As CEO, Americas Advisory Services, Chris Connelly leads a sector-leading business encompassing more than 18,000 employees in seven Divisions across the Capital Markets, Advisory & Transaction Services, Advisory Project Management, Property Management and Valuations business lines in the United States, Canada and Latin America.
With more than 20 years of commercial real estate experience, Mr. Connelly brings a broad range of experience to his leadership roles. Mr. Connelly previously served as Global President of CBRE’s Property Management business lines, overseeing the management of more than 2.7 billion square feet of commercial property. He also previously led investor leasing activities globally and, in the Americas, and before that served as President of Mountain–Northwest Division, overseeing CBRE’s operations in the Bay Area, Sacramento/Reno, Seattle, Portland, Phoenix/Tucson, Denver, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas and Albuquerque. Prior to that role, he led the Midwest Division, comprised of 11 major cities across 10 states, as well as served as the Chicago market leader.
Mr. Connelly joined CBRE in 2004 as Managing Director of the Chicago Suburban Office Brokerage Group. He was promoted to Senior Managing Director in October 2008, where he led the downtown office. In 2011, Mr. Connelly took over responsibilities for the Greater Chicago Region as Executive Managing Director, overseeing the operation in its entirety, which encompassed more than 2,500 professionals throughout Chicago, greater Wisconsin and Minneapolis. He was promoted to Midwest President in October of 2015 and Mountain-Northwest President in January 2017.
Mr. Connelly began his career at LaSalle Partners, specializing in industrial and land brokerage before migrating his practice to the office side of the business. He then had a successful stint as a Senior Vice President and Regional Leasing Director for Jones Lang LaSalle, where he was responsible for their Chicago suburban office business as well as the local market tenant representation business in the Midwest Division. His clients included BP, Morgan Stanley, Northwestern Mutual, Exelon, McShane Companies, OPUS North and Duke Realty, among others.