Mr. Gates, age 63, has served since January 1, 2005 as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PortaeCo, a private investment and asset management company. He also served from August 2010 until August 2014 as the Chairman of the Board of the Regional Transportation Authority of Metropolitan Chicago, which is responsible for all passenger transit operations in the metropolitan Chicago area.
From 2007 to 2010, Mr. Gates served as Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Metropolitan Pier and Exhibition Authority (McPier), which owns and operates Chicago’s McCormick Place, Navy Pier. In 1984, Mr. Gates co-founded CenterPoint Properties Trust and served as Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for 22 years. During that period, CenterPoint became one of the largest private property owners in the Metropolitan Chicago Region and the nation’s first publicly traded industrial property REIT.
In March 2006, CenterPoint was acquired by the California Public Employees Retirement System and Jones Lang LaSalle for approximately $3.5 billion. In 1979, Mr. Gates joined CB Richard Ellis, and in 1981 co-founded the Chicago office of Jones Lang Wootton (now Jones Lang LaSalle), a global commercial property investment firm. Mr. Gates is a director of Care Capital Properties, The Davis Funds, Miami Corporation and numerous not-for-profit institutions.
Office - Paul Zeller (Zeller Realty)
Paul Zeller is Managing Principal and CEO of Zeller Realty Group, and affiliates Zeller Realty Corporation, Zeller Management Corporation, Zeller Development Corporation and Zeller Investment Corporation. He combines an extensive background in commercial real estate development, finance, asset management and operations management, with substantial experience as an owner/investor/operator of commercial income property. Zeller is active in all aspects of ZRG’s business, and leads a strong group of experienced professionals committed to his philosophy regarding investment, management and operations. The firm now owns and operates 9.5mm sf of office property, value at $2.3 B, a portfolio disbursed over seven states, including Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana, Wisconsin, Colorado, Oregon and Georgia.
Prior to founding Zeller Realty Group, Zeller was a General Partner/Stockholder in The John Buck Company, and was involved in development of over four million sf of high-rise office property, and as a Founding Stockholder of Buck Investment Company, a hotel portfolio of over 1,200 rooms. Prior to that Zeller was a Vice President of The First National Bank of Chicago.
Zeller is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with a BBA in Finance and a MS in Real Estate Development and Urban Land Economics under Professor James A. Graaskamp.