Principal, Managing Director; Miami
With a reputation as one of the most trusted and highly-recognized names in South Florida real estate, Donna Abood serves as Principal and Managing Director of the Miami office of Avison Young, a global commercial real estate firm. She is responsible for the client servicing and revenue of the leasing division and oversees the leasing division’s business development of institutional and local investor clients and tenant representation services, including retail, industrial and office. During her 34-year career, Donna has represented well over 50 million square feet of office buildings on behalf of local and institutional ownerships. Additionally she has completed hundreds of transactions on behalf of tenants she has represented. What makes Donna different from other brokers in the market is her ability to orchestrate and manage several processes at one time, in the end harmonizing the owner’s and tenant’s goals. She is a leader and top performer in the marketplace, as she serves as a business resource to her clients in creating and implementing marketing plans.
Donna’s professional accomplishments include being named one of Real Estate Forum’s Women of Influence in 2016, 2013 & 2009, honored as the 2015 United HomeCare Claude Pepper Corporate Service Award, named the 2014 – 2015 Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Beacon Council, Miami’s Economic Development Partnership, recipient of the Tom Richardson award; the highest honor given by Colliers International, she was inducted into the Florida State University College of Business Hall of Fame, honored as an “Ultimate CEO” by South Florida Business Journal and 2014 AXA Advisors Business Woman of the Year Award in the Corporate Leader category.
Previously, Donna served as Chairman and Founding Partner of Colliers International South Florida, which was formed in 2002 when she merged her firm, Abood & Associates, Inc. with Wood-Fay Realty Group. Prior to the formation of Abood Wood-Fay Real Estate Group, LLC, she was the principal and sole owner of Abood & Associates, Inc. Created in 1989, the company grew to be the largest privately held, locally based commercial real estate firm in Miami-Dade County. Before her entrepreneurial endeavors, Donna was Vice President of Terranova Corporation. Between 1984 and 1989, she developed and implemented marketing plans for the turnaround of distressed office properties. Donna graduated from Florida State University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing and Management.
Donna served as the past Chairman of the 2014-2015 Board of Directors of The Beacon Council, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Beacon Council, Miracle Theatre, Miami Lighthouse for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Real Estate Institute of Florida State University as well as the School of Business. Donna is also a Foundation Member of Baptist Health. She has served several terms on the Board of Directors of Palmer Trinity School, the Rotary Club of Coral Gables and CREW Miami. She has served as chairperson for numerous other civic and non-profit organizations in fund-raising efforts, for example with Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, Rotary Club and the Boys & Girls Club Gala Planning Committee.
• Immediate past Chairman of the 2014-2015 Board of Directors of The Beacon Council
• Board of Directors of The Beacon Council
• Board of Directors of the Real Estate Institute of Florida State University
• Board of Directors of the Florida State University School of Business
• Board of Directors of the Miracle Theatre
• Board of Directors of the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind & Visually Impaired
• Baptist Health Foundation Member
• CREW Miami Member
• Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce Member
• Past Chairman of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce