Director | Office Leasing
Aaron specialises in the leasing of office and retail space in the Canberra CBD, City Fringe, Parliamentary Triangle and key Town Centres in focusing on areas greater than 500sqm.
Aaron has a strong focus on providing service excellence and commitment to delivering results which has seen a consistent delivery over and above client expectations throughout his career so far.
Aaron prides himself on having a sound understanding of the Canberra commercial property market which has enabled him to provide sound advice to landlords and tenants and stay ahead of market trends.
Aarons areas of expertise includes:
- Comprehensive campaign management via end to end leasing solutions
- Tenant identification
- Lease negotiation, sound knowledge of rental rates and leasing market conditions
- Research and market analysis
- Transactional management and reporting
- Identifying accommodation solution
Aaron has consistently achieved high results for his clients in my formative years in the Canberra commercial market, with this culminated in receiving his commercial agency’s inaugural Agent of the Year award in 2013.
Aaron has demonstrated consistent year on year growth and has been able to increase both the volume of transactions and also the average deal sizes for my clients over the past 5 years. In 2019, I enjoyed a record year with a number of significant achievements on behalf of my clients and having personal involvement in 39 individual commercial transactions across the year totalling more than 26,000sqm.
Some notable transactions for 2019 included:
- 9,304sqm to the Commonwealth of Australia at 40 Cameron Avenue, Belconnen.
- 1,741sqm to BAE Systems at 39 Brisbane Avenue, Barton.
- 1,849sqm to ACT Government at 221 London Circuit, Canberra City.
Aaron is also immensely proud of the contribution he has made as a member of the market leading Colliers agency team that has been awarded the REIACT Commercial agency of the year for three years running (2017, 2018 and 2019) and which culminated in the team taking out the REIA Commercial agency of the year in 2019.
Year 12 Certificate (2007) - St Edmunds College Canberra
Bachelor of Commerce (International Relations & Finance) - Australian National University, Canberra
State Chief Executive , ACT
Valuation & Advisory Services
As the State Chief Executive Officer of the Canberra office I am part of the Senior Leadership Team of the Australian business. I currently run our National Government Services business and the agency business in the ACT.
I have been intimately involved in the development sector of the market for the past 30 years and consulted on more than 500 office and residential projects, with a major focus on institutional grade assets.
My experience in the office pre-commitment market is highlighted by my involvement in the delivery of the DoHA, DIMIA, DEEWR, Centrelink and Industry buildings, totalling in excess of 250,000sqm NLA. Other major projects I have been involved in include the new Human Services building in Greenway ACT (26,000sqm), ATO building in Albury NSW, ATO buiilding in Chermside QLD and National Archives building in Mitchell, ACT
I am advisor to the ACT Government (Australian Forum/City to Lake) and advisor to council members of the Australian National University Investment Fund. Through my GST knowledge I heavily influenced reforms on the Tax legislation on the margin scheme.
I began my property career in the legal sector 5 years ago as a paralegal, which affords me a perspective of the Canberra property market which differs from most of my colleagues. I have worked at two leading property firms within the Canberra region, finishing my time in the legal sector working under the pre-eminent property lawyer in the ACT.
I chose to shift from the legal sector as I desired to work more directly with stakeholders, and I found my interactions with the range of people involved in a deal the most enjoyable aspect of the job. Under the close guidance of Aaron Bruce and Michael Caecis, I am seeking to specialise in office and retail leasing throughout Canberra, primarily in the CBD, and the immediately surrounding suburbs.
Having worked on a diverse range of property transactions, from large commercial purchases and sales; to smaller individual residential transactions; to commercial leasing, I have the breathed of exposure to ensure I understand the needs and priorities of any client, big or small.
I look forward to facilitating the best and most successful transactions for my clients, from a new and different perspective.
Real Estate Management
30 years of commercial real estate and strategic property experience across all facets of commercial, industrial and retail property in Canberra, nationally and the Asia Pacific. I have an extensive network and contacts within both Federal and ACT Government at policy and implementation levels and connected with the international Diplomatic community. I led a team of 40 operators as Managing Director of Knight Frank Canberra also holding senior leadership positions within the Knight Frank National Executive.