CHICAGO—Robert Rischmann has just joinedColliers International as an executive vicepresident tasked with launching and the firm's new tax andincentives practice nationwide. He will be based in Chicago.

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“Bob brings to us decades of experience in the governmentincentives arena, having assisted major corporations throughout thecountry with procuring economic benefits,” says David R.Kahnweiler, chairman and chief executive officer ofColliers International | Chicago. “We areconfident that the combination of his skill set and Colliers' vastrelationships will result in an even more robust service deliverymodel.”

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Rischmann has over 30 years of state and local tax experience.And for the past 20 years he has focused on negotiating credits andincentives. He has also taken on other tasks including accounting,risk management, project planning, and financial analysis. Inaddition, Rischmann has worked nationally across various industriesincluding manufacturing, healthcare, pharmaceutical, utilities andretail.

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Prior to joining Colliers, Rischmann spent more than three yearsas director of PricewaterhouseCooper's credits andincentives network. Prior to that, he spent six years as thecredits and incentives national practice leader for TruePartners Consulting. In the first 20 years of his career,he held similar positions with other corporations such asBaxter Healthcare, Ernst &Young, Arthur Andersen, andDeloitte in addition to the IllinoisDepartment of Revenue.

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“The prospect of growing a brand new service line for a highlyrespected firm such as Colliers is a welcomed challenge,” saysRischmann. “While the Chicago market is teeming with activity andis a very strong incentives market, I look forward to establishinga presence in other key markets throughout the country.”

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Brian J. Rogal

Brian J. Rogal is a Chicago-based freelance writer with years of experience as an investigative reporter and editor, most notably at The Chicago Reporter, where he concentrated on housing issues. He also has written extensively on alternative energy and the payments card industry for national trade publications.