Don Baker is an Associate Director in CBRE’s Financial Consulting Group with over 15 years of real estate experience. The Financial Consulting Group leverages the experience and local market knowledge of more than 30,000 real estate professionals worldwide to provide custom analysis, which in turn empowers clients to make the most informed real estate decisions. Based in the downtown Chicago office, Don provides state-of-the-art financial and analytical consulting to corporations, financial institutions, REITs and real estate advisory companies. Utilizing his experience and knowledge of capital markets, corporate real estate and industry underwriting standards, Don develops financial solutions that benefit clients by identifying critical property level financial issues and areas for value creation.
Don joined CBRE in 2006 and, prior to joining the Financial Consulting Group, served as a Senior Financial Analyst for the National Retail Investment Group's Chicago team. In this role, he was responsible for the coordination of financial due diligence and underwriting. Don provides financial and analytical consulting, enabling institutional and corporate clients to make well-supported decisions in complex transactions. His primary responsibilities include performing thorough reviews and analyses of leases, mortgage documentation, historical income and expense data, marketing assumptions, budgeted cash flow projections, and a range of other project-specific information and data sets. During his tenure in the group, he assisted in the financial structuring and underwriting in over 300 transactions with aggregate value in excess of $4.4 billion.
Prior to joining CBRE, Don worked at Inland Retail Real Estate Trust, Inc., as a Senior Financial Analyst specializing in performing financial analyses for their portfolio and acquisitions. While at Inland, Don facilitated the financial analyses necessary to complete a $6.2 billion merger. In addition, Don has experience in corporate and property accounting, property management and leasing of retail, office and multi-family properties.