Connect Media’s Third Annual Women in Real Estate Awards

Holly Duran is one of the country’s most influential women in tenant representation.  As the company’s owner and principal, she has spearheaded lease negotiations for more than 17 million square feet of space, consistently achieving highly aggressive, flexible, cost-saving transactions.  Holly’s tenacious negotiating skills have been acknowledged by satisfied clients and creative colleagues around the world, and she has received numerous prestigious recognitions, including the Chicago Food Depository’s “Tenant Representative of the Year” award. Holly was one of 90 professionals nationwide to win a 2019 Women in Real Estate Award from Connect Media, recognizing inspirational women playing important roles in the commercial real estate industry because of their talent, drive and fresh ideas.

Holly is highly recognized for her expertise in representing financial services firms.  Serving since 1980 as the real estate consultant to the CME Group and its member firms and shareholders, she has negotiated for more than two million square feet and continues to coordinate all real estate transactions for CME Group.  HDREP functions as CME Group’s exclusive global real estate advisor.  Her clients also have included Cboe Global Markets, Bear Stearns, ED&F Man, Goldberg Kohn, Novation Companies, Options Clearing Corporation, McDermott Will & Emery, Melamed & Associates, Merrill Lynch Capital, Nomura Securities International, Levy Family Partners, Peregrine Financial Group, Susquehanna Investment Group, Spear Leads, The American Bottling Company, Ticketmaster, Tokyo Mistubishi, and Wind Point Partners.

Holly is a dedicated advocate for Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and is an active board member of the Children’s Memorial Foundation; a sustaining member of the Children’s Service Board; a member of the Children’s Service Board’s Executive Committee; Children Memorial Hospital’s Quality Management and Professional Services Committee. Holly is a founding member of the Chicago Commercial Real Estate Organization, the Chicago Development Council, and the Wacker Drive Property Owners Association, and is an Illinois licensed managing broker (#471.003434).