(CHICAGO) – Hines, the global real estate firm, announced the expansion of its Midwest industrial team with the appointment of John “Fordy” Gates as director. In his new role, Gates will focus on industrial investment opportunities in the Central U.S. market to meet the growing demand.
The Hines Midwest industrial platform focuses on developments and acquisitions across the Midwest with a distinct concentration on Chicago. The team is growing its portfolio with the current development of Whiteland 65 Logistics Center and the recently acquired 900 Patrol Road, a 100%-leased e-commerce fulfillment center.
“We are very bullish on our continued expansion of industrial investment opportunities in the Midwest and Fordy is a vital addition to that,” said Will Renner, managing director of Hines. “With his demonstrated expertise, Fordy will help elevate our industrial acquisitions and development platform.”
Before joining Hines, Gates served as a vice president at Brennan Investment Group. He was responsible for all leasing and operation functions for properties in the Chicago and Midwest markets. Gates’ past roles also include time at JLL as a head research analyst for the Midtown south office sector in New York City and the industrial investment sales group in Chicago, where his responsibilities included asset disposition and financing services to all capital markets clients focused on industrial assets. Gates earned his master’s in business administration from the Graaskamp commercial real estate program at the University of Wisconsin, and his bachelor’s degree in business administration in finance from Southern Methodist University.