James Cook

James Cook

Senior Director, Americas Retail Research

Current responsibilities:

Based in Indianapolis, IN, James is the Senior Director of Americas Retail Research. He oversees the production of national retail research and serves as the voice of retail research in the region. He speaks regularly at events, with clients and the media about how retail real estate will change with tomorrow's economy.

James also hosts the Where We Buy podcast, a show about retail and real estate. Where We Buy was awarded a Gold MAXI award from the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). The show was listed by FeedSpot as one of the Best Retail Podcasts You Must Follow in 2022. James also hosts the live video show Everything We Know About Retail.


Before joining JLL, James was the National Director of Analytics at Xceligent, a national commercial property research firm. In that role, he recruited and managed a new Analytics department, a national team of regional analysts tasked with producing quarterly market reports and thought leadership pieces.

James has worked in the commercial real estate industry since 1999, beginning as a Phoenix market research analyst with Insignia/ESG. He has served as U.S. Director of Research at Colliers International, where he oversaw the commercial property research services. Before that, he built the Colliers national GIS platform as the GIS Manager for the U.S. region.

Education and affiliations:

James received a Bachelor of Arts degree from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. James is an active participant in the International Council of Shopping Centers' North American Research Task Force. He was the chair of the 2015 Research Connections Conference. He has served on multiple NAIOP and ULI committees.

Outside interests:

James enjoys morning runs through the Indiana countryside.