John A. Latessa, Jr.


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321 N. Clark Street
Suite 3400
Chicago, IL 60654

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As President of Advisory Services in Chicago, John Latessa provides executive oversight of the company’s Chicago office operations and drives its growth strategy for all Advisory Service lines of business, including Advisory & Transaction Services, Investment Sales, Debt & Structured Finance, Property Management, and Valuation & Advisory Services. Prior to his promotion to this position in January 2017, John directly managed the company’s Michigan operations and oversaw its operations in several markets including Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Louisville, St. Louis, and Kansas City.

John has extensive experience in real estate acquisitions, leasing, construction, financing, dispositions and building operations management. Prior to joining CBRE, he was a Principal/Managing Director of JFK Investment Company, L.L.C. and a Project Manager/Director of Marketing with Hines Interest Limited Partnership (“Hines”). His past responsibilities include office, retail, hotel and strategic land and building acquisitions, development, leasing, and new business procurement for the region.

Preceding Hines, John was the manager of corporate real estate for Kelly Services, Inc. and was responsible for a portfolio in excess of six million sq. ft. Additionally, John worked as a broker for Grubb & Ellis specializing in the acquisition, disposition and leasing of office and industrial properties.


  • Wayne State University, Master of Business Administration
  • Michigan State University, Bachelor of Business Administration

Professional Achievements, Affiliations + Accreditations

  • Urban Land Institute, Member
  • International Council of Shopping Centers, Member
  • CoreNet Global, Member, Former Programs Committee Chairman and Current Young Leader Mentor
  • CBRE Americas Strategy Group (ASG), Member-Responsible for direction and strategy for all lines of business of the Americas
  • CBRE M&A Committee Member for the Americas–Responsible for all M&A related activity in the Americas
  • CBRE Asset Services Award-Premier Property Win-Renaissance Center (2011); Asset Services Award-Square Feet Increase (2012)
  • CBRE National Industrial Advisory Board, Member