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SU alum named to prestigious fellowship program

Andrew Lines

Growing up in Jersey City, New Jersey, Andrew Lines ’99 used to look upon the Manhattan skyline and its booming financial district with awe. Now the Chicago resident is applying some of that inspiration to foster economic growth in the Windy City.

In September, Lines joined the latest class of Chicago Economic Growth Fellows, a program created by World Business Chicago (WBC). The not-for-profit economic development organization advances the city’s position as a thriving location for business and accelerates economic growth.

The Fellows and their sponsor organizations contribute pro bono support for the WBC’s Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs, a coordinated effort to assess Chicago’s economy and help it expand at a faster rate. During the 4-month program, Lines and the other Fellows will develop professional leadership skills, build relationships with civic and corporate leaders in Chicago, and work on initiatives within 10 assigned strategies, all aimed at shaping the future of the city and the region. Read about Lines Fellowship experience on his blog.

Lines is assigned to work on an initiative to make Chicago a leading hub in Advanced Manufacturing, collaborating with the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation (DMDI) Institute. He’s also involved with an effort to develop and deploy neighborhood assets to align with regional economic growth. 

“It’s an honor to represent my company, my family and my university in doing transformative work for the City of Chicago. I’ve learned quickly that public sector problems are dynamic, requiring big thinking and patience,” Lines says. “The Fellows I’m working alongside are talented, brave and ambitious; it’s been a great learning environment, and I’ve come away with new strategies to tackle my own business endeavors.”

A manager for CohnReznick’s Valuation Advisory Services practice, Lines has spent more than 10 years performing valuations on a wide variety of real property types. He’s completed assignments for financing, litigation, tax appeal, estate gifts, asset management, workouts, and restructuring, as well as purchase price allocations, impairment studies, and financial reporting. Line has also performed appraisal review assignments for accounting purposes, asset management, and as an evaluator for the banking industry. A designated member of the Appraisal Institute (MAI), he holds state certified licenses in multiple states, and has provided testimony as an expert witness in court.

Lines earned a degree in drama from Syracuse University and actively serves on the board of the SU Alumni Club of Chicago. He has performed in a number of productions in Chicago and co-founded Tireswing Theatre, where he wrote, directed, and produced family-friendly theater for over five years.