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Colliers names new head of N.J. operations

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David A. Simon, executive managing director, Colliers International.
David A. Simon, executive managing director, Colliers International. - ()

David A. Simon has joined Colliers International as an executive managing director and will serve as the new head of the firm's New Jersey operations, the brokerage firm announced Tuesday.

In a news release, Colliers said the move is “in line with its aggressive expansion plans throughout the region.” Simon, who has more than 25 years of experience as a broker and manager in the New Jersey market, will be responsible for the operational and financial performance of the firm’s Parsippany and Princeton offices.

Simon most recently was executive managing director with Massey Knakal Realty Services and led the firm’s expansion into New Jersey before it was acquired by Cushman & Wakefield late last year. With Colliers, he will oversee plans to open other offices in the state, while significantly increasing market share across northern and central New Jersey, the news release said.

Simon joins Colliers following the hiring of former C&W executive Kim Brennan, who is tri-state chief operating officer for Colliers.

“David is one of the most successful, respected real estate professionals in New Jersey,” Joe Harbert, president of Colliers International’s Eastern Region, said in a prepared statement. “Our intention is to become the No. 1 brokerage firm in New Jersey, and we 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.”

Previously, Simon 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, now known as Newmark Grubb Knight Frank.

A company representative said Robert Martie, who has led Colliers' New Jersey operations in recent years, has returned to a broker role with the firm to help bring in agency business.

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Joshua Burd

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Josh Burd covers real estate, economic development and sports and entertainment. Before joining NJBIZ in 2011, he spent four years as a metro reporter in Central Jersey. Email him at joshb@njbiz.com.

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