Michael Tobin is a Managing Director in the CBRE Development Management Services Group, joining the firm after the 2014 acquisition of U.S. Equities Realty.
A 38-year veteran of Chicago’s real estate industry, Tobin joined U.S. Equities in 2008 as a key member of the Development Group. Charged with creating new development opportunities and directing current projects, Tobin directed MetraMarket, a 200,000 square foot retail and restaurant development in Chicago’s West Loop. Additionally, Tobin managed the 150,000 SF redevelopment of the retail pavilion at Presidential Towers, a two-block 2,400 unit apartment and retail property constructed in the mid-1980’s. His current work includes the development of a 285 room, five star luxury hotel, the redevelopment of the lower levels of a landmark building into a new retail center, and a 165 unit apartment community.
Tobin’s work as the development manager for Centene Plaza in Clayton, Missouri was pivotal; Tobin assisted in the commissioning of many famous artists, including Ned Khan who created the Wind Veil; Liam Gillick who designed the architectural glass canopy.
Before joining U.S. Equities, Tobin was partner in charge of all acquisition and development for Northern Realty Group, Ltd. In his eleven year tenure, Tobin generated more than $325 million in development projects including State Place in Chicago’s South Loop, the conversion of the Chicago’s historic Shubert Theatre Building into the Bank of America Theatre and the Hampton Majestic Theatre District Hotel, and the Deerfield Village Center in Deerfield, Illinois.
Tobin previously served for six years as President and Chief Operating Officer of Central Station Development Corporation, responsible for directing the development of a 100-acre residential and commercial mixed-use community on Chicago’s lakefront. During his tenure, more than $100 million worth of residential projects were completed.
Earlier, Tobin enjoyed eight years as Vice President of Development for Metropolitan Structures, Inc., responsible for directing over $650 million in development, including the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Center, 205 North Michigan Avenue and The Fairmont Hotel, as well as the Los Angeles Intercontinental Hotel.
His experience includes Director of Property Services for Harris Bank, overseeing two million square feet of bank-owned and leased space throughout the United States. In 1975, his career began as Senior Architect in the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.
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