By Joshua Burd
Colliers International has added to its retail brokerage team in New Jersey with the hiring of a new associate.
The commercial real estate services firm said Monday that Jennifer Flores has joined its Parsippany office. After starting with the firm as an intern in its retail practice last summer, she is now the newest member of a team led by Colliers’ Nancy Erickson and Kelly Bayer.
“We are committed to growing our retail division and are very pleased to have Jennifer become our newest member,” said David A. Simon, executive managing director and Colliers’ New Jersey market leader. “Jennifer has been working with us through our internship program and was able to experience our industry firsthand before to making a full time commitment.”
Flores recently graduated from Montclair State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, finance and real estate investment, Colliers said in a news release. She holds a salesperson license in New Jersey and brings more than six years of construction-side commercial real estate experience to the new position.
In the announcement, Colliers said Flores was a student when she met Erickson at an event hosted by Commercial Real Estate Women of New Jersey, or CREW NJ.
“(She) has served as a mentor to me ever since,” Flores said. “My internship here was a wonderful opportunity, and now I am grateful for the chance to start my retail brokerage career at one of the most prominent international real estate companies in the industry.”
The new associate joins a team whose assignments include Bell Works in Holmdel, Montgomery Place and The Grove in Montgomery and 520 Broad St. in Newark. The group also represents tenants such as Glow Zone, Cinemex, Ruth’s Chris and 99 Ranch.
Erickson, an executive managing director with Colliers, said Flores “is a natural when it comes to tenant and landlord representation.”
“From the outset, she has taken on more responsibility and shown deeper insight than most interns I have worked with previously, which is a testament to her maturity and prior experience,” she said. “We are thrilled to make her a permanent member of our team.”
Erickson added that the way in which she and Flores connected is a sign of the value of organizations such as CREW NJ, the International Council of Shopping Centers and others. Erickson was recently appointed board secretary of CREW NJ and is a founding member of Ladies Pipeline.
“This industry is built on relationships,” she said, noting that the groups “enable professionals from every aspect of commercial real estate to come together and share knowledge. That is incredibly valuable when it comes to structuring transactions and serving clients.”