Martin Stern
Executive Vice President and Managing Director

As a partner at U.S. Equities Realty, Martin Stern heads the Real Estate Advisory Services Group, and is involved in key development and transaction assignments. The group assists municipalities, institutions, and not-for-profits as well as corporations, developers and owners, creating viable real estate strategies and following through on their implementation. Stern uses his background in corporate real estate, development, negotiations and finance to analyze situations from multiple perspectives and structure transactions that achieve the goals of all parties. Among his recent clients are the City of Chicago, Chicago Mercantile Exchange Trust, Publicis Groupe S.A., Crate and Barrel, Columbia College Chicago, the YMCA of the USA, the Chicago Board of Education, Children's Memorial Hospital and Sinai Health System.

Prior to joining U.S. Equities in 1988, Stern was a development officer for Rubloff, Inc. and Vice President for Finance and Special Projects at Tishman Realty Corp., serving as the principal development officer and regional financial officer for the firm's Chicago and Los Angeles branches. Among his developments were office buildings in West Los Angeles and suburban San Francisco and the Westin River North (formerly Hotel Nikko Chicago).

Stern began his business career in 1969 with Amoco Corporation where he held a series of finance and real estate positions. As head of finance and administrative functions for Amoco Realty Co., he developed, analyzed, financed and monitored all capital investment proposals. By the early 1980s, Stern was responsible for determining Amoco's short- and long-term corporate space needs, as well as for major lease negotiations.

Long active in community affairs, Stern helped to establish Amoco Neighborhood Development Corp., and conceived and implemented, in partnership with RESCORP, the Northpoint neighborhood revitalization in Chicago's Rogers Park community, a public/private partnership that received the 1988 Urban Land Institute's Award for Excellence for Rehabilitation.

Stern received a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering and operations research from Cornell University, and an MBA in finance from the University of Chicago. He has been honored by the Chicago Urban League Development Corporation with its "Beautiful People" award, by the Urban Land Institute with its Award for Excellence and most recently by the Chicago chapter of Lambda Alpha with its Lifetime Achievement Award for Community Service.

Chicago Loop Alliance
(formerly the Greater State Street Council)
Executive Committee
Past Vice Chairman
Past Chairman, Marketing Committee
Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards Co-Chairman, 1996 and 1997
Chicago Urban League Development Corporation Chairman, Board of Directors
Cornell Real Estate Council Member
Cornell Program in Real Estate Advisory Board
Lambda Alpha International Member
Metropolitan Planning Council Governor; Member, Regional Planning & Investment Committee
Near South Planning Board Director; Past Chairman, 1999-2002
Urban Land Institute-International Member; Program Committee; Past Chairman, Urban Development/Mixed-Use Council
Urban Land Institute-Chicago Member; Program Committee