Kirk KuesterColliers International Vancouver
Kirk is managing director of Colliers' Vancouver Brokerage operations and has been active in the Western Canadian real estate market since 1983.
Kirk Kuester on environmental responsibility, social networking and Colliers International’s recent accolades
As a Global Partner of the World Green Building Council, what is Colliers’ role when it comes to environmental responsibility in Vancouver and advising clients on green building and best global sustainable practices?
Colliers’ strong relationship with the World Green Building Council provides our clients with access to market-leading experts, green building products and services, as well as innovative strategies for the greening of new and existing buildings, including major portfolios. As a major commercial real estate services provider, Colliers is in a unique position to make a dramatic, positive impact on our environment. We recognize our responsibility to provide leadership in sustainability for built environments, businesses and global society.
With just over 12,800 Twitter followers, what emphasis does Colliers International place on social media networking and what are the benefits of these sites in commercial brokerage?
We are in a business built on relationships. We recognize the value of interacting with clients, colleagues and industry professionals in real time. Social media outlets such as Twitter and LinkedIn allow us to do that. This space truly enables two-way conversation: We are able to deliver critical news and information to our network and receive instant feedback on our initiatives and projects, all while creating a “digital community” amongst our peers.
At the 2012 International Property Awards, Colliers International claimed three top honours in three regional categories: Best Property Consultancy, Best Property Consultancy Marketing and Best Property Consultancy Website. What significance do these achievements hold for Colliers’ employees and what importance does the company place on these accolades?
The recognition we received at the International Property Awards is a real testament to the commitment and calibre of our professionals, and the high level of expertise and service we provide to our clients—from consultancy to property marketing to website development.