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BA Development Company Names Michael Cannon as Senior Managing Director

Former Sterling Bay executive will oversee adaptive reuse, renovation, and new construction of residential and commercial real estate

CHICAGO, IL — BA Development Company today announced industry veteran Michael Cannon has joined the firm as senior managing director, overseeing adaptive reuse, renovation, and new construction of residential and commercial real estate. Before joining BA Development Company, Cannon was a vice president with Sterling Bay, where he managed the development of life science and other office properties as well as multifamily projects in Chicago and other major U.S. cities.

“Michael has vast knowledge of the construction industry and a proven track record of leadership and success building new developments in the U.S. and internationally,” said Jeff Bernstein, principal and co-founder of Bradford Allen. “As we identify more opportunities for ground-up construction or capital improvements in the office, retail, multifamily, and industrial sectors, Michael is a natural fit to help us accelerate our pipeline of large-scale projects in top-tier markets across the country.”

Cannon will manage design, construction, and consulting teams through every stage of the development process, from pre-construction to completion. He will play a pivotal role in several of BA Development Company’s current high-profile new construction and adaptive reuse projects in Illinois, Indiana, Florida, and Tennessee, including a mixed-use project in Arlington Heights, Ill., featuring 300 apartments, 25,000 square feet of retail and a 150,000-square-foot medical office complex known as ArlingtonMed.

Before Sterling Bay, Cannon served as senior development manager with Chicago-based Golub & Company, where his accomplishments included the successful adaptive reuse of Chicago’s Tribune Tower from office space to luxury condominiums and upscale retail on the Magnificent Mile. He also completed development of 1001 South State, a 40-story, 397-unit luxury apartment tower in Chicago’s South Loop.

His other roles included founding Viridios, Ltd., where he supervised the construction of a $225 million power plant in Kuwait, and project manager with ARCH Consultants, Ltd.

Cannon’s roots are in construction, having established his own firm in Chicago soon after finishing his undergraduate degree. After building a foundation in the industry, he pursued law school and transitioned for a time to a legal career, focusing on construction transactions and litigation.

He holds a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctor from Loyola University Chicago. Cannon has been a LEED-accredited professional since 2004, is admitted to the Illinois State Bar and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and is president of the Old Irving Park Association.

About Bradford Allen:
Bradford Allen (BA) is a commercial real estate firm based in the heart of downtown Chicago. Founded in 2003 by principals Jeffrey Bernstein and Laurence Elbaum as an office brokerage, the firm has grown into a vertically integrated commercial real estate company, offering a full array of services and expertise across multiple U.S. markets to entrepreneurial, corporate and not-for-profit clients, including strategy, marketing and transaction execution for occupiers, investors and owners. For more information, visit

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For more information, contact Jeremy Barewin, [email protected], (312) 267-4533.