Member Highlight: Daniel Arends

Daniel Arends

How long have you been a member of COLBA?

Probably around 10 years.

What do you appreciate most about COLBA membership?

The camaraderie and knowledge sharing.

Tell us about your CRE background:

I have been focused on representing tenants in the Metropolitan Chicago market for over 25 years.  Throughout my career, I have completed more than 1,500 assignments totaling over 14 million square feet.  I have been with Colliers International over the last 15 years and have loved every second of it.

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

Keep your head down, stay focused on what you know/do best and be 100% committed to your clients goals and objectives.

What do you expect to see in the CRE market for 2016?

I expect the market to reach an inflection point in the next 6-9 months and become more tenant friendly with rates starting to drop as concessions continue to remain.

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

Continue to strengthen the perception of the services the real estate community provides our clients.

What are some of your philanthropic associations?

Hephzibah, Children’s Home + Aid, Son Servants.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Anything to do with sports or competition.

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

Professional Athlete, sports agent.

Most folks don’t know that I am…

They know everything if they take the time to know me because I am open book, but my greatest pride is my three awesome children who I love with every bone in my body.