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Top tenant representative Ruth Darby returns to Colliers

Colliers International in Greater Phoenix has announced the return of Ruth Darby, one of the area’s top tenant representation professionals, to its Phoenix office.

Darby, vice president, brings 16 years of in-depth corporate real estate experience. Darby has completed transactions in more than 30 markets throughout the United States and in Canada. She specializes in strategic planning, lease administration, project management and transaction management services on large national corporate accounts as well as single-location tenants.

In her new venture with Colliers, Darby will partner with Lindsey Carlson, vice president. The bulk of the team’s tenant representation is with technology companies, engineering firms and service corporations.

“Ruth and I have worked together in the past and perform really well together,” Carlson said, adding, “Ruth brings a new element of business development to our team.”

Darby previously served as a Colliers broker from 2004 to 2009. She was instrumental in advancing the “green” concept within Colliers. Working with the Green Building Group, Darby created many of the educational materials for Colliers University and served on the board for the U.S. Green Building Council’s Arizona Chapter, which conducted studies and implemented programs to help lower Colliers’ carbon foot print.

“We are very pleased to welcome Ruth back into the fold,” said Bob Mulhern, managing director of Colliers’ Phoenix office. “Ruth is a dedicated and skilled broker with an outstanding record of success and she will provide additional value and opportunities to our clients.”

Darby’s recent experience includes Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, where she was director of research and marketing for the Southwest region. She led both brokerage and property management’s research and marketing services in the Phoenix, Austin, Houston, Dallas, Portland, Seattle and Las Vegas offices.

“I am tremendously excited to be back with Colliers International, I’ve missed being on the brokerage side of the business,” Darby said, adding, “After being on the corporate side of the table, I am bringing a different point of view to the brokerage side, which is an added benefit for us in communicating and working with our clients.”

Darby also serves as an adjunct faculty member for Arizona State University’s Real Estate Development program. She is involved with the Arizona Commercial Real Estate Women (AZCREW), U.S. Green Building Council, AZ Technology Council and Women in Tech. She earned an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

175 E. Corporate Place

$730K Chandler sale to benefit foster kids

 Colliers International in Greater Phoenix recently completed the sale of an office building in Chandler for $730,000, or $81.29 a square foot, to a non-profit that supports foster children.

Aid to Adoption of Special Kids (AASK) of Phoenix purchased the building, located at 175 E. Corporate Place, from TMS Properties, LLC, of Phoenix.

Kathy Foster, senior vice president, and Lindsey Carlson, vice president, both of Colliers International, represented the buyer. Tim Tapia of the Upland Group was the seller’s broker.

Built in 2004, the 8,980-square-foot building provides AASK with its first East Valley location. The organization has existing offices in Phoenix and Peoria. AASK promotes positive and stable relationships for Arizona’s foster children by recruiting, training and supporting foster families, adoptive families and adult mentors.

After completing the transaction and wanting to further support the organization’s mission, Foster and Carlson created “Team AASK” to raise donations. Foster also serves on the organization’s Board of Directors.

Through Team AASK, metro Phoenix businesses donated more than $50,000 in time, services and materials to build out the space, providing items such as donated furniture and discounted flooring. Foster and Carlson also donated a portion of their sales commission.

“We found companies eager to support efforts to aid an unprecedented number of children in Arizona foster care. The donations enable AASK to continue non-state funded activities such as the Mentoring Program, Sibling Camp and Todos Los Ninos. We couldn’t have done it without Team AASK,” Foster said.

Team AASK members include Colliers International in Greater Phoenix, Grand Canyon Title Agency Inc., ReSource Flooring, Blood Systems, Interior Solutions, McCarthy Nordburg, Wespac Construction Inc., Gust Rosenfeld P.L.C., Engelman and Berger PC and Arizona Business Bank.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to advance AASK’s mission and help connect foster children with caring adults,” Carlson said.

Ron Adelson, CEO of AASK, said because of the team’s backing, hundreds of children will have the chance to succeed.

“Kathy Foster and Lindsey Carlson have gone out of their way to support AASK’s mission. After guiding us through the purchase of our East Valley location, they led the effort to raise funds, allowing us to continue essential programs that support foster children and recruit additional families.”

Foster and Carlson are part of the top-producing Office Properties Solutions Group with Colliers International.

AZCREW Q&A: Lindsey Carlson, Associate VP, Office Property Solutions, Colliers Intl.

Screen Shot 2013-07-26 at 11.12.33 AMQ:Professionally, what does it mean to you to be a member of AZCREW?

A: I am surrounded by an incredible group of women with knowledge and expertise in a variety of aspects related to real estate. Involvement in AZCREW has allowed me to learn from my peers and become a well-rounded broker who provides a high level of service to meet and exceed my clients’ expectations. It has given me great perspective and insight into what is happening in the commercial real estate market. I have such confidence in referring any of my fellow AZCREW members to my clients, knowing they will take great care of them.

Q: What about AZCREW do you find to be most rewarding?

A:  I’d say the networking with other successful women for whom I have the greatest respect. The friendships that have developed while serving on various committees and the board have been invaluable in providing a strong sense of community while working in a mostly male-dominated profession. The support we provide to each other, not only professionally but personally, is remarkable. These are amazing women with great stories, and many are role models and mentors to me. I aspire to have the same impact they have had on our community. Through AZCREW’s community service, many of us give time and resources to help women-focused groups, such as Fresh Start, UMOM and Susan G. Komen, which has been truly inspiring.

Q: Was there an “aha moment” when you realized being a member was invaluable?

A: Several years ago, we hosted our first CREW Careers event to mentor young women who were interested in a commercial real estate career. This program gave them hands-on experience and exposure to a wide range of real estate careers, while demonstrating how rewarding and fun it could be. Seeing the excitement on their faces while surrounded by a group of women who they could look up to and respect was extremely satisfying. I felt we truly made a difference in their lives and, hopefully, encouraged more women to join our industry.