President’s Letter – 2017

December 13, 2016

Dear COLBA Members,

As we close out 2016 and look toward 2017, we want to thank you on behalf of the entire
COLBA Board for helping to make COLBA the top real estate organization in Chicago. We have more than 200 members who are among the leaders in today’s marketplace. In reflection, we had a successful 2016 with many wonderful events including Tom Ricketts Owner of the CUBS—The World Series Champions, The Master Plan featuring David Reifman, The Golf Outing, Tenant vs. Landlord, Election Countdown and the Medium—Thomas John!

We are already looking forward to the great plans for next year, starting with the Kickoff to COLBA Event on January 19 at 4PM–featuring Pat Hughes, renowned sports commentator for the Cubs. This event will take place at 200 West Madison and will be filled with COCKTAILS, CUBS and CREATIVE CUISINE. By paying your dues before the end of the year, you will be eligible of having more chances to win the raffle drawings.

Also, the always popular Annual Golf Outing at Sunset Ridge Country Club, will be held on Monday, June 26, 2017. Reserve that date now! Early dues payment also helps to get a spot at this SOLD OUT Event!

Please remember to pay your 2017 Membership Renewal Dues. The dues for 2017 will remain $300.00, the same as they have for the last ten years. You can pay your dues online at, under the ‘Join COLBA’ link.

The COLBA Board is committed to maintaining and strengthening the organization’s focus on relevant issues and topics affecting the commercial real estate office leasing market and industry. COLBA is also committed to giving back by supporting several charities. Please contact any of the Board Members or Audrey Lakin, Executive Director, if you have any recommendations for events, sponsors or potential new members.

Have a wonderful Holiday Season and Happy New Year!

Cal Wessman

Cal Wessman – COLBA President Elect 2017