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Geoffrey M. Kasselman SIOR, LEED AP

Executive Managing Director, National Industrial Practice

Chairman, Newmark Knight Frank Industrial Leadership Council (ILC)

Geoffrey M. Kasselman serves as an executive managing director in Newmark Knight Frank's Chicago office, where he leads the company's North American Industrial Practice. In this capacity, he guides the direction and expansion of the firm's industrial brokerage capabilities across North America, including supporting various data center projects and promoting the benefits of sustainability, technology and innovation for the sector. Throughout the course of his distinguished career, Mr. Kasselman has represented a variety of space users and owners both locally and nationwide. Currently, he focuses on providing strategic solutions such as deal restructuring, portfolio analyses and operational and energy efficiency. Utilizing a creative approach, Mr. Kasselman has gained a wealth of expertise and experience, completing sale-leasebacks, controlled sales, 1031 Exchanges, numerous build-to-suits and municipal assisted financings, as well as other traditional consulting assignments, and deal structures.

Prior to joining NKF in 2014, Mr. Kasselman served as the founder and CEO of Op2mize, a commercial real estate firm that bundled real estate services with best practices in energy efficiency and technology. He previously worked at Studley, founding its Industrial Services Group and helping to launch its Governmental Incentives consulting practice. Mr. Kasselman began his career at Insignia/FC&S, leaving as a senior executive after 10 years.

Among other professional credentials, Mr. Kasselman holds the SIOR and LEED AP designations and was recently elected as the SIOR president-elect, to serve as president beginning in the fall of 2016. During a career spanning more than 28 years, he has completed more than 1,000 projects with an aggregate value of over $1 billion and has received numerous industry awards and distinctions from organizations such as the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Association of Realtors, Illinois Real Estate Journal, NAIOP, Realcomm and SIOR. Mr. Kasselman is also an accomplished author and nationally recognized public speaker on a range of topics at the intersection of corporate real estate and technology.

Mr. Kasselman's clients have included prominent users such as Charles Schwab, Cardinal Health, DHL, Marriott, PepsiAmericas, Rheem and Tootsie Roll, and institutional owners such as CenterPoint Properties, Digital Realty, IDI, Liberty Property Trust, New York Life Insurance, Overseas Capital Corp., Principal Life Insurance, Prologis, UBS Asset Management and UPS Properties, among many others.

PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS:

  • CoStar Power Broker, 2014
  • Digie Award (on behalf of SIOR), Realcomm, 2013
  • Platinum Award for Gross Sales Volume, Chicago Association of Realtors/CommercialForum, 2010
  • Platinum Award for Gross Lease Square Footage, Chicago Association of Realtors/CommercialForum, 2010
  • Excellence Award, Illinois Real Estate Journal, 2010
  • Gold Honors Award, Chicago Association of Realtors/CommercialForum, 2008
  • Largest Dollar Volume Industrial Transaction, SIOR Chicago, 2008
  • Most Creative Transaction of the Year, SIOR Chicago, 2003
  • Finalist, Industrial Broker of the Year, Chicago Sun-Times, 1996
  • Five-time finalist, Transaction of the Year, NAIOP Chicago
  • Top 35 People to Watch, Realcomm Advisory (five times)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS: 

  • Chairman, Industrial Leadership Council (ILC), Newmark Knight Frank
  • Energy Star Partner, U.S. Department of Energy/Environmental Protection Agency
  • Green Lease Leaders Committee, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Sustainability board of advisors, National Real Estate Investor
  • Advisory board, The Pancreatic Cancer Center at the University of Michigan
  • Technology advisory council, Realcomm and IBcon
  • Member, National Association of REALTORS® (NAR)
  • Member, Northern Illinois Commercial Association of REALTORS® (NICAR)
  • Member, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
  • Member, NAIOP; planning committee, I.Con '16 conference
  • Member and past president, Association of Industrial Real Estate Brokers (AIRE)
  • Member, budget and finance committee, Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) Global; former speaker, Council of Chapter Presidents (COPS); former executive committee/board member; former chair, digital media and communications committee
  • Member and past president, SIOR Chicago
  • Former executive committee member and founding board member, Small Business Advisory Council (SBAC)
  • Former advisory board member, ParkingCarma
  • Former registered partner, Cisco Systems

 Mr. Kasselman graduated from the University of Michigan and remains active in its alumni association, previously serving as an executive board member.

Geoffrey M. Kasselman SIOR, LEED AP
Geoffrey M. Kasselman SIOR, LEED AP
Executive Managing Director, National Industrial Practice
Newmark Knight Frank
8750 West Bryn Mawr Avenue
Suite 350
Chicago, IL 60631
United States
T  773.957.1426


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Areas of Specialization
  • Industrial
  • Data Center/Mission Critical
  • Operational Efficiency
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Energy Procurement
  • Technology and Innovation
  • Global Portfolio Management

Years of Experience
28 years