Member Highlight: Cal Wessman

Cal Wessman

How long have you been a member of COLBA?

About 15 years.

What do you appreciate most about COLBA membership?

Monthly events with great guests & speakers; Also, a strong group of members who are leaders in Chicago commercial real estate.

Tell us about your CRE background:

I’ve been at CBRE my entire career. Started out of undergrad in our market research department then became a tenant rep broker.

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

Have a strong work ethic, be persistent and be creative.

What do you expect to see in the CRE market for 2017?

In the office space world, I expect the market to soften. There is a tremendous amount of shadow vacancy that is beginning to impact conditions downtown.

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

Provide good ideas for COLBA events that will be well-attended and appreciated by our membership.

What are some of your philanthropic associations?

I’m an emeritus on the Board of Directors of The Center For Enriched Living in Riverwoods. It’s a great organization and a great cause.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Sports, travel, play guitar.

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

Something finance-related. I like numbers.

Most folks don’t know that I am…

Born in Memphis, Tennessee.