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Jon Cordell

Senior Managing Director

Jonathon W. Cordell joined Newmark Knight Frank in 2016 as a senior managing director in the Chicago office, where he partners with William Rolander Jr. on core and high-profile office leasing assignments within the city's central business district. Mr. Cordell brings to his position more than 12 years of commercial real estate experience and has completed more than 275 transactions totaling 3.2 million square feet valued at approximately $1.3 billion. His analytical approach paired with underwriting and asset management experience enables him to see more opportunities to add value when considering leasing, acquisition, redevelopment or development opportunities.

Prior to NKF, Mr. Cordell served as a senior vice president at The John Buck Company, where he focused on leasing a 5 million-square-foot office portfolio in the Chicago Business District and expanding key client relationships. Previously, Mr. Cordell was a senior director for leasing at Tishman Speyer Properties, the largest downtown office landlord in Chicago. He was also responsible for repositioning 161 North Clark and One North Franklin, resulting in 95% and 91% occupancy, respectively. Mr. Cordell began his real estate career as an acquisitions analyst at Trizec Properties, a national office REIT.


  • 333 South Wabash: 1.2 million RSF
  • 155 North Wacker Drive: 1.2 million RSF
  • 353 North Clark Street: 1.1 million RSF
  • 161 North Clark Street: 1.1 million RSF
  • 30 North LaSalle Street: 982,576 RSF
  • 222 North LaSalle Street: 960,964 RSF
  • 77 West Wacker Drive: 959,258 RSF
  • The Civic Opera Building: 915,000 RSF
  • 151 North Franklin: 806,000 RSF
  • PNC Center (One North Franklin): 617,592 RSF
  • 33 North LaSalle Street: 402,010 RSF
  • The Rookery (209 South LaSalle): 288,924 RSF


  • Leadership board, Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Member, Chicago Office Leasing Brokers Association (COLBA)
  • Past president, Illini Real Estate Forum
  • Past president, Young Office Brokers Association (YOBA)
  • Licensed real estate broker, state of Illinois

Mr. Cordell earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) with honors from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management with majors in finance, business strategy and real estate. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Jon Cordell
Jon Cordell
Senior Managing Director
500 W Monroe Street
Suite 2900
Chicago, IL 60661
United States
T  312.224.3133

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Areas of Specialization
  • Tenant Representation
  • Landlord Representation

Years of Experience
12 years