John Thomas


BA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Direct 205 949 5994
Mobile 205 383 7980


John Thomas is the Co -Founder and COO for Own Alabama. He is also a Senior Vice President and Director of the Investment Advisory Division for Colliers international | Alabama. His team provides investment property advisory and brokerage, investment fund structuring and real estate investment management to high net worth families and individuals. His team also provides advisory services to privately held operating companies seeking to enhance enterprise value via various real estate strategies including sale leaseback and private fund structuring.


John has 32 years’ experience in the real estate and real estate finance industries. In his current position one of his primary responsibilities is sourcing debt financing on behalf of client investors. John’s clients benefit from his twenty years in the banking industry during which time he provided construction and permanent financing on a wide variety of property types including office, industrial, multi-family, medical office, skilled nursing and hospitality.

Prior to his role at Colliers International, John was a Senior Vice President of Founders Investment Properties (FIP) which spun out of Founders Investment Banking in December 2011. FIP focused on providing advisory services to middle market companies seeking to maximize enterprise value by monetizing real estate via sale leaseback transactions. The company also managed Foundation Fund Management Company (FFMC) which created several niche private equity funds to invest in real estate. John’s responsibilities at FFMC included overseeing acquisitions and managing investment properties. In 2012, FIP went into partnership with Colliers International to offer an expanded menu of commercial real estate services unique in the Alabama market.


John earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1988 with a concentration in Economics and Political Science.


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Birmingham, AL 35213
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