President and Chief Executive Officer
Howard Ecker founded Howard Ecker + Company in 1975 as the first company in Chicago devoted exclusively to representing tenants. Howard works with business leaders to align office location thinking with the long term fiscal and cultural needs of their business, connecting the worth of the company to its brand, culture and environment. During his tenure, Howard has completed lease transactions in virtually every state in the country. Other achievements include successfully negotiating a built-to-suit space for the Shure Brothers corporate headquarters, securing 200,000 square feet in two leases for his client BDO in Midtown Manhattan.
Howard started his career at Cushman & Wakefield working as the original leasing agent for the John Hancock Center during its initial construction. He then joined Arthur Rubloff & Company where he became the head of the office leasing department and the youngest member of the Board of Directors. While there, Howard worked on large-scale projects including the development and leasing of the Time Life Building, Commerce Plaza in Oak Brook and First National Bank of Dayton.
Howard is a member of the Board of Directors for Chicago’s Adler Planetarium.
Howard graduated from Tulane University in 1966 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Russian History and attended DePaul Law School.
Howard lives in Lincoln Park with Janet Ecker. He has identical twin daughters who work with him at Howard Ecker + Company.
Just a sample of our well-served clients over the years
When my company was expanding nationally, we need to rent office space on many cities around the country. Ira Perlman from Howard Ecker & Company led our projects and was terrific. He understood our needs, scoped out the geography, negotiated on our behalf and presented us with good options. We never could have done it without their help. It greatly minimized my time required. When we decided that we needed a larger corporate facility, they were part of the team of our “build to suit” development. Ira and Howard Ecker always were OUR advocates
Howard Ecker and his team have been trusted advisors of mine for over a decade and through three different companies. No one is better at representing tenants from simple to complex lease situations. The deep relationships that Howard brings to the table ensure that you will always have excellent rent options and favorable lease terms. I highly recommend Howard Ecker and company.
Working with Valentine at Howard Ecker has been a truly wonderful experience. She has consistently negotiated on my business’ behalf at our downtown Chicago flagship location and was immensely helpful with the location search for our suburban satellite office. She is incredibly knowledgeable about rental agreements, market value and attractiveness of location. I have always believed the well-being of our business is her priority and never doubted her moral integrity. I plan to continue a very long relationship with Valentine and the Howard Ecker firm.
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