About

Professional Summary

Numerous leading office building owners and developers in Suburban Chicago rely on my extensive market knowledge and expertise to develop and execute their strategic marketing plans. I have specialized in office leasing since 1998 and, along with my partner Steve Kling, have completed approximately 3,500 real estate transactions for a total value of $8 billion.
 
My experience includes representing entrepreneurial owners and developer clients such as Hines, CBRE Global Investors, Equus Partners and Highland Management to the publicly traded Equity Commonwealth REIT and the institutional ownership of Colony Realty Trust, AEW, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, Principal Financial, Prudential, RREEF, GE Capital and Allstate. My ultimate goal for my clients is to maximize the value for the asset and service the client.

I became a principal of Colliers International | Chicago in 2007 and share oversight of the Suburban Office Advisory Group. 

Prior to joining Colliers in 2003, I spent 10 years at Grubb & Ellis Company and six years working with owner-developer William A. Rogers, Inc., gaining experience and market knowledge representing both landlords and tenants.

Accomplishments

  • Crain's Most Influential Commercial Real Estate Brokers in Chicago (2017)
  • Top 10% Producer, Colliers International Americas region (2011-2017)
  • Colliers' Everest Club  (2004-2008, 2010-2016)
  • CoStar Power Broker Award (2015, 2017)
  • Finalist, NAIOP Broker Transaction of the Year (2013)
  • Finalist, Greater Chicago Food Depository Office Property Representative of the Year (1998, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2011)
  • Named Principal of Colliers (2007)
  • Office Broker of the Year, Colliers International (2007)
  • Archon Group Achievement Award-Excellence in Project Leasing (2002)
  • National Award for Excellence, Grubb & Ellis (2000)
  • Top 10 Producers, Grubb & Ellis (1996-2002)
  • Circle Of Excellence-Top 10%, Grubb & Ellis (1995-2002)
  • Archon Group Achievement Award (1997)
  • Finalist, Chicago Sun-Times Office Property Representative of the Year (1994, 1997)
     

Services:

  • Brokerage: Landlord Representation

Property Type:

  • Office

Testimonials:

“Fulcrum has known and worked with Steve and Francis going back 10+ years and we have found them to be one of the most responsive, thoughtful and professional leasing teams in the business.

In the end, not much else matters beyond results: absorption of vacant space and renewals of existing tenants, all accomplished on market terms. Our experience with the Kling/Prock team in that regard has been extraordinary. Their extensive tenant rep relationships, their knowledge of competitive properties and comparable lease transactions, and their appreciation of unique tenant priorities  and preferences all serve to allow them to deliver market leading results for landlords. They are a dominant player in the suburban office market largely due to results-driven execution on behalf of their clients.

Importantly, however, their style of execution further sets them apart from the competition. They are dogged deal guys, never giving up on a transaction that looks lost. They are creative in finding common ground between landlords and tenants, all the while nurturing sustainable relationships with both parties. Of special note is their mentality to think like an owner. Steve and Francis appreciate the difference between leasing space for occupancy's sake and delivering long term value for the owner. It cannot be understated as to the benefit of that perspective to the working relationship between landlord and leasing representative.”

Peter Broccolo
Principal
Fulcrum Asset Advisors, LLC


“Steve and Francis' efforts over the years at 5100 River Road in Schiller Park, and 1800 N. Central in Mount Prospect culminated with the signing of four critical leases at these properties in 2017. There were three leases totaling 12,209 square feet at 5100 River Road, and one lease totaling 221,862 square feet at 1800 N. Central bringing these buildings to 100% leased and representing one of the largest transactions signed in the suburbs this year.  Over the more than 13 years that Colony Northstar has partnered with Steve and Francis, they have become trusted advisors, consistently negotiating leases in Colony's best interest. We value their commitment to our properties and appreciate all they have done to contribute to our accomplishments. The Chicago market remains a top priority for our firm and we are confident with Steve and Francis on board we have the best team in place for future success.”

Keisha Freeman
Senior Vice President
Asset Management Colony Northstar

Clients:

  • AIG
  • AEW
  • Allstate Corporation
  • Angelo Gordon
  • CBRE Global Investors
  • Colony Realty Partners
  • Equity Commonwealth
  • Equus Partners
  • FCA Partners
  • Fulcrum Asset Advisors
  • GE Capital
  • Hannay Realty Advisors
  • Hines
  • Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance
  • Principal Financial
  • Prudential
  • RREEF
  • Ryan Companies
  • Simon Property Group
  • Tellabs Corporation
  • The Missner Group
  • UBS
  • Wintrust Financial

Education:

  • BA, Marquette University

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