Scope of Service Experience
David Petersen is CEO of NAI Hiffman and also serves as CEO of NAI Hiffman's Management Services Group. David focuses on identifying and aligning his client’s requirements with strategic business, financial, and operational objectives through portfolio leasing and management services in order to achieve each clients’ goals.
David's business philosophy is based on creating a cohesive and integrated real estate delivery platform along all business lines. In addition to overseeing the operational aspects of the two firms he is actively focused on growing the business, enhancing financial performance and supporting the focus of recruiting and retaining top talent throughout the company.
Before joining NAI Hiffman, David worked with Trammell Crow Company where he oversaw the delivery of the firm’s broad spectrum of management services to institutional clients. Responsible for team creation and organization as well as new business development, David secured more than 15 million square feet of new leasing and management assignments.
Prior to joining Trammell Crow, David was Senior Managing Director with Insignia/ESG’s Chicago office. He was responsible for the Midwest Property Management Group which included the firm’s Chicago, Detroit and St. Louis operations. During his tenure, the Midwest portfolio grew three-fold. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President at Frain, Camins & Swartchild, a regional commercial real estate firm based in Chicago.
David’s career in real estate spans over 30 years and covers several disciplines within the industry including property management, construction, and re-development. He has built an impressive client roster that includes BlackRock, CBRE Trust, Franklin Street Partners, GE Capital, Henderson Global, Invesco, LaSalle Investment Management, Navigant, PacTrust, PNC Real Estate, St. Paul Travelers, Sun Life, TA Realty, TIAA, UBS, and Vestor Capital.
A Vietnam veteran, Mr. Petersen has completed real estate course work at the University of Wisconsin to obtain certification in construction management and warehouse work flows. He has earned the R.P.A – a BOMA designation.
Professional Associations & Designations
Covenant Youth Camp, Lake Geneva – Foundation Board Member
Naperville Elderly Home – Board Member
North Park University Business Advisory - Board member
BOMA Suburban Chicago – Past Education Chairman
BOMA Suburban Chicago, RPA