Martin Stern leads the Real Estate Advisory Services Group of CBRE Chicago, joining the firm after the 2014 acquisition of U.S. Equities Realty. He is involved in key development and transaction assignments. The group assists municipalities, institutions, nonprofits and corporations, developers and owners, creating viable real estate strategies and following through on their implementation. Martin uses his background in corporate real estate, development, negotiations and finance to analyze situations from multiple perspectives and structure transactions achieving the goals of all parties. His clients include the City of Chicago, the Village of Glenview, Chicago Mercantile Exchange Trust, Publicis Groupe S.A., Crate and Barrel, Columbia College Chicago, the YMCA of the USA, the Chicago Board of Education, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago (formerly Children’s Memorial Hospital), Sinai Health System and various family and trust investors.
Prior to joining U.S. Equities in 1988, Martin was a Development Officer for Rubloff, Inc. and Vice President of Finance and Special Projects at Tishman Realty Corp., serving as the principal development officer and regional financial officer for the firm's Chicago and Los Angeles branches. Among his developments were office buildings in West Los Angeles, suburban San Francisco and the Westin River North (formerly Hotel Nikko Chicago).
Martin began his business career in 1969 with Amoco Corporation, where he held a series of finance and real estate positions. As head of finance and administrative functions for Amoco Realty Co., he developed, analyzed, financed and monitored all capital investment proposals. By the early 1980s, Martin was responsible for determining Amoco’s short and long-term corporate space needs, as well as for major lease negotiations.
Long active in community affairs, Martin helped to establish Amoco Neighborhood Development Corp., and conceived and implemented, in partnership with RESCORP, the Northpoint neighborhood revitalization in Chicago's Rogers Park community, a public/private partnership receiving the 1988 Urban Land Institute's Award for Excellence for Rehabilitation.
Martin has been honored by the Chicago Urban League with its “Beautiful People” award, by the Urban Land Institute, with its Award for Excellence and by the Chicago chapter of Lambda Alpha, with its Lifetime Achievement Award for Community Service. In 2011, Martin was named to the Midwest Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame by Midwest Real Estate News and has just been elected as a Trustee of the Urban Land Institute.
Professional Affiliations / Accreditations
- Chicago Loop Alliance (formerly the Greater State Street Council) – Immediate Past Chairman of the Board
- Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards – Co-Chairman, 1996 and 1997
- Chicago Urban League Development Corporation, Board of Directors – Past Chairman
- Cornell University Program in Real Estate – Advisory Board
- Lambda Alpha International – Member
- Metropolitan Planning Council – Governor, Member, Regional Planning and Investment Committee Member
- Near South Planning Board – Past Chairman, (1999 – 2002) – Chairman Emeritus
- Urban Land Institute International - Trustee, Program Committee - Member; Urban Development/Mixed-Use Council – Past Chairman
- Urban Land Institute Chicago - Program Committee - Member
- University of Chicago, Masters of Business Administration in Finance
- Cornell University, Bachelors of Science in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research