After serving in the military and returning from a deployment in Iraq, I was fortunate to receive an internship at NAI Hiffman while I completed my bachelor’s degree. It was during that time that I received some professional advice that influenced my career trajectory. I was told that the secret to this business is that there is no secret to this business. This simple observation conveyed that if you work hard, act professionally, and serve your clients ethically—good things will happen. I noticed then that NAI Hiffman was an environment where people lived by this ethos, so I was excited when I was given a chance to join the Industrial Group as an Associate Broker and launch my career. Enthusiasm seemed to hang in the air in those pre-recession years. I learned a lot from my superiors and peers and built a list of clients, many of whom I still work with today. Then the Great Recession came and clobbered everyone—developers, tenants, landlords and brokers. It was at this point that I developed the important skill of using humor in the face of adversity. When the market crashed, I used to joke, “It could be worse… I could be deployed in Iraq right now…” Then I got back to basics: I worked hard and tried to help my clients in any way possible. Eventually the market recovered, I survived, and now I’m fortunate to have risen through the ranks and become an Executive Vice President. Over the years, I’ve been proud to be a part of NAI Hiffman because it’s a collaborative place where brokers provide guidance to one another, and senior brokers set the standard by example. I’ve found it to be a great place to work, to make friends and even to make a joke or two at my own expense when appropriate!
I currently live in Oak Park Illinois with my wife and daughter.
“Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you would rather have talked.”
Professional Background & Experience
Prior to joining NAI Hiffman, David was an enlisted member of the Illinois Army National Guard. In March of 2003, attached to the 933rd Military Police Co, he was deployed to Iraq where he was stationed for over a year. He was the recipient of the Army Commendation Medal and the Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal. After his return to the U.S., David completed his bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. David Haigh is an Executive Vice President with the NAI Hiffman Industrial Services Group. His primary areas of focus include properties located in Central DuPage County and the western suburbs. The range of services he provides include: site search analysis, acquisitions, dispositions, and leasing.
Professional Affiliations & Designations
- Licensed Illinois Real Estate Broker
- NAIOP Developing Leader
- VFW Member (Veterans of Foreign Wars)
- American Legion Member
ATI Allegheny | Bridgestone America | CenterPoint Properties | Dividend Capital Trust (DCT) | HD Supply | Industrial Developments International Inc. (IDI) | International Transload Logistics (ITL) | Mirvac | Nippon Express | Prologis | TA Associates | Toyo Ink
Awards & Recognition
- NAIOP Industrial Transaction of the Year Award
- True Value – 1,194,650 SF
- Lakewood Engineering – 608,208 SF
- NACA / Vanguard Logistics – 440,000 SF
- Nippon Express America – 410,000 SF
- Bridgestone America – 405,844 SF
- Home Depot Supply – 346,553 SF
- Roosevelt Paper – 251,722 SF
- The Pampered Chef – 225,000 SF
- Keystone Automotive – 213,126 SF
- Brook Electric – 162,419 SF