Lee Arnold is respected in Florida commercial real estate, specializing in large, one-of-a-kind assignments and deals in a wide range of industries. Today, he remains active in real estate while managing a number of private companies and serving as an investor and advisor to a number of highly successful startups.
Arnold is the Executive Chairman of Colliers International Florida, a commercial real estate professional services and investment management company for real estate owners, buyers, sellers, and investors. The Colliers International Group Inc. (NASDAQ:CIGI) acquired Arnold’s company in January 2016, and Colliers Arnold became part of Colliers, a global leader in commercial real estate services that has more than $3.5 billion in revenues and over 15,000 professionals operating in 68 countries.
He is also Founder, Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Arnold Companies consortium of private companies, which include Colliers International – Florida Markets, L.A. Financial and Clearwater Bay Associates. Collectively, these companies provide commercial and investment brokerage, property management, valuation, development, and capital market services.
Arnold also actively establishes, manages and invests in numerous joint ventures, including real estate, technology and banking. Some of his successful investments and ventures include: American Momentum Bank, digital marketing firm Bayshore Solutions, information security company FairWarning, real estate location intelligence technology platform SiteZeus, cloud-based sales technology APTO, and early-stage investment collective Florida Funders. Recent investments include Omnivore, Peerfit, Marxent Labs, PikMyKid, Next Gen Biologics and Silk.
He authored “Commercial Investment Real Estate: Marketing and Brokerage Management and Commercial Investment Real Estate: Policies and Procedures” and course texts for the Certified Commercial Investment Member program.
He received his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of South Florida. The university has recognized Arnold with a number of honors, including USF Alumni Society Executive of the Year, President’s Distinguished Citizen Award, Beta Gamma Sigma Honoree, President’s Fellow Award and Gifford Award.
Arnold has been inducted into the NAIOP Tampa Bay Real Estate Hall of Fame and Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame. He has received the Florida Governor’s Business Leader Award, and Herman Goldner Award for Regional Leadership from the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council. Florida Gulf Coast Association of Realtors presented Arnold with the C.W. Bill Young Pinnacle Award and he’s received Pinnacle Awards for Deal of the Year and Top 5 Commercial Real Estate Producer.
In addition, he is a commercial multi-engine licensed pilot and flight instructor.