JLL Adds Five Urban Industrial Brokerage Experts in Chicago

New talent will strengthen firm’s service delivery in urban industrial

June 19, 2019

CHICAGO, June 19, 2019 – JLL announced today that it is strengthening its Chicago industrial practice with the addition of Mark Nelson, SIOR, Michael Nelson, SIOR, Gavin Stainthorpe, Michael Conway and Brian Etten. The team of brokerage professionals joins JLL from NelsonHill, a Chicago-based commercial real estate services firm focused on urban industrial sales and acquisitions, leasing and property management.

"The hiring of the NelsonHill team shows our strategic commitment to hiring top talent that complements and enhances our existing services,” said John Picchiotti, head of JLL’s industrial business in Chicago. "Their strong track record in industrial brokerage, particularly their focus on urban industrial assets, will allow us to expand our geographical coverage, deepen our expertise and ultimately provide unparalleled service to our clients.”

Mark and Mike Nelson will join JLL as Senior Vice Presidents while Stainthorpe, Conway and Etten join as Vice Presidents.

“We are thrilled to join a globally recognized firm like JLL, where we saw valuable partners and a strong cultural fit,” said Mark Nelson. “Our team brings a unique area of focus and expertise, and we are incredibly excited to leverage the firm’s best-in-class offerings and partner with their market leaders in order to bring even more capabilities to serve our clients.”

Formed in 2010 by brothers Mark and Michael, the NelsonHill team has specialized in urban infill sales and acquisitions and commercial leasing assignments. They have a strong track record, creating maximum value from the redevelopment and adaptive reuse of industrial assets throughout the City. They have led the recent transformation of Fulton Market with over $100,000,000 in transaction volume. Following the sale and conversion of 1200 W. Randolph, which was repositioned and sold to New York-based City Winery, they are working on the sale of 1234 W. Randolph to The Standard Hotel. The team has also helped turnaround historic buildings in the South Loop with over 400,000 square feet of adaptive reuse sales in the historic Motor Row District. 

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