Rob Bond - Panelist Co-Founder and President of Bond Companies

Robert J. Bond is a co-founder and president of Bond Companies, an award-winning real estate development and investment firm with offices in Chicago and Los Angeles.

He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Master of Science degree in real estate investment analysis and appraisal theory with a concentration in finance. He also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance and a degree in economics from the same university.

Over the past 37 years, Mr. Bond has been involved in hundreds of real estate transactions involving development, acquisition, redevelopment and capital formation activities representing several billion dollars.

Within the past few years, Bond Companies has completed multifamily/mixed-use projects including Spoke Apartments in the River West neighborhood of Chicago, Inspire Southpark in Charlotte and 333B Echo Park in Los Angeles. The company has projects under construction in West Town in Chicago and Echo Park and Hollywood in Los Angeles. Bond Companies will be opening an office in Phoenix in 2022 to assist with its pipeline there.

With a national platform, Bond Companies has completed several high-profile projects in Oakland, San Francisco and Los Angeles and in the Chicago metropolitan area. A winner of multiple industry awards, Mr. Bond has always prioritized the needs of the local community by employing a thoughtful, collaborative approach for each project. The firm has expertise in mixed-use, adaptive reuse, retail and multifamily developments.

As a thought leader, he has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Crain’s and Investor Business Daily, as well as several industry periodicals discussing mixed-use development and the retail marketplace. As a frequent speaker on the development process, Mr. Bond has presented to the London School of Economics and at several industry conferences including the Urban Land Institute, the International Council of Shopping Centers, Bisnow, Big Ten Real Estate Forum, Young Real Estate Professionals, REIA and Real Estate Roundtable among others. He is an active participant in several professional and trade organizations, including the Urban Land Institute and the International Council of Shopping Centers. He is also a member of the World Presidents’ Organization (former chapter chair and founder, Chicagoland Chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization), a member of the Metropolitan Planning Council, a Board of Trustee member for the James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate at the Wisconsin School of Business and the Economic Club of Chicago. Mr. Bond is a National Council Member of The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and a former Board Member of the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago.

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