Member Highlight: Andrea Saewitz

How long have you been a member of COLBA?

15 years.

What do you appreciate most about COLBA membership?

I like the camaraderie of communicating with other real estate professionals in a different, more collaborative setting.

Tell us about your CRE background: 

I just got lucky to be introduced to this business in 1981 and worked for the first 16 years for Metropolitan Structures, the developer of Illinois Center. That was in the day when owners held onto buildings for a long-term. When the market changed and buildings we “flipped” after a few year hold, I was fortunate enough to have had the opportunities to work with some marvelous people at Tishman Speyer, Cushman & Wakefield, Prentiss Properties, Shorentein and now JF McKinney/Cushman & Wakefield (again).

What is your advice for young brokers starting out in the industry? 

You really need to have stamina and a long-term vision in this business. You need to stay focused, work hard and make the commitment to be successful. Good things will come.

What do you expect to see in the CRE market for 2015?

We should continue to see suburban tenants looking for space in the CBD, a continuation of tech firms looking for space and the rightsizing of law firms.

What do you hope to accomplish as a COLBA Board Member? 

As a board we hope that COLBA can continue to bring people together to learn, develop both personal and professional skills and just have a good time together.

What are some of your philanthropic associations? 

Alzheimer Association, Cystic Fibrosis, Goldie Miller Wolfe Foundation Scholars.

What do you like to do in your free time? 

I like to hang out with my husband and kids, exercise, cook, knit/needlepoint, visit resale/vintage stores and shop at TJMaxx

If you weren’t in Real Estate what would you like to be doing…

Probably a life coach or some sort of teaching activities.

Most folks don’t know that I am…

competed in synchronized swimming in high school and college.