Meredith Bell Frese is a Vice President in the Advisory & Transaction Services practice at CBRE. In this role, Meredith provides global portfolio strategy, consulting, scenario analysis, and real estate negotiations and execution. Her focus is on ensuring alignment between business objectives and real estate strategy, utilizing her background in Workplace Strategy Consulting to imagine new opportunities to reduce cost and better optimize real estate for her clients.
She has impacted over one million square feet of office space for clients by developing and implementing strategies to improve the workplace experience. Notably, Meredith led the strategy development for Bridgestone’s new 500,000-square-foot headquarters; Motorola Solution’s new 204,000 square-foot headquarters relocation to downtown Chicago; and BazaarVoice’s new 140,000 square-foot build-to-suit headquarters in Austin, TX.
Meredith also has significant experience in change management. She has led projects for CBRE’s own workplace program, Workplace 360 – a global initiative that is transforming the way CBRE employees work where over 90 percent of employees now feel more productive and engaged.
While based in New York, Meredith managed leasing transactions for an 11 million square-foot portfolio for the City of New York. Meredith began her career at CBRE in the Wheel Program – a highly competitive 18-month rotational assignment program designed to give a select group of young professionals a well-rounded foundation in the commercial real estate industry.
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Professional Affiliations / Accreditations
- CBRE Women’s Network - Chicago Chapter Chair
- Chicago Ideas Week CoOp – Member
- Erie Elementary Charter School – Board Member
- Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association – Member
- University of Wisconsin; Bachelor of Business Administration in Real Estate and Urban Land Economics and Marketing
- Bridgestone | Nashville, TN | 500,000 SF
- United Airlines | Houston, TX | 240,000 SF
- Motorola Solutions | Chicago, IL | 204,000 SF
- BazaarVoice | Austin, TX | 140,000 SF
- Teachers Retirement System of Texas | Austin, TX | 198,000 SF
- State of Illinois | Chicago, IL | 400,000 SF
- Marriott International Inc. | Portfolio Client | 2,000,000 SF
- Change Healthcare | Portfolio Client | 3,000,000 SF
- Morningstar, Inc. | Portfolio Client | 780,000 SF
- American Express - Global Business Travel | Portfolio Client | 750,000 SF
- United Airlines
- Motorola Solutions
- Teachers Retirement System of Texas
- State of Illinois
- Marriott International, Inc.
- Change Healthcare
- Morningstar, Inc.
- American Express - Global Business Travel
- Booz Allen Hamilton
- Grant Thornton
- Union Bank
- BMO Harris Bank
- Fiduciary Trust/Franklin Templeton
- Horizon Pharmaceuticals
- Henry Ford Health System