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Jon Cordell

Executive Vice President

Jon Cordell Executive Vice President
Chicago 321 North Clark Street
Suite 3400
Chicago, IL 60654

Professional Experience

Jon joined CBRE Chicago’s market-leading Agency Leasing team in 2020. As an Executive Vice President, he focuses on core and high-profile office leasing assignments within the city’s central business district. Jon brings to this position 16 years of commercial real estate experience and has completed more than 300 transactions totaling over 3 msf valued at over $2B. Jon’s analytical approach paired with underwriting and asset management experience on the ownership side enables him to see hidden opportunities to add value when considering leasing, development, redevelopment, acquisition or disposition.

Prior to his current role, Jon served as a Senior Managing Director at Newmark Knight Frank, co-leading the Chicago Agency business line. He oversaw all aspects of leasing and marketing for a 5 msf portfolio of Chicago CBD office towers, including Grant Thornton Tower (161 N Clark), 155 N Wacker, CNA Center (151 North Franklin) and Northern Trust Tower (333 South Wabash), among others. This leasing team won the prestigious Greater Chicago Food Depository Office Property Representative of the Year award in 2018.

Jon’s considerable real estate experience includes leadership roles at The John Buck Company and Tishman Speyer. As a Senior Vice President with John Buck from 2013 - 2016, he was responsible for leasing, marketing and executing the investment plan for a 7 tower, 5 msf square foot portfolio in the Chicago CBD including launching 151 N Franklin and redeveloping 333 S Wabash. Jon served as a Senior Director with Tishman Speyer from 2007 – 2013, where he was on the team leasing the 13 msf Chicago portfolio and responsible for repositioning One North Franklin, the Civic Opera Building, 30 N LaSalle, and stabilizing 353 N Clark. Jon began his real estate career as an acquisitions and asset management analyst in Chicago and Houston at Trizec Properties, a national office REIT.

Professional Affiliations / Accreditations

  • Licensed Illinois Real Estate Broker
  • COLBA Board Member
  • Member and former President of Illini Real Estate Network
  • Former Leadership Board Officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters 


  • Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management
    M.B.A. with Honors, Finance, Business Strategy and Real Estate
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 
    Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering

Clients Represented

  • The John Buck Company
  • USAA
  • CBRE Global Investors
  • Vanderbilt Office Properties
  • STRS Ohio
  • LAMB Properties
Jon Cordell Executive Vice President
Chicago 321 North Clark Street
Suite 3400
Chicago, IL 60654