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11 Most Successful Real Estate Brokers in Chicago

  1. McLennan
    Senior Vice President, Occupier Services, CBRE
    Before joining CBRE, Kevin McLennan was a Senior Managing Director of their tenant group. McLennan now practices in advising public and private real estate decisions for CBRE. Kevin McLennan is an experienced writer on office market trends in multiple publications. He has directed over $5 billion in lease transactions, over $2 billion of capital markets transactions, and is known as a successful market expert in suburban and downtown Chicago office markets. In addition, McLennan has represented  private equity and venture capital firms including H.I.G. Capital, Blackstone, and Ares Capital.
  2. Brad Serot
    Executive Vice President, CBRE
    Brad Serot has a great influence on CBRE’s tenant representation market share. He has been involved and negotiated over $6 billion and 1 million square feet worth of transactions. He as amounted many achievements throughout his career. For example, Serot is a recipient of Crain’s Chicago Business’ “40 Under 40,” as well as a a three time CBRE Top 100 Producer beneficiary.
  3. Melissa Copley
    Vice Chairman, Newmark Knight Frank
    With over thirty years of experience, Melissa Copley has complete transactions including a 90,000-square-foot headquarters lease at Chicago’s Willis Tower on behalf of GATX Corp., and has worked closely with McDermott Will & Emery. Copley has completed international transactions for the firm in Paris, Brussels and Seoul. She is a widely respected female leader and hosts annual events to recognize other successful women.
  4. Robert Sevim
    Vice Chairman, Co-Head Chicago Region, Savills Studley
    Sevim as amounted over 20 million square feet of transactions with a client roster including News Corporation, UnitedHealth Group, and The Big Ten Conference to name a few. Sevim received Crain’s title of  “Chicago Office Broker of the Year,” three times. National Real Estate Journal dubbed Robert as one of the country’s top real estate professionals under 35.
  5. Bill Rogers
    Senior Managing Director, JLL
    Rogers is an International Director and a Senior Managing Director of JLL’s Tenant Representation Group. He directs a team of tenants in successful real estate strategy. Bill Rogers has been recognized five times as the Top Tenant Representation Broker in Chicago.
  6. Lisa Davidson
    Executive Managing Director, Savills Studley
    Davidson has been recognized by Savills Studley as one of the top 10 percent performers in the nation for sixteen our of twenty years at the firm. She has amounted over 25 million square feet in transactions and 141 lease transactions totaling nearly 7 million rentable square feet and over $1.38 billion in transaction value. Davidson’s team completed the Chicago Old Main Post Office which is a 2.7 million square foot space along Chicago’s Skyline. This accomplishment earned Davidson the Broker Transactio of the Year and inducted her into the Midwest Real Estate Journal Hall of Fame.
  7. Todd Lippman
    Vice Chairman, CBRE
    Todd Lippman has worked with and completed transactions with large corporations such as Bridgestone, Deloitte, Edelman, Groupon, and McDonald’s, to name a few. Furthermore, Lippman has represented law firms including Chapman and Cutler, Barnes & Thornburg, and Mayer Brown. Todd Lippman has completed over 50 million square feet in transactions; as well as, holding position as the top producer for CBRE for the past three years in Chicago.
  8. Debbie Corson
    Vice Chairman ARA, Newmark Company
    Corson, an original founding partner of ARA, has directed her team in closing about $3 billion worth in multifamily sales. For example, her completed transactions include the sale of Stonebridge of Arlington Heights for $105 million and Park Grove and Mansions Apartments for $92 million. She has worked with many respected clients such as UBS, JP Morgan, Kensington Realty Advisors and Marquette Properties. Corson was also titled as one of Real Estate Forum’s Woman of Influence.
  9. Joe Learner
    Vice Chairman, Director, Savills Studley
    Before joining Savills and Studley, Learner was a real estate consultant at the once Arthur Anderson. Learner leads a professional team of tenant advisors and is a member of Savill Studley’s board of directors and executive committee. He is the first recipient of the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s prestigious Commercial Real Estate Award for “Office Broker of the Year,” winning this title five times total. In addition, Learner was selected twice as a leading real estate advisor by Commercial Property News.
  10. John Goodman
    Vice Chairman, Managing Broker, Savills Studley
    Goodman is the head of the Chicago office since 1999 and has helped build their tenant team into one of the top in the Midwest. He is also a member of the executive committee. John Goodman has aggregated more than 14 million square feet of transactions valued at more than $1 billion. He has acquired clients such as Caremark, the American Bar Association, Citigroup, and Smurfit-Stone. Goodman received the prestigious Greater Chicago Food Depository Commercial Real Estate Award for “Office Broker of the Year” twice in total.
  11. David Saad
    Executive Vice President, CBRE
    Specializing in business development and client services, Saad is a respected member of the CBRE firm. He is also a part of the CBRE Critical Environment Practice and Life Science Group. David Saad successfully represented Pfizer in the sale of it’s 1.5 million square foot office/R&D campus in Skokie, Illinois. He is extremely accomplished and has received honors and achievements including the Rookie of the Year Award, the Chicago Food Depository for 2010 Office Broker of the Year, and three time Top Ten Suburban Broker.
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