George Kohl is the Chief Operating Officer for Sterling Bay, a Chicago-based commercial real estate investment and development firm, which focuses on transforming undervalued properties in emerging locations into high-demand strategic destinations. In this role, he oversees all aspects of the company’s operations, including property management, leasing,construction, engineering, legal and accounting.
Prior to joining Sterling Bay, George was a Senior Managing Director with CBRE and had responsibility for Asset Services in the Central Region. In addition to Chicago, he directed this line of business in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis and Pittsburgh.
George joined CBRE following its merger with Trammell Crow Company. While there, the 30-year industry veteran was tasked with guiding and growing the firm’s presence in the competitive Chicago and Midwest markets. He also, as Managing Director of the firm’s Midwest trade area, oversaw all office and industrial brokerage, property management and project management operations throughout Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Minnesota.
Before that, Mr. Kohl served as Regional Vice President of Leasing at Chicago-based Equity Office Properties Trust. There he was responsible for the firm’s sizable Midwest portfolio which consisted of over 18 MSF of Class A properties in approximately 40 buildings throughout Chicago, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Columbus, Minneapolis and St. Louis.
George has a BA from Wheaton College (Illinois) and an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, and is currently the President of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) in Chicago.