NEW YORK CITY—Commercial real estate veteran EricYarbro has joined ColliersInternational's offices here as executive managingdirector.

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Yarbro, who has 27 years experience in commercial real estate,was most recently SVP with CBRE where he arranged more than $500million in real estate transactions. Yarbro will continue torepresent a broad spectrum of clients focused on urban marketsincluding institutional owners and corporations, landlords,developers, government agencies, and not-for-profitsnationwide.

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Yarbro also will be responsible for developing and growing arobust urban strategy, and promoting both diversity awareness andinclusion within the corporate client community and ColliersInternational. He will be focused on increasing directly relatedbusiness opportunities, talent development, and supplier diversityin commercial real estate and construction-related activities.

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Through his interests with Madison SquareRealty—a full-service, certified minority businessenterprise and Diversity Marketplace, a web-based platformcomprised of a community of MWBVE entities—Yarbro will be able tooffer Colliers International's clients the ability to receive MBEprocurement credits for real estate expenditures.

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Major clients Yarbro has worked with include General Motors,AOL, Eastman Kodak, Prudential Financial, Fifth Third Bank, WesternUnion, Teachers Village, and Servcorp, among others.

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“Entrepreneurial in his outlook, Eric is an expert deal-makerand collaborative specialist who is valued by his clients for hisinnovation, integrity, and ability to successfully plan, execute,and manage short- and long-term strategies across a wide andcomplex range of real estate requirements,” says JosephHarbert, president of Colliers International's easternregion. “Eric also elevates those around him both through his dailyinteractions with clients and colleagues and his active role inadvancing opportunities for minorities.”

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Yarbro received CBRE's client service award and theMulti-Platinum Producer Award on numerous occasions; was founder ofthe Hurricane Sandy Diverse Response team in 2013; and was includedamong the 100 most influential blacks in corporate America in SavoyMagazine's 2010, 2012, and 2014 annual features.

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He also served as a brokerage professor and as a member of theNY Chapter Advisory Board of the Real Estate Associate Program(REAP) from 2006-2014, during which time he helped to graduate morethan 200 minority and women students aspiring to enter the realestate industry. In 2014 he was voted into the REAP National Board.In 2004 he founded and co-chaired CBRE's African American NetworkGroup.

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