Evan Djikas


Executive Vice President | Corporate Solutions

About

Professional Summary

Specializing in the design and implementation of solutions to complex real estate challenges, I lead a team who provides end-to-end solutions – from strategic planning and space design through relocation management – with specialization in site selection, workplace design and lease/financing negotiations. Most of my work is for large, enterprise-critical real estate projects or as relationship manager for corporate relationships. Projects include master planning and relocation of a 360,000 square-foot corporate headquarters, restructure of a 400,000 square-foot corporate headquarters lease, distressed debt recapitalization for a tenant of a 560,000 square-foot headquarters and build-to-suit development / redevelopments for office and industrial facilities.

Clients benefit from the lowest real estate cost structure by minimizing landlord returns during lease/purchase negotiations and/or sourcing the lowest costs of capital. 

My previous experience representing landlords in both leasing and acquisitions brings a 360-degree perspective to the real estate process. With the Winston Management Corporation and Investors Equities’ Corporation, I directed the acquisition, leasing and management of a 1 million-square-foot portfolio of office and industrial properties.

Through property repositioning and an aggressive campaign, I increased same-store revenue by 30 percent and expanded the office portfolio by 37 percent.

Professionally, I serve on the programs committee of the Urban Land Institute and am a member of CoreNet and the Executives Club of Chicago.  I care deeply for the enablement of Chicago’s youth. I currently serve as a director to Goodcity NFP and previously served on the advisory board of Perspectives Charter School, mentored inner-city high school juniors, volunteered through Junior Achievement at an inner city school and served on a steering committee of the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s Real Estate Awards Dinner. 

Accomplishments

  • Winner, “Team Innovation Award," Colliers International (2010)
  • Winner, Largest Transaction, Colliers International | Chicago (2009)
  • Associate Broker of the Year, Newmark Knight Frank (2004)

Services:

  • Investment Services / Capital Markets
  • Corporate Solutions
  • Brokerage: Tenant Representation

Property Type:

  • Office
  • Industrial

Clients:

Project experience is available upon request. Please contact Evan.Djikas@Colliers.com

Education:

  • BS, Illinois Wesleyan University

Memberships & Involvements:

  • ULI
  • COLBA
  • CoreNet

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