Kathleen Bertrand

Kathleen Bertrand

Senior Vice President Leasing Services


    Kathleen Bertrand joined MB Real Estate in 2005 and is senior vice president of the firm’s Leasing Services team, representing commercial office and retail leasing. A tenured member of the team, Kathleen has represented Michigan Plaza, a 2 million square foot office complex in Chicago’s East Loop, for 12 years. On behalf of ownership, she has brokered or co-brokered over 225 transactions that total 2.7 million square feet, including the following in 2015-2016: Alzheimer’s Association (80,000 sf), EXP US Services (67,000 sf), InTouch Solutions (55,000 sf), and Baker Tilly (54,000 sf). Kathleen has built 180,000 square feet of spec suites at 205 North Michigan, achieving a 95% occupancy rate for the program. Michigan Plaza is 91% leased, with 651,000 square feet having been executed over 34 transactions in 2015-2016.

    In addition to office brokerage, Kathleen leads the retail leasing efforts at MBRE, including the six Illinois Tollway Oases, 205/225 North Michigan, and 181 West Madison. In 2015-2016 alone, Kathleen closed 26,000 square feet of retail space.


    • Bachelor of Arts, University of Iowa
    • Master of Science, Aurora University

    • Licensed real estate broker in the state of Illinois
    • LEED Accredited Professional
    • 2008 NAIOP Broker Transaction of the Year Finalist
    • 2009 Chicago Sun-Times Greater Chicago Food Depository Real Estate Awards Redevelopment of the Year Finalist
    • 2009 Women in Commercial Real Estate Bright Horizon Award Finalist
    • 2013 NAIOP Broker Transaction of the Year Finalist

    • Chicago Office Leasing Brokers Association (COLBA)
    • Junior League of Chicago Active Member
    • Greater Chicago Food Depository Steering Committee
    • Fmr. Chicago Youth Program Annual Fundraiser Committee Member
    • Fmr. Commercial Real Estate Organization (CREO) Board Member

    • The Alter Group
    • Beacon Capital Partners
    • Brijus Partners
    • Callahan Capital Partners
    • CBRE Investors
    • Chetrit Group LLC
    • HNA Group
    • iStar Financial
    • Loeb Partners Realty

    • Michigan Plaza – 205/225 North Michigan
    • 550 West Washington
    • Illinois Tollway Oases
    • 181 West Madison
    • 224 North DesPlaines
    • 825 South State
    • 247 South State
    • 2 North State
    • 125 South Clark
    • 10/120 South Riverside
    • 20 West Kinzie