Jim Carris brings nearly 30 years of experience to his role as Senior Managing Director of CBRE’s market-leading Chicago region, where he sits on the Executive Committee charged with driving the firm’s overall regional operations and business strategy. In addition, Jim has direct oversight for the firm’s downtown Chicago Office Agency Leasing business as well as the local Debt & Structured Finance, Global Workplace Solutions Transaction Management, and National Economic Incentives practice groups. He is also co-leader of the market’s Occupier & Transaction Services group. In this role, Jim draws on his experience in real estate brokerage, portfolio management, development, corporate leadership and legal affairs to lead top-performing teams that create exemplary outcomes for a wide array of clients.
Prior to joining CBRE in 2011, Jim was a Senior Vice President at Jones Lang LaSalle, where he was accountable for the strategic oversight and management of various account teams that completed more than 400 transactions, involving 13 million square feet of space, $250 million of invested capital and sustainable cost savings of more than $50 million. He was also a member of the firm’s Integrated Program Management Advisory Board, helping drive improvements and best practices.
Prior to joining JLL, Jim oversaw global real estate operations — including numerous office, industrial and land transactions in Europe, Asia and the U.S. — for BP’s former chemical subsidiary, Innovene. Prior to that, he managed award-winning redevelopments of several refineries, terminals and other large contaminated properties for BP. As part of his responsibilities, he was also project executive for BP’s 640-acre multi-use commercial development, Cantera, in Chicago’s west suburbs. In the decade prior to joining BP, he was the Chief Executive of Dos Griegos Corporation, a privately held, multi-use real estate development company based in Santa Fe, N.M., and, before that, he served as a practicing attorney with the Amoco Oil Company and Homart Development Company.
Jim received his Executive MBA from the University of Notre Dame and his juris doctorate from Loyola University of Chicago. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois.
A resident of Lake Forest, Jim served as a member of that city’s Planning Commission and is active with numerous community and charitable organizations including serving on the Board for NAIOP Chicago, American Red Cross of Greater Chicago Golf Committee and as the executive sponsor of the annual CBRE Cares Chicago Charity Bash, which last year raised nearly $200,000 for four local charities.