Press Releases

April 07, 2022

Chicago – Transwestern Real Estate Services (TRS) announces nine Midwest team members were recognized nationally for performance excellence in 2021:

  • Chris Davis received the Empowering Extraordinary Award, honoring his unwavering commitment to Transwestern’s guiding principles and delivering exceptional results for both clients and team members.

  • Bonnie Boden was honored with the National Asset Services Team Member of the Year President’s Award.

  • Irv Gilner was awarded the Development Cornerstone Award.

“I’m proud to celebrate these nine team members in the Midwest region,” says Executive Managing Director of the Midwest Region Greg Munson, “Our Midwest honorees span multiple service lines and showcase the depth of expertise we provide in the region. Their collective successes helped the Midwest region see extraordinary deal volume in 2021.”

2021 was defined by a series of high-profile transactions and successes, including:

  • Serota represented Art in Motion in the purchase of 7415 S. East End Ave., a 110,000-square-foot building in Chicago.
  • Salmen represented Fredrikson & Byron in a 178,000-square-foot deal at RBC Plaza in Minneapolis.
  • Gilner and Vice President Brian Daly brokered a 23-acre land sale in the Chicago suburbs.

“Real estate challenges inspire Transwestern team members to deliver extraordinary results for our clients,” said Tom Lawyer, President of Transwestern Real Estate Services. “These individuals embody what it means to deliver legendary service and an unmatched, forward-thinking approach to real estate – no matter the circumstances. We are grateful for their contributions to our firm’s success.”

Honorees were recognized at the firm’s annual National Recognition Conference. This year’s event, held in Scottsdale, Arizona, welcomed team members, clients and partners for two days of collaboration and celebration.

About Transwestern Real Estate Services
Transwestern Real Estate Services (TRS) adds value for investors, owners and occupiers of all commercial property types through a comprehensive perspective and by providing solutions grounded in sound market intelligence. Part of the Transwestern companies, the firm applies a consultative approach to Agency Leasing, Asset Services, Tenant Advisory + Workplace Solutions, Capital Markets, and Research & Investment Analytics.

The privately held Transwestern companies have been delivering a higher level of personalized service and innovative real estate solutions since 1978. Through an integrated, customized approach that begins with good ideas, the firm drives value for clients across commercial real estate services, development, and investment management. Operating from 33 U.S. offices, Transwestern extends its platform capabilities globally through strategic alliance partners whose unique geographic, cultural, and business expertise fuels creative solutions. Learn more at and @Transwestern.

Media Contact:
Mallory Martin

Chris Davis

Senior Vice President

Greenwood Village, Colorado

(312) 881-7002

Larry Serota

Executive Managing Director

Chicago, Illinois

(312) 881-7038

Brian Fogelberg

Managing Director

Minneapolis, Minnesota

(612) 263-9832

Joe Karmin

Executive Vice President

Rosemont, Illinois

(847) 588-5670

Justin Lerner

Executive Vice President

Rosemont, Illinois

(847) 588-5665

Chris Simmons

Managing Director - Retail Services

Edina, Minnesota

(612) 359-1675

Mike Salmen

Managing Principal

Minneapolis, Minnesota

(612) 359-1660

Irv Gilner

Executive Vice President

Chicago, Illinois

(312) 881-7044

Bonnie Boden

Executive Vice President - Midwest Asset Services Operations

Chicago, Illinois

(312) 258-8908

Greg Munson


Minneapolis, Minnesota

(612) 359-1690

Brian Daly

Vice President

Chicago, Illinois

(312) 881-7026