CHICAGO-Reno, NV-based Dermody Properties Partners has named Andy James as a partner, and he will oversee the company’s Chicago office, where the firm has plans to significantly expand its presence. James, 45, will be responsible for development of all commercial facilities and parks in the area, acquisition of land to be developed, and investment in existing commercial buildings in the Chicago area.

James has formed his own private development and investment company, J4 Investments LLC, but says he felt his work with DP would offer benefits for both his new venture and his career. “DP has a great national reputation and they were committed to growing in Chicago,” James says. “I was committed to doing something on my own, but after spending time with these guys, it just felt like a natural fit.”

James comes to DP after seven years as an SVP with the Chicago office of Indianapolis-based Duke Realty Corp. “At Duke, I was able to increase the Duke brand in Chicago from two million to seven million sf,” James says.

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