DW Hammer is extremely proud to announce that Rob Wetherald has joined our growing Team. Rob will use his vast experience in the corporate real estate industry to assist DW Hammer with business development, and assist our clients with coordination efforts in move-management, project management and more. His capabilities enhance our reputation as being one of the most experienced general contracting and construction management companies in Chicago.
Rob Wetherald is well known and highly regarded in the corporate real estate community. A licensed architect, he has held executive-level positions in global real estate with Kemper Financial Services, Calamos Investments, Deutsche Bank, Zurich Investments and most recently, Oracle North America. Rob established the corporate real estate function for several organizations, and led ambitious and complex, award-winning projects, coordinating internal and external teams.
With 30 years of experience in corporate real estate and workplace transformation, Rob is recognized as a strong and imaginative team leader, problem solver, resource manager and business collaborator. He has extensive experience managing global real estate portfolios consisting of a wide range of facilities in Europe, Asia, South America and all across North America. He has managed construction projects that range in size from small reconfigurations to major, ground-up headquarter campuses.
Rob currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Chapter of CoreNet Global, where he is active in programming and professional development. For ten years Rob sat on the Board of Directors of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, and it was during his time as Chairman that the Trust acquired and restored Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House on the campus of the University of Chicago. As Chairman Emeritus, Rob continued the Robie House restoration work as a member of the Strategic Planning Committee. Rob currently volunteers as a Leadership Mentor with Menttium Corporation, a long-time leader in formal corporate mentoring programs worldwide.
Rob holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he graduated magna cum laude and as the recipient of the Distinction in Design Award. At the age of 14, Rob earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the youngest ever in the State of Illinois–a hard-won accomplishment and hallmark of his determination. Rob and his wife, Laura are enthusiastic travelers and supporters of arts and culture.