is Senior Director with Cushman & Wakefield and has spent over 30 years in
the business. Steve spent his first
eight years in the business as a leasing representative leasing such high
profile properties as 181 W. Madison, 200 W. Madison, 77 W. Wacker, and
Triangle Plaza. In the next ten years, Steve ran the Chicago operations for
both a public real estate company (Duke Realty Corporation – 1997-2003) and a
private real estate firm (S.N. Phelps Realty – 1993-1997). Steve joined Cushman
and Wakefield in December of 2003. Since joining Cushman & Wakefield, Steve
has transitioned into one of the few Chicago area brokers to handle both
landlord representation and tenant representation. Tenant rep clients include
Abbott Labs, AbbVie, Thomson Reuters, Pfizer, Unilever, United Technologies,
Lowe’s, Skanska, KPMG, Aramark, Adidas, Kraft, Mondelez, Harvest Bible Chapel,
Lemme Insurance and many others.
While at Duke Realty, Steve was responsible for
the overall bottom-line of the Chicago business unit. He not only oversaw the
leasing of the company’s Chicago portfolio but also was ultimately responsible
for Chicago area acquisitions and dispositions, as well as being in charge of
the development of new office product. Five new suburban buildings were
developed during Steve’s tenure at Duke totalling in excess of 750,000 square
feet. All five developments were more than 95% leased well ahead of pro-forma
and two of the properties were sold shortly after lease-up for a total profit
of more than $10.5 million. While at Duke, Steve and his team were responsible
for more than 2,000,000 square feet of leasing and over 1,000,000 square feet
of acquisitions. The team was nominated for five separate awards (including
developer of the year, development of the year and office transaction of the
year) at annual awards ceremonies.
Overall, Steve has represented numerous
owners in leasing up more than 50 buildings in both the city and suburbs.
Highlights include directing the leasing efforts at 208 S. LaSalle when it was
acquired for $12.5 million and was 45% leased. Within four years, 650,382
square feet had been leased and the building was sold for $62.4 million.
of his well-rounded background on the ownership side and the tenant side of the
table, Steve brings a unique ability to understand all angles of even the most
complex transactions in order to help his clients achieve their goals.