Our Mentors

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Andrew Ahitow

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: City Pads
Title: Managing Principal
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage
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Andrew Ahitow

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: City Pads
Title: Managing Principal
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

As the founder of Chicago Apartment Finders Finders (3 time INC Magazine INC 5000 award winner), Andy devoted his leadership and entrepreneurial vision to help create one of the most successful Real Estate Companies in Chicago. In September 2015 Andy successfully sold his company to Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. From 2009-2015 Andy was also the Director of Operations of Marc Realty Residential (MRR); a joint venture of Marc Realty and Chicago Apartment Finders.   Andy was responsible for overseeing all construction, leasing, and management of the CAF / MRR properties.   At CAF / MRR, Andy oversaw over $100MM of construction projects and the leasing and management of over 1,500 rental units and 100,000 square feet of office and retail.  Today, Andy is continuing his entrepreneurial vision by starting City Pads LLC.  City Pads is a multifamily and mixed use real estate investment company started in June of 2015 to leverage the Chicago Apartment Finders operations and Andy’s experience operating urban real estate investments.  City Pads focuses on urban living and has a strong focus on branding by delivering high quality properties to serve the demands of the millennial renter.  Andy is responsible for overseeing all operations of the company’s quickly growing $50MM portfolio

Steven Aisen

Mentor
Company: Newgard Custom Homes
Title: President
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Development
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Steven Aisen

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Newgard Custom Homes
Title: President
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Development

In 2006, Steve made the leap from the financial industry to luxury real estate by joining Heritage Luxury Builders, and later @properties as a licensed Illinois realtor. Steve spent seven years at Heritage Luxury  Builders developing the luxury custom construction and real estate business at Heritage. During his years with Heritage, Steve gained extensive knowledge of new construction and the North Shore real estate market, from the grass roots level to putting entire deals together.

Steve has capitalized on all his past experience and founded Newgard Custom Homes, a new type of residential building company that puts the client first and focuses on innovation in residential construction. Steve brings a client-focused, highly-organized, and detail-oriented approach new construction. Steve’s ability to seamlessly guide clients through the custom-building process and make the construction of clients’ dream homes into an efficient and hassle-free experience is what distinguishes Newgard from other residential home builders on the North Shore.

Samuel A. Ankin

Mentor
Company: Northpond Partners, LLC
Title: Founding Principal
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Development
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Samuel A. Ankin

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Northpond Partners, LLC
Title: Founding Principal
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Development

Sam Ankin co-founded 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 37 investments with a gross asset value in excess of $400 million.   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.

Northpond targets small to mid-cap properties (under $30M gross asset value and less than 100,000 SF) in both urban and suburban markets with high barriers to entry.  We seek older underperforming properties with repositioning / redevelopment potential.  These properties typically have a mismatch between physical and economic occupancy.  Primary markets include the metropolitan areas of Chicago, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Raleigh, Durham, Charlotte and other markets identified domestically with similar characteristics.

Mark Baumhart

Mentor
Company: Lee and Associates
Title: Principal
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Brokerage
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Mark Baumhart

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Lee and Associates
Title: Principal
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Brokerage

Mark Baumhart is a Principal with Lee & Associates with 35 years’ experience working with a wide range of clients and assignments primarily in the O’Hare area. Mark has extensive first-hand experience with nearly all aspects of industrial real estate including representing tenants, buyers, property owners and real estate investors.

 

Mark has successfully completed in excess of $1B in industrial real estate transactions and has completed in excess of 1,400 transactions. He has been involved in every type of real estate transaction imaginable and has gained a reputation for his insight and excellent judgement in providing service to his clients. In 2019, Mark represented Arthur J. Rogers & Co. in the sale of their entire 1.7M sf industrial commercial real estate portfolio to Stockbridge, a national real estate investment and management platform, for $116,500,000. It was one of the largest industrial real estate transactions in the Midwest Chicago in 2019.

Martin Becker

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

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

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

Michael Blue

Mentor
Company: Teska
Title: Principal
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Public Service
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Michael Blue

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

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

Peter Borzak

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Pine Tree
Title: Co-Founder, CEO
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Development
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Peter Borzak

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Pine Tree
Title: Co-Founder, CEO
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Development

Peter Borzak, CEO, Pine Tree

College: George Washington University

Professional Experience: Balcor Company 1984-1987
First Dearborn Properties 1987-1990
Plymouth Court Properties 1990-1995
Pine Tree Commercial Realty 1995-Present

Pine Tree Portfolio: 117 Shopping Centers

Assets Under Mgt: $3.1 Billion

Organizations: Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Chicago (Mentor)
YPO (Real Estate Network Chair 2012-2014)
ICSC
ULI
NAREIM
Deerfield AYSO
Deerfield Youth Baseball Association

Boards: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Chicago
Standard Club of Chicago (President 2004-2006)
Harold Eisenberg Foundation
George Washington University Center for Real Estate Advisory Board
Marquette University Center for Real Estate Advisory Board
DePaul University Center for Real Estate Advisory Board
Deerfield Park Foundation

Todd Cabanban

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

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

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

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

Joanne Campanile

Mentor
Company: Byline Bank
Title: Senior Vice President
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Financial
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Joanne Campanile

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

Joanne Campanile is a Senior Vice President at Byline Bank in Chicago.  Joanne is responsible for financing commercial real estate investors and developers from her LaSalle Street office.   The bank specializes in multi-family, industrial, office and retail properties in the Chicagoland area and major metropolitan markets across the country for Chicago based clients.  Prior to working at Byline Bank, Joanne worked at Loan Management Solutions on troubled debt resolutions, Citicorp Real Estate in the commercial real estate lending and syndications groups and Merrill Lynch in the mortgage backed securities group.  A University of Illinois graduate in Finance/Real Estate, Joanne is still active with Rho Espsilon Real Estate Fraternity.   To continue her involvement with students, Joanne chairs CREW’s Scholarship Committee and is on the board of HFS Chicago Scholars.  Byline Bank is a $5 billion bank located in Illinois and Wisconsin with over 50 branches.

Todd Caruso

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

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

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

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: CIBC Bank
Title: Executive Managing Director and President-Commercial Real Estate
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Financial
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Karen B. Case

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

Karen Case oversees the CIBC Bank groups that develop and manage real estate finance and banking relationships with dynamic and growing commercial real estate developers, investors, owners and operators across the country. She’s also a member of the U.S. Region Executive Committee and most recently served as president – commercial real estate, for The PrivateBank, which was acquired by CIBC in June 2017.  Prior to joining The PrivateBank in 2017, Case was the executive vice president for LaSalle Bank’s Commercial Real Estate team, and most recently was responsible for serving real estate companies based in Illinois.

Headquartered in Toronto, CIBC has international operations in the United States, the CaribbeanAsia, and Europe. The bank has three strategic business units: Retail and Business Banking, Wealth Management, and Capital Markets. Globally, CIBC serves more than eleven million clients, and has over 40,000 employees.  In 2012, CIBC was named the strongest bank in North America and the 3rd strongest bank in the world by Bloomberg Markets magazine.

Matt Cavanagh

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: ARC Real Estate Group
Title: Director of Leasing
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage
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Matt Cavanagh

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: ARC Real Estate Group
Title: Director of Leasing
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Matt joined ARC in 2018 as Director of Leasing. He is tasked with negotiating and executing new leases and renewals with local and national retailers, identifying value-add opportunities through re-tenanting, strategic relocations, and the development of outparcels on behalf of many private and institutional Landlords. Prior to joining ARC, Matt was a Leasing Manager at IRC Retail Centers, where he was responsible for leasing activity for approximately 3 million square feet of retail space in a portfolio of neighborhood, community, and power centers throughout the Chicago area. Prior to joining IRC, Matt was a Vice President at Troy Realty Ltd. in Chicago, where he worked primarily with local and regional banks to provide consulting, receivership, management, and disposition services.

ARC Real Estate Group specializes in representing retailers and landlords with real estate needs throughout the Midwestern states and select other U.S. Markets.  Our strong relationships with the top national and local tenants, landlords, developers, and government officials provides for a diverse and deep knowledge of current and future trends in the retail real estate industry.

Lynn Dubajic

Mentor
Company: City of Yorkville
Title: Executive Director
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Public Service
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Lynn Dubajic

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

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

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Donovan Eckhardt

Next Gen Mentor, Career Counselor
Company: Greymark Development Group
Title: President
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Donovan is President of Greymark Development Group which he founded in 2013 and is responsible for the firms day-to-day operations providing his clients architectural/engineering, general contracting, construction management, design/build, interior planning/design, feasibility studies and zoning/site planning services. Donovan’s notable work has landed him a show with HGTV called Windy City Flip which will focus on 10-12 new single family developments and scheduled to air summer 2018. Prior to founding Greymark Donovan was Vice President of CD Group a full service architectural design and comprehensive construction build firm where he led the development of the company’s medical and office construction services group working on projects ranging from Advocate Medical office build-outs to new construction car dealerships. Donovan attended University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for his undergrad and later where he earned his Master of Architecture. Donovan lives in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood and enjoys playing golf in his downtime.

Looking back at his time as a Mentee, Donovan fondly recalls his Mentorship with Al Klairmont who stressed on him the importance of watching every dollar from dumpster contracts to property acquisitions. Donovan brings this same cost verification approach to all of his projects from material selection to multi-unit condo developments.

Greymark Development is a luxury general contractor and real estate developer specializing in residential single family homes up to 24 unit condominium projects.

Peter Eisenberg

Mentor
Company: Elliss Park Partners
Title: Partner
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Development
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Peter Eisenberg

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Elliss Park Partners
Title: Partner
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Development

Peter cofounded Elliss Park Partners (“EPP”) as a vehicle to acquire, reposition, and hold retail, mixed-use, and industrial real estate assets.  Prior to EPP, Peter was a founding Principal of Clark Street Real Estate, which was formed in 2005, and specializes in developing and redeveloping retail, medical office, industrial, and mixed-use properties ranging from single tenant to large-scale complex projects.  Peter also continues to grow and manage a portfolio of family real estate assets.

 

He is actively involved in the International Council of Shopping Centers, having served as the immediate Past Chair of the ICSC Foundation Board of Directors and on the Illinois State Committee. Peter is a cofounder 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 along with an LLM 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.

 

Savas Er

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: NARE Group
Title: Principal
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Development
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Savas Er

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: NARE Group
Title: Principal
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Development

Savas Er oversees all of the activities of North American Real Estate especially identifying new development or existing retail projects which needs redevelopment. He founded North American Real Estate in 1998 which has played a major role in the real estate industry for more than ten years. He has been involved with over 20 retail projects exceeding one million square feet of leasable area. He is also directly involved with major shopping center projects in Izmir, Turkey where he has completed over 900,000 square feet of retail transactions.

North American Real Estate, founded in 1998, is a full-service real estate firm based in Schaumburg. The company, which expanded into Turkey, is specialized on value add, opportunistic retail real estate investment. As the principal of North American Real Estate, Mr. Er has developed, owned and managed over two million square feet of retail. North American Real Estate currently owns, develops and manages properties in Greater Chicagoland and in Izmir, Turkey.

James A. Field

Mentor
Company: Field & Goldberg, LLC.
Title: Parther
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Consulting
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James A. Field

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

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

Chad Firsel

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

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

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

Patrick FitzGerald

Mentor
Company: FitzGerald Associates Architects
Title: President and Managing Principal
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Consulting
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Patrick FitzGerald

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

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

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Ezequiel “Zeke” Flores

Next Gen Mentor, Career Counselor
Company: Flying Retail
Title: CEO
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Consulting

Ezequiel “Zeke” Flores is the CEO of Flying Retail one of the largest real estate concessionaire’s at O’Hare and Midway Airports. Zeke specializes in attracting strong national retail brands and partners to airports and has built a portfolio that includes retailers Brooks Brothers, Brookstone, America’s Dog, Green Market and Brighton which have created over 50 full-time jobs. Zeke also oversees operations of all existing concessions at the airport and is looking to expand into additional airports. Zeke grew up on the Southwest Side of Chicago and is a first-generation college student. After graduating DePaul Zeke went to work for Arthur Andersen and, later, Sara Lee where he oversaw projects in 14 countries before striking out on his own. Committed to giving back, Zeke sits on the Illinois State Board of Investment, is the Chairman of the Board of Corazón A Corazón, sits on the DePaul University Board of Trustees and serves on the Steering Committee for the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition. Zeke was named to the 40 Under 40 by Crain’s Chicago Business.

Zeke has many fond memories of his record 10 different Mentorships and fondly speaks of his day with Camille Julmy (formerly of U.S. Equities Realty and now Vice Chairman of CBRE) which was spent on Michigan Avenue learning the history of many of the most prominent retailers on the street which Camille and his firm had brokered and how Camille’s business relationships had developed into personal relationships which Camille credited with making complicated transactions less challenging. Zeke often thinks of that day with Camille and strives to build personal relationships with all he interacts with by bringing honesty and integrity into his workplace.

Flying Concessions is a Latino-owned entrepreneurial real estate consulting firm that places an emphasis on civic, corporate and aviation industry relationships. By providing a comprehensive range of real estate advisory, planning and management services, Flying Concessions helps aviation professionals in active capital, entitlement processing, joint ventures, as well as horizontal and vertical development in various markets around the country.

Harold Francke

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Meltzer, Purtill & Stelle LLC
Title: Partner
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Legal
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Harold Francke

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Meltzer, Purtill & Stelle LLC
Title: Partner
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Legal

Harold W. 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.

Mr. Francke has had primary responsibility for land use, development and infastructure financing and construction matters for several large tracts of land in the Chicago metropolitan area. These have encompassed large-scale residental-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 Meltzer, Purtill Stelle Mr. Francke was a partner at DLA Piper LLP where he practiced for 34 years.

Headquartered in downtown Chicago, Meltzer, Purtill & Stelle LLC provides legal services to individuals, financial institutions, real estate developers, and the corporate middle market. Their orientation is management-focused.

Gina Fridberg

Mentor
Company: Wintrust Commercial Real Estate
Title: Senior Vice President
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Financial
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Gina Fridberg

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Wintrust Commercial Real Estate
Title: Senior Vice President
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Financial

Gina Fridberg joined Wintrust Commercial Real Estate as Senior Vice President and will be focusing on acquisition and construction financing across all asset classes for Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana based sponsors. Wintrust has significantly grown their commercial real estate portfolio over the past several years and currently has over $5Billion in commercial real estate exposure on assets throughout the continental US for individual investors, family offices as well as institutional borrowers. Prior to joining Wintrust, Gina was the Director of Strategic Initiatives with Podolsky Circle where she focused on growing the firm’s construction, brokerage, management and receivership platforms.By joining Wintrust, Gina is coming back to her banking roots, where she served as Senior Vice President at Fifth Third and PNC Bank, Her experience spanned origination, syndication, portfolio management, restructuring and workout.Gina is a mentor with the Eisenberg Foundation, an active member of ULI and JUF and chairs the President’s Day fundraisers for her kids’ school. While Gina and her family currently live in suburban Chicago, she is an Ohio native where she attended Case Western Reserve University. Gina and her husband live in Skokie with their three kids and one rescued standard poodle.

Wintrust Bank is an affiliate of Wintrust Financial Corporation. Wintrust Financial Corporation is a publicly 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.

Robert Jay Friedman

Mentor
Company: Jameson Commercial Real Estate
Title: Vice President
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage
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Robert Jay Friedman

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

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

Richard A. Frolik

Mentor
Company: CBRE Group, Inc.
Title: Executive Vice President
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage
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Richard A. Frolik

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

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

Michael D. George

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

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

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

Andrew Goodman

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: The Wolcott Group
Title: Principal and Founding Partner
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Financial
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Andrew Goodman

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: The Wolcott Group
Title: Principal and Founding Partner
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Financial

Andrew Goodman is a Principal and Founding Partner of the Wolcott Group. He is responsible for underwriting and analysis of all investment opportunities and sits on Wolcott’s investment committee. Additionally, he oversees asset and property management for Wolcott’s loan and property portfolio.

Andy was formerly with JDI Realty, LLC where he specialized in underwriting high-yield commercial and industrial real estate loans and analyzing real estate portfolio acquisitions. Prior to his position with JDI, he was an associate with Heitman Capital Management, a national capital management firm specializing in real estate.

 

The Wolcott Group LLC (“TWG”) is a private equity real estate company that was founded in 1998. We currently manage investments in approximately $500 million of real estate assets through direct investments, opportunistic funds and separate co-investment vehicles. We invest in a variety of opportunistic, transitional, and complex value-add situations. We invest through the capital structure and across a broad spectrum of real estate asset classes including multifamily residential apartments, manufactured housing, office, independent and assisted living facilities, industrial, and retail. Our assets are in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Arizona, and Kentucky.

 

 

Scott Goodman

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Farpoint Development
Title: Principal
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Development
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Scott Goodman

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

Scott Goodman serves as the founding principal of Farpoint Development. With a lifetime of experience in real estate development focusing on investor relations, procurement of financing and equity and transaction structuring, he serves as the foundation for the company. Scott’s deep insight into projects comes from involvement at each step of the process. His practical and academic knowledge results in a track record of unending success across all asset classes and market cycles. Prior to founding Farpoint, Scott co-founded Sterling Bay which he grew from a five-flat purchase in Lakeview to a staff of 150 and a track record that included the build-to-suit developments for McDonald’s corporate headquarters and Google’s Midwest headquarters.

At Farpoint, we capitalize on hard-fought value through innovative real estate development. Our firm is the product of 30-plus years experience creating some of Chicago’s most iconic and game-changing commercial office projects.  We are defined by our: Vision — to see opportunities that others do not. Experience — to create value against long odds. Integrity — to do the right thing when expediency might encourage otherwise. Creativity — to know that “cutting-edge” is already over. Relationships — to build teams of stakeholders that accomplish what groups of individuals cannot.

Graham Grady

Mentor
Company: Taft Stettinius & Hillister LLP
Title: Partner
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Legal
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Graham Grady

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Taft Stettinius & Hillister LLP
Title: Partner
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Legal

Graham works assiduously to assist clients achieve their strategic objectives by providing cost effective legal services in the areas of government relations, land use and licensing. He also has board experience which includes serving as a pension fund director, a risk retention fund director, a director and trustee of a private philanthropic foundation and outside legal counsel to a public annuity and benefit fund. Each of these positions required collaboration with a fund advisor in determining asset allocation, the selection of fund managers, monitoring performance and adjusting in response to market conditions. The many years of experience on a range of corporate governance matters including best practices, audit committee duties and responsibilities, regulatory compliance, and diversity initiatives.

 

 

Ben Greazel

Mentor
Company: Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
Title: Executive Managing Director
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Financial
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Ben Greazel

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

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

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

Jeffrey B. Gurian

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

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

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

Stuart Handler

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: TLC Management Company
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Management
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Stuart Handler

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: TLC Management Company
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Management

Stuart Handler founded TLC Management Co. with a loan of $10,000 and brokerage commissions from selling commercial and investment real estate. Stuart because arguably the largest single owner of apartment buildings in the Chicagoland area owning and managing 5,385 apartments in over 100 buildings in 16 Chicagoland submarkets. In addition to owning apartment buildings, Stuart has also developed and owned several Chicago and Suburban shopping centers. He has also earned the CCIM designation and was the President of the Illinois Chapter of CCIMs and was elected to a national board member of the Institute. He also wrote a book, How to become a Superstar Selling Commercial & Investment Real Estate. In 2020, Stuart founded and endowed the University of Illinois Chicago’s the Stuart Handler Department of Real Estate in the College of Business.

 

TLC Management Co. is an award-winning, full-service leasing and management company that employs 150 people. It uses high-tech, personal service model to give over 10,000 residents, a comfortable, enjoyable living experience. Since 1996, TLC has dedicated to delivering everything apartment living should be, and as a Chicago-based company that owns and operates its own properties, we are uniquely qualified to do so. Well-maintained buildings. Desirable locations. Responsive service. Reasonable rents. All from a group of people – corporate, management, maintenance – united in their commitment to the satisfaction of every resident we serve.

Russel Harris

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Optima
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Financial
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Russel Harris

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Optima
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Financial

Russell Harris is the Chief Financial Officer of Optima, Inc. Mr. Harris leads the accounting and finance functions for the company and is responsible for place and managing debt and formulating strategies for the firm’s entire capital stack of real estate investments.

Prior to joining Optima in 2014, Mr. Harris held top financial management positions, including Chief Financial Officer at American Landmark Properties, Ltd. and Vice President of Asset Management for a Security Capital firm. Mr. Harris has been integrally involved in the purchase or development of over $2.5 billion in real estate, and the financing and/or refinancing of over $3.5 billion. He has extensive experience in multi-family, office, industrial, and retail projects.

Optima is a design-driven real estate development firm rooted in the modernist tradition. For over four decades, we have been developing, designing, building, and managing striking urban and suburban luxury residential communities.

Fred Heichman

Mentor
Company: Washington Prime Group Inc.
Title: Director of Leasing
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Brokerage
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Fred Heichman

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Washington Prime Group Inc.
Title: Director of Leasing
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Brokerage

Mr. Heichman is an established retail real estate leasing specialist most recently working on both shop space deals as well as repurposing former or soon to be former department stores. My many long-standing relationships with viable national, regional, and local retailers throughout Chicago, Illinois, the Midwest, and on a national level have allowed for transactions that have collectively added millions of dollars of value to shopping center assets. Experienced in negotiating deals with national chain stores, big boxes, non-retail uses such as health care, health clubs and specialty users. I have worked on multi-tenant outlots, neighborhood centers, power centers, mixed-use centers, lifestyle centers and malls. I have a passion for the “before and after” pictures that we create via new store openings, expansions, and also the successful tenant retention deals. I cherish my strong relationships with the tenant rep brokerage communities throughout the Midwest. I’m an active member of the Illinois State Committee for the ISCS and past State Director of Illinois.

 

Washington Prime Group Inc. (NYSE: WPG) is a retail REIT and recognized leader in the ownership, management, acquisition and development of retail properties. The Company combines a national real estate portfolio with its expertise across the entire shopping venter sector to increase cash flow through rigorous management of assets and provide new opportunities to retailers looking for growth throughout the U.S.

Brian Hoffman

Mentor
Company: Red Seals Development
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Development
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Brian Hoffman

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

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

Michael J. Horne

Mentor
Company: Newcastle Properties
Title: Senior Vice President
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Management
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Michael J. Horne

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Newcastle Properties
Title: Senior Vice President
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Management

Michael Horne has over 30 years of executive level experience in the commercial real estate industry. Prior to joining Newcastle Properties, Mr. Horne was most recently Vice President at Imperial Realty Company, Regional Director at Sterling Organization, and President at HSS Partners.

Working closely with the executive team at Newcastle Properties, Mr. Horne leads all leasing and marketing functions and is actively involved in sourcing acquisition properties and planning portfolio wide redevelopment projects.

Mr. Horne is a graduate of Northwestern University, is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), is a member of the Chicago Area Shopping Center Owners (CASCO) and is a licensed Illinois real estate broker.

Harry Huzenis

Mentor
Company: Jameson Realty Group
Title: Executive Vice President
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage
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Harry Huzenis

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

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

Daniel J. Hyman

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Millennium Properties
Title: CEO
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Brokerage
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Daniel J. Hyman

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Millennium Properties
Title: CEO
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Brokerage

For nearly 40 years, Dan Hyman has been one of the most prominent real estate brokers in Chicago, selling, buying, and leasing retail centers, office buildings, industrial warehouses and apartment buildings. In 1996, he decided to start his own firm and for more than 20 years, Millennium Properties has been a leading brokerage and property management firm. Since Millennium’s inception, Dan has been personally involved in more than $4 billion in real estate transactions. He has also served as a receiver and consultant for local and national financial institutions.

 

Millennium Properties R/E is a boutique firm committed to providing the highest level of service to suit all your real estate needs. Our knowledgeable and experienced real estate experts will be a crucial tool for you in navigating this increasingly complex market.  Since 1996, Millennium Properties has been working with property owners to sell, lease and manage properties throughout the Chicagoland area and the Midwest.

Allen Joffe

Mentor
Company: Baum Realty Group
Title: Principal and Managing Broker
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage
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Allen Joffe

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

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

Bart Johnson

Mentor
Company: Wintrust Commercial Banking
Title: Executive Vice President
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Financial
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Bart Johnson

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

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

Bart Johnson is the Executive Vice President for Wintrust Bank and he manages the Bank 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 publicly 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.

Camille P. Julmy

Mentor
Company: Parkside Realty
Title: Founder
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Management
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Camille P. Julmy

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Parkside Realty
Title: Founder
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Management

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

Sharon Kahan

Mentor
Company: CB Richard Ellis
Title: Retail Leasing Expert
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Brokerage
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Sharon Kahan

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

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

Lee Kiser

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Kiser Group
Title: Co-Founder, Principal and Managing Broker
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage
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Lee Kiser

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Kiser Group
Title: Co-Founder, Principal and Managing Broker
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Lee Kiser is Co-Founder, Principal and Managing Broker of Kiser Group, Chicagoland’s
leading mid-market multifamily brokerage. Lee is also an active broker with a career
transaction volume more than $3 Billion. Lee is a member of the Forbes Real Estate
Council and a contributing writer to Forbes.com. He is also involved in various commercial
real estate organizations including the Leadership Council of The Preservation Compact,
the Lincoln Park Builders of Chicago and the National Multifamily Housing Council. In
addition, Lee mentors real estate students at The Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at
DePaul University.

Kiser Group was founded in 2005 by Lee and his partner, Estella Kiser (General Counsel,
Kiser Group). The firm assists private investors and property owners with the acquisition
and disposition of both stabilized and value-add multifamily properties – including vintage
courtyard and walk-up buildings, mid-rises and garden-style apartment complexes – as well
as mixed-use developments throughout the Chicago area.

Alfred M. Klairmont

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Imperial Realty Company
Title: President
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Development
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Alfred M. Klairmont

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

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

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

Wilhelm O. Kreuzer

Mentor
Company: Tartan Realty Group
Title: Principal
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage
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Wilhelm O. Kreuzer

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

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

Jeff Kuchman

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

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

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

Allison Kuchny

Mentor
Company: Inland Real Estate
Title: Leasing Representative
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Brokerage
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Allison Kuchny

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

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

Stephen Leonard

Mentor
Company: Strategic Real Estate Services Corporation
Title: President
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Brokerage
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Stephen Leonard

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

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

Alan Lev

Mentor
Company: Belgravia Group
Title: Chairman
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Development
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Alan Lev

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Belgravia Group
Title: Chairman
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Development

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

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

Michael J. Levick

Mentor
Company: Levick, Timm, & Garfinkel, LLC
Title: Partner
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Legal
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Michael J. Levick

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

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

Rick Levin

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

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

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

Gary Litvin

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

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

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

Richard “Rick” Lynn

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: RML Capital
Title: President
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Management
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Richard “Rick” Lynn

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: RML Capital
Title: President
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Management

Richard “Rick” Lynn provides a strategic services to owner/operators/investors of senior housing properties. The property types are Independent Living; Assisted Living; Memory Care; Skilled Nursing and Continuing Care Retirement Communities. The typical client is both profit and nonprofit companies

RML Capital provides capital and consulting service to the commercial real estate industry. The assignments include sales, mortgages, developments, and restructuring. The value of the properties for the assignments range from $1 to $100 million.

Michael F. Mallon

Mentor
Company: DK Mallon
Title: Senior Vice President, Managing Director
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Development
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Michael F. Mallon

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

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

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

John Manos

Mentor
Company: BankFinancial
Title: Regional President
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Financial
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John Manos

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: BankFinancial
Title: Regional President
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Financial

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

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

Kenneth C. Marino

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

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

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

Michael S. MaRous

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

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

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

Next Gen Mentor Next Gen Mentors have completed our mentorship program themselves and now work in the real estate industry.

Theron May

Next Gen Mentor, Career Counselor
Company: Imperial Realty Company
Title: Director of Brokerage
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Theron started at Imperial Realty in 2007 in an administrative role working under the legal, accounting and property management departments. After a cursory education he joined the property management department tasked to manage a commercial portfolio in the west suburbs. Excelling in the role he was soon promoted to oversee the performance of 5 portfolios managers with a focus on capital improvement, accounting, legal and brokerage projects. In 2011, seeking to broaden his real estate knowledge he joined Imperial’s brokerage team. The following year he set a record closing 73 new commercial leases in the Chicago market. In 2013, he was promoted to oversee the department and the 11 brokers who specialize in leasing & investment sales of office, retail, land and industrial assets around Chicago. In 2016 the brokerage department set its record, closing 332 new transactions. A 2007 graduate of Marquette University’s real estate program Theron stays involved with the school as a member of the Center for Real Estate Advisory Board and works on education initiatives with The Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation.

Theron completed 4 mentorships and reflects on those days as some of the most impactful learning experiences of his college education. “I feel incredibly fortunate to have spent full days with industry titans at a time just prior to the Great Recession. The Mentors treated me like a family member and made me privy to details of their developments both in the planning stage and underway. I was amazed at the creativity and knew that all their developments would certainly be successful. I eagerly tracked these projects over the coming years and watched as the economy impacted my Mentors. Most of the projects I’d been exposed to became stalled or reduced in scope and those in the planning stages never came to fruition. It was an impactful lesson proving the adage about best-laid plans.”

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. Imperial Realty is ranked by Crain’s Chicago Business as the largest office property owner and manager in the Chicagoland market.

Dan McCaffery

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

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

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

Robert Miller

Mentor
Company: Millco Investments
Title: President
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage
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Robert Miller

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

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

Barry Millman

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

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

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

Next Gen Mentor Next Gen Mentors have completed our mentorship program themselves and now work in the real estate industry.

Adam Moschin

Next Gen Mentor, Career Counselor
Company: Clark Street Real Estate
Title: Partner
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Adam has been with Elliss Park since its inception in 2019.  He is responsible for the administration and management of leasing services providing strategic planning and evaluation to merchandise Elliss Park properties in order to maximize value for tenants, the Company and the community. Additionally, Adam’s experience working directly with tenants and surveying local markets allows him to assist in the acquisition of Elliss Park’s projects for both development and redevelopment. Prior to joining Elliss Park, Adam served as Vice President of Leasing at Clark Street Real Estate and Tucker Development Corporation.  Adam was responsible for leasing its retail portfolio including properties in both the Midwest and East Coast regions. Adam’s experience includes property leasing, acquisitions, dispositions, due diligence, valuation lease restructuring and tenant representation.

Reflecting on his Mentorships: “I was fortunate to have incredible mentorships that I vividly remember years later. I recall a breakfast networking event with Ed Zikfin where I met several brokers with whom I have relationships today. My day with Mike George allowed me to learn about the different facets of Mid America Real Estate Group’s business and the value that each of its divisions brings to its clients. Norris Eber introduced me to the complementary nature of mixed-use projects, while at the same time helping me to understand their complexity.”

Elliss Park Partners is an entrepreneurial company that specializes in developing and redeveloping retail, office, industrial and mixed-use properties ranging from single tenant to large-scale, complex projects. Elliss Park Partners approach includes a long-term mindset building a portfolio of properties of all asset classes.

Michael Nortman

Mentor
Company: Crossroads Development Partners
Title: President
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Development
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Michael Nortman

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

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

James Persino

Mentor
Company: First Development Corporation
Title: Principal
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Development
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James Persino

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

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

Jonathan Plotkin

Mentor
Company: Endurance Retail Partners
Title: Managing Partner
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Development
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Jonathan Plotkin

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

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

James J. Postweiler

Mentor
Company: Newark Knight Frank
Title: Executive Managing Director
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage
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James J. Postweiler

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Newark Knight Frank
Title: Executive Managing Director
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Jim Postweiler co-leads Newmark Knight Frank’s capital markets office team in the company’s Chicago office. He and his partners Peter Harwood and Derek Fohl focus on dispositions and recapitalizations of office space in the Chicago area and throughout the Midwest. One of the most practiced office investments experts in Chicago, Jim has more than 30 years of experience in investment sales, mortgage financing and asset management. He has completed transactions with a total value exceeding $14 billion since the start of his career.

 

Since 1929, Newark Knight Frank we have faced forward, predicting change and pioneering ideas. Almost a century later, the same strategic sense and audacious thinking still guide our approach. Today our integrated platform delivers seamlessly connected services tailored to every type of client, from owners to occupiers, investors to founders, and growing startups to leading companies. Tapping into smart tech and smarter people, Newmark brings ingenuity to every exchange and transparency to every relationship. We think outside of boxes, buildings, and business lines, delivering a global perspective and a nimble approach. From reimagining spaces to engineering solutions, we have the vision to see what is next and the tenacity to get there first.

Donna J. Pugh

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

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

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

Jim Pye

Mentor
Company: Caleres (Famous Footwear)
Title: Senior Real Estate Director
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Management
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Jim Pye

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Caleres (Famous Footwear)
Title: Senior Real Estate Director
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Management

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

Stephen K. Rachman

Mentor
Company: Marcus & Millichap
Title: Regional Manager/Managing Broker
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage
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Stephen K. Rachman

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Marcus & Millichap
Title: Regional Manager/Managing Broker
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Stephen 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 in northwest Cook County, Ill. He was promoted to the position of sales manager in the Chicago Downtown office in February 2003. He was appointed regional manager of the Chicago Downtown office in February 2004. Mr. Rachman returned to the sales force in July 2004 and was honored with three Sales Achievement Awards and qualified for the prestigious National Achievement Award in 2005. He was promoted to Vice President Investments in July 2008. 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. Over his 15+ year career with Marcus & Millichap Mr. Rachman has personally closed and overseen the closing of over 600 transactions valued well in excess of $4,500,000,000. Rachman received a bachelor of general studies degree with dean’s list honors from the University of Iowa.

Kristi Rankin

Mentor
Company: CBRE
Title: Associate Managing Director
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Management
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Kristi Rankin

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: CBRE
Title: Associate Managing Director
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Management

Rankin brings more than 30 years of experience to CBRE, the majority of IRC Retail Centers, where her most recent role as COO. In that role, she lead major initiatives for IRC on the firm’s executive management committee and oversaw activity in property management, construction management, operations, risk management, legal and information technology. At CBRE, she will work with Neil Pendleton, Managing Director of Investor Services and Property Management, to oversee the firm’s expanding Chicago portfolio and support for its local professionals.

 

CBRE Group, Inc. is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm, with 2019 revenues of $23.9 billion and more than 100,000 employees (excluding affiliate offices). CBRE has been included on the Fortune 500 since 2008, ranking #128 in 2020. CBRE offers a wide 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.

 

Mark S. Robbins

Mentor
Company: Cushman & Wakefield
Title: Executive Vice President
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage
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Mark S. Robbins

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

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

Marci Sepulveda

Mentor
Company: Agent Publishing
Title: Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Management
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Marci Sepulveda

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

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

William A. Shiner

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

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

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

Stephen Shockey

Mentor
Company: JP Morgan Chase
Title: Executive Director
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Financial
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Stephen Shockey

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

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

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

Martin S. Siegel

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

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

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

Susan B. Silver

Mentor
Company: Millennium Properties
Title: President
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Management
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Susan B. Silver

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Millennium Properties
Title: President
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Management

Susan B. Silver has more than 20 years of selling and leasing commercial properties as well as providing property management and financial analysis. She has completed more than 750 real estate transactions totaling more than $1 billion. Susan’s experience with all commercial property types enables her to provide insight to her clients during every phase of a transaction, whether they are individual owners, developers, or institutional clients. Leveraging her strong business backgrounds with her real estate knowledge, she can provide superior service and strategic counsel to her clients.

 

Millennium Properties R/E is a boutique firm committed to providing the highest level of service to suit all your real estate needs. Our knowledgeable and experienced real estate experts will be a crucial tool for you in navigating this increasingly complex market.  Since 1996, Millennium Properties has been working with property owners to sell, lease and manage properties throughout the Chicagoland area and the Midwest.

Joel D. Simmons

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

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

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

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

Andy Stein

Mentor
Company: Clark Street Development
Title: Principal
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Development
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Andy Stein

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

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

Jonathan J. Stein

Mentor
Company: Inland Real Estate Advisors, Inc.
Title: Director
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Brokerage
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Jonathan J. Stein

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

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

Marlon Stone

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

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

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

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

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

Steve Stratton

Mentor
Company: Jones Lang LaSalle
Title: Regional Managing Director/International Director
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage
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Steve Stratton

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

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

Christian Tremblay

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Mid-America Real Estate Corporation
Title: Vice President
Location: Chicago
Specialties:
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Christian Tremblay

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: Mid-America Real Estate Corporation
Title: Vice President
Location: Chicago
Specialties:

Christian is a Vice President with Mid-America Real Estate Corporation’s Net Lease Investment Sales Group.  In his role, Mr. Tremblay is responsible for creating offering memorandums, business development, in depth investment analysis, and assisting clients on both the buy and sell side.  Since joining the group, Christian has been involved in Net Lease projects comprising more than $250 million of market value.

Mid-American Real Estate Group is a comprised of five affiliated companies 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. We use a team approach to help our clients achieve their goals, whether it’s finding the best retail space, managing a portfolio, developing a shopping center, or find the right buyer in a sales transaction.

Next Gen Mentor Next Gen Mentors have completed our mentorship program themselves and now work in the real estate industry.

Edwin Vdovets

Next Gen Mentor, Career Counselor
Company: Keeler Real Estate
Title: Principal
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Development

Edwin Vdovets is the Founder and Principal of Keeler Real Estate, LLC. Edwin has earned an excellent reputation amongst his clients as a developer who assists National and Regional tenants with their expansion program in delivering stores/units on time and on budget. Prior to Keeler, Edwin was the Director of Development for a national retail developer working closely with national tenants such as: Walgreen’s, Chase Bank, Bank of America, Fresh and Easy; and others in several regions including: the Chicago Metropolitan area and Northern California. Edwin was responsible for all aspects of the development process including: land acquisition, entitlement, construction, leasing and management. Prior to his role as Director of Development, Edwin was the exclusive tenant broker for J.P. Morgan Chase (formerly Bank One) in the City of Chicago and select suburbs. Edwin is a graduate of Bradley University with a Bachelors Degree in Finance. Edwin is involved in a management role in several philanthropic organizations and resides in Chicago’s River North neighborhood.

Edwin experienced 6 mentorships with different industry leaders and often reflects on his day with Al Klairmont, President of Imperial Realty as Al had stressed on Edwin the adage “location, location, location” when buying real estate. Although Edwin had heard the number #1 rule of real estate prior, listening to an industry leader stress the importance of remaining true to principals, Edwin often finds himself reflecting back to that day with Al when he evaluates acquisitions for his firm, never waivering from this industry doctrine.

Since Edwin founded Keeler Real Estate in 2009, Keeler has successfully completed numerous retail developments which range from land purchases to many build-to suit developments for the Walgreen Co. and other National Tenants in high barriers to entry markets in Florida and Illinois. Keeler’s tenant roster includes: Walgreens, TD Bank, Bank of America, Chick Fil-A, Party City, Mattress Firm, Vitamin Shoppe, Sleepy’s, Panera, AT&T, Boston Market and AAA.

Perry Weinstein

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

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

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.

Steven Weinstock

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

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

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

Next Gen Mentor Next Gen Mentors have completed our mentorship program themselves and now work in the real estate industry.

Peter Weitz

Next Gen Mentor, Career Counselor
Company: Greenstone Partners
Title: Managing Partner
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage, Consulting, Management

Peter is a Managing Partner at Greenstone Partners. Peter currently serves as a director of the advisory and investment divisions. Prior to joining Greenstone Partners, Peter co-founded Greenstone Asset Management in 2010, the predecessor to Greenstone Partners and Greenstone Companies. While at Greenstone Asset Management, Peter led the institutional advisory segment on a nation-wide basis and also specialized in joint-venture structuring and recapitalization. Peter graduated with a degree in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2007. Peter is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Peter completed 4 mentorship days and considers his day with Jimmy Persino to be the most memorable. “We began the day by attending a roundtable breakfast. I was able meet other real estate professionals and hear a speaker present on the state of the real estate market. I walked away from the breakfast with several contacts and a better appreciation of the macro real estate market. After breakfast, we met with a tenant and general contractor to assess progress of the tenant’s buildout. We then had a late lunch with a banker to discuss refinancing a property. Lunch was followed by an hour of returning phone calls and emails at Jimmy’s office. In the early evening, we attended a Village of Lincolnwood City Council meeting where a proposed TIF was debated. The day ended with drinks to celebrate a closing with one of Jimmy’s associates. In a single day, I was exposed to construction, finance, politics, business development and legal. The opportunity to start my day on a roof in boots and end it in a suit having dinner and drinks was incredibly appealing and to this day is one of my favorite aspects of the industry.”

Greenstone Partners is a boutique real estate firm serving the needs of institutional and private investors. Greenstone’s team of experienced professionals offers clients a comprehensive suite of advisory, investment, leasing and management solutions. Greenstone services a portfolio of over three million square feet of office and retail assets spanning ten states. Greenstone’s executive team has been involved in the acquisition, disposition and leasing of more than $1.1 billion of commercial assets ranging from single-tenant net-leased properties to institutional multi-tenant office campuses. By partnering with a client during their investment cycle, Greenstone is able to fully understand the short and long-term objectives and assist in developing and implementing the proper leasing, management and disposition strategy. Greenstone prides itself on offering customized solutions tailored to the client’s individual needs.

Christian Williams

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: CBRE
Title: Senior Vice President
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Brokerage
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Christian Williams

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: CBRE
Title: Senior Vice President
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Brokerage

Christian Williams is a partner with the National Retail Partners — Midwest. The NRP—
Midwest is recognized as CBRE’s leading national retail investment team, representing a
diverse set of clients ranging from REITs and pension fund advisors to private investors
and developers. His team has completed over 900 transactions containing over 135 million
square feet of retail properties valued in excess of $13.3 billion. Mr. Williams joined the
team in 2003 as a Senior Financial Analyst and was responsible for coordinating all
financial due diligence and underwriting. His responsibilities included financial analysis,
assisting in the due diligence and marketing process, and preparation of marketing
materials. Mr. Williams led the financial underwriting in over 115 completed transactions with a total value of over $2 billion.

Mr. Williams’ career with CBRE began in February 2002 as a financial analyst with the Financial Consulting Group.
Focusing on institutional-grade retail, office, industrial and multi-family investment properties, he also supported
Corporate Service professionals by recommending appropriate leasing strategies. Prior to joining CBRE, Mr. Williams was a consultant with Deloitte & Touche in their Real Estate Solutions group.

CBRE Group, Inc. is the largest commercial real estate services and investment firm in the world. It is based in Los
Angeles, California and operates more than 450 offices worldwide and has clients in more than 100 countries.

Andrew Wilson

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

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

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

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

Ben Wineman

Mentor
Company: Mid-America Real Estate Group
Title: Principal, Managing Broker
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage
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Ben Wineman

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: Mid-America Real Estate Group
Title: Principal, Managing Broker
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Ben Wineman is a Principal and the Managing Broker at Mid-America Real Estate Corporation, part of the Mid-America Real Estate Group. Ben co-leads Mid-America’s Investment Sales Group, focusing solely on the disposition of retail properties throughout the greater Midwest region. Together with his partners, Mr. Wineman has been involved in a transaction volume in excess of $9.5 billion since 2001.

Mr. Wineman has 22 years of real estate experience. Prior to joining Mid-America Real Estate in 2001, Mr. Wineman worked as a financial analyst with Jones Lang LaSalle since 1998, as part of LaSalle Investment Management’s Private Equity Acquisitions Group. He was responsible for the valuation, due diligence, and closing of real estate acquisitions on behalf of institutional clients.

A graduate of DePauw University, Ben earned a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree with a major in History. He is a licensed broker in Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, and Pennsylvania. As a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Ben is a member of the Illinois State Committee and the National Economic Policy Government Relations Sub-Committee. Ben is a Board Director of Southfield, MI based Sterling Bank & Trust (NASDAQ: SBT). Within the community, Ben serves on the Executive Committee of the Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation Board. He is a longtime member of the Ravinia Festival family, including service as the President of the Ravinia Festival Associates Board and as a Ravinia Festival Trustee (2017-19).

David Wolf

Mentor
Company: ON Collaborative
Title: CEO
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage
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David Wolf

Mentor , Career Counselor
Company: ON Collaborative
Title: CEO
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Brokerage

Davis is the Founder and the CEO of ON Collaborative, a specialized developer services firm, providing full-service marketing and sales executions and best-in-class predevelopment strategic advisory services, including research, feasibility analysis, and programming, for residential developments nationwide. David brings deep expertise in every facet of residential real estate and multifamily development to his role as a leader of ON Collaborative, where he works hand-in-hand with developers across the country to implement high-performance strategies that exceed their goals. Previously, David served as a dual role at Related Midwest, as President of both Related Realty 9which he co-founded), the company’s first-ever full service residential brokerage and Related Midwest Sales, the exclusive development sales and marketing arm for all Related Midwest’s developments.

 

ON Collaborative is a full-service national development marketing and sales firm integrated with its Coldwell Banker branded operations. Currently with offices in Chicago and Los Angeles, ON Collaborative offers on-site sales and marketing expertise and best in-class research, planning and advisory services for residential developments nationwide. On Collaborative features a platform designed to support a wide range of residential projects including everything from single-family home communities to large-scale vertical developments.

Shai Wolkowicki

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: GW Properties
Title: Principal
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Development
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Shai Wolkowicki

Mentor, Speaker, Career Counselor
Company: GW Properties
Title: Principal
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Development

Through deep rooted and diverse relationships in the commercial real estate industry, GW Properties has developed an expertise in retail and mixed-use properties. Over the past decade, GW principals have been involved in the brokerage, investment, and development of over 500 million of real estate in the Chicagoland area with a typical deal size ranging from $500,000 to $5 million. GW practices respectful development through its collaborative approach of uncovering opportunities, optimizing value, and enhancing communities. This process has yielded a track record of proven results.

 

Shai gained his initial work experience at Merrill Lynch working on the Emerging Markets Fixed Income department focusing on trading strategies for both debt and credit derivatives. He later moved on to work as a Credit Risk Associate at TIAA-CREF analyzing debt, equities, and real estate portfolios for the $400+ billion retirement fund. In 2008, he left to form Shai Town Realty Group Inc, a full-service real estate brokerage and management firm that grew to over 40 agents. At the same time, he began developing single tenant assets and strip centers for national tenants across the Chicagoland area. He quickly realized that development was both his true passion and a better use of his skills and previous experiences. After working with Mitch Goltz on several projects, they recognized the tremendous synergies between the two of them and decided to join forces to create a boutique real estate firm that’s now GW Properties.

Thaddeus Wong

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

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

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

Gary J. Wool

Mentor
Company: Wool Finance Partners
Title: Partner
Location: Suburbs
Specialties: Financial
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Gary J. Wool

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

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

Theodore I. Yi

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

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

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

Steve Zellinger

Mentor
Company: First American Title Insurance Company
Title: National Account Representative
Location: Chicago
Specialties: Financial
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Steve Zellinger

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

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

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