Qualifications of Tom Bakke
Tom Bakke has been a leader in the commercial real estate industry for over 25 years. In spite of the allure of glitzy office buildings and high stakes deal-making, he continued to maintain his long standing passion for the people behind the deals. So it became his mission in life to work with people to discover their unique talents and help them on their journey to reach their full potential. Tom has coached and mentored numerous high performing individuals in his career and has continued to follow his passion as founder of Keep-Charging.com, an integrated coaching and training company for the commercial real estate industry.
Prior to 2012, Tom had held a variety of executive positions with national office building owner Equity Office Properties (EOP), including Senior Vice President, National Leasing, responsible for all marketing and leasing of the company’s 150 million square foot national portfolio and Senior Vice President, Field Operations with responsibilities for all operations for EOP’s national portfolio prior the company’s public offering in 1997.
Equity Office was founded by legendary investor Sam Zell of Chicago. Tom was instrumental in the growth and development of EOP from a small opportunistic investment company of 5 million square feet to a Fortune 100 company with a national portfolio of over 150 million square feet of Class A office space. He was the driving force behind EOP’s training program which became the envy of the industry. Many of his training courses contributed to the development of some of today’s top commercial real estate executives.
Prior to his real estate career Tom spent 10 years in the U.S. Navy with tours as an F-14 aviator and in logistics management. He holds a BS in Oceanography and a MBA in Finance but would be the first to tell you that true education comes from the real world and real people.
Tom resides in Oakton, Virginia a suburb of Washington D.C. with his wife Diana.