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Current Responsibilities

Melissa is a Managing Director on JLL's downtown agency leasing team. Her primary responsibilities include agency leasing and marketing of office properties throughout the Chicago CBD. Currently, Melissa represents Callahan Capital Properties at 180 N LaSalle, AEW at 525 W Van Buren, Mac Management at 640 N LaSalle and ​​Hines at 101 N Wacker. 

Experience

Melissa has a strong track record of repositioning buildings, increasing overall occupancy, improving the quality of tenants and creating value for ownership.

Recent examples include 300 S Wacker where she repositioned the building, increased Net rates by $10 Net,  increased occupancy from 82% to 94% building, achieving a 38% return for Beacon Capital Partners. At 135 S LaSalle she increased occupancy within first twelve months (2014-2015 from 91% to 99% leased), maintaind 98% occupancy from 2015-2017. Melissa has a history of successfully leasing assets quickly, exceeding proforma and achieving excellent returns for her owners.​

 
Transaction Highlights
  • Bank of America - 726,000 sf
  • Capital One - 110,000 sf
  • McDonnell Boehmen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP - 76,000 sf
  • Axiom Law - 60,000 sf
  • Strata Marketing - 40,000 sf
  • Institution of Environmental Sciences - 35,000 sf
  • Ounce of Prevention - 25,000 sf
Awards
  • 2015 Best of the Midwest, JLL Agency Leasing
  • 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012 JLL Top Achiever
  • 2011-2013 JLL Leadership Council Advisory Board
  • 2013 Greater Chicago Food Depository nominee for Compsych deal (128,000 SF at NBC Tower
  • 2008 CB Richard Ellis Top Office Specialty Broker Award
  • 2007 CB Richard Ellis Chicago Circle
  • 2003 Finalist for Crain's Chicago Landlord 
  • Representative of the Year Award​

Education and Affiliations

Melissa received her Bachelor of Science degree with honors in Retailing and Consumer Studies from the University of Arizona. She is a licensed Illinois Real Estate Broker and a current member of COLBA.