Over 150 commercial real estate professionals were in attendance on January 23 where Benjamin Bartel was announced as the 2015 President of the Chicago Real Estate Council (CREC). The event took place during the  2015 CREC Economic Forecast luncheon held at Maggiano’s Little Italy and featured speakers Robert Bach, Director of Research, Americas Newmark Grubb Knight Frank and Robert Kramp, Senior Vice President, Americas, Midwest and Great Lakes Regional Director at Jones Lang LaSalle. This was a joint session with the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) Chicago Chapter.
Mr. Bartel (right) will be serving a one-year term and is succeeding Ms. Marianne Rivera (left), Associate Publisher with WealthManagement.com. “I’ve been a member of CREC since the good old days (pre-recession) and I am honored to be the 2015 CREC President. I look forward to taking an even more active role in this well-established and respected organization,” said Bartel. “I am also excited to help organize some of the monthly CREC events including a tour of the new Virgin Hotel as well as introduce a new charity event in partnership with Habitat for Humanity.”

Due Diligence PCA Specialist, Mechanical Engineer and Energy Expert 

A member of CREC since 2007, Mr. Bartel is also a Partner in National Property Consulting Group, LLC (NPC) and currently serves as a Principal Mechanical Engineer in the company’s Chicago branch office. For nearly 15 years, Mr. Bartel has been providing engineering and energy consulting services for many commercial real estate clients including Cabot Properties, HEI Hotels and Resorts, and Thayer Lodging. With an impressive list of technical accomplishments which spans over 700 small to large-scale projects, Mr. Bartel has developed considerable experience performing Property Condition Assessments, specialty mechanical/electrical/plumbing assessments, Energy Audits, green or sustainable building consulting, construction loan monitoring/draw reviews, and accessibility compliance assessments (ADA).

CREC – 66 Years and Thriving

Established in 1949, the Chicago Real Estate Council (CREC) is one of the oldest and most established real estate networking groups in the country. With over 200 current members, CREC is composed of a broad and diverse group of Chicago’s real estate professionals and features monthly luncheons as well as social, educational, and charitable events.

What’s Next?

CREC participants can look forward to the February 20 luncheon event, which is open to members as well as non-members. “We have a Chicago all-star industrial panel event featuring Matt Goode from Venture One, Cary Goldman from Sitex Group, and Mike Powers from Molto Properties and will be moderated by Ted Staszak with CBRE,” concluded Bartel. For more information about this event, please visit www.chicagorec.org.


For more information about this panel discussion, please contact Ben Bartel, PE, CEM, LEED AP, Principal, at bbartel@npcg.net or 847-421-6120.

About National Property Consulting Group, LLC

NPC is a building assessment and advisory firm that specializes in performing property condition assessments and energy consulting focusing on the industrial, hospitality, and housing sectors. For more information about National Property Consulting Group (NPC), please visit www.npcg.net or contact:

Ben Bartel, PE, LEED AP
bbartel@npcg.net | 847.421.6120

Pete Madson, PE
pmadson@npcg.net | 513.478.6569