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Tom Zale

Tom Zale

Vice President and Head of
Northwestern Mutual Real Estate


Tom Zale serves Northwestern Mutual in the executive officer position of vice president-real estate. He is responsible for the company’s investments in mortgage loans and real estate. He also serves as a member of the Investment Committee.

Previously, Zale was a managing director of Northwestern Mutual Real Estate. His responsibilities included the company’s investments in mortgage loans for the eastern portion of the country, as well as administrations of the Washington, DC, Chicago and Atlanta regional real estate offices.

Zale joined Northwestern Mutual in 1995. He moved to Seattle in 1996, as a director with a split role in production and asset management. He rejoined the Home Office in 1998 as a director in real estate services where he was responsible for underwriting and recruiting. In 2004, he was appointed director of real estate equities, in 2005 he was appointed to managing director of real estate equities and in 2008, Zale accepted the additional role of managing director – asset management.

He holds two degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received a B.B.A. degree in real estate and economics in 1988 and an M.S. degree in real estate and finance in 1995. Zale earned the MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute in 1996, and he is active in ULI where he serves on the urban development mixed use council.