For Michael Newman, managing general partner for Colliers Nevada, working with the community is an important aspect of his career. So important in fact, he said he owes much of his success to his off-the-job involvement. Newman is very involved with community events, industry groups and his children’s activities, and still finds time to manage one of the largest providers of commercial real estate services in Nevada, Colliers International.
“I think it is important for us all to act as a part of the community in any way that interests us,” said Newman. “The important thing is to do something that affects the community in some way. It is our responsibility to create the kind of community that we want to live and work in.”
He is most proud of the recent success of the Fifth Annual Links for Life charity golf tournament. The event, hosted by Colliers International and the Del Webb Corporation, raised nearly $70,000 which will be applied to construction costs to build a new Children’s Center at Child Haven, the center for abused, abandoned and neglected children in Clark County. Links for Life has raised more than $300,000 for children’s charities since its inception in 1996. This annual event’s intentions are three-fold: to raise much needed funds for Child Haven, increase awareness of Child Haven and provide a day of enjoyment by senior executives throughout the community, said Newman.
Newman is active in the Southern Nevada chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), where he has served as president, treasurer, resource guide chair and sponsorship chair. Currently, he chairs the committee for the 2001 Spotlight Awards, an annual event that pays tribute to Southern Nevada’s top commercial real estate professionals. In addition, Newman serves NAIOP nationally as an executive committee member, national director, chairman of the National Real Estate Forum, and National Office Forum member. He was recently appointed as a national officer with the title of vice chair, Membership and Chapter Relations.
Newman also serves on the Local District Council for the Urban Land Institute (ULI). He recently chaired the successful regional Smart Growth Conference that brought national speakers to Southern Nevada to speak on growth management issues.
As president and managing general partner of Colliers Nevada, LLC dba Colliers International, Newman is responsible for the day-to-day operations of both the Las Vegas and Reno offices. In addition, he is responsible for business development and marketing of the company’s services. “My goal is to continue to strengthen our organization and to provide the highest quality services to our clients,” said Newman.
Colliers Nevada is a full service commercial real estate firm specializing in office, retail, industrial, land and investments. The firm also provides consulting, research and construction administration services. The Las Vegas office is the largest commercial brokerage firm in Las Vegas and employs more than 40 people. The recently opened Colliers-Reno office employs more than 15 people. Between the two offices, Colliers manages more than 5 million square feet of office, industrial and retail space.
Newman’s successful career includes real estate experience in leasing and management for leading developers in southern and northern Nevada. Most recently, he held the position of vice president of commercial leasing at the Howard Hughes Corporation, where he was responsible for the marketing and leasing of a commercial office portfolio of 2.5 million square feet. The portfolio included Hughes Center, a 100-acre Class A office park, and Hughes Airport Center, a 350-acre industrial business park.
Prior to joining the Howard Hughes Corporation, Newman, 47, served as director of property management and leasing at Henderson-based American Nevada Corporation. There, his responsibilities included the reorganization of its property management division and the leasing and marketing of the company’s more than one million square-foot retail and office portfolio.
Newman has also served as general manager and senior project manager at Perini Investments Properties in San Francisco, where he was responsible for the completion, management and leasing of Rincon Center, a $160 million redevelopment project in San Francisco’s “South of Market” District. While in San Francisco, Newman served as a Director of the City of Mountain View Downtown Revitalization Committee and was appointed to the Mayor’s Advisory Council regarding the redevelopment of San Francisco’s South Beach District.
Newman resides in Green Valley with his wife and their three children. He is past president of his children’s elementary school in Green Valley, where he helped to raise funds and supervised the construction of a Marine Science Lab for the school. He is a coach in the Green Valley Little League and the Silver State Girls Soccer League.
Although Newman promotes the value of contributing to the community, he admits he is involved with some activities for somewhat selfish reasons – they allow him to spend more time with his family while being involved with the community at large.