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Next Generation Honoree: Trammell Crow’s John Carlson Builds on His Experiences

A principal of Trammell Crow Company’s Midwest business unit, John Carlson is responsible for development and acquisition activities in Chicago, the Twin Cities and the Upper Midwest. He has been a part of over $750 million in development activities in the Midwest across multifamily, office, and residential projects, including three NAIOP award-winning developments over the past seven years.

Colleagues say Carlson has demonstrated his great instincts and intuition at a young age for this industry, and that he possesses the ability to develop strong relationships with all members of a project or transaction.

These are just a few of the reasons we chose Carlson 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.

Carlson has found a way to strengthen his experience from every deal he is a part of, and apply those lessons learned to new opportunities. As an example, he was instrumental in the assemblage of three separately-owned parcels in Downers Grove, IL, that served as the basis for Maple & Main, a recently- completed project containing 115 units of luxury market-rate apartments and 4,200 square feet of street-level retail space. The apartments are 85% leased and enjoying the highest rents in suburban Chicago, while the retail space has been leased to two local restaurant operators.


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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 GlobeSt.com 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).

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