Paul Zeller is Managing Principal and CEO of Zeller Realty Group, and affiliates Zeller Realty Corporation, Zeller Management Corporation, Zeller Development Corporation and Zeller Investment Corporation. He combines an extensive background in commercial real estate development, finance, asset management and operations management, with substantial experience as an owner/investor/operator of commercial income property. Zeller is active in all aspects of ZRG’s business, and leads a strong group of experienced professionals committed to his philosophy regarding investment, management and operations. The firm now owns and operates 9.5mm sf of office property, value at $2.3 B, a portfolio disbursed over seven states, including Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana, Wisconsin, Colorado, Oregon and Georgia.
Prior to founding Zeller Realty Group, Zeller was a General Partner/Stockholder in The John Buck Company, and was involved in development of over four million sf of high-rise office property, and as a Founding Stockholder of Buck Investment Company, a hotel portfolio of over 1,200 rooms. Prior to that Zeller was a Vice President of The First National Bank of Chicago.
Zeller is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with a BBA in Finance and a MS in Real Estate Development and Urban Land Economics under Professor James A. Graaskamp. Zeller is a visiting lecturer at the University of Chicago Booth and Northwestern University Schools of Business. Zeller is a licensed real estate managing broker in Illinois and Indiana, a full member of The Urban Land Institute, The Land Economics Society Lambda Alpha International, The National Trust for Historic Preservation,, past Chairman of the Board of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, past Board member of the Chicago International Film Festival, a Cornerstone Member of the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association and past Chairman of the Chicago Chapter of the National Eagle Scout Association.