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SEATTLE-Rob Aigner, the locally based executive managing director for Colliers International for the past 11 years, has left to run the Puget Sound operations of Harsch Investment Properties LLC, a privately held real estate investment company headquartered in Portland, OR. As a senior vice president and regional manager for Harsch, Aigner is now charged with managing and expanding Harsch Investment’s 1.7-million-sf Puget Sound portfolio.

“I’ve been on the brokerage side of the industry my entire professional career, 23 years. It’s really an opportunity to immerse yourself in the ownership side of the business,” Aigner tells GlobeSt.com. “Harsch is involved in acquisition, development and property management with a long-term ownership perspective–everything a lot of folks in this industry would just love to have–and he’s giving me complete empowerment to grow the company in the Seattle area. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

Harsch acquires, manages and develops properties for its own portfolio. The company currently owns and operates 20 million sf of office, retail and industrial properties in 130 properties in five Western states. The company has another 2.7 million sf in the development pipeline and also owns and manages some 1,500 apartment units. In addition to Seattle, the company has regional managers in Portland, San Francisco, Sacramento, Las Vegas and San Diego.

Harsch’s Seattle-area portfolio includes 500,000 sf in three adjacent retail centers in Federal Way–Celebration Center, Pavilions II Center and SeaTac Village. Also in the portfolio are the 292,000-sf Fife Business Park in Fife and the 274,000-sf West Park Business Park in Auburn.

Most recently, Harsch acquired Campus Park, a 77,962 sf multi-tenant light industrial-flex property in Federal Way that it acquired for $6.85 million. The complex is 87% leased. Major tenants include American Medical Concepts, Berger/Abam Engineers, R. Expo Inc. and Iron Hot Design.

“Rob has been a phenomenal manager and a great friend of Colliers for many years. We wish him the best of luck. He will be a client of the firm moving forward,” Colliers executive Doug Frye tells GlobeSt.com. Frye is the Seattle-based chief executive of Colliers Macauley Nicolls Group of Toronto, the largest member of Colliers International. CMN Group owns 80 of Colliers 248 offices worldwide, including the Seattle and Portland offices.

Aigner says he is proud to have worked at Colliers and is looking forward to the new challenge. “It’s an environment I’m not used to and I need to be challenged daily to perform,” he says.

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