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Richard Darling | Colliers | Edmonton

Richard Darling

MBA, BBA

Managing Director, Edmonton

License # 00486961

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About

Professional Summary

As Managing Director of Colliers International, my primary focus is attracting and retaining top, diverse, and innovative commercial real estate professionals for the Edmonton and surrounding markets. I have a proven track record in architecting strategic business plans, negotiating complex contracts, strengthening partnerships with key accounts and driving operational and financial excellence in highly competitive markets. 

As a strategic leader with experience spanning operations, sales management and process improvement, I pride myself on building an office culture that is collaborative, high-performing, and inclusive. I act as a coach to ensure you have what you need to build and grow your commercial real estate practice. I am always looking to network with talent specialized in all asset classes that can help contribute to this culture. Please feel free to send me a connection request!

Prior to Colliers, I've gained invaluable experience working cross functionally with all facets of an organization. This has included shared services across multiple markets including the US. Building relationships with key internal stakeholders in order to improve team performance and overall customer experience. I have presided over the expansion of National sales activities across major sectors that included oil & gas, forestry, mining, transportation, construction, manufacturing & property management to drive revenue and profitability improvements for long term financial stability.

Accomplishments

Team member development and promotion has been a passion of Richard's.  Providing overall leadership, coaching and mentorship for many indirect and direct team members.

Contract Negotiations lead for many large, complex, multi-national organziations.

Personal recognition 10 years achieving President Club status across multiple Sales and leadership roles by overachieving Sales & profitability targets.

Education

Richard completed his MBA in 2015 from the University of Alberta in Edmonton and previously achieved his BBA from NAIT in Edmonton graduating from Finance in 1991.    

Memberships & Involvements

Richard is the President of the Board at the Edmonton Petroleum Golf & Country Club.   In his personal time Richard enjoys playing golf and hockey in addtion to coaching with the North West Zone Hockey club.

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Jan 26, 2023

Edmonton Office Market Report Q4 2022

Following two strong quarters of positive absorption, Q4 experienced significant negative absorption, increasing the vacancy rate from 19.0% to 19.5%. Rising inflation has resulted in higher construction costs for tenant improvements, which resulted in select firms opting to renew their lease rather than relocate and incur high build-out costs. With a rapid increase in borrowing costs, a potential recession looming and a Provincial election on the horizon in 2023, there is some uncertainty as to what 2023 will hold.
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Jan 20, 2023

Edmonton Industrial Market Report Q4 2022

The Greater Edmonton industrial market ended the year in the same fashion as the rest of 2022, experiencing high leasing activity and a drop in vacancy. The vacancy rate decreased by 130 basis points year-over-year (YoY) and declined for the 9th consecutive quarter to 4.1%, a low not seen since 2015. With Greater Edmonton experiencing its 10th consecutive quarter of positive absorption, led by a Colliers team pre-leasing 297,043 SF at Horizon BP, the vacancy rate declined further to 4.1%. New construction projects were announced, including Leon’s/The Brick’s construction on a 500,000 square foot distribution centre in Northwest Edmonton. Home Depot also started construction on a 207,000 square foot distribution facility in Acheson. Rental rates increased at year-end to $10.33 per square foot. This is an average rental rate increase of 10.2% YoY for the entire Edmonton market.
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Oct 13, 2022

Edmonton Office Market Report Q3 2022

Finishing the third quarter of 2022, the Edmonton office market appears to be in its post-pandemic recovery phase.
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