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Top 100: Growth Mode
Cruising along with our Top 100 leaders series, we sat down with Cushman & Wakefield's senior managing director Aaron Block. Later, we heard from the Chicago Metropolitan  Agency for Planning and checked in with the Chicago USGBC, which also have leaders; whether they crack future issues of the Top 100, remains to be seen.
 
Top 100: Growth Mode
At 270 employees in two full-service offices in Chicago, one could understand if C&W  took a breather, but now is the time to make a move, Aaron says. It's already made a big play this year by signing the 140k-SF lease that will change the Sears Tower to the Willis next week. Now the New York-based company is ready to build Chicago into a true flagship market over the next two years by bringing on quality players from all service lines, Aaron says.
 
Top 100: Growth Mode

Too camera-shy for a second photo, Aaron spent the last three-and-a-half years building up the company's office leasing business in Russia; he just returned in January to the Chicago office where he started his nine years at Cushman. A childhood in Hyde Park means he's happy to be back around family. When Aaron?s not growing the C&W empire, he's hanging out with his almost-one-year-old son, power boating on the lake, or both.