CHICAGO – December 16, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — In recognition of 39 years of excellence in real estate, James Planey, SIOR, principal at Lee & Associates Illinois, was the one of the recipients of the 2013 Leaders of Lee award at the Lee broker’s summit, which was held recently in Las Vegas. The award was created to give recognition to those who have made exceptional contributions to the firm and the industry, as a whole.
Planey has over 39 years of experience as an industrial real estate broker in Chicago. After decades spent cultivating a successful career in commercial brokerage, Planey and nine other brokers formed Lee & Associates of Illinois in 2002. He served as a member of the five person national advisory board of Lee & Associates and was formerly president of Lee & Associates Illinois. Prior to joining Lee, Planey was a senior vice president with Colliers, where he earned numerous accolades, including being named Colliers Chicago Top Industrial Producer of the Year from 1992-1994 and in 1998. Planey also earned industry recognition with Grubb & Ellis in Chicago, where he was awarded the Chicago Broker of the Year and top industrial broker awards in 1985, 1986 and 1988. He began his career in 1973 with William Kritt & Company.
Planey has also remained active in his community, where he was recently appointed to the board of the Cook County Land Bank Authority.
“It is an honor to receive this award from my colleagues at Lee,” said Planey. “The continued success of Lee & Associates, both in Illinois and on a national scale, has always been rooted in the spirit of our brokers. I consider it a remarkable privilege to receive this honor at this stage in my career and am grateful for the opportunity to continue to lead at Lee & Associates as we move forward to the future.”
About Lee & Associates
Celebrating more than 34 years of leadership excellence in commercial real estate, Lee & Associates is the largest broker-owned firm in the nation, with 49 locations across the nation including California, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin that house more than 750 brokers, Lee & Associates provides a wide range of specialized commercial real estate services. Additional information is available at www.lee-associates.com.