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Ten with Ben 011: “Welcoming Laurence Elbaum, Co-Founder of Bradford Allen”

With 30 years of experience in commercial real estate, today’s guest knows what the fundamentals of the business are all about. Meet Laurence Elbaum, Principal and Co-Founder of Bradford Allen.

When he began Bradford Allen with business partner Jeffrey Bernstein in 2003, he was certain of just one thing: BA would succeed, because failure was not an option. That mindset has translated into a philosophy that continues to drive the firm today. Listen in as Larry explains why technology will not replace the ground work involved in CRE, the importance of knowing the value of a dollar for your client, and how our investment strategy changed during the course of the pandemic.

As BA’s suburban portfolio grows, the comparisons to downtown become more prevalent. While Chicago’s Loop has not seen the same return to work as many suburban buildings, Larry speculates that new changes will come as Gen Z’s presence emerges within the work force.

 

Ten with Ben 007: “Forecasting 2021”

Ben is back, and like most of us, he’s ready to leave 2020 in the rearview mirror! Kick off the new year with Episode 007 of Ten with Ben.

We all hope 2021 will bring lots of excitement, but like Ben says, even after 20 years in the industry, “You just never know!” Listen as he discusses the differences between speculation and reality, why there is no doubt companies will come back to the office (eventually), and what “pent-up demand” means. Even after the COVID-19 vaccine is widely available, it won’t just be like flipping a switch getting back to our normal routines. Office schedules will still vary through at least the next 18 months.

The year will bring uncertainty, but more importantly, it will bring evaluation and opportunities to both landlords and tenants.


 

Bradford Allen hires Alex Gordon to expand Downtown Agency Leasing team

Chicago, IL ­– Andy DeMoss, Senior Managing Director, Downtown Agency Leasing at Bradford Allen, is thrilled to announce that Alex Gordon has joined the firm.

Gordon is the most recent addition to Bradford Allen’s Agency Leasing practice. Prior to joining Bradford Allen, Alex was an “in-house” leasing agent at Golub & Company, where he was responsible for the leasing of 300 S. Wacker, 444 N. Michigan, 111 W. Washington, 625 N. Michigan, and 680 N. Lakeshore. Previously, he was an assistant property manager with Tishman Speyer, where he worked on 525 W. Monroe and 190 S. LaSalle.

“I am very excited to join Bradford Allen, as they have a stellar reputation and significant presence in the Downtown Chicago market, and I’m equally as excited to work alongside Andy,” said Gordon.

“The addition of Alex rounds out the experience level on our team nicely. He will be working with me on our newest assignments, One North LaSalle and 180 North Wacker Drive,” added DeMoss.


About Bradford Allen
Bradford Allen is a national commercial real estate firm based in the heart of downtown Chicago. The company offers a full array of brokerage services and expertise to entrepreneurial, corporate, and not-for-profit clients. Services include strategy, marketing, and transaction execution for occupiers, investors, and owners of commercial real estate. Bradford Allen is the brand name of Bradford Allen Realty Services.

 

VIDEO — BA InFocus 001: “On Cold Storage”

In our debut episode of In Focus, Rhea Stephen and Ronan Remandaban are joined by Amit Hasak, CEO of Transship, to talk cold storage. From refrigerators to shipping cargo containers, cold storage is an integral part of the food supply chain, especially with the global consumption of frozen foods. However, as our speakers discuss, there is a deficit in available cold storage space, both locally and nationally, and not all industrial or warehouse space can be converted to cold storage space. Listen as they talk pros and cons.

 

BA’s John Millner Named President, CCIM, IL Chapter for 2020

CHICAGO, IL – Jeffrey A. Bernstein and Laurence B. Elbaum, Principals and Co-Founders of Bradford Allen, are excited to announce that John Millner, Managing Director with Bradford Allen’s Agency Leasing practice, has been named President of CCIM’s Illinois Chapter for the 2020 term. Millner has served on CCIM’s Board of Directors as an Executive Member since 2018.

“I’m excited to take on the challenges and responsibilities of this new role and honored to continue serving such an integral organization within the commercial real estate industry. CCIM’s mentorship, education services, and networking opportunities are invaluable resources to our community, and I look forward to growing our services and outreach in the coming year,” said Millner of his appointment.

Millner joined Bradford Allen in 2009 and has become a key member of the Oak Brook-based brokerage team in the years since. John specializes in medical office and traditional office agency leasing, representing approximately 2,000,000 square feet of product in suburban Chicago. Recently, John increased the occupancy of 4355 Weaver Parkway in Warrenville from 59.5% to 100%, completing 24,320 square feet of new leases in just nine months. In Hinsdale, John improved the occupancy of 908 & 911 North Elm Street by 21% through signing 53,000 square feet of new and renewal leases.


About Bradford Allen
Bradford Allen is a national commercial real estate firm based in the heart of downtown Chicago. The company offers a full array of brokerage services and expertise to entrepreneurial, corporate, and not-for-profit clients. Services include strategy, marketing, and transaction execution for occupiers, investors, and owners of commercial real estate. Bradford Allen is the brand name of Bradford Allen Realty Services. For more information, visit bradfordallen.com.

About CCIM
CCIM stands for Certified Commercial Investment Member. CCIM designees are recognized as leading experts in commercial investment real estate. Above all, the CCIM designation represents proven expertise in financial, market, and investment analysis, in addition to negotiation. CCIM designees are able to help their clients minimize risk, enhance credibility, make informed decisions, and close more deals. For more information, visit ccimilchapter.org.