In April, JLL was excited to announce that local expert, Bill Leone, would join its Pittsburgh leadership team. With more than 30 years of experience in commercial real estate, Bill was a perfect fit.
As Senior Vice President, Bill specializes in tenant representation, landlord representation and investment sales for both local and national JLL clients. Now that Bill has been with the firm for three months, JLL’s marketing team wanted to check in and see how he’s doing in his new position. We sat down with Bill to ask a few questions about his decision, and ultimately, his outlook as a newcomer to the Pittsburgh team.
Here’s what he had to say.
Q&A with JLL SVP in Pittsburgh, Bill Leone
Q: How did you decide that JLL was the right career choice?
A: There were many factors that weighed into the decision, and over the past three months, I’m convinced that all my reasons for coming to JLL were the right ones.
In Pittsburgh, JLL is thought of not only as the leading service provider, but the people are highly sought after as well. All employees genuinely enjoy what they do, they keep the client’s interest, and they always maintain their integrity.
Q: How has the transition been, from your old firm to JLL?
A: It’s been very easy. Between the resources, the support and their expertise, my colleagues here have been extremely helpful. It can be overwhelming at first, but over time I’ve become a part of the team. It’s been a seamless shift.
Q: What have you found to be the most important part of your new position?
A: Understanding everything that JLL has to offer. And, to play a critical role as team member while serving our clients. This is key because, over the course of my career, I’ve never been in an environment like this where it’s so open, collaborative and team-oriented.
Q: How have internal subject matter experts (SMEs) supplemented your CRE efforts?
A:I’ve been able to work locally here with the tenant representation, agency group, and (for some of the larger scale projects) we’ve worked with logistics and healthcare specialists. Quite frankly, without those two groups, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to serve the clients with whom we were in conversations.
Even as long as I’ve been in the business, you can’t specialize in everything. You’ve got to be able to rely on someone who has everyday expertise in the sector at hand. It’s unbelievable to reach out and have access to JLL SMEs all over the country, who are highly qualified and experienced. I am very, very impressed with the resources and personnel. JLL is the real estate company on steroids.
Q: What is JLL’s role in today’s strong real estate market?
A: In today’s real estate environment, there is a higher demand for value-add. JLL is best positioned to enhance the real estate portfolio and values of the client. It comes down to the market research capabilities, expertise, specific market knowledge, technology, and essentially, the bottom-line idea of being a collaborative organization where everyone shares information for the clients’ interest.
Q: How would you describe the culture?
A: The JLL culture is open, collaborative, team-oriented, and very professional. JLL also supports family values and a strong commitment to the community.
Today, I look at JLL as having all the resources, but with the client’s interest in mind more so than the company’s interest. I’ve learned a lot during my time here in truly understanding the company.
Bill has already become a key player in the Pittsburgh office, and a valuable asset to client and colleagues. We wish him the best of luck for his future at JLL! Visit Bill’s full bio, or connect with him on LinkedIn.