President/CEO, Founder & Managing Broker
“Best Lessons Learned:
1. Know Your Purpose (Why)
2. Focus on the Actions We Can Control
3. Establish a Clear Set of Non-Negotiable Values (What)
4. Seek to Understand the Context From Which Other’s Views Emanate (How)
5. Serve Everyone!
Why? Because the commercial real estate industry is subject to the unlimited outside, uncontrollable influences like; economics, markets, political fluctuations & the whims of personally motivated human decision-making processes.
Education and Accreditation
BS, Business Management, Quincy College
Licensed Broker since June of 1977
Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame: Class of 2022
(AIRE) Association of Industrial Real Estate 1998 - Present
(NICAR) N. Illinois Commercial Association of Realtors President 2011-2012
(NICAR) 2012 REALTOR of the Year
(SIOR) Society of Office and Industrial Realtors 1996
Tenant and Owner Representation
Single Story Office
Community Service Organizations
President of the LaSalle Rotary Club in 1984
Dan is currently the President/CEO of Cawley Chicago Real Estate a position he has held since founding the company in 1998. Cawley Chicago is a boutique full-service real estate company with offices in the West Fulton Market and suburban Oakbrook Terrace.
He was raised in a family real estate business starting his real estate career in 1977 joining his brother, William (Cawley Partners, Dallas, Tx.), and father, Ryan (LaSalle Peru, IL.) at Cawley Realty. He also founded the property management division (Cawley Realty) thereby expanding the services of the Company to their clients in order to oversee investment properties brokered by the firm.
Cawley received the prestigious; educational, production, and ethics-based Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) designation in 1996 by exceeding the required transaction volume and completing seven years of creditable experience in the highly specialized field of office and industrial real estate while demonstrating professional ability, competency, ethical conduct, and personal integrity.
Dan moved to the Chicago area in 1985 and has worked exclusively for office and industrial property and business owners where he established a strong reputation as a diligent, honest, straightforward, and intuitive broker. His reputation in the local brokerage community is that of a local player, problem solver, and deal maker.
Mr. Cawley has been involved with several organizations including LaSalle Rotary, President 1984-85; Association of Industrial Real Estate Brokers since 1990; SIOR 1996 where he lead the fundraising efforts for 11 straight years; Member of Northern Illinois Commercial Association of Realtors (President 2011-2012) including being designated as Realtor of The Year in 2012 and inducted into the Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame in 2022!
Cawley graduated from Quincy College (University) in 1977 with BS in Business Management and spent 5 years with Vistage International and 5 years of Leadership training through The Serving Leader Institute, Pittsburgh, PA., and is a qualified instructor for their national program.