Savills Studley Promotes Robert Sevim and Eric Feinberg to Co-Heads of Chicago Office

04 December 2014

Savills Studley, the leading commercial real estate services firm, announces two promotions in Chicago in order to support the expansion of its capabilities and recruitment of top talent in the region’s thriving commercial real estate market.

Robert Sevim will be promoted to Executive Vice President and Co-Head of the Chicago office along with Eric Feinberg, who will be promoted to Senior Vice President. John Goodman, Joe Learner and Rick Schuham, each Executive Vice President, will continue to serve on the Chicago Region Management Committee.

“As Savills Studley experiences unprecedented growth under our enhanced global platform, it is critical for us to attract the top talent in the industry, enhance our collaborative environment, and, importantly, to acknowledge and advance the emerging leaders in our firm who have proven themselves through dedication and outstanding client service,” says Savills Studley President, Michael Colacino. “Our current leadership in Chicago has successfully served and grown our business in this key market for the past 20 years, and has groomed a new generation of leaders to build upon the values and collaborative culture of our firm.”

In addition to their current brokerage and consulting roles, Feinberg and Sevim will take over the ongoing management responsibilities as Co-Heads of the Chicago office and will be members of the Chicago Region Management Committee. Goodman, Learner and Schuham will continue to focus on regional strategy, and spend more time on client service and business development activities.

“As devoted members of the firm’s Chicago office for the past two decades, Joe, Rick and I have considered the optimal strategy and vision that will move the office in the most effective direction for the foreseeable future,” says Goodman. “Together, we have decided that it’s time to recognize two of our amazing partners that have the client service excellence and leadership talent to manage our dynamic office. We are thrilled to see Robert and Eric take charge and build upon our platform.”

Robert Sevim

Sevim, 39, has been with Savills Studley for ten years and is consistently amongst the top producing brokers for the entire firm. As a leader in the commercial real estate industry focused on tenant representation in the Chicago market and nationally, Sevim has executed over ten million square feet of transactions valued at more than $7.5 billion. With a high profile client roster including numerous Fortune 500 companies, Sevim is admired for his steadfast advocacy on behalf of his clients, while enabling them to remain profitable and flexible through shifting business climates. In addition, Sevim has played an active role in the operations, recruitment, training & development, research and marketing initiatives for the Chicago office for several years. He has received many accolades for his noteworthy client assignments, including becoming one of the youngest recipients ever of the esteemed Crain’s “Chicago Office Broker of the Year” in 2012 with his partner, Joe Learner. In 2013 and 2014, Sevim received The National Association of Office and Industrial Professionals (NAIOP)’s “Chicago Office Development of the Year” and Crain’s “Chicago Build to Suit Project of the Year,” becoming the only person to win in that same category for two consecutive years. Sevim has also previously been selected as one of the National Real Estate Journal’s most distinguished real estate professionals in the country under the age of 35.

“As Savills Studley continues to grow domestically and in the global arena, Chicago remains a critical market for us to foster and expand. Eric and I are excited and energized to work together as Co-Heads in Chicago and look forward to adding a fresh perspective to the already established success of the office,” says Sevim.

Eric Feinberg

Feinberg, 41, has served in Savills Studley’s Chicago office for over 12 years, executing over six million square feet of transactions domestically and internationally valued at over $6 billion. With an extensive consulting background and financial structuring expertise, he specializes in tackling complicated projects and developing real estate and financial strategies that enable his clients to align their real estate goals to their core organizational objectives. Feinberg has managed the relationships and transacted with several of the firm’s most noteworthy clients on many of the most significant real estate transactions in the country. He has been associated with multiple award winning transactions and was a member of the winning teams for the prestigious Crain’s “Chicago Office Broker of the Year” in 2002, 2007 and 2011.

According to Feinberg, “Robert and I are thrilled to join the prestigious ranks of leadership at Savills Studley. We are honored to have been selected to represent the next generation of our firm.”

Savills Studley in Chicago

Studley (now Savills Studley) opened its Chicago office in 1963. With over 50 years of experience in the Chicago market, the firm is proud to boast its consistent success in the commercial real estate sector, specifically in tenant representation, but also the loyalty from their long-term employees and clients and a continued, tireless commitment to community service. Goodman, Learner and Schuham, each with the firm for over 25 years, have played a key role in sustaining the firm’s reputation as a leading advisor, broker and business partner. Within the past 10 years alone, they have led the office in executing approximately 3,000 transactions and other projects resulting in over 65 million square feet of space.

Learner, who is on Savills Studley’s Board of Directors, states, “This transition comes at a critical time and with great opportunity for all of us, as Savills is very committed to growing our presence in Chicago. John, Rick and I look forward to shifting our efforts more heavily to corporate strategy, client service, business development and the recruitment of top talent in office tenant representation, industrial services, capital markets and project management.”

Schuham, who also serves on Savills Studley’s Board of Directors, adds “We are excited about the continued collaboration amongst our professionals and staff, and the transition of Chicago management to our next generation. It is clear that Robert and Eric’s thought leadership will ensure that Savills Studley continues as a leader in the commercial real estate community and sustains its unique culture through recruiting one-of-a-kind employees and generously giving back to the community.”


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