Joel Simmons

Joel Simmons

Executive Managing Director – Newmark Knight Frank

Mr. Simmons serves as Executive Managing Director of the Debt and Structured Finance Group at Newmark Knight Frank since 2012. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Simmons served as an executive vice president of Grubb & Ellis Company, a commercial real estate services and investment company. Prior to joining Grubb & Ellis, Mr. Simmons was a senior partner at Cohen Financial Corporation, a national real estate mortgage banking firm.

During his career thus far, Mr. Simmons has been personally responsible for the structuring and placement of over 900 real estate commercial property debt and structured finance transactions, developed many of the correspondent institutional lender relationships of the firms he has been associated with, and has assisted in the creation and growth of each company's national mortgage banking platforms.

Mr. Simmons is on the Board of Directors of Chicago-based Inland Bancorp, Inc. of Oakbrook, Illinois.

Mr. Simmons is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and the ICSC Illinois State Committee and serves as an Executive Board Member of The Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation, one of the nation's largest private organizations committed to gastrointestinal cancer research and real estate education. Mr. Simmons received his B.S. Degree in Finance from Loyola University in Chicago.