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James F. Whalen

CBRE, Inc.
Executive Vice President
Chicago, IL, USA


James Whalen is currently an Executive Vice President at CBRE and is the leader of the Midwest Consulting function.  Mr. Whalen’s focus is to use his strategic planning background, analytical skills, negotiating expertise and vast major transaction experience to successfully execute CBRE’s most significant transactions. 

Mr. Whalen joined CBRE following its 2003 merger with Insignia/ESG.  In the past 11 years, he has been nominated by NAIOP 8 times, winning 3 Transaction of the Year awards.  He has successfully completed over 4,500,000-square-feet of corporate headquarters transactions since 2003.

In 1999 Mr. Whalen transferred from the Insignia/ESG’s New York operations to Chicago, was promoted to Managing Director of Consulting, Midwest Region and became a member of the Midwest Management Committee.  Mr. Whalen first joined Insignia/ESG in 1992 as a regional manager of the firm's financial and strategic planning services.  At the time, he brought four years of strategic planning/analysis and two years of real estate consulting experience to the company. Prior to attending graduate business school and joining Insignia/ESG, Mr. Whalen was a strategic planning analyst at the Bank of New York and at American Express in Manhattan. 

 

Education & Professional Affiliations

Mr. Whalen earned a M.B.A. from University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Business and a B.A. in Economics from Hamilton College.  He is a member of the Commercial Real Estate Organization of Chicago and has served as a real estate finance instructor for BOMA.

 

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Colbert Coldwell Circle / Top 100 Professional, North America:2009-2012
  • Midwest Corporate Services Top 5 Professional: 2005- 2012

 

james.whalen@cbre.com

T 1.312.935.1447

F 1.312.935.1880

SIGNIFICANT assignments

Major Multi-Market Corporate Clients

Scope

Fortune Brands

Strategic Projects

AON-Hewitt Associates

Strategic Projects

Rockwell Automation

Strategic Projects

Career Education

Strategic Projects

W.W. Grainger

Distribution Network

Culligan International

N. American Portfolio

Waste Management

N. American Portfolio

 

Major Client Representation Assignments

SF

Rockwell Automation, Industrial Portfolio Sale/Leaseback

3,800,000

W.W. Grainger, Distribution Center Relocation

1,005,000

Sidley Austin Brown & Wood, Headquarters Relocation

575,000

Rockwell Automation, Industrial Campus Sale/Leaseback

520,000

RR Donnelley, Manufacturing and Distribution Center Acquisition

514,000

RTC Industries, Manufacturing and Distribution Center Relocation

503,000

Culligan International, Headquarters Disposition

450,000

Corporate Executive Board, Headquarters Relocation

352,000

AON-Hewitt Associates, Headquarters Disposition

321,000

Career Education Corp. Headquarters Relocation

303,000

SIRVA (formerly Allied Worldwide), Headquarters Relocation

270,000

US Cellular, Headquarters Renewal/Relocation

250,000

Fortune Brands, Inc., Headquarters Disposition

205,000

AON-Hewitt Associates, Regional Office Relocation

180,000

RR Donnelley, Headquarters Relocation

167,000

Chapman and Cutler, Headquarters Restructuring

164,000

US Foodservice, Headquarters Restructuring

168,000

McGraw Hill Corporation, Regional Office Restructuring

155,000

Jim Beam Brands, Headquarters Expansion

132,000

Allstate Insurance, Regional Office Restructuring

132,000

ComPsych, Headquarters Expansion

128,000

Culligan International, Distribution Center Relocation

125,000

Allstate Insurance, Data Center Build-to-Suit

120,000

Johns Manville, Headquarters Restructuring

119,000

Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, Headquarters Restructuring

115,000

Allstate Insurance, Regional Office Restructuring

110,000

Jim Beam Brands, Headquarters Expansion

110,000

ComPsych, Headquarters Relocation

105,000

Master Lock Company, Headquarters Expansion

94,000

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff, Headquarters Expansion

90,000

Quarles & Brady, Regional Office Restructuring

85,000

Wausau Benefits, Headquarters Relocation

80,000

Culligan International, Headquarters & Lab Relocation

77,000

Master Lock Company, Headquarters Relocation

62,000

AECOM, Midwest Headquarters Relocation

60,000

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