Category Archives: Community Outreach

Colliers International | Pittsburgh Collects 235 Pounds of Non-Perishable Goods for Local Food Bank

To kick off the holiday season, Colliers International | Pittsburgh collected non-perishable food and other household items for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

“One of Colliers International’s core values is community,” said Operations Manager, Lisa Mikolay, “and the members of our Pittsburgh team have done a fantastic job every time they have been asked to participate in community outreach.”

To make this food drive more interesting, the office was divided into two teams to see which team could collect more items. Bragging rights and pizza were on the line.

After two weeks of “friendly” competition, the collection period came to a close on Wednesday, November 20th. The office was able to collect almost 500 non-perishable goods that, according to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, weighed 235 pounds in total.

Food Bank Collection 11.20.19

“It is a humbling experience to be able to help our Pittsburgh neighbors and it is a time to reflect and be very thankful for all that we have,” stated Mikolay, who contributed almost 200 non-perishable food items to this year’s food drive, “I am looking forward to more community outreach in the upcoming year.”

For more information on the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank including drop off locations, click here.

CREW Pittsburgh Honors Former President Michelle Domeisen at Annual Wine Tasting Dinner

Last night, Pittsburgh Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) hosted their annual Wine Tasting Dinner celebrating past presidents. This sold out event at Hotel Monaco welcomed professionals from all facets of the commercial real estate industry.

Of the past CREW presidents being recognized, Colliers International | Pittsburgh’s own Michelle Keane Domeisen, Vice President of Investment Services and founder of CREW, gave the keynote speech that ended with a standing ovation.

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(Above: Past Pittsburgh CREW Presidents)

“I am elated to see that the passion we had for starting this chapter has multiplied many-fold,” Domeisen said, “Pittsburgh CREW is vibrant and forward-facing. I am honored to have been able to share the history of its beginning at the dinner with those who may not have known. The chapter is in excellent hands to do its important work going forward”

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(Above: Michelle Domeisen)

Domeisen was one of five women that established CREW in 1994 with the goal of creating a group specifically for women in the commercial real estate field. Using a Rolodex to compile their contacts, Domeisen, along with Claudia A. Steeb, Janet McCarthy, Mary Maddamma and Lynne Lehrer held their first meeting in February of 1995 at the Duquesne Club.

“The CREW Pittsburgh Annual Wine Dinner Event is a signature event for our local CREW Network Chapter,” said CREW President Elect Virginia Weida, “In 2019, we honored all of our past presidents with a special pre-reception celebration and individual recognition at the event with over 160 attendees.”

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(Above from Left to Right: Michelle Domeisen, Lisa Mikolay, Amber Phillips, Molly Sheerin)

Last night’s dinner was not only a great opportunity to honor presidents of CREW’s past, but also an exciting glimpse into CREW’s future in 2020 and beyond.

Amber Phillips, Marketing Specialist at Colliers International | Pittsburgh will be one of the many new faces of CREW in 2020. “I love the mission and meaning behind CREW,” she stated, “Having the chance to be a part of a group solely focused on advancing women in all fields of commercial real estate is such an exciting opportunity.”


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(Above from Left to Right: Molly Sheerin, Amber Phillips, Michelle Domeisen, Lisa Mikolay, Jonathan Levinson)

To learn more Pittsburgh Commercial Real Estate Women, please click here.

Pittsburgh Tech Council’s Face2Face Mixer held at Northern Light Tower

Colliers International partnered with the Pittsburgh Technology Council for their Face2Face networking event.  Pittsburgh Tech Council members mingled with local commercial real estate brokers at the event last night that was hosted by Tusk Development on the rooftop deck at Northern Light Tower. Ed Speaking - edited

In addition to networking, guests were able to enjoy catered hors d’oeuvres, dinner and desserts from Red Robin, while participating in a golf contest where the three highest scores were awarded a prize provided by Tusk.Golf Range - 2

In attendance were Colliers International’s agency team of Paul Horan and Edward Lawrence.  They were able to take guests on tours of the available space throughout the evening.

“Northern Light Tower is the quintessential example of an industrial building that was transformed into creative loft office by a forward thinking developer like Tusk.  Technology companies looking to leverage their office space to recruit and retain talent need look no further” said Lawrence.

For additional information on available office space at Northern Light Tower, please contact Paul Horan at 412 515 8525 or Ed Lawrence at 412 515 8526.

Colliers Chit Chat with Ralph Egerman

Everyone in the Colliers International | Pittsburgh office knows Ralph Egerman is an absolute joy to work with. 365 days a year, he works hard for his clients while putting a smile on the face of everyone he encounters.  So, in honor of his birthday, we decided to shine the spotlight on him with a Q&A to find out how Ralph became the broker he is today.

Colliers Chit Chat - Ralph

Question: How did you get your start in Commercial Real Estate?

Ralph: I began my career in February 1981 at Cushman & Wakefield’s Pittsburgh office. These were exciting times in our industry and C&W was involved with projects such as; One Oxford Centre, One Mellon Bank Centre, PPG Place and I was the lead broker for the Warner Centre and the Fulton Building.

Q: How long have you been in the business?

R: I started as a small investor in 1976 purchasing apartments and one small commercial building. I obtained my real estate license in 1980 and decided to make real estate my career.

Q: What is your favorite part of working in the industry?

R: My favorite part of the industry is working with my clients to help them to realize their goals. Additionally, I love to participate in the growth of my beloved city.

Q: Did you have a mentor that helped you when you were new to brokerage?

R: I was very fortunate to have wonderful mentors. Hank Stewart and Jim Morgan of C&W along with Leon Thorpe who later became my investment partner, were instrumental in my success. I still meet with Hank once a month to have lunch and discuss real estate. I believe that mentors are an essential component for the development of a young professional. One of my great joys, is mentoring the new associates here at Colliers Pittsburgh.

Q: What advice would you give to a someone that is new to the industry?

R: I think the best advice I can offer a new broker is to keep personal integrity at the forefront of your practice, commit to a lifetime of continuing education and be disciplined in your work.

Q: When you aren’t working, what is your favorite hobby?

R: When I am not working, I have spent 30 years serving of the Board of Directors of wonderful organizations such as Familylinks, Animal Friends, Parent & Child Guidance and The Nine Mile Run Watershed board. I also love exercise, reading and spending time with family and friends.

Whether it’s making a daily trip to Crazy Mocha to pick up coffee for the entire office, bringing in obscure articles from the Wall Street Journal for the younger brokers to read, or humming oldies tunes, Ralph always manages to light up the office, even on the gloomiest of days.

Happy birthday Ralph, from your family at Colliers International | Pittsburgh.