SVN Chicago Commercial
Deena Zimmerman may be vice president of SVN Chicago Commercial, but she prides herself on her close and authentic relationship with her clients. “I am honest and consider our relationship to be a team effort,” she says. “I am in the trenches with all of my clients and stand beside them in battle if necessary.” And her efforts have certainly paid off. Her company gave her the 2016 Centurion Club award for her success and she was recently named the 2017 Commercial Liaison for the National Association of Realtors. In 2012, she received the National Association of Realtors’ Outstanding Achievement in Commercial Real Estate award.
Considering her commercial real estate achievements, it should come as no surprise that Zimmerman specializes in retail tenant representation. Her clients range from local and regional retailers throughout Chicagoland to national businesses and franchises. “I have a niche with franchises and assisting and guiding them in their expansion plans,” she explains, “both in Chicagoland and nationwide.” She says her biggest sales accomplishment last year was assisting a California-based investor in purchasing a number of dollar store investments. “I was so happy and proud to turn my years of expertise in retail leasing and site selection into such a valuable resource for my client,” she says. “Since then, we have expanded his nationwide footprint and we are working on some very cool projects in other markets.”
Zimmerman is invested in inspiring women to get involved with commercial real estate. She’s a member of several professional organizations including Women in Retail Leasing, the Chicago Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors, among others.
Zimmerman also makes time for philanthropy. She supports Pancan, an organization dedicated to researching pancreatic cancer, and Concordia Place, a nonprofit serving children, teens and seniors. She has a passion for giving back to her community, she says, and enjoys mentoring people new to the field. She doesn’t plan on slowing down on her networking, either. “The extensive relationships I have built and the network of people I can reach out to have been extremely instrumental in my success,” she says.