Each year, Midwest Real Estate News inducts a new class into its Midwest Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame. Today, we look at the busy career of one of these inductees, Geoff Hill, executive managing director with the Detroit-Farmington Hills, Michigan, office of Newmark Knight Frank.
You don’t last more than three decades in commercial real estate without closing deals. And Geoff Hill, executive managing director with the Detroit-Farmington Hills, Michigan, office of Newmark Knight Frank has closed plenty.
During his career of more than 33 years, Hill has been involved in more than $1.5 billion of real estate transactions. This includes the $56 million sale of the First Industrial Complex and the $35 million Prologis portfolio sale.
Other big transactions include a $33 million acquisition for Delphi, $27.5 million lease for TI Automotive BTS and a $21.3 million GM leased investment sale.
With deals like this, it’s not surprising that Hill has consistently ranked as one of the top producers in the Detroit market. Hill has been a six-time top-producer in the Detroit office of Newmark Knight Frank, a three-time top-30 producer for the company nationally and has won the Circle of Excellence Top 100 Award from Newmark Knight Frank 12 times.
Part of the reason for Hill’s success is his passion for commercial real estate. He loves what he does, which makes it easier to spend those long hours closing deals.
“I most enjoy my interactions with clients, collaborating to determine the best real estate solutions for clients and their companies,” Hill said. “I have also been very privileged to work with exceptionally collaborative and supportive professionals throughout my career.”
Hill also acts as a true consultant to his clients. He doesn’t pressure them into making moves just so he can close a deal. Instead, he works with them to find the best deals for their needs.
“I always put myself in my clients’ shoes to best approach their real estate needs, whether that means making an immediate space decision or holding off on making a move and reworking the current location,” Hill said. “This business is a marathon, not a sprint. If you take care of your clients’ best interests and work hard and smart, you will be successful.”
When not adding to his production numbers, Hill enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He also enjoys biking, skiing and golfing.