JD Salazar is the Chief Executive Officer of Champion, responsible for the sourcing and acquiring opportunities for the company throughout major consumption zones and transportation centers in the United States. JD founded Champion in 1997, which went on to become one of the most successful 100% Hispanic owned commercial real estate brokerage companies in the US. JD’s career in real estate spans 33 years and includes involvement in over 10 million square feet of industrial lease and sale transactions, and the development of four major Class A business parks in the Chicago Area. JD has extensive experience in sourcing and acquiring transportation related properties and outdoor storage properties.
Prior to re-branding Champion into an acquisition, development and management company JD was one of the two founding members of Industrial Outdoor Ventures (IOV). At IOV JD was a member of the Investment Committee and one of five members of the Board of Directors. While at IOV JD sourced over 50% of the company’s acquisitions. JD is a member of the Warehouse Education and Research Council (“WERC”) and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (“CSCMP”).
JD is actively involved in urban and international Christian Missionary outreach. Outreach that includes operational and financial support for Feed, The Deborah House Project in Timisoara Romania, Stephens Children in Cairo Egypt and Musalaha in the West Bank of Israel. JD served for 10 years on the board of the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
JD earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Energy and Power Systems from the University of New Mexico. JD also received an MBA from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. He is married to Carol Rediehs and lives in Burr Ridge, IL.