
Colliers International | Pittsburgh Appoints Mamadou Baldé, Esq. to Vice President & In-House Counsel Office Brokerage
Colliers International | Pittsburgh, a leading provider of commercial real estate services in Western Pennsylvania, announced today that Mamadou Baldé, Esq. has joined the firm as Vice President & In-House Counsel to assist with the growth of the Office Brokerage practice.
Born in Guinea, West Africa, Baldé immigrated to the United States as a child and graduated from Moon Area High School. He attended the University of Akron and transferred to Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and was a member of the University’s football program. Baldé earned a juris doctor degree from Liberty University in 2012. Since then, he has been a practicing attorney serving the energy industry by analyzing contracts, conducting title searches and options, and performing property due diligence in both Pennsylvania and Ohio.
As a member of the Office Brokerage team, Mr. Baldé will be responsible for contract and lease negotiations, acquisitions and dispositions and client relationships. He will also serve as the
in-house counsel with responsibilities ranging from reviewing contracts, and negotiating the terms of agreements to providing legal advice.
“Colliers International is extremely excited to have a professional of Baldé’s caliber on the Office Brokerage team,” stated Managing Director, Gregg Broujos. “His background in commercial real estate, coupled with his extensive legal training, will allow Colliers International to further accelerate the success of our clients. We believe that his experience in law, in addition to the commitment demonstrated as a Division I athlete, will serve him well in our very competitive industry.”