Category Archives: Living Our Values

Broujos Gets Soaked for ALS

What is the best way to spend your lunch hour during the work week? Running errands, trying out a new restaurant, or watching your boss get soaked on purpose? Definitely the latter of the three!

Our office was able to experience this first hand last Thursday as our Managing Director and Founding Principal, Gregg Broujos, participated in the CEO Soak to raise funds for the ALS Association of Western Pennsylvania Chapter. Alongside a dozen other Pittsburgh CEOs, Broujos volunteered to stand in the PPG Place fountains as they went off for one minute.

“Colliers International was proud to participate in the inaugural CEO Soak to assist in the fight against ALS,” Broujos said. “Mike Daniels and the ALS Association / Western Pennsylvania Chapter did an incredible job of organizing this event and hitting their goal of $50,000.”

Our firm raised over $3,000 to help care for those directly affected by ALS.

Broujos added, “We were happy to honor our colleague, Joe Fryz of Tarquincore, who bravely fought ALS and showed us all how to deal courageously with this disease that we ARE going to wipe out.”

The participants after the soak.

Justin Kline Completes Leadership Pittsburgh’s Leadership Development Initiative (LDI)

Justin Kline, Investment Sales Associate at Colliers International | Pittsburgh, recently graduated from the Leadership Pittsburgh LDI Class XXIV. Kline, alongside the 50 members in his cohort, completed 31 credits in leadership sessions and activities, participated in an overnight retreat and implemented community impact projects over the course of 9 months.

According to the Leadership Pittsburgh website, LDI is a leadership training program for high-potential young professionals that utilizes data-driven training models and provides access to experts who share experiences. The goal of LDI is to build future leaders of the Pittsburgh community.

“We are proud of the accomplishments of Justin Kline, and his 50 fellow LDI XXIV participants, in successfully completing the Leadership Development Initiative program,” said Sarah Miele, Program Manager for Leadership Pittsburgh. “We at Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. are inspired to know that our region’s future is in the hands of these incredibly talented leaders.”

Kline now joins a network of 2,400 Leadership Pittsburgh alumni.

Miele continues, “As they follow in the footsteps of alumni that came before them, we look forward to their enhanced engagement in the civic sector of our community and to their contributions in making Pittsburgh truly the most livable city.”

“Colliers International l Pittsburgh is extremely proud of the commitment that Justin has shown with his graduation from the LDI program,” said Gregg Broujos, Managing Director & Founding Principal at Colliers International | Pittsburgh. “As a young businessman in an extremely competitive industry, Justin chose to better define his leadership capabilities, while also examining more ways to help our communities throughout Western Pennsylvania.”

Colliers’ Kids Bring Fresh Ideas to the Office

Three very imaginative, sales-minded and hard-working children joined the Colliers International | Pittsburgh team last week for our annual “Take Your Child To Work Day.”

The first part of the day was spent learning about what makes buildings different, including the amenities they offer. This was all in anticipation of their big project of the day: create and draw your own building, come up with a pitch, and then try to sell it to anyone in the office.

Garrett, a kindergartner and the youngest of the bunch, designed a hotel skyscraper with a full movie theater in it. His brother Ryan, who is in 2nd grade, created four very different buildings. The most notable was named the “Titanic” in which he described as a “ship like building that can be moved by a truck to be moved into the water.” When asked if it was like the Pittsburgh Ducky Tours, he said yes, but that it was much bigger and people could actually live in it. Lizzie, a 4th grader, designed a retail building with an ice rink and pretzel shop, where people could dip their own chocolate covered pretzels. She also created a very cool office building where people could not only come to work, but the main priority was to have fun!

“My kids had a great time learning about commercial buildings,” Mark Anderson, dad of Ryan and Garrett said. “Their favorite part was negotiating with buyers for their hypothetical properties.”

Lisa Mikolay, Lizzie’s mom, added, “I know the day is supposed to inform the kids about their parents jobs, however, it was a learning experience for me as I saw my quiet 9 year old girl turn into a high pressure sales person trying to get the most profit from her building.”

While no real money was exchanged for their million dollar buildings, their hard work didn’t go unnoticed. All three kids received a cash prize of $1 and pizza for lunch! Afterwards, Ryan and Garrett accompanied their dad on a very important business meeting, while Lizzie helped her mom with various office tasks for the rest of the afternoon.

The whole office was impressed by the creativity and work ethic of each child. It is apparent that they will do great things when they grow up!

“When I asked the kids what they thought their future careers would be, I was intrigued as Garrett talked about being an inventor of new floating chocolate (another Willie Wonka) and Ryan wants to be an inventor and is very interested in finding life on other planets and the possibility of living on other planets,” Lisa explained.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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