CBRE 110 Years in the U.S.

1906-2016

How the Great Earthquake of 1906 Started It All

The Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 ranks as one of the most significant earthquakes of all time, but it also holds some great significance for employees at CBRE.

SF Great EarthquakeOne hundred and ten years ago, on April 18, 1906, a violent earthquake struck San Francisco. The shaking lasted less than a minute, but its effect was devastating. The aftershocks and great fire leveled the city, killing thousands and destroying most of the homes and nearly all of the central business district.

The Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 ranks as one of the most significant earthquakes of all time. It also holds some great significance for CBRE.

This year CBRE celebrates the 110th anniversary of the company’s founding in the United States, which occurred in San Francisco on August 27, just a few months after the catastrophic earthquake, when an ambitious young man named Colbert Coldwell joined the effort to rebuild the city. He started his own real estate firm, vowing it would set a new standard for ethics. Today, his company is CBRE.

Throughout the past 110 years, CBRE’s growth has been impressive. The company has more than 70,000 employees in over 60 countries. It has the broadest spectrum of business capabilities and experience. But at its core, CBRE is still a company of people who deliver exceptional client outcomes, and who are dedicated to the principles and values laid down 110 years ago by an idealistic 23-year-old named Colbert Coldwell.

CBRE 110 Years in the U.S.

How the Great Earthquake of 1906 Started It All

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