I was attracted to industrial real estate for a variety of reasons but initially, the biggest draw was the ever-changing landscape that comes with being an industrial broker. Meeting and advising clients who each have their own unique set of circumstances to formulate strategies and achieve their goals ensures every deal and every day has the potential to be so different from the last. I’ve always been a goal-oriented person and find great satisfaction in the relatively short transaction cycle of our business and being able to see individual transactions through from start to finish. Another attraction to industrial real estate is the flexibility of being an independent contractor and controlling my own future. While many determining factors in our business are outside of our control, we do get to control who we work with and what type of projects we choose to pursue.

In 1998, I married my college sweetheart, Lindsey, and have two beautiful daughters, Abby and Callie. I’ve been an avid tennis player since I was nine years old and continue to play whenever possible. Playing tennis growing up taught me that hard work is rewarded with success – a lesson I’ve carried with me into my professional life as well. Traveling and enjoying free time with my family and friends are always welcome distractions from the hustle of brokerage.

“I'm a great believer in luck. The harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.”

Coleman Cox

Professional Background & Experience

Steven D. Bass is an Executive Vice President with NAI Hiffman’s Industrial Services Group. His focus is on assisting clients with strategic real estate planning, financial analysis and market research. Steve excels at both product and tenant representation predominately in the I-90 Northwest, Northwest Cook and Central DuPage submarkets.

During his career, Steve has represented companies such as Box Partners, Maines Paper and Food Services, Safety Socket, Hydrox Laboratories, Chicago Importing, National Kitchen & Bath Cabinets, Media Monkey, Kabat America and Premier Transportation & Warehousing. In addition to representing with these occupier client, Steve has partnered with institutional owners and developers including Stockbridge Capital Group, Venture One, Exeter Property Group, Midwest Industrial Funds, Interstate Partners LLC and numerous private investment owners.

Professional Affiliations & Designations

  • Illinois Licensed Real Estate Broker
  • AIRE
  • AIRE Membership Committee
  • AIRE Recruitment Committee
  • CoStar Power Broker
  • Elgin Chamber of Commerce

Strategic Clients

Box Partners, LLC | Chicago Importing Company | Exeter Property Group | Hydrox Laboratories | Interstate Partners LLC | Maines Paper & Food Service | National Kitchen & Bath Cabinets | Premier Transportation & Warehousing | Retail First Corp | Safety Socket | Stelfast | Stockbridge Capital Group

Noteworthy Transactions

  • Stockbridge Capital Group – 2.9MM SF (multiple)
  • Interstate Partners LLC – 900,000 SF (multiple)
  • Box Partners, LLC – 590,952 SF (multiple)
  • Maines Paper & Food Service – 422,000 SF (multiple)
  • Premier Transportation & Warehousing – 325,000 SF (multiple)
  • Exeter Property Group – 309,000 SF (multiple)
  • Hydrox Laboratories – 192,000 SF (multiple)
  • Chicago Importing Company – 115,000 SF (multiple)
  • Stelfast – 65,237 SF
  • National Kitchen & Bath Cabinets – 64,952 SF
Contact Info

T 630 317 0738


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