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Chicago Tech Series Part 4: Getting to know Sam Kennedy

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Just call Sam Kennedy the startup whisperer. He spent four years in a dual role at the venture firm Guild Capital and running a national tech conference, Techweek. Working with early-stage tech companies from around the world in both gigs helped him recognize patterns and apply them to help run their businesses more efficiently.

After connecting with JLL brokers at tech events around the city, Sam joined the team as Vice President and Tech Practice Group Lead to elevate the way JLL interfaces with startups in the Chicago market and beyond. “At a time when I was thinking about how I might harness my network to try something new, JLL gave me the best of both worlds. The support of a Fortune 500 real estate company with the opportunity to start an entrepreneurial project,” Sam says. Let’s learn more.

Sam Kennedy enjoying the outdoors

Grays Peak in Colorado along the Continental Divide., this past summer

Typical day: I’m always on my feet, getting to know landlords and leasing agents around the city and catching up with entrepreneurs and tech startups. It’s my job to inform JLL’s service lines on which companies are growing. It’s about changing our internal framework and modernizing the way JLL pursues the new generation of companies out there. While that might mean less cold calling, the business is still very relationship-based with authentic connections being made online and in-person. Data is also more widely available than ever, which makes us differentiate by thinking through the personality of a company and how they can interpret existing data to make strategic decisions.… Read More

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