Each year, Midwest Real Estate News inducts a new class into its Midwest Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame. Today we look at the busy career of one of these new inductees, Simon Jonna, executive vice president with the Birmingham, Michigan, office of Colliers International.
In just 14 years, Simon Jonna has become one of the most consistent producers in the Detroit-area commercial real estate market. He’s closed several big deals, works with some of the largest clients in the industry and has earned a long list of industry honors. This net lease specialist has already built the type of career that would be the envy of even the longest-tenured CRE pros.
Before moving to Colliers International, Jonna ranked as a top retail investment professional with Marcus & Millichap, a star among about 1,800 agents. He also served as senior director of two of Marcus & Millichap’s specialty groups, the National Retail Group and Net Leased Properties Group.
Jonna also oversaw his namesake Jonna Group at Marcus & Millichap. This group’s transactions have spanned from Key West, Florida, to Silicon Valley, and from the greater Boston area to New York’s exclusive boroughs. Clients include developers, builders, private investors, institutions, the founders of retail chains and the former executives of national companies.
The group’s ability to provide each client direct access to the country’s largest buyer pool of qualified private and institutional investors has set this team apart.
How has Jonna built such a strong career in such a relatively short time? He points to the relationships he’s formed with clients, relationships that turn into repeat business. He also credits an important role model, his father.
“Widespread industry relationships that we have built over the years and attention to detail are the keys,” Jonna said. “We thrive on integrity and were raised that way. Our father, Harry Jonna, instilled in us what it means to foster credible relationships and build upon them successfully, both in business and personal life. Other qualities such as aggressiveness and having no fear will also enable you to make the pursuit worthwhile.”
When not building his career, Jonna most enjoys spending time with his wife, Ashley, and his family members and friends. He also enjoys traveling when his schedule affords him the time.