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Thea Button

Account Platform Manager
Cushman & Wakefield

As an Account Platform Manager, Thea Button works with Cushman & Wakefield’s (C&W) transaction management professionals and their client partners to develop transaction management tools and processes to drive effective and efficient transactions throughout client portfolios. She also identifies, creates and/or implements best practices and educational opportunities across the C&W Transaction Management Platform and guides transaction management client transitions and transformations.

In 2011, Thea began her career at C&W in Brokerage Services in New York City and moved to the Global Occupier Services’ (GOS) Transaction Management team in 2012. In GOS, Thea has been involved with client accounts both nationally and internationally across industries as diverse as Financial and Professional Services, Pharmaceuticals, and Telecommunications. Most recently, she has focused on the Transaction Management Platform to implement platform improvements and best practices across the Americas.

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Thea Button

Thea Button

Account Platform Manager

Cushman & Wakefield

@theabutton

Panelists

Deena Zimmerman

Vice President
SVN Chicago Commercial

Deena is an award-winning broker who has worked in the real estate industry since 2004. Deena has a focused interest in tenant representation and specializes in finding high quality sites throughout Chicagoland and surrounding areas for national operators, franchisees, and first-time entrepreneurs.

Deena began her career as a top-producing agent focusing on property leasing and sales at The Lord Companies, after which she joined Helios Commercial Realty until they joined forces with Jameson Commercial in 2010. Prior to her transition into commercial brokerage, she worked for a real estate trade publication, forming close relationships with downtown developers, banks, and brokerages.

Deena’s brings a consistent, positive, and update attitude with an honest and straightforward approach to each and every assignment. Her skills in negotiating and her attention to detail have proven to be invaluable to all parties in a transaction. She understands what it takes to get the transaction done with extensive experience representing both landlords and tenants.

Deena’s commitment to her clients is unmatched, and she believes relationship building is key to her success, and that of her clients.

In addition to her work with Jameson Commercial Real Estate, Deena has built an extensive network of contacts with her involvement in several organizations on both the local and national levels. Deena most recently served as Chair of Illinois Young Professionals Network (YPN), which lead to the National Network of the Year award. She is also the current chair of the Illinois Association of Realtors Commercial, Industrial, Investment committee and was honored by IAR in 2013 with the Outstand Service Award.

Deena is a member of the 2014 class of the National Association of Realtors Leadership Academy, she is also an advisory member of Realtors to the Rescue and a member of the National Association of Realtors Finance Committee. She was 2010-2011 President of the Chicago Chapter of the Women's Council of Realtors and was named their member of the year in 2012. Deena is also a mentor for the Goldie B. Wolfe Miller Women Leaders in Real Estate Initiative through Roosevelt University.
She was also honored by Chicago Agent Magazine in July 2012 as one of 50 Chicago Powerhouses in their annual “Who’s Who” issue and was chosen as the only female commercial agent. She is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the recipient of the 2012 National Association of Realtors National Commercial Award.

She is also honored and proud to have received the 2012 Realtor Achievement award by the Chicago Association of Realtors, of which she is also a member of their Board of Directors.

Deena earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The University of Minnesota in 1997.

 

 

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Deena Zimmerman

Deena Zimmerman

Vice President

SVN Chicago Commercial

@svnchicago

Alaina McVey

Senior Manager, Global Real Estate Advisory Services
NOI Strategies

Alaina McVey, is a Senior Manager in Global Real Estate Advisory for NOI Strategies, A Division of CohnReznick. Alaina has over twelve years of commercial real estate industry experience with over six years of focused technology and business process management consulting expertise. She partners with real estate companies to optimize business processes and align them with world-class technology platforms. Alaina is responsible for the creation and delivery of strategic roadmaps for many of NOI’s clients, as well as developing data driven system selections, investment management process improvements and data management strategies.

Before joining NOI Strategies, Alaina was an Assistant Vice President at Harrison Street Real Estate Capital. At Harrison Street, she was responsible for assessing process improvement needs for HSRE and HSRE real estate operating partners. Within the acquisitions group of Harrison Street, she was responsible for sourcing, analyzing and closing over $400 million of transactions.

Alaina also has debt side transaction experience through working at RBS Greenwich Capital and LaSalle bank as a commercial real estate lender for fixed and floating rate loans.

Additionally, she earned a B.A. degree in Finance from Michigan State University and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.

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Alaina McVey

Alaina McVey

Senior Manager, Global Real Estate Advisory Services

NOI Strategies

@noistrategies

Beth Linn

Principal
Wrightwood Financial

Beth Linn is the Principal of Wrightwood Financial. Beth was most recently an Investment Manager with Equity Group Investments, Sam Zell’s privately held investment firm. Beth’s experience includes roles with Helix Funds and LaSalle Investment Management. She began her career at Prudential Financial and Capital One Financial.

Beth holds an M.B.A. from University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Beth Linn

Beth Linn

Principal

Wrightwood Financial

@bethalinn

Robert (Bucky) Beeman

Commercial Agent
Realty Growth Inc.

Bucky Beeman is a forward thinking Commercial Real Estate agent! He loves social media and how you can apply it to a generally old school industry. Very quickly he has built a name for himself in the local market with a growing team of commercial real estate advisors. After working social for the last 2 years consistently everyday he is now seeing lots of opportunities to pop up due to his passion for content creation.

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Robert (Bucky) Beeman

Robert (Bucky) Beeman

Commercial Agent

Realty Growth Inc.

@buckybeeman

@buckybeeman

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