|Stephen Simsic joined U.S. Equities’ Advisory Services Group in 2000 where he has completed transactions or advisory assignments on over $500 million of real estate.
As a key member of the Advisory Services Group, Simsic is an integral part of the firm’s most complex, challenging, and prestigious assignments. With a focus on creating real estate strategies and transactions that forward the goals of the firm’s clients, he has successfully led the transaction or managed the day-to-day initiatives for the following major projects: the City of Chicago’s sale of Block 37, a 2.7 acre site in the heart of Chicago’s Loop district; Cook County’s purchase of a 260,000 square foot warehouse for a new records center; YMCA of the USA’s 80,000 square feet lease at 101 North Wacker Drive; the Poetry Foundation’s purchase of a development site for its award winning Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute; Columbia College Chicago’s master lease of 750 student housing beds at the Dwight Building; and the Erikson Institute’s relocation to a 75,000 square foot commercial condominium space at 111 West Illinois Street. He is currently the strategy lead for the firm’s comprehensive assignment to assess Cook County’s 18 million square foot facilities portfolio.
Simsic’s prior professional experience includes JCDecaux, the world’s largest bus shelter advertising company, where he promoted and developed a comprehensive street furniture program that led to a $300 million bus shelter contract with the City of Chicago. As director of urban planning for the Magnificent Mile Association, he was responsible for all matters of zoning, design and public policy. Previously, he was a consultant for the City of Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development.
Simsic holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from DePauw University and an M.B.A. in Finance, Accounting, and Strategy from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He has also completed two years of masters-level coursework in urban planning.