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Meridian Design Build is a full-service construction firm that specializes in the construction of manufacturing, distribution, office/medical office, commercial, hotel, and retail facilities ranging from 15,000 square feet to 1,000,000 + square feet.  Meridian has extensive experience coordinating new construction, additions/renovations, and tenant improvements, and offers a wide range of design build and construction planning/management services. 


The company's ability to deliver positive results is measured by the fact that more than 85 percent of its projects are the result of repeat business or direct referrals. 


Meridian's National Projects Group has expanded the company's geographical reach, allowing it to better serve clients on a national basis.   


Recent projects within the Chicago area include a 239,000 SF FedEx Ground facility in Romeoville, a 78,000 SF expansion for Kerry Ingredients, and an 80,000 SF 4-story self-storage facility in Wheaton.  Recent national projects include automated sort/distribution facilities for FedEx Ground in Indianapolis and South Carolina, a 79,000 SF self-storage facility in Bonita Springs, Florida, and a 108-room Hyatt Place hotel currently under construction in Bowling Green, Kentucky.


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Duke Realty is one of the largest commercial real estate companies in the United States and publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol DRE. It owns and operates approximately 149.3 million rentable square feet of industrial and office assets, including medical office, in 22 major U.S. metropolitan areas.   


More than 800 associates provide leasing, property management, site selection, development, financing, and construction services to its clients. In the greater Chicago area, Duke Realty owns, manages or has under development approximately 11.9 million square feet of office, industrial and healthcare.


Duke Realty's local offices are located at 9377 West Higgins Road, Suite 600 in Rosemont.

More information about Duke Realty is available on their website.  












IDI is a privately-held real estate company focused exclusively on industrial property.

From its Atlanta, Georgia headquarters and
11 strategically located U.S. market offices, the company provides development, investments, property management and leasing services to corporations, property owners, investors, financial institutions and real estate service providers.

The company has developed and acquired 170 million square feet of space, holds more than 17 million square feet of assets in its investment portfolio and has a 70 million-square-foot property management portfolio.





Dear SIOR Members:

Welcome to the first Chicago Chapter Newsletter of 2014, and Happy New Year!


I hope you all had wonderful holidays, and are now ready to get back to the business of a successful networking and deal-making year going forward this year!


A special Thank You to our 24 Platinum Sponsors for 2014!!  We are very grateful for their generous support in helping to make our chapter the "best of the best" each and every year!


We will kick off the New Year with the February 25th lunch meeting, at which our annual awards will be presented. Many thanks to Joyce Slone, Chris Curtis and Joanne Works for their assistance in putting the awards together!  


Please mark your calendar and plan on attending the upcoming events:   Spring "Meet & Greet" on March 18th;  Spring World Conference in Las Vegas from April 22nd to April 25th;  and our first Program/Luncheon May 27th. In addition to these events,  please watch your email for more exciting programs and venues to attend during the year.   


To continue our established tradition of supporting the educational pursuits of college-bound, inner-city students, we would welcome your support of the Trunk Scholarship program in 2014.  We were able to assist 16 students in 2013 with their college necessities through this program, and we hope to raise enough money for 20 Trunk Scholarships this year.   


Be sure to visit the chapter website and update your profile!  Click   http://siorchicago.org/user/password to obtain meeting dates, research prior program presentations, and connect with your fellow members. Did you know you're also able to market Chicago-area properties through  the SIOR Connect feature to all SIORs worldwide?  


I would welcome the opportunity to discuss any new ideas you have for meeting topics or events, and look forward to any and all feedback you have. 


I am honored to serve as your chapter president this year, and look forward to seeing all of you at the various events we have planned!



Warm Regards,




Elise A. Couston, SIOR

Paine/Wetzel TCN Worldwide









February 25th
Annual Transaction Awards
Rosewood in Rosemont
11:30 registration/noon lunch

March 18
Spring Meet & Greet
Carlucci's in Rosemont
4:30-6:30 p.m.

April 22-25
Spring World Conference
The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas


Welcome the New 2014 SIOR Chicago Chapter Board   

The Chicago Chapter of the Society of Industrial & Office Realtors (SIOR) recently named their new executive officers for the year 2014. 

Pictured are (from left to right): Adam Roth, SIOR, CCIM of NAI Hiffman, Secretary ; Roy Splansky, SIOR of Venture One Real Estate LLC, Vice President; Dan Smolensky, SIOR of The Modal Group, Director-at-Large; David Liebman, JD, SIOR, Past President; Elise Couston, SIOR of Paine/Wetzel TCN Worldwide, SIOR Chicago Chapter President; and Larry Johnson, SIOR, of CB Richard Ellis, Treasurer. 


John Girsch Honored  

with Richard G. Levy Award 


The Chicago Chapter of the Society of Industrial & Office Realtors (SIOR) recently presented the Richard G. Levy Presidents award to John Girsch, CCIM, SIOR who retired from John Girsch & Company, LLC in 2013.

The recipient is chosen each year by the President of the Chicago Chapter of SIOR as to who they feel warrants this type of prestigious award due to their outstanding achievements both in and out of the industry. Pictured are (from left to right): David Liebman, JD, SIOR, 2013 Chicago Chapter President; Penny Levy; and John Girsch.

 Don't Forget to Budget for Your 2014 $500 Trunk Scholarship!  



Please make room in your 2014 budget for your $500 Trunk Scholarship donation that will allow your firm to participate alongside other SIOR Chapter members and firms in support our annual Ada S. McKinley Trunk Scholarship Drive.  Each year, our support has grown beginning with our initial donation of 5 trunks in 2011; 15 trunks in 2012; 16 trunks in 2013 and a goal of 20 trunks in 2014.  Our goal is achievable with your generosity and foresight in budgeting for this donation in 2014.   
A heartfelt "Thank You" to all who have supported our efforts in the past.



SIOR and SIORF Awards Four Scholarships for the 2013 School Year

The Chicago Chapter of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) and the SIOR Foundation (SIORF) has awarded four scholarships for the academic year of 2012-2013 totaling $12,000. Each of the four students received a scholarship of $3,000. 


The Chicago Chapter of SIOR 2013 Scholarship Committee included Jason West, SIOR, Chairman, Sally Macoicz, SIOR, and Roy Splansky, SIOR, 2013 Chicago Chapter Treasurer.  Scholarship recipients were presented with their awards during SIOR's Annual Holiday Luncheon held on December 7, 2013 at the Glen View Club in Golf, IL. Recipients were: Ruben Vazquez from DePaul University, Nicholas Bryer from Northwestern University, James Michaels from Roosevelt University and Thomas McGovern from University of Illinois.

Elise Couston, SIOR
Roy Splansky, SIOR
Vice President
Larry Johnson, SIOR
Adam Roth, SIOR, CCIM
Dan Smolensky, SIOR
Director at Large
David Liebman, SIOR
Past President
Joanne Works
Executive Director

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