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Merit Partners was formed in 2013 to focus on the leasing, marketing and redevelopment of office buildings. From day one, we have committed all of our energies to deliver results for our partners and clients.



Getting a building fully leased takes not only smarts, but in reality, it takes a lot of effort. No more “only low hanging fruit” effort that fills just part of the building. Merit’s broker compensation model results in brokers who work harder, longer and more consistently on leasing your properties to their fullest potential.

All the benefits of in-house focus, with third party reach.
Experience, Skill, Hard Work: a combination for success.
Redesigned compensation economics to align perfectly with the asset.
Paul Fishbein


Paul Fishbein is a Founding Partner of Merit Partners, a Chicago based firm focused on re-development, leasing and management. Paul’s goal is to position properties that are desirable and deliver an excellent value for its tenants and enhance the community. Paul has detailed expertise in the redevelopment of very large scale vacant properties, many of which received accolades from city, state and federal agencies as catalysts for job creation and significant gentrification for communities. Paul’s 26 years of experience covers commercial real estate finance, brokerage and development expertise. Prior to Merit, Paul spent 16 years as a partner with Centrum Properties and Amerimar Enterprises. He has succeeded as both a developer and advisor with over $1 billion in transactions, financing, and developments to his credit.

Paul is a U.S. Green Building Council LEED Green Associate and an alumnus of the University of Illinois at Chicago where he majored in Economics.

JOSH CRANE – Partner

Josh Crane has over 20 years of leasing experience. He has spent most of his career solely focused as an in-house leasing broker. Josh takes a very personal, ownership-like approach to leasing space delivering all-encompassing services such as new and renewal lease negotiations and marketing. With in-depth experience representing new construction to landmark buildings, Josh’s range of expertise allows him to understand the different goals and objectives of each of his clients and their assets.

Prior to Merit, Josh was a broker at Golub & Company, Friedman Properties and M&J Wilkow. Josh is an Illinois licensed real estate broker and an alumnus of the University of Arizona, where he majored in Communications.

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