Anne has been TripAdvisor’s ‘go to’ real estate guru for our entire global portfolio. She ran the negotiations for our headquarters acquisition, and she guided us through our global expansion as we acquired companies and integrated them into a TripAdvisor standard. She ‘gets’ the balance around the need for corporate controls while still respecting the role of the entrepreneurial business leaders. In a fast-paced environment where “speed wins” she can rank priorities, pivot when needed, and deliver concrete results. She has earned the confidence of our senior leadership team.
– Julie Bradley
Chief Financial Officer, TripAdvisor
Columbia Group has been our broker from the start and has proven to be a strategic thought partner to us over the years, helping us think through our real estate growth and protecting us from exposure to risk. Anne and Patrick positioned us to take advantage of a moment in time in the real estate market, and they stayed completely focused on all the details of our lease negotiations, either removing obstacles or finding common ground for agreement. I asked them to walk through a wall for us, and they did. They understand our culture, and they care about our success.
– Barry Canton
Co-founder and President, Ginkgo Bioworks
They understand market dynamics, and see opportunities that others might overlook. They can translate the market data, relate it to our particular circumstances, and formulate a plan of action. They are diplomatic and persistent, and work well with the decision making process of partnerships. Equally important for my team– they do the heavy lifting with terrific follow through and ownership of the problem until it is solved.
– John Spinney
Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer, Bracebridge Capital
Anne’s team ran an organized real estate process for us. They understood our goals, and they understood what makes us unique. During the lease negotiations, Anne filled a vacuum and stepped up to provide deal leadership. She represented our interests in a manner consistent with our values, and got the job done.
– Beth Klarman
Klarman Family Foundation
We hired Columbia Group to represent us in our real estate search. We needed a strong broker with excellent follow through, judgment and character whom all of our partners could trust. We found all of that with Anne. She is a terrific professional and any management team would benefit from having her on board.
– David Orfao
Managing Director, General Catalyst Partners
When Highland needed help with its office space, we hired Columbia Group. Anne is a trusted advisor: persistent, insightful, skilled working with partnerships, and a smart, flexible problem solver. She’s a pleasure to work with.
– Paul Maeder
Chair & Partner, Highland Capital Partners
Anne Columbia is a brand name at Akamai - she has a reputation as a creative, relentless problem solver who works well with all levels of management and she gets results. She set the standard for what we look for in an advisor.