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David Simons Joins Colliers as New Jersey Market Leader


Industry powerhouse to spearhead expansion plans, recruitment of top talent to grow Northern, Central N.J. market share

Parsippany, N.J., June 2, 2015 – In line with its aggressive expansion plans throughout the region, Colliers International today announced that industry leader David A. Simon, SIOR, has joined the organization as Executive Managing Director, New Jersey Region and will serve as the new head of the firm’s New Jersey operations. 

With more than 25 years of experience as a broker and manager in the New Jersey market, Simon will be responsible for the operational and financial performance of the firm’s Parsippany and Princeton offices, with plans to open others, while significantly increasing market share across Northern and Central New Jersey

Simon also joins Tri-State Chief Operating Officer and fellow industry leader Kim Brennan, completing the most experienced management team in New Jersey commercial brokerage.

“David is one of the most successful, respected real estate professionals in New Jersey,” said Joe Harbert, President of Colliers International’s Eastern Region. “Our intention is to become the No. 1 brokerage firm in New Jersey, and see David as a key to helping us get there. He is not only a dynamic broker, but a strategic thinker who has led other firms to prominence. His presence and leadership will take us to the next level, and help us recruit even more top talent.”

Most recently Simon was an Executive Managing Director with Massey Knakal Realty Services and led the firm’s expansion into New Jersey. Massey Knakal was acquired by Cushman & Wakefield in December, 2014. Previously, he has held leadership positions including: Managing Principal for the New Jersey office of Cassidy Turley, Chief Operating Officer for Colliers Houston & Co. and Principal with Newmark Real Estate of New Jersey, currently known as Newmark Grubb Night Frank.

Throughout his career Simon has completed hundreds of transactions on behalf of tenants such as: Merrill Lynch, Best Buy, Bed Bath & Beyond and has represented properties on behalf of institutional and local owners including: Mack-Cali, John Hancock, Chase Manhattan Bank, Atlantic Realty and Kushner Real Estate Group, among others. 

Simon attended Boston University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Public Relations. Additionally, he earned a Master of Science degree in Real Estate from New York University. He is a past President of IOREBA, member of the executive committee of the New Jersey Chapter of SIOR and a member of the Advisory Board for the Center for Real Estate at Rutgers Business School.