Craig was one of the most patient, smart and creative people I’ve had the good fortune to know. I’ll never forget the day he blew my mind by telling me he was in a Tom Petty cover band. Here was this guy who I knew mostly in business and our conversations were mostly about real estate. And then there’s the whole other, super-fun side to him. It taught me to always dig deeper and get to know the sides of people that maybe they don’t present right away—it’s worth the effort. And it’s a great lesson that has stayed with me. 

Since Craig and I met in the mid-1990s, we swam in the same waters professionally, and grew to be personal friends. He was a reporter I pitched, a client I served, a collaborator and key member of my team as my business grew, ruthless editor and commiserator extraordinaire. Most of all, I’m proud to have called him a mentor and a friend. 
Craig included this in a Q&A with him on our Akrete website. It explains how his moral compass was always so on-point:
“I really try to live by the Golden Rule.  But I also think often of the Serenity Prayer: ‘God give me the serenity to accept what I can’t change, the strength to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.’ Life is a lot less stressful if we can filter out the anxieties that we can’t do anything about.”

RIP, Craig. You will be sorely missed.

With a heavy heart, Margy & Team Akrete


Akrete client Skender, a Chicago family business that designs, manufactures and constructs multiple types of commercial and multifamily buildings and spaces, launched production in its advanced manufacturing facility on Chicago’s southwest side. The event was marked by a ribbon-cutting with new Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and an extensive media campaign that drove widespread coverage in outlets such as Chicago Tribune, The Real Deal Chicago, Curbed Chicago, WBEZ, Area Development,, WGN TV and CBS Chicago.

Akrete Founder & CEO Margy Sweeney Launches Forbes Agency Council Blog Contributions

Margy Sweeney, Akrete Founder & CEO, recently joined the Forbes Agency Council. In her first post, Margy details Akrete’s unique achievement-based model that places focus on employee’s achievements and quality of work regardless of where and when they work.

Read more in Forbes here.

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Margy Sweeney, Akrete Founder & CEO, has been elected Vice Chairman of the SomerCor Board of Directors. SomerCor, Chicago’s leading Small Business Administration (SBA) Certified Development Company (CDC), also recently appointed six new members to its board of directors and appointed a new CEO.

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Open Position, January 2019:  Account Director

  • Account Director
  • 20-40 hours per week
  • FTE or Independent Contractor team member
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience
  • To apply, email your resume and cover letter to Becky Reno at

PR and Marketing pros—is your New Year’s Resolution to find a new Account Director or VP-level position that works for your life? High performers, meet Team Akrete. Read More

Open Position, January 2019:  Associate Account Executive

  • Associate Account Executive
  • 40+ hours per week
  • FTE, full benefits
  • 0-2 years’ experience (internship experience preferred)
  • To apply, email your resume and cover letter to Becky Reno at

The Associate Account Executive (AAE) is a key member of our team, the entry-level professional who supports other Account team members in managing and coordinating all day-to-day operations of the clients’ PR and marketing campaigns. The AAE is the glue that holds the team together by ensuring all account management fundamentals are flawlessly buttoned up, so that the account can function as seamlessly as possible across all core projects and tasks. The AAE learns the PR and Marketing profession by executing projects as assigned by other team members and manages the work of interns to ensure all account service commitments are maintained. Read More

It’s a great start to the week on Monday morning when we see our clients in the Wall Street Journal and Fast Company.

Hearing a lot about “last mile” infrastructure? Learn how companies are getting creative with space from JLL Industrial.

What are Skender’s ambitious plans to change how we build housing? Check out Fast Company on Skender’s modular apartment prototype unveiling.

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Akrete’s clients are shaping tomorrow’s workplaces—and they’re doing it today. Individuals in the modern workforce naturally move toward companies that hold the same values that they cherish in their own personal lives and boast workplace cultures reflective of their individual image and lifestyles. When looking for new cities and facilities to relocate to, corporations are starting to follow the same thinking, and real estate investors are choosing the locations, and creating the environments, that attract and retain talent.

Last month, VF Corporation, the North Face parent company and global leader in outdoor apparel, pinpointed the city of Denver and Akrete client Bentall Kennedy’s LEED Gold Certified building (pictured above) as the perfect embodiments of its corporate values and culture.

In planting itself in a progressive, green-centric city like Denver, VF is firmly rooting itself quite literally in sustainability, and bullishly projecting long-term growth for not only their outdoor brands; but for an outdoor, eco-conscious culture to continue to find new peaks in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains.


Read more about this news in media coverage from The Denver Post.

Politics and real estate have always been intertwined. As election day draws near in Illinois, many are asking: Is commercial real estate a key component of improving business growth in Illinois? At a recent lunch event hosted by Akrete client SIOR Chicago, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner seemed to think so. In conversation with David Kahnweiler, SIOR, Non-Executive Chairman at Colliers, Rauner discussed the successes of his first term and his plans for a second term—including policies that would make Illinois a business destination in the Midwest.


Read more about the event from media coverage in The Real Deal.

The NAIOP Market Share blog has long been a top industry resource for the latest insights into trending commercial real estate topics. Since its launch in 2015, Market Share has published more than 500 posts—and out of its top 10 posts of all time, Akrete has written numbers 2 and 3!

Why Industrial Real Estate Is Poised to Break Records in 2017,” with trends from the 2017 JLL Industrial Investment Outlook, rounded out the top 3, and “Heads Up: The 5 Hidden Expenses of Open Ceilings” is the second-most read article, with insights from Skender on the popular office trend.

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Akrete and Skender Nominated for PRNews Platinum Award

Teamwork makes the dream work! Akrete’s collaboration with Skender on our PR campaign announcing Skender’s vertical integration has been nominated for a PRNews Platinum Award.

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Akrete, Skender and Pivot Design Together Win the AMCP 2018 Hermes Creative Award’s Highest Honor, the Platinum Award

Cheers all around! Skender is revolutionizing how the industry builds, by vertically integrating and transforming from a general contractor, to a construction, design and manufacturing company.

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Golub & Co’s Smart Apartment Moment Featured on Chicago ABC 7

Akrete secured an opportunity for Golub & Co’s Stephen Sise to talk to ABC 7 about the firm’s luxury apartment tower Moment’s smart apartment amenities. Read More

Akrete’s Nicole Stenclik featured in PR Industry Blog Post

Team Akrete Vice President Nicole Stenclik contributed her expert opinion to an article about writing B2H press release headlines on Publizly, a Public Relations industry blog. Read More

WHA’s Scott Delano Fights Commoditized Workplace Design

Akrete secured and worked on a bylined article for Scott Delano in Work Design about the increasing need for companies to differentiate themselves through unique office spaces.

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SIOR Chicago President Opens Chicago CRE Forecast Conference

Dan Smolensky, SIOR, Principal at Tauras Modal Group and 2018 SIOR Chicago Chapter President, provided the opening remarks at the RE Journals’ 17th Annual Chicago CRE Forecast event. The event kicks off the new year for Chicago’s CRE industry leaders. Read More

Camera-Ready: JLL Client Pushpa Gowda Appears on Cheddar

JLL’s – Global Technology Engagement Director Pushpa Gowda appeared on the tech broadcast program Cheddar to share 5 upcoming Future of Work predictions from JLL’s Corporate Solutions team.  Read More

The Global Benefits of a Local Organization: SIOR Chicago

Akrete conceptualized and moderated a roundtable discussion at the Global SIOR Conference with SIORs doing business globally.  Read More

Golub Selected as the 2017 Illinois Family Business of the Year

The Family Business Center at the Loyola Quinlan School of Business awarded Akrete client Golub & Co the 2017 Illinois Family Business of the Year in the medium-sized category.

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KeyBank Real Estate Capital Owns the Senior Housing Space

Akrete continues to create white papers for Key Bank Real Estate Capital, including this one on senior housing operations.  Read More

Wright Heerema’s Scott Delano Featured in Commercial Property Executive

Scott Delano, Design Director at Akrete client Wright Heerema Architects, was interviewed about his career as an architect and interior design trends. Read More

Skender San Francisco Office Leader Featured in The Registry

The Registry in San Francisco published a Q&A with Dan Polito, Senior Project Manager, Skender.  Read More

Bentall Kennedy Executive Embarks on NYC Media Tour

Akrete arranged in-person interviews for David Antonelli, Executive Vice President at Bentall Kennedy U.S., with multiple trade publications including REFI and PERE in New York City, resulting in this REFI article.

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A Fall Filled with Broadcast and Podcast

In the fall of 2017, Team Akrete secured appearances on broadcast and podcast outlets for three of our clients.

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Maverick Commercial Mortgage Featured as Mobile Home Communities Expert in National Real Estate Investor (NREI):

In an interview coordinated by Akrete, Maverick founder Ben Kadish spoke with Donna Mitchell of NREI online about the new Fannie Mae loan program for mobile home cooperatives, or resident-owned communities (ROCs), and about changes in the manufactured housing sector.

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Akrete Goes West: JLL Live at DisruptCRE San Francisco

Akrete Founder and CEO Margy Sweeney and Associate Account Executive Sophie Bartolotta traveled to San Francisco to produce the third and final JLL Live at DisruptCRE livestream.  Read More

Live, from San Francisco, It’s Akrete Founder & CEO

In addition to producing the JLL Live at DisruptCRE San Francisco livestream, Akrete Founder and CEO Margy Sweeney also appeared on air to discuss Akrete’s flexible liquid workforce model.  Read More

Ready for Launch: Kingbird Properties

Akrete successfully launched new real estate investment firm Kingbird Properties to the marketplace the 2017 Fall ULI meeting.  Read More

Began work with Skender

In the summer of 2017, Akrete built out its range of commercial real estate clients by beginning PR work with Skender, a vertically integrated design, construction, and building component manufacturing firm.

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Akrete Ranked as an O’Dwyer’s Top Financial PR Firm

Akrete is honored to announce that O’Dwyer’s PR ranked our firm #20 in a list of Top Financial PR and Investor Relations Firms nationally and #13 in Chicago PR Firms. O’Dwyer’s determines the listings by reviewing firms’ net fees and staff size.

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WSJ Podcast: Key Succession Planning Tips from Akrete Client Third Federal

Akrete client Third Federal Savings and Loan was featured on June 5, 2017 in The Wall Street Journal on the podcast Watching Your Wealth: Succession Tips for a Family Business.  


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WSJ‘s “Life” Section Features Akrete Client, JLL and their new HQ Cafe

Akrete client JLL was featured on June 2, 2017 in The Wall Street Journal in the article The Office Barista Will Now Take Your Order.  JLL’s high-end headquarters café was featured prominently in the “LIFE” section of the WSJ.


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Akrete Produces First 5-hour YouTube Livestream From a #PropTech Conference

Team Akrete fed our appetite for innovation and passion for commercial real estate technology this spring. As public relations consultants to JLL and content sponsor of the DisruptCRE conference series, we produced 5 hours of continuous live video programming from the floor of each DisruptCRE conference this spring. Read More

Akrete CIO Brian Greenberg Discusses IT For a Liquid Workforce on JLL Live @ DisruptCRE – Chicago

At the JLL Live broadcast during DisruptCRE Chicago, Akrete’s CIO Brian Greenberg discussed the unique IT needs of a liquid workforce. Read More

Akrete Client Golub & Company Highlighted as Creative Developers in The Wall Street Journal

Akrete client Golub & Company was featured on April 27, 2017 in The Wall Street Journal in the article Working From Home? Real-Estate Developers Are Here to Help

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Akrete Founder and CEO Margy Sweeney Discusses Our Liquid Workforce Business Model on JLL Live @ DisruptCRE – New York City


On the first installment of JLL Live @ DisruptCRE – New York City in March, Margy Sweeney talked about founding a company based on a liquid workforce model. Read More

Akrete Launches PR and Marketing Communications Program for Maverick Commercial Mortgage

Akrete is pleased to welcome Maverick Commercial Mortgage as a new client. Team Akrete will create compelling content, execute an email marketing strategy, and provide national public relations services to this entrepreneurial commercial mortgage firm.

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Akrete Celebrates 5 years in Business, $1 million in Annual Revenue

We’re proud to have celebrated 5+ years in business by passing an important milestone: our first $1 million year (in annual total revenue). Thanks to our clients and team members who made this accomplishment possible. Read More

Akrete Founder and CEO Margy Sweeney Joins SomerCor 504 Board of Directors

Our Founder and CEO Margy Sweeney joined the Board of Directors for SomerCor 504, a non-profit certified development corporation dedicated to providing and servicing SBA 504 loans to Illinois small businesses. Read More

MakeOffices, an Akrete Client, Featured in WGN Radio’s Popular Business Lunch Program

Akrete client MakeOffices was featured on April 28, 2016 on WGN News’ Wintrust Business Lunch in a piece about co-working. This live radio spot featured an interview with the MakeOffices CEO. 


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Akrete Client Golub & Co.’s Community Investment Featured in Crain’s

Akrete client Golub & Company was featured on April 27, 2016 in the Crain’s Chicago Business article, Wabash Arts Corridor, now with more murals. The article features Golub & Company’s investment in the community and in the arts.


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HuffPo Article Features Akrete Client, JLL, Discussing Gender Equality in the Boardroom

Akrete client JLL was featured in January 2016 in the Huffington Post article, Why Gender Parity Must Lead from the Boardroom.

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Akrete Client, JLL, Featured on CNBC on Black Friday

Akrete client JLL was featured on November 26, 2015 (“Black Friday”) on CNBC, Consumers still want to go out and shop: JLL” Strategically timed, the CEO of JLL Retail appeared on the eve of Black Friday on CNBC discussing shopping patterns.  

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Forbes Highlights Research from Akrete Client, JLL

Akrete client JLL was featured in Forbes in the article, “Rent is Too Damn High, Even for Lawyers.

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Akrete CIO Brian Greenberg Appeared on Austin’s Ctrl+Alt+Tech Web Series

Akrete CIO Brian Greenberg had fun talking about the Akrete business model and its technology requirements on this TV show, filmed in the tech mecca of Austin, Texas.  With a team in all corners of the U.S., we take our mobile technology and cloud-based systems seriously.

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