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CenterPoint Properties is focused on the development, acquisition and management of industrial property and transportation infrastructure that enhances business and government supply chain efficiency. The company invests in major coastal and inland port logistics markets anchoring North America's principal freight lanes. For more than 20 years, CenterPoint has added value to its customers through forward-thinking solutions aimed at enhancing supply chain and operating efficiencies.

After 12 years as a public industrial real estate company, CenterPoint was acquired by CalEast Global Logistics in March 2006. CalEast is a joint venture between the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) and GI Partners, a private investment firm focused on investments in asset-backed businesses and properties. Today, CenterPoint is one of largest owners, managers and developers of industrial real estate in with 21 branded business parks across the country.






Peak Construction Corporation is a design-build general contractor providing services that span multiple markets segments - industrial, office, healthcare, hospitality, construction management - as well as other real estate specialty areas including land entitlement/development.  Peak helps clients navigate all the big and small decisions that turn their businesses' needs/goals into solutions that provide immediate results along with long term value.  

Peak is currently working some exciting projects:  The Evanston Hyatt House Hotel, a mid-rise 8-story, 114 guestroom, urban infill extended stay hotel, broke ground in September.  The 454,276 SF spec Building A, started in July, re-ignited the Antioch Corporate Center development.  Heartland Building II, another large 750,000 SF spec industrial distribution facility in Shorewood, broke ground in June.  Sunstar Americas' 302,000SF North American Headquarters in Schaumburg is slated for completion in mid-2015.



  ML Realty Partner

ML Realty Partners is a long-term industrial real estate investor in the Central United States. As one of the largest industrial landlords in Chicago, ML Realty Partners places the utmost importance on providing exceptional service to the entire brokerage community and their clients as well as providing solutions to their real estate needs.


ML Realty Partners owns a diverse portfolio throughout the Chicagoland area including new developments, such as Heritage Crossing Corporate Center located just south of I-55/I-355 junction at the 143rd street full interchange.


ML Realty Partners acquires existing industrial properties and creates new, quality developments in the Chicagoland area. The firm's experience in all facets of industrial real estate enables the company to provide state-of-the-art facilities. Founded in 2001 with the mission of being a long-term investor in commercial real estate, the company provides clients with an outstanding experience at its properties.

Dear SIOR Colleagues:  

This is my last message of 2014, as my term as the Chicago Chapter President is winding down. I want to begin by saying how truly honored I have been to serve as President of this great chapter. The chapter's success would be impossible without the pro-active support of the Executive Board, Committee Chairs, our Platinum Sponsors, and the excellence of our membership. A special "shout out" also goes to Joanne Works, our outstanding Executive Director, whose loyalty and dedication is most appreciated!  I would like to thank all of you for helping to make this past year an especially rewarding one for me!


Please join me in reflecting back and remembering some highlights of a few of the exciting programs and events in 2014 that helped to make our Chapter the best: "Chapter Transaction Awards"; "Annual Golf Outing"; "our first Midwest Regional Networking Event"; "Young Industrial Broker's Recruiting Reception"; "Platinum Appreciation Reception with guest speaker John F. McDonough", President and CEO of the Chicago Blackhawk's"; and, a "luncheon with special guest speaker and newly-elected Governor Bruce Rauner".


In addition to the Chapter events, SIOR National holds a Spring/Fall conference every year. If you haven't attended a National conference, plan to make it a resolution in 2015. You won't be disappointed.   This past October, more than 1,000 people attended the national conference in Nashville from all over the world. The educational workshops, programs and networking events were phenomenal. One of the highlights was keynote speaker Diana Nyad's presentation about her life as a swimmer, and finally reaching her goal of swimming from Cuba to Key West after numerous failed attempts. Her keynote message "Never Give Up" - "It is never too late to reach your goals"!  


Our Holiday Party is this Friday, December 5th and you must be registered to attend. This event could not be possible without our host Bert Rance, and the continued generosity of our sponsor, Northern Builders.   Please join me in thanking them on Friday for making this event a memorable one year after year.  


Once again, thank you all your generous support and the privilege to have served as the 2014 Chicago Chapter President.


Best wishes to all for a happy and healthy holiday season, and prosperous New Year!


Warm regards,



 Elise A. Couston, SIOR

2014 Chicago Chapter President 

Newmark Grubb Knight Frank  773.957.1442

December 5th
Holiday Party (Members Only)
Glen View Club | Golf, IL     
11:30am Cocktails - 12:30pm Lunch

January 20th


The Chicago SIOR Chapter Hosts The Chicago Young Industrial Brokers Group


On Thursday, November 13th, the Chicago Chapter of the Society of Industrial & Office Realtors (SIOR) sponsored the Chicago Young Industrial Brokers Group at The J. Parker Roof Top Lounge in the Lincoln Park neighborhood.  More than 50 guests were at the event on one of the first cold nights of the season in Chicago, everyone was vey pleased with the turnout.

Roy Splansky, SIOR and Daniel Smolensky, SIOR of the Chicago SIOR board organized the event and spoke with the guests about the benefits of the organization and how it has assisted in their careers. Remarks were also made by George Cibula, SIOR and Lynn Reich, SIOR. 

The Young Professionals were also briefed on the candidate program and its advantages for those professionals who may not yet qualify for the SIOR designation. Also in attendance were Chicago Chapter board members, David Liebman, SIOR, Larry Johnson, SIOR and Adam Roth, SIOR.  All of the Young Professionals were given literature on SIOR and bottle of wine as token of our appreciation for their attendance.



A Part of the Winning Team:
Blackhawks President/CEO Joins SIOR For Chat



The Chicago Chapter of the Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS® (SIOR) welcomed John McDonough, President and CEO of the Chicago Blackhawks, to a fireside chat with members for a conversation about how to build a winning team in sports and in business.

Mr. McDonough, who spent 24 years with the Chicago Cubs, left the baseball club for the Chicago Blackhawks in 2007, becoming its President. He was promoted to President and CEO four years later. In addition to bringing back Hall of Fame players to be team ambassadors, he signed a TV and radio agreement with WGN and Comcast SportsNet as well as launched the popular NHL Winter Classic.  


The Blackhawks won a Stanley Cup championship in 2010 (nearly 50 years after its previous Cup championship) and won another title in 2013. Under Mr. McDonough's leadership, the Blackhawks organization has seen its season ticketholder base triple with the club leading the league in average season attendance each of the past four years. The team moved from 118th to 16th in ESPN Magazine's "Ultimate Standings" and Forbes Magazine called the team "The Greatest Sports-Business Turnaround Ever." 


Pictured are (from left to right): Elise Couston, SIOR, Chicago Chapter President, John McDonough and Jeff Blake, SIOR, Chicago Chapter Program Chair.

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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