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Commercial Real Estate Firm One of 80 Companies Recognized

May 21, 2020

CHICAGO – Transwestern Real Estate Services (TRS) announces it has been recognized as one of the “Best Workplaces in Chicago” by Fortune magazine and Great Place to Work® for the fourth consecutive year. The commercial real estate firm was one of 80 companies recognized across the Chicago metropolitan area.

“Transwestern is proud to be recognized as one of the best workplaces in the Chicago area,” said Mike Watts, Transwestern Midwest President. ”You can’t have a great workplace without great people, and we’re committed to empowering our people, especially in the current environment, which has emphasized the value of a strong and supportive company culture.”

Transwestern has more than 150 team members across Chicago. The company culture encourages creativity, embraces change and rewards the contributions of its team members. Chicago team members have been working remotely since March, employing video tools to stay in touch and hosting weekly virtual happy hours and informational “Friday Morning Coffee Chats" with guest speakers. The firm also launched a national webinar series to provide learning opportunities and highlight ways to succeed in a new normal, with weekly episodes focusing on the economy and commercial real estate industry, retirement and 401(k) programs, and mental health and the expanded Employee Assistance Program.

“Best workplaces like Transwestern have built powerful foundations of trust and human connection to help carry their organizations through stressful and uncertain times,” said Michael C. Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work. “This gives companies on this list a powerful opportunity not just to do well for their people, but to do well for their business and for Chicago.”

Fortune magazine and Great Place to Work, a global people analytics and consulting firm, evaluated anonymous survey feedback representing more than 27,000 employees working in the Chicago metro, assessing more than 60 elements of team members’ experience on the job. These included the extent to which employees trust leaders, the respect with which people are treated, the fairness of workplace decisions, and how much camaraderie there is among the team. Rankings are based on employees’ feedback and reward companies that best include all employees, no matter who they are or what they do for the organization.

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, Occupier 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. An integrated approach formed from fresh ideas drives value for clients across commercial real estate services, development, investment management and opportunistic programs for high-net-worth investors. The firm operates through 34 U.S. offices and global alliances with BNP Paribas Real Estate and Devencore. Learn more at and @Transwestern.

About the Best Workplaces in Chicago

Great Place to Work based its ranking on a data-driven methodology applied to anonymous Trust Index™ survey responses from over 27,000 employees at Great Place to Work-Certified organizations in the Chicago Metropolitan Statistical Area.  This ranking was finalized prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and does not reflect companies’ roles or responses to their people or communities in addressing the impact of the coronavirus.  To learn more about Great Place to Work Certification and recognition on Best Workplaces lists, visit

About Great Place to Work

Great Place to Work® is the global authority on workplace culture. They help organizations quantify their culture and produce better business results by creating a high-trust work experience for all employees. Emprising®, their culture management platform, empowers leaders with the surveys, real-time reporting, and insights they need to make data-driven people decisions. They use their unparalleled benchmark data to recognize Great Place to Work-Certified™ companies and the Best Workplaces™ in the US and more than 60 countries, including the 100 Best Companies to Work For® list published annually in Fortune. To learn more, visit, listen to the podcast Better by Great Place to Work, and read “A Great Place to Work for All.” Join the community on LinkedInTwitter, and Instagram.

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