Each year, Midwest Real Estate News inducts a new class into its Midwest Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame. This year, we’re also profiling these newest members on REjournals.com. Today, we highlight the busy career of Mark Collins, executive vice president with the Detroit office of CBRE.
It takes skill, smarts and ethics to thrive in the commercial real estate industry. But to do so for more than three decades? That takes special talent. And it’s this kind of talent that Mark Collins, executive vice president with the Detroit office of CBRE, possesses.
Collins has worked in the commercial real estate business for more than 32 years. During this time, this industry veteran has ranked as a top-producer, representing corporate clients throughout the Detroit market.
Collins has succeeded thanks to the long-term relationships he’s built. During his career, Collins has represented corporate clients in more than 3,000 transactions. This level of production has cemented his status as a perennial top-producer in the Detroit office.
It makes sense, then, that Collins has notched so many industry honors. He has ranked in the national top 10 percent of CBRE producers 14 times and 17 times has been the top producer in Detroit for CBRE.
In 2005, Collins earned CBRE’s President’s Cup, while in 2010, he earned the CBRE/Detroit Team Philanthropy Award. Two years later, Collins received the William H. McCarthy Memorial Award.
Even with such a busy career, Collins finds time to serve as the unquestioned leader with CBRE’s Southfield, Michigan, office. His peers say that it’s not just Collins’ history of success that makes him the office leader. It’s his willingness and enthusiasm for mentoring young professionals and collaborating with senior brokers.
“Mark has served as the moral compass amongst the brokerage ranks,” wrote one nominator. “He shares a unique and unwavering commitment to CBRE, its platform, people and principals. Without question, the organization is fortunate to have someone who truly embodies CBRE’s values.”
When not working, Collins prefers spending time with his family. He credits his wife, Deb, for her unwavering support. Collins says he is blessed, too, with three children who are already successful themselves. Two of his children work in the commercial real estate business. His son, Kevin, works with CBRE as a managing director in the downtown Chicago office, while his daughter Erin is in-house counsel at Agree Realty Corporation in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. His daughter Mackenzie is a tax consultant with Deloitte in Chicago.
Collins is also an avid golfer who enjoys spending time at the family cottage in Northern Michigan.