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Robert A. Wislow

Robert A. Wislow

Over the past thirty-three years, Bob Wislow, Nancy Packer, and Camille Julmy have shaped U.S. Equities Realty into one of Chicago’s leading real estate firms providing a full range of services to property owners, government entities, lenders, and tenants. The company has grown to include offices in Chicago; Detroit; Philadelphia; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Santiago, Chile. As Chairman and CEO, Bob spearheads U.S. Equities’s ongoing expansion and oversees strategic planning for continued growth. He has participated in real estate transactions valued at more than $4.0 billion, including more than five million square feet of office leases, and has overseen more than eight million square feet of developments during his thirty-nine year career.

In addition to his business interests, Wislow is a community and civic leader. He was the first real estate entrepreneur to serve as the chairman of the 102 year-old Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, term ending in June 2007, where he previously chaired the Chamber’s Economic Development Committee. As chairman of the Chicago Development Council, Wislow helped repeal the 1987 lease tax on office tenants that would have been extremely disruptive to the industry. Mayor Richard M. Daley appointed him to serve on the Civic Consulting Alliance and the Board of Metra. He is the immediate past chairman of the Board of Trustees for North Central College in Naperville and was director and vice president of the Arts Club of Chicago. He is the current chair of the Chicago Public Library Foundation, serves as the vice-chairman of the Board of Overseers for Rush University Medical Center, and is on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association Board of Trustees.

Wislow, a lifelong Chicagoan, joined Columbia College Chicago’s board in 1993. He and his wife Susan live in Lincoln Park.

Mr. Wislow is the honored recipient of the 2006 ULI Chicago Lifetime Achievement Award.