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Colliers Adds Chicago VP in Occupier Services Group

Chris Freeman has joined Colliers International | Chicago as a VP in its Occupier Services group. He’ll serve office clients in the Chicago area, with a special focus on tech start-ups.

Freeman (pictured) joins from Element Collective, a hospitality company he founded in 2007 that developed, owned and operated nearly all of its affiliates/subsidiaries. Prior to that, he founded Four Corners, a Chicago-based hospitality group that owns and operates unique local establishments with authentic social experiences.

In addition, Freeman has been an accomplished advertising executive at agencies in Chicago. Among them was DDB Worldwide, where he helped lead national accounts such as State Farm, GE, McDonalds, Budweiser, Emerson and Home Depot.

“Chris brings Colliers decades of experience in business creation, management and growth,” said Jim Carris, market leader for Colliers | Chicago. “We expect that his years inventing and reinventing businesses will contribute to his success here at Colliers.”

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