Alex Frei, Senior Vice President in the Advisory & Transaction Services Practice, is responsible for translating clients' business objectives into smart, executable real estate strategies. He is a member of the Location Incentives group and focuses on all aspects of site selection with an emphasis on the identification, negotiation, documentation, and administration of state and local government incentives. Alex is a big-picture thinker who adds value through his multicultural experience, deep expertise in real estate brokerage, and perceptive insights on the relocation decision. He is widely recognized by the major economic development agencies as one of the top site selectors and incentives negotiators in the United States.
Having negotiated over $2 billion in state and local incentives packages for his clients, Alex knows what it takes to service high-stakes clients, handle complex negotiations, and maximize outcomes for his clients. Leveraging his background in engineering and sales, Alex brings meticulous attention to detail to each project, delivering results across a broad spectrum of industries. Known for his objective, problem-solving approach, he excels in identifying pain points, understanding the key site selection criteria and incentives opportunities, preparing the most relevant business case for state and local agencies, and minimizing the financial burden that can accompany change.
By virtue of his living and working in the U.S., Germany, and Mexico, Alex has shaped a global mindset, sharpened his communication skills, and experienced a great deal of personal growth that fuels his creativity and effectiveness in business. He expands his thought leadership through his writing, having authored numerous articles in trade journals, and through media contribution, having been referenced in the WSJ, Forbes, CNBC, MSNBC, and CNN. Alex is also a sought-after speaker and panelist at industry conferences on site selection and tax credits and incentives best practices and its impact on the site selection process. He is fluent in German, Spanish, and English.
Prior to joining CBRE in 2018, Alex was a Senior Managing Director of the Business Incentives Practice at Cushman & Wakefield, and a trusted advisor in the areas
of tax credits and incentives, site selection, and economic development.
Participant in the Program On Negotiation at Harvard Law School
LEED Accredited Professional
Active member of Access Living’s marathon fundraiser committee
Master of Business Administration from Northern Illinois University
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Bradley University
Optimizing footprint decisions and reducing operational costs
Our Location Incentives team helps clients make more informed site selection decisions and reduce costs associated with company expansions, consolidations or relocations by negotiating and securing economic incentives. Our holistic approach to site selection includes location strategy, incentives negotiation and incentives monitoring—mitigating risk and maximizing savings for clients.