TW24: Round Two

After the success of last year’s 24-hour marathon workday, the Chicago office decided to bring the event back in 2014. We filled the reception area with a variety of rented games such as Pop-a-Shot, shuffleboard, ping-pong, and foosball. The evening kicked off with a catered dinner from True Cuisine and was followed by various group [...]

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Agency Leasing Welcomes New Teammate
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Transwestern welcomes Jeff Dowdell as a Senior Associate for our Agency Leasing team! Jeff brings a unique background to his role at Transwestern. Prior to entering commercial real estate, he spent six years as the vice president of a regional economic development firm. There he performed various consulting services including site location analysis, government incentives, [...]

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Day at the Races

On August 15th, the Chicago office held a Day at the Races event at the Arlington Race Track. The event was intended to bring together the various Transwestern locations in the Chicago area and establish an annual summer outing tradition. The day was also intended to welcome our newest team members from the Ridge Development [...]

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Chicago Builds Market Research Team
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Transwestern welcomes Sandy McDonald as our Director of Market Research! Sandy joins us from DTZ where she served as the senior research analyst for Chicago and the Midwest region. Prior to that, she spent four years at Grubb and Ellis, where she worked as their office research analyst. In her new role with Transwestern, Sandy [...]

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Suburban Agency Leasing
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You can find them closing deals, working out of their cars, giving space tours and winning Power Broker awards….who are they??? Transwestern’s Chicago Suburban Agency Leasing team! At Transwestern, every leasing assignment begins with the goal to outperform the competitive set in the submarket. Analyzing market metrics that demonstrate economic performance, seasoned teams then leverage [...]

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New Teammate for TAS
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We are pleased to welcome Will Briggs to our Tenant Advisory Services team! Will joins us from Avison Young and is a licensed real estate broker specializing in the representation of tenants in the Chicago Metropolitan market. He brings to Transwestern extensive leadership experience, research and market analyzing skills and an entrepreneurial spirit. Will earned [...]

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Hall of Fame
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Our team is very proud of Transwestern Executive Vice President, Tony Karmin, for being inducted into the 2013 Midwest Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame! Tony is a part of our Tenant Advisory Services Group in Chicago and has been in the real estate business for 28 years. Not only does Tony do great work [...]

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Help Change a Life
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Transwestern Chicago is asking our readers to join us in helping the Crushers Club of Englewood. With a $5 gift you can help change a life! All you have to do is text “crushers” to 501501. Please click this link and share the video: “I Wanna Live” by Crushers Club For those who are unfamiliar [...]

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Q4 2013 Good News

Here’s a look at just some of the accomplishments our Transwestern Chicago “building champions” achieved in the 2013 4th quarter. Congrats to everyone on your team wins! Tom Gorman, Gary Nussbaum, Dave Matheis, Kelli Paskey and Stephanie Geurkink completed a 6.2 million SF national portfolio sale of various leased assets on behalf of an institutional [...]

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Epic Industrial Acquisition
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The newest addition to Transwestern is…EPIC. Last week Transwestern acquired Epic Realty Partners, an industrial real estate group in suburban Rosemont. We are proud to announce that with the addition of this 20-member team, Transwestern has been established as one of the top five industrial real estate providers in the largest industrial market in the [...]

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Transwestern’s Midwest President Mike Watts introduced our Chicago team to an organization last year called Crushers Club.  Their mission is to be the strongest alternative to gangs in Chicago’s Englewood community.  Through boxing, music, and peer leadership the club gives members a fighting chance. With their four ideals being ownership, love, discipline and respect, the [...]

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Holiday Traditions

Tis’ the season for giving and celebrations! Every year our Transwestern Chicago office participates in a number of charitable holiday events and fundraisers. This year we donated presents to Toys for Tots and participated in a food drive for the Great Chicago Food Depository. Our annual holiday party is another event we look forward to [...]

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Garage Party of the Year

On November 21st TW hosted a blowout industry event and fundraiser for Crushers Club of Englewood. The party was held in a private garage full of one-of-a-kind cars and motorcycles plus a poker room complete with a craps table! Guest DJs Matt Pistorio from Telos Group and Dan Maslauski from JLL kept the beats going [...]

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Thanksgiving Potluck
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In spirit of the upcoming holiday, our office held a Thanksgiving potluck lunch! It was quite the collaborative meal and was really a team effort. Invites were e-mailed out and a sign-up list was posted in the kitchen to insure we didn’t have duplicate dishes. Our receptionist, Chloe Day, even sent out links to websites [...]

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ISG Retail Success

Transwestern’s Chicago ISG team is on fire! Janice Sellis and Paul Barile recently brokered the sale of three different retail properties. Deer Grove Shopping Centre in Palatine, Illinois is a 236,173 square foot center developed in 1996. The property is anchored by Dominick’s with other national tenants including TJ Maxx/Home Goods, Petco and Staples. The [...]

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Exclusive Leasing Agent for 150 E. Huron
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Transwestern Chicago’s Katie Steele, Courtney Baratz and Michael Lirtzman have been named the exclusive agency leasing team for 150 East Huron. This 92,801 SF office building is near Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. TW’s Bob DeMarke has also been selected as the property manager for the office portion of the building, which is owned by Driftwood Hospitality [...]

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Agency Leasing Adds Another All-Star
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Another all-star has been added to our Chicago agency leasing team – Courtney Baratz, Senior Associate. Courtney comes to us from Los Angeles where she worked at the Irvine Company as a leasing manager. She brings a unique experience having successfully represented both institutional landlords and tenants, bringing an outstanding perspective to the team. Courtney [...]

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BD+C’s Annual Reconstruction Awards
Steve Martinez, SVP of Project Management & Development from Transwestern was a jury member for the 30th Annual BDC Reconstruction Awards.

Senior Vice President of Project Management & Development Services, Steve Martinez from our Chicago office, was a jury member for the Building Design + Construction’s 30th Annual Reconstruction Awards. Steve was one of eight judges on the panel to critique the applicant’s submissions. The Reconstruction Awards recognize the best reconstructed, remodeled, or renovated projects, based [...]

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Trending: Fancy Socks
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A new trend has been spotted walking around our Chicago office recently. It’s a subtle fashion choice that makes a big statement. A handful of our brokers have started sporting brightly colored, multi-pattern dress socks. Why, you ask?  Well…why not! For starters, it’s a classy look. The fancy socks bring just enough charisma to a [...]

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Annual Transwestern Midwest Retreat

Every year Transwestern SVP, Chris Davis, plans a trip to Lake Geneva for the Midwest region. What started several years ago as a golf outing, has now turned into a weekend retreat with a handful of activities for those who participate. This past weekend TW team members headed to Wisconsin for a relaxing weekend at [...]

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Landlord Golf Challenge
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Michael Lirtzman, Cody Sundberg, Zach Fox and Katie Steele of our Agency Leasing team had a great time participating in Studley’s annual Landlord Golf Challenge, one of their largest fundraisers. They enjoyed a beautiful sunny afternoon of golfing, networking and serving the community. This golf challenge was uniquely fun for them because they were able [...]

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British Invasion: Interview with Charlie Ingham

TW Chicago has welcomed BNP Paribas Real Estate’s team member Charlie Ingham to our Chicago office with open arms. Since extending our leading real estate service capabilities and forming a strategic alliance with BNP Paribas Real Estate, we have put a focus on enhancing services to both companies’ clients throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa, [...]

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Volunteering our Humor

Every Thursday the Chicago Children’s Museum offers families the opportunity to gather, play, and explore with a free night of access to the museum and its exhibits. The evenings are each accompanied by a theme designated to spark the attendee’s engagement with new activities. Since the free event occurs weekly, this allows for a change [...]

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Corridors I & II: 300,000 SF
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Transwestern Investment Group recently acquired Corridors I and II in the East-West Corridor office market outside of Chicago. Located at 2651 and 2655 Warrenville Road in Downers Grove, these five-story office buildings total nearly 300,000 SF and include five parking spaces per 1,000 SF. The corridors are a joint venture purchase by Transwestern Sponsorship Equity [...]

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Hunger Games Challenge
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Our wellness ambassadors organized a Spring Wellness Challenge for our Chicago office that just wrapped up last week: The Hunger Games. Participants worked with trainers at LifeStart Fitness (located in our building) to track their measurements and fitness test scores including BMI, weight, inches, blood pressure and VO2 max improvement. The goal of this 60-day [...]

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Lunch & Learn: Healthy Living

About thirty people from our Chicago team attended a “lunch and learn” yesterday that was organized by our group of Wellness Ambassadors. Dr. Steve Arculeo, the clinic director and chiropractic physician at Peak Performance Healthcare, presented a very educational and entertaining health lecture and workshop including a tasty lunch from Subway. The presentation revolved around [...]

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Another Wave of Young Professionals

New to the Transwestern team this summer is another wave of young talent. Marcus Hills, Ambie Riley, Travis German and Nicholas Mallet-Jones are joining us for a summer internship. “Transwestern is providing our inner-city youth an opportunity to work in a professional environment and have a productive, positive and safe summer experience. They are learning [...]

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TW Win: 6400 Shafer Court in Rosemont

Rosemont is coming up roses for the TW agency leasing team of Zach Fox, Joe Stevens and Fred Ishler, who just scored a new assignment as exclusive leasing agent for a 179,000-square-foot, Class A office building at 6400 Shafer Court in Rosemont. Just up the road from the casino, the seven-story property is owned by [...]

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Summer Interns: Bright Young Talent

Our Chicago office welcomes new energy to the team with our three interns Matt Moy, Sam Teper and Reed Connor who are joining us for a 10-week summer internship program. Matt comes to us from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor where he is working on his BA in economics. He is a Phi Delta Theta [...]

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TW24 working late

We came, we worked, we conquered. The TW 24 hour work-a-thon was a complete success.  Calls were made, clients were e-mailed and fun was had by all. Business went on as usual on Thursday until about 7 PM when we all geared up for the night with a delicious lemon chicken and espresso tri tip [...]

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TW24: Twenty Four

Starting at 12 PM on Thursday, June 6th going all through the night ending at 12 PM on Friday, June 7th Transwestern Chicago is doing the unthinkable… a 24-hour workathon! Our team will be working on projects, contacting clients and brainstorming new and innovative ideas. There will be group discussions revolving around team building, the [...]

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Going the Distance: JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge

On May 23, 2013 Transwestern participated in the 32nd annual J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge of Chicago. 25,478 people from 669 companies participated in this 3.5 miles race starting in Grant Park. Despite the frigid temperatures on this “spring” day, we managed to pull off our best year yet –biggest turnout and fastest times! JPMorgan Chase [...]

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TW Win: Concourse Office Plaza

On May 8th, Transwestern’s leasing team was named the exclusive leasing agent for the Concourse Office Plaza. This 293,280-square-foot, Class A office complex owned by The Lionstone Group is located at 4709 and 4711 Golf Road in Skokie. The two buildings fill a unique niche in the submarket and cater to a wide range of [...]

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TW Expands: Chicago Leasing Team

Our Chicago office continues to expand with the addition of two new vice-presidents for the agency leasing team. Cody Sundberg, previously the managing director of brokerage asset services at Bradford Allen Realty Services, comes to Transwestern with a completed 3 million square feet of tenant rep, flex and industrial and 1.5 million square feet of [...]

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