Monthly Archives: August 2016

The Chicago Tech Scene is…

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Innovative. Talented. T-shirts. Could you describe the fast-growing Chicago tech scene in one word? We asked attendees at Chicago Inno’s Chicago Fest to try.

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Getting to know John Brogan

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John Brogan began his real estate career at a young age. At 10, he was helping his mom invest in and flip residential properties, and by 16 they had amassed an 11-property portfolio around his hometown of Nashville, Indiana. “We moved a lot, but I became well-versed in finance and rent collection. I also had a lucrative lawn-mowing gig,” John jokes.

After four years in the military post-college developing his leadership and problem-solving skills, John came back to his childhood business and began to think bigger. The world of commercial real estate beckoned and he joined JLL Chicago’s Suburban Tenant Representation team as an Associate in June. We decided to get to know him a little better in the first installment of our new profile series.

John Brogan Motorcycle

My first motorcycle – a gift to myself after my deployment.

My typical day: My No. 1 job is business development for my teammates and mentors, Eric Kunkel and Scott Ohlander. I’m the boots on the ground in the suburban market, connecting prospects to our team’s combined 41 years of industry experience. In addition to business development, my focus includes client relationship management and lease consulting and negotiation for office tenants.

Hometown: Nashville, Indiana. It’s a 1,000-person town founded in the early 1800s as an artist colony. A little-known tourist destination in the hills of Indiana.… Read More

JLL Chicago Service Day: Back to school

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With fond memories of their school years and a passion for giving back, 260 JLLers took part in the third-annual JLL Chicago Service Day, held on July 20 at John J. Pershing Magnet School for Humanities in the Douglas neighborhood.

JLL Chicago Service Day

260 volunteers from JLL’s Chicago office came out to support John J. Pershing Magnet School for Humanities.

With Pershing’s focus on the arts in mind, we divided into teams and got to work beautifying the school with colorful imagination. Groups created custom murals and mosaics for Pershing’s “Panther Leaders,” as well as a brightly colored outdoor plywood mural and new coats of paint in the hallways. Line games, planter benches and mulching on the grounds around the school added to the outdoor space’s welcoming feel.… Read More