Rob Hunden

Principal

Hunden Strategic Partners

Rob Hunden

Mr. Hunden and his Chicago-based firm offer extensive experience in the economics and strategy of developingtransformative real estate projects. He has provided economic development, finance, feasibility, impact, developer selection and planning expertise for more than 300 projects and studies over the past 20 years, totaling more than $3.1 billion in developed real estate.

His expertise has helped communities and developers understand, develop and successfully open catalytic economic development projects, including entertainment districts like Kansas City’s Power & Light District, conference and convention centers, and compelling boutique and major convention hotels such as the 21c Museum Hotels and the Omni in Fort Worth. Hunden has also consulted on major and minor league sports facilities like Bankers Life Fieldhouse, masterplans, more than a dozen youth sports complexes, unique tourism attractions like the Maker’s Mark, Jim Beam and Wild Turkey distillery visitor experiences, the Chicago Riverwalk and redeveloped Navy Pier, and other destination developments such as the Kentucky Kingdom theme park, Newport Aquarium, and racetracks such as the Laguna Sega Raceway. He also specializes in conducting selection processes for public projects like convention hotels and facility management companies.

Mr. Hunden received his degree in Finance from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. He began his career managing similar projects for the Indianapolis Bond Bank and the Indianapolis Mayor’s Office before financing and brokering projects for Landauer and Grubb & Ellis in Chicago. He then consulted on more than 100 projects for Johnson Consulting for six years before starting his firm.

He is continually sought after for teaching and speaking engagements at conferences and within organizations to which he belongs, such as the International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC), ULI, IEDC, IDA, GFOA and IAVM. In addition, Robsits on the advisory board for DePaul’s School of Hospitality and the Indiana University Real Estate Club.