Andy Velkme joined the Caton Commercial team in 2016, after two years at a research and technology focused, full service commercial real estate firm located in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago. Andy is a commercial real estate broker with an extensive business operations and market research background. Andy works with Owner/Operators, Developers and Investors primarily in Retail and Office leasing, acquisition and disposition as well as development opportunity identification and acquisition.
Before embarking in a career in commercial real estate Andy spent over 15 years in the Market Research industry most recently as the Director of a global research solutions firm. In his Director position Andy facilitated both qualitative and quantitative research projects for a long list of global and domestic brands, while building and managing a team of 50 project managers, client service managers and recruiters.
Andy’s unique background gives him a distinct advantage when representing his clients in commercial real estate acquisitions, dispositions and leases. His research industry experience has crafted a way of thinking that allows him to uncover insights and details often overlooked by more traditional real estate brokers. Further, Andy’s operations experience allows him understand the needs of business owners for who real estate needs are part of a larger business plan. And finally, his service industry background has ingrained the importance of responsive, adaptive and clear communication. In an industry where elusiveness sometimes seems like the norm, Andy’s high level service can be truly valued.
Andy holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from Northwestern University in Evanston and is a proud graduate of Fenwick High School in Oak Park. Andy is active in many associations and organizations including the Northern Illinois Commercial Association of Realtors (NICAR), the Chicago Association of Realtors (CAR), the National Association of Realtors (NAR) , the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the Western Springs Business Association, the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Bolingbrook Chamber of Commerce and the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce. As a born and bred Chicagoan, who now resides in the western suburbs, Andy has an unsurpassed knowledge of both urban and suburban opportunities.