James Cook

Head of Americas Research, Retail


James serves as the Americas Director of Retail Research at JLL, based out of Indianapolis, IN. He oversees the production of national retail research. He speaks regularly at events, with clients and the media about how retail real estate will change with tomorrow’s economy. James hosts the Where We Buy podcast, a show about retail and real estate. Where We Buy was awarded a 2020 Gold MAXI award from the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). He cohosts the weekly live video show Everything We Know About Retail.

James also hosts Building Places, a podcast about the future of commercial real estate.

His focus includes the development and implementation of research strategy, methodology, platform deliverables and broad sector analyses for the retail property markets in the United States, Mexico and Canada. He creates industry-leading research and thought leadership for both owners and occupiers of retail developments.

Additionally, James sits on JLL’s Research Leadership Council, which focuses on the team’s strategic vision, team management and development of best practice standards and collaboration across the global research platform and brand.