Jeff Kuchman has over twenty-five years of experience in the areas of retail tenant representation, shopping center development, surplus property disposition, shopping center leasing, commercial sales, assemblage, development consulting and market analysis. Mr. Kuchman represents selected clients in as many as 50 major metropolitan markets, in addition to his efforts in the Greater Chicagoland Area.
At Mid-America, Kuchman is responsible for the coordinated efforts of a 30+ member tenant representation brokerage group that collectively represents over 200 of the country’s top retail chains. As the State of Illinois Designee of ChainLinks Retail Advisors, a 500-member collection of retail real estate specialists, Kuchman has represented Mid-America as a former member of its Board of Directors, as Director of its Direct Sales Committee, as Past Chairman of ChainLinks’ Board of Directors and Executive Committee, and as former National Chair of ChainLinks’ Anchor Tenant Council. Kuchman also authors the Chicago Area’s definitive annual study focusing on retailer demand in the region. He has been a featured speaker at several shopping center industry events and has been published in several retail and real estate industry publications.
Over the course of his career, Kuchman has completed nearly nine hundred transactions with a collective value approaching $6 billion. Kuchman has represented retail tenants in the acquisition of nearly 25 million square feet of space and has assisted developers in gaining approval for the development and leasing of over ten million square feet of new construction. He has been honored by the Illinois CCIM Chapter as having negotiated the largest single commercial lease as well as the largest commercial land sale within the membership. Mr. Kuchman has also been a consistent nominee or recipient of the Retail Broker of the Year Award by the Northern Illinois Commercial Association of Realtors and the Chicago Sun Times.
Kuchman plans, coordinates and executes expansion programs for retailers large and small and is an expert in dealing with planning, strategy formation, relationship management, negotiation, zoning and approval issues, and multiple party coordination.
Kuchman is a graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he earned a B.A. in Communications. He is a member of the CCIM Institute and serves as a former President of the Illinois CCIM Chapter. He is also an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the Urban Land Institute (ULI), and the Northeastern Illinois Commercial Association of Realtors (NICAR)