Colliers bolsters staff by hiring former JLL leaders

Brad Peterson has joined Colliers as executive vice president fir retail investments.

Orlando’s top retail sales broker and his team are joining Colliers to enhance the firm’s retail capabilities.

Brad Peterson, was NAIOP’s top producer in the retail sales segment while at JLL. He will be joined by 15-year veteran broker Whitaker Leonhardt and net leasing specialist Michael Brewster. Based in Orlando, the team works with institutional and private capital investors to facilitate retail investment sales transactions.


“The addition of this team is part of the continued evolution of Colliers’ expansion into the institutional retail owner space and our growth in Florida and further enhances our other services in retail including leasing, debt and financing, project and development management, as well as property management,” said Ryan Kratz, President, Southeast and Mid-Central Regions, U.S. Brokerage, Colliers.

The team, previously at JLL in Orlando, has handled $750 million in transaction volume since January 1, 2021.

Whitaker Leonhardt has been involved in more than $2.5 billion in sales and financing transactions.

“Despite being a large global commercial real estate services company, Colliers has a very entrepreneurial mindset and tempo in the way they do business, which aligns well with how our team operates and wants to grow,” said Brad Peterson, Executive Vice President, Retail Investments, Colliers.

In his 20 years of commercial real estate experience, Peterson has been involved in the sale of more than 350 shopping centers and single-tenant investments with an aggregate value of more than $5.5 billion. Prior to joining Colliers, he led the JLL Orlando Capital Markets Group.

In his 15 years of commercial real estate experience, Leonhardt has been involved in more than $2.5 billion in sales and financing transactions. He was a Senior Director in the Orlando office of JLL Capital Markets (and HFF until JLL’s acquisition in 2019) for 10 years.

At HFF and then JLL, Brewster served as a net lease specialist and focused on the sale, purchase and recapitalization of single-tenant net leased assets in the U.S.

“Colliers continues to enhance our retail capabilities in Florida, recently hiring additional brokers for leasing services and now expanding on our already extensive retail investment team,” said Danny Rice, Executive Managing Director, Market Leader Central/West Florida, Colliers. “Brad, Whitaker and Michael will be an exceptional fit with our company culture as well as our clients.”