It is with great sadness that we share news of the passing of Kevin Cooney. We have lost a dear friend and a valued colleague and his presence will be dearly missed. Kevin has been an amazing example to us all; he was incredibly wise, focused, positive and tough. He has left us all with an amazing legacy and example of what it means to live a life with passion and purpose. Kevin touched every person he interacted with in this business in ways that will never be duplicated.

In honor and remembrance of Kevin, Hiffman will make a donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in his name. We invite you to join us is supporting this wonderful organization that was an important part of Kevin’s life and one his family supports. Please visit Kevin’s obituary for details about Kevin and a link to the memorial CFF donation page. When we built this website, Kevin wrote a brief summary of his career path in his bio entry, which is included below.

I love working in the industrial real estate field because I get a firsthand look at how goods are made. The way goods move throughout the world economy has fascinated me for as long as I can remember. I always thought how is fruit available in Chicago during January? Well, working in the industrial real estate field has led me to understand how fruit and thousands of other products can be made readily available throughout the world. Seeing how economies move and knowing that industrial real estate is a key factor, is extremely humbling.

When I was young, I had a strong fascination in planes, trains, boats, trucks, or any transportation vehicle. My first helicopter ride at the age of 10, was over the BNSF Intermodal in Joliet. These fascinations have led me to a natural career in real estate. After finishing with a degree in Finance and Real Estate Marquette I began working at Darwin Realty before accepting a position at NAI Hiffman. When I am not at the office, I am either watching sports or hanging with family and friends.

Cooney Personal
“To whom much is given, much is expected.”

Tom M. Owens Sr.

Professional Background & Experience

Kevin Cooney worked within the Industrial Services Group at NAI Hiffman and offered a broad range of knowledge, having experience in all facets of industrial real estate with a primary focus on private companies, financial institutions, owners, investors and developers in the acquisition, disposition, and leasing of industrial real estate assets and land. Prior to joining NAI Hiffman, Kevin was an industrial broker with Darwin Realty & Development and has provided solutions for clients ranging from Private Family Partnerships to Fortune 100 Companies. Kevin was a graduate of Marquette University with a major in Finance and Real Estate. He devoted numerous hours of volunteer service at Lurie Children’s Hospital where he mentored and provided support to teenage patients.

Professional Affiliations & Designations

  • Association of Industrial Real Estate Brokers (AIRE)
  • Marquette University REALM member
  • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP)
  • NAI Global Young Professionals Network
  • Licensed Real Estate Broker, Illinois

Strategic Clients

AEW Capital Management | Blackstone | CT Realty | DCT Industrial | Electro-Motive | Global Logistics Property | Heitman | High Street Realty | Logistics Property Company |  ML Realty Partners | Prologis | Welch Packaging | Union Pacific Railroad

Noteworthy Transactions

  • AEW Capital Management – 58,400 SF
  • ML Realty Partners – 65,000 SF
  • High Street Realty – 85,000 SF
  • Heitman – 128,737 SF
  • Global Logistics Property – 150,220 SF
  • Union Pacific Railroad – 166,000 SF
  • Welch Packaging – 215,000 SF
  • Prologis – 235,750 SF
  • Electro-Motive – 250,000 SF
  • CT Realty – 684,320 SF