Foundation News

Theron May

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Theron joined Imperial in 2007 and is currently Imperial Realty’s Vice President & Director of Brokerage responsible for managing and growing brokerage services (leasing & investment sales) through hiring, training and development of the sales staff – who specialize in retail, office, industrial and land services for landlords and tenants. As the liaison between owners and brokers his focus is on resolving disputes over construction, design, economics  and legal matters. Prior to his current role Theron rotated through Imperial’s departments serving different functions learning the business.

Theron graduated from Marquette University with a double Major in Real Estate and Entrepreneurship. At Marquette, Theron founded and served as President of the Real Estate Club. Under Theron’s leadership, the Real Estate Club grew to the largest student organization on campus.

Theron lives in Chicago and enjoys playing sports, traveling and volunteering with the Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation.

As a mentee, Theron completed four mentorships and reflects on those days as some of the most impactful learning experiences of his college education. “I feel incredibly fortunate to have spent full days with industry titans at a time just prior to the Great Recession. The Mentors treated me like a family member and made me privy to details of their developments both in the planning stage and underway. I was amazed at the creativity and knew that all their developments would certainly be successful. I eagerly tracked these projects over the coming years and watched as the economy impacted my Mentors. Most of the projects I’d been exposed to became stalled or reduced in scope and those in the planning stages never came to fruition. It was an impactful lesson proving the adage about best-laid plans.”

Imperial Realty Company has built a portfolio of over 100 retail, office and industrial properties. Most acquisitions were purchased as distressed properties and have been subsequently guided to success through rehabilitation and repositioning to meet the needs of the respective marketplaces. The firm’s staff includes legal, architectural, space planning, brokerage, leasing, administration, management and maintenance. Imperial Realty is ranked by Crain’s Chicago Business as the largest office property owner and manager in the Chicagoland market.