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James Whalen

Executive Vice President, Midwest Consulting

James Whalen Executive Vice President, Midwest Consulting
Chicago 321 N. Clark Street
Suite 3400
Chicago, IL 60654

Professional Experience

James Whalen is currently an Executive Vice President at CBRE and is the leader of the Midwest Advisory & Transaction Consulting function.  Mr. Whalen’s focus is to use his strategic planning background, analytical skills, negotiating expertise and vast major transaction experience to successfully execute CBRE’s most significant transactions. 

Mr. Whalen joined CBRE following its 2003 merger with Insignia/ESG.  In the past 15 years, he has been nominated by NAIOP 11 times, winning 6 Transaction of the Year awards.  He has successfully completed over 6,000,000 square feet of corporate headquarters transactions since 2003.

In 1999 Mr. Whalen transferred from the Insignia/ESG’s New York operations to Chicago, was promoted to Managing Director of Consulting, Midwest Region and became a member of the Midwest Management Committee.  Mr. Whalen first joined Insignia/ESG in 1992 as a regional manager of the firm's financial and strategic planning services.  At the time, he brought four years of strategic planning/analysis and two years of real estate consulting experience to the company. Prior to attending graduate business school and joining Insignia/ESG, Mr. Whalen was a strategic planning analyst at the Bank of New York and at American Express in Manhattan.

Achievements


  • Colbert Coldwell Circle & Top 100/200 Professional, Americas: 2005-2011, 2013-2017
  • NAIOP Downtown Office Transaction of the Year: 2015, 2016
  • Greater Chicago Food Depository Deal of the Year Award: 2016
  • Finalist for the Greater Chicago Food Depository Broker of the Year Award: 2015, 2016
  • CBRE Regional Top Ten Producer: 2005-2011, 2013-2017

Professional Affiliations / Accreditations

  • Member, Commercial Real Estate Organization of Chicago
  • Real Estate Finance Instructor, BOMA
  • Finance Instructor, Law Seminars International
     

Education

 
  • University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Business, M.B.A.
  • Hamilton College, B.A. in Economics


Significant Assignments

 

Major Tenant Representation Assignments  

  • Sidley Austin, HQ Restructuring | Chicago, IL | 536,000 SF
  • Rockwell Automation, Sale/Leaseback | Mequon, WI | 520,000 SF
  • Motorola Solutions, Former HQ Sale-Leaseback | Schaumburg, IL | 515,000 SF
  • Bridgestone Americas, HQ Relocation | Nashville, TN | 514,000 SF
  • RR Donnelley, Mfg. + Distribution Center Acquisition | St. Charles, IL | 514,000 SF
  • RTC Industries, Manufacturing and Distribution Center Relocation | Romeoville, IL | 503,000 SF
  • McDonald’s Corporation, HQ Relocation | Chicago, IL | 500,000 SF
  • Culligan International, HQ Disposition | Rosemont, IL | 450,000 SF
  • PepsiCo, Regional HQ Extension | Chicago, IL | 413,000 SF
  • Groupon, HQ Expansion | Chicago, IL | 376,000 SF 
  • Corporate Executive Board, HQ Relocation | Arlington, VA | 352,000 SF
  • AON-Hewitt Associates, HQ Disposition | Lincolnshire, IL | 321,000 SF
  • Paylocity, HQ Relocation | Schaumburg, IL | 310,000 SF
  • Career Education Corp., HQ Relocation | Schaumburg, IL | 303,000 SF
  • Motorola Solutions, Tech Center Relocation | Elgin, IL | 301,000 SF
  • Deloitte, Regional HQ Restructuring | Chicago, IL | 292,000 SF
  • Mayer Brown, HQ Restructuring | Chicago, IL | 272,000 SF
  • SIRVA, HQ Relocation | Oakmont, IL | 270,000 SF
  • US Cellular, HQ Restructuring | Chicago, IL | 250,000 SF
  • Fortune Brands, Former HQ Disposition | Greenwich, CT | 205,000 SF
  • Motorola Solutions, HQ Relocation | Chicago, IL |  204,000 SF
  • Essendant, HQ Restructuring | Deerfield, IL | 199,000 SF
  • Oshkosh Corporation, HQ, New Construction | Oshkosh, WI | 190,000 SF
  • Mayer Brown, Relocation & Expansion | New York, NY | 187,000 SF
  • AON-Hewitt Associates, Regional Office Relocation | Lincolnshire, IL | 180,000 SF
  • RR Donnelley, HQ Relocation | Naperville, IL | 167,000 SF
  • Chapman and Cutler, HQ Restructuring | Chicago, IL | 164,000 SF
  • US Foodservice, HQ Restructuring | Rosemont, IL | 168,000 SF
  • McGraw-Hill, Chicago Office Restructuring | Chicago, IL | 155,000 SF
  • Jim Beam Brands, HQ Expansion | Deerfield, IL | 132,000 SF
  • Allstate Insurance, Regional Office Restructuring | Atlanta, GA | 131,000 SF
  • ComPsych, HQ Expansion | Chicago, IL | 128,000 SF
  • Culligan International, Distribution Center Relocation | Rosemont, IL | 125,000 SF
  • Master Lock, HQ Relocation | Oak Creek, WI | 121,000 SF
  • Allstate Insurance, Data Center Build-to-Suit | St. Charles, IL | 120,000 SF
  • Johns Manville, HQ Relocation | Denver, CO | 119,000 SF
  • Brinks Gilson & Lione, HQ Restructuring | Chicago, IL |  115,000 SF
  • Allstate Insurance, Regional Office | Malvern, PA | 115,000 SF
  • Beam Suntory, HQ Relocation  | Chicago, IL | 113,000 SF
  • ComPsych, HQ Relocation & Expansion | Chicago, IL | 152,000 SF
  • Holland & Knight, Office Renewal | Chicago, IL | 104,000 SF
  • TTX Corporation, HQ Restructure | Chicago, IL | 103,000 SF
  • Master Lock, HQ Expansion | Oak Creek, WI | 94,000 SF
  • Sidley Austin, Expansion & Extension | Houston, TX | 83,000 SF
  • Wausau Benefits, HQ Relocation | Wausau, WI | 80,000 SF
  • Culligan International, HQ / R&D Relocation | Rosemont, IL | 77,000 SF
  • McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff, HQ Restructuring | Chicago, IL | 76,000 SF
  • AECOM, Midwest HQ Relocation | Chicago, IL | 60,000 SF
  • Holland & Knight, Relocation | Chicago, IL | 56,000 SF

 

Major Multi-Market Corporate Clients

  • Rockwell Automation, Industrial Portfolio Sale/Leaseback | 3,800,000 SF
  • W.W. Grainger, Distribution Center Relocation | 1,005,000 SF
  • Fortune Brands | Strategic Projects
  • AON-Hewitt Associates | Strategic Projects
  • Rockwell Automation | Strategic Projects
  • Career Education | Strategic Projects
  • W.W. Grainger | Distribution Network
  • Culligan International | N. American Portfolio
  • Waste Management | N. American Portfolio
  • Nicor Gas | Illinois Portfolio
  • Mayer Brown | Global Portfolio

Clients Represented

  • Bridgestone Americas
  • Brinks Gilson & Lione
  • Chapman and Cutler
  • ComPsych
  • Culligan
  • Deloitte
  • Fortune Brands
  • Hewitt Associates
  • Jim Beam Brands
  • Johns Manville
  • McDonnell Boehnen
  • Hulbert & Berghoff
  • McDonald's
  • McGraw-Hill
  • Michael Best & Friedrich
  • Nicor Gas
  • RR Donnelley
  • Rockwell Automation
  • RTC Industries
  • Sidley Austin
  • SIRVA
  • Tellabs
  • Essendant
  • US Foodservice
  • Waste Management
  • W.W. Grainger
James Whalen Executive Vice President, Midwest Consulting
Chicago 321 N. Clark Street
Suite 3400
Chicago, IL 60654