President and Chief Executive Officer
Howard Ecker founded Howard Ecker + Company in 1975 as the first company in Chicago devoted exclusively to representing tenants. Howard works with business leaders to align office location thinking with the long term fiscal and cultural needs of their business, connecting the worth of the company to its brand, culture and environment. During his tenure, Howard has completed lease transactions in virtually every state in the country. Other achievements include successfully negotiating a built-to-suit space for the Shure Brothers corporate headquarters, securing 200,000 square feet in two leases for his client BDO in Midtown Manhattan.
Howard started his career at Cushman & Wakefield working as the original leasing agent for the John Hancock Center during its initial construction. He then joined Arthur Rubloff & Company where he became the head of the office leasing department and the youngest member of the Board of Directors. While there, Howard worked on large-scale projects including the development and leasing of the Time Life Building, Commerce Plaza in Oak Brook and First National Bank of Dayton.
Howard is a member of the Board of Directors for Chicago’s Adler Planetarium.
Howard graduated from Tulane University in 1966 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Russian History and attended DePaul Law School.
Howard lives in Lincoln Park with Janet Ecker. He has identical twin daughters who work with him at Howard Ecker + Company.