Andrew Urban, Vice President, Occupier Services
Andrew Urban (Profile)
Vice President, Occupier Services
Our newest IKO Chapter Member Spotlight is on Andrew Urban, Vice President of Occupier Services for Colliers International in Indianapolis, Indiana. Andrew oversees global account management for multi-market accounts in the life science, medical device, law firm, and logistics and transportation space. In addition, he also specializes in advising Indianapolis office occupiers through their corporate real estate challenges.
We recently caught up with Andrew and discussed his background, his current role and responsibilities, as well as the "ROI" from his membership and activity through CoreNet Global's (CNG) Indiana Kentucky Ohio (IKO) Chapter.
IKO: What area of corporate real estate is your current role and how/why did you select this as a professional field?
Andrew: Currently my role in corporate real estate is as a Service Provider to a diverse array of clients. I spent the early part of my career in roles in finance, and corporate real estate with global responsibilities at several Fortune 500 companies. After I finished my MBA at Purdue University, I saw a huge opportunity to change the experience most Corporate Real Estate Leaders have with their Service Provider. In my previous roles, I had the privilege to travel around the world and develop unique solutions to corporate real estate challenges, which I get to do every day in corporate real estate. The reason I selected this field is that it allowed me to combine my experience in real estate, and finance to be a creative problem solver.
IKO: What do you find to be the most exciting aspect of your corporate real estate role? Or perhaps what has been the most challenging?
Andrew: I enjoy taking my first-hand experience and creating unique solutions for our clients’ biggest challenges. The most challenging aspect of my role is the need to stay ahead of the curve on trends, market changes, and technology to ensure we are providing best-in-class advisory. This challenge though is also one of the most rewarding aspects of my role.
IKO: Why did you join CNG? And how do CNG and your role at Colliers intersect with one another?
Andrew: I joined CNG when I started as a corporate real estate analyst. My boss at the time had been heavily involved with CNG, and he felt I would benefit from the education and networking as I translated my skills from finance to corporate real estate. CNG and my role at Colliers intersect every single day. One of Colliers’s values is providing thoughtful consultative experiences for our clients, in order to do that I need to stay on top of the latest trends in the industry.
IKO: How does CNG impact you and your professional life, and what do you think CNG do for other young professionals?
Andrew: CNG enables me to continue to foster my professional network, keep informed of the latest trends and challenges in the field, and be catalyst to propel the field forward.
IKO: Outside of CNG and your role at Colliers, what keeps you motivated?
Andrew: I'm a native of Cleveland, Ohio and I'm a die-hard Cleveland Browns fan. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my wife, son, and two dogs. For fun, I enjoy collecting vinyl records, skateboarding, and doing carpentry projects around my house.
IKO: Anything else you'd like to share with us and other members of the IKO Chapter?
Andrew: CNG means being connected to a community that is dedicated to advancing the field, fosters a network of like-minded professionals, and propelling innovation in corporate real estate.
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