Transwestern Expands Chicago Presence

The company has acquired TRU Office Advisors, a tenant advisory firm launched by Dave Wilson and Ryan Foran.

By Keith Loria, Contributing Editor

Dave Wilson
Dave Wilson

Chicago—Transwestern has acquired TRU Office Advisors LLC, a tenant advisory firm that has represented corporate office users in Chicago and across the U.S.

Dave Wilson and Ryan Foran, TRU Office Advisors’ founders, will join Transwestern as executive vice presidents, and Wilson will sit on the firm’s Chicago Advisory Board.

“In a competitive market like Chicago, Transwestern is constantly looking for ways to raise the bar in terms of the service delivered to our clients,” Mike Watts, Transwestern’s Midwest president, told Commercial Property Executive. “With TRU Office Advisors, we saw an opportunity to strategically grow our tenant advisory services platform by partnering with a veteran brokerage team that shares our deep familiarity with the market and commitment to client satisfaction. The acquisition allows us to immediately increase our market share and expand our client base.”

Ryan Foran
Ryan Foran

Wilson and Foran originally launched TRU Office Advisors in January 2011 after spending seven years at HSA Commercial Real Estate. Together, the two have completed more than 1,000 transactions and have provided tenant advisory services to a vast array of clients both locally and nationally, from startups to Fortune 500 companies, not-for-profit organizations, and various cultural and academic institutions.

“We’ve enjoyed great success as TRU and would only consider a move that enhances our current service model,” Wilson said. “Our approach and processes closely align with The Transwestern Experience, and we look forward to strengthening our market position and continuing to deliver exceptional results to our clients through the expanded service capabilities that Transwestern provides.”

According to Watts’ the firm’s unique approach to service delivery, called The Transwestern Experience, delivers measurable results by creating positive experiences, connecting internal and external service, rupturing industry stereotypes, and building passion about purpose.

“The team at TRU shares these high standards, so it’s a seamless integration that allows Dave and Ryan to leverage the tools and resources the Transwestern platform provides,” he said. “With the expertise of Dave and Ryan, Transwestern will have increased capacity to serve occupiers not just in Chicago, but also in other markets across the country, delivering comprehensive real estate solutions tailored to each client.”

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