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Zach Pruitt

CEO, Principal, Designated Managing Broker


    Site Acquisition & Disposition

    Tenant Representation

    Ownership Lease Representation

    Complex Lease Negotiations

    Site Selection & Analysis

    Adaptive Reuse

    Lease Underwriting & Project Consultation

Education and Accreditation

    B.A. Law and Society, Purdue University

    IL Managing Broker License

    CCIM, Candidate




    SomerCor 504

    Allianz GCS

    Raymond James


    Cogent Communications

    Nalco Chemical/ Ecolab

    Zurich NA



    Pulte Homes

    Stocking Urban

    Lappin Management


    Villa Capital Partners

    Diamond Realty Holdings

    Acorn Property Management

    MAB Capital

    Condor Partners

    Tandem Development

Zach Pruitt brings fifteen years of extensive real estate experience, with an in-depth understanding of complex lease negotiations, site acquisition and disposition negotiations, lease restructures, sale-leasebacks, build-to-suits, strategic planning and portfolio management. With a tailored approach, Zach has successfully represented a vast array of clients from individual property owners, startups, local & private companies to the Fortune 500. He has completed transactions throughout the greater Chicagoland area as well as more than 50 markets throughout the United States and internationally. By staying true to his highest priorities - providing excellence in service to his clients while upholding integrity at all times, Zach has established himself as a well-respected member within the real estate community, and appreciation from his clients.

At Cawley Commercial, Zach’s primary focus is assisting owners of commercial real estate in maximizing their asset’s value. This consists of representing owners with the sale of their properties by positioning the asset for highest-and-best-use; and assisting owners of underperforming assets by creating a strategic leasing initiative and implementing an assertive approach to achieve increased occupancy. By aligning his client’s real estate needs and goals with a comprehensive strategy, he utilizes an in-depth understanding of the market and its individual submarkets, with a driven approach, to provide optimal results and maximum returns.

In addition to site disposition and lease representation, Zach provides thorough representation to end-users in need of new space as a tenant or owner-user, and representation to investors and developers desirous to acquire their newest project. Zach’s concentration branches from the core of downtown Chicago, outward to an in-depth knowledge of Chicago’s unique neighborhoods and submarkets.

Prior to joining Cawley Commercial Real Estate, Zach gained over ten years of commercial real estate experience as an active and successful member of NelsonHill, and DTZ/UGL Equis, now operating as Cushman & Wakefield. This is in succession to experience in residential real estate working for one of the Country’s top new home developers.

Zach holds a B.A. from Purdue University and is currently enrolled within the CCIM curriculum. Outside of his career, Zach is an Ironman, active in triathlons and endurance sports, a member of Year-Up Chicago and other community organizations, an active member of Assumption Church in River North, and most importantly a husband to his wife Lee, and father to their daughter Elynn.