After Hours: Larry Ortega

Senior Vice President

Colliers International


With Colliers for 20 years; 32 in CRE in the Valley


Born in Los Angeles; moved to Arizona in the early 80s


Graduated from University of California-Fullerton, was a fine arts major


Wife Sandra; children Daniel and Marla



Marketing commercial and retail properties. Representing retailers and restaurants and landlords.



Sports — surfing, fishing, football


Music — Death Cab for Cutie, Airiel, Hillsong, Alternative, Indie, Phil Wickham, Jimmy Eat World


Destinations — Baja, Mexico; Guatemala, Costa Rica, Belieze, Alaska


Activities — Being alone in my studio, creating art.


What did you think you’d be when you were growing up?

I thought of being a forest ranger working in a fish hatchery, a professional surfer and then an artist.


What accomplishment are you especially proud of?

Launching Arizona City Fest/Season of Service with Luis Palau. Re-emerging as a mixed media artist working with resin, steel and light. Opening an art gallery in Downtown Phoenix in 2012.


What would people be surprised to know about you?

My background as a fine artist, retailer, surfer.


Given — Be meaningful, provide insight, inspire and connect the dots. Be yourself.

To share — Maintain a good name at all cost.



About Amanda Ventura

Amanda Ventura is an editor, award-winning writer and pop culture enthusiast. When she's not up against deadlines, she is exploring Arizona, trying recipes that require every dish in her kitchen be used, collecting 5K swag bags and race numbers and volunteering at a local animal shelter. Her bookshelf is full of autobiographies and her desk is covered in Sticky Notes. She dislikes the Oxford comma and still cannot believe she gets to meet and write about interesting people for a living.