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Lynn C. Thurber Named 2015 ULI Chicago Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient


For more information, please contact Cynthia McSherry, Executive Director, ULI Chicago, 773-549-4972.

Lynn C. Thurber Named 2015 ULI Chicago Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

CHICAGO (December 2, 2015) – Lynn C. Thurber, Chairman, LaSalle Investment Management, has been named the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient by the Urban Land Institute’s Chicago District Council (ULI Chicago).  The Lifetime Achievement Award, now in its twenty-first year, was established to recognize professionals in Chicago’s real estate community whose lifetime contributions to real estate – and to civic, charitable and philanthropic endeavors – exemplify the spirit and mission of ULI.

”Lynn has been an inspiration, role model and mentor to many women and men across our industry and around the world,” said Jeff Jacobson, Chief Executive Officer of LaSalle Investment Management and Co-Chair of the Host Committee. “Most recently as ULI’s Global Chairman and before that as Chief Executive Officer of LaSalle Investment Management, Lynn has been at the forefront of many of the most important trends in the industry today including globalization, sustainability and diversity within the workplace,” he continued.  “Beyond her accomplishments, Lynn’s most enduring leadership trait is her uncompromising honesty and integrity.  No matter what the situation, Lynn has always abided by the principle of putting honesty and clients above all else which has earned her the utmost trust and respect within our industry.”

The Lifetime Achievement Award honors an individual whose achievements throughout their lifetime exemplify personal and professional contributions to the real estate industry and to the community.  Past recipients have included Marshall Bennett, Marshall Bennett Enterprises; the late Bernie Weissbourd, Metropolitan Structures; the late Charles H. Shaw, The Shaw Company; the late Richard J. Brown, Cambridge Homes; Lester Crown, Material Service Corporation; the late William A. Alter, The Alter Group; Edward R. James, Edward R. James Partners, LLC; Kenneth J. James, Kenneth James Builders, LLC; the late Matthew Bucksbaum, General Growth Properties, Inc.; Richard A. Stein, Mesirow Stein Real Estate, Inc.; Stuart L. Scott, Jones Lang LaSalle; Douglas Crocker II, former Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees and CEO of Equity Residential; Robert A. Wislow, U.S. Equities Realty; Norman R. Bobins, Chairman Emeritus, LaSalle Bank Corporation; Richard A. Hanson, Mesa Development, LLC; James R. Loewenberg, Magellan Development Group; John S. Gates, Jr., PortaeCo, LLC; John A. Buck, The John Buck Company; Penny Pritzker, Secretary of Commerce, U.S. Department of Commerce; and, Neil G. Bluhm, Founder and President, JMB Realty Corporation.

The criteria for the award is a lifetime of professional, personal and civic commitments to the real estate profession and to our community at large. Nominations are solicited from the ULI membership and a Lifetime Jury is convened to identify the recipient.

“Lynn has been such an outstanding leader for ULI’s global organization as well as the real estate industry here in Chicago and we are honored she will be accepting the Award” said Doug Lyons, Managing Director, Pearlmark Real Estate, ULI Trustee, and Chair, ULI Chicago Lifetime Achievement Award.

ULI Chicago will recognize Ms. Thurber at the twenty-first annual Lifetime Achievement Award Dinner on December 3, 2015 at the Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago.  To reserve a table or individual tickets for the event, please contact ULI Chicago at 773-549-4972.


The Urban Land Institute (uli.org) is a nonprofit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the Institute has more than 36,000 members worldwide representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines.

ULI Chicago, a District Council of the Urban Land Institute, has more than 1,300 members in the Chicago land area. Organized in 1986, ULI Chicago (chicago.uli.org) provides expertise and guidance on land use and development issues to local communities through comprehensive Technical Assistance Services and our newest Retail and Building Reuse Initiatives.  The district council hosts monthly meetings, trends conferences, policy forums, and offers leadership initiatives for young professionals in the real estate industry.


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