Thomas I. Volini Biography

Thomas Volini
Vice President
Executive Vice President, Colliers International




Tom Volini serves as executive vice president with Colliers International’s office advisory group. Tom joined Colliers International in 2011. He is responsible for growing the company’s tenant representation platform in the Chicago region while servicing and expanding the strategic national accounts practice group.

Tom has been exclusively representing office tenants in lease negotiations for over 20 years. He is a skilled strategist providing in-depth analysis, negotiating expertise, and creative real estate solutions to his clients. When advising clients, Tom draws upon a broad range of real estate consulting experience along with his significant corporate board responsibilities and his active investment partnership expertise.


In 2011 and 2013, NAIOP nominated Tom as a finalist for tenant office lease transaction of the year for completing 3 of the largest office lease tenant representation transactions in Chicago. In 2011, 2012 and 2013, he qualified for the Colliers International Everest Club ranking him as one of the “Top 20” producing brokers in North America. Tom has completed office tenant representation assignments totaling over 15 million square feet with financial consideration in excess of $4 billion.

Prior to joining Colliers, Tom spent 10 years as an Executive Vice President with the office tenant representation services group of Grubb & Ellis specializing in tenant representation in the Chicago region and nationally. Beginning in 2003 and continuing every year consecutively through 2010, he was selected as a member of the Grubb & Ellis “Circle of Excellence”, ranking him consistently as one of the “Top 20” producing brokers nationally for Grubb & Ellis. 

Tom joined Grubb & Ellis after spending 6 years as Vice President for U.S. Equities where he represented some of the most recognized companies in Chicago. He was consistently one of the top producing brokers at U.S. Equities. Tom began his career as an associate with Tanguay-Burke-Stratton as a tenant representation office broker.


In addition to Tom’s long standing career in commercial real estate, he has a broad range of business experience. Tom previously served as Vice Chairman of Cevaal Insurance until he sold his investment position as part of a corporate restructuring at the end of 2013. He served on the board of directors for Midwestern Electric until the company was sold at the end of 2013. Tom served on the board of directors for Kansas State Bank until the bank was sold at the end of 2011. He briefly served on the advisory board for Primex Wireless. Tom served on the executive management committee as a senior equity investor with The Winbury Group until the partnership sold to Colliers International at the end of 2010. He is the founder of Baden Capital. Tom serves on the board of directors for “REIA”, the Real Estate Investment Association. He is a member of The Economic Club of Chicago. Tom is a member of The Chicago Club.


Tom previously served on the governing board for Rainbows International. He serves on the Heroes Breakfast planning committee for The American Red Cross of Greater Chicago. Additionally, Tom supports the Chicago Architecture Foundation. 


Tom is a graduate of the University of Kansas where he majored in English. He also completed the MBA Essentials program at the University of Kansas.