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CBRE Adds Property Tax Specialist to Chicago Team

CBRE has hired Philip Penner in its Chicago office as director of property tax services. Penner will help clients achieve optimal property and transaction tax results by providing expert tax strategies while executing property and transaction tax appeals and abatements.

Penner is part of a national expansion in tax Property & Transaction Tax Services for CBRE-Valuation & Advisory Services. His tax appeal and incentive services apply to any property type.

For the past three years, Penner served as the first assistant commissioner at the Cook County Board of Review. He brings more than 30 years’ experience in real estate valuation and tax assessment experience to the position.

“Phil brings an exciting combination of talents to this role,” said Mark Whitney, national director for CBRE’s Property & Transaction Tax Services. “His deep knowledge of local tax statutes, industry relationships, and strong financial background will be a tremendous asset to clients.”

Pictured: Philip Penner.

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