I do what I do because I truly love it. The day I stop loving it is the day I do something else. Life is too short to not enjoy what you do everyday. I am very fortunate to be in this position. I get up every day excited because every day is different with new challenges and opportunities. I love that I get to work with great people, clients, colleagues and competitors. I love the hunt, the competitiveness, the problem solving and being able to add value. I feel very fortunate to have found this industry 24 years ago.

Take advantage of every day you have because someday the journey will end. All we have in this business is our time and reputation. I feel I have been able to separate myself by working harder, smarter and more efficient then my competition while balancing family, work and life. I have always taken the long term approach with whatever I do in life. I was taught early on that money is the by product of hard work and if you do what’s right you will be rewarded.

“Treat people the way you want to be treated.”

Mom and Dad

Professional Background & Experience

Dan Leahy is an Executive Vice President and Partner at NAI Hiffman and specializes in assisting industrial users and owners with their real estate strategy and implementation. As the founding member and Managing Director of NAI Global Logistics, he applies an integrated approach to assist property owners, shippers, manufacturers and logistic companies. Dan has expertise in all aspects of corporate real estate, including lease negotiation/restructuring, strategic planning, build-to-suit oversight, site selection consulting, logistical consulting, labor analysis, incentive consulting and disposition/leasing services. Over the past 22 years, he has completed over 500 transactions totaling in excess of $2 billion in transaction volume and is recognized as one of Chicago’s and the country’s top industrial brokers. Dan is a graduate of Southern Illinois University where he earned a BS degree in Communications and Economics.

Professional Affiliations & Designations

  • Association of Industrial Real Estate Brokers (AIRE) – Member, Past President
  • Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals – Board Member & National Tour Chairman
  • NAI Global – Industrial Council Chairman (2002) & Leadership Board Member (2004-2009)
  • NAI Global Logistics – Managing Director & Founder
  • National Association of Industrial & Office Properties (NAIOP) – Board Member
  • Society of Office & Industrial Realtors (SIOR) – Member
  • Warehouse Education & Research Council (WERC) – Member
  • Young Industrial Real Estate Brokers – Founding Member (1998-2003)
  • Licensed Real Estate Broker, Illinois

Strategic Clients

APL Logistics | Bissell | Brookfield Properties | Bull Data Systems | CenterPoint Properties | Clearwater Paper | Conway Logistics | Corporate Express | Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management | Environmental System Products | Heads & Threads International | Henkel | IDI Logistics | Ingersoll Rand | International Storage Properties | JP Morgan | Liberty Property Trust | Madden Communications | Menlo Logistics | ML Realty Partners | Prologis | Sanyo Logistics | TA Realty | U-Stor-It | Walmart |


Awards & Recognition

  • Connect Media’s Top Leasing Broker (2018)
  • Crain’s Chicago List of Most Influential Commercial Real Estate Brokers in Chicago (2017)
  • CoStar’s Power Broker Award (Multiple)
  • Greater Chicago Food Depository Commercial Real Estate Awards, Industrial Broker of the Year Recipient (Multiple)
  • Greater Chicago Food Depository Commercial Real Estate Awards, Nominee / Finalist (Multiple)
  • NAI Global Top Producers Award (Multiple)
  • NAI Global Best of Class Award (Multiple)
  • NAI Global Gold Club-$1M of referral business (Multiple)
  • National Association of Industrial & Office Properties (NAIOP), Industrial Transaction of the Year & Award for Excellence (Multiple)
  • Society of Office & Industrial Realtors (SIOR) Professional Achievement Award (2011)
  • NAI Global Silver Elite Award (2011)
  • NAI Global Presidents Award (2010)
  • Real Estate Forum’s Top National Leasing Broker (2005-2006)
  • Illinois Real Estate Journal Excellence Award Recipient (2005)
  • Business Ledger’s Today’s Young Executives (2003)
    Real Estate Chicago’s “40 Under 40” (2003)
  • AIRE Frank Mahoney Award (2000)
  • NAI Global Fitzgerald Award (2000)

Noteworthy Transactions

  • Sanyo Logistics – 400,600 SF
  • APL Logistics – 421,000 SF
  • Bissell – 500,000 SF
  • Heads & Threads International – 653,106 SF (Multiple)
  • Clearwater Paper – 672,000 SF
  • International Storage Properties 1,695,343 SF (Multiple)
  • Con-Way Logistics – 1,280,900 SF (Multiple)
  • Walmart – 3,364,128 SF
  • TA Realty – 7,411,145 SF (Multiple)
  • CenterPoint Properties – 10,000,000 SF & 6,390 Acres (Multiple)
Contact Info

T 630 691 0604


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