Thomas Volini


Executive Vice President | Chicago

About

Professional Summary

As an executive vice president with Colliers International’s Occupier Advisors Group, I help grow the company’s tenant representation platform in the Chicago region while servicing and expanding the strategic national accounts practice group. For more than 20 years I have exclusively represented office tenants in lease negotiations and have completing assignments totaling more than 15 million square feet with financial consideration in excess of $4 billion.

Clients rely on my expertise as a skilled strategist to provide them with in-depth analysis, negotiating expertise, and creative real estate solutions. When advising my clients, I draw upon my broad range of real estate consulting experience, significant corporate board responsibilities and active investment partnership expertise.

Prior to joining Colliers, I spent 10 years as an executive vice president with the office tenant representation services group of Grubb & Ellis, where I specialized in tenant representation in the Chicago region and nationally. I joined Grubb & Ellis after spending six years as vice president for U.S. Equities, where I represented some of the most recognized companies in Chicago. I began my career in real estate as an associate with Tanguay-Burke-Stratton as a tenant representation office broker.

In addition to my long-standing career in commercial real estate, I have a broad range of business experience, including:

  • Serving as vice chairman of Cevaal Insurance until selling my investment position as part of a corporate restructuring at the end of 2013
  • Served on the board of directors for Midwestern Electric until the company was sold at the end of 2013
  • Served on the board of directors for Kansas State Bank until the bank was sold at the end of 2011
  • Served on the executive management committee as a senior equity investor with The Winbury Group until the partnership sold to Colliers International at the end of 2010
  • Founded Baden Capital

 

Accomplishments

  • Finalist, Tenant Office Lease Transaction of the Year, NAIOP (2011, 2013)
  • Colliers' Everest Club (2011-2016)
  • Top 20 Producing Broker in North America, Colliers International (2011-2013)
  • Top 20 Producing Broker/”Circle of Excellence," Grubb & Ellis (2003-2010)
  • Top Producing Broker, U.S. Equities

 

 

 

Services:

  • Brokerage: Tenant Representation

Property Type:

  • Office

Clients:

  • HNTB
  • American Identity/Staples
  • Stinson Morrison Hecker
  • NAVTEQ
  • SPSS
  • Chicago Office Technology Group
  • Chicago Park District
  • HUB Group
  • Bryan Cave
  • AMC Theatres
  • Duff & Phelps
  • Unisys
  • US Bank
  • Sikich
  • UMB Bank
  • Turner Construction
  • VSA Partners
  • Guaranty National Title
  • Transnational Bankcard
  • Cimco Communications
  • Sims Metal Management
  • Matson Integrated Logistics
  • 37 Signals
  • Civiltech Engineering
  • ComEd
  • Illinois Restaurant Association
  • McKissack & McKissack
  • AXIS Reinsurance Company
  • Konica Minolta
  • Gibson Electric & Tech Solutions
  • Aries Capital
  • Sullivan, Goulette & Wilson Architects
  • Energy Distrubtion Partners

Education:

  • MBA Essentials program, University of Kansas
  • BA, English, University of Kansas

Memberships & Involvements:

  • Board of Directors, Real Estate Investment Association (REIA)
  • Member, The Economic Club of Chicago
  • Member, The Chicago Club
  • Former member of Governing Board, Rainbows International
  • Heroes Breakfast Planning Committee, American Red Cross of Greater Chicago
  • Chicago Architecture Foundation

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