Bridge Development Partners, LLC, announced that Steve Groetsema of the company’s Chicago office has been promoted to chief operating officer. In his elevated role, Groetsema will support Bridge’s continued national and international industrial real estate portfolio expansion, in addition to enhancing the company’s internal infrastructure and processes that drive its acquisition, development and property management operations.
Groetsema’s roster of responsibilities at the national level will include—but not be limited to—overseeing Bridge’s internal investment and due diligence committees, liaising with the company’s capital partners, supporting all property management staffing needs and serving as a point of contact for employee and organizational relations, while also overseeing the day-to-day operations of Bridge and its regional offices.
“As Bridge has continued to rapidly expand in markets throughout the United States—completing more than $1 billion in transactions last year alone—and into international markets, we’ve realized that there’s a need for an enhanced, company-wide internal infrastructure to streamline and further scale our operations,” said Bridge’s founder and CEO, Steve Poulos. “We’ve added the position of chief operating officer to our executive team to fulfill this need—and there is no better man for the job than Steve. Since Steve began his career with Bridge 12 years ago, it’s been a pleasure to work closely with him as he’s grown alongside the company, and we’re thrilled that we now have the opportunity to benefit from his robust leadership skills and experience at the national level.”
“Steve and I began working at Bridge at the same time, 12 years ago,” said Tony Pricco, Bridge’s president. “In this relatively short period of time, we’ve experienced incredible growth within Bridge, and Steve has been an instrumental part of that success. I’m excited to work more closely with him in his new role as part of the executive team, as we continue our expansion.”
Since Bridge was founded in 2000, the company quickly grew in the Chicago market, and soon thereafter established a strong presence in the core industrial markets of South Florida, New York/New Jersey, California and Washington. As its pipeline of acquisition, development, and leasing activity continues to expand nationally and internationally, Groetsema will lead the company in maximizing efficiency and ensuring process uniformity.
Groetsema joined Bridge in 2007 and proved a rising star from the beginning—becoming one of only five national partners in 2016—and has held various roles throughout Bridge’s expansion. Prior to assuming the role of COO, Steve was Bridge’s Midwest partner from 2015 through 2018, during which time he was responsible for Bridge’s acquisition and development activities throughout Chicagoland and southern Wisconsin.
Two Bridge projects under Groetsema’s leadership, Bridge Point North I and Bridge Point 290, were named NAIOP’s “Industrial Speculative Development of the Year” in 2017 and 2018, respectively, and the company was recently named 2018 Developer of the Year by the Greater Chicago Food Depository at the Chicago Commercial Real Estate Awards. Groetsema has executed transactions on over 12 million square feet of industrial real estate with a value in excess of $1 billion during his career and has helped make Bridge one of the most active industrial development firms in Chicago and nationwide.
Groetsema is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics. He is a member of NAIOP and currently serves on the NAIOP Chicago Chapter Board of Directors.