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​​​Aaron Ahlburn is a Managing Director and Director of Research for the Industrial property sector for JLL's Americas region. He joined the firm in 2008 as Head of Industrial Research. From 2010 through 2015, Aaron also held the position of Head of Retail Research for JLL's U.S. operations. His directives include the development, differentiation and implementation of research strategy, methodology, platform deliverables and broad sector analyses for the warehouse, distribution, manufacturing and retail property markets in the U.S., Mexico, Canada and Latin America. Aaron also currently leads Global Industrial Research initiatives.


Aaron Ahlburn works closely with JLL professionals and clients, ensuring the delivery of timely, thorough and proactive research and thought leadership. With a team of more than 175 national and local research analysts throughout the Americas, he helps prepare in-depth, customized research on market trends and forecasts, strategic and competitive analyses, consumer demand studies, economic updates and projections, demographic and industry studies, among other types of research.  In addition to an annual series of white papers on industry, supply chain and consumer topics, Aaron also regularly publishes reports that include the U.S. Industrial Outlook reports, U.S. Industrial Statistics, a quarterly Occupier Review, Market Highlights, the U.S. Warehousing Demand Study and an annual Port, Airport and Global Infrastructure Outlook report.

Aaron also sits on the JLL's Research Leadership Council and Global Research Executive, which focuses on the department's strategic vision, team management and development of best practice standards and collaboration across the global research platform and brand.

Aaron joined JLL as part of the company's merger with The Staubach Company in 2008. Prior to his position with The Staubach Company, Aaron was a Senior Manager at CoStar Group, Inc., leading a large research team while helping to develop a proprietary, internal database platform and training procedures and protocols. In addition, he acted as Research Integration Director in London, working with a newly-acquired U.K. subsidiary, Property Intelligence Plc, to identify best practices and implement processes to unify both research methodologies and property data architecture.

Education and affiliations

Aaron Ahlburn received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Business Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland.  He is a member of NAIOP's National Research Director's committee and is a member of ICSC and ICSC's Research Task Force.