Andy Velkme, CIPS

Senior Vice President

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Andy's Story:

Andy is a Commercial Real Estate Broker, Adviser and Speaker focused on innovative real estate concepts including co-living, co-working, adaptive re-use, creative mixed use and incubation spaces. Andy partners with Developers, PropTech Firms, Investors and Owner/Operators. He looks worldwide for concepts and ideas that are changing the way we all use space on a day to day basis. Andy works globally, nationally and locally.

Prior to embarking in a career in commercial real estate Andy was the Director of a Global Market Research Solutions company that facilitated qualitative and quantitative research throughout the United States, Europe and South America for many of the world’s most influential brands including Apple, Microsoft, North Face, Vans and Puma. Andy’s international market research experience gives him a deep understanding of both the cultural and regional differences in consumer behavior and brand strategy. Further, Andy has hands on experience with emerging technologies in global business.

Andy is a dual citizen of the United States of America and the European Union, as a citizen of the Republic of Latvia. Andy represents a diverse book of clients locally, nationally and internationally. He is focused on building his client base of innovative firms and investors, especially foreign firms expanding into the US marketplace or regional US firms expanding further in the United States. Currently he represents Berlin based Property Technology firm Medici Living Group in the expansion of their Quarter’s brand co-living concept into the United States market.

Primary License ID:

  • 475.162264

Primary License State:

  • IL

Current Association Leadership Positions & Memberships:

  • Northern Illinois Commercial Association of Realtors’ (NICAR) Commercial Global Business Network Immediate Past-Chair 2019
  • Northern Illinois Commercial Association of Realtors’ (NICAR) Executive Board - Treasurer 2019
  • Illinois Realtors’ (IR) Consulate Liaison to the Republic of Latvia 2019
  • Illinois Realtors’ (IR) Global Business Council Member 2019
  • Illinois Realtors’ (IR) Commercial-Industrial-Investment Committee Member 2019
  • Illinois Realtors Leadership Development Class of 2017
  • Mainstreet Organization of Realtors’ (MORe) Global Business Council Member 2019
  • Chicago Association of Realtors’ (CAR) Member 2019
  • Latvian American Chamber of Commerce Vice President of National/Local Relations and Founding Member 2018, 2019
  • American Latvian Association Member 2019
  • Spotlight Latvia Denver (Bi-lateral International Business Forum) Co-Chair 2019

Market Areas:

  • Chicago Metropolitan Area

Expertise:

  • Development
  • Retail Tenant Representation
  • National Retail Dispositions

Credential:

  • Certified International Property Specialist

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