• Colliers International Tampa Bay, Central and Southwest Florida honored with 2017 USF Fast 56 award

    The award recognizes the 56 fastest-growing companies owned or led by USF alumni

    TAMPA, Fla. (April 11, 2017) – Colliers International Tampa Bay, Central and Southwest Florida has been named one of the University of South Florida’s 2017 “Fast 56” – the fastest-growing businesses owned or led by USF alumni in the world. This is the second consecutive year the firm, founded by USF Class of ’74 alumnus Lee Arnold, has earned the Fast 56 honor.

    The University of South Florida Alumni Association, along with USF System President Judy Genshaft and USF Alumni Association Board of Directors Chair Jim Harvey, will recognize Colliers and its fellow Fast 56 award recipients at a ceremony on April 28.

    “Colliers International is thrilled to be recognized by the University of South Florida for the growth of our business,” said Colliers’ Arnold, who now serves as Executive Chairman of Colliers International Florida. “We thank our valued clients for the continued loyalty and confidence they have placed in us, and we look forward to continuing to serve their commercial real estate needs in the future.”

    Under Arnold’s leadership, Colliers International Tampa Bay, Central and Southwest Florida has grown revenue by more than 100 percent over the past four years. In 2016, the firm handled $1.2 billion worth of real estate transactions, and the company, founded by Arnold in 1974, now employs 140 professionals.

    The 2017 USF Fast 56 companies are ranked by annual percentage revenue growth, as documented by Cherry Bekaert, a public accounting firm based in Tampa. To be considered, an organization must have been in business for at least three years, have revenues of $250,000 or more for the most recent 12-month period, and be owned or led by a University of South Florida alumnus.

    USF honors 56 alumni-owned or led businesses each year, in recognition of the year the university was founded, 1956.

    “We’re proud to recognize Colliers International Tampa Bay, Central and Southwest Florida as one of the 56 fastest growing USF Bull-led businesses in the world,” said USF Alumni Association Executive Director Bill McCausland. “We look forward to celebrating on April 28, when we’ll count down to the number one Fast 56 business.”

    The USF Fast 56 award ceremony will be held at the Marshall Student Center Ballroom and Oval Theater at the USF Tampa campus.

    Colliers International Group Inc. (NASDAQ and TSX: CIGI) is an industry-leading global real estate services company with 15,000 skilled professionals operating in 68 countries. With an enterprising culture and significant employee ownership, Colliers professionals provide a full range of services to real estate occupiers, owners and investors worldwide. Services include strategic advice and execution for property sales, leasing and finance; global corporate solutions; property, facility and project management; workplace solutions; appraisal, valuation and tax consulting; customized research; and thought leadership consulting.

    Colliers professionals think differently, share great ideas and offer thoughtful and innovative advice that help clients accelerate their success. Colliers has been ranked among the top 100 global outsourcing firms by the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals for 12 consecutive years, more than any other real estate services firm.

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