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Memorial Day 2016

Colliers kids enjoy a day in the office

Three very intelligent and hard-working children joined their parents at Colliers International | Pittsburgh for the annual “Take Your Children To Work” day. The day started with fun brain-teasers, including building a skyscraper out of chocolate and playing concentration (or as some people know it as the matching game) with iconic Pittsburgh buildings and landmarks. They especially enjoyed eating the chocolate once they were finished!

After a pizza party lunch, the kids assisted their parents with some important tasks, including sorting the mail, making deposits, binding books, and delivering papers to other individuals in the office.

“Lizzie learned a great deal and cherishes the book we put together for her showcasing buildings and monuments around the world and photos of her and the other kids,” Lisa Mikolay, Office Manager for Colliers International | Pittsburgh explained. “She loved trying to build a skyscraper out of candy, working on the computer and helping me make deposits.”

Aside from helping their parents, the kids got to explore some of their own skills and talents. Seven-year old Ryan sat in one of the empty cubicles and even made a cold-call to a very interested prospect, his mom! He designed his own skyscraper and discussed business strategies with other brokers in the office. Lizzie veered off from brokerage and became a jewelry designer, making necklaces out of paperclips for the administrative staff.

Not only did the kids enjoy time in the office, they were also enamored by all the excitement downtown Pittsburgh has to offer.

“Ryan and Garrett had a great time at Colliers International | Pittsburgh for take your child to work day. They learned about downtown buildings and marketing real estate,” said Mark Anderson, Vice President of Retail Brokerage at Colliers International | Pittsburgh. “They love coming downtown and seeing all of the people and activity as well as interacting with the brokers and staff in the office.”

Lisa added, “Lizzie really enjoyed spending the day with me at work learning about the different buildings in Pittsburgh. She was amazed that people now live in the heart of the CBD and was even more amazed that they would have pets!”

 

Society of Office and Industrial Realtors Elects Patrick Sentner to Board of Directors

Patrick SentnerPatrick J. Sentner, SIOR, Founding Principal at Colliers International | Pittsburgh, was recently elected to a two-year term on the SOCIETY OF INDUSTRIAL AND OFFICE REALTORS® (SIOR) Board of Directors. He will assume his position on the Board at the SIOR Fall World Conference in New York City in October.

Mr. Sentner has been involved in the commercial real estate industry for more than 25 years, with a focus on local office user representation and national Corporate Services representation. Prior to helping to open Colliers International | Pittsburgh, Mr. Sentner was a Founding Principal at NAI Pittsburgh Commercial, and Vice President at Oxford Development Company. He has an extensive history handling the local and national real estate requirements of companies in a wide variety of industries ranging from medical to technology to insurance to manufacturing.

After becoming a member of SIOR nearly 15 years ago, Mr. Sentner has been very active in the organization locally and nationally. He has served as President of the Western Pennsylvania Chapter, Director of the Mid-Atlantic Region, and a member of the National Budget and Finance Committee. Currently, Mr. Sentner is on the Board of Trustees for the SIOR Foundation and serves as the Treasurer for the Western Pennsylvania Chapter.

“It’s an exciting opportunity to join SIOR’s Board of Directors. I look forward to working with the leadership and the Board to pursue new and existing organizational initiatives,”

About SIOR

SIOR is a global professional organization that certifies commercial real estate service providers with the exclusive SIOR designation, based on achievement, knowledge, accountability and ethical standards. Only the industry’s top professionals qualify for SIOR. Today, there are more than 3,000 members in 630 cities in 34 countries. For more information, visit http://www.sior.com.

 

Colliers International | Pittsburgh Bowls for Junior Achievement

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Team Colliers sporting their new shirts

Colliers International | Pittsburgh and their families took to the (Arsenal) lanes this weekend for Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania’s (JAWPA) first Bowl-A-Thon of the 2016 season. Our two teams raised over $1,000 for financial literacy and education in Western Pennsylvania.

Maria Hanson, Client Services Advisor for Colliers International | Pittsburgh and JAWPA Young Professionals Board member, led the fundraising efforts and recruited her colleagues to participate. “As a newcomer to Junior Achievement, I am overwhelmed with the tremendous amount of support I have received not only from my fellow Junior Achievement Young Professionals Board Members, but also from my colleagues and their families.”

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Lisa Lawrence leading the way for Team Charwolf on the Prowl

According to their website, Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to providing young people with the knowledge and skills they need to reach economic success, plan for the future and make smart academic and economic choices. JAWPA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers and provides relevant, hands-on experiences to over 72,000 students from kindergarten through high school. 

“Colliers International | Pittsburgh proved their commitment to their community values this weekend and will continue to do so as our relationship with Junior Achievement develops,” Hanson continues. “I am humbled by my peers and excited for the upcoming opportunities we have to make an impact in our community through Junior Achievement and their mission.”

The next JAWPA Bowl-A-Thon will take place on Wednesday, May 25 from 5:30-9:00 PM at Arsenal Lanes in Lawrenceville. If your company would like to participate, please call Elizabeth Saraceno, Events & Marketing Sales Manager at (412) 208-4747, ext. 124 or e-mail her at esaraceno@jawesternpa.org.

Click here to learn more about JAWPA.

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