Michael Brim

Managing Director, MBA, CPA · +1 (312) 729 8044
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Mike brings a unique blend of operational, financial, real estate and entrepreneurial expertise to his role as managing director of the firm’s client accounting services (CAS) real estate practice. He has more than 32 years of experience in the commercial, industrial and multi-family real estate industry. Prior to joining Baker Tilly, Mike served as both the chief financial officer and/or chief operations officer for four Chicagoland real estate firms where he was the primary catalyst in designing and instituting innovative approaches to business and its operations, ultimately providing meaningful impacts to achieve uncommon growth and profitability.

Mike’s experience includes mergers and acquisitions, operations, organizational design, financial management and reporting, financial negotiations, legal/regulatory compliance, strategic planning, risk management, and banking and cash management.

  • Leads, manages and provides strategic direction for the CAS real estate vertical
  • Drives efficiency through automation to scale the practice on a national basis
  • Leverages resources where feasible to enhance profitability and performance through ‘best in class’ processes and workflows
  • Designs and implements strategic initiatives through the adoption of business and financial plans, including sustainable strategies for the firm so it can meet its long-term investment objectives
  • Oversees and promotes the firm’s vertical sales/gross revenue objectives in which to achieve the desired growth expectations of the CAS real estate foothold
  • Co-led the merger between two of Chicago’s most prolific commercial real estate organizations
  • Managed projects, totaling more than $8 billion in assets, through the entire real estate lifecycle
  • Managed more than 60 million square feet of commercial, multifamily and industrial real estate
  • Financed more than $1 billion in real estate assets
  • Co-led the acquisition of more than $500 million in real estate assets and the disposition of more than $300 million in real estate assets
  • Co-led the development of more than 6 million square feet of industrial property
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Illinois Certified Public Accountants Society
  • Member FEI (Financial Executive International)
  • Member LG (Leadership Group)
  • Member of CFO Chicago

Community involvement

  • Interfaith Union School Corporation –Founding Board Member


  • Illinois Real Estate Managing Broker License




Master of Business Administration, finance and accounting
DePaul University (Chicago, Illinois)


Bachelor of Business Administration, finance
University of Iowa (Iowa City)