Dolan and friends keep feeding Aurora food pantry


Brian Dolan

One of the most inspiring people Aurora-area REALTOR® Brian Dolan has ever met was the late Marie Wilkinson of Aurora. Described as a social activist and credited with helping Illinois pass the state’s first Fair Housing Ordinance in 1968, Wilkinson also dedicated her life to helping the less fortunate and her accomplishments on their behalf were numerous.

As fate would have it, Dolan held a property listing for the building that would house the Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry. That eventually led Wilkinson to invite Dolan to help the pantry, and 15 years later, he’s still serving on its board of directors.

“Over the years, we have been involved with numerous charitable organizations in town,” says Dolan, a principal at Dolan and Murphy, Inc. “We’ve sponsored Aurora Boys Baseball and Fast-Pitch Softball and we’ve sponsored the traveling fast-pitch softball team named the Dolan & Murphy Shamrocks (formerly known as the Sealmasters of Aurora). My brother Danny (REALTOR® Daniel T. Dolan) has been very involved with the Annual Holiday Food Drive that benefits the Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry. But the charity I’ve been most involved with is the Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry.” Read more about Wilkinson.

Although the organization has much activity this time of year, Dolan says his involvement is year-round, as is the need to help the hungry in Aurora. He says it is rewarding to help the pantry and he is energized by many of the volunteers. But the most satisfying aspect of his involvement is when people who once sought help at the pantry return to tell stories of their own successes and to help others.

Dolan began his real estate career in 1977, earned his CCIM designation is 1988 and has specialized in industrial, commercial and investment real estate.

He was initially a member of the Aurora Board of REALTORS® and the Northern Illinois Commercial Association of REALTORS® (NICAR).  He served eight years on the NICAR Board of Directors and four years as chair of the Sponsorship Committee. With Illinois REALTORS®, he served on the Commercial Industrial Investment Committee in 2013 and 2015. Served on Public Policy and Governmental Affairs Major Investment Group in 2013.

He’s also a principal in Dolan and Murphy Management, LLC, which manages nearly 1 million square feet of retail, office and industrial properties for more than 15 years. He’s been involved in more than $30 million in real estate transactions over the course of his career.

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Last chance to sign up for next week’s global commercial bootcamp

global-commercial-real-estateIllinois REALTORS® who want to help inbound commercial real estate investors should sign up today for the CCIM Institute’s Global Commercial Real Estate Bootcamp next Thursday (Oct. 6) and Friday (Oct. 7) in Chicago.

The program will be held at the Levine Learning Center on Michigan Ave., and features in-depth training from Carmela Ma, CCIM, CIPS, FRICS. Register now at or call 800-621-7207, option 2. Download the pdf flier for more information.

Global Commercial Real Estate Bootcamp Set for Oct. 6-7

With global financial changes including BREXIT, major shifts in capital flow are in the works. Are you equipped to do business with inbound commercial real estate investors?

global-commercial-real-estateAcquire the skills necessary to work with inbound real estate investment. A two-day classroom workshop, Global Commercial Real Estate Bootcamp will be held in Chicago October 6-7, 2016. CCIM Institute is hosting this program led by senior instructor Carmela Ma at Levine Learning Center on Michigan Avenue. Over 300 resources and takeaways are provided with this in-depth skills training. Space is limited. Register now at or call 800-621-7027, option 2. Download the pdf flier for details.carmela-ma

Carmela Ma, CCIM, CIPS, FRICS, a well-respected CCIM instructor as well as an international instructor and past dean for the National Association of REALTORS® Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) program. She has over 40 years of global business experience and also gained acclaim as an award-winning speaker domestically and internationally.

Register today for CCIM’s Global CRE Investment Bootcamp

Carmela Ma


Illinois REALTORS® who want to help international commercial investors find the right properties should register now for the Global CRE Investment Bootcamp offered by CCIM Oct. 6 and 7 in Chicago.

The two-day workshop will teach you how to:

  • Qualify inbound investment prospects;
  • Discover investor motivations like EB-5;
  • Navigate cultural and business differences;
  • Monitor U.S. government regulations, including international taxpayer ID; and
  • Assess how currency fluctuations affect investment returns.

The REALTOR® price is $1,295, while CCIM members pay $995.

CCIM also offers the same course in San Francisco Sept. 22 to 24.

Carmela Ma, CCIM, CIPS, FRICS will be the instructor for both classes.

Morning Minute: NAR sees a jump in new commercial real estate members

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Image: Bigstock

The number of new commercial REALTORS® is growing, particularly among agents with less than two years of commercial real estate experience — a demographic that has nearly doubled to 9 percent, according to the 2016 National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Commercial Member Profile. The survey also found that commercial REALTORS® complete on average a median of nine transactions a year and the median sales transaction volume was $2,931,000. Learn more by reading NAR’s news release, infographic and an article by REALTOR® Magazine.

“As the U.S. economy continues to experience strong, steady recovery, NAR has seen more and more members choose to specialize in commercial real estate. REALTORS® who practice commercial real estate help build and improve the economies of our local communities, so as a community’s commercial real estate market grows and improves so does the local economy,” said NAR President Tom Salomone said in a news release.

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