In his real estate career, Robert Sevim has executed over 20 million square feet of transactions valued at more than $10 billion. With an exceptional client roster including News Corporation, UnitedHealth Group, The Big Ten Conference, Aetna and Exelon, Robert has developed a reputation for solving the complex real estate challenges of organizations spanning many geographies and property types. He is a dedicated advisor to a broad spectrum of business types, where sophisticated business acumen is highly valued and critical to project success. Robert specializes in the development and implementation of strategic plans that align his clients’ real estate with their overall organizational objectives and financial goals.
Robert was named Executive Vice President and Co-Head of the Chicago office in 2014, taking over the management of the operations, recruitment, training & development, research and marketing initiatives, in addition to his professional broker responsibilities. He was promoted to Vice Chairman in 2017.
Awards, Achievements and Activities
In 2018, 2016, 2015 and 2012, Robert and his partner, Joe Learner were named Crain’s “Chicago Office Broker of the Year”. They were finalists in 2008 and 2007. In 2017 the pair was named to Crain’s list of “Most Influential Commercial Real Estate Brokers in Chicago.” In 2017 and 2016 Robert was listed among Crain’s “Who’s Who in Chicago Business”. In 2014 and 2013, he received coveted accolades for his representation of The Big Ten Conference, including NAIOP’s “Office Development of the Year” and Crain’s “Chicago Build to Suit Project of the Year,” becoming the only person to win in that same category for two consecutive years. In 2007, Robert was selected by the National Real Estate Journal as one of the country’s most distinguished real estate professionals under the age of 35.
Robert is Chair of the Board for the Lycée Francais of Chicago and is a member of the Real Estate Steering Committee for the Greater Chicago Food Depository, which he chaired in 2010. Additionally, Robert sits on the Board of Advisors for Northwestern University’s Men’s Tennis Team, on which he competed as a varsity player during his collegiate career. He continues to play competitively. Robert grew up in South Africa and Europe. He is fluent in French, Italian, and Afrikaans.
- Northwestern University, Bachelor of Arts, Economics and Political Science
London School of Economics, International Business and Corporate Finance Studies
- University of Chicago, MBA, Finance
- UnitedHealth Group
- Big 10
- Financial Services
- Professional Services
- Nonprofits & Associations