Justin Kessler & Nathan Meisner with Bradford Allen/TCN Worldwide in Chicago discuss the ever-changing dynamics of the post-pandemic office market; how savvy tenants are taking advantage of this temporary disruption; and how the work-from-home trend has adversely affected younger workers who traditionally benefit the most from in-office mentorships. Justin & Nathan also discuss their recent transaction with Lindsay, Pickett & Postel, LLC (LPP) which was occupying two separate offices on different floors in the same building. This is a perfect example of the flight-to-quality trend currently being seen within the office sector.
Justin Kessler & Nathan Meisner with Bradford Allen/TCN Worldwide in Chicago discuss the ever-changing dynamics of the post-pandemic office market; how savvy tenants are taking advantage of this temporary disruption; and how the work-from-home trend has adversely affected younger workers who traditionally benefit the most from in-office mentorships. Learn what safety nets can be built into your lease to allow flexibility while maximizing the opportunities that the current market offers to tenants who wish to right-size or secure more prestigious office space with the amenities to help attract workers back to the office.
Justin Kessler & Nathan Meisner also discuss their recent transaction with Lindsay, Pickett & Postel, LLC (LPP) who was occupying two separate offices on different floors in the same building. Seeking to consolidate to a single, high-class, high-rise space with east-facing views and abundant natural light, the client needed to sublease its existing spaces. This is a perfect example of the flight-to-quality trend currently being seen within the office sector. Many brokers would have walked away due to the complexity of this transaction but both Justin and Nathan were there with level-headed, worthwhile advice and guidance every step of the way. Aligning multiple transactions at the same time—Managing multiple timelines and interests with two subtenants and relocating to a new building required some creative thinking and disciplined project management, but Justin Kessler & Nathan Meisner were able to see this deal through to make sure Lindsay, Pickett & Postel, LLC (LPP) closed on each one of these transactions. (View the full case study here.)
Key Discussion Points
[00:17] Welcome and introduction by Eric Odum
[00:32] About our guests: Justin Kessler & Nathan Meisner
[01:11] How did you arrive at Bradford Allen, Justin?
[01:53] How did you arrive at Bradford Allen, Nathan?
[02:33] So you primarily help office tenants and landlords find space, correct?
[03:24] What is your take on the media reporting that office is going away because people are working from home
[04:46] What are you hearing from C--Suite executives about where the office market is headed?
[06:31] Do you think the younger folks are the ones most adversely affected by COVID because they weren't allowed to come to the office and mingle with co-workers
[09:37] Are you seeing a reluctance of employees to come back to the office since they got used to working from home?
[10:30] Are you finding that tenants are reluctant to sign longer-term deals after what happened in 2020-2021
[12:36] Give us an overview of some of the flexibility that might be built into a lease to entice longer-term leases
[16:02] Give us a high-level view of a recent complex transaction you managed
[18:30] Eric's summary of the recent complex transaction
[20:23] How did you coordinate the timing with those 2 new tenants?
[25:21] Talk about the finances of this complex transaction
[27:43] What are you seeing happening in the next few years in the Chicago market space?
[29:15] How can folks get in contact with you?
Since joining Bradford Allen in November of 2011, Justin has been dedicated to addressing the specific needs of his clients. As a managing director with the firm, he specializes in representing office tenants and helping businesses to realize their qualitative, operational, and financial real estate goals. Justin’s advisory approach ensures his clients are aware of the multitude of opportunities available to them in the downtown Chicago office market.
Justin has represented organizations across various industries, each with a different level of real estate experience. This diversity has enabled him to formulate a well-rounded understanding of Chicago’s dynamic commercial market. A few of his most-successful transactions include: assisting local micro-brewery, Baderbrau, in locating a building for their new brewery and tap room; locating a single-floor office large enough to relocate Walton Isaacson’s growing Chicago office in the vacancy-challenged River North submarket; and subleasing the existing office for the e-Discovery company, Mindcrest, while simultaneously relocating them to a new space triple the size of the previous office.
By applying his diverse domestic and international business experience, Justin is able to help clients quickly identify potential issues and formulate effective strategies. He is committed to developing solutions for complex real estate requirements through his creativity, cost-saving strategic planning, and his ability to anticipate a client’s operational needs.
Hailing from just outside St. Louis, Justin is an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan (and doesn’t hold it against his wife that she roots for the Cubs). Justin loves traveling, exploring new cities, and staying active with CrossFit, soccer, and biking.
Licensed Real Estate Broker in the State of Illinois
Small Business Advisory Council
Member Engagement Committee, Union League Club of Chicago
NATHAN J. MEISNER
Nathan joined Bradford Allen in 2019, primarily focusing on helping companies find office space to fit their needs by assisting in all facets of the leasing process. His responsibilities include finding office requirements and negotiating new leases, renewals, and extensions. Nathan also maintains current market knowledge and relationships with owners, which helps him create the best options for his clients.
Prior to Bradford Allen, Nathan began his commercial real estate career with summer internships at Cushman & Wakefield and Zeller Realty Group. A graduate of Ohio University in real estate and financial management, Nathan became an office tenant rep broker at Monarch Realty, before joining Miller Chicago Real Estate.
A Cincinnati native, Nathan is the middle child of six siblings and a longtime fan of all Cincinnati sports – Bengals, Reds, and FC Cincinnati. He now lives in Wicker Park and spends his free time watching or playing sports, fishing, camping, hiking, and finding new spots to dine and drink in the city.