The Midwest commercial real estate industry lost one of its top veterans when James Tyree, chairman and chief executive officer of Chicago-based Mesirow Financial, died March 16. His death came just five months after Tyree was diagnosed with stomach cancer.
Mesirow’s Web site posted the following message:
“With a heavy heart, we are saddened to announce that our leader and friend, Jim Tyree, has passed away. There was an unexpected complication and, after a valiant fight, Jim lost his battle with stomach cancer while surrounded by his loving family.
“Jim was truly one-of-a-kind; an amazing leader and great friend to so many. He made an indelible impression on each one of us at Mesirow Financial, and our hearts are broken. We will honor him by continuing his legacy and following the tenets that he taught us. Because of Jim’s leadership, he has prepared us well to band together and get through this difficult time.”
Tyree was 53. He had served as chairman and chief executive officer of Mesirow Financial since 1994.