Meredith O'Connor is an International Director and member of JLL Executive Committee. Meredith provides expertise through a diverse array of experience in tenant representation, business and economic incentives, zoning and land use, acquisitions and dispositions, strategic consulting, financial analysis and development services. Meredith also serves as the client relationship manager for Aon Corporation's global portfolio.
Meredith O'Connor leads the business and economic incentives practice and helps companies negotiate with state and local governments to reduce upfront capital and expense costs along with ongoing operating expenses and taxes. Meredith and her team's accomplishments include negotiating legislative changes in many different states and applying little known statutes to achieve solutions for clients.
Currently, Meredith represents the Barack Obama Foundation for the site selection of President Obama's Presidential Library. She also represents ConAgra Foods on the relocation of their Global Headquarters from Omaha to Chicago where more than 1,000 employees will occupy approximately 200,000 sf in the Merchandise Mart. Recently, Meredith represented Toyota on the relocation of their North American headquarters from Torrance, California to Plano, Texas (7,000 jobs and 2.1M sf build-to-suit); Mercedes Benz USA on the relocation of their North American headquarters from New Jersey to Georgia (1000 jobs and $35M incentives package); and Zurich N.A. on a 700,000 sf build-to-suit, $100M incentives package, in Schaumburg, Illinois. In 2013-14, Meredith served on the founding team of 1871, a digital startup community located in the Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago. She also served on the founding team for the development of UI Labs on Goose Island, a center that solves large-scale industrial challenges by forming consortia of university, industry and civic partners who innovate and commercialize new technology solutions.
Prior to joining JLL, Meredith was the Managing Director at World Business Chicago (WBC), where she led the targeting and management of corporate relocation and expansion projects for domestic and globally based companies. Meredith led business development for the region's technology landscape, and served as a principal public/private liaison for corporate technology & entrepreneurial tech leadership.
WBC is a public-private economic development corporation chaired by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and comprised of over 50 top executives from many of Chicago's leading companies. During Meredith's tenure, WBC was repeated recognized and awarded as one of the top international organizations in its field. Meredith led notable relocations of headquarters for major operations for Boeing, NAVTEQ/Nokia, CDW, CareerBuilder, Motorola Mobility/Google, United Airlines, Wrigley, PepsiCo, GATX and RR Donnelley.
In addition, Meredith spent more than 10 years as Deputy Commissioner with the City of Chicago where she founded a new unit in the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) to advocate for science and technology-based economic development. Meredith authored changes to the Chicago Building Code to allow for compliance of new technologies. Notable successes include the redevelopment of 600 West Chicago, Lakeside Technology Center, and the redevelopment of several areas through the use of Tax Increment Financing. She also held several other City positions, including Assistant to Mayor Richard M. Daley and was appointed as the youngest-ever Assistant Sergeant At Arms for the Chicago City Council. Meredith holds a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from Loyola University Chicago Graduate School of Business.
In her personal life, Meredith applies the same focus and determination that she exercises in business to her family and community. She and her husband Dan live on the Northside of Chicago with their five children: Grace, Daniel, Liam, Owen and Brendan. Meredith also serves on more than a dozen local associations and charities.
JLL National Brokerage MVP Award - 2014
Athena National Woman of the Year Award Winner 2015
Bright Horizon Award Women in Real Estate Winner
JLL Top Producer, "Top Gun Award" 2008-2015
JLL Midwest Best of the Midwest Award --2014
Greater Chicagoland Food Depository Commercial Broker of the Year Winner and Finalist 2012-2014
Greater Chicagoland Food Depository Deal of the Year Award Winner 2009-2014
Suburban Broker Transaction of the Year NAIOP Award Winner and Finalist 2009-2014
Chicago Broker Transaction of the Year NAIOP Award Winner and Finalist 2009-2013
Crain's Chicago Business "40 Under 40" Winner
Masters of Business Administration in Finance Loyola University Chicago Graduate School of Business
YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago Board of Managers
Illinois Facilities Fund Board Member
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Board Member
Commissioner and Vice President of the Illinois Medical District Appointed by Governor 2012-2015