Testimonials

Cremer Spina

“TRU delivered well beyond our expectations. Although their strategy seemed quite optimistic, even borderline unrealistic initially, TRU surprised us by getting the market to cover a significant termination fee while still securing aggressive, below market lease terms in a superior building. In the past we used a large international real estate brokerage firm to represent us, but TRU’s approach, strategy and results were clearly superior. Dave and his team were proactive and responsive, providing us with excellent assistance through every stage of our journey. I highly recommend TRU to any company seeking representation or assistance with regard to office space.

-Managing Partner, Cremer Spina

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A 30 attorney litigation law firm based in Chicago with a solid reputation for its handling of complex, high-exposure cases, Cremer Spina is a trusted resource for the U.S. insurance market for both domestic and international clients.

With the window closing on the opportunity to exercise a lease termination provision, CS requested TRU’s assistance in the evaluation of its options to reduce overhead. TRU assessed the CS position in July 2010 and developed an appealing opportunity in the market that paid the CS termination fee, moved CS into a newer, more efficient building and substantially reduced the firm’s occupancy costs. TRU’s involvement enabled CS to choose the option that best suited its short and long term business plan.

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Project Leadership Associates

“It would be hard to believe if I didn’t experience the process and witness the results first hand. Very strategic, methodic and successful…amazing how the deal unfolded. TRU devised and secured lease terms that not only support our business plan, but allow us to launch initiatives that otherwise would have been deferred or dropped. I couldn’t be more confident in my recommendation of TRU Office Advisors to any office tenant.”

-CFO, Project Leadership Associates, Inc.

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PLA provides a broad range of business and technology solutions that address enterprise-wide strategy, operations, applications, and infrastructure challenges. Consistently ranked among Crain’s Chicago Business’ Fast 50 and CRN Fast Growth 100 List since 1998.

With TRU’s guidance, PLA was able to transform its business plan from concept to reality. To achieve this result, TRU assembled a team to address all key facility issues, assisted PLA in understanding its current and future space requirements, identified appropriately sized and located buildings and confirmed that the market was able to absorb a Termination Fee while allowing PLA to avoid a dramatic jump in rent.  Ultimately, TRU delivered a lease that reimbursed the Termination Fee, covered all construction and furniture costs, and allowed PLA to occupy 40% more space for the same annual rent as its prior office.

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RTKL Associates

“Even though we are related to the commercial real estate industry, the tireless / strategic process employed by TRU to secure the incredible deal structure and beautiful space we enjoy today was eye opening.”

-VP, RTKL Associates

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A worldwide architecture, engineering, planning, and creative services organization that works with commercial, workplace, public, and healthcare clients on projects around the globe.

TRU assisted RTKL in the disposition of an existing lease obligation with a 5 year commitment and secured a new 26,000 SF office space that would allow RTKL to create a dramatic work environment overlooking Chicago’s lake front and accommodate significant growth. In addition to achieving excellent deal terms and conditions, TRU incorporated extensive pre-negotiated expansion options designed to allow RTKL to grow in increments as small as 8,000 SF and up to 50,000 SF.

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Turner Construction

“Throughout a process directed by Dave Wilson, we gained a clear understanding of all options available to us and are confident that we secured terms well beyond the market norm. With utmost confidence I highly recommend Dave and TRU to firms seeking assistance in securing the optimum office facility.”

-Senior Vice President, Turner Construction

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For over 100 years, Turner has been widely recognized as a leader in the construction management industry. In 2008, TCC reached $10.7 billion in construction volume.

As part of a corporate re-organization, Dave Wilson of TRU Office Advisors assisted the Chicago office of TCC in the disposition of 27,000 SF and guided their subsequent relocation into 35,000 SF at a higher profile location.

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University of Illinois

“Dave Wilson has been a great constant for us since 1996, continually representing the best interest of the University and through committed, innovative negotiations, securing terms very beneficial to our cause and budget.”

-Associate Director, Real Estate Planning, UIUC

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World class institution of higher education based in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois.

Dave Wilson of TRU Office Advisors assisted UI in establishing a presence in Chicago’s CBD in 1996 and has continued to represent UI in 7 transactions since then (renegotiation, sublease, etc), growing the facility from 15,000 SF to 40,000 SF. TRU secured extraordinary flexibility enabling UI to contract, expand or terminate subject to market conditions.

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Berkley Specialty Underwriting Managers (a WRB company)

“In the last 24 months alone, TRU has provided very effective service in either renegotiation, relocation or assisting our business units in opening new offices across the country. The TRU Team; Dave, Ryan, Carlos and Tony have proven to be extremely beneficial to our need for creative, aggressive deal structures. I highly recommend this seasoned Team.”

-COO, Berkley Specialty Underwriting Managers

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(NYSE: WRB) Founded in 1967, a Fortune 500 insurance holding company that is among the largest commercial line writers in the United States.

TRU has represented several WR Berkley business units since 1994 in multiple lease transactions across the country; renegotiation, relocation, consolidation, expansion, and the establishment of new offices.

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Vela Insurance Services (a WRB company)

“On our behalf, TRU Office Advisors accomplished what a prominent Chicago and international landlord attested to be unachievable… enabling our Chicago office to terminate its prior lease and relocate to a new custom-fit space while the cost of termination, relocation, improvements and new furniture were all covered within the transaction. We were so pleased that we had TRU represent our California, Omaha and Philadelphia offices as well.”

-President, Vela Insurance Services

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(NYSE: WRB) Founded in 1967, a Fortune 500 insurance holding company that is among the largest commercial line writers in the United States.

TRU has represented several WR Berkley business units since 1994 in multiple lease transactions across the country; renegotiation, relocation, consolidation, expansion, and the establishment of new offices.

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