Principal - Vanderbilt
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Principal – Vanderbilt
John Dempsey serves as the Principal of CA Office/Vanderbilt.
Previously, John served for 24 years with CBRE, the world’s largest commercial real estate firm. As a Senior Vice President with CBRE, John focused exclusively on creating value for his clients by strategically re-positioning non-traditional and/or under-utilized office assets. His many clients have included Vornado Realty Trust, The Irvine Company, Shorenstein Realty Services, Joseph P. Kennedy Enterprises, NYSTERS and AEW.
As the dominant office representative in the second largest commercial market, John personally led to the execution of over 15 million square feet of office leasing representing over $3 billion in leasehold value, which included the 604,000 rsf relocation of Motorola Mobility to the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. John has received several prestigious industry awards including “Crain’s 40 under 40,” Crain’s Chicago Business Ownership Representative of the Year, NAIOP’s Annual Award for Excellence-Office Transaction of the Year, and CBRE’s Colbert Coldwell Circle award as a top producer in the company.
John is a graduate of John Carroll University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance.
Principal – Vanderbilt
Bob Gillespie is Principal of Vanderbilt, the firm’s office investment arm. He leads the firm’s efforts to maximize the value of and returns on investment properties for CA Office and its equity partners.
With nearly 30 years of commercial real estate experience, Bob identifies investment markets and property opportunities, manages investor relations and equity partner relationships, oversees marketing and leasing strategy, and provides operational implementation and oversight for CA Ventures and CA Office. Prior to joining CA, Bob worked at CBRE, Inc., for 26 years, where he oversaw CBRE’s downtown Chicago leasing portfolio and earned a reputation as one of the industry’s most prolific office leasing transactors, representing clients like Vornado Realty Trust, Blackstone Real Estate Partners, Behringer Harvard, The Alter Group, CBRE Investors and JP Morgan Chase.
Mr. Gillespie is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing. He is a longstanding supporter of the Greater Chicago Food Depository and the growth of its Real Estate Awards Dinner, which raises over $1 million annually.