Each week, we will profile an innovative leader who was selected for the 2024 edition of Az Business Leaders magazine. Today, meet John Burns, senior vice president of Colliers in Arizona.

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John Burns

Senior vice president of Colliers in Arizona

Background: John Burns is a senior vice president of capital markets with Colliers in Arizona.  He possesses more than 30 years of national real estate transaction and investment banking experience.  John specializes in securing institutional capital for commercial property owners and developers.  His expertise includes institutional  asset sales, as well as arranging joint-venture equity/partners for developments and acquisition projects.  John has completed in excess of $5 billion in commercial real estate sales and/or financing transactions.

Source of pride: “Completing a difficult assignment for a client when competitors have either failed or said market conditions will not support the project. I pride myself on extensive research my team achieves and how that information is utilized to pinpoint capital sources with the highest probability of completing the respective project.”

Professional advice: “Connect with a mentor and work diligently for that person.  Be in the office and go the extra yard.  As important, make sure you are connecting with a mentor that reciprocates with the commitment to work with you and get you involved in various phases of an assignment.”

Animal with whom he most identifies: “I would have to say the African Wild Dog because it is the world’s most efficient mammal predator with the highest percentage of kill rate.  African Wild Dogs are enormously intelligent and work as a team, which is important in our business, as it is in the wild.”

About Az Business Leaders: AZ Business Leaders is an annual business-to-business publication that combines the who’s who of Arizona business community with their valuable leadership advice and knowledge. The magazine is published by AZ Big Media. To learn more about Az Business Leaders, contact Sheri Brown, director of sales.