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John "Fordy" Gates has joined Hines as a director, with a focus on industrial real estate investment in the Central U.S.

Hines Taps John “Fordy” Gates for Industrial Investments 

Hines has expanded its Midwest industrial team with the appointment of John “Fordy” Gates as director. In his new role, Gates will focus on industrial investment opportunities in the Central U.S. market to meet the growing demand. 

“We are very bullish on our continued expansion of industrial investment opportunities in the Midwest and Fordy is a vital addition to that,” said Will Renner, managing director of Hines. “With his demonstrated expertise, Fordy will help elevate our industrial acquisitions and development platform.” 

Before joining Hines, Gates served as a VP at Brennan Investment Group. He was responsible for all leasing and operation functions for properties in the Chicago and Midwest markets. Gates’ past roles also include time at JLL as a head research analyst for the Midtown South office sector in New York City and the industrial investment sales group in Chicago. 

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