Mentors & Career Counselors

Below is our list of current mentors, speakers and career counselors. You can filter the list to find real estate professionals who match your needs.

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Andrew Ahitow

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Chicago Apartment Finders & City Pads
Title: Founder
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Andrew Ahitow

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Chicago Apartment Finders & City Pads
Title: Founder
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Mr. Ahitow is a founding partner of Chicago Apartment Finders, the fastest growing apartment rental Brokerage firm in Chicago. Mr. Ahitow graduated from the University of Iowa in 1999 and went to work in the telecom industry. After doing some job hopping in the telecom industry, he began his career in real estate in 2001 working for his number one competitor. After a year and a half, he saw an opportunity in the market for another company and decided to go off on his own. He and his partner, Mr. Justin Elliot, started Chicago Apartment Finders in 2002 in a 200 square foot office space. Today, Chicago Apartment Finders has two locations with 60 leasing agents and 35 employees. In 2005, they rented more than 5,000 apartments in the City of Chicago. They have plans to open two more locations at the beginning of 2006, one in Naperville and one in the Edgewater neighborhood. The company has plans to open its first real estate sales office the same time next year, enabling them to keep their customers for life.

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Steven Aisen

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Heritage Builders
Title: Residential Home Building
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Development

Steven Aisen

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Heritage Builders
Title: Residential Home Building
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Development

Mr. Aisen manages Heritage Luxury Builders‰Ûª custom homebuilding business overseeing day-to-day Sales & Marketing, Construction Operations, Quality Control, Design, Site Selection, Permitting and Accounting. Mr. Aisen brings a highly organized, client-focused and detail-oriented approach to this family‰Ûªs business. Prior to joining Heritage, Mr. Aisen spent several years in New York structuring and selling interest rate, equity, and commodity derivatives and then later worked at a hedge fund managing the firm‰Ûªs relative-value focused convertible arbitrage trading strategy. Heritage Luxury Builders specializes in building the highest quality luxury homes in the most exclusive locations on Chicago‰Ûªs North Shore. Over the past twenty years, the company has built over 100 beautiful luxury homes in Winnetka, Glencoe, Kenilworth and Highland Park.

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Samuel A. Ankin

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Shiner Capital Partners
Title: Founding Principal
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Development

Samuel A. Ankin

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Shiner Capital Partners
Title: Founding Principal
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Development

Mr. Ankin is charged with identifying and analyzing investment opportunities for Shiner Capital Partner’s sponsored funds. Opportunities include Both acquisitions and joint ventures with experienced developers. Sam is primarily responsible for negotiating terms of acquisitions and joint ventures, in addition to overseeing asset Management and financing of properties in the company’s portfolio. Prior to his work at Shiner Capital, Mr. Ankin served as Development and Acquisition Manager for Shiner Group, where he was responsible for land and asset acquisitions. He also coordinated the Development of retail, office and mixed-use projects in the Chicagoland area and the Carolinas. At Shiner Group, Mr. Ankin led or supported the Development of over 12 projects consisting of approximately 1,000,000 square feet of commercial space. Sam Ankin is one of the founding principals of Shiner Capital Partners. Shiner Capital Partners is a real estate investment company based in Chicago, Illinois. As an affiliated company of Shiner Group, LLC, it boasts over 25 years of experience developing and operating real estate. Through its sponsored fund, the company makes investments in Development projects and value-added acquisitions.

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William Barry

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Draper and Kramer
Title: Senior Vice President,
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Financial

William Barry

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Draper and Kramer
Title: Senior Vice President,
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Financial

Mr. Barry Joining Draper and Kramer in 1989 as a mortgage banker, Mr. Barry was promoted to department head in 1993. Since then, Mr. Barry has led Draper and Kramer‰Ûªs Commercial Mortgage Production Group to become one of the recognized leaders in mortgage banking in Chicago. The group currently manages a Servicing Portfolio of approximately $3.4 Billion and relationships with over 27 different correspondent lenders. Mr. Barry has more than 30 years of experience in financing all types of commercial real estate ‰ÛÒ more than $17 billion to date. Draper and Kramer Incorporated is a Chicago based company, providing assistance to clients with a number of different services comprised of Commercial Mortgage Origination and Servicing, Development, Asset Management, Property Management, Advisory services, Residential Mortgage Production and Servicing, and Insurance.åÊ Entering its 120th year of business, Draper and Kramer provides a single source of real estate-related counsel to a diverse group of customers across the U.S.: corporations, private and institutional owners and investors, government agencies, condominium associations and foundations.  

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Mark Baumhart

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Arthur J. Rogers & Co.
Title: Vice President of Sales
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Brokerage

Mark Baumhart

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Arthur J. Rogers & Co.
Title: Vice President of Sales
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Brokerage

Mr. Baumhart, CCIM, joined Arthur J. Rogers & Co. in 1985 and has 26 years of experience in Commercial/Industrial real estate sales and leasing, with a heavy emphasis on investment sale transactions representing Both buyers and sellers resulting in more than $900 million dollars in transactions. Mark currently represents over 2,000,000 square feet of industrial property primarily in the O-Hare market. Arthur J. Rogers & Co. founded in 1945, offers full service Brokerage and Management services. As a full service firm, they assist in leasing, acquisitions, dispositions and tenant representation in industrial, commercial and retail properties. Three regional offices, strategically located throughout Chicagoland, provide in-depth market knowledge in each of Chicago‰Ûªs submarkets and as a partner in the CORE Network, seamless representation nationally and internationally. Arthur J. Rogers & co. owns and manages over 2.5 million square feet in the Chicagoland area.

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Martin Becker

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Becker & Gurian
Title: Partner
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Legal

Martin Becker

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Becker & Gurian
Title: Partner
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Legal

Mr. Becker is a seasoned real estate and transaction attorney with more than 25 years of practice. His emphasis is in complex commercial real estate lease negotiations, real estate acquisitions, dispositions and Development matters. He is also a member of the Village of Deerfield Planning Commission. Becker & Gurian is an aggressive law firm that provides quality expertise in complicated real estate transactions, including the acquisition, sale, Development, construction, leasing and financing of commercial, industrial, and residential property. They have extensive experience in a broad range of real estate projects including shopping centers, office buildings, and custom home residential Developments, condominium conversions and troubled debt restructuring.

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Peggy F. Blanchard

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Village of Barrington
Title: Director of Economic and Community Development
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Public Service

Peggy F. Blanchard

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Village of Barrington
Title: Director of Economic and Community Development
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Public Service

Ms. Blanchard is the Director of Economic and Community Development for the Village of Barrington, IL. She is an economic Development professional with over 25 years experience and expertise in community economic Development and downtown revitalization. The primary focus of her career has been in the areas of strategic planning, downtown revitalization planning, and implementation of economic Development plans. Her experience includes negotiation of Development issues, community planning and citizen involvement, market analysis, strategic planning and business district revitalization. She has developed economic Development programs for several Chicago Metro communities including Barrington, Highland Park, LaGrange, Downers Grove, and East and West Dundee. Her accomplishments include implementing business attraction and retention programs, project impact analysis, Management of Tax Increment Financing Districts, negotiating reDevelopment agreements, Development of master plans and managing downtown revitalization program. In addition to her public sector experience, she was the Community Development Director for Mid-America Real Estate responsible for identifying retail opportunities. Barrington is a village in Cook County, IL and Lake County, IL. Located 35 miles northwest of Chicago with a population of more than 11,000, the Barrington area ZIP code, 60010, is the seventh wealthiest ZIP code in the nation.

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Peter Block

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Colliers International
Title: Executive Vice President
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Peter Block

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Colliers International
Title: Executive Vice President
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Peter Block joined Colliers International to lead and develop the retail investment practice group. Mr. Block and his team utilize a consultative real estate approach in order to provide the best advice to their clients. Prior to joining Colliers, Mr. Block was a Senior Vice President at Grubb & Ellis Company. Peter was selected by Chicago Real Estate as a rising star in their inaugural ‰ÛÏ40 Under 40‰Û issue and is a regular Speaker for the Chicago Bar Association, Corenet International, Midwest Forum, John Marshall Law School and numerous other market forecasting events throughout the Midwest. Colliers International is a global commercial real estate services organization providing corporate solutions, investment services, landlord and tenant representation, project Management, property and asset Management and valuation and advisory services with over 15,000 employees in more than 500 offices in 62 countries with 2.5 Billion square feet under Management and total transaction value in excess of $60 Billion.

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Michael Blue

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Teska
Title: Principal
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Public Service

Michael Blue

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Teska
Title: Principal
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Public Service

Since joining Teska in 2013, Michael Blue has brought the experience of a 25+ year career in the public and private sectors to new and established clients. His work at the firm includes preparing zoning regulations, organizational strategic plans, neighborhood plans, comprehensive plans, Development economics, and staff training. Prior to joining Teska Associates, Michael was the Director of Community Development in Highland Park, IL for 11 years. There he managed a department of 30 staff and focused on long range planning, review and approval of proposed Development projects, permit approval, and support of City Council and Commission activities. The Department served nine City commissions addressing: Development, affordable housing, historic preservation, cultural arts, and the natural environment. Previously, Michael worked as Deputy Community Development Director in the Village of Mount Prospect, IL. Michael has undergraduate and graduate degrees in Urban Planning from the University of Illinois in Urbana ‰ÛÒ Champaign.   Teska, Associates, founded in 1975, provides services to Both public and private sector clients in the areas of community planning, Development economics, landscape architecture, and urban design. The firm collaborates closely with clients and industry professionals to problem solve and create solutions that are considered, engaging, and effective.

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Peter Borzak

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Pine Tree Commercial LLC
Title: Co-Founder and Managing Member
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Development

Peter Borzak

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Pine Tree Commercial LLC
Title: Co-Founder and Managing Member
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Development

Peter is a co-founder and Managing Member of Pine Tree Commercial Realty, LLC in Northbrook, Illinois. Peter began his career at The Balcor Company in 1984 after graduating Phi Beta Kappa from George Washington University. In 1987, Peter joined First Dearborn Properties, a Chicago-based real estate investment company, as a Vice President of Acquisitions. In 1990, Peter formed Plymouth Court Properties, Inc., which owned and managed several office and apartment buildings and a public golf club in the greater Chicago area. In addition, the principals of Plymouth Court Properties were involved in the Development of Michael Jordan’s Restaurant in Chicago, Illinois. In 1995, Peter was a founding Managing Member of Pine Tree Commercial Realty, LLC, and Pine Tree Institutional Realty, LLC in Northbrook, Illinois. To date, Pine Tree affiliates have developed and acquired 51 shopping centers nationwide totaling over 3.5 million square feet, with an aggregate value of over $350 million. Pine Tree Commercial Realty offers a full spectrum of real estate services for retail properties, including Development services, construction Management, property Management and leasing. Pine Tree Institutional Realty is an active acquirer of retail property nationwide. Peter has also been active with the George Washington University Alumni Association, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Chicago, Deerfield AYSO, the Deerfield Youth Baseball Association, and has served as a member of the board of directors for the Deerfield Park Foundation, Harold Eisenberg Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Chicago, American Friends of the Be’er-Sheva Foundation, and the Standard Club of Chicago. Peter is married and has two children.

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David P. Bossy

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Mid-America Development Partners
Title: Chairman and Principal
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Development

David P. Bossy

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Mid-America Development Partners
Title: Chairman and Principal
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Development

Mr. Bossy co-founded Mid-America Development Partners in May 2001 with Michael Firsel and together they successfully initiated an impressive series of Development ventures primarily involving retail and mixed-use properties. Through 2005, Bossy has planned or completed 65 projects totaling more than 10 million square feet of commercial and residential space. Prior to establishing Mid-Am, Mr. Bossy gained recognition as one of the Chicago areas most successful retail property brokers, a career he began in 1977. In 1983, he co-founded Mid-America Real Estate Corporation, which pioneered the concept of tenant Brokerage in the retail field and has represented more than 100 national and regional chains. In 1992, he also helped establish Mid-America Asset Management Company, a property Management firm with a portfolio of 20 million square feet of retail centers. Mid-America Development Partners is committed to creating functional, attractive Developments that enhance their communities and deliver an exceptional level of tangible value to Both their partners and the municipalities they serve. Currently, Mid-America has more than 40 projects, including retail, hospitality and mixed-use in various stages of Development.

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Michael Brenner

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Mirco Builders
Title: President
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Development

Michael Brenner

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Mirco Builders
Title: President
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Development

Mr. Brenner has been with Mirco Builders since 1970, starting off as an assistant superintendent. He has been involved with all types of construction throughout his career and oversees day-to-day operations. Mr. Brenner spends considerable time with civic activities and served over 20 years as an elected councilman for the Highland Park, IL. Mirco Builders provides services ranging from pre-design and pre-construction Consulting to design-build, general contracting and construction Management to post-construction inspections, claim investigations and expert witness testimony. Mirco‰Ûªs projects range anywhere from $100,000 to over $12,000,000 and include detail work from vanilla-box build outs to high-end homes to luxury condominium buildings. The type of construction projects that Mirco has developed since 1970 is as diverse as the acronym representing Mirco‰Ûªs name: Multiple, Industrial, Residential, Commercial, and Offices.

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Russell Brenner

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Stage Equity Partners
Title: Partner
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Financial

Russell Brenner

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Stage Equity Partners
Title: Partner
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Financial

Mr. Brenner is a Partner of Stage Equity Partners specializing in sourcing healthcare real estate assets in niche markets. Prior to joining Stage Equity Mr. Brenner was a partner and Senior Principal at a Chicago-based, real estate private equity firm where he oversaw the investment sales team and the acquisition of over $800 million of commercial real estate assets. Mr. Brenner began his career at Goldie B. Wolfe & Co / Insignia ESG (now CBRE) specializing in CBD and suburban office leasing. Mr. Brenner sits on the Board of Directors of the Inner-City Education Program, and is a Vice-Chairman of JUF‰Ûªs Real Estate and Building Division Committee. Stage Equity Partners is a private real estate investment firm focused on the acquisition, Development and Management of high quality medical office buildings and healthcare facilities across the country.

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Todd Cabanban

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Cabanban, Rubin & Mayberry
Title: Principal
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Todd Cabanban

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Cabanban, Rubin & Mayberry
Title: Principal
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Todd J. Cabanban, Principal, Cabanban, Rubin & Mayberry, (Commercial Brokerage)

Mr. Cabanban, one of the founding Principals of Cabanban, Rubin & Mayberry, has demonstrated a sure command of the metropolitan Chicago commercial real estate market spearheading leasing for a number of significant Developments including Sherman Plaza at 87 & the Dan Ryan, South Loop Marketplace, Roosevelt & Ashland Center, Osco Center at 67 & Stony Island, Broadview Village Square and Gurnee Town Center. Mr. Cabanban has specifically represented Dominick‰Ûªs Finer Foods, CVS/Pharmacy, Cash America, Dots, GNC, Destiny Dental and Dollar Tree in their expansion efforts throughout metropolitan Chicago. Prior to founding Cabanban, Rubin & Mayberry, Mr. Cabanban was a founding partner of Zifkin Realty & Development and Executive Vice President and Managing Director at Hiffman Shaffer Associates. Mr. Cabanban sits on the State Committee for ICSC and is a board member and the Treasurer for the Ely Chapter of Lambda Alpha International. Cabanban, Rubin & Mayberry (CR&M) is one of the premier real estate firms in the Midwest. Headquartered in Chicago, CR&M specializes in all aspects of commercial real estate with an emphasis on retail Tenant and Landlord representation. Together its Principals have a combined experience of over 50 years. CR&M embraces its boutique demeanor with clients that rival any large national firm.

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Gwen Callans

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Atlas Partners Commercial Brokerage Company
Title: Principal
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Gwen Callans

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Atlas Partners Commercial Brokerage Company
Title: Principal
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Prior to co-founding Atlas Partners Commercial Brokerage Company, Ms. Callans was Vice President of the Retail Group at Frain Camins & Swartchild, Inc., a full service real estate firm. Ms. Callans’ responsibilities included the leasing of prime retail space in metropolitan Chicago, as well as the representation of various retail tenants throughout the Chicagoland area. Her background, more than 20 years working for women’s ready-to-wear stores in various capacities, has proven invaluable. Atlas Partners Commercial Brokerage is a real estate Brokerage company focused on tenant representation to retailers worldwide as well as dispositions, leasing, reDevelopment, and general Brokerage services to the investors, owners, and users of retail properties. Atlas Partners sports a large and impressive client list.

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Joanne Campanile

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Byline Bank
Title: Vice President
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Financial

Joanne Campanile

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Byline Bank
Title: Vice President
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Financial

Joanne Campanile is a Vice President at Byline Bank in Chicago.åÊ Working from her LaSalle Street office, Joanne is responsible for financing commercial real estate investors and developers specializing in multi-family, office, industrial and retail properties.åÊåÊ Prior to joining Byline Bank, Joanne worked at Loan Management Solutions on troubled debt resolutions and at Citicorp Real Estate in the commercial real estate lending and syndications groups.åÊ Joanne graduated from the University of Illinois with a BA in Finance/Real Estate.åÊåÊåÊ While at the University of Illinois, Joanne was involved with Rho Epsilon real estate fraternity and she‰Ûªs continued her involvement with the group today.åÊ Joanne is a member of CREW-Chicago and she co-chairs the Scholarship committee. Byline Bank is a $2.5 billion bank located in Chicago.åÊ The bank‰Ûªs 87 branches throughout the Chicago-land area have participated in the growth of Chicago-land businesses and families for over 100 years.åÊ Commercial lending divisions within the bank include Commercial Real Estate, Sponsored Finance, Leasing and Commercial Business Banking.

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Todd Caruso

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: CB Richard Ellis
Title: Senior Managing Director of Retail Services
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Management

Todd Caruso

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: CB Richard Ellis
Title: Senior Managing Director of Retail Services
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Management

Mr. Caruso is the Senior Managing Director and Retail Client Advisory Director for Retail Services. Supported by a national platform, he is committed to providing retail portfolio ownership access to all of CB Richard Ellis service lines aligned to optimize portfolio value and meet client needs. Having been exposed to many types of retail properties, Mr. Caruso works closely with service line leaders in Brokerage, Property Management, Investment Properties, Finance, and Appraisal to create “go to” Integrated Retail Teams throughout the Eastern U.S. Mr. Caruso’s previous experience includes Retail Sales and Leasing, leading two of the company’s Chicago offices and Midwest Regional Retail responsibilities. In these roles his responsibilities included business Development, revenue/expense, hiring and training. CB Richard Ellis is the first globally integrated real estate services company. With a staff in excess of 10,000 in over 230 offices covering in excess of 32 countries, they sport the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of products and services.

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Karen B. Case

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: The PrivateBank
Title: Executive Managing Director and President-Commercial Real Estate
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Financial

Karen B. Case

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: The PrivateBank
Title: Executive Managing Director and President-Commercial Real Estate
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Financial

Karen Case, Executive Managing Director and President-Commercial Real Estate, The PrivateBank, (Banking)

Karen Case is President of Commercial Real Estate Banking for The PrivateBank. Reporting to the CEO, she is responsible for the business unit that develops and manages banking relationships with dynamic and growing commercial real estate developers, owners and operators. The PrivateBank‰Ûªs Commercial Real Estate Group has location in Chicago and its Suburbs, Bloomfield Hills (Michigan), Denver, Milwaukee, Minneaplois and St. Louis. Previously, Ms. Case served as executive vice president in LaSalle Bank’s Commercial Real Estate Department (LaSalle Bank was acquired by Bank of America in October 2007). Prior to joining LaSalle in 1992, Ms. Case established and managed the Midwest real estate lending operations for New York-based Marine Midland Bank. At The First National Bank of Chicago, she was responsible for managing banking relationships with Midwest-based real estate Development and syndication firms. Ms. Case earned her MBA from The University of Chicago and a BS in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis. She also attended The University of London and The American College in Paris. PrivateBancorp, Inc., through its PrivateBank subsidiaries, provides distinctive, highly personalized, premium Financial services to a growing array of successful entrepreneurial small and middle market privately held and public businesses, affluent individuals, wealthy families, professionals, entrepreneurs and real estate investors. The Company, with assets over $14.1 billion, has 33 offices in the country based largely in the Midwest.

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Lynn Dubajic

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: City of Yorkville
Title: Executive Director
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Public Service

Lynn Dubajic

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: City of Yorkville
Title: Executive Director
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Public Service

Ms. Dubajic is the Executive Director of the Yorkville Economic Development Corporation, with over 6 years experience in economic Development. Her expertise includes business district Development, marketing analysis, as well as strategic and community planning. Ms. Dubajic is also responsible for providing outreach to the existing businesses in the community to tend to their economic health, develop an adequate workforce, provide training options and assist with business expansion, reDevelopment and retention in Yorkville. With over 42,000 square miles in Yorkville‰Ûªs planning area, the United City of Yorkville is experiencing substantial growth. The intersections of State Highways 34, 47, 71 and 126, plus access to I-88 to the north, I-80 to the south, and I-55 to the east, have made Yorkville, located on the beautiful Fox River, an ideal location for Development. Yorkville is located 45 miles west of Chicago, and is the seat of Kendall County, the second fastest growing county in the nation. The City of Yorkville has developed a reputation as a pro-business community, focused on the growth of commercial, residential and industrial Development.

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Norris R. Eber

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Abbell Associates
Title: President
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Management

Norris R. Eber

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Abbell Associates
Title: President
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Management

Norris Eber is the President of Abbell Associates and oversees all acquisitions and dispositions; asset Management; investor relations; and strategic partnerships for Abbell. Prior to Abbell, Norris was EVP of Assets and Acquisitions at Joseph Freed & Associates. Before Joseph Freed Norris was SVP of Asset Management and Acquisitions for Tucker Properties. Mr. Eber serves on the International Council of Shopping Centers‰Ûª Open Air Center Committee, ICSC Education Advisory Committee and the ICSC Foundation as a member of the Board of Directors. He is a past ICSC Central Division VP, ICSC Trustee and State Director for Illinois. Abbell Associates is a 70-year old private real estate acquisition, Management and Development company currently specializing in Both enclosed and open-air retail and office projects. Based in the Midwest, Abbell Associates is focused on unlocking the hidden value in retail centers and office buildings through innovative leasing, Management and re-Development strategies with over 2.5 million square feet of ground up Development as well as reDevelopment of existing shopping centers has been successfully undertaken in recent years.

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Peter Eisenberg

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Clark Street Real Estate
Title: Principal
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Development

Peter Eisenberg

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Clark Street Real Estate
Title: Principal
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Development

Mr. Eisenberg is a founding Principal of Clark Street. His primary focus is the procurement and execution of retail development and redevelopment projects for the Company. Peter began his career at The Reliant Group, a predecessor to CSRE, and continues to manage a portfolio of family real estate assets. He is actively involved in the International Council of Shopping Centers, serving on the ICSC Foundation Board of Directors and on the Illinois State Committee. Peter is a Co-Founder and Emeritus Member of ICSC’s Next Generation National Advisory Group as well. He passionately supports The Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation, serving as President and a Founding Board Member. Peter graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. In addition, he earned a Juris Doctorate degree and an LL.M. in Real Estate Law with honors from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, where he serves on the Advisory Board for the Center of Real Estate Law.

Clark Street Real Estate was founded as a fully-integrated, internally capitalized development company with a local focus and a global reach. Our Principals have deep relationships dating back over 30 years. To date, our visionaries have developed more than 30 million square feet of property and acquired more than 50,000 acres of land.

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James A. Field

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Field & Goldberg, LLC.
Title: Parther
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Consulting

James A. Field

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Field & Goldberg, LLC.
Title: Parther
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Consulting

Mr. Field is a founding member of Field and Goldberg, LLC and partner in charge of the real estate tax group. Throughout his career, Mr. Field has handled tax appeals for numerous high profile commercial and industrial properties, apartment buildings, cooperatives and premier condominiums. He has represented taxpayers at the Assessor‰Ûªs Office, the Board of Review, State of Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board and in Circuit Court. Mr. Field has structed numerous real estate transactions for developers and institutional lenders ranging from shopping centers and office buildings to residential complexes. Mr. Field received his J.D. degee from Emory University School of Law and his L.L.M. in real estate with honors from the John Marshall School of Law. He is also a graduate of Indiana University School of Business. Field and Goldberg, LLC zealously represents owners, tenants, receivers and property managers in seeking reductions in real estate tax assessments on all types of commercial, industrial and high profile residential properties.

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Chad Firsel

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Quantum Real Estate Advisors, Inc.
Title: President
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Chad Firsel

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Quantum Real Estate Advisors, Inc.
Title: President
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Mr. Firsel has completed close to $1 billion in property sales during his career. Prior to founding Quantum, Mr. Firsel was the executive vice president and founder of the investment services group at NAI Hiffman and was the executive vice president and founder of the investment services practice at Baum Realty Group. Quantum Real Estate Advisors, Inc. specializes in investment sales Brokerage, assisting clients in the acquisition and disposition of commercial real estate. Quantum has the capacity through strategic alliances to offer full-service leasing Brokerage, receivership, Management and financing.

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Todd Fishbein

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Red Seal Development
Title: President and Chief Executive Officer
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Development

Todd Fishbein

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Red Seal Development
Title: President and Chief Executive Officer
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Development

Mr. Fishbein leads Red Seal’s land acquisition, zoning and Development efforts. Over the past few years, Mr. Fishbein has led the acquisition effort on projects exceeding $80,000,000 in aggregate purchase price. Mr. Fishbein, a licensed attorney, is also responsible for overseeing all in-house Legal matters and is involved in all aspects of Red Seal’s operations, including administration, personnel, customer contracts/closings, and residential project Management. Mr. Fishbein is a former member of the Highland Park Plan Commission. Red Seal Development recently, within Chicago’s North Shore sub-market, has successfully acquired and developed nine subdivisions culminating with the involvement in the Town of Fort Sheridan Company and the $270 million reDevelopment of Fort Sheridan’s Historic District.

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Patrick FitzGerald

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: FitzGerald Associates Architects
Title: President and Managing Principal
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Consulting

Patrick FitzGerald

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: FitzGerald Associates Architects
Title: President and Managing Principal
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Consulting

Patrick FitzGerald is President and Managing Principal of FitzGerald Associates Architects in Chicago.åÊ For 30 years he has guided a firm that dates back to 1919 and has made numerous innovations in urban infill housing, contributing more than 20,000 units to Chicago‰Ûªs housing stock including affordable, public, student, market-rate, and luxury housing; loft conversions and mixed-use buildings in low-, mid-, and high-rise formats. As Both an architect and developer, he has built many units that have shown the viability of some long-neglected formats including townhomes, rowhouses and courtyard apartment buildings.åÊ Pat‰Ûªs work focuses on how projects contribute to the dynamic of existing neighborhoods and help to create positive environments where they don‰Ûªt currently exist while acting as a pioneer and champion for sustainable design and sophisticated urban planning concepts. With roots dating back 95 years, FitzGerald Associates Architects provides full architectural services as well as consultancies on building accessibility, building condition assessment, energy optimization, historical research, adaptive reuse, space planning and interior design, site design and planning, sustainable design, and tenant improvement services. The firm is one of Chicago‰Ûªs leading design firms with a portfolio full of master-planned communities containing over 30,000 residences, more than 100 conversions and restorations of historic structures, and numerous other commercial and industrial facilities.

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Harold Francke

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: DLA Piper USA LLP
Title: Partner
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Legal

Harold Francke

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: DLA Piper USA LLP
Title: Partner
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Legal

Mr. Francke concentrates his practice in annexation, zoning, public sector financing, tax increment financing, utility construction, real estate Development and general real estate matters and in litigation challenging the validity and application of local impact fee ordinances. Mr. Francke has had primary responsibility for the land use related Development aspects of several large tracts of land in the Chicago metropolitan area. These have encompassed Both large-scale, mixed-use planned unit Developments and mixed-use residential and multiple user commercial Developments. In addition, Mr. Francke has participated in the drafting drafting of several pieces of State legislation of significance to Both local government officials and the Development community, including amendments to the Illinois Township Open Space Act, the Illinois Road Improvement Impact Fee Law and a proposed, but yet-to-be enacted, Illinois School Impact Fee Law. DLA Piper USA LLP is a business law firm of about 975 lawyers with offices in Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Edison, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Reston, San Francisco, Tampa, and Washington. The firm’s practice is focused on litigation, real estate, technology and business, government affairs, and international law.

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Gina Fridberg

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Fifth Third Bank
Title: Senior Vice President
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Financial

Gina Fridberg

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Fifth Third Bank
Title: Senior Vice President
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Financial

Ms. Fridberg is a Senior Vice President with Fifth Third’s Commercial Real Estate Group, based in Chicago. Gina is responsible for originating, structuring and managing debt for construction and acquisitions of commercial real estate properties, including asset types such as multifamily, office, retail, industrial and hotel. Prior to joining Fifth Third Bank, Gina managed a distressed real estate portfolio for PNC Bank where she focused on syndicated transactions and was involved in restructuring debt and working with mezzanine and equity partners, and at times foreclosing on the assets or selling distressed notes.

Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. As of December 31, 2015, the Company had $141 billion in assets and operates 1,254 full-service Banking Centers. Fifth Third Bank is focused on meeting the financial needs of all the communities we serve.  We pride ourselves on keeping customers and our communities at the center of everything we do and to live our corporate social responsibility in a way that helps create and sustain healthy, vibrant communities.

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Joel Friedland

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Brit Properties, LLC
Title: Partner
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Brokerage

Joel Friedland

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Brit Properties, LLC
Title: Partner
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Brokerage

Mr. Friedland is one of the founding principals’ of Brit Properties, LLC and Brit Asset Management where he oversees the asset management of more than 30 property investments. An accomplished real estate professional, he relies on his considerable expertise and experience to provide clients with comprehensive solutions for acquiring, selling, leasing, relocating and investment. He was a co-founder of Epic Savage Realty Partners, and for more than 20 years completed hundreds of transactions while guiding leadership development. The firm was highly respected as a provider of comprehensive real estate services to its valued clientele and in 2014 sold to Transwestern. Joel has been a member of the Society of Industrial Realtors (SIOR) since 1990 and The Association of Industrial Real Estate (AIRE), having served on the Board of Directors and moderating panel discussions on industrial real estate topics. Joel attended San Diego State University where he also owned and managed a landscaping company, was a member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Brit Properties is a full service industrial real estate firm providing its clients leasing, purchase and sales opportunities, and offers the assistance needed to obtain the best possible real estate results.

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Robert Jay Friedman

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Jameson Commercial Real Estate
Title: Vice President
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Robert Jay Friedman

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Jameson Commercial Real Estate
Title: Vice President
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Mr. Friedman has been in the shopping center industry since 1973 in various executive positions with some of the most formidable companies in the Chicagoland market. These include, The Tucker Companies where he worked directly for Harold Eisenberg, Urban Retail Properties, Simon Properties, and Mid-America Real Estate. In addition, Mr. Friedman also acts as a tenant representative and provides design/build services for retail stores. Working for Both enclosed mall and strip center developers, has provided him a well rounded education that enables him to share leasing and construction experiences from different points of view. Since 1985, Mr. Friedman has served in many capacities on the Illinois State Committee for ICSC including Program Chairman, Roundtable Co-Chair, and Roundtable Leader. Jameson Commercial Real Estate specializes in multi-family, retail, office and industrial real estate overseeing investment sales, leasing, ground up Development and consultation services.

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Richard A. Frolik

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: CBRE Group, Inc.
Title: Executive Vice President
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Financial

Richard A. Frolik

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: CBRE Group, Inc.
Title: Executive Vice President
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Financial

Mr. Frolik is a senior partner of the National Retail Investment Group‰Ûªs Chicago team, recognized as one of CBRE‰Ûªs leading national retail investment property sales team, and the founding member of CBRE‰Ûªs Value and Outlet Center group. Focusing on national retail assets ranging from Development/reDevelopment to institutional projects, he has worked extensively with owners in the formulation of strategic disposition initiatives and marketing campaign execution. He has sold nearly 89 million square feet of retail properties valued in excess of $7.6 billion. Mr. Frolik joined CBRE in March 1992 as a Senior Financial Analyst and assisted in underwriting over 300 different retail, office, and industrial transactions in excess of $1.5 billion in consideration. CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world‰Ûªs largest commercial real estate services firm (in terms of 2010 revenue).åÊ The Company has approximately 31,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 300 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project Management; mortgage banking; Appraisal and valuation; Development services; investment Management; and research and Consulting.

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Michael D. George

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Mid-America Real Estate and Asset Management
Title: President
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Brokerage

Michael D. George

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Mid-America Real Estate and Asset Management
Title: President
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Brokerage

Mr. George is President of Both Mid-America Real Estate and Mid-America Asset Management and co-founded Mid-America with David P. Bossy in 1984, developing the Chicago-based firm into a prominent retail real estate Brokerage company. Mr. George has personally directed the firm’s growth in Brokerage, as well as its diversification into investment sales and asset Management. Mr. George has been responsible for some of Mid-America’s greatest successes in tenant representation, as well as counseling investment firms in the acquisition and sale of shopping centers. Headquartered in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, the Mid-America Real Estate organization is Chicago and the Midwest’s leading full-service retail real estate organization. Founded in 1984 primarily to service an emerging national chain store expansion phenomenon, Mid-America Real Estate Corporation (MAREC) brokers and consultants have been unrivaled in tenant representation, pre-Development and shopping center leasing, land assemblage, investment sales and Consulting. Mid-America Asset Management Company (MAAMCo) has similarly become the region‰Ûªs most dominant third-party asset Management group, accumulating an impressive portfolio of clients and currently managing and leasing in excess of 16 million square feet, more than any other non-owner firm. The Management company also provides construction Management and Development services for its clients. The two companies have also recently combined to offer retail Consulting services to area municipalities. Mid-America Investment and Development Corporation (MIDCO), formed in 2001, focuses on the acquisition and Development of retail product throughout the Midwest. Mid-America also has an office in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Michael E. Grant

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Cohen Financial
Title: Director
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Financial

Michael E. Grant

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Cohen Financial
Title: Director
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Financial

Mr. Grant is responsible for managing the origination, analysis, and placement of real estate investments in the Midwest region and throughout the United States. In addition, he is responsible for expanding relationships with life insurance companies for the firm. Mr. Grant, a licensed attorney, has over 30 years of commercial real estate finance experience. Prior to joining Cohen Financial, Mr. Grant served as Senior Vice President at Capmark Financial Group.

Cohen Financial is a national real estate capital services company and an originator of commercial real estate debt and equity transactions. Cohen Financial combines in-depth market expertise, passion for their work, and a willingness to break new ground to provide their clients with the ultimate customer experience.

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Ben Greazel

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
Title: Executive Managing Director
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Financial

Ben Greazel

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
Title: Executive Managing Director
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Financial

Mr. Greazel serves as Senior Managing Director for NGKF Capital Markets in the firm’s Chicago office where he matches providers of capital with users of capital. For more than 20 years he has represented life insurance companies as correspondent lenders, such as John Hancock, Allstate, Lincoln Financial Group and Americo. Prior to joining NGKF, Mr. Greazel was SVP with Grubb & Ellis and Director at Cohen Financial in the Capital Markets Group. Mr. Greazel is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and the Illinois State Committee/Government Relations Committee Chairperson/GR Economic Subcommittee and serves as an Executive Board Member. Mr. Greazel has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Iowa, Iowa City.

Newmark Grubb Knight Frank (NGKF) is one of the world’s leading commercial real estate advisory firms with more than 13,000 employees. We provide a fully integrated platform of services to prominent multinational corporations and institutional investors across the globe, as well as to occupiers, owners and developers of real estate on a local, regional and national level.

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Jeffrey B. Gurian

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Becker & Gurian
Title: Partner
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Legal

Jeffrey B. Gurian

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Becker & Gurian
Title: Partner
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Legal

While representing tenants, publicly traded and private property owners, Mr. Gurian has negotiated complicated transactions involving more than 10 million square feet of commercial real estate. His areas of expertise are numerous, with an emphasis on sophisticated real estate Developments and financing. His reputation is that of a dealmaker! Becker & Gurian is an aggressive law firm that provides quality expertise in complicated real estate transactions, including the acquisition, sale, Development, construction, leasing and financing of commercial, industrial, and residential property. They have extensive experience in a broad range of real estate projects including regional shopping centers, office buildings, custom home residential Developments, condominium conversions and troubled debt restructuring.

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Dennis Hammer

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Sauganash
Title: President
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Financial

Dennis Hammer

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Sauganash
Title: President
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Financial

Mr. Hammer has responsibilities for Sales & Marketing, business Development, and small business lending. As President of a community bank branch, Mr. Hammer is very active in many community organizations, including President of the Sauganash Chamber of Commerce, Past President of the Sauganash Community Association, Board member of the Peterson & Pulaski Business & Industrial Council, and Past President of the Lane Tech Alumni Association. Prior to joining North Shore Community Bank, Mr. Hammer has had extensive experience throughout the Chicagoland banking world, including First Chicago, Citibank and LaSalle Bank, performing in various areas of retail banking & operations. North Shore Community Bank is an affiliate of Wintrust Financial Corporation with five locations in the Chicagoland area. Wintrust Financial Corporation is a Financial services holding company headquartered in Lake Forest, IL, with assets in excess of $9 billion. The company engages in community banking, wealth Management, specialty finance and mortgage origination through its operating subsidiaries.

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Fred Heichman

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: StreetMac, LLC
Title: Senior Vice President
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Financial

Fred Heichman

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: StreetMac, LLC
Title: Senior Vice President
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Financial

Mr. Heichman is SVP, Director of Leasing for StreetMac overseeing all aspects of shop space and big box leasing and in this responsibility handles the manufacturing of new deals, tenant retention, property sales and lease administration. Prior to joining StreetMac, Mr. Heichman served as Director of Leasing for Inland Commercial and Vice President of Leasing at Centro Properties.

StreetMac provides commercial real estate advisory and capital markets services across the nation and leverages its relationships with the key individuals of major national and foreign lenders and the largest agency lenders in the nation. In its advisory role, StreetMac utilizes relationships with CMBS special servicers and major commercial and investment banks and its principals have provided more than $4 billion of financing to date.

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Mary P. Higgins

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Griffin Capital
Title: In-House Attorney
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Legal

Mary P. Higgins

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Griffin Capital
Title: In-House Attorney
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Legal

Prior to joining Griffin, Ms. Higgins was a partner at the law firm of Wildman, Harold, Allen & Dixon LLP in Chicago, Illinois. Ms. Higgins has been Griffin‰Ûªs primary real estate transaction counsel for more than eight years and has worked together with Griffin‰Ûªs principals on nearly all of the firm‰Ûªs acquisition, due diligence, leasing, financing and disposition activities during that time period. Ms. Higgins has over 20 years experience representing Both public and private real estate owners, tenants and investors in commercial real estate matters, including Development, leasing, acquisitions, dispositions, and securitized and non-securitized financings. Representative transactions include sales and dispositions of regional malls, including some of the premiere regional malls in the nation; a $38 million credit tenant loan transaction; acquisition of various Florida office properties for a $150 million office property equity fund; representation of the ground lessor in a subordinated tenant Development ground lease and a $350 million property roll up. Griffin Capital is a privately-owned real estate investment company specializing in the acquisition, financing and ownership of institutional-quality property led by senior executives, each with more than two decades of real estate experience collectively encompassing over $6.5 billion of transaction value and more than 200 separate transactions, Griffin currently owns and manages a portfolio of nearly five million square feet of space located in 13 states. Headquartered in Los Angeles with branch offices in Chicago, IL and Greenwich, CT, Griffin has been licensed by the National Association of Securities Deals (NASD) as a broker-dealer for over ten years.

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Rick S. Hiton

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Rick Hiton & Associates
Title: President
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Appraisal

Rick S. Hiton

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Rick Hiton & Associates
Title: President
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Appraisal

Mr. Hiton began his career as a banker specializing in real estate and construction lending and left to pursue entrepreneurial interests by forming Rick Hiton & Associates. He is an Illinois certified residential real estate appraiser, certified review appraiser, licensed real estate broker, as well as a partner and CFO of Hilton Financial Services, LLC, which is an Illinois mortgage broker registered with the Illinois Office of Banks and Real Estate. Rick Hiton & Associates provides real estate Appraisal services throughout northern Illinois for Both residential and commercial real estate. Hiton Financial Services offers 26 years of experience in residential and commercial real estate with expertise in valuation, mortgage product lines and Financial guidance.

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Andrew S. Hochberg

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Next Realty
Title: Managing Principal
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Management

Andrew S. Hochberg

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Next Realty
Title: Managing Principal
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Management

Mr. Hochberg leads a team that has developed over 2 million square feet of retail space and over 23 million square feet of land. Prior to founding Next Realty, he held several positions at Sportmart Inc., a $450 million big box sporting goods retailer. He began as Real Estate Director in 1987 and ultimately became CEO. He successfully established real estate strategic direction, arranged financing, recruited and trained Management on all levels, and managed the company‰Ûªs IPO. He negotiated Sportmart‰Ûªs merger with Gart Sports, creating the second largest sporting goods retailer in the United States. Mr. Hochberg is also co-founder of Hilco Real Estate Services, a leading provider of Appraisal, disposition, and lease restructuring services to asset-based and traditional mortgage lenders, turn-around managers, attorneys and accountants, and institutional and venture capital investors. He has served as director of Prism Mortgage Company, LR Development, Gart Sports, and Art.com. Next Realty and its affiliates own real estate valued in excess of $150 million and have repositioned over $150 million in real estate assets.Next Realty is a premier commercial real estate firm that seeks to acquire well-located shopping centers, retail land, and parking structures valued up to $25 million to add to their privately held portfolio. They also specialize in third party Brokerage and advisory services to clients in the Chicago region, including land acquisition services and tenant representation for national and regional retailers.

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Brian Hoffman

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Chief Financial Officer
Title: Red Seal Development
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Development

Brian Hoffman

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Chief Financial Officer
Title: Red Seal Development
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Development

Mr. Hoffman joined Red Seal Development Corporation in 1991 as Comptroller. His early efforts included completing the computerization of Red Seal’s Accounting Department and implementing the upgrading of Red Seal’s Protrac system, proprietary software that Red Seal developed for the home building industry. Promoted to Vice President, Finance in 1993, Hoffman arranged equity and debt facilities to accommodate in excess of $500 million of new Development. Serving as Red Seal’s lead market strategist, he has sought out locations where Red Seal has been able to maintain its position as the leading luxury home builder in Chicagoland. Mr. Hoffman remains active in all aspects of Red Seal’s operations including acquisitions, accounting administration, and residential project Management. Red Seal Development recently, within Chicago’s Northshore sub-market, has successfully acquired and developed nine subdivisions culminating with involvement in The Town of Fort Sheridan Company and the $270 million reDevelopment of Fort Sheridan’s Historic District.

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Liz Holland

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Abbell Associates
Title: Asset Manager & General Counsel
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Legal

Liz Holland

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Abbell Associates
Title: Asset Manager & General Counsel
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Legal

Liz Holland is the Chief Executive Officer of Abbell Credit Corporation and Abbell Associates, a seventy-year old private real estate acquisition, Development and Management company with an approximately 3.5 million/sf portfolio, comprised of shopping center, office, and enclosed mall properties. She is responsible for overseeing all business and Legal matters, including Development, financing, leasing, capital improvements, and investor and tenant relations. During her tenure with Abbell, she has overseen the reDevelopment and re-positioning of the entire 3.5 million square foot portfolio of projects, including the creation of public/private partnerships; brownfield remediation; and multiple anchor store replacements and relocations. Liz is active in the International Council of Shopping Centers, currently serving as the first Vice Chairman of the Council (2015-2016) and a Member of the Board of Trustees.

Prior to joining Abbell, Liz was a Senior Staff Attorney with the National Bankruptcy Review Commission, a Congressional commission charged with making recommendations to the Bankruptcy Code. Previously, she was a restructuring and business reorganization attorney with the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York. Prior to becoming an attorney, Liz was a fixed income portfolio manager at Brown, Brothers Harriman & Co, in New York. She is admitted to the Bar in New York and Illinois.

Liz is a frequent Speaker and contributor to publications focusing on retail real estate. She is active on a number of non-profit boards, including Lighthouse Academies, Uptown United, and 1,000 Friends of Iowa.

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Michael Horne

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Sterling Organization
Title: Managing Director
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Management

Michael Horne

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Sterling Organization
Title: Managing Director
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Management

Mr. Horne is a Regional Director for Sterling Organization; based in Chicago he is responsible for acquisitions, leasing and asset Management. Prior to joining Sterling Organization, Mr. Horne served as President of HSS Management Company, where he oversaw a 1.6 million square foot portfolio. Mr. Horne also previously held the positions of Vice President ‰ÛÒ Director of Leasing for Newcastle Properties LLC and Vice President ‰ÛÒ Director of Leasing and Operations for HSS Real Estate Inc. Sterling Organization is a vertically integrated private equity real estate investment firm focusing on value-add acquisitions of quality Grocery Anchored and Big Box Power Centers in major U.S. markets through lease-up, repositioning, remerchandising, reDevelopment or improved Management. With 6 U.S. offices, Sterling Organization owns approximately 5 million square feet of retail and other commercial real estate with a market valuation of approximately 1 billion dollars.

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Richard Hulina

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Clark Street Development
Title: Principal
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Development

Richard Hulina

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Clark Street Development
Title: Principal
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Development

Mr. Hulina possesses extensive real estate background in the shopping center industry, having been actively involved in the Development, leasing and sales of numerous regional, neighborhood and community retail shopping centers across the United States. Mr. Hulina has demonstrated success in assembling seasoned professionals in key areas of Development, Brokerage, tenant representation and Management. During his 35 year career he has been a principal at several well known real estate Development & Brokerage firms including financing Homart Development Co., Vantage/Bradford Cos. & Hiffman Shaffer Associates. Clark Street Development is a recently formed real estate Development partnership of like-minded individuals that specialize in the Development of retail shopping centers throughout the United States. Founded in the fall of 2005, the principals came together cementing already established Development project relationships in this new venture. Balancing the interests of the retailers, with the intensity objectives of the developer and with the community and political concerns can be a daunting task. The Clark team, through creativity, experience and objectivity, has overcome these obstacles on numerous occasions over the years. The results are properties that are easily understood and have ready appeal to the investment community.

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Harry Huzenis

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Jameson Realty Group
Title: Executive Vice President
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Harry Huzenis

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Jameson Realty Group
Title: Executive Vice President
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Mr. Huzenis has been active in the real estate industry for over 20 years. After acquiring his real estate license in 1980, he became associated with a local real estate agency. After just two years, Mr. Huzenis and his brother Charley created their own firm, Jameson Realty Group. Today, Mr. Huzenis ovesees the team of 10 commercial brokers while running the company’s investment portfolio of one million s.f. of industrial and retail space. He also supervises the company’s paticipation with new and rehabed residential Development, which on average numbers 500 units. Jameson Realty Group began in 1982 as a small storefront office on Chicago’s near north side. It has enjoyed tremendousgrowth and now has over 100 people in the organization. Their Chicago and Evanston offices encompass a sales and Management team that includes specialists in Both residential and commercial real estate. While maintaining its prominence and tradition in Brokerage, they have become on of the city’s foremost representatives of developers of Both new construction and renovation projects. In the past year, Jameson’s sales of commercial and residential property totaled approximately $500,000,000.

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Daniel J. Hyman

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Millennium Properties, Inc.
Title: President
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Daniel J. Hyman

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Millennium Properties, Inc.
Title: President
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Throughout his 25 year real estate career, Mr. Hyman has become one of Chicago‰Ûªs premier dealmakers, exceeding 25 deals annually. Since its inception in 1996, Millennium Properties, Inc. (MPI) has soared to success, with Mr. Hyman contributing over $1.8 billion in sales. In the course of his impressive career, Mr. Hyman has also performed the duties of receiver, consultant, and leasing and sales agent on behalf of the State Court, as well as Federal Bankruptcy Court. The firm also conducts real estate auctions, sealed bid sales, asset Management and Consulting. Millennium Properties credits their success on the firm’s ability to select the proper marketing program and provide the necessary information to effectuate a sale. Their team prides itself on comprehending their role as intermediaries. This understanding has allowed them to effectively match client needs with the appropriate buyer, thus providing a rapid and productive sale. The firm also conducts real estate auctions, sealed bid sales, asset Management and Consulting.

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Terrence M. Jenkins

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Business Districts, Inc.
Title: Managing Director
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Consulting

Terrence M. Jenkins

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Business Districts, Inc.
Title: Managing Director
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Consulting

Mr. Jenkins has advised over 2 dozen municipalities in their downtown Developments and over a dozen corridors in the Development of action plans. He has provided special studies, projects and supportive services for many other cities and organizations. Prior, for 12 years, he served as Executive Director of EvMark, the downtown Management organization for the City of Evanston. Working in concert with the public/private corporation board of directors, Mr. Jenkins was fully responsible for the creation of annual goals and objectives. He was accountable to the volunteer board for the achievement of programming to attain those objectives. Under his direction, EvMark completed the Development and implementation of a comprehensive physical plan for the 40-block area of downtown Evanston. This innovative plan was developed by a unique partnership of four local, prominent urban planning and design firms: EvMark board of directors, City of Evanston staff and elected officials, retailers, landowners, representatives of the arts, and the general public. Through Mr. Jenkins’ efforts, EvMark became a model for achieving results through an efficient part-time Management process in concert with an equally efficient use of professional subcontractors to achieve complete program objectives. Business Districts, Inc. is the premier provider of business district services for mid-sized municipalities. Since 1992, BDI has developed and implemented effective business district plans in top communities throughout the Midwest.

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Allen Joffe

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Baum Realty Group
Title: Principal and Managing Broker
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Allen Joffe

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Baum Realty Group
Title: Principal and Managing Broker
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Allen Joffe, Principal & Managing Broker, Baum Realty Group, (Brokerage) Mr. Joffe is Both a principal and the managing broker of Baum Realty Group. Since joining the firm in 1993, he provides clients with an unmatched knowledge of the Chicago area retail leasing business having successfully negotiated and managed transactions for more than 50 clients including Blaze Pizza, Del Frisco‰Ûªs Grille, Jared The Galleria of Jewelry, Morton‰Ûªs Restaurant Group, Boston Market, McDonald‰Ûªs, Advance Auto Parts, True Value, Jimmy John‰Ûªs, Kay Jewelers, Fitness 19, US Bank, Five Guys Burgers & Fries, The Little Gym, Taco Fresco, OfficeMax and Tide Dry Cleaners. . Allen has been recognized for his achievements on numerous occasions by the Chicago Association of Realtors including Broker of the Year for Tenant Representation in 2006, 2007 & 2008. Baum Realty Group has established an impressive array of long-term clients who value its ability to complete transactions quickly and maximize profitability. The firm represents more than two- dozen high profile national accounts exclusively in the Chicago market, including managing the market rollouts for Starbucks, Chipotle, FedEx Kinko‰Ûªs, Jared‰Ûªs, Panera Bread, and Washington Mutual. Continued investment in state-of-the-art technology allows the firm to provide its clients with the most up-to-date mapping and demographic data available. Additionally, the firm‰Ûªs brokers maintain excellent relationships with property owners, which enable them to learn of many new opportunities before becoming available to the rest of the market.

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Bart Johnson

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Wintrust Commercial Banking
Title: Executive Vice President
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Financial

Bart Johnson

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Wintrust Commercial Banking
Title: Executive Vice President
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Financial

Bart Johnson, Executive Vice President, Wintrust Commercial Banking, (Financial services)

Bart Johnson is the Executive Vice President for Wintrust Bank and he manages the Bank‰Ûªs commercial real estate portfolio in the City of Chicago.åÊ Working from his LaSalle Street office, Bart Johnson and Wintrust specialize in banking commercial real estate investors and developers in projects throughout the city.åÊ Past projects include the financing of the construction of a 150 unit apartment building in the Ravenswood Community of Chicago to a 600 car parking garage in River North and a 30 story office building on Michigan Avenue .åÊ Bart manages a team of bankers and a loan portfolio approaching $1 billion. Wintrust Bank is an affiliate of Wintrust Financial Corporation.åÊ Wintrust Financial Corporation is a publically traded Financial services holding company headquartered in Rosemont, IL, with assets approaching $20 billion. With over 125 branches in Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana, it is the second largest bank group headquartered in Illinois.åÊ In addition to being active in the commercial real estate market, the company engages in community banking, wealth Management, specialty finance and mortgage origination through its operating subsidiaries.

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Camille P. Julmy

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: CBRE, Inc.
Title: Vice Chairman
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Management

Camille P. Julmy

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: CBRE, Inc.
Title: Vice Chairman
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Management

Camille Julmy, Vice Chairman, joined the firm following its acquisition of U.S. Equities Realty in 2014. He is responsible for investment and financing services and is directly involved with major urban retail leasing in Chicago. Camille has completed more than 700,000 square feet of retail transactions. Camille co-founded U.S. Equities Realty with Robert Wislow in 1978 and has played a leading role in the commercial real estate industry for over four decades and across three countries. In his role overseeing the company‰Ûªs Asset Services division, Camille‰Ûªs leadership expanded the retail footprint and economic potential of Chicago‰Ûªs downtown area, ushering in critical retail business to underutilized areas of the city. Before co-founding U.S. Equities Realty, Camille spent five years with Fidinam, joining its head office in Lugano, Switzerland, in 1973. He moved to the firm‰Ûªs Toronto office in 1974 as the Senior Analyst for all of its Canadian and U.S. acquisitions. In 1977, he transferred to the firm‰Ûªs new Chicago office, where he served as Vice President in charge of real estate acquisition analysis. CBRE, Inc. is a full-service global commercial real estate firm that serves all of your real estate needs including Investment Management, Brokerage, Capital Markets, Real Estate Asset Services and Development. Every day, in markets around the globe, we apply our insight, experience and resources to help clients make informed real estate decisions. Every year, we complete thousands of successful assignments across a wide range of markets and real estate service lines. Our deep experience and expertise allows us to paint a precise picture of global real estate conditions and trends.

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Sharon Kahan

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: CB Richard Ellis
Title: Retail Leasing Expert
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Brokerage

Sharon Kahan

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: CB Richard Ellis
Title: Retail Leasing Expert
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Brokerage

Ms. Kahan has focused her efforts on retail property within the City of Chicago such as: River North, the Loop, Michigan Avenue and Lincoln Park/Clybourn Avenue. She has been involved in the successful marketing of major retail projects for prominent real estate developers, and has also represented tenants in site selection and acquisition. She features a long client roster list of impressive national retailers. She is a co-founder of Women in Retail Leasing. CB Richard Ellis is the first globally integrated real estate services company. With a staff in excess of 10,000 in over 230 offices covering in excess of 32 countries, they sport the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of products and services.

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Alfred M. Klairmont

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Imperial Realty Company
Title: President
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Development

Alfred M. Klairmont

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Imperial Realty Company
Title: President
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Development

Since 1978, Mr. Klairmont has been involved hands-on in the process of finding, buying, rehabbing, leasing, managing and maintaining commercial properties. Mr. Klairmont directs a staff of over 100 professionals who are geared to offer “tender loving care” to all operations of property ownership. Fast-paced decision-making, ranging from large to small, is a constant. Mr. Klairmont is Chairman of the Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation Mentor Program. He is an inductee to the Chicago Association of Realtors and Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame.

Imperial Realty Company has built a portfolio of over 100 retail, office and industrial properties. Most acquisitions were purchased as distressed properties and have been subsequently guided to success through rehabilitation and repositioning to meet the needs of the respective marketplaces. The firm’s staff includes legal, architectural, space planning, brokerage, leasing, administration, management and maintenance.

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Wilhelm O. Kreuzer

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Tartan Realty Group
Title: Principal
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Wilhelm O. Kreuzer

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Tartan Realty Group
Title: Principal
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Wilhelm O. Kreuzer, has extensive knowledge and experience in every aspect of commercial real estate, including underwriting of real estate assets, property Management, asset Management, site location and Development of commercial property as well as, negotiation of leases, purchase agreements, operating agreements, joint venture agreements, loan documents and public finance documents.åÊWill‰Ûªs experience has allowed him to successfully spearhead Developments for his and other investor‰Ûªs real estate portfolio. Mr. Kreuzer was the principal in the redeveloped the historic landmarked Von Lee Theatre, a LEED registered project that is anchored by Indiana University.åÊIn addition, Mr. Kreuzer has financed over $200M of projects since joining Tartan and has represented or currently representing Blockbuster Video (DISH Network), Einstein‰Ûªs Bagels, Mattress Firm and Starbucks Coffee in extending existing leases. Prior to joining the Tartan, Mr. Kreuzer worked at HSA Commercial as the Senior Vice President of Finance, where he assisted in financing over 18 million square feet of real estate valued at over one billion dollars. He is a licensed real estate broker in Illinois and Indiana, holds the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation and Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEEDå¨ AP), is a Lambda Alpha International Member (The Honorary Society for the Advancement of Land Economics) and on the advisory board for the Benecki Center for Real Estate Studies at Indiana University. Will received his Bachelor of Science degree in Real Estate and Finance from Indiana University. Tartan Realty Group, Inc. is a full-service Brokerage, Development and asset Management firm focused on the Development and enhancement of sustainable and vibrant communities in emerging markets and markets that serve as the economic, retail, and cultural hubs for 200-mile regions. Its properties are distinguished by quality of construction, design, and an urban sensibility. Notable projects include the leasing of Southgate Market, a new urban big-box concept Development in downtown Chicago, as well as Chatham Market on Chicago‰Ûªs South Side, site of the first Wal-Mart in the city. As a principal founder and investor in the new restaurant concept Meatheads, Tartan has an insider‰Ûªs understanding of its tenants needs. As the overseer of the chain‰Ûªs real estate arm, the firm has opened eleven locations in the past four years, and is currently developing the first prototype, standalone restaurant

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Jeff Kuchman

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Mid-America Real Estate Corp.
Title: Principal/Director of Tenant Brokerage
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Brokerage

Jeff Kuchman

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Mid-America Real Estate Corp.
Title: Principal/Director of Tenant Brokerage
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Brokerage

At Mid-America, Mr. Kuchman is responsible for the coordinated efforts of a 19 member sales staff who collectively represent over 85 of the country‰Ûªs top retail chains. He has over fifteen years of experience in the areas of retail tenant representation, surplus property disposition, shopping center leasing, commercial sales, assemblage, Development Consulting and market analysis. Mr. Kuchman represents selected clients in as many as 50 major metropolitan markets, in addition to his efforts in the Greater Chicagoland Area. Over the course of his career, Kuchman has completed over six hundred lease transactions with a collective value in excess of $2 billion. Kuchman has represented retail tenants in the acquisition of over 9.0 million square feet of space and has assisted developers in gaining approval for the Development and leasing of five million square feet of new construction. Headquartered in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, the Mid-America Real Estate organization is Chicago and the Midwest’s leading full-service retail real estate organization. Founded in 1984 primarily to service an emerging national chain store expansion phenomenon, Mid-America Real Estate Corporation (MAREC) brokers and consultants have been unrivaled in tenant representation, pre-Development and shopping center leasing, land assemblage, investment sales and Consulting. Mid-America Asset Management Company (MAAMCo) has similarly become the region‰Ûªs most dominant third-party asset Management group, accumulating an impressive portfolio of clients and currently managing and leasing in excess of 16 million square feet, more than any other non-owner firm. The Management company also provides construction Management and Development services for its clients. The two companies have also recently combined to offer retail Consulting services to area municipalities. Mid-America Investment and Development Corporation (MIDCO), formed in 2001, focuses on the acquisition and Development of retail product throughout the Midwest. Mid-America also has an office in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Allison Kuchny

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Inland Real Estate
Title: Leasing Representative
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Brokerage

Allison Kuchny

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Inland Real Estate
Title: Leasing Representative
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Brokerage

Ms. Kuchny handles strategic shopping center reDevelopment for over 80 Chicagoland neighborhood, community and power centers, totaling over 7 million square feet. Day to day activities include: Site and Market Analysis, ReDevelopment Strategies, letter of Intent and Lease Negotiations and retailer Relationship Management. Some of her recently completed transactions have included: Party City, AT&T, Five Below, Shoe Carnival, American Mattress, Anytime Fitness, TJMAxx, CVS, Slumberland, Famous Labels and Great Clips. Allison has over four years of retail leasing experience in Illinois and Wisconsin, where she has earned the CoStar Power Broker Award in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Allison is an active member of ICSC. Inland Commercial Property Management Inc., is the leasing and Management arm for Inland Real Estate Corporation (NYSE:IRC) a self administered, self-managed publicly traded REIT that owns interests in 140 Retail Properties encompassing over 14 million square feet of leasable space located primarily in the Midwestern United States.

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Rich LeBrun

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: LeBrun Advisory Group
Title: Vice President
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Rich LeBrun

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: LeBrun Advisory Group
Title: Vice President
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Mr. LeBrun has more than 30 years of experience in the management, leasing, and marketing of commercial real estate assets. He has extensive experience with a wide variety of product types, markets, and ownership structures. Prior to forming LeBrun Advisory Group Mr. LeBrun was Vice President of NAI Hiffman overseing a portfolio of 18 million sqft of commercial property. Before joining NAI Hiffman, Mr LeBrun was the Director of Asset Management at Janko Group and Vice President at Prime Group Realty Trust. Mr. LeBrun is a Board Member of Food For Friends, Red Dress Foundation and an Instructor for BOMA.

LeBrun Advisory Group helps individuals purchase a business opportunity to reach their financial and personal goals in life. Our mission is to help our clients who are in life transition discover the best opportunity for themselves and their family by providing trustworthy consulting services. Our company’s vision is to experience our clients rejoicing in their new found vocational freedom.

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Stuart Lenhoff

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Horizon Realty Services
Title: President/Principal
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Management

Stuart Lenhoff

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Horizon Realty Services
Title: President/Principal
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Management

In 2000, Mr. Lenhoff and his partner Barry Millman founded Horizon Realty Services. They are engaged in the Leasing, Management, Development, and construction of Retail properties. Over the last 8 years they have completed hundreds lease transactions from 1,000 to 100,000 square feet. Mr. Lenhoff began his Commercial Real Estate career in September, 1981 with the Coldwell Banker Commercial (now CBRE) Oak Brook Office. After four (4) successful years at Coldwell Banker, he became Director of Leasing for the Des Plaines, Illinois office of Zaremba Corporation. In October 1986, he founded Horizon Development and Horizon Management with partners Peter and Jamie Childs. He was Vice President of the Child’s Brokerage company, Childs Realty. In January 2000 when he purchased the assets of Childs Realty, Horizon Development, Horizon Management, and Horizon Construction, the Brokerage company was renamed Horizon Realty Services, Inc. Stuart has a strong background in retail leasing, and has secured many long standing relationships with retailers. Horizon Realty Services manages over 1,000,000 square feet of retail properties in 26 Centers. Horizon Realty has direct responsibility for leasing 120 different properties currently with 4 brokers responsible for the Leasing duties. In addition they represent in the Chicago market: Hertz Rent a Car, Sprint, Goddard Schools, Cuppys Coffee and Dunkin Donuts.

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Stephen Leonard

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Strategic Real Estate Services Corporation
Title: President
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Brokerage

Stephen Leonard

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Strategic Real Estate Services Corporation
Title: President
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Brokerage

Mr. Leonard focuses on real estate Development activities mainly in the retail marketplace. He is currently pursuing projects servicing retail clients with various structures ranging from traditional Development to fee based Development, Brokerage and Consulting. Formerly, Mr. Leonard served as Director of Real Estate for Crate & Barrel and Home Depot. Strategic Real Estate Services Corporation was founded in July, 2000 and is committed to providing clients with the highest level of real estate service available. Calling on over fifteen years of broad based real estate experience, SRES will either provide services internally, or seek outside resources, Both prefessional and Financial, to accomplish the requirements of the client.

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Alan Lev

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Belgravia Group
Title: President/CEO
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Development

Alan Lev

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Belgravia Group
Title: President/CEO
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Development

Mr. Lev is President/CEO of Belgravia Group where he oversees the residential and commercial construction, development, marketing and sales operations for the firm which has developed over 2,000 new homes in Chicago delivering best in class products in Chicago’s trendiest neighborhoods. Mr. Lev is involved with the University of Illinois by guest lecturing in the business school, funding a scholarship, participating in the business school job shadow program and serving on the Business Alumni Board. Mr. Lev completed his undergrad in accounting at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and his J.D. from Loyola University of Chicago and is a CPA, licensed real estate broker and licensed insurance broker.

Since 1947, Belgravia Group, Ltd. and its associated companies have been involved in the development of numerous residential properties, Chicagoland retail centers, Lincoln Park mixed-use properties and River North office buildings. Belgravia Group is a vertically integrated company with divisions for real estate sales and marketing, general brokerage, distressed asset purchases and a full range of real estate legal services. With its local roots and an outstanding reputation in Chicago, Belgravia Group has always been dedicated to providing the highest quality homes and real estate related services to its valued clients. Whether you are seeking a Belgravia-built home, a resale home, legal counsel, investment opportunities or development and construction know-how, Belgravia Group can provide a wealth of trusted resources coupled with years of experience.

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Michael J. Levick

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Levick, Timm, & Garfinkel, LLC
Title: Partner
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Legal

Michael J. Levick

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Levick, Timm, & Garfinkel, LLC
Title: Partner
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Legal

Mr. Levick‰Ûªs Legal practice is focused in the areas of commercial real estate Development, acquisition, leasing, finance, business law, and general contracts law. He represents landlords and tenants, retailers and developers, borrowers and lenders. With his diverse professional background, and his reputation of successfully working with clients from around the country, Mr. Levick has been asked to speak at various continuing Legal education functions on topics related to retail real estate transactions. In addition to his private-practice background, Mr. Levick has also worked in several corporate law departments, including the law departments of Walgreen Co., Home Depot and IRT Property Company (a NYSE-traded shopping center real estate investment trust). Levick, Timm, & Garfinkel, LLC is a law firm concentrating on all aspects of commercial real estate law in transactions across the country. The group has extensive experience in real estate (including retail, office and industrial) Development, leasing, finance, acquisition, disposition, entitlements and the related fields of corporate, environmental and general contract law. The firm prides itself on having a unique firm culture and blend of talents, Both of which provide clients with exceptional risk analysis, responsiveness, and negotiating skill.

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Rick Levin

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Rick Levin & Associates
Title: President
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Rick Levin

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Rick Levin & Associates
Title: President
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Since 1990, Mr. Levin has been involved in the auction business with experience in all phases from personal property to real estate conducting sales for clients from local municipalities to the Federal Government with notable assignments including the auction of the former Chicago Main Post Office complex. Mr. Levin has been appointed by the Governor of Illinois to sit on the Illinois Auction Advisory Board and has been appointed to the Advisory Board of the School of Real Estate at Roosevelt University in Chicago. Rick Levin & Associates (RLA) specializes in auctions of real estate and personal property throughout the United States, Europe and the Caribbean whose officers have been responsible for the sale of over $500,000,000 in property. RLA conducts auctions for dozens of Financial institutions and is currently conducting seized and forfeited property auctions on behalf of the U.S. Government including the FDIC, IRS, Secret Service, Postal Service, Immigrations, Customs & Border Protection, Homeland Security, Treasury, Marshal Service, Coast Guard and the ATF.

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Gary Litvin

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Horizon Realty Services, Inc.
Title: Managing Director / Tenant Representation Division
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Brokerage

Gary Litvin

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Horizon Realty Services, Inc.
Title: Managing Director / Tenant Representation Division
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Brokerage

Mr. Litvin entered the real estate Brokerage business in 1985 subsequent to a 12 year career as a retailer. He has been a leader in the representation of retail users as well as other user types in their initial and subsequent roll outs in the Chicago area. He has been recognized as such by The Chicago Sun Times as a Finalist for Retail Broker of The Year. Mr. Litvin‰Ûªs personal involvement, attention to detail, creativity, and unique ability of ‰ÛÏbecoming the Tenant,‰Û with each deal is apparent. He has, over the years, been responsible for the ‰ÛÏroll out‰Û of numerous retailers‰Ûª locations throughout the Chicago area. In addition, Mr. Litvin represents several retailers in their expansion throughout the United States, and on a regional basis. In 2009 Mr. Litvin joined Horizon Realty Services, bringing a major enhancement to the Tenant Representation side of the firm. Horizon Realty Services manages over 1,000,000 square feet of retail properties in 26 centers. Horizon Realty has direct responsibility for leasing 120 different properties currently with 4 brokers responsible for the leasing duties. In addition, the Tenant Representation Division represents numerous retailers such as Goddard Schools, Urban Active Fitness, Dunkin Donuts, Firehouse Subs, Colorific, Tucanos Brazilian Grill, Running Room and Paragon Theaters.

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Michael F. Mallon

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: DK Mallon
Title: Senior Vice President, Managing Director
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Development

Michael F. Mallon

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: DK Mallon
Title: Senior Vice President, Managing Director
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Development

DK Mallon is led by Mike Mallon, who brings a diverse background in the Chicagoland commercial real estate market. Prior to founding Mallon & Associates, Mike served as the Vice President-Real Estate for the Midwest Region for American Stores (Jewel/Osco) and Safeway (Dominick’s). He is also a former Vice President of Retail and Zoning for the City of Lombard. Mike has been involved in the leasing and development of over 160 food and drug stores throughout a twelve state region.

DK Mallon is the combined forces of Draper and Kramer’s tradition of innovation in property and financial services and the retail experience and relationships of Mallon and Associates, Inc formed in 2012.

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John Manos

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: BankFinancial
Title: Commercial Real Estate President
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Financial

John Manos

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: BankFinancial
Title: Commercial Real Estate President
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Financial

Mr. Manos is Commercial Real Estate President of BankFinancial. With over 25 years of experience in the lending industry John oversees the development and management of relationships locally and nationally having developed the banks Commercial Real Estate department from the ground up. He maintains comprehensive knowledge of loan origination wholesale and retail, credit guidelines, loan structuring, risk management and collateral valuation. With the diligent help from Mr. Manos, BankFinancial has accelerated its multifamily and CRE lending programs growing BankFinancial into one of the top multifamily lenders in the Chicago MSA. John is a member of several organizations and has worked with CAA, CAR, NICAR, ICSC, MBA, CREF, and ALA.

BankFinancial is a full service community oriented bank providing financial services to individuals, families and businesses through 19 full service banking offices located in Cook, DuPage, Lake and Will Counties, Illinois. BankFinancial also provides healthcare lending solutions and funding for leasing professionals nationally and serves the lending needs of multifamily property investors across multiple states.

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Kenneth C. Marino

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: GROBMAR Investments, LLC.
Title: President
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Development

Kenneth C. Marino

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: GROBMAR Investments, LLC.
Title: President
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Development

Speaker Series Chairman Mr. Marino is the President of GROBMAR Investments, LLC, a retail shopping center developer. GROBMAR focuses on neighborhood strip centers along with single-tenant outlot Developments throughout the Chicago land Area and the Southeast portions of the United States. Prior to starting GROBMAR Investments, he was the founding partner for Krispy Kreme Doughnuts in St. Louis and Chicago markets where he built, operated and owned 15 locations. He was the Vice President of Real Estate for Sunglass Hut International based out of Coral Gables, Florida where the chain went public on NASDAQ and grew from 160 locations to over 2,000 during his tenure. He started his career at Wilmorite, Inc., a private Mall Developer with over 20 million square feet of property. Mr. Marino was involved in leasing to local, regional and national chains.

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Michael S. MaRous

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: MaRous & Company
Title: President & Owner
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Appraisal

Michael S. MaRous

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: MaRous & Company
Title: President & Owner
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Appraisal

Mr. MaRous, MAI, CRE, in addition to providing Appraisals has served as an expert witness in litigation proceedings for many Financial institutions, local municipalities, corporations, builders and developers, architects, governmental agencies, law firms, and school districts in the Chicago metropolitan area. He also has provided cost estimates, highest and best use studies, and marketability and feasibility studies for a variety of properties. Mr. MaRous is the former Mayor of Park Ridge, Illinois. MaRous and Company has appraised more than 10 billion dollars worth of primarily investment grade real estate in over 25 states. Mr. MaRous is a State of Illinois Certified General Real Estate Appraiser and past President of the Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute. He has published articles and lectured to a number of professional organizations. His list of clients encompasses large corporations, law firms, Financial institutions, local governments, and large owners of every property group.

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James Matanky

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Matanky Realty Group
Title: President
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Development

James Matanky

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Matanky Realty Group
Title: President
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Development

Mr. Matanky is President of Matanky Realty Group overseeing the Development, reDevelopment and Brokerage arms of the company. Mr. Matanky is a board member of the Illinois state committee of the International Council of Shopping Centers, chairman of the Illinois Alliance and participates as panelist for Both the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Urban Land Institute. He has worked with the City of Chicago as a Mentor for retail Development, for the reform of permit fees and is on the advisory commission for the Building Department. He was a board member of the Chicago Association of Neighborhood Development Organizations and headed their real estate committee; he has served as a principal for a day in the Chicago public schools and was an officer in the West Humboldt Park Development Council. Mr. Matanky was honored as a recipient of the Chicago Neighborhood Developer of the year Award in 2000 for his work in Humboldt Park and again in 2006 for his work in Garfield Park. He was also honored as a recipient of the Chicago Good Neighbor Award for his Development on the west side. Mr. Matanky received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Illinois, College of Law in 2007. Matanky Realty Group was established in the Chicago Metropolitan area in 1955, as a full service real estate firm offering expertise in Brokerage, acquisition, Development, reDevelopment, real estate Consulting, leasing and Management. Their staff includes experts in Development, construction, marketing, Management, law, accounting, insurance and acquisition services. They focus on revitalizing neighborhoods and have been recognized as the Chicago Neighborhood Developer of the Year in Both 2000 and 2006. Their expertise and willingness to work with community organizations affords the unique advantage of finding the right solution for a property and its environs.

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Lance S. Mayster

Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Mayster & Company
Title: President
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Financial

Lance S. Mayster

Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Mayster & Company
Title: President
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Financial

Mr. Mayster is the President of Mayster & Company. Mr. Mayster began his career at Dwinn-Shaffer & Company as a loan originator and eventually became President where his duties included relationship building with the company’s 60 plus lenders and the Development of new lender relationships. During this time Mr. Mayster has negotiated more than $1.5 billion in real estate transactions including but not limited to, multi-family, office, condominium, industrial, retail, hospitality, health care, special purpose and single tenant. Mr. Mayster‰Ûªs depth of working relationships with over 60 national lenders, has positioned Mayster & Company access to loan structures ranging from new construction, asset repositioning, first mortgage, bridge, mezzanine, and equity financing.

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Dan McCaffery

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: McCaffery Interests, Inc.
Title: Chairman and CEO
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Development

Dan McCaffery

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: McCaffery Interests, Inc.
Title: Chairman and CEO
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Development

Daniel McCaffery is responsible for leading the vision, strategic direction, new business creation and enhancement for all aspects of the firm. Mr. McCaffery has thirty years of experience in the real estate industry and has led the Development of more than $2 billion of urban mixed-use projects. Before forming McCaffery Interests, Dan worked in Canada and the US with Oxford Properties and BCE Development (now Brookfield), one of the largest and most successful Canadian real estate companies, where he was Senior Vice President responsible for its Midwest and Mountain Operations. Dan has been very active with the Urban Land Institute and International Council of Shopping Centers, where he is a sought after Speaker and participant on panels and award juries. Mr. McCaffery was educated in Ireland and Canada and earned a Master of Arts from the University of Alberta. McCaffery Interests, Inc. targets investment in and the Development or reDevelopment of underperforming, urban real estate. Since 1991, McCaffery Interests has successfully acquired, developed and/or redeveloped nearly $1 billion of outstanding real estate assets.

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Michael E. McCarty

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Community Center Division of the Simon Property Group
Title: President
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Management

Michael E. McCarty

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Community Center Division of the Simon Property Group
Title: President
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Management

Mr. McCarty joined Simon Property Group in 1979, serving in Management positions within several Simon shopping centers. In 1984 he was promoted to leasing representative and was named Director of Community Center Leasing in 1987. In January 1995, he was promoted to the position of Senior Vice President of the newly created Community Center Division. A former International Council of Shopping Centers State Director for Indiana, Michael continues to devote time to the Indiana Program Committee of the ICSC and has taught at Both the School for Professional Development and the University of Shopping Centers. Mr. McCarty also serves on the Advisory Boards of Value Retail News/ICSC and on the Open Center Development/ Management Editorial Boards of Shopping Center Business Magazine. Simon Property Group, Inc., the world’s largest publicly traded retail real estate company, headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust which, through its subsidiary partnerships, is engaged primarily in the ownership, Development, Management, leasing, acquisition and expansion of income-producing properties, primarily regional malls and community shopping centers. It currently owns or has an interest in more than 240 properties.

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Jeff Middlebrook

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Center Creek Development
Title: Principal
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Development

Jeff Middlebrook

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Center Creek Development
Title: Principal
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Development

Mr. Middlebrook founded Center Creek Development to focus on ground up big box retail shopping center Development. Mr. Middlebrook started his career practicing law for 10 years before moving into the real estate industry where he was Senior Real Estate Manager for Meijer and Regional Real Estate Manager for Target. Center Creek Development, is a full-service commercial Development firm focusing on large format retail and grocery-anchored shopping centers. Their approach keys on working with their vendors, consultants and strategic partners to bring value and excellence to their projects.

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Robert Miller

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Millco Investments
Title: President
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Robert Miller

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Millco Investments
Title: President
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Mr. Miller founded Millco Investments in 1999, and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the business and aspects of the company, including Brokerage, investments, client relations, financing and property Management. He was named Retail Real Estate Investment Sales Broker of the Year in 2004 and 2006 by the Chicago Commercial Real Estate Council, and was named among the top 10 producing real estate brokers in the greater Chicago area by CoStar. Mr. Miller has completed in excess of $755 million in real estate transactions during his 13+ years of experience in the real estate Brokerage and investment marketplace. From 1994-1998, he was Vice President of David Kaufman & Company. Mr. Miller frequently consults to investors, banks, REITs, insurance companies, attorneys and accountants. Millco Investments is a private entity specializing in commercial real estate investments. The firm works closely with Both private and institutional investment partners to acquire properties or invest in projects throughout the United States. Thus far, the firm has acquired in excess of 70 properties representing gross investments in excess of $91 million.

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Barry Millman

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Horizon Realty Services
Title: President
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Brokerage

Barry Millman

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Horizon Realty Services
Title: President
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Brokerage

Speaker Series Chairman In 2000, Mr. Millman and his partner Stuart Lenhoff founded Horizon Realty Services. They are engaged in the Leasing, Management, Development, and construction of Retail properties. Over the last 8 years they have completed 100’s of lease transactions from 1000 to 100,000 square feet. Mr. Millman began his retail career in the 1970‰Ûªs at Saint Mary of Nazereth Hospital as the Hospital Administrator and Attorney with the responsibility of acquiring land for additional structures. With early success negotiating acquisitions he was appointed to directing two Hospitals within the city. Mr. Millman continued his path by opening his own retail store and spearheading the leasing of Port Clinton Square in Highland Park. Horizon Realty Services manages over 1,000,000 square feet of retail properties in 26 Centers. Horizon Realty has direct responsibility for leasing 120 different properties currently with 4 brokers responsible for the Leasing duties. In addition they represent in the Chicago market, Hertz Rent a Car, Sprint, Goddard Schools, Cuppys Coffee and Dunkin Donuts.

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Gregory A. Moyer

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Moyer Properties, LLC
Title: Partner
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Management

Gregory A. Moyer

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Moyer Properties, LLC
Title: Partner
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Management

Mr. Moyer is a 25+ year industry veteran. He most recently was Managing Director in charge of most of the Midwest offices for the national commercial real estate firm Marcus & Millichap. Mr. Moyer has been a noted authority in valuation, & brokerage of multi-family properties throughout the Midwest for the past fourteen years. He has been quoted in publications such as: National Real Estate Investor, Forum Magazine, Crain’s Chicago, Heartland Real Estate, & Midwest Real Estate News. He has spoken about the apartment market for the National Apartment Association, Chicagoland Apartment Association, Appraisal Institute, CCIM, and many other organizations both public & private. Mr. Moyer is past Board Member of : Midwest Real Estate News, Illinois Real Estate Journal, Heartland Real Estate, & the Los Angeles & Chicago Apartment Associations and is a current member of the National Multi Housing Council. In 2008, Mr. Moyer founded Moyer Properties, & in 2009, he co-founded Ravine Park Partners (“RPP”).

Moyer Properties is an Illinois Limited Liability Company owned and managed exclusively by Greg Moyer. The mission of Moyer Properties is to purchase and develop real estate assets for investment, on behalf of Moyer Properties & its investors.

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Robert D. Nadler

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Kimco Realty Corporation
Title: President
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Management

Robert D. Nadler

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Kimco Realty Corporation
Title: President
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Management

Mr. Nadler is President of the Central Region for Kimco Realty Corporation and has overall responsibility for a portfolio of 220 shopping centers encompassing 30 million square feet. In this capacity, Mr. Nadler focuses on value enhancement strategies for the portfolio including reDevelopments, leasing, property Management and asset Management. Kimco is the largest owner of community strip centers in the country with a portfolio of over 700 assets and 95 million square feet of retail space. Prior to joining Kimco in 1998, Mr. Nadler served as a Senior Vice President as LaSalle Partners and as Executive Vice President at JMB Realty. Mr. Nadler has over 25 years of shopping center industry experience and is an active member of ICSC.

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Stanley Nitzberg

Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Mid-America Real Estate Corporation
Title: Principal
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Stanley Nitzberg

Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Mid-America Real Estate Corporation
Title: Principal
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Mr. Nitzberg has spent his thirty year business career involved in the retail industry with a special emphasis on retail real estate. He joined Mid-America Real Estate Corporation in June, 1991. Mr. Nitzberg specializes in providing advisory services to tenants and landlords with a special focus on urban retail projects. He has represented tenants and property owners in over 1.5 million square feet of retail projects on North Michigan Avenue, State Street and Lincoln Park. Exclusive tenant clients have included Crate & Barrel, The Container Store, H&M, Sears ‰ÛÏthe great indoors‰Û, Nordstrom Rack, Facconable, Apple Computer, Virgin Records, American Girl Place and Allen Edmonds. Mr. Nitzberg is also recognized for the sale of investment retail real estate. He has been directly involved in the closing of over $520 million of retail investment sale transactions. Mr. Nitzberg received the 2002, 2001, and 1998 Chicago Retail Broker of the Year Award. Headquartered in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, the Mid-America Real Estate organization is Chicago and the Midwest’s leading full-service retail real estate organization. Founded in 1984 primarily to service an emerging national chain store expansion phenomenon, Mid-America Real Estate Corporation (MAREC) brokers and consultants have been unrivaled in tenant representation, pre-Development and shopping center leasing, land assemblage, investment sales and Consulting. Mid-America Asset Management Company (MAAMCo) has similarly become the region‰Ûªs most dominant third-party asset Management group, accumulating an impressive portfolio of clients and currently managing and leasing in excess of 16 million square feet, more than any other non-owner firm. The Management company also provides construction Management and Development services for its clients. The two companies have also recently combined to offer retail Consulting services to area municipalities. Mid-America Investment and Development Corporation (MIDCO), formed in 2001, focuses on the acquisition and Development of retail product throughout the Midwest. Mid-America also has an office in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Michael Nortman

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Crossroads Development Partners
Title: President
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Development

Michael Nortman

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Crossroads Development Partners
Title: President
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Development

Mr. Nortman is President of Crossroads Development partners. Prior to forming Crossroads, he was Principal and Vice President of Development for Mid-America Development Partners, LLC where he oversaw the acquisitions, due diligence and entitlement process of over one million square feet of commercial Development with a value in excess of $500,000,000. Mr. Nortman is a licensed attorney in Illinois and a graduate of Northwestern University and The John Marshall Law School. Crossroads Development Partners is a full range real state Development company focused on commercial, mixed-use and industrial properties. Michael Nortman and Adam Firsel, the principals of Crossroads, have been involved in the Development of over $1.5 billion in real estate representing over 1.5 million square feet, 2,000 residential units, and over 2,000 acres of land across the U.S.

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Edward O’Rourke

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: 7-Eleven, Inc.
Title: Senior Real Estate Rep
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Development

Edward O’Rourke

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: 7-Eleven, Inc.
Title: Senior Real Estate Rep
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Development

Mr. O‰ÛªRourke focuses on retail site selection for the Chicago metro area working extensively with franchisees and local brokers sourcing new Development opportunities for Dunkin’ Brands, Inc.‰Ûªs (Dunkin’ Donuts) corporate real estate department handling market analysis, site review, contract negotiations, public meetings and competition analysis. His past work experiences include; 7-Eleven and Burger King Corporation. Mr. O‰ÛªRourke received his Masters in Real Estate from Roosevelt University and currently serves on the Village of Plainfield‰Ûªs Plan and Zoning Commission. Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) is one of the world’s leading franchisors of quick service restaurants (QSR) serving hot and cold coffee and baked goods, as well as hard-serve ice cream. At the end of fiscal 2014, Dunkin’ Brands’ nearly 100 percent franchised business model included more than 11,300 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants and more than 7,500 Baskin-Robbins restaurants. Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. is headquartered in Canton, Mass.

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Steve Palec

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: CB Richard Ellis Milwaukee
Title: Senior Vice President
Location: Milwaukee
Specialties: Brokerage

Steve Palec

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: CB Richard Ellis Milwaukee
Title: Senior Vice President
Location: Milwaukee
Specialties: Brokerage

Mr. Palec is a Senior Vice President and has over twenty years of office properties experience. Through 2007, he has won the prestigious Commercial Association of Realtors Deal of the Year Award twice in the last three years. He has literally represented hundreds of banks, law firms, advertising agencies and diverse companies including The Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball as well as other organizations in virtually every state and a number of foreign countries. As a building representative, Steve has built a reputation for bringing an unparalleled high level of marketing and creative skills to the positioning of many of Milwaukee’s highest profile properties. CB Richard Ellis is the first globally integrated real estate services company. With a staff in excess of 10,000 in over 230 offices covering in excess of 32 countries, they sport the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of products and services.

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James Persino

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: First Development Corporation
Title: Principal
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Development

James Persino

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: First Development Corporation
Title: Principal
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Development

Mr. Persino‰Ûªs varied real estate experience started in 1971 and includes multi-family and commercial Development, property Management, leasing, general Brokerage, investment counseling, tenant representation and construction. He is a principal owner in and is personally responsible for the Management and administration of all property in First Development Corporation‰Ûªs portfolio, including, but not limited to, site selection, project conception and all aspects of Development, including negotiating transactions with such clients as New York Life Insurance Company, Moore Business Forms, General American Life Insurance Company, the former White Hen Pantry chain, Baskin-Robbins, Caribou Coffee, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Target, Radio Shack, Great Clips, H & R Block, The Bedding Experts, Payless ShoreSource, and other national & regional chains. Mr. Persino has been an Illinois licensed real estate broker since 1972 and has served as the Chairman of the Lincolnwood Economic Development Commission for over 12 years. He is also a founding member and past president of the Chicagoland Association of Shopping Center Owners (CASCO) and a member of ICSC. He is a member of a number of chambers of commerce and was the Chairman of and instrumental in the creation of Special Service Area (SSA) # 8 in Chicago‰Ûªs Lake View East neighborhood. First Development Corporation is primarily a developer of specialty and convenience retail properties including in-city street-front retail strips kept for their own account. Their expertise includes land assemblage, rezoning sites, negotiating and obtaining entitlements, obtaining Development financing and shepherding the project from concept to completion. They have purchased old gas station sites, cleaned them up and developed retail strips on them, returning the property to productive use. Their expertise includes ground up new construction Development and rehabbing existing buildings. They only deal in value-added opportunities.

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Jonathan Plotkin

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Endurance Retail Partners
Title: Managing Partner
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Development

Jonathan Plotkin

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Endurance Retail Partners
Title: Managing Partner
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Development

Mr. Plotkin is Managing Partner of Endurance Retail Partners where he focuses on retail real estate product representation, tenant representation, Development services and investment Brokerage for the firm‰Ûªs properties and clients. Prior to founding Endurance Retail Partners Mr. Plotkin was a Principal at Mid-America Real Estate corporation.   Endurance Retail Partners is a boutique retail real estate firm focusing on Development opportunities in Chicago and the north and west Suburbs.

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James J. Postweiler

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Jones Lang LaSalle
Title: Managing Director - Capital Markets
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

James J. Postweiler

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Jones Lang LaSalle
Title: Managing Director - Capital Markets
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Mr. Postweiler is a Managing Director in the Jones Lang LaSalle Capital Markets group. He is responsible for co-leading the firm‰Ûªs Capital Markets team in Chicago and for growing its investment sales and finance capabilities in the Midwest. Mr. Postweiler has more than 18 years of experience in major investment sales, mortgage financing and sale-leaseback transactions. Prior to joining Jones Lang LaSalle, Mr. Postweiler served as a First Vice President at CB Richard Ellis. Before that, Mr. Postweiler was head of the Capital Advisors Group for the Midwest region of Insignia/ESG, and also served as Vice President for the Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York (MONY) in Downers Grove, where he spearheaded Midwestern loan production efforts and investments sales. Jones Lang LaSalle is the world‰Ûªs leading real estate services and money Management firm, operating across more than 100 markets around the globe. The company provides comprehensive integrated expertise, including Management services, implementation services and investment Management services on a local, regional and global level to owners, occupiers and investors. www.joneslanglasalle.com

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Donna J. Pugh

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Foley & Lardner LLP
Title: Partner
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Legal

Donna J. Pugh

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Foley & Lardner LLP
Title: Partner
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Legal

Donna J. Pugh is a partner at Foley & Lardner and is a member of the firm’s Real Estate Practice, where she provides land use and zoning services. Ms. Pugh utilizes a team approach, heavily involving clients in strategic planning and has an exceptionally high success rate in obtaining needed approvals. She crafts the approvals so as to maximize long-term flexibility for future uses of the land. Her practice focuses on obtaining zoning, land use and other governmental approvals relating to land, including: Planned Development approvals for large-scale or mixed-use projects, rezoning of land, Variations to allow proposed Development, text amendments to update zoning codes to accommodate clients’ needs, public way approvals to allow skybridges, tunnels, canopies, monument or overhanging signage and other private uses of the public way, vacation and dedication of streets and alleys to allow better utilization of sites, subdivision, annexation, administrative relief and administrative adjustments, obtaining rulings from zoning administrators or other code enforcement officials that a proposed use is either Legally nonconforming, falls within the definition of an enumerated permitted use, or is otherwise allowed, and obtaining “Part II,” site plan or other planned Development-related approvals for later phases of Development. Prior to joining Foley, Ms. Pugh was a chair of the Land Use Practice Group at Vedder Price.

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Jim Pye

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Famous Footwear
Title: Vice President
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Management

Jim Pye

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Famous Footwear
Title: Vice President
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Management

Mr. Pye possesses over 25 years of outstanding retail real estate site selection and Management expertise. He negotiates leases, selects sites, performs asset Management functions, and interacts daily with attorneys, landlords, brokers, developers, construction staff, and company executives. Mr. Pye is also responsible for Brown Shoe’s Naturalizer, a 350-store chain in the U.S. and Canada. Mr. Pye has won numerous awards for his achievements. In addition, he is frequently asked to speak and encourage others within in the real estate industry. His experience includes representation of national tenants in the shoe, pharmacy, video, auto parts, clothing and gourmet coffee industries. Mr. Pye has extensive knowledge of major markets, and many smaller markets across the country, as well as in Canada. Famous Footwear is a 1,000 plus store chain of Brown Shoe Company, a New York Stock Exchange corporation. Famous Footwear, which sells brand-name shoes at a discount, currently is in all 50 states, as well as in Guam. Famous Footwear has locations in every retail venue, including strip centers, regional malls, outlet centers, freestanding buildings, and CBDs. Last year overall company sales exceeded $2.4 billion.

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Stephen K. Rachman

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Marcus & Millichap
Title: Broker Associate
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Stephen K. Rachman

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Marcus & Millichap
Title: Broker Associate
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Mr. Rachman started as a broker with Marcus & Millichap in 2002, focusing on the multi-family housing market in Northwest suburban Cook County. He was promoted to the position of Sales Manager in the Chicago office in February 2003. While Sales Manager, Mr. Rachman was involved in closing over 200 transactions with a market value exceeding $800,000.00. He was appointed Regional Manager of the Chicago Downtown office effective February 2004. After a successful opening, Mr. Rachman returned to the sales force in July 2004 in order to better service his clients‰Ûª needs in the acquisition and disposition of investment real estate. Since 1971, Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Brokerage Company has been the premier provider of investment real estate Brokerage services. The foundation of their investment Brokerage services is their depth of local market knowledge. Their 30-year history of maintaining investor relationships in local markets enables them to be the best information source and transaction service provider nationally.

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Kristi Rankin

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Inland Real Estate Corporation
Title: Senior Vice President
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Management

Kristi Rankin

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Inland Real Estate Corporation
Title: Senior Vice President
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Management

Ms. Rankin has been with Inland Real Estate since 1990 and oversees property Management of 145 properties totaling over 14 million square feet of retail space. Ms. Rankin is Senior Vice president of the Property Management Company for Inland Real Estate Corporation, a New York Stock Exchange listed REIT specializing in open-air retail centers throughout the Midwest. The Inland Group of Companies is a group of Both publicly and privately traded REITs and support companies including banks with a total market value in excess of $15 billion and was founded in 1970. Today, the combined entities own approximately 750 retail centers across the country.

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Mark S. Robbins

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Cushman & Wakefield
Title: Executive Vice President
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Mark S. Robbins

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Cushman & Wakefield
Title: Executive Vice President
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Mark is a real estate professional whose career in commercial Brokerage/Management spans more than 30 years. His leadership in corporate services is based on understanding client objectives, responding with strategic solutions and building client relationships whereby Mark has negotiated in excess of one billion dollars of commercial transactions and has represented more than there million square feet of Class A office property. Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Mark served as president and a member of the executive committee of Baird & Warner Commercial. Mark is a founder, past chairman, vice chairman and director of The Commercial Network, the world‰Ûªs second largest commercial real estate network, Mark brings global reach and organizational strength to the team. Clients benefit from the network services of more than 150 firms in 25 countries in the Americas, Europe and the Pacific Rim. Cushman & Wakefield is the preeminent global real estate services provider, offering a full array of real estate services in all major business centers around the world. Cushman & Wakefield has more than 13,000 professionals operating in 231 offices in 58 countries around the world.

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Marc Samotny

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Partner
Title: Patzik, Frank & Samotny Ltd.
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Legal

Marc Samotny

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Partner
Title: Patzik, Frank & Samotny Ltd.
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Legal

Mr. Samotny has over 24 years of experience in the representation of clients in commercial practice, including strategic planning on corporate and partnership transactions, real estate, securities, and state and international taxation matters. From 1984-1987, he served as an adjunct professor of law at the John Marshall Law School and is a member of the Taxation Committee of the American Bar Association. Mr. Samotny offers his clients pragmatic advice, creative solutions, dedication, and a high level of enthusiasm. Patzik, Frank & Samotny Ltd. was formed in early 1991 by a group of attorneys experienced in serving the needs of a sophisticated and demanding clientele. The Firm’s attorneys have represented public and private corporations and partnerships, real estate investment trusts, Financial institutions, Brokerage firms and investment banks, entrepreneurs and others in connection with a myriad of complex and demanding projects.

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Marci Sepulveda

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Agent Publishing
Title: Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Management

Marci Sepulveda

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Agent Publishing
Title: Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Management

As co-founder and managing partner of Agent Publishing, Marci Sepulveda oversees the brand‰Ûªs editorial strategy, day-to-day-operations, product Development and growth strategy. Named one of HousingWire‰Ûªs 2014 most influential women in housing, the realization of Sepulveda‰Ûªs vision for Agent Publishing is shaping the future of the industry, improving standards for how real estate professionals operate and serve consumers. More than 100,000 residential real estate professionals make Agent Publishing a part of their professional lives. Since 2004, Agent Publishing has been committed to keeping readers on the forefront of real estate‰Ûªs shifting consumer behaviors and complex market adjustments. Coverage of local market data, emerging trends in technology, relationship Management and industry news continues to make Agent Publishing the national leader residential real estate reporting while engaging professionals on a local level. With publications in Chicago, Miami, Houston, Boston, and Atlanta, Agent Publishing‰Ûªs influence extends to every career stage and reaches agents across multiple media platforms.

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William A. Shiner

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Shiner Group
Title: President
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Development

William A. Shiner

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Shiner Group
Title: President
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Development

Mr. Shiner oversees all of the activities of The Shiner Group, LLC including identifying new projects, procuring financing for Developments and negotiating with anchor tenants. Bill also is responsible for approving leases and making property Management decisions for a portfolio of over two million square feet of retail space. William A. Shiner founded Shiner Group in 1982 for the purpose of acquiring and developing real estate in the Midwest. Acting as sole principal for the past 25 years, Mr. Shiner has developed and owned over four million square feet of retail, 100,000 square feet of office, and has acquired over 1,000 acres of land for Development. Mr. Shiner has completed projects in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and California.

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Stephen Shockey

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: JP Morgan Chase
Title: Executive Director
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Financial

Stephen Shockey

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: JP Morgan Chase
Title: Executive Director
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Financial

Mr. Shockey is Executive Director with JP Morgan Chase focusing on commercial term lending in the Chicago area real estate community. Mr. Shockey brings 25 years of experience analyzing, underwriting and pricing commercial real estate loans for retail, office and industrial real estate. Prior to JP Morgan Chase, Mr. Shockey handled the dispositions of OREO (other real estate owned) portfolios for Urban Partnership Bank and FirstMerit Bank and was Division Head for LaSalle Bank managing a $2.8B portfolio for REIT’s and institutional-grade real estate investors. Mr. Shockey graduated from Angelo State University in Texas where he earned a degree in finanace while playing for the men’s basketball team.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. is one of the oldest, largest and best-known financial institutions in the world with assets of approximately $2.4 trillion. The firm’s legacy dates back to 1799 when its earliest predecessor was chartered in New York City. Today the firm is a world leader in the financial services industry with over 235,000 employees. JP Morgan Chase is involved in a multitude of business lines and operates in more than 100 countries, serving millions of consumers, small businesses and many of the world’s most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients.

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Martin S. Siegel

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: S. Siegel & Associates, Ltd
Title: Vice President
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Appraisal

Martin S. Siegel

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: S. Siegel & Associates, Ltd
Title: Vice President
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Appraisal

Mr. Siegel, MAI is a designated member of the Appraisal Institute (MAI) and a licensed Certified General Real Estate Appraiser by the State of Illinois. He is Vice President of S. Siegel & Associates Ltd., and has been appraising commercial real estate since joining the firm in 1994. Mr. Siegel has prepared over 1,500 commercial real estate Appraisals in 14 states for clients including Abbott Laboratories, W.W. Grainger, The Gillette Company, Siemens, Fifth Third Bank, LaSalle Bank, Walton Street Capital, Piper Marbury, Kirkland and Ellis and numerous other corporations, law firms, banks, developers, and governmental agencies. S. Siegel and Associates, Ltd. Located in Bannockburn, Illinois has been performing commercial real estate Appraisal and Consulting work for more than 35 years with the majority of assignments being within the Chicago metropolitan area, however, assignments have been completed throughout the country. S. Siegel & Associates, Ltd. Prepares market value Appraisals and Consulting reports for financing purposes, insurance purposes, estate planning, and analysis of real estate tax assessments. The types of properties appraised include retail, office, industrial, multi-family residential, hotels, vacant Development sites, and special purpose properties. S. Siegel & Associates, Ltd. Also provides expert witness testimony in real estate litigation proceedings.

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Lawrence D. Silberman

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Fifth Third Bancorp
Title: Senior Vice President
Location:
Specialties: Financial

Lawrence D. Silberman

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Fifth Third Bancorp
Title: Senior Vice President
Location:
Specialties: Financial

Lawrence D. Silberman is the Senior Vice President and Department Head of Commercial Real Estate in Chicago for Fifth Third Bank, with responsibilities for business Development & loan syndication, branch Development and corporate real estate asset Management as well as joint venture investments for regional and national corporate initiatives. He received his education with a BA from the University of Chicago and his MBA from Northwestern University. He is a Councilman for the City of Highland Park and is involved in many civic and professional activities. Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified Financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. As of December 31, 2015, the Company had $141 billion in assets and operates 1,254 full service Banking Centers. Fifth Third Bank is focused on meeting the Financial needs of all the communities we serve.åÊ We pride ourselves on keeping customers and our communities at the center of everything we do and to live our corporate social responsibility in a way that helps create and sustain healthy, vibrant communities.

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Susan B. Silver

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Millennium Properties, Inc.
Title: Executive Vice President
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Susan B. Silver

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Millennium Properties, Inc.
Title: Executive Vice President
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Throughout her impressive career, Ms. Silver has successfully completed over $600 million of sales and lease transactions. In 1996, along with Daniel Hyman, she founded Millennium Properties where she currently serves as Executive Vice President. In recognition of her industry accomplishments, Real Estate Chicago named Ms. Silver one of the top 40 real estate executives under the age of 40 in 2003, and in 2004, she was named the Top Investment Broker by the National Realtors Association Commercial Forum. Recently, she was interviewed on NRP where she discussed the difficulties of selling troubled assets. Millennium Properties credits their success on the firm’s ability to select the proper marketing program and provide the necessary information to effectuate a sale. Their team prides itself on comprehending their role as intermediaries. This understanding has allowed them to effectively match client needs with the appropriate buyer, thus providing a rapid and productive sale. The firm also conducts real estate auctions, sealed bid sales, asset Management and Consulting.

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Joel D. Simmons

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
Title: Senior Managing Director
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Joel D. Simmons

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
Title: Senior Managing Director
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Mr. Simmons is the Executive Managing Director of the Debt and Structured Finance Group. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Simmons served as an executive vice president of Grubb & Ellis Company, a commercial real estate services and investment company. Prior to joining Grubb & Ellis, Mr. Simmons was a senior partner at Cohen Financial Corporation, a national real estate mortgage banking firm. During his career thus far, Mr. Simmons has been personally responsible for the structuring and placement of over 900 real estate commercial property debt and equity placements, developed many of its correspondent institutional lender relationships of the firms he has been associated with, and has assisted in the creation and growth of each company’s national mortgage banking platforms. Mr. Simmons is on the Board of Directors of the NYSE traded REIT; Inland Real Estate Corporation (IRC). Mr. Simmons is also a Director of Albany Bank & Trust Co. of Chicago, a Chicago-based bank and Inland Bancorp, Inc. of Oakbrook, Illinois.

Newmark Grubb Knight Frank is one of the world’s leading commercial real estate advisory firms. Operating from more than 400 offices on six continents, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank serves the property needs of tenants, owners, investors and developers worldwide.

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Marvin A. Sotoloff

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: SP Realty Partners LTD.
Title: President
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Development

Marvin A. Sotoloff

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: SP Realty Partners LTD.
Title: President
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Development

Mr. Sotoloff brings a big-picture view in virtually every aspect of commercial real estate, including tenant representation, acquisition and disposition, and real estate Development. His 25+ years of experience includes developing, leasing and marketing in excess of 5.5 million square feet of office and retail space with special emphasis in representing developers and institutional parties. He is a licensed lawyer in Illinois and Pennsylvania, and is a founding member of COLBA, the largest professional association of office leasing brokers in Chicago. SP Realty Partners Ltd. is a multi-service real estate firm concentrating in commercial real estate acquisitions and Development. The firm provides Development Management, Brokerage, construction, property Management, and Financial services for projects of the firm, its partners and its clients.

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Andy Stein

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Clark Street Development
Title: Principal
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Development

Andy Stein

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Clark Street Development
Title: Principal
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Development

Mr. Stein is involved in all aspects of leasing and Development at Clark Street Development just as he performed at his prior position as Vice President of Development at Joseph Freed and Associates LLC, where he was responsible for site selection, land acquisition and the entitlement process for Development projects. In addition, he was involved in the selection of and the negotiation with national retailers for new Developments, reDevelopments and remerchandising of existing properties. Prior to joining Clark Street Development, Mr. Stein worked for the Weitzman Group/Cencor Realty in research, marketing and real estate Development. Clark Street Development is a recently formed real estate Development partnership of like-minded individuals that specialize in the Development of retail shopping centers throughout the United States. Founded in the fall of 2005, the principals came together cementing already established Development project relationships in this new venture. Balancing the interests of the retailers, with the intensity objectives of the developer and with the community and political concerns can be a daunting task. The Clark team, through creativity, experience and objectivity, has overcome these obstacles on numerous occasions over the years. The results are properties that are easily understood and have ready appeal to the investment community.

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Gary L. Stein

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: CB Richard Ellis
Title: Executive Vice President & Partner
Location: Milwaukee
Specialties: Brokerage

Gary L. Stein

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: CB Richard Ellis
Title: Executive Vice President & Partner
Location: Milwaukee
Specialties: Brokerage

Mr. Stein joined the Milwaukee based Polacheck Company in 1970. He has specialized in leasing Both regional and strip-shopping centers, land Development and site selection. He has represented numerous national and local chains throughout the State of Wisconsin including Kohl‰Ûªs Food Stores, Roundy‰Ûªs, Sentry Foods, Walgreens, Marshall‰Ûªs, T.J. Maxx, Barnes & Noble, Famous Footwear, Comp USA, McDonald‰Ûªs, Toys R‰Ûª Us, OfficeMax and others. While we’ve adapted to new technology and techniques, our strength is in solid market knowledge, relationships and the anticipation of trends as well as the ever-changing needs of our clients.Their services include Appraisal, international services, mortgage banking & Brokerage services, facilities Management, research services, and institutional investment advisory services. Founded over 50 years ago, The Polacheck Company A CB Richard Ellis Company, is a results oriented real estate firm and industry leader nationally known for unparalleled attention to detail.

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Jonathan J. Stein

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Inland Real Estate Advisors, Inc.
Title: Director
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Brokerage

Jonathan J. Stein

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Inland Real Estate Advisors, Inc.
Title: Director
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Brokerage

Jonathan J. Stein, a Director of Inland Real Estate Advisors, Inc., an investment real estate sales firm in Oak Brook, Illinois, is licensed in Illinois as a Managing Broker, Auctioneer, Insurance Producer and also holds Series 22 and Series 63 securities licenses with FINRA. Jonathan is a past president of NICAR, member of NAR, IAR, CAR, ICSC, ADISA, former board of director on Feldman Mall Properties, a public company, director and past president of DuPage Convention and Visitors Bureau, a Trustee of Northeastern Illinois University and past Commissioner of Chicago‰Ûªs Community Development Commission. With more than 45 years of expertise, The Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, Inc. (‰ÛÏInland‰Û) is one of the nation‰Ûªs largest commercial real estate and finance groups. As a business incubator, Inland specializes in creating, developing and supporting member companies that provide real estate-related investment funds, including limited partnerships, institutional funds and non-listed and listed REITs, and real estate services for Both third parties and Inland member companies.

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Marlon Stone

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Stone North America, LLC
Title: President & CEO
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Brokerage

Marlon Stone

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Stone North America, LLC
Title: President & CEO
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Brokerage

Mr. Stone brings over 20 years of experience representing national retailers. Mr. Stone has expert market knowledge and substantial participation into the tenant-specific approval process by coordinating the strategic planning, LOI negotiation, site packaging, and deal presentation to corporate real estate committees.

Mr. Stone has represented significant retail programs during his career including: Kohl’s Department Store, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Cost Plus World Market, DSW, Shoe Carnival, Mattress Firm, The Vitamin Shoppe, Uncle Julio’s, Banco Popular, Party City, Carters, Road Runner Sports, Timberland, and Under Armour. Marlon serves as an annual guest lecturer at the University of Illinois College of Business teaching the discipline of Retail Tenant Representation and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

Stone North America is a leading retail tenant representation firm that provides a wide range of real estate services to retail brands entering the Chicago MSA and greater Midwestern United States. Services provided by Stone North America include Tenant Representation, Strategic Planning & Consulting, and Land Assemblage.

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Steve Stratton

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Jones Lang LaSalle
Title: Regional Managing Director/International Director
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Steve Stratton

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Jones Lang LaSalle
Title: Regional Managing Director/International Director
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Steve Stratton is a co-leader of the Chicago tenant representation group and oversees the Midwest practice.åÊ He is also a long standing member of JLL America‰Ûªs Brokerage and Midwest Executive Committees. Steve remains an active participant with team members in major client partnerships, large complex assignments, headquarters, and strategic Consulting assignments. Steve’s background in real estate financing, leasing and Development encompasses more than $10 billion in real estate transactions. In the past 10 years, he has been responsible for more than 320 Consulting assignments in the Chicago market valued in excess of $7 billion. Steve also leads The Headquarters Practice Group team in the Midwest and is known as an expert in advising companies on their headquarters facility requirements. Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) is a Financial and professional services firm specializing in commercial real estate services and investment Management with more than 40,000 people in 1,000 locations in 70 countries serving the local, regional and global real estate needs of those clients. In response to changing client expectations and market conditions, JLL assembles teams of experts who deliver integrated commercial real estate services built on insight and foresight, sound market research and relevant knowledge by attracting, developing and rewarding the best, and most diverse people in the industry, challenging them to develop enduring client relationships built on quality service, collaboration and trust.

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David Strusiner

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Craig/Steven Development Corporation
Title: Retail Leasing Associate
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Brokerage

David Strusiner

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Craig/Steven Development Corporation
Title: Retail Leasing Associate
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Brokerage

Mr. Strusiner joined Craig/Steven in 1996. He specializes in leasing commercial, industrial, office and income producing properties while managing all the leasing activities of the retail assets within the Criag/Steven Development portfolio. Craig/Steven Development has been in business since 1972 and has been actively involved in the architecture, contracting and Development of multi-apartments/condominium projects, industrial Developments, off Developments, shopping centers, and downtown reDevelopment projects. At present, Craig/Steven Development Corporation is involved in the Development and contracting of over 3,000,000 square feet of commercial, office and industrial space annually.

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Bruce Teitelbaum

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Vision Realty Partners Ltd.
Title: President
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Development

Bruce Teitelbaum

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Vision Realty Partners Ltd.
Title: President
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Development

Mr. Teitelbaum is aggressively on the lookout to purchase value-added real estate. Other activities include working with lenders, major lease negotiations, and setting budgets for the operation and Management of his portfolio properties. His background as a real estate broker and administrator has contributed to his ability to evaluate potential acquisitions. Vision Realty Partners Ltd. has absorbed, on average, 3 acquisitions per year since 1995. Vision now controls 25 commercial and retail properties containing over 2 million square feet.

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Dan Walsh

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Ryan Companies
Title: Senior Vice President of Real Estate Development
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Development

Dan Walsh

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Ryan Companies
Title: Senior Vice President of Real Estate Development
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Development

Dan leads the Great Lakes Region’s Senior Living Development team to deliver communities that offer independent living, assisted living and memory care residences and services. He manages relationships with operator and equity partners, directs the geographic market penetration strategy, participates in site selection, land acquisition, zoning and design, and oversees the overall performance of the assets. Prior to Ryan Companies Dan was Managing Director of Mesirow Stein and also SVP at Draper & Kramer. Dan is a past president of NAIOP and is involved with many charity and professional organizations. Dan completed his undergrad at University of Illinois and earned his MBA from DePaul University.

Founded in 1938, Ryan Companies offers comprehensive commercial real estate services as a national developer, architect, builder, capital investment consultant, and real estate manager with a focus on bringing lasting value to its customers and the communities in which it works. Ryan’s development and corporate build-to-suit work spans a wide range of product types including office, mixed-use, hospitality, multifamily housing and mission critical facilities. With a focus on bringing lasting value to its customers and the communities in which it works, Ryan has nearly 1300 employees in 13 offices and has completed projects in 38 states.

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Patrick Weibel

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Thor Equities LLC
Title: Director of Acquisitions
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Patrick Weibel

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Thor Equities LLC
Title: Director of Acquisitions
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Mr. Weibel is Director of Acquisitions of Thor Equities LLC tasked with sourcing acquisitions and handling dispositions for the firms investments funds. Prior to Thor Mr. Weibel was Associate Director of Marcus & Millichap completing over 100 retail, office and single tenant net leased transactions valued at over $700 million and comprising several million square feet. Mr. Weibel has also led the financial underwriting of shopping centers, office, industrial, retail and single tenant properties. Mr. Weibel is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

Thor Equities owns property in key urban markets throughout the United States, Europe, Canada and Latin America, with portfolio transactions and a development pipeline in excess of $10 billion and totaling more than 20 million square feet. Founded by President & CEO Joseph J. Sitt, Thor Equities is based in New York City with offices in London, Paris, Mexico City, New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Miami. The company specializes in identifying and maximizing the value of its holdings, and generating strong returns for investors.

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Perry Weinstein

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: FGMK, L.L.C.
Title: Director of Tax & Real Estate Services
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Financial

Perry Weinstein

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: FGMK, L.L.C.
Title: Director of Tax & Real Estate Services
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Financial

Mr. Weinstein specializes in all areas of taxation and designs creative solutions to tax issues for family businesses, asset acquisitions and dispositions, real estate transactions and high net worth individuals. Mr. Weinstein brings over 30 years experience to Consulting engagements on various real estate projects and businesses, including commercial, industrial and residential real estate Developments. He regularly advises real estate Development companies on Management, financing and operational issues. He also provides valuation support for purposes of asset transfers, family succession and divorce. From time to time, he also provides expert testimony on such matters. FGMK, L.L.C. is a progressive, rapidly expanding certified public accounting and Consulting firm dedicated to the concept of providing quality and attentive service to their clients. The firm has been in business since 1969, has a staff of 86, including fifteen partners, senior principals, professionals, and support staff. Industries served include service firms, real estate and construction, manufacturing and healthcare. A full range of accounting, audit, tax, estate planning, computer and Consulting services are provided. FGMK is the 20th largest firm in the Chicago area, and the largest firm in Lake County.

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Steven Weinstock

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Marcus & Millichap
Title: First Vice President / Regional Manager
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Brokerage

Steven Weinstock

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Marcus & Millichap
Title: First Vice President / Regional Manager
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Brokerage

Steven Weinstock is a First Vice President / Regional Manager of Marcus & Millichap‰Ûªs Chicago Oak Brook office. He served as Sales Manager of the Columbus and Cincinnati offices in 2008, was named Regional Manager of Chicago Oak Brook in 2009 and was promoted to First Vice President in 2015. Steven began his commercial real estate career in the 1980‰Ûªs leasing office properties in metro Detroit. Eventually, he opened his own Brokerage and property Management company and sold it to Trammell Crow Company in 1994. He joined Marcus & Millichap‰Ûªs Detroit office in April 2001 becoming Vice President of Investments and was a Director of the National Multi Housing Group and a member of the National Self-Storage Group. Mr. Weinstock is the recipient of multiple national achievement and sales recognition awards. Steven received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor degree from Wayne State University Law School. He earned the Certified Commercial Investment Member designation (CCIM). Mr. Weinstock enjoys serving on the Executive Board of the Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation, a foundation committed to cancer research as well as education/Mentor programs which provide college and graduate students with exposure to and experience in the commercial real estate industry. He resides in Deerfield, IL with his wife Lisa and has two sons, Nathan & Jeremy.

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Bruce Westling

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: NAI MLG Commercial
Title: President of Brokerage & Principal
Location: Milwaukee
Specialties: Brokerage

Bruce Westling

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: NAI MLG Commercial
Title: President of Brokerage & Principal
Location: Milwaukee
Specialties: Brokerage

As President, Mr. Westling oversees all of the brokerage operations. He is specifically involved with site acquisition and development, site selection and negotiation on behalf of national and international retail clients. Bruce has been at the center of numerous high-profile retail developments nationwide. Mr. Westling has also served numerous national retail clients with site selection and has become a trusted resource for customers due to his extensive knowledge of the Wisconsin market. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee in 1984 and joined NAI MLG Commercial in 1990 after 6 years in commercial real estate. Under his direction, NAI MLG Commercial has grown from less than 10 brokers in one office to more thank 70 brokers in three offices across Wisconsin. In 2003, Mr. Westling received the NAI Global Fitzgerald award presented to the individual who has done the most to foster the growth of cooperative NAI Global business across the world. He was also recognized as NAI Global’s retail “Best of Class” for generating the most retail business of over 3,500 NAI agents. He is a past president of the Commercial Association of Realtors Wisconsin.

Founded in 1987, NAI MLG Commercial has evolved into the largest commercial real estate firm in Wisconsin. Today, NAI MLG Commercial offers a full range of commercial brokerage services including industrial, office, retail, investment and corporate services.

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Andrew Wilson

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Miller Capital Advisory, Inc
Title: Vice President - Development
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Financial

Andrew Wilson

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Miller Capital Advisory, Inc
Title: Vice President - Development
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Financial

Mr. Wilson has over a decade of diversified experience across the complete life-cycle of commercial real estate management and development, including entitlements and acquisitions, lending, leasing and disposition. In addition to securing financing for commercial real estate owners and developers. He specializes in portfolio stabilization, distressed asset acquisition and repositioning. Mr. Wilson previously served as a Vice President of Aries Capital, Real Estate Development Director for General Growth Properties (GGP) and as Real Estate Manager for Potbelly Sandwich Works. Mr. Wilson earned his MBA from DePaul University completed his undergrad at Miami University.

Miller Capital Advisory was founded in 1996 and is a Registered Investment Advisor with headquarters in Skokie, Il. MCA and its affiliates hold ownership interests in over 19.8 million square feet. Investments under management as of March 2016 total approximately $7.9 billion. The mainstay of MCA’s business historically has been leading acquisitions and redevelopment efforts for CalPERS Core Real Estate Program. MCA is focused on new opportunities with redevelopment potential in major markets with high barriers to entry and a retail orientation

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Ben Wineman

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Mid-America Real Estate Corporation, Ltd.
Title: Senior Vice President
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Brokerage

Ben Wineman

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Mid-America Real Estate Corporation, Ltd.
Title: Senior Vice President
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Brokerage

Ben Wineman is a Principal at Mid-America Real Estate Group, a retail real estate services firm based in Chicago with offices in Detroit, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis. Ben is a Partner in Mid-America‰Ûªs Investment Sales Group, focusing specifically on the disposition of multi-tenant retail properties throughout the greater Midwest region. Mr. Wineman is responsible for the generation and execution of disposition assignments, as well assisting in the overall Management of the investment sales group. As part of Mid-America‰Ûªs Investment Sales Group, Ben has been involved in a transaction volume in excess of $4.6 billion since 2001, across over 450 transactions and over 42 million square feet. Mr. Wineman has fourteen years of real estate experience. Prior to joining Mid-America Real Estate in 2001, Mr. Wineman worked as a Financial analyst with Jones Lang LaSalle since 1998. As part of LaSalle Investment Management‰Ûªs Private Equity Acquisitions Group, he was responsible for the valuation, due diligence, and closing of real estate acquisitions on behalf of institutional clients. Among Mr. Wineman‰Ûªs duties included underwriting of all major property types and classes; modeling equity and leveraged scenarios for direct acquisitions, joint ventures, and Developments; conducting due diligence reviews; and Management of the closing process. A graduate of DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, Mr. Wineman earned a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree with a major in History and minor in Political Science. Within the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Ben is a member of the Illinois State Committee as well as the National Government Relations Economic Policy Sub-Committee. Ben is an active member of the Ravinia Festival Associates Board and the Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation Executive Committee.    

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David Wolf

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Title: SVP Chicago Region
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

David Wolf

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Title: SVP Chicago Region
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Mr. Wolf leverages his vast knowledge and expertise to lead a highly specialized division, which offers marketing and advisory services for development opportunities throughout NRT’s markets across the country. Wolf also oversees the company’s luxury marketing direction for Chicago. Additionally, he is tasked with managing the growth and development of six residential sales and five leasing offices in the city of Chicago, as well as Coldwell Banker’s Harbor Country office in New Buffalo, Michigan. Mr. Wolf received his Bachelors in PR & Marketing from Miami University.

NRT is the largest residential real estate brokerage company in the nation and 12th largest corporate-owned commercial brokerage. We own and operate companies in more than 35 of the nation’s largest metropolitan markets, with approximately 800 sales offices, 5,700 employees and 48,000 sales associates in our extended family. Our companies do business under the world-renowned Coldwell Banker®, Coldwell Banker Commercial®, ERA®, Sotheby’s International Realty® and The Corcoran Group® brand names.

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Lee Wolfson

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: S.F. Solutions LLC
Title: Managing Director
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Consulting

Lee Wolfson

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: S.F. Solutions LLC
Title: Managing Director
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Consulting

Mr. Wolfson founded S.F. Solutions after experiencing over 20 years of retail leasing, Development, merchandising, demographic analysis, and marketing experience. Spending 18 years at Joseph Freed & Associates, Mr. Wolfson retains strong resources from the hundreds of leases he negotiated with major national retailers. S.F. Solutions is a national real restate Consulting firm that offers strategic planning, problem solving and implementation of real estate solutions to owners, developers, and retailers. For over 2 decades, the S.F. Solutions team has developed a reputation for utilizing their in-depth knowledge of key strategies for solving challenging real estate problems and blazing new trails in the industry.

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Thaddeus Wong

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: @properties
Title: Co-Founder
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Thaddeus Wong

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: @properties
Title: Co-Founder
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Thaddeus Wong is the co-founder of @properties, the largest independently owned residential real estate Brokerage firm in Illinois and one of the 25 largest Brokerage firms in the U.S. by sales volume. Wong, a Loyola graduate (BBA ‰Ûª96), began his career in real-estate sales in 1996 and quickly established himself as one of the most successful agents in Chicago. During the early years of his career, he earned four consecutive Golden Eagle Awards from the Chicago Association of REALTORSå¨ as the top-producing agent among the organization‰Ûªs 10,000+ members. In 2000 Wong and business partner Michael Golden established @properties, and in less than 15 years have grown the company from $40 million in sales to more than $4 billion in annual sales. Today, @properties has 15 offices in the city of Chicago, surrounding Suburbs and southwest Michigan. The firm has divisions for residential and commercial Brokerage, Development marketing, relocation, property Management and bank-advisory services. A highly energetic and creative entrepreneur, Wong is focused on implementing his vision for a real estate company in which Both the agent and client experience the highest level of service and support. He is primarily responsible for the recruitment and retention of @properties‰Ûª more than 1,200 agents, as well as the Development and implementation of the firm‰Ûªs award-winning marketing programs. Wong created and manages the company‰Ûªs signature training, education and performance coaching programs utilized by hundreds of agents per year. Wong is also one of the industry‰Ûªs most valued advisers to developers of new-construction and condominium conversion projects in the Chicago area. He takes an active role in all facets of his clients‰Ûª projects, including design, promotion and sales. Under Wong’s direction and leadership, @properties has successfully marketed more than 100 Developments representing more than 5,500 units valued at over $2.2 billion. Wong‰Ûªs accomplishments have been widely recognized by the real estate industry and the broader business community. Honors include: the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the Midwest; Inc. Magazine‰Ûªs ‰ÛÏInc. 500/5000‰Û list; inclusion on Crain‰Ûªs Chicago Business‰Ûª åʉÛÏFast Fifty,‰Û ‰ÛÏ40 Under 40,‰Û and ‰ÛÏLargest Privately Held Companies‰Û lists; Inman News‰Ûª ‰ÛÏ100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders‰Û; induction in the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame; the Impact Aware from the Lincoln Park Builders Club; and the Damen Award from the Loyola University of Chicago School of Continuing and Professional Studies (graduated class . Wong and @properties support a number of charitable and civic organizations through the @properties Friends and Neighbors Community Fund. Past and present beneficiaries include: Teen Living Programs, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), Off The Street Club and Community Partnership for Affordable Housing. Separately, Wong sits on the board of NFTE, is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and the Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation, and co-chairs the annual Beelzebub Halloween Bash and Fundraiser. Wong resides in Lincoln Park with his wife, also a successful REALTORå¨, and their four children.

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Gary J. Wool

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Wool Finance Partners
Title: Partner
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Financial

Gary J. Wool

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Wool Finance Partners
Title: Partner
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Financial

Mr. Wool has over 30 years experience as a mortgage banker in the commercial real estate industry, has been directly responsible for the placement of approximately $1.5 billion in debt and equity, and has been involved in asset sales with Both private and institutional partners. Mr. Wool established Wool Finance Partners LLC after spending 16 years as a principal in Janko & Wool Real Estate Finance, LLC. Mr. Wool began his career at Draper and Kramer, where he spent nine years. He then joined Baird and Warner‰Ûªs Real Estate Finance Group for six years. He is a former member of the Illinois Mortgage Bankers Association (board of directors 1995 to 1997), and is a former member of the editorial board for the Illinois Real Estate Journal. Mr. Wool is also a licensed Illinois real estate broker. Mr. Wool earned an MBA degree from Loyola University Chicago in 1985 and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1982. Mr. Wool is a Mentor for the Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation Real Estate Mentorship Program. Mr. Wool is a past President of Jewish Council for Youth Services, a past board member of Youthbuild of Lake County and past board member and officer for Congregation B‰Ûªnai Tikvah in Deerfield Illinois where he has been a resident with his wife, Lauren and their children for over 20 years.

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Theodore I. Yi

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Quarles & Brady
Title: Partner
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Legal

Theodore I. Yi

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Quarles & Brady
Title: Partner
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Legal

Mr. Yi concentrates his practice in the area of real estate law with a a particular focus on commercial lease transactions representing Both owners and users of office, retial and industrial properties including a number of Fortune 250 corporations. Mr. Yi earned his B.A. and B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his J.D. from Harvard Law School. Mr. Yi is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and is selected for inclusing in the 2005-2010 Illinois Super Lawyers lists. Quarles & Brady LLP provides broad-based, national-level Legal services through a strong network of regional practices and local offices. Quarles & Brady LLP attorneys have direct experience with a wide range of industries from traditional manufacturing to leading-edge technology and nearly every point in-between.

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Mark D. Yura

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: DLA Piper USA LLP.
Title: Partner
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Legal

Mark D. Yura

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: DLA Piper USA LLP.
Title: Partner
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Legal

Mr. Yura joined DLA Piper USA LLP in 1979 and concentrates his practice in real estate transactional matters. His clients include lenders, investors, developers, and contractors. Mr. Yura is a frequent Speaker before trade and professional groups on matters of state and federal legislation, multi-family housing financing, and commercial real estate lending topics. He is a member of various housing trade associations, including the National Housing and Rehabilitation Association and the National Multi-Housing Counsel. He is also active in numerous bar-related groups, including the Chicago Mortgage Attorneys Association, the Affordable Housing Forum of the American Bar Association and the Affordable Housing Law Subcommittee of the Chicago Bar Association Real Property Law Committee. Based on peer and client reviews, Mr. Yura has been selected as one of America’s leading real estate lawyers by Chambers & Partners, a respected English research firm. DLA Piper USA LLP is a business law firm of about 975 lawyers with offices in Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Edison, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Reston, San Francisco, Tampa, and Washington. The firm’s practice is focused on litigation, real estate, technology and business, government affairs, and international law.

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Steve Zellinger

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: First American Title Insurance Company
Title: National Account Representative
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Financial

Steve Zellinger

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: First American Title Insurance Company
Title: National Account Representative
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Financial

Mr. Zellinger is a National Account Representative for First American Title Insurance Company, a division of First American Financial. He began working in the real estate industry in 1988. Steve facilitates billions of dollars in commercial and industrial transactions annually throughout the country. Mr. Zellinger has a reputation of providing the highest level of service in the industry. Prior to joining First American, he was a top producing industrial real estate broker in Los Angeles. Through approximately 1,200 offices through the United States and thousands of agents, First American Title offers a broad range of title insurance services and associated closing and escrow services. First American National Commercial Services Chicago Division offers a single-point responsibility for every client, regardless of size, complexity or geographic diversity of the properties in a transaction. The Chicago office is equipped to handle the range of the simplest to the most highly complex multi-property/multi-state commercial transactions.

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Edward M. Zifkin

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Zifkin Realty & Development, L.L.C.
Title: President and Principal
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Edward M. Zifkin

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Zifkin Realty & Development, L.L.C.
Title: President and Principal
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Mr. Zifkin has an extensive background in commercial real estate and has been active in the Chicago metropolitan market for more than 25 years. Prior to starting his own company, Mr. Zifkin was a Principal at Hiffman Shaffer Associates, Inc., one of Chicago’s largest full-service commercial real estate companies, where he was responsible for developing HSA’s retail group in Chicago. During his tenure, Mr. Zifkin was responsible for approximately 750 transactions, worth an estimated $600 million. Zifkin Realty and Development, L.L.C. was formed in 1998. They provide attentive tenant representation services to a number of active national retailers. In addition, Zifkin Realty purchases retail properties for their own portfolio.

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