Jim Groch serves as Global Group President & Chief Investment Officer, responsible for investment of the company’s capital, including directly leading mergers and acquisitions and allocating principal investments in real estate.
Mr. Groch began his career with Trammell Crow Company (“TCC”) in 1985 as an office leasing agent and led the Central/ Eastern Region in signed leases in his first full year. In 1988, at the age of 26, he became the company’s youngest Partner. From 1991 through 1997, Mr. Groch held operating leadership roles including Managing Director, Trammell Crow Northeast, Inc. and President of Development and Investment for the Eastern U.S. In 1998, he became Chief Investment Officer of TCC, and later assumed the additional roles of President of Funds and Investment Management and Director of Corporate Finance.
In December of 2006, Mr. Groch negotiated the $2 billion cash sale of Trammell Crow Company to CBRE, and later became a member of CBRE’s Global Executive Board.
In February 2009 (until March 2014), Mr. Groch was named Global Chief Investment Officer and EVP of Corporate Finance and Strategy taking direct responsibility for CBRE’s capital structure and balance sheet. Among other responsibilities, including continuing as TCC’s CIO, he led all equity offerings, bond issuances and lender negotiations for CBRE during and following the financial crisis.
In February 2014 (through May 2019) he became the company’s Chief Financial Officer while continuing to serve as CBRE’s Chief Investment Officer and Head of Corporate Development. As Chief Financial Officer, he had firm-wide responsibility for accounting and finance, treasury, financial planning & analysis, business intelligence and investor relations. During this period, adjusted EPS increased two and a half times and CBRE moved from a High Yield to an Investment Grade (Baa1) company while completing transformational acquisitions.
Mr. Groch’s accomplishments include leading: new aligned capital, incentive and risk mitigation structures for TCC’s development business; three opportunistic share repurchases including a Dutch auction in 2004 at $15.75 per share (TCC) before negotiating the sale of the company two years later for $50 per share; the development of two SaaS software platforms, extensive balance sheet activities with first time innovations during and following the global financial crisis of 2009; and the acquisition of over 120 companies.
Professional Affiliations / Accreditations
CBRE, Global Operating Committee
- CBRE Clarion Securities, Board Member
- Friends Central School Board of Trustees, Board Member
University of Virginia - Darden School of Business, Master of Business Administration
- Dickinson College, Bachelor of Arts; Economics