Education Seminar: State of Commercial Brokerage

Education Seminar: Held Wednesday, July 18

CBR Ed Seminar April 2018

The July Education Seminar featured compelling observations and thought-provoking forecasts from several of Atlanta’s most accomplished and preeminent producers in both the office and industrial investment markets. Jim Caswell, of Bridge Commercial Real Estate, moderated this lively panel which explored topics from innovative industry trends, rising tenant expectations, emerging challenges and obstacles, and the evolution of Atlanta as a true international city. The standing-room-only crowd was able to enjoy a highly entertaining, yet provocative discussion focused on both conflicts and potential solutions.

The Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS would like to thank our terrific program coordinators and members of the ACBR Education Committee for organizing this seminar - Audrey Frey, CBRE, and Jim Caswell, Bridge Commercial Real Estate, and our outstanding panel members: Steve Dils (Avison Young), Jessica Doyle (Colliers International), Frank Fallon (CBRE), and Ellen Stern (CBRE).

The ACBR would like to thank our Education Sponsors for their support of this programming:
Avison Young :: CBRE :: Colliers International :: Commercial Experts, Inc.
Cushman & Wakefield :: First Colony Financial Group :: JLL :: Newmark Knight Frank
Richard Bowers & Co. :: Scotland Wright Associates :: SK Commercial Realty LLC :: Wilson Hull & Neal

We wouild also like to thank our Annual Sponsors:
Atlanta Business Chronicle :: Business Environments :: Georgia Power


Jim Caswell - Bridge Commercial Real Estate


Steve Dils - Managing Director - Principal, Avison Young

Jessica Doyle - Senior Vice President - Colliers International

Frank Fallon - Vice Chairman - CBRE

Ellen Stern - First Vice President - CBRE

Coordinator - Audrey Frey


Ellen Stern

Jim Caswell,

Bridge Commercial Real Estate
Vice President of Leasing,

Mr. Caswell has over seven years of commercial real estate experience leasing commercial projects in the Atlanta area. Jim’s relationships with the younger commercial brokerage community and his aggressive approach to leasing makes him the perfect fit for more challenging leasing projects. Previously, Mr. Caswell was the Leasing Director at PC Associates; an Atlanta based commercial real estate developer. Mr. Caswell was responsible for the leasing and marketing of over 1.3 million square feet of Class “A” multi-story office product. As the Leasing Director he represented joint-venture partners such as Northwestern Mutual, Met Life and American Realty Advisors. During his tenure at PC Associates, Mr. Caswell created tremendous value through his leasing efforts during the disposition process of over 1.4 million square feet of commercial office space, The transactions exceeded over $270 million dollars in gross value.

Jim attended the University of Mississippi and graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Liberal Arts, majoring in Psychology with a minor in General Business. He is an active member of the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors (ACBR), Young Council of Realtors (YCR), National Association of Office & Industrial Properties (NAIOP) and The Shepherd Center’s “Shepherd’s Cup” Committee. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with friends and family, golfing, fishing, and volunteer activities.

Ellen Stern

Steve Dils,

Avison Young
Managing Director Principal

As Principal and Managing Director of the Atlanta office, Steve Dils is responsible for Avison Young’s day-to-day operations in the Greater Atlanta area as well as providing assistance in the company’s expansion in the Southeast U.S. Steve has more than 25 years of commercial real estate experience. He opened the Atlanta office in 2010 as the sole employee. The office has now grown to over 100 employees with 28 brokers.

Prior to opening the Atlanta office for Avison Young he was Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Grubb & Ellis’ Atlanta office where he was responsible for all service lines in the Atlanta marketplace, South Florida and the Southeast affiliates. His background is extensive, ranging from leasing and management to corporate development.

Ellen Stern

Jessica Doyle,,

Colliers International
Senior Vice President,

Jessica is a key member of the Landlord Services Group with a dedicated focus on increasing asset value to office properties she represents.

For the past six years, Jessica has worked directly on the institutional ownership side of the business and as such understands the significant impact her leasing efforts have on the valuation of a property. Her institutional background and creative nature are what set her apart.

Prior to joining Colliers, Jessica was the Managing Broker and Leasing Director at John Hancock Real Estate where she oversaw the leasing of a 4.5 million square foot portfolio located within the Southeast. Notable assets include The Proscenium and 1100 Peachtree located within Midtown, Phipps Tower located in Buckhead and Ashford Green located in Central Perimeter.  Additionally, Jessica spent five years in Landlord Representation working

with Newmark Grubb Knight Frank exclusively representing local, regional, and institutional owners.  Prior to that, Jessica was the Vice President of Leasing for Ackerman and Company.   Jessica brings over 20 years of high level experience to the team.

Frank Fallon

Frank Fallon

Vice Chairman

Frank Fallon is a Vice Chairman with CBRE’s Investment Properties in Atlanta, GA with a primary focus on the sale of institutional industrial investment properties on a national level. Along with his local partners Chris Riley and Trey Barry, Frank is a member of CBRE National Partners, a partnership that delivers superior strategy and execution over the industrial property life cycle. Located in the five key logistics hubs, the 50 investment sales and support professionals connect local market insight to a national capital markets perspective. Enhanced by a fully integrated debt platform, the National Partners team is able to achieve remarkable results for their national, regional and local clients. In 2016, the team successfully completed transactions totaling 132 million square feet with an aggregate value of $10 billion. Please visit our website at

During his career, Frank has been involved in the development, disposition, acquisition and operation of more than 225 million square feet of real estate properties with an aggregate value in excess of $11.8 billion. These transactions have covered 73 markets across the country and more than 167 separate purchasers.

Mr. Fallon has more than 29 years’ experience in the development, acquisition and disposition of office and industrial properties covering the Southeastern and Southwestern United States. Prior to joining Trammell Crow and later at CBRE, Frank was a Regional Director for Prologis where he was responsible for the operations, development and market strategy for the Southeast Region.

Ellen Stern

Ellen Stern

First Vice President

As a First Vice President with CBRE’s Atlanta Advisory & Transactions Occupier Group, Ellen Stern provides strategic real estate advisory services to all types of corporations ranging from global Fortune 100 companies to local professional firms. With roughly 13 years of experience, Ms. Stern, along with her team members, Vice Chairmen John Shlesinger and Sam Holmes, focuses on providing unparalleled service and creativity to solve complex real estate problems and reduce occupancy costs. With both a real estate and finance background, Ms. Stern provides her clients with an arsenal of services, including lease analysis, abstract and negotiation, strategic consulting, relocation analyses, discounted cash flow analyses and disposition consulting, among others.

Before taking over her current role, Ms. Stern headed CBRE’s brokerage financial consulting group and was responsible for providing financial and analytical services to institutional and corporate clients. Prior to joining CBRE, Ms. Stern was with Trammel Crow Company, where she oversaw the financial structure and daily operations of two business units.

Ms. Stern is married with one son and resides in Atlanta.

Monday, July 23, 2018
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