Chris Connelly is President of Advisory Services for CBRE’s East Region. In this role, he is responsible for the strategic direction and performance of the company’s Advisory Services business lines, including leasing, sales, property management and valuations, in Alabama, Arkansas, Boston, Chicago, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Philadelphia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
With more than 20 years of commercial real estate experience, Mr. Connelly brings a broad range of experience to his leadership roles. Mr. Connelly previously served as Group President, Americas Advisory, with executive oversight for multiple divisions and lines of business in the Americas. Earlier, he served as Global President of CBRE’s Property Management business lines, overseeing the management of more than 2.7 billion square feet of commercial property. He also previously led investor leasing activities globally and in the Americas, served as President of CBRE’s Mountain–Northwest Division, and was the company’s Chicago market leader.
Mr. Connelly joined CBRE in 2004 as Managing Director of the Chicago Suburban Office Brokerage Group. He was promoted to Senior Managing Director in October 2008, where he led the downtown office. In 2011, Mr. Connelly took over responsibilities for the Greater Chicago Region as Executive Managing Director, overseeing the operation in its entirety, which encompassed more than 2,500 professionals throughout Chicago, greater Wisconsin and Minneapolis. He was promoted to Midwest President in October of 2015 and Mountain-Northwest President in January 2017.
Mr. Connelly began his career at LaSalle Partners, specializing in industrial and land brokerage before migrating his practice to the office side of the business. He then had a successful stint as a Senior Vice President and Regional Leasing Director for Jones Lang LaSalle, where he was responsible for their Chicago suburban office business as well as the local market tenant representation business in the Midwest Division. His clients included BP, Morgan Stanley, Northwestern Mutual, Exelon, McShane Companies, OPUS North and Duke Realty, among others.