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“In Pursuit of Development”
The Saturday Macomb Daily, March 12, 2005
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“Neighbors Give Approving Nod to Proposed Starbucks”
Old Seminole Heights, December 3, 2004
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“Oil Industry Experience Keeps Pursuit Development Running”
Florida Real Estate Journal
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“I don’t know how you do all of this between the offices and apartments! I told my mother about your nice new apartments last week because I drive by often to visit her. I know how much you and your father do from our phone conversations when we first leased. Every time I go to that gorgeous Panera I think of you guys. My daughter and I really admire your dedication. She doesn’t know how good this opportunity is because it’s her first suite. I told her not to mess it up.”
Shvonne Daniels, tenant since 2023

“Thanks, Bill.  You’re a pleasure to work with!”
Diane Dearing, Accounting and Data Services Manager II

I’ve never had an issue with my (Westport) Landlords. It does look great. These new guys are really on their game.
Linda Bristol, Store Manager

I wish you owned more Ascension buildings. Thanks for following up and helping us immediately.
David, Medxcel Facilities

Ever since the first week of renting an office space from Bill Chalmers, he has been nothing but supportive and helpful. Recently, my car battery died when leaving the office and I simply let Bill know I would have to have my car sit there until I could get somebody to help me jump start the battery and he did not hesitate to offer to help me himself. It is the little things and people going that extra mile to help that mean the most and Bill Chalmers has made my journey as a new business owner that much less stressful by going that extra mile.
Sarah Davis LMT
Sarahtonin Massage & Bodywork LLC

I have told Russ this before, but I appreciate you guys. I have never, in all my past, had such attentive landlords. Just wanted you to know it’s refreshing!
Linda Bristol
Store Manager, Vitamin Shoppe Industries

You guys are consummate professionals. We could only hope all landlords were like you guys.
Ben Boulet
Director of Operations, QuestComm Management Inc.

Thank you so much Bill! I hope we can do more projects with you in the near future!
Rita Facchini, Senior Vice President
Mi Bank of Michigan

Bill Chalmers met with us and helped create a vision for our expansion, and continues to generate creative thinking with practical approaches for our future ventures. We are looking forward to our continued relationship. Bill’s been a gift to our organization and its’ mission – I strongly recommend him to anyone who needs real estate help – especially if you’re trying to think out of the box!
Jim Balmer, Co-Founder and President
Dawn Farm, Inc.

I cannot thank you enough for helping get us on track with our HVAC project and guiding us along the way. Your knowledge and resources have been extremely helpful.
Paula Nelson, CEO
Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center

We were up almost 27% in sales over 2017. Thank you again for all your hard work in finding the building, renovating the building and putting up with my decision paralysis!  We couldn’t have reached our goals without you my friend!
Michelle G. McFarland, Owner
The Wedding Shoppe

Thank you for the thoroughness Bill, especially in a heavy use bathroom where we want to prevent mold as much as possible. I really appreciate your integrity with this project! Your high standards exceed the standard of practice as well as expectations. Thank you for being part of our care excellence team!

Michelle Mualem, LMSW, CPHQ, CAADC, CCS-M
Coordinator, Performance Improvement/Risk Mgmnt
Ascension | St. John Providence

I have had the pleasure of working with Bill Chalmers/Cartessa Real Estate Partners, LLC.  From the very start I have found Bill and his group to be extremely responsive, trustworthy, and delivered services beyond my expectations.  He provided weekly updates and beat the deadline for performance.  His group will provide you the attention and outcome you are expecting.

Steven Candela

Director, Eastwood Clinics, Ascension | St. John Providence

Bill Chalmers makes the process of remodeling a building and starting a new program pleasant rather than stressful. He provides lots of opportunity for tenant choice, and he was also accommodating to a few last minute changes. He is the best landlord I have ever worked with.
Gwendolyn Bammel
Behavioral Health Manager, Ascension | St John Providence | Eastwood

The building is coming together so quickly and I have Bill Chalmers to thank for that! He has been an amazing and patient business partner. He is soooo good at what he does. Thank you Bill Chalmers for EVERYTHING!

Stay in my neighborhood please.  You’re really classing the place up.  I can’t tell you how many compliments I get on TWS and how happy people are it got renovated. 

Michelle McFarland

Founder & Owner, The Wedding Shoppe

Working with Bill and the team at Cartessa has been a great experience.  They value the landlord/tenant relationship and it shows with quick responses and a willingness to work through any issue from annual billings to property maintenance to achieve a win/win result.  We look forward to many years of continued partnership!

Kristin Crawford

Property Manager, Panda Restaurant Group

I have enjoyed working will Bill Chalmers since 2009.  During this time, he delivered a built-out space on time and transitioned into the roll of landlord. His prompt responses and attention to detail ensured the property was well cared for and a great location to conduct business. It has been a pleasure to work with Bill, and I would welcome opportunities to work with him and his associates in the future.

Bill Sharkey, Owner

LCE Enterprises, A Little Caesars Master Franchisee

Best. Landlords. Ever.  We had to handle snow and ice ourselves with the previous owners.  So just keep buying up the area.  You will please many.

Cherry Kerr-Volz

Tenant, North Greenfield Office Park

There are things we wish for and dream of for so long that when it finally happens it doesn’t seem real. This is one of them!  The building is coming together so quickly and I have Bill Chalmers to thank for that! He has been an amazing and patient business partner. He is soooo good at what he does. Thank you Bill Chalmers for EVERYTHING!

Michelle McFarland

President, The Wedding Shoppe

I’ve known Bill Chalmers for over 15 years and had the pleasure of working with him on a location in Florida. Bill’s knowledge of development and construction expertise make working with him incredibly easy for tenants. Bill’s attention to detail is only surpassed by his professionalism and his deep commitment to doing the right thing.

Jodi Recalt

Real Estate Manager, Chipotle Mexican Grill

I have known and worked with Bill since 1997 and always been impressed with his diligence and production.  His development and redevelopment  ideas have always been sound and have resulted in many successful projects.  I have no doubt Bill’s development success will continue.

Pryse R. Elam

President, Development and Investments, CNL Commercial Real Estate

Bill Chalmers has been an above average landlord based on the past year. I personally have dealt with landlords in different Panera locations, as well as other past ventures. Bill is a man of action. If I have called or e-mailed him with a question or problem, he has responded quickly, and with a very friendly demeanor. He frequently stops by and asks how everything is going, and is willing to do whatever it takes to please us. I feel we are lucky to have Bill as our landlord, and I hope we have many more years of business together.

Brian Toggweiler

Regional Operations Manager, Panera Bread

Bill Chalmers made a commitment to rapidly button things up, and as you probably have
come to know working with Bill, when he says it, you can bank on it.
Ron S. Mucha

Manager, Royal Oak Partners, LLC 10/2/14

Bill Chalmers is one of the premier commercial developers in the SE Michigan market. I know
very few developer/builders that deliver real estate projects on time and under budget. Bill is
one of those rare individuals. I very much look forward to partnering on projects with Bill in
the future.

Eric D. Siegel

President, EDS Investments, Ltd.

Anyone can be “stand up” during good times. It’s only when one is confronted with adversity
does his true character show through” the saying goes. That was never more true than it was
of Bill Chalmers in 2008. Bill and I had known each other as fellow brokers for several years.
In 2007 we decided to develop a strip center together. Timing couldn’t have been worse as the
Great Recession was upon us just after we started the process. Under great stress, Bill
remained steadfast, determined, and professional…all while maintaining a sense of humor.
The center was completed and has been fully leased ever since to national credit tenants.
Today, it is one of my best developments/investments and it was Bill who stayed calm and
steered us through.

Russell S. Bornstein

Senior Vice President‐CBRE, Developer/Owner