JLL Influencers Recognized with Top Business Honors

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JLL team members Kim Meincke Jacobsen and Lauren Gilchrist have received acclaim from Lehigh Valley Business and Philadelphia Business Journal, respectively, for their professional and civic successes.

Kim Meincke Jacobsen, Managing Director, JLL

Kim Meincke Jacobsen, Managing Director, JLL

Jacobsen, Managing Director, was recognized as a 2016 Woman of Influence by Lehigh Valley Business. She was one of 28 recipients, who were selected by a panel of judges based on their experience, integrity, leadership and accomplishments to their companies, industries and communities. An award ceremony and luncheon was held May 11 at Cedar Crest College in Allentown.

“I am truly honored to have not only been nominated for this award, but to have been selected as one of the award recipients,” says Jacobsen. “Many people influenced me throughout my career and helped foster my success.  I hope that I can do the same for other women!” At JLL, Jacobsen is responsible for site selection, tenant representation and the disposition of industrial real estate for clients throughout the Pennsylvania market.

She primarily focuses on property marketing initiatives, strategy implementation, coordination and review of market research. As a member of JLL’s Supply Chain and Logistics Solutions Practice Group, Jacobsen specializes in real estate assets/transaction of a supply chain nature and participates in additional training initiatives to maintain an expertise in supply chain-driven real estate.

Outside of JLL, Jacobsen is involved in fundraising efforts for several charitable organizations in the central Bucks area. She serves on both the Doylestown Borough Historical and Architectural Review Board, and the Doylestown Borough Planning Commission.

Lauren Gilchrist, JLL Philadelphia’s Vice President, Director of Research, was chosen from more than 300 nominations to be named one of Philadelphia Business Journal’s 40 under 40. The distinction is given to the region’s “most entrepreneurial and influential up-and-comers.” Winners were toasted May 12 at an evening cocktail reception at the National Museum of American Jewish History.

Sandy Smith, Publisher, Philadelphia Business Journal; Lauren Gilchrist, Vice President, Director of Research, JLL Philadelphia; Craig Ey, Editor, Philadelphia Business Journal; Harris Fishman, President and CEO, First Financial Group

Sandy Smith, Publisher, Philadelphia Business Journal; Lauren Gilchrist, Vice President, Director of Research, JLL Philadelphia; Craig Ey, Editor, Philadelphia Business Journal; Harris Fishman, President and CEO, First Financial Group

Gilchrist is responsible for directing all aspects of JLL’s local market research platform for the region. She specializes in urban and regional economics and demography and focuses on expanding JLL’s regional office and industrial research platforms to enhance firm and client knowledge of real estate dynamics and guide strategic decision making. Outside of JLL, Gilchrist serves on the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Chapter of NAIOP, one of the largest national associations of developers, owners, and commercial real estate investors, and advises on public data-driven software development projects including the recently launched FixList and past winning projects at Apps for Philly Transit and Hacks for Democracy.

“It’s a sincere honor to be recognized among such an accomplished group of peers. I’m tremendously grateful to the colleagues, friends, and family that support my success every day,” adds Gilchrist.