Advisor Spotlight

Tim Van Noord | Industrial Team

Tim Van Noord is the newest member of the Colliers International | West Michigan Industrial Team, having joined the team just over a year ago. His work ethic and problem solving skills have already earned him the respect of his peers, and he was even voted West Michigan’s Commercial Alliance of Realtors 2017 “Rookie of the Year” after only 6 months as an advisor.

I wanted the community we serve to know a little bit more about what makes Tim tick, how his background in the industry has helped pave his brokerage career, and what advice he has in today’s competitive marketplace.

How did you get started in the commercial real estate business?

“The story starts in January of 2006. When I was a freshman in college, my dad invited me to the Grubb & Ellis forecast event at Hope College (my alma mater). After the event, I went up and introduced myself to Grubb’s chief economist, Bob Bach, whose presentation captivated my attention and piqued my interest in commercial real estate. Over the course of the next four years, Bob and I built a relationship and I eventually landed an analyst position at Grubb & Ellis in Boston in June of 2010.”

What did you do after Boston?

“After three years in Boston I took a new job in Chicago at Newmark Knight Frank as Research Manager. My stay in Chicago lasted two years, when I then moved to Los Angeles where I became Newmark’s Regional Director of Research & Analytics for two years.”

Why did you make the move from Los Angeles to West Michigan?

“Three main things that prompted the move home: 1) Family and friends, 2) The standards and morals the West Michigan community values, 3) The quality of life. Moving away allowed me to truly appreciate West Michigan!”

How has a background in CRE research helped prepare you for a career in brokerage?

“My seven years in research and finance prior to becoming a broker allowed me to learn the finance, legal and research side of the business. I had underwritten and analyzed billions of dollars worth of deals across the nation’s largest markets, which allowed me to learn the necessary tools it takes to succeed. It also kept me on the forefront of emerging real estate technologies.”

What do you love most about CRE?

“The part I love most is meeting new people and forming new relationships and friendships.”

What motivates you?

“I’ve always been an intrinsically motivated person. I attribute this to the way my parents raised me. My brother is recovering from a traumatic brain injury; he’s one of my best friends and he fuels me as well.”

Why Colliers International | West Michigan?

“The team atmosphere and product specialization among the brokers were what differentiated Colliers for me. Having worked at Colliers now for over a year I can tell you I have never worked at or heard of a brokerage firm which works so well as a team of specialists.”

What is your dream project to work on? Why?

“The next one. I love deals and helping clients.”

What do you like to do for fun outside of the office?

“Anything active or social: Running, biking, golf, tennis, traveling. I am also a big IndyCar fan. The photo is of me and 10 buddies doing a 24-hour straight 200-mile relay running race from Chattanooga to Nashville in March.”

Being an expert in all things industrial real estate, what is something you have learned that you wish more people understood?

“1. The Golden Rule: “Treat others in the same way you would like to be treated.”

2. Team players and product/market specialists are crucial traits to look for in selecting a broker.

3. Cash is king.”

Tim can be reached at 616–988–5839 or

-Written by Jeff Hainer — Senior Research Analyst