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Veteran broker brings over 30 years of retail leasing tenant representation and development expertise

Houston, TX, July 9, 2024 – Partners Real Estate (“Partners”), a full-service commercial real estate firm with an integrated investment and development platform, today announced that Joan Collum has joined the company as a Partner. Ms. Collum, a seasoned retail broker specializing in retail leasing and tenant representation will be based in Partners’ Houston office.

Ms. Collum began her career in 1984 as a real estate representative with WNS, expanding the Wallpapers To Go concept throughout the Southeast United States. She then moved to Pier 1 Imports, where she successfully opened over 100 new locations across the Southeast and Northeast markets. In 1994, she transitioned to tenant representation brokerage, leveraging her extensive retail expertise on the brokerage side. Ms. Collum also has extensive experience in retail real estate investment and development that she will further leverage with the Partners Capital and Development platforms.

“We are incredibly excited to welcome Joan to our team. Her decades of experience in retail leasing and tenant representation, combined with her proven ability to identify development and investment opportunities, will be a tremendous asset to our Houston office,” said Jon Silberman, CEO of Partners. “Joan’s dedication to client success and deep market knowledge align perfectly with our values, and we look forward to seeing the positive impact she will have on our firm and our clients.”

Over the past 30 years, Ms.Collum has exclusively represented major brands such as Michaels, Pier 1 Imports, Applebee’s, Office Depot, Bar Louie, La Madeleine, and Popeye’s in the Houston market. Currently, she continues to represent Office Depot and Floor and Décor. Additionally, Ms. Collum handles leasing responsibilities for her own developments, including Seguin Marketplace, 1242 Witte Road, and Tomball Marketplace, and sources development opportunities in Houston and South Texas markets.

Ms. Collum’s addition to Partners underscores the firm’s commitment to attracting top talent in the retail sector and expanding its service offerings to clients nationwide. Notably, Marc Peeler, joined the firm as a Partner earlier this year. Ms. Collum’s addition also closely follows the joining of Atlanta Office Tenant Representation brokers Chad Koenig and Katelyn Fabian to the firm’s new Atlanta office, which opened in June. Leading the Southeast business is veteran commercial real estate executive John O’Neill, President and Managing Partner, Southeast, and Board member. This expansion is part of Partners’ strategic plan to grow throughout the Southeast region, enhancing its service offerings and presence in key markets.

For more information, please contact Ash Harley-Majic, Marketing & Communications Manager, at 713.275.9641.