President’s Letter – 2019

December 2018

Dear COLBA Members,

As we close out 2018 and look toward 2019, 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 2018 with many wonderful events including:

  • our kick-off meeting featuring a Transformative Development Panel
  • Greg Hinz educated us about the carnival that is Chicago politics
  • our minds were read by Jonathan Pritchard
  • Mark Bartelstein, Chicago’s number one sports agent, told us everything we need to know about how to “do the deal” and retain clients
  • our sold out and ever-popular sparring match – Tenant vs. Landlord panel

We are already looking forward to great things for 2019, starting with the 2019 KICKOFF to COLBA COCKTAIL PARTY on January 24th at River North Point. February 12th welcomes Chris Voss, the author of “Never Split the Difference –Lessons from a Former Hostage Negotiator”, and back by popular demand is the Legends of Real Estate Panel in early April. Of course, the always popular Annual Golf Outing at Sunset Ridge Country Club will be held on June 24th, so reserve that date now as early dues payment helps to get a spot at this perennially SOLD OUT event. Translation – don’t mess with Kunks!

Please remember to pay your 2019 Membership Dues at your earliest convenience. The dues for 2019 will remain $300.00, the same as they have for the last twelve 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! I am honored and look forward to serve.


Dan Maslauski – COLBA President Elect 2019