Dr. Ronald R. Pollina is President and founder of Chicago-based Pollina Corporate Real Estate, Inc.  Since 1981, Pollina Corporate has represented clients nationally and internationally with their real estate needs, including strategic planning and location analysis.  Dr. Pollina's industry peers and corporate clients recognize him as an expert in corporate location analysis, lease and contract negotiations and geo-economic trends.

Prior to forming the company, Dr. Pollina was real estate economist for one of the nation’s largest real estate firms. During the mid-1970’s, he served in a similar capacity with Continental Illinois National Bank.

Dr. Pollina has represented numerous Fortune 500 companies as real estate broker and consultant, including Xerox, E.I. du Pont, 3Com, Time Magazine, Bosch, Caterpillar, State Farm Insurance, and Prudential Insurance.  He has represented his clients in every major metropolitan area of the country, as well as foreign locations, with many of these transactions being the building or acquiring of corporate headquarters and major manufacturing and distribution facilities.

Dr. Pollina has authored over 80 articles and studies on the subjects of corporate relocation, lease and contract negotiations, corporate office and industrial development, market analysis, and national and state economic development.  He is a principal author of The Lease Negotiation Handbook, a publication of the American Bar Association and the International Association of Attorneys and Executives in Real Estate.  His credits also include articles in publications such as Forbes, Chief Executive, Site Selection and Industrial Development, The American Industrial Development Council Journal, Economic Development Journal, Real Estate Issues, Land Economics Journal, National Law Journal, and Area Development Magazine.  His opinions on real estate have been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Financial Times of London, Business Week, Forbes, National Real Estate Investor, Real Estate Forum, Chicago Tribune, and the New York Times.  Dr. Pollina is the author of the nationally recognized Pollina Corporate Top 10 Pro-Business States study that is published annually and has received press coverage by CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN and NPR.  Selling Out a Superpower: Where the U.S. Economy Went Wrong and How We Can Turn It Around is Dr. Pollina’s latest book, published by Prometheus Books (

In addition to being interviewed on television and radio, Dr. Pollina, as a lecturer, has made numerous presentations before groups such as the National Council for Urban Economic Development, International Economic Development Council, Building Owners and Managers Association International, International Economic Development Council, National Association of Realtors, the International Association of Attorneys and Executives in Corporate Real Estate, Business Roundtable, and the Pennsylvania and Nebraska state legislatures.

Dr. Pollina has served as chairman of the Board of Directors for the International Association of Attorneys and Executives in Corporate Real Estate (AECRE) and the International Tenant Representative Alliance (ITRA), an international association of tenant representative brokerage firms.  He is a member of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association, American Real Estate Society, International Economic Development Council, Lambda Alpha (an honorary professional Land Economics Fraternity), and Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC).  Dr. Pollina served on the International Development Research Council’s Board of Directors and was granted its highest level of achievement, Master Professional, which is reserved for less than five percent of the association’s membership.  While not a member of the American Bar Association, Dr. Pollina was invited to be on their Commercial Office Leasing Committee.

As an educator, he has served on the faculties of the University of Illinois and DePaul University, where he taught courses in Economic Geography, Commercial and Industrial Location, and Market Analysis.  In addition, Dr. Pollina has lectured on negotiation methods and styles at the John Marshall Law School’s Center for Real Estate.  Dr. Pollina has also conducted seminars for many Fortune 500 companies, including State Farm Insurance, Motorola, Hewlett Packard and IBM.

Dr. Pollina received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois in 1970 and 1974, respectively.  His primary areas of specialization were in Geo-Economics, Urban and Regional Planning, Commercial/Industrial Real Estate Location, and Market Analysis.

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