B.Sc (Hons), MSRE
Senior Vice President
License # 475.137071
Brent Jacob, a senior vice president in Colliers International’s Suburban Office Advisory group, brings to the firm more than fourteen years of brokerage experience. With a geographic focus on the east-west and northwest suburbs of Chicago, Brent continues to grow the suburban office leasing and tenant representation platform.
Prior to joining Colliers, Brent was a portfolio leasing manager for John Hancock Real Estate, a subsidiary of Manulife Financial. He was responsible for the leasing and asset management of the Midwest Region portfolio, which included 24 properties totaling more than 7.2 million square feet of Class A industrial, office, and multi-family/retail. During his career, Brent has successfully negotiated, and secured leases totaling more than 4 million square feet and valued at more than $500 million.
Brent previously worked with Colliers Chicago’s Office Advisory Group from 2011-2015. He also gained experience in the tenant representation services group at Grubb & Ellis and Investment Services Group at NAI Hiffman.
Brent earned a master’s degree in real estate from Georgetown University and holds a bachelor of science in real estate from DePaul University. He is a licensed real estate broker in Illinois, CCIM Institute candidate member, and a member of both COLBA and NAIOP
In 2019, Brent was a nominated finalist for the NAIOP Chicago Annual Awards for Excellence - Suburban Office Transaction of the Year.
In 2022, Brent and his team were nominated finalists at the Chicago Commercial Real Estate Awards for Office Property Representative of the Year.
- Real Estate Brokers License, Illinois
- BS, Real Estate Finance, DePaul University
- MS, Real Estate, Georgetown Univeristy
Memberships & Involvements
- John Hancock Life Insurance
- Highland Management
- Napleton Real Estate
- CenterCore Properties
- Independent Advisors LLC
- Jacob & Hefner Associates
- Ameribanc National LTD.
- Sovereign Partners
- Capin Crouse
- Group Fox Properties
- Patriot Equities
- HR Green
- Middleton Partners
- GW Properties
- Farbman Group
- Retail Properties of America Inc (RPAI)
Chicago - Rosemont
Partnering with Principals Steve Kling, Francis Prock, Jason Simon and Darryl Silverman, I specialize in the leasing and sales of suburban Chicago office properties. As part of the property marketing team, I canvass commercial properties in areas that feed the markets in which my clients' buildings are located. Through this effort I am involved in the maintenance of an extensive database of market intelligence, from both the tenant and building ownership perspective.
In the past 10 years, I have been involved in more than 500 transactions. These transactions cover a variety of experience in the representation of property owners. In the past 30 months, I’ve been involved in 26 office transactions greater than 50,000 square feet.
20 year real estate veteran.
Prior to joining Colliers International, I spent three years at Grubb & Ellis Company.
Chicago - Rosemont
Numerous leading office building owners and developers in Suburban Chicago rely on my extensive market knowledge and expertise to develop and execute their strategic marketing plans. I have specialized in office leasing since 1998 and, along with my partner Steve Kling, have completed approximately 3,500 real estate transactions for a total value of $8 billion.
My experience includes representing entrepreneurial owners and developer clients such as Hines, CBRE Global Investors, Equus Partners and Highland Management to the publicly traded Equity Commonwealth REIT and the institutional ownership of Colony Realty Trust, AEW, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, Principal Financial, Prudential, RREEF, GE Capital and Allstate. My ultimate goal for my clients is to maximize the value for the asset and service the client.
I became a principal of Colliers International | Chicago in 2007 and share oversight of the Suburban Office Advisory Group.
Prior to joining Colliers in 2003, I spent 10 years at Grubb & Ellis Company and six years working with owner-developer William A. Rogers, Inc., gaining experience and market knowledge representing both landlords and tenants.