Marshall Bennett, president, Marshall Bennett Enterprises, is a visionary in real estate development and one of the inventors of the modern industrial park. He founded the Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate, along with Gerald Fogelson and Tony Pasquinelli at Roosevelt University in 2002. The Institute is dedicated to fostering education and innovation in real estate through business, social responsibility and community development.
Born in 1921 on the south side of Chicago, Bennett has had a life-long commitment to philanthropy in the arts, medicine, culture, and diplomacy and has supported both civic and global endeavors including the Clinton Foundation; the East-West Institute; the Weizmann Institute and the Albert Einstein Peace Prize Foundation.
Bennett is considered a pioneer in real estate, having been one of the most productive corporate and industrial real estate developers of the postwar period as co-founder and partner of Bennett & Kahnweiler. He is also considered to be one of the most influential people in building relationships that promote large real estate transactions in the U.S. as demonstrated by the Marshall Bennett Classic, an exclusive annual round-table type gathering of top real estate industry professionals who share ideas, trends and insights.
Bennett received his BA degree from University of Chicago. He then attended the Wharton School of Business and Finance in Philadelphia for a year in the M.B.A. Program. And later, he attended graduate studies at the University of Chicago.
A longtime supporter of the arts, he is a Life Trustee of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra where he established the Principal Second Chair, Violin Chicago Symphony Orchestra; and the Ravinia Festival Association, where he co-established the Bennett Gordon Concert Hall for student performances.