Herman Bulls is Vice Chairman, Americas, as well as an International Director and the founder of JLL’s highly acclaimed Public Institutions Business Unit, which specializes in delivering comprehensive real estate solutions to federal, state and local governments, economic development & nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions. He works with the firm’s largest public and corporate clients to devise and implement integrated real estate strategies to lower occupancy costs and increase productivity. During over 28 years at JLL, Mr. Bulls has worked in the areas of development, investment management, asset management, facilities operations and business development/retention. He has developed relationships with many of the firms leading public and corporate clients. He provides thought leadership and strategic guidance to senior level executives for real estate issues. Mr. Bulls has also served as an expert witness on real estate matters in court as well as testified before Congressional committees on real estate issues.
Mr. Bulls co-founded and served as President and CEO of Bulls Capital Partners, a multi-family financing company. Additionally, he founded Bulls Advisory Group, LCC, a management and real estate advisory firm.
Prior to joining JLL, Mr. Bulls completed almost 12 years of active duty service with the United States Army. His last active duty assignments were working in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Financial Management at the Pentagon and as an Assistant Professor of Economics and Finance at West Point. He has completed the Army’s Airborne, Ranger and Command and General Staff College courses and served overseas in the Republic of Korea. He retired as a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves in 2008.
Mr. Bulls received a BS degree in engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and an MBA in finance from Harvard Business School. He is a member of the Executive Leadership Council, an organization of senior African American business executives from Fortune 500 companies, and former Chairman of the Executive Leadership Foundation, Mr. Bulls is a long-standing member of Leadership Washington and the Real Estate Executive Council (REEC). Mr. Bulls is a founding member and served as the inaugural President of the African American Real Estate Professionals (AAREP) of Washington, D.C. and serves on the University Development Council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI).
Mr. Bulls serves on several public, private and not for profit boards. Corporate board activities include Comfort Systems, USA (NYSE:FIX) a national HVAC mechanical contractor, and USAA, a Fortune 200 firm which is the leading provider of banking, insurance and investment management services to military members and their families. Additionally he is a member of the Real Estate Advisory Committee for New York State Teachers’ Retirement System, one of the nation’s largest pension funds and Rasmussen College, a private for profit post-secondary educational services organization. In 2016 Mr. Bulls was named to the American Red Cross National Board of Governors, the non–profit organization that prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
Mr. Bulls served on the board of Tyco International (NYSE:TYC) the international provider of security and fire protection equipment and services until it was acquired by Johnson Controls in September of 2016. Mr. Bulls served on the board of Exelis, Inc. (NYSE:XLS) a global aerospace, defense, information and services company until it was acquired by Harris Corporation in 2015. He is a former board member of Computer Sciences Corporation which merged with HP Enterprises in April of 2017 to become DXC.
Under the Obama administration Mr. Bulls was selected by the Secretary of Veteran Affairs to serve as a member of the MyVA Advisory Committee, whose mission was to advise the Secretary on the modernization of VA’s culture, processes, and capabilities in order to put the needs, expectations, and interests of Veterans and beneficiaries first. Mr. Bulls is a board member of the West Point Association of Graduates where he previously served as Vice Chairman, the Board of Directors of the Thayer Leader Development Group, and the Military Bowl, an NCAA sanctioned football bowl game played in the nation’s capital each December. Mr. Bulls’ community board service has included the Friends and Family Board for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and he served as former Chairman of the Fannie Mae National Housing Advisory Council.
Awards and Recognition
- Passing the Torch Legacy Award 2007 African American Real Estate Professionals (AAREP)
- 2007 National Minority Leader of the Year Commercial Real Estate News Commercial Property News)
- Top 100 Blacks in Corporate America, Savoy Magazine, 2008 & 2012
- Trail Blazer Award 2008 Global Real Estate Diversity Conference, Atlanta, GA
- Minority Business Leader Award 2009, Washington Business Journal (WBJ)
- APEX Award 2015 Morgan State University Earl Graves School of Business & Management
- 2016 Most Influential Black Directors, Savoy Magazine