A Statement from Peter Ricker, CEO of MB Real Estate
Chicago, IL | June 03, 2020
Dear MBRE Family,
It is with a heavy heart that I’ve watched the recent events unfold. I am horrified by continued attacks against the Black community—highlighted most recently in the U.S. with the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd—and the unrest that has transformed peaceful protests into dangerous violence.
I want to be clear: there is no place at MBRE for racism, hate, or discrimination of any kind. Ever. MBRE has always supported diversity and inclusion. We all have worked hard to create a company culture where we constantly reach higher. And we must reach higher together.
I myself am striving to be more mindful, talk candidly about what specific actions we can take, and educate myself. I want to listen and learn from our colleagues, coworkers and friends. I encourage you to contact me or your managers with your thoughts.
One point we should all keep in mind is that the current events have had a profound impact on people; how that affects each person is unique and personal to them. Please do not assume your reaction is the same as someone else’s. It’s more important than ever to be patient and kind to each other. If you are struggling, please know that you are not alone. We have resources to support you, including our Employee Assistance Program and mental health resources on the intranet.
MBRE has always been proud to call Chicago home. While buildings in our care may have been damaged, they will be repaired. The most important thing is that everyone is unharmed. I am so very proud of the on-site management teams, security, and engineers for their exemplary work this past weekend and into this week.
COVID-19 is still a concern, and with the reopening of the city today, please continue to stay safe. Your well-being is our priority.