Colby B. Sandlian, S.E.C., CCIM

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In addition to his talents as a developer in the Kansas marketplace and other national markets, Colby Sandlian is known for his activities as a real estate educator. Along with his close friend and associate, Cliff Weaver, S.E.C., Colby developed the Broker Estate Building course which is still being taught nationally today by other S.E.C. members. A selfless contributor of his time and expertise to the S.E.C. and the real estate industry as a whole, Mr. Sandlian has acquired a reputation for honesty, integrity and discipline that is a model for real estate professionals throughout the industry.

In 1971 Colby developed his first self-storage facility in Wichita, Kansas and rapidly expended. The U-Stor mini-storage division of Sandlian Realty and Investments currently comprises over 85 projects in 10 states, totaling in excess of two million square feet of self-storage facilities.

Some of Colby Sandlian’s achievements include:

  1. Achieved S.E.C. membership in 1972.
  2. President of S.E.C. 1981.
  3. S.E.C. Counselor of the Year 1978.
  4. S.E.C. Jack Hunt Excellence in Education Award 2006.
  5. Achieved Certified Commercial Investment Member Designation (CCIM #138) 1960.
  6. Founding member of Self-Service Storage Association, a trade organization that established national standards of operation and management training.
  7. Awarded the first Kansas CCIM/Wichita State University Center for Real Estate “Lifetime Achievement Award” 2005.

As quoted in the Wichita Business Journal, “Colby Sandlian is one of the city’s most accomplished real estate professionals, having developed everything from strip centers and service stations in the 1960’s to developing self-storage facilities in 22 cities. He was an early innovator in the creation of high design standards, security systems and demographic research for the development of mini-storage projects.” Colby is one of those S.E.C.s that are consulted on a regular basis by real estate professionals.

A selfless contributor of his time and expertise to the S.E.C., the real estate industry as a whole, and to his community, Mr. Sandlian has acquired a reputation for honesty, integrity and discipline that is a model for real estate professionals, and other business and political leaders to emulate in their careers.

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  1. Whenever i hear, or read anything from Colby Sandlian I think of the old commercial from E. F. Hutton. When Colby speaks we should all listen! Colby has brought so much knowledge and innovation to the profession but his legacy is his willingness to share with younger professionals that are open to learning.

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