New call-to-action
Connect Events

Whether digital or in-person, Connect Events set the stage to bring together relevant content with CRE’s most active players to engage, influence and inform.

Chicago & Midwest CRE News In Your Inbox.

Sign up for Connect emails to stay informed with CRE stories that are 150 words or less.

Sub Markets

Property Sectors


Chicago & Midwest  | 

Next Generation Honoree: JLL’s Joaquin Manriquez is a Leader Amongst His Peers

Joaquin Manriquez is a senior associate with JLL’s retail advisory team in Chicago. Just four years into his career with the firm, he has moved past the early-stage inflection point common in commercial brokerage with his natural gifts of charisma, intelligence and dedication.

Over the past three years, Manriquez has been on a project called Block 37, a five-story enclosed mall in Chicago’s Loop. Given the current fragile and uncertain state of the retail landscape, he began focusing on non-traditional tenants, including co-working firms. After reaching out to 20 such firms, he started a dialogue with a local co-working group, Desk Labs, that sought to expand. Within a year, Block 37 signed a lease with Desk Labs for 29,351 square feet. Manriquez sourced this deal by cold calling and taking it from inception to completion.

That’s just one of the reasons we chose Manriquez to be one of the Chicago 2019 Next Generation Award winners. Connect Media’s third annual Next Generation Awards recognize young leaders in the commercial real estate industry who are likely to be influential for years to come.

Manriquez has become a leader amongst his peers. He demonstrates this by hosting a monthly call for new hires nationwide at JLL, providing career advice. He is also on the Next Generation Board for ICSC organizing industry events. Local to JLL Chicago, he has created a Real Estate 101 class for new team members.

Subscribe to Connect Daily Chicago

For comments, questions or concerns, please contact Paul Bubny


Inside The Story

Meet the Next Generation Award WinnersConnect With JLL’s Manriquez

About Paul Bubny

Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

New call-to-action
New call-to-action
New call-to-action