Industry haul at the REIV Awards for Excellence 2016
Colliers International has again proven its market dominance at last night’s Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV) Awards for Excellence.
The Victorian business was named the Commercial Agency of the Year for 2016 at the annual gala dinner, held at Palladium at Crown, which celebrates the best in commercial and residential real estate by showcasing industry-leading campaigns, systems and innovations.
This highly regarded industry award recognises Colliers International’s continued internal and external success during the past 12 months, including client service excellence, significant appointments and transactions, innovative marketing and commitment to the growth and development of the business.
Managing director John Marasco said the clients were the drivers behind the agency’s achievements, buoyed by strong relationships generating from the Melbourne CBD, north-west and south-east offices.
“Colliers International has had an outstanding 12 months in Victoria, achieving another year of continual growth and record profits,” he said. “Our goal is to make our clients’ property a competitive business advantage, ensuring their entire range of property needs are met."
The REIV award took into account Colliers International’s significant sales and property management listings during the past year, including deals for Southern Cross Towers, 222 Exhibition Street, 447 Collins Street, Rialto, Como Centre and the Jam Factory.
The sale of Twenty8 Freshwater Place, a 34,000sqm tower in Southbank with a suite of blue-chip anchor tenants, was a key factor in securing the award.
“Colliers International’s position as the dominant agency in Melbourne in both the sale and leasing of major office assets, as well as its strong track record with this property in particular, has ensured the highest level of success for each of our clients involved with this project,” Mr Marasco said.
The award also recognised Colliers International’s commitment to staying at the forefront of the rapid changes in the real estate industry caused by digital disruption.
“The last 12 months have focused on preparing our teams for the digital future,” Mr Marasco said. “We have re-engineered our go-to-market strategy following in-depth research and the result is a leading-edge, future-focused approach.
Colliers International’s Victorian business has grown substantially in the past year, promoting 56 people and implementing a new program, Colliers Wellbeing, aimed at further supporting the quest for a work/life balance.
There are extensive opportunities for professional development, with structured plans to assist and improve staff at all levels of their careers, and active engagement with inclusion and diversity policies is ongoing.
“Four key values drive our everyday interactions with our clients and colleagues alike – service, expertise, community and fun,” Mr Marasco said. “We are deeply committed to the communities within which we operate, and to building sustainable business practices, environments and workplaces."
Mr Marasco said the award was reflective of the exciting activity across all of Colliers International’s product lines, which would continue to a strong end to 2016 and beyond.
“Our success is based on an extensive track record, solid reputation and expertise – in particular regarding sales to offshore investors, large-scale deals and major CBD office leasing,” he said. “We are constantly striving to be market leaders, aiming to be first in all respects so we can assist our clients to take advantage of market conditions."
Colliers International also had two properties as finalists for the C&I Gold Marketing Award, 1 Malop Street, Geelong (Office Leasing) and 31-69 Western Avenue, Tullamarine (Industrial).
Founded in Australia in 1976, Colliers International is a real estate services leader with 215 Victoria-based employees in Melbourne, Geelong and Ballarat.