Member Spotlight: Randi Burton

April 27, 2022

Randi Burton, Senior Associate, Colliers International

I am a Senior Associate with Colliers Edmonton specializing in industrial sales and leasing. Specifically, I love to bridge the gap between industrial and other asset classes.

When and how did you first get interested in the Commercial Real Estate Industry?

My first career was in the fashion industry. I received a business degree and a fashion design diploma, and I wanted to be an apparel buyer... and I was! I worked for Running Room Canada for 5 years buying all their branded apparel and developing their private label apparel with factories abroad.  If you've ever bought a piece of clothing with a RR label – I might have had a hand in that piece of clothing. It was a "cool" job, and one I had trained a long time to get, but overtime the role grew stagnant. You don't always choose the ‘forever’ career as a seventeen year old! When it was time for a new challenge, my mom acknowledged my love of buying and selling my homes over the years. She was on to something, but I really wanted to use my business degree. After a bit of googling I discovered the world of Commercial Real Estate.

What was your path to where you are now?

What was your path to where you are now?    I got my commercial license, quit my job and a short while later I started at a brokerage that specialized in retail.  After so many years of working on the retail tenant side, I figured I had a good understanding of how retailers operate.  However, I was given an opportunity to do deals in all asset classes, and it turned out my personality is a better fit for industrial tenants.  I joined Colliers last summer and it's been such a wonderful experience to work for a company with such a broad reach in our industry, both in Canada and across the globe!

If you were asked to give one piece of career advice to someone entering the commercial real estate sector, what would it be and how has this guidance helped your career?

Don't wait for someone to give you permission to do what you want to do.  Start walking the path on your own and you'll get there! ...and maybe find some friends at CREW to cheer you on along the way!

How has CREW affected your professional career? Has it changed your business and personal relationships in the Commercial Real Estate Industry?

I grew up synchronized swimming - so I was always used to having a group of strong and determined female teammates.  Those gals were my best friends and my biggest supporters throughout my life. CREW is just like that all over again. You meet like-minded, intelligent people who can inspire you to achieve your potential, listen and commiserate about overcoming challenges at work, and best of all; you can develop friendships beyond the schmoozes and committees.

Share the top reasons you would encourage a member of the Commercial Real Estate Industry to get involved with CREW?

The world of business is built on relationships, the deeper they are, the better they serve you in the long run.  CREW gives you the opportunity to connect with other businesspeople on a deeper level.  Through attending educational and social events we can achieve meaningful connections with women and allies across the industry. Beyond what it can do for ourselves, I also think it's important to think about what we can do for others and CREW gives me the opportunity to give back.  I serve on the future leaders committee because I am genuinely passionate about welcoming more individuals from all walks of life into our industry.  Diversity is our strength.  I love being able to work alongside the other members of the committee to think outside the box for ways that we can build awareness, overcome barriers to entry and support young industry members to find success in their careers (and dream big!!)

As a bonus, Share an interesting or little known fact about yourself?

Outside of work I'm a home body and a huge gardening nerd.  I also love sports of all kinds and walking my dog Memphis in the river valley.  My guilty pleasure is reading young adult, sci fi and garbage romances that are like junk food for my brain... did someone say love triangle, spaceships, or vampires?! I'm in!