Thomas I. Volini Biography

Thomas Volini
Vice Chair Chicago, Colliers International




Tom Volini serves as vice chair with Colliers’ Occupier Advisors Group. Tom joined Colliers in 2011. He is responsible for growing the company’s tenant representation platform in the Midwest region while servicing and expanding the strategic national accounts practice group.

Tom has been exclusively representing office tenants in lease negotiations for more than 27 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.

Professional Accomplishments

NAIOP and a number of other real estate organizations have nominated Tom as a finalist for tenant office lease transaction of the year. Since joining Colliers in 2011. Tom has been recognized nationally among the top performers at Colliers achieving Everest Club distinction each year through 2023.

Tom has completed office tenant representation assignments totaling more than 23 million square feet with financial consideration in excess of $8 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 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. Tom began his career as an associate with Tanguay-Burke-Stratton.

Business Background

In addition to Tom’s long-standing career in commercial real estate, he has a broad range of business experience. Tom served on the board of directors for Midwestern Electric until the company was sold in 2014. He 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. Tom served on the board of directors for Kansas State Bank until the bank was sold at the end of 2011. Tom served on the executive management committee as a senior equity investor with The Winbury Group until the partnership sold to Colliers at the end of 2010. He is the founder of Baden Capital. Tom serves on the board of directors for Lyon County State Bank. He serves on the board of directors for the Real Estate Investment Association (REIA). Tom serves as a market ambassador for Great Range Capital. He is a member of The Economic Club of Chicago and The Chicago Club.

Community Involvement

Tom previously served for many years on the advisory board for Sheridan Road Charitable Foundation, the governing board for Rainbow International, and the Chicago Red Cross Heroes Breakfast planning committee. Tom supports the Chicago Architecture Foundation, Kanakuk Camps, Friends of Palm Beach and The National Shrine of Saint Francis Xavier Cabrini.


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.