Locations include Chicago, Chicago Suburbs and Milwaukee.
Disciplines include Appraisal, Brokerage, Consulting, Development, Financial, Legal, Management and Public Service

Andrew Ahitow

Andrew Ahitow

Founder,  Chicago Apartment Finders & City Pads

Discipline: brokerage

Location: chicago

Mr. Ahitow is Managing Partner and co-founder of Chicago Apartment Finders, and is also the Manager and founder of City Pads LLC a multifamily and mixed use investment company. Mr. Ahitow graduated from the University of Iowa and began his career in real estate as a multi-family broker. 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. In September 2015 he successfully sold Chicago Apartment Finders to Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and continues his entrepreneurial vision with  City Pads leveraging his operations experience.

Chicago Apartment Finders is one of the fastest growing and most successful residential brokerage firms in Chicago with five locations and 150  sales associates. City Pads is a multifamily and mixed use real estate investment company focusing on urban living and branding with a fast growing portfolio exceeding $20MM.

Steven Aisen

Steven Aisen

President,  Newgard Custom Homes

Discipline: development

Location: suburbs

Mr. Aisen in the President of Newgard Custom Homes overseeing the 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 his company. Before founding Newgard, Mr. Aisen spent several years in the luxury construction business with Heritage Luxury Builders managing all aspects of the company’s custom home projects, general business development, and building the Heritage Luxury Builders brand name through various co-marketing and sponsorship channels. Mr. Aisen received his MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University after which he worked structuring and selling interest rate, equity, and commodity derivatives and then later worked at a hedge fund managing the firm’s relative-value focused convertible arbitrage trading strategy.

Newgard Custom Homes specializes in building the highest quality luxury homes in the most exclusive locations on Chicago’s North Shore.

Sam Ankin

Samuel A. Ankin

Managing Principal,  Northpond Partners, LLC

Discipline: development

Location: suburbs

Mr. Ankin is Managing Principal and co-founder of Northpond Partners, LLC. His primary responsibilities involve sourcing and structuring new investment opportunities, and he also serves as a member of the Investment Committee. Mr. Ankin was also a founding partner of Shiner Capital Partners, LLC, an entity that sponsored SCP Realty Fund I, LP and SCP Realty Fund II, LP.  Since 2007, Mr. Ankin has led or supported the identification and analysis of more than 1,500 investment opportunities and through his leadership, he has closed on 33 investments with a gross asset value in excess of $340,000,000.   Prior to Shiner Capital, Mr. Ankin served as Development and Acquisition Manager for Shiner Group, where he was responsible for land and asset acquisitions, as well as coordinating 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 more than 12 projects consisting of approximately 1,000,000 square feet of commercial space. Before joining Shiner Group, Mr. Ankin worked at LaSalle Bank, most recently in the commercial real estate group.

Northpond Partners is focused on the acquisition, development and redevelopment of retail and mixed-use properties located in select urban and suburban markets domestically. Leveraging decades of expertise and relationships, Northpond targets value-add and opportunistic investment strategies. Through a hands-on management approach, Northpond is able to reposition, remerchandise or redevelop properties – increasing net operating income and maximizing value from the property level up.

William Barry

William Barry

Senior Vice President,  Draper and Kramer

Discipline: financial

Location: chicago

Mr. Barry joined Draper and Kramer in 1989 and currently heads the Commercial Finance Group. Prior to Draper and Kramer he was vice president of finance at Lincoln Property Company. Mr. Kramer has financed over $25 billion in real estate during his career. As a graduate of the University of Illinois he was awarded a Bronze Tablet for graduating in the top three percent of his class. He has been and is involved in many charities including: Wood Family Foundation, All Stars Project of Chicago, Alzheimer’s Association, Link Unlimited, and March of Dimes. He is also on the board of trustees of the Gamma Zeta chapter of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.

Draper and Kramer Incorporated is a vertically integrated real estate and financial services company dedicated to satisfying the needs of its partners and clients nationwide. Founded in 1893 and headquartered in Chicago its expertise lies in the creation, enhancement, management, and disposition of real estate assets offering a wide range of financial services including residential and commercial mortgage banking. Today, Draper and Kramer is still family owned and has become one of the nation’s premiere, private, full-service real estate and financial firms.


Mark Baumhart

Vice President of Sales,  Arthur J. Rogers & Co.

Discipline: brokerage

Location: suburbs

Mr. Baumhart, CCIM, joined Arthur J. Rogers & Co. in 1985 and has over 25 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’s 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.

Marty Becker

Martin Becker

Partner,  Becker & Gurian

Discipline: legal

Location: suburbs

Mr. Becker is a founding member of Becker Gurian, and brings more than 25 years of experience as a seasoned real estate and transactional attorney, whose expertise includes an emphasis in real estate acquisitions and dispositions, development matters and complex leasing transactions. Mr. Becker draws on his experiences to address legitimate interests that the opposing party must protect, and to minimize the negotiation of issues that the opposing party can compromise. Mr. Becker is longtime member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and has led numerous roundtable discussions and seminars at the national law conferences hosted by the ICSC. Mr. Becker earned his BBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his JD from the University of Colorado-Boulder and is licensed to practice law in both Illinois and Colorado.

Becker & Gurian is an aggressive law firm that provides a team of attorneys dedicated primarily to handling the legal side of sophisticated commercial real estate transactions having handled millions of square feet of commercial real estate representing public and non-public companies as well as entrepreneurial and institutional clients.

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Michael Bennett

Managing Director,  HFF

Discipline: brokerage

Location: chicago

Mr. Bennett is a Managing Director in HFF’s Chicago office with more than 10 years of experience in commercial real estate. He is a member of HFF’s healthcare practice and focuses on healthcare capital markets and investment sale transactions throughout the United States. He has extensive experience working with REIT’s, private equity groups, developers, physician owners and healthcare systems, including purchase and sale contracts, ground leases, equity and debt transactions and understands the complexity with acquiring, developing and financing healthcare real estate. During his career, Mr. Bennett has facilitated more than 250 real estate transactions. Mr. Bennett joined the firm in January 2014. Prior to joining HFF, he worked at Newmark Grubb Knight Frank (NGKF) where he most recently served as Senior Managing Directorof their capital markets group. Prior to that, Mr. Bennett spent seven years at Marcus & Millichap as Vice President of Investments.

As one of the largest and most successful commercial real estate capital intermediaries in the country, HFF incorporates capital markets knowledge with local real estate expertise to successfully complete any type of real estate transaction, regardless of size or complexity. HFF consistently maintains the capital markets relationships critical to accomplishing your specific needs in today’s highly complex and rapidly shifting capital markets environment. HFF’s unique knowledge, broad capital markets relationships and national platform enable us to arrange the most favorable financing/equity raise or sale for your commercial property. With a history of performance spanning more than 30 years, we offer the services of more than 600 experienced industry professionals who operate from offices in major and secondary markets throughout the country.


Peggy F. Blanchard

Director of Economic and Community Development,  Village of Barrington

Discipline: public_service

Location: suburbs

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.

Peter Block

Peter Block

Executive Vice President,  Colliers International

Discipline: brokerage

Location: chicago

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 “40 Under 40” 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 (NASDAQ: CIGI) 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 16,000 employees in more than 500 offices in 66 countries with 2.5 Billion square feet under management and total transaction value in excess of $60 Billion.

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Michael Blue

Principal,  Teska

Discipline: public_service

Location: suburbs

Mr. Blue is a Principal with Teska Associates where he 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, Mr. Blue was the Director of Community Development in Highland Park, IL for 11 years where 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 – Champaign. Mr. Blue is actively involved in the local and national leadership of the American Planning Association and is currently the Planning Officials Development Officer for the IL – APA.

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

Co-Founder and Managing Member,  Pine Tree, LLC

Discipline: development

Location: suburbs

Peter is a co-founder and Managing Member of Pine Tree, 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. 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.

Pine Tree, LLC is a leader in the development, acquisition, leasing and management of retail properties throughout the United States. With retail partners ranging from superstores to specialty shops and local chains, Pine Tree representatives are experts in bringing to life both new and existing properties. Headquartered in Northbrook, IL – a northern Chicago suburb — Pine Tree was founded in March 1995 by Peter Borzak and Barry Herring. Pine Tree has since developed and acquired 90 shopping centers with an aggregate value of over $1 billion.


David P. Bossy

Chairman and Principal,  Mid-America Development Partners

Discipline: development

Location: chicago

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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Gunnar Branson

CEO,  National Association of Real Estate Investment Managers

Discipline: consulting

Location: chicago

Mr. Branson has over 20 years experience in commercial real estate, professional services sales, product innovation and marketing. He has transformed businesses and accelerated growth as a leader, strategist, business developer and innovator. Working for Fortune 500’s as well as more innovative mid-market companies, innovation processes are at the core of his new product development and change acceleration consulting. Early adoption of online marketing, six sigma quality processes, and change acceleration methodology has allowed him to be a leader in social and digital media, web video, blogging, tactical marketing outsourcing and “insourcing”, and strategic marketing planning.

The National Association of Real Estate Investment Managers (NAREIM) provides members the opportunity to refine strategy, improve operations, and provoke new thinking through meetings, surveys and thought leadership activities. NAREIM members manage investment capital on behalf of third party investors in commercial real estate assets such as office, retail, multi-family, industrial and hotels. Collectively, NAREIM members manage over a trillion dollars of investments assets.


Michael Brenner

President,  Mirco Builders

Discipline: development

Location: suburbs

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’s 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’s name: Multiple, Industrial, Residential, Commercial, and Offices.

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Russell Brenner

Partner,  Stage Equity Partners

Discipline: financial

Location: suburbs

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’s 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.

Todd Cabanban

Todd Cabanban

Principal,  Cabanban, Rubin & Mayberry

Discipline: brokerage

Location: chicago

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’s 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.


Gwen Callans

Principal,  Atlas Partners Commercial Brokerage Company

Discipline: brokerage

Location: chicago

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

Vice President,  Byline Bank

Discipline: financial

Location: chicago

Joanne Campanile is a Vice President at Byline Bank in Chicago.  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.   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.  Joanne graduated from the University of Illinois with a BA in Finance/Real Estate.    While at the University of Illinois, Joanne was involved with Rho Epsilon real estate fraternity and she’s continued her involvement with the group today.  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.  The bank’s 87 branches throughout the Chicago-land area have participated in the growth of Chicago-land businesses and families for over 100 years.  Commercial lending divisions within the bank include Commercial Real Estate, Sponsored Finance, Leasing and Commercial Business Banking.


Todd Caruso

Senior Managing Director of Retail Services,  CB Richard Ellis

Discipline: management

Location: suburbs

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.


Karen B. Case

Executive Managing Director and President-Commercial Real Estate,  The PrivateBank

Discipline: financial

Location: chicago

Ms. Case is Executive Managing Director and President of Commercial Real Estate for The PrivateBank where she oversees the group that develops and manages banking relationships with dynamic and growing commercial real estate developers, investors, owners and operators based in markets where The PrivateBank is located. Case is a member of The PrivateBank’s Operating, Executive, Management, Asset and Liability, Credit Policy, Community Reinvestment Act, and Loan Committees. Prior to joining The PrivateBank in 2007, Case was Executive Vice President for LaSalle Bank’s Commercial Real Estate team and was also responsible for launching the Corporate Real Estate Group, which banked national real estate companies, opportunity funds, and pension funds and advisors, and for the start-up of loan production offices in St. Louis, Kansas City and Denver. Ms. Case received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and MBA from the University of Chicago. She attended the University of London and the American College in Paris. She is a member of CREW Chicago; The Economic Club of Chicago; The Executives Club of Chicago; Real Estate Finance Forum; and Fellow, Class of 1997, of Leadership Greater Chicago. She serves on the Board of Directors for The Chicago Network; Community Investment Corporation; International Council of Shopping Centers; Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Illinois Chapter as well as JDRF International; Rush University Medical Center; and TimeLine Theatre.

PrivateBancorp, Inc., through its subsidiary The PrivateBank, delivers customized business and personal financial services to middle-market companies, as well as business owners, executives, entrepreneurs and families in all of the markets and communities it serves with 34 offices in 12 states and $18.2 billion in assets.


Lynn Dubajic

Executive Director,  City of Yorkville

Discipline: public_service

Location: suburbs

Ms. Dubajic is the Executive Director of the Yorkville Economic Development Corporation. 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’s 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.


Norris R. Eber

President,  Abbell Associates

Discipline: management

Location: chicago

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’ 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

Principal,  Clark Street Real Estate

Discipline: development

Location: chicago

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

Parther,  Field & Goldberg, LLC.

Discipline: legal

Location: chicago

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’s Office, the Board of Review, State of Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board and in Circuit Court. Mr. Field has structured 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. degree 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.

Chad Firsel

Chad Firsel

President,  Quantum Real Estate Advisors, Inc.

Discipline: brokerage

Location: chicago

Mr. Firsel has completed over $1.5 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. Mr. Firsel commits time and service to the City of Hope, one of the world’s leading biomedical research and treatment centers for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. In addition, he and his wife, a cancer survivor, were the largest fundraisers for the Colon Cancer Coalition, which supports research for colon cancer treatment. Chad is also a member of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and the Jewish United Fund.

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

President and Chief Executive Officer,  Red Seal Development

Discipline: development

Location: suburbs

Mr. Fishbein leads Red Seal’s land acquisition, zoning, and development efforts.  Over the past 18 years, he has done so for dozens of residential communities throughout the Chicago Metro area, including the redevelopment of Fort Sheridan, a former U.S. Military Base. While at Red Seal, Mr. Fishbein has led the acquisition, development and entitlement efforts on projects accommodating over one billion dollars of new development. As part of Red Seal’s Turnaround and Workout Services, Mr. Fishbein has provided extensive consulting and asset management services to several Chicago area banks, assisting them with entitlement, development and disposition issues relative to their OREO properties. Mr. Fishbein is also responsible for overseeing all in-house legal matters and is involved in all aspects of Red Seal’s operations. Mr. Fishbein is currently an adjunct law professor at the University of Chicago Law School where he teaches a course in Real Estate Development Law. Mr. Fishbein received his B.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Phi Beta Kappa with highest honors and then then earned his J.D. from the University of Illinois Law School, Magna Cum Laude.

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

President and Managing Principal,  FitzGerald Associates Architects

Discipline: consulting

Location: chicago

Patrick FitzGerald is President and Managing Principal of FitzGerald Associates Architects in Chicago.  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’s 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.  Pat’s work focuses on how projects contribute to the dynamic of existing neighborhoods and help to create positive environments where they don’t 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’s 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

Attorney,  MPS Law

Discipline: legal

Location: suburbs

Mr. Francke concentrates his practice in annexation, zoning, tax increment and special service area financing, business district development, development incentives, utility system and roadway infastructure construction financing and general real estate development matters. These have encompassed large-scale residential-golf course planned developments and mixed-use planned developments. Mr. Francke’s experience extends to all forms of development, including residential, commercial/retail, hotel, industrial, institutional, assisted living and independent living facilities and continuing care retirement communities. Before joining MPS Law Mr. Francke was a partner at DLA Piper LLP where he practiced for 34 years and was named Best Lawyers’ 2013 Chicago Land Use and Zoning Law Lawyer of the Year. In 2015, and prior years, Mr. Francke was recognized by Super Lawyers, Leading Lawyers and Best Lawyers.

Like any other business, most law firms measure success in terms of growth – in revenues, profits, staff, and ever-widening service offerings. That stands in contrast to MPS Law, where success is defined solely by the needs and objectives of the clients they serve. The result: An organization designed to attract and support the best attorneys in select practice areas. An organization that is leaner in numbers, deeper in talent, and united by an uncompromising commitment to put its clients’ interests first and last.

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Gina Fridberg

Senior Vice President,  Fifth Third Bank

Discipline: financial

Location: chicago

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.


Joel Friedland

Principal,  Brit Properties, LLC

Discipline: brokerage

Location: suburbs

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.


Robert Jay Friedman

Vice President,  Jameson Commercial Real Estate

Discipline: brokerage

Location: chicago

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 Frolik

Executive Vice President,  CBRE Group, Inc.

Discipline: financial

Location: chicago

Mr. Frolik is a senior partner of the National Retail Investment Group’s Chicago team, recognized as one of CBRE’s leading national retail investment property sales team, and the founding member of CBRE’s 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’s largest commercial real estate services firm (in terms of 2010 revenue).  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.


Michael D. George

President,  Mid-America Real Estate and Asset Management

Discipline: brokerage

Location: suburbs

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’s 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.


Michael E. Grant

Director,  Cohen Financial

Discipline: financial

Location: chicago

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

Executive Managing Director,  Newmark Grubb Knight Frank

Discipline: financial

Location: chicago

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.


Jeffrey B. Gurian

Partner,  Becker & Gurian

Discipline: legal

Location: suburbs

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.


Dennis Hammer

SVP, Regional Director/Branch President,  North Shore Community Bank

Discipline: financial

Location: chicago

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.


Fred Heichman

Senior Vice President,  StreetMac, LLC

Discipline: financial

Location: suburbs

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

VP & General Counsel,  Griffin Capital

Discipline: legal

Location: chicago

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’s primary real estate transaction counsel for more than eight years and has worked together with Griffin’s principals on nearly all of the firm’s 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

President,  Rick Hiton & Associates

Discipline: appraisal

Location: suburbs

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 over 35 years of experience in residential and commercial real estate with expertise in valuation, mortgage product lines and financial guidance.


Andrew S. Hochberg

Managing Principal,  Next Realty

Discipline: management

Location: suburbs

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’s IPO. He negotiated Sportmart’s 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

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.


Brian Hoffman

Vice Chairman & CFO,  Red Seal Development

Discipline: development

Location: suburbs

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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Elizabeth Holland

CEO,  Abbell Associates

Discipline: management

Location: chicago

Ms. Holland is the Chief Executive Officer of Abbell Credit Corporation and Abbell Associates where 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. Prior to joining Abbell, Ms. Abell 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. She is admitted to the Bar in New York and Illinois. She is active on a number of non-profit boards, including Lighthouse Academies, Uptown United, and 1,000 Friends of Iowa. Ms. Holland is the Chairman for the International Council of Shopping Centers serving for the 2016–2017 term. Ms. Holland is ICSC’s 57th Chair and the fourth woman to hold the post in the association’s 59-year history.

Abbell Associates and its WBE-certified affiliate Abbell Credit Corporation are Chicago-based real estate companies that specialize in retail and office properties. 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. Over 3.5 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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Michael Horne

Managing Director,  Sterling Organization

Discipline: management

Location: suburbs

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 – Director of Leasing for Newcastle Properties LLC and Vice President – 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.


Richard Hulina

Principal,  Clark Street Development

Discipline: development

Location: chicago

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.


Harry Huzenis

Principal,  JRG Capital Partners

Discipline: management

Location: chicago

Mr. Huzenis has been active in the real estate industry for over 30 years. Mr. Huzenis and his brother Charley started Jameson Realty Group. Together, they grew Jameson from a small storefront office to one of Chicago’s most prestigious and successful full-service real estate firms. Total transaction volume since the founding of Jameson now exceeds $16 billion. As part of the strategic planning process for Jameson Realty Group, Mr. Huzenis was instrumental in a 2008 merger of the firm to create Jameson Real Estate, LLC. Subsequent to the merger, the firm grew over 250%. Mr. Huzenis continues to be a partner in Jameson Real Estate and is a member of Jameson’s advisory board.

With a proven track record of over $1 billion in successful development and investment, JRG Capital Partners is involved in a wide variety of real estate opportunities, including retail, land, residential development, industrial and office.


Daniel J. Hyman

President,  Millennium Properties, Inc.

Discipline: brokerage

Location: chicago

Mr. Hyman is the President of Millennium Properties and for over three decades has been one of the most prominent dealmakers in Chicago. He has brokered a variety of transactions – from apartments in Lincoln Park to Loop high-rise office buildings, industrial facilities in Montgomery to big box retail in Jacksonville, net leases to land leases – throughout Chicagoland and beyond. During his three decade career, Mr. Hyman became known as an aggressive negotiator, navigating through complicated deals with natural instinct. In 1996, Dan saw an opportunity to uniquely position himself in the market as David in the land of brokerage Goliaths. Early on at Millennium, Mr. Hyman’s sales figures were staggering with a vast management portfolio and long client list – all of which have kept Millennium on the forefront of the industry. Mr. Hyman has also performed the duties of receiver and consultant, as well as acting as the leasing and sales agent for foreclosed and over-leveraged properties on behalf of state courts and the federal bankruptcy court.

Millennium Properties was founded in 1996 as a boutique asset management and commercial brokerage firm and has completed more than $4.3 billion in real estate dispositions. Currently, Millennium Properties manages more than 100 industrial, office, retail and multi-family properties throughout the Chicagoland region providing receivership services, live and sealed-bid auctions, broker acquisitions and consulting services.

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Christopher Jarvis

Vice President,  CBRE

Discipline: appraisal

Location: chicago

Mr. Jarvis is a member of the Multi-Family Specialist Team within CBRE and Practice Leader for the Chicago Office and has been actively employed in the commercial real estate appraisal business for over a decade providing services across the US and Puerto Rico. His experience in real estate appraisals include ground lease/lease hold valuation, sale-leaseback, insurable value studies, feasibility studies, rent analysis and market studies of commercial, industrial and residential investment properties. With a wide range of experience, Mr. Jarvis has valued traditional multi-family, student housing, Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC), Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac projects, conduit and other capital-market products, proposed properties, high-rise luxury rentals, as well as a broad range of high-rise and suburban condominiums.

CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2015 revenue). The Company has more than 70,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate investors and occupiers through more than 400 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers a broad range of integrated services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services.


Terrence M. Jenkins

Managing Director,  Business Districts, Inc.

Discipline: consulting

Location: chicago

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.


Allen Joffe

Principal and Managing Broker,  Baum Realty Group

Discipline: brokerage

Location: chicago

Mr. Joffe is both a principal and the managing broker of Baum Realty Group, LLC. Since joining the firm in 1993, he provides clients with an unmatched knowledge of the Chicago area retail leasing business. Allen has successfully negotiated and managed lease transactions for more than 50 clients and has completed land sales of between one and 80 acres and successfully negotiated lease terminations and consulted for the Chicago Transit Authority. Allen is an active member of the Ely Chapter of Lambda Alpha International having served on the board, including as President, for 6 years, The Realty Club and the International Council of Shopping Centers on the State Board. He is an advisor for the Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC), a non-profit organization serving underdeveloped communities. He also serves on the Project Review Committee of the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association.

Baum is widely regarded as the premier retail brokerage firm in Chicagoland, providing investment sales, leasing and exclusive tenant representation. Additionally, Baum’s unique National Real Estate Solutions division delivers high quality real estate services to corporate retailers and national franchisors that need efficient solutions to scale their national retail real estate strategies.

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Bart Johnson

Executive Vice President,  Wintrust Commercial Banking

Discipline: financial

Location: chicago

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Bart Johnson is the Executive Vice President for Wintrust Bank and he manages the Bank’s commercial real estate portfolio in the City of Chicago.  Working from his LaSalle Street office, Bart Johnson and Wintrust specialize in banking commercial real estate investors and developers in projects throughout the city.  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 .  Bart manages a team of bankers and a loan portfolio approaching $1 billion.

Wintrust Bank is an affiliate of Wintrust Financial Corporation.  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.  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

Vice Chairman,  CBRE, Inc.

Discipline: management

Location: chicago

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’s Asset Services division, Camille’s leadership expanded the retail footprint and economic potential of Chicago’s 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’s Toronto office in 1974 as the Senior Analyst for all of its Canadian and U.S. acquisitions. In 1977, he transferred to the firm’s 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.


Sharon Kahan

First Vice President,  CBRE

Discipline: brokerage

Location: chicago

Ms. Kahan as First Vice President at CBRE is an expert on urban retail, mixed use and lifestyle property within the city of Chicago, including the Loop, Michigan Avenue, Gold Coast, River North and Lincoln Park, as well as some of the Chicago area’s more exclusive suburban communities. Ms. Kahan provides real estate and consulting services to landlords as well as to regional and national retailers seeking specialized representation in the Chicago market and elsewhere in the United States. Her strategic approach to real estate has proven invaluable in procuring tenants for retail assets and successfully analyzing sites and negotiating lease transactions for tenants.

CBRE Group, Inc. is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm, with 2015 revenues of $10.9 billion and more than 70,000 employees (excluding affiliate offices). CBRE has been included in the Fortune 500 since 2008, ranking #259 in 2016. It also has been voted the industry’s top brand by the Lipsey Company for 15 consecutive years, and has been named one of Fortune’s “Most Admired Companies” in the real estate sector for four years in a row.  Its shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “CBG.” CBRE offers a broad range of integrated services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services.

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Alfred M. Klairmont

President,  Imperial Realty Company

Discipline: management

Location: chicago

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

Principal,  Tartan Realty Group

Discipline: brokerage

Location: chicago

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. Will’s experience has allowed him to successfully spearhead developments for his and other investor’s 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. In addition, Mr. Kreuzer has financed over $200M of projects since joining Tartan and has represented or currently representing Blockbuster Video (DISH Network), Einstein’s 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 (LEED® 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’s 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’s understanding of its tenants needs. As the overseer of the chain’s real estate arm, the firm has opened eleven locations in the past four years, and is currently developing the first prototype, standalone restaurant


Jeff Kuchman

Principal/Director of Tenant Brokerage,  Mid-America Real Estate Corp.

Discipline: brokerage

Location: suburbs

Mr. Kuchman has over twenty-five years of experience in the areas of retail tenant representation, shopping center development, 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. At Mid-America, Kuchman is responsible for the coordinated efforts of a 30+ member tenant representation brokerage group that collectively represents over 200 of the country’s top retail chains. Mr. Kuchman has completed nearly nine hundred transactions with a collective value approaching $6 billion. Mr. Kuchman earned his B.A. from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and serves as a former President of the Illinois CCIM Chapter and is an active member of ICSC, ULI and NICAR.

Since 1984, Mid-America Real Estate Group has focused exclusively on retail real estate. With companies located in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, Chicago, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan, Mid-America is the largest full-service retail real estate organization in the Midwest.


Allison Kuchny

AVP & Regional Leasing Manager,  IRC Retail Centers

Discipline: brokerage

Location: suburbs

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. Ms. Kuchny is a multi-year recipient of the CoStar Power Broker Award, Chicago Association of REALTORS Lease Volume and Greater Chicago Food Depository Commercial Real Estate Award. Ms. Kuchny serves on the ICSC NExt Generation Committee and Marquette University Real Estate Chair Board of Directors. Ms. Kuchny graduated from Marquette University majoring in Real Estate.

IRC Retail Centers is a real estate company focused on owning and operating open-air neighborhood, community and power shopping centers located in well-established markets primarily in the Central and Southeastern U.S. The Company currently has an ownership interest in more than 130 properties totaling approximately 15.4 million square feet of leasable space. Its necessity and value-centered retail portfolio features properties that deliver the right combination of location, market position, and tenant mix to drive consumer traffic at its centers.

Greg Laberge

Greg LaBerge

Chief Administrative Officer,  Marcus & Millichap

Discipline: management

Location: chicago

Mr. LaBerge serves as Chief Administrative Officer of Marcus & Millichap and is responsible for integrating and improving the firm’s technology, brokerage support, research and marketing/communications, in partnership with each executive in charge of those corporate departments. Appointed in 2015, Mr. LaBerge brings a diverse background and skillset to his role as CAO, ranging from his business consulting career, to being a Marcus & Millichap broker, regional manager and national director of our National Hospitality Group (NHG). During his three-year tenure as national director he successfully grew the NHG by more than 50 hospitality brokers in partnership with our regional managers, creating the industry’s largest sales team. Prior to joining the firm, he worked for 10 years as a management consultant, five years with Ernst & Young, and for Diamond Technology Partners (now part of PricewaterhouseCoopers). Mr. LaBerge received his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Northwestern University and his M.B.A. from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.

With over 1,500 investment professionals located throughout the United States and Canada, Marcus & Millichap (NYSE: MMI) is a leading specialist in commercial real estate investment sales, financing, research and advisory services. Founded in 1971, the firm closed over 8,700 transactions in 2015 with a value of approximately $37.8 billion.


Rich LeBrun

President,  LeBrun Advisory Group

Discipline: brokerage

Location: chicago

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.


Stuart Lenhoff

President/Principal,  Horizon Realty Services

Discipline: management

Location: suburbs

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.


Stephen Leonard

President,  Strategic Real Estate Services Corporation

Discipline: brokerage

Location: suburbs

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.


Alan Lev

President/CEO,  Belgravia Group

Discipline: development

Location: chicago

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.

Michael Levick

Michael J. Levick

Partner,  Levick, Timm, & Garfinkel, LLC

Discipline: legal

Location: suburbs

Mr. Levick’s 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.


Rick Levin

President,  Rick Levin & Associates

Discipline: brokerage

Location: chicago

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.


Gary Litvin

Managing Director / Tenant Representation Division,  Horizon Realty Services, Inc.

Discipline: brokerage

Location: suburbs

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’s personal involvement, attention to detail, creativity, and unique ability of “becoming the Tenant,” with each deal is apparent. He has, over the years, been responsible for the “roll out” of numerous retailers’ 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.

Mike Mallon

Michael F. Mallon

Senior Vice President, Managing Director,  DK Mallon

Discipline: development

Location: suburbs

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.


Kenneth C. Marino

President & CEO,  GROBMAR Real Estate Investments, LLC

Discipline: development

Location: suburbs

Speaker Series Chairman

Mr. Marino is the President & CEO of GROBMAR Real Estate 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.


Michael S. MaRous

President & Owner,  MaRous & Company

Discipline: appraisal

Location: suburbs

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.


James Matanky

President,  Matanky Realty Group

Discipline: development

Location: chicago

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.


Lance S. Mayster

President,  Mayster & Company

Discipline: financial

Location: chicago

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’s 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.

Dan McCaffery

Daniel McCaffery

Chairman and CEO,  McCaffery Interests, Inc.

Discipline: development

Location: chicago

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.

Michael McCarty

Michael E. McCarty

Executive Vice President - Development,  Simon Property Group

Discipline: management

Location: suburbs

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.

Pat McGuire

Pat McGuire

Senior Vice President, Sales,  Jameson Commercial

Discipline: brokerage

Location: chicago

Ms. McGuire brings over 30 years of real estate experience to Jameson Commercial. Throughout her career she has continually expanded her skills to meet the needs of the market and her clients. Her broad base of industry knowledge comes from working in capital markets, commercial sales and leasing as well as representing developers in a wide range of new construction and conversion projects.  Ms. McGuire’s years of experience in land and investment sales include completed transactions such as: West Loop parking lot site for 198 rental units and retail stores; 13 parcel assemblage on Irving Park Road for Walgreens Store; 38 unit apartment building in Ravenswood for condo conversion; large downtown Highland Park land site developed for Anthropology Store and offices; and a 35,000 square foot strip center in Lincoln Park. She has worked closely with City Planning Departments in the City of Chicago as well as the North Shore to assure a good fit for the communities involved. Ms. McGuire has been a nominee for the Career Achievement Award of CREW CHICAGO (Commercial Real Estate Executive Women), and recognized as a Gold Achiever in Industrial Sales with the Chicago Association of Realtors.

Jameson Commercial Real Estate are market experts  in all types of transactions, from purchases to sales to leases with specialists in multi-family, retail, office and industrial real estate transacting billions of dollars in value serving the Chicagoland Real Estate community for nearly 30 years.


Jeff Middlebrook

Senior Real Estate Manager,  CBRE

Discipline: development

Location: suburbs

Mr. Middlebrook serves as Senior Real Estate Manager for CBRE Global Workplace Solutions on behalf of AT&T Mobility for the north central United States. He focuses on retail leasing and new store development transactions by analyzing markets and trade areas for AT&T. 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.

CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2015 revenue). The Company has more than 70,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate investors and occupiers through more than 400 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers a broad range of integrated services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services.


Robert Miller

President,  Millco Investments

Discipline: brokerage

Location: chicago

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.


Barry Millman

Principal,  Horizon Realty Services

Discipline: brokerage

Location: suburbs

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’s 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.


Gregory A. Moyer

Partner,  Moyer Properties, LLC

Discipline: development

Location: chicago

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 organiztions 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.


Robert D. Nadler

President,  Kimco Realty Corporation

Discipline: management

Location: suburbs

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.


Michael Nortman

Principal,  Crossroads Development Partners

Discipline: development

Location: suburbs

Mr. Nortman has developed, as a principal, from ground up over 1,000,000 SF commercial developments. In addition, Mr. Nortman was responsible for the acquisition, disposition and coordination of over 2,000 multi-family units valued at more than $200 million. He has been involved directly with over $2 billion of commercial real estate projects in his career and is Principal/Founder of Crossroads Development Partners. Michael was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1997. In addition to being an attorney, he is a licensed Real Estate Broker and a member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.l.

Crossroads Development Partners, LLC is a boutique commercial real estate investment, management, and development company with expertise in property operations, entitlements, construction management, financial underwriting, and development. We are particularly focused on maintaining and creating value at the property level to maximize returns to stakeholders.


Edward O'Rourke

Real Estate Development Manager,  Dunkin Brands

Discipline: development

Location: chicago

Mr. O’Rourke 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.’s (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’Rourke received his Masters in Real Estate from Roosevelt University and currently serves on the Village of Plainfield’s Plan and Zoning Commission.

With more than 18,000 points of distribution in nearly 60 countries worldwide, 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 2013, Dunkin’ Brands’ nearly 100 percent franchised business model included nearly 11,000 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants and 7,300 Baskin-Robbins restaurants. For the full-year 2013, the company had franchisee-reported sales of approximately $9.3 billion. Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. is headquartered in Canton, Mass.

Steve Palec

Steve Palec

Partner,  Colliers International

Discipline: brokerage

Location: milwaukee

Mr. Palec is a 30 year commercial real estate veteran, and regarded among the most well-known office brokers in the Milwaukee area. He has been involved in many of the most prominent office transactions in Southeastern Wisconsin. Mr. Palec represented GE Healthcare in the lease of 500,000 square feet, assisted Manpower in their corporate headquarters project, worked with Baker Tilly in their move to downtown Milwaukee, and recently represented Northwestern Mutual in the largest office transaction in the first quarter of 2015. In addition, Mr. Palec has completed hundreds of successful projects involving extensive search and negotiations, often obtaining municipal incentives. His diverse experience involves many law firms, advertising agencies, non-profits, retailers, manufacturers, and financial institutions as well as representing The Office of The Commissioner of Major League Baseball.

Colliers International is a leading global commercial real estate services organization defined by our spirit of enterprise. Our more than 16,300 professionals in 502 offices worldwide are dedicated to creating strategic partnerships with our clients, providing customized services that transform real estate into a competitive advantage. Colliers in Wisconsin focuses on accelerating our client’s success by seamlessly providing a full range of services to investors, property owners, tenants and developers.


James Persino

Principal,  First Development Corporation

Discipline: development

Location: chicago

Mr. Persino’s 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’s 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’s 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.

Jonathan Plotkin

Jonathan Plotkin

Managing Partner,  Endurance Retail Partners

Discipline: development

Location: chicago

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’s 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.


James Postweiler

Managing Director - Capital Markets,  Jones Lang LaSalle

Discipline: brokerage

Location: chicago

Mr. Postweiler is a Managing Director in the Jones Lang LaSalle Capital Markets group. He is responsible for co-leading the firm’s Capital Markets team in Chicago and for growing its investment sales and finance capabilities in the Midwest. Mr. Postweiler has more than 20 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. Mr. Postweiler earned a Masters of Real Estate and Urban Affairs from Georgia State University and a B.B.A. in finance from University of Wisconsin Madison.

JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a professional services and investment management firm offering specialized real estate services to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying and investing in real estate. A Fortune 500 company with annual fee revenue of $5.2 billion and gross revenue of $6.0 billion, JLL has more than 280 corporate offices, operates in more than 80 countries and has a global workforce of more than 60,000. On behalf of its clients, the firm provides management and real estate outsourcing services for a property portfolio of 4.0 billion square feet and completed $138 billion in sales, acquisitions and finance transactions in 2015. Its investment management business, LaSalle Investment Management, has $59.1 billion of real estate assets under management.


Donna J. Pugh

Partner,  Foley & Lardner LLP

Discipline: legal

Location: chicago

Ms. Pugh is a partner and real estate business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP where she focuses on obtaining land use and zoning entitlements on behalf of her retail, health care and corporate clients. Ms. Pugh has an exceptionally high success rate of securing necessary approvals for land development projects in the Chicago area. She is a member of the firm’s Real Estate Practice and Health Care Industry Team. A consensus builder, Ms. Pugh works to unite property owners, elected officials and community groups to achieve approvals that maximize flexibility of future land use and benefit all involved stakeholders. Ms. Pugh was selected for inclusion in the 2005, 2006 and 2008-2016 Illinois Super Lawyers® lists. Ms. Pugh received a J.D. from Loyola University of Chicago in 1983 and a B.A. degree from the University of Florida (Gainesville) in 1979, where she majored in political science and minored in environmental studies.

Foley & Lardner LLP provides award-winning business and legal insight to clients across the country and around the world.  Foley has been recognized in a survey of Fortune 1000 corporate counsel as an elite BTI Client Service 30 for 12 years — one of only seven law firms to hold this distinction for more than 12 years (2015 BTI Client Service A-Team survey, The BTI Consulting Group, Wellesley, MA). In addition, Foley received 27 national Tier 1 rankings in the 2016 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms and was named to the InformationWeek 500 list for seven of the past eight years for technological innovation that enhances business value.


Jim Pye

Director of Real Estate,  Famous Footwear

Discipline: management

Location: chicago

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.


Stephen K. Rachman

Regional Manager,  Marcus & Millichap

Discipline: brokerage

Location: chicago

Mr. Rachman is regional manager of Marcus & Millichap’s Chicago O’Hare office. He began his career with the firm in 2002 as a broker focused on the multifamily housing market and was promoted to the position of sales manager in the Chicago Downtown office in February 2003. As sales manager, Mr. Rachman was involved in closing more than 200 transactions with a market value exceeding $800 million. He was appointed regional manager of the Chicago Downtown office in February 2004. Mr. Rachman returned to the management team in March 2013 as regional manager of the Chicago O’Hare office. His responsibilities include recruiting, hiring, training, deploying and cultivating the top real estate investment sales force in the Midwest. Mr. Rachman received a Bachelor of General Studies degree with dean’s list honors from the University of Iowa.
Founded in 1971, Marcus & Millichap is a leading commercial real estate brokerage firm focusing exclusively on investment sales, financing, research, and advisory services, with more than 1,600 investment sales and financing professionals in offices throughout the United States and Canada. The firm has perfected a powerful property marketing system that integrates broker specialization by property type and market area; the industry’s most comprehensive investment research; a long-standing culture of information sharing; relationships with the largest pool of qualified investors; and state-of-the-art technology matching buyers and sellers. In 2015, the firm closed 8,715 transactions with a sales volume of approximately $37.8 billion.


Kristi Rankin

Senior Vice President,  IRC Retail Centers

Discipline: management

Location: suburbs

Ms. Rankin has been with Inland Real Estate since 1990 and oversees property management of 130 properties totaling over 14 million square feet of retail space. Ms. Rankin is Senior Vice president of the Property Management Company for IRC Retail Centers specializing in open-air retail centers throughout the Midwest.

IRC Retail Centers is a real estate company focused on owning and operating open-air neighborhood, community and power shopping centers located in well-established markets primarily in the Central and Southeastern U.S. The Company currently has an ownership interest in more than 130 properties totaling approximately 15.4 million square feet of leasable space. Its necessity and value-centered retail portfolio features properties that deliver the right combination of location, market position, and tenant mix to drive consumer traffic at its centers.


Mark S. Robbins

Principal,  Avison Young

Discipline: brokerage

Location: chicago

Mr. Robbins 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 Mr. Robbins has negotiated in excess of one billion dollars of commercial transactions and has represented more than three million square feet of Class A office property. Prior to joining Avison Young, Mark served as president and a member of the executive committee of Baird & Warner Commercial. Mr. Robbins is a founder, past chairman, vice chairman and director of The Commercial Network, the world’s second largest commercial real estate network, Mark brings global reach and organizational strength to the team.

Avison Young is the world’s fastest-growing commercial real estate services firm. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Avison Young is a collaborative, global firm owned and operated by its principals. Founded in 1978, the company comprises 2,400 real estate professionals in 78 offices, providing value-added, client-centric investment sales, leasing, advisory, management, financing and mortgage placement services to owners and occupiers of office, retail, industrial and multi-family properties.


Marc Samotny

Partner,  Patzik, Frank & Samotny Ltd.

Discipline: legal

Location: chicago

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

Co-Founder & Managing Partner,  Agent Publishing

Discipline: management

Location: chicago

As co-founder and managing partner of Agent Publishing, Marci Sepulveda oversees the brand’s editorial strategy, day-to-day-operations, product development and growth strategy. Named one of HousingWire’s 2014 most influential women in housing, the realization of Sepulveda’s 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’s 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’s influence extends to every career stage and reaches agents across multiple media platforms.


William A. Shiner

President,  Shiner Group

Discipline: development

Location: suburbs

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.


Stephen Shockey

Executive Director,  JP Morgan Chase

Discipline: financial

Location: chicago

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.


Martin S. Siegel

Partner,  Wool Finance Partners, LLC

Discipline: appraisal

Location: suburbs

Mr. Siegel has over 20 years of experience analyzing and valuing commercial real estate as a consultant, advisor and investor. Mr. Siegel holds the MAI designation as a Member of the Appraisal Institute and is a licensed Certified General Real Estate Appraiser by the States of Illinois and Wisconsin. Prior to Wool Finance Mr. Siegel was President of S. Siegel and Associates, Ltd. where he prepared over 2,500 commercial real estate appraisals and consulting reports in 22 states with an estimated value in excess of $5.0 billion.

Wool Finance Partners, LLC brings commercial real estate owners and lenders together, creating value by identifying and implementing mutually beneficial financial transactions.


Lawrence D. Silberman

Senior Vice President,  Fifth Third Bancorp

Discipline: 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.  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.


Susan B. Silver

Executive Vice President,  Millennium Properties, Inc.

Discipline: brokerage

Location: chicago

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 was founded in 1996 as a boutique asset management and commercial brokerage firm and has completed more than $4.3 billion in real estate dispositions. Currently, Millennium Properties manages more than 100 industrial, office, retail and multi-family properties throughout the Chicagoland region providing receivership services, live and sealed-bid auctions, broker acquisitions and consulting services.


Joel D. Simmons

Executive Managing Director,  Newmark Grubb Knight Frank

Discipline: financial

Location: chicago

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.


Marvin A. Sotoloff

President,  SP Realty Partners LTD.

Discipline: development

Location: suburbs

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.


Andy Stein

Principal,  Clark Street Development

Discipline: development

Location: chicago

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 Real Estate is a boutique company that specializes in developing and redeveloping retail, medical office, industrial and mixed-use properties ranging from single tenant to large-scale, complex projects.


Gary L. Stein

Executive Vice President & Partner,  CB Richard Ellis

Discipline: brokerage

Location: milwaukee

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’s Food Stores, Roundy’s, Sentry Foods, Walgreens, Marshall’s, T.J. Maxx, Barnes & Noble, Famous Footwear, Comp USA, McDonald’s, Toys R’ 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 Stein

Director,  Inland Real Estate Advisors, Inc.

Discipline: brokerage

Location: suburbs

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’s Community Development Commission.

With more than 45 years of expertise, The Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, Inc. (“Inland”) is one of the nation’s 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.


Marlon Stone

President & CEO,  Stone North America, LLC

Discipline: brokerage

Location: suburbs

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

Regional Managing Director/International Director,  Jones Lang LaSalle

Discipline: brokerage

Location: chicago

Steve Stratton is a co-leader of the Chicago tenant representation group and oversees the Midwest practice.  He is also a long standing member of JLL America’s 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.


David Strusiner

Vice President - Leasing,  Craig/Steven Development Corporation

Discipline: brokerage

Location: suburbs

Mr. Strusiner joined Craig/Steven in 1996 and serves as its Vice President of Leasing specializes in commercial, industrial, office and income producing properties while managing all the leasing activities of the retail assets within the Criag/Steven Development portfolio. He is an active member of ICSC and CASCO and attended The University of Kansas and Roosevelt University.

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 4,000,000 square feet of commercial, office and industrial space annually.


Bruce Teitelbaum

President,  Vision Realty Partners Ltd.

Discipline: development

Location: suburbs

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 focuses on commercial shopping centers, multi family residential and re-positioning assets with 25 commercial and retail properties containing over 2 million square feet under management.


Patrick Weibel

Director of Acquisitions,  Thor Equities LLC

Discipline: brokerage

Location: chicago

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.


Perry Weinstein

Director of Tax & Real Estate Services,  FGMK, L.L.C.

Discipline: financial

Location: suburbs

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

First Vice President / Regional Manager,  Marcus & Millichap

Discipline: brokerage

Location: suburbs

Steven Weinstock is a First Vice President / Regional Manager of Marcus & Millichap’s 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’s 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’s 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.


Bruce Westling

President of Brokerage & Principal,  NAI MLG Commercial

Discipline: brokerage

Location: milwaukee

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

Vice President - Development,  Miller Capital Advisory, Inc

Discipline: financial

Location: chicago

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


Ben Wineman

Principal,  Mid-America Real Estate Corporation, Ltd.

Discipline: brokerage

Location: suburbs

Mr. Wineman is a Principal at Mid-America Real Estate Group and Mid-America’s 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’s 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.  Prior to joining Mid-America Real Estate, Mr. Wineman worked as a financial analyst with Jones Lang LaSalle. 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), Mr. Wineman is a member of the Illinois State Committee as well as the National Government Relations Economic Policy Sub-Committee.

Mid-America Real Estate Group is a family of affiliated Midwest full-service retail real estate companies. Mid-America is the leading full-service retail real estate organization in the Midwest. Our exclusive focus on retail real estate, combined with cutting-edge information technology and unsurpassed service, distinguishes our company within the industry and gives our clients a competitive edge. Mid-America has offices in Oakbrook Terrace, Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, and Detroit.


David Wolf

SVP Chicago Region,  Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Discipline: brokerage

Location: chicago

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.


Lee Wolfson

Executive Vice President,  Arthur Goldner & Associates, Inc.

Discipline: consulting

Location: suburbs

Mr. Wolfson is Executive Vice President & Partner of AGA which focuses on new development and the acquisition of value add Retail, Office, Residential and Mixed Use assets in the Midwest. With over three decades of experience, which is made up of mixed use, transit oriented development, retail development, retailer expansion, and marketing Mr. Wolfson has been directly involved with the leasing and development of over 25 million s.f. mixed use, transit oriented, retail, office and residential developments.

Arthur Goldner & Associates, Inc. (AGA) and its affiliates comprise a complete and fully diversified real estate organization. We provide our investors, tenants, landlords and clients with services and opportunities in all areas of the Commercial real estate business. This includes Acquisitions, Asset and Property Management, Commercial and Investment Brokerage, and Tenant and Landlord Representation.


Thaddeus Wong

Co-Founder,  @properties

Discipline: brokerage

Location: chicago

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 ’96), 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 REALTORS® as the top-producing agent among the organization’s 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’ more than 1,200 agents, as well as the development and implementation of the firm’s award-winning marketing programs. Wong created and manages the company’s signature training, education and performance coaching programs utilized by hundreds of agents per year.

Wong is also one of the industry’s 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’ 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’s 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’s “Inc. 500/5000” list; inclusion on Crain’s Chicago Business’  “Fast Fifty,” “40 Under 40,” and “Largest Privately Held Companies” lists; Inman News’ “100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders”; 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 REALTOR®, and their four children.

Gary Wool

Gary J. Wool

Partner,  Wool Finance Partners

Discipline: financial

Location: suburbs

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’s 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’nai Tikvah in Deerfield Illinois where he has been a resident with his wife, Lauren and their children for over 20 years.


Theodore I. Yi

Partner,  Quarles & Brady

Discipline: legal

Location: chicago

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.


Mark D. Yura

Partner,  DLA Piper USA LLP.

Discipline: legal

Location: chicago

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.


Steve Zellinger

National Account Representative,  First American Title Insurance Company

Discipline: financial

Location: chicago

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.


Edward M. Zifkin

President,  Zifkin Realty Group, LLC

Discipline: brokerage

Location: chicago

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 career Mr. Zifkin has completed over 2000 transactions with value in excess of $1 billion.

Zifkin Realty Group, LLC provides attentive tenant representation services to a number of active national retailers. In addition, Zifkin Realty purchases retail properties for their own portfolio.