Joel Simmons joined Newmark Knight Frank in 2012, as executive managing director of the Debt and Structured Finance Group. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Simmons served as an executive vice president of Grubb & Ellis Company, a commercial real estate services and investment company. Prior to joining Grubb & Ellis, Mr. Simmons was a senior partner at Cohen Financial Corporation, a national real estate mortgage banking firm.
During his career thus far, Mr. Simmons has been personally responsible for the structuring and placement of over 900 real estate commercial property debt and equity placements, developed many of its correspondent institutional lender relationships of the firms he has been associated with, and has assisted in the creation and growth of each company’s national mortgage banking platforms.
Mr. Simmons is on the Board of Directors of the NYSE traded REIT; Inland Real Estate Corporation (IRC). Mr. Simmons is also a Director of Albany Bank & Trust Co. of Chicago, a Chicago-based bank and Inland Bancorp, Inc. of Oakbrook, Illinois.
Mr. Simmons is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and the ICSC Illinois State Committee and serves as an Executive Board Member of The Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation, one of the nation’s largest private organizations committed to gastrointestinal cancer research.
Mr. Simmons received his B.S. Degree in Finance from Loyola University in Chicago.