Short has been with Golub & Company for more than seven years. He is responsible for sourcing and managing new acquisitions, dispositions and capital-raising initiatives, managing all aspects of the client relationships.
Recent projects include the firm’s acquisition of two properties, Oak Creek Center office park in Lombard and Willow Crossing Apartments in Elk Grove Village. Over time, Short has also participated in transactions ranging from $23 million to $400 million.
In his new role Sandberg will head the affordable housing business for Related Midwest, including new development and acquisitions. Sandberg will lead key projects including large-scale public housing transformation, affordable housing preservation, and mixed-income communities.
Sandberg comes to Related Midwest with more than 20 years of experience in planning, building and financing publicly financed projects, and has been involved in the development of thousands of units of affordable housing as well as the construction and rehabilitation of several million square feet of mixed-use facilities.
Napp has closed deals with national retailers such as AutoZone, 7-Eleven, Dunkin Donuts and Chiro One, as well as qualified local tenants. He has successfully represented numerous landlords in the lease or sale of their retail, commercial and urban mixed-use properties.
Napp currently serves as the guidance committee chair for the Illinois CCIM Chapter. He is also a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, the Chicago Association of Realtors, the Edgewater/Uptown Builders Association and is a member of various local chambers of commerce.
Medero has more than 17 years of experience in designing structures for new buildings and renovation projects, as well as performing engineering investigations and peer reviews. His portfolio includes the design of complex healthcare facilities, residential and commercial buildings and religious and education facilities.
He is proficient in integrated project delivery in addition to traditional design-bid-build project delivery methods for both private and public entities. His international portfolio includes projects throughout Brazil, the United Kingdom, Canada and Spain.
Estes has worked with Skender since May 2013 and has since shown a great commitment to the Northwestern Memorial Hospital renovation project.
Sise has been with Golub & Company for more than five years. He oversees the management of Golub’s domestic portfolio, currently consisting of 11 office buildings and four multi-family properties.
His most recent accomplishments include successfully transitioning the acquisitions of Clover Creek Apartments, Willow Crossing Apartments, Halsted Place Apartments, 311 W. Monroe and Oak Creek Center into the Golub portfolio. Sise is a founding member of the Southside Scholarship Foundation and a member of the Chicago Chapter of the Urban Land Institute.
Mahnich brings more than 15 years of experience in the construction industry including project and closeout management.
Accomplishments by Mahnich include: a 135,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution facility in Hoffman Estates for Mary Kay Cosmetics; a 1 million-square-foot core and shell development for Rochelle Speculative Warehouse in Rochelle; and the CitiCards Call Center three-story 180,000-square-foot office facility with 10,000-square-foot data center in Boise, Idaho.
Hoelter has more than 27 years of experience as a project manager.
Hoelter received his graduate degree from Bradley University.
ARCO/Murray has recently added eight new employees to its team.
Among the new hires were three new project managers: Steve Lane, Erin Kunkel and Brian Maloy. Lane has 20 years of experience in the construction industry and previously worked at Opus. Kunkel is a recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she received her bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering. Maloy is a recent graduate from the University of Notre Dame where he received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and master’s degree in finance.
ARCO/Murray also recently welcomed five new superintendents: Mike Free, Paul Fish, Todd Fournier, Ricky Conner and John Chengary. Each has more than 20 years of experience in the construction industry.
BHC is a collaborative of more than 150 local and national stakeholders dedicated to improving the health of Chicago’s residents and employees through the integration of new and existing public health, business, medicine and community efforts. Consistently a top producer for MB Real Estate’s leasing team, Spicklemire is passionate about involvement in her community.
She has served as the president of the Young Brokers Association, a member of the steering committee for Greater Chicago Food Depository’s largest fundraiser the Real Estate Awards, a member of the Move for the Kids committee for Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s hospital, and has been a longtime volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Torres has more than 20 years of experience in structural design for new buildings and renovations of existing structures and has been with the firm 12 years. Her varied project experience includes education facilities, laboratories and hospitals, performing arts venues, libraries, and residential and commercial buildings.
She is a licensed structural engineer in Illinois and a LEED accredited professional in building design and construction. She holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture in structures from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Lee Stellakis and Chris Niedhammer have become partners and shareholders of ARCO/Murray.
Stellakis, director of operations for the Build-to-Suit/National Division, and Niedhammer, director of operations for the Interiors Division, oversee all operational responsibilities for their respective divisions.
Stellakis started with ARCO/Murray in 2007 and Niedhammer started in 2008.
Kenny joined Skender in 2006 and is currently working on Monarch Landing senior housing center in Naperville.
He has supervised the construction of various housing projects for Skender, including All Saints Residences, Autumn Green Wright Campus and The Fountainview at Lincoln Square. Kenny has built 2.2 million square feet over his 37 years in the industry.
Feeney recently graduated with a degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign.
Additionally, he will work with Director of Traffic Engineering Steve Corcoran as needed to complete traffic and parking studies and analyses. Feeney is based in EEA’s Grayslake office.
Swansea, Ill.-based Holland Construction Services recently hired two new staffers.
Brandon Fisher is the company’s new BIM/project engineer. He has worked in the architecture and construction fields for the last 14 years.
Carol Hammer is the company’s new administrative assistant. She brings more than 17 years of construction experience to her new position.
Michael Curran and Brad Despot have joined Avison Young as principals in the company’s Chicago office.
Along with Eric Myers, they will be co-leaders in the firm’s landlord/agency-leasing efforts in Chicago and the Midwest. Curran and Despot were most recently managing directors at Jones Lang LaSalle in Chicago.
Curran has worked in the commercial real estate industry for 16 years – first in property management and the last 13 years in agency leasing. His agency leasing assignments have included Aon Center, 440 S. LaSalle, One South Wacker, 222 S. Riverside and One East Wacker. He has completed more than 3.5 million square feet in transactions of varying sizes and levels of difficulty.
During his 19 years in the Chicago real estate industry, Despot has worked as an interior architect, a tenant representative and, for the last 13 years, as an agency leasing representative. His agency leasing assignments have included 600 W. Chicago, 540 W. Madison, Chicago Union Station, 300 S. Riverside and 150 N. Michigan. He has been involved in numerous large transactions totaling more than 3.5 million square feet.
With a comprehensive real estate background, including experience in land use, zoning, real estate development and green building, Schroedl has worked on complex projects involving condo-hotels, Native American lands, airport authorities, environmental impact statements and planned mass transit corridors.
Prior to joining Sperry Van Ness, Schroedl was a commercial real estate broker with Garrett Realty & Development, located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. There he participated in more than $5 million in transactions in less than two years with the company and was named Rookie of the Year in 2011.
Zutkis has worked in the construction industry for 11 years and has extensive experience managing all aspects of the project lifecycle from the pre-construction phase through project completion.
Prior to joining Meridian, Zutkis was employed as a project manager at William A. Randolph Inc. Zutkis, a LEED accredited professional, received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Ruggiero, a senior vice president and member of HOK’s firm-wide design board, brings 30 years of experience in the architectural profession to the Chicago region. He will continue to serve as a design principal for HOK’s Florida and Texas practices.
Since 2011, he had been based in Houston while serving as design principal for HOK’s Gulf Coast region. Before that, Ruggiero was a design partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in Chicago and New York, where he began working in 1985. Ruggiero is a member of the Chicago Architectural Club, the American Institute of Architects, the Urban Land Institute and the Midwest High-Speed Rail Association.
At Clune Construction, Nemshick will focus on new business development and will have a key role in marketing Clune Construction’s brand to those in the Chicago area’s commercial real estate industry. Nemshick serves on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Building Congress and is active in numerous industry organizations such as CoreNet Chicago, IFMA and 7×24 Exchange.
Prior to joining Clune Construction, Nemshick worked in sales and marketing for Chicago-based electrical contractor Kelso-Burnett Co. where he focused on the marketing and business development efforts for its four offices and five branches.
Parker has been with the firm since 2001. He has diverse and broad experience in commercial architecture and uses his expertise to carry out the firm’s architectural forensic and investigative projects. His work involves building façade evaluations and repair programs, due diligence and condition assessments, failure investigations, renovations, restorations, property loss consulting and litigation support.
Recent projects include a multi-year balcony repair project at The Columbian condominium building, a window replacement project at the landmarked 350 E. Cermak building, and a condition assessment of a tornado-damaged building in Oklahoma.
This is the 30th class for the organization, which will explore the challenges and problems facing metropolitan Chicago, meet with senior business and civic leaders and participate in a variety of strategic networking and community site visits.
Leadership Greater Chicago is the only organization in the Chicago area that brings together diverse leaders from the business, professional, nonprofit and government sectors to examine issues facing the metropolitan community. Purcell is one of 37 Fellows who were selected from more than 100 candidates through the nomination process.
Connor has been with Duke Realty since 1998. He joined Duke Realty’s Chicago office as senior vice president, industrial operations. In 2003 he was promoted to regional executive vice president, Midwest operations.
In 2009 he was promoted to senior regional executive vice president and assumed additional corporate responsibilities. Connor is a member of the company’s Executive, Investment and Operating Committees. Prior to joining Duke Realty, Connor spent 17 years in industrial real estate in Chicago with Cushman and Wakefield.
In this capacity, he will review all appraisal assignments and use his teaching experience to train and educate lower-level staff. During his 60 years of experience in the commercial real estate valuation field, Shanahan has worked with commercial banks, attorneys, public bodies and individuals. His specialties include valuing large, complex properties and condemnation work. His diverse appraisal experience spans commercial, industrial, special purpose properties, single and multi-tenant office space, retail, subdivision analysis, estate settlement, feasibility studies, leased fee and leasehold estate analysis and due diligence responsibilities.
Prior to joining Integra Realty Resources-Chicago Metro, Shanahan was a senior appraiser at his firm Jack E. Shanahan and Associates. He also served as chief appraiser with the national government-owned asset management firm Resolution Trust Corp.
In his new position, he will be primarily overseeing recruitment, operations, broker development and marketing. Tader was most recently involved with Mokena-based TCB Development. He led the sales and marketing efforts of the office and industrial portfolios as well as the build-to-suit and development opportunities in the I-80 and I-55 corridors. Clients included BP North America, JM Smucker Co., Rent-A-Center and Crane Composites.
Tader holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He is affiliated with the Association of Industrial Real Estate Brokers, Society of Industrial and Office Realtors and National Association of Industrial and Office Properties.
Eric Stavriotis and Chris Schastok have joined CBRE Chicago’s Occupier Practice Group and will help lead CBRE’s Economic Incentives Group.
Both Stavriotis and Schastok were previously members of Jones Lang LaSalle’s Business and Economic Incentives Group where they focused on site selection and incentive negotiations, incentives administration, labor strategy, location advisory, footprint configuration and overall real estate strategy.
Stavriotis previously served as director of consulting at Pollina Corporate Real Estate Inc. His responsibilities included acting as lead engagement manager for clients, performing location advisory, economic incentives negotiations and tenant representation services. Schastok previously served as an associate at SmithBucklin, where he acted as the liaison between professionals from a large mergers and acquisitions association and lead decision makers from national private equity groups to enhance M&A capabilities.
Rimkus, a former intern at Cresa Chicago, is a graduate of Northwestern University. He is a licensed Illinois broker and member of the Urban Land Institute and the Young Real Estates Professionals organization.
While at Northwestern, Rimkus was a two-year captain of the varsity swim team and competed at the 2012 Olympic Trials.
Petermann brings 15 years of civil engineering experience, most recently in site design with a significant emphasis on healthcare, education and public building facilities. For the first nine years of his career, Petermann focused on large residential, industrial and commercial land developments.
Petermann holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He will split his time between EEA’s Chicago office and Grayslake headquarters as project and client needs dictate.
Bibeau joined Skender in 2000, and his recent projects include Fletcher Jones Audi, Beverly Hills, student housing at Loyola University’s Albion Lofts and office interiors for ShopperTrak.
He has built more than 3 million square feet of housing, educational facilities and office interiors in his 26 years in construction.
Powell will be responsible for expanding the company’s Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and FHA production platform and will open a new Bellwether Enterprise office in Chicago.
Prior to joining Bellwether Enterprise, Powell served as senior managing director at Red Capital Group in Chicago and previously as co-head of production. Preceding Red, he held a number of management positions at Fannie Mae. Powell has significant experience with agency products and has been very active in originating business in the Chicago market for more than 35 years.
Kiefer has been in the industry for 18 years specializing in landlord representation for clients ranging from small entrepreneurial developers to some of the largest institutional commercial real estate owners in the world.
Focused on the East-West Corridor in the Chicago suburban market, he has actively worked in every Chicago area submarket. Significant clients of his include American Realty Advisors, TIAA-CREF, Winthrop Realty Trust and Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada.
MacGregor joined Skender in 2011 and began his career at the firm with the successful completion of Lakefront Residences at Grayslake. He is currently working on North Shore Place, a senior housing facility in Northbrook.
MacGregor has built nearly 2 million square feet in his five years of construction experience. He has a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Arizona State University.
At Cresa Chicago, Baum will represent his tenant clients during all stages of the commercial construction process, from design through occupation, ensuring their interests are being upheld at every step.
Baum has worked in commercial real estate for more than 10 years, helping guide large clients like United Airlines and Ernst & Young through major office relocations. He also managed the construction and renovation of more than 75 Bank of America locations in the Midwest.
Westmeyer’s responsibilities will include business development for the healthcare division of MB Real Estate as well as oversight of the leasing for the group’s national healthcare portfolio.
Previously a vice president with Jameson Real Estate of Chicago, Westmeyer was in charge of leasing a large portfolio of buildings and provided consulting services to national Fortune 1000 corporations. Westmeyer is a certified commercial investment member (CCIM) and graduate of Denison University in Granville, Ohio. He currently resides in Chicago.
Whitney Pickett and Paul Szigetvari have joined L3 Capital as associates.
During her five years at Heitman Capital Management LLC, Pickett rose from portfolio accountant to senior portfolio accountant. She has a bachelor’s degree in accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Szigetvari most recently was a financial analyst for The Carlyle Group in Washington, D.C. Prior to this position, he was a financial analyst for Ventas Inc. in Chicago. Szigetvari is a chartered financial analyst with a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Iowa.
Fischer joined the firm’s industrial services group in 2009. He has been in the commercial real estate industry for 17 years, with experience ranging from commercial development to representing owners and tenants in all aspects of their real estate needs.
Some of Fischer’s significant clients include American Mattress, Duke Realty, Greco & Sons, JBS Logistics, Loyola University Health System and RhinoDox. He is on the Wisconsin Alumni Association’s Chicago Chapter Board of Directors and serves as a member of the Association of Industrial Real Estate Brokers.
Kooiker joined Skender in 2011. He recently completed the construction of the Fletcher Jones Mercedes-Benz, Ontario car dealership and is currently working on Fletcher Jones Mercedes-Benz, Las Vegas.
Kooiker has built more than 1.2 million square feet of space over his 15-year career. He holds a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Illinois State University.
Bavone has developed and maintained relationships with national, regional and local tenants, brokers, municipalities and landlords. Over the past 15 years, Bavone’s expertise has been in the retail sector. She specializes in leasing and redeveloping shopping centers ranging in size from single use to power centers.
Bavone is a licensed real estate broker with more than 25 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry, primarily in the Midwest region. She will initially be focused on adding new tenants to Matanky Realty Group’s own properties and then new leasing/sale exclusive listings.
In this role Chrzan will provide administrative services to the project management team including follow-up communications with vendors and contractors; tracking insurance certificates; ordering drawings; and assisting project managers and engineers as needed.
Chrzan was previously employed as a project coordinator for IMG-Stone Subcontractors in Chicago. She is a graduate of Krakow University of Technology in Poland.
In addition to his project leadership role, Keppner will act as EEA’s Chicago office operations manager, responsible for managing day-to-day operations. Keppner brings 15 years of land development expertise in the industrial and commercial markets.
Throughout his career, he has directed the design and permitting of more than 17 million square feet of distribution, manufacturing, retail and office development projects with some of the largest developers in the country.
Tanner’s practice focuses on real estate acquisitions and dispositions, commercial leasing transactions, zoning and land use matters, and representing lenders and borrowers in real estate financing matters, note purchases, workouts and restructurings.
Previously, Tanner was a principal at JMF Group, practiced at leading commercial real estate firms in Chicago and served as associate general counsel for a Chicago-based real estate development company.
Previously employed by Northern Builders Inc., Christopher has more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry. His responsibilities at the Missner Group will include overseeing all aspects of on-site construction from inception through completion.
He received his associates in business management from Oakton Community College. He currently resides in Carol Stream, Ill.
He represents clients in all aspects of business, advising them on matters involving real estate investments, capital structure, transaction strategy, corporate governance and strategic planning.
Prior to joining the firm, Friedman was a principal at JMF Group and previously practiced in the Real Estate Capital Markets Group at DLA Piper and the Tax Department at Drinker, Biddle & Reath.
Lauck brings 18 years of local experience in leasing, management and redevelopment to Suburban’s brokerage team. Prior to joining Suburban, Lauck was the Midwest regional director for Keystone Property Group where was responsible for the redevelopment, leasing, marketing and management of approximately 1 million square feet of office in the suburban Chicago region.
Lauck was also a senior asset manager for Bremner Healthcare Real Estate where he was responsible for operations, leasing and development in suburban Chicago and Indiana. His previous experience also includes Transwestern Commercial Services and Great Lakes REIT.
Semel relies on his foundation in construction and development, operations and brokerage to successfully help investors, property owners and developers meet their real estate goals. Previously an asset and property manager for a Chicago-based owner of multifamily and office properties, Semel’s background centered around management, leasing and portfolio improvements, including energy retrofit projects.
Prior to joining Kiser Group, Semel also managed a 70,000-square-foot medical office building and worked on-site with management teams at large student housing properties in both Michigan and North Carolina.
Chicago-based Morningside Group has hired Rob Guth as construction superintendent to oversee the completion of construction at Wheaton 121, a luxury community of 306 rental homes located at 121 N. Cross St. in downtown Wheaton.
Guth began his 17-year career in construction with a Wheaton firm, Williams Development Ltd. Prior to joining Morningside Group, Guth served as senior projects manager for Gallant Building Solutions in Crystal Lake, and, before that, as project superintendant for Sjostrom & Sons Inc. in Rockford.
He attended the College of DuPage and earned a degree in construction management from South Illinois University.
RREDD is a nonprofit agency focused on economic development planning; this includes planning for job creation and growing community wealth in Boone and Winnebago counties. Hoefle graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a bachelor’s degree in community health. She also received her master’s degree in public health with an emphasis in health policy administration from the University of Illinois in Chicago.
Hoefle is a member of IGNITE Young Professionals and an advisor for the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois, as well as serving on the Board of Directors for the Rock River Valley Pantry.
Angell comes to BB&J from ENVIRON International, where he was business development director, North America.
In his new responsibilities, Angell will focus on expanding the firm’s business and enhancing its visibility in the market place. He brings more than 25 years of successful experience in the business development and marketing of environmental services.
Zaban will focus on all aspects of lending, with an emphasis on real estate financing. She will handle transactions involving loan originations, loan workouts, restructurings, modifications, forbearance documentation, note sales and deeds-in-lieu of foreclosure transactions. Zaban has extensive experience representing banks, life insurance companies and other financial institutions nationwide in secured real estate loan transactions, including construction loans, bridge loans and term loans.
In her role at Aronberg Goldgehn, Zaban also has represented real estate owners and developers in connection with the development, acquisition and dispositions of all types of real estate and in a wide variety of transactions involving construction and leasing. She came to Aronberg Goldgehn from Dykema in Chicago.
Based out of the firm’s Chicago office, Heuberger will lead the company’s lending originations efforts in major Midwest markets including Chicago, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Columbus.
In 2001, Heuberger joined GE Capital Real Estate’s division focused on specialty asset lending, which covered niche sectors including hotels, manufactured home communities and tax-exempt bonds. She held increasingly responsible positions including senior asset manager of loan investments, master black belt and hotel debt originator.
Whit Heitman, Sam Badger and Brad Weiner have joined Cushman & Wakefield’s Chicago-based industrial group.
Heitman, Badger and Weiner join Cushman & Wakefield from Paine/Wetzel TCN Worldwide, where Heitman served as principal, Badger served as senior vice president and Weiner served as vice president.
The team has brokered industrial sale and lease transactions in the north suburban Chicago area, particularly in the northern Cook and Lake County Sam Badger markets and including Southeastern Wisconsin.
Under Cogil’s leadership, SmithGroupJJR‘s Chicago office will now deliver mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering services to its clients. This adds to its existing services of architecture, planning, interior design, landscape architecture and civil engineering.
Cogil joins SmithGroupJJR in Chicago after spending 15 years at the firm’s office in Washington, DC. In her new role, Cogil will provide primary MEP engineering leadership and oversight of projects and MEP engineering staff. She will also support the marketing of mechanical and electrical engineering services to clients.
Brian Nagle and Jerrod Wigal have rejoined the capital markets group of the Chicago office of Cushman & Wakefield.
Nagle is the group’s executive vice president, while Wigal is a director with the group. The pair will focus on office property investment sales throughout the Midwest.
Nagle and Wigal have a combined 40 years experience in CBD and suburban office investment sales. The team has completed more than 170 Midwest office property sales totaling more than 80 million square feet with an aggregate value of more than $20 billion.
In fewer than four months at the company, Rogers has secured new leases that total more than 38,000 square feet, bringing the Fox Valley Executive Center retail shopping strip to an occupancy level of more than 80 percent.
Before joining Boxer, Rogers served as both general manager and property manager for the medical industry in and around the Chicago area.
Horner has been a project manager for eight years at Holland and has more than 12 years in the construction industry. Horner has built long-lasting relationships with clients, subcontractors, and Holland staff members.
Horner graduated from Pennsylvania College of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in construction management and an AAS in architectural technology. He is also a LEED accredited professional.
Jensen brings more than 30 years of architectural, construction and real estate experience to the firm as the leader of its Chicago office and national commercial division. Jensen leads a Chicago office that serves clients in commercial, housing and government markets.
Prior to running his own firm, Jensen had leadership roles in AEC firms Ryan Companies US Inc., MS&R and Cuningham Group. He has led integrated-team projects for Alstom Power, T. Rowe Price, The Mosaic Company, Starwood Resorts and Hotels, US General Services Administration, Transoma Medical and Marriot Hotels and Resorts.
The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
Goldstein was selected from a pool of nominations by a panel of independent judges. Awards were presented at a black-tie gala on June 27 at the Hilton Hotel in Chicago.
Tonyan joined the firm in 2009 as a principal materials scientist and was promoted in 2010 to vice president and group manager of the Materials Consulting Group.
Tonyan has more than 20 years of experience in building materials research and construction project management. Prior to joining CTLGroup, Tonyan directed materials and building systems research laboratories for a multi-national building materials manufacturer.
Swansea, Ill.-based Holland Construction Services recently made three new hires.
Dan Sternau will serve as project manager for the construction of the new Memorial Hospital-East project in Shiloh, Ill. Sternau comes to Holland with eight years of management experience in the construciton industry.
Drew Pigeon is the new project manager for multiple Holland proejcts, including the Washington Elementary and Middle School project in Johnston City, Ill. He has more than seven years experience in construction.
Dustin Quattrocchi will serve as project engineer serving Holland’s project managers on several projects. He is a 2012 graduate of SIU Edwardsville with a bachelor’s degree in construction management.
His focus is on operational excellence, business growth and various consulting engagements. His engagements include advanced financial modeling, economic incentives development, workplace strategy and portfolio optimization and strategy. He is an advanced Excel/Access user, and also works with data visualization and business intelligence software.
Abrams is a certified public accountant, holds a master’s degree in accountancy from DePaul University and a bachelor’s degree in commerce from McGill University.
Most recently, Diliberto was chairman of AuctionPoint Advisory, a LoopNet sponsored global auction operation, and was managing director at KPMG Corporate Finance, a global investment-banking firm, where he headed auctions and expansion of real estate advisory.
Through Diliberto Real Estate Services, Diliberto has conducted in excess of $5 billion in transactional and sales volume.
Miniscalco manages engineering, design and construction for the company’s renovation and new development projects. He brings more than 30 years’experience having practiced architecture in the Midwest and serving as owner of Miniscalco Architects Ltd. for 18 years.
Skills include real estate entitlement, governmental relations and code development as well as site development and building design. He also has extensive experience in town planning, tenant improvements and low to mid-rise residential properties in the Chicago area.
Zancan is a 16-year veteran of the commercial real estate and architectural industries. She previously held marketing and business development positions with GradeBeam.com and US Equities Realty.
Cogil brings a strong skill set in building mechanical systems, with special expertise in environmentally conscious building design. She co-developed the heat transfer model for below-grade structures in the LBNL/DOE EnergyPlus building energy simulation computer program.
Cogil has volunteered her time to the National Capital Chapter of ASHRAE, serving in numerous roles including committee chair, member of the Board of Governors, and the officer positions of secretary, treasurer, vice president and president-elect.
The CDB Liaison Committee is responsible for communicating matters of mutual interest between ACEC-IL and CDB. Prior to being named chair, Hagerty served as a committee member.
Hagerty has been with Oates Associates since 1991. He is responsible to the Board of Directors for providing overall leadership and guidance and for implementing the firm’s strategic plan. His specific responsibilities include oversight of finance and accounting, marketing and human resources.
An 18-year industry veteran, Gomez has worked at Skender since 2011. He focuses primarily on tenant build-out projects and has worked on building out more than 12 million square feet of space both in project in both healthcare and office interiors.
Some of Gomez’s projects have included Wine Doan, BMO-Harris, Prentice Women’s Hospital and Classified Ventures. Prior to joining Skender, Gomez worked at Anning-Johnson as a project foreman and carpenter. Gomez completed an apprenticeship at Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Training Center.
Acker served as senior vice president for the firm since 2003 and joined the company in 1988. She reports directly to Paul Zeller, chairman and CEO of ZRG. In her new role, Acker leads the financial and asset management teams, both in terms of debt and equity structuring, for the overall Zeller Realty Group portfolio.
Acker analyzes, develops and implements strategic capital repositioning and disposition plans for all of ZRG’s properties. Acker is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago, where she earned a BBA in finance. She is a member of the Urban Land Institute and is also a licensed Illinois real estate broker.
Mares brings more than a decade of real estate experience including several years in residential and commercial sales as well as leasing.
“Robert will focus his practice on upper bracket trophy homes, a market that has largely been under serviced by the national auction firms,” said Paul Rogers, president of Inland Real Estate Brokerage & Auctions.
Lucas brings seven years of development experience to Bridge. He previously served as a development manager for CSM Corporation and Steiner Development, both based in Minneapolis, Minn. In that role, he managed office, industrial, retail and hospitality development projects.
He holds an master’s degree from the University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management and a bachelor’s degree from Saint John’s University.
Schmidt’s real estate background includes a wide variety of activities such as tax appeals, purchase, sale and lease of commercial property, tenant improvement oversight and head of administration for more than 13 million square feet of industrial property. Schmidt has also worked in point of purchase merchandising, engaging with hundreds of manufacturers and small businesses to meet project needs.
Schmidt served on the board of the Rose Industrial Condominium Association and the Lake Property Owners Association as assistant secretary. She was also a member of the Lake Zurich Industrial Council.
Dreyer has worked in the structural department at Oates Associates since joining the firm in 2008. He earned his master’s degree in civil engineering from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville in 2010 and his structural engineer license in the State of Illinois in 2012.
Graser is a junior engineer at Oates Associates. She assists in the design of structural and roadway projects and the preparation of hydraulic reports. Graser graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and is currently working toward her master’s degree.
Knudson is based in Cushman & Wakefield’s Rosemont office. Knudson brings 26 years of real estate experience to her new position. She previously served as vice president of operations for AMB Property Corporation and vice president of property management for Trammell Crow Company.
Knudson holds membership in various real estate and professional organizations. She is currently active in the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties and the Building Owners and Managers Association. She holds a real estate broker’s license in Illinois.
Woodard represents clients in the development, management, financing, leasing, zoning, acquisition and disposal of their real estate interests. He has handled many complex transactions involving multiple parties, properties and lenders, while encompassing many states—and has negotiated deals of all sizes and structures.
His practice also extends into corporate transactions and asset protection, as well as loan workouts and mortgage foreclosure, construction and mechanics lien litigation.
Hussey’s experience spans 25 years of real estate finance, accounting, development and asset-management in a broad array of student-housing/multifamily, commercial and retail property types. Previously, he served in executive level roles with several national, international and publicly traded real estate firms.
Hussey will serve as principal-executive managing director of CA Asset Services. Hussey most recently held a similar role for CTK Asset Member LLC with Harvey Camins. Hussey now directs CA Asset Services’ Midwest operations for clients such as US Bank, MB Financial Bank, Old Second National Bank, Bayview Loan Servicing and 7-Eleven.
Angela Aeschliman of Watermark Property Management, who was recently named Local Realtor of the Year by the Northern Illinois Commercial Association of Realtors, received special recognition during a state banquet in April.
The awards banquet, sponsored by the Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation, was held in conjunction with the business meetings of the 41,000-member Illinois Association of Realtors on April 17 in Springfield.
Aeschliman, who is the current NICAR President, received a special award from the state association, presented during the ceremony where she was recognized as the Realtor of the Year for the NICAR local Association.
Smith joins the leadership team for Cannon Design’s Science + Technology practice and will focus on developing strategies for immediate and long-term growth. Based in the Chicago office, Smith will lead efforts in that region while also marketing the firm globally.
Prior to joining Cannon Design, Smith directed Science + Technology efforts for HOK and brings more than 27 years of experience to his new post. A distinguished manager well-versed in all aspects of project delivery, Smith has worked with high-level clients including Northwestern University, Baylor College of Medicine, University of Chicago, The Ohio State University, University of Southern California, Samsung, Abbott Laboratories and Fermi National Lab.
Franceschina will lead corporate office, hospitality, retail and mixed use projects. Over the past two decades, Franceschina has worked with some of the world’s most iconic brands, including McDonald’s, Apple, Starbucks, the Gap family of brands, Allsteel and Bank of America to support their design and development programs. He’s also led a variety of project types from workplace interiors and building lobby repositioning projects in the Chicago area to retail and mixed use planning projects in Turkey and the Middle East.
Most recently senior project manager and retail/hospitality leader at HOK’s Chicago office, Franceschina’s work experience also includes Gensler, and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, as well as in-house positions at Starbucks and Gap.
In his newly formed position, Kafkes will be responsible for sourcing new business opportunities and cultivating strategic business relationships within all market sectors for the organization. Kafkes has completed 300 projects totaling more than 27 million square feet valued in excess of $2.25 billion.
Kafkes acquired diverse and extensive experience with a wide range of asset classes which include office, retail, industrial, multi-family and single-family residential while working at firms such as Joseph Freed and Associates, Hiffman Shaffer Associates, Vantage/Bradford Companies and most recently while operating his own real estate services company.
Mahajan, a 25-year hospitality veteran, most recently served as director of operations for DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago Oak Brook. Mahajan’s career began at the Hyatt Regency New Delhi.
Pursuing further education inspired his move to Chicago and while completing his degrees, he held key managerial roles with properties including the Palmer House Hilton Hotel, The Westin Michigan Avenue, The Westin Chicago River North, The Omni Orrington Hotel Evanston, The Peninsula Chicago and The Omni Chicago. Additionally, Mahajan is a senior consultant for Creative Hospitality Associates, a national hospitality consulting firm based in Chicago.
Almassy joined CBRE in 2005 as a financial analyst for the team and was responsible for the coordination of the team’s financial due diligence and underwriting. His responsibilities included financial analysis, assisting in the due diligence and marketing process and preparation of marketing materials.
Prior to joining CBRE, Almassy worked at Urban Appraisal Inc. as a commercial real estate appraiser specializing in the appraisal of institutional-grade commercial developments. As an appraiser, Almassy completed more than 55 transactions with an aggregate value of more than $500 million.
Jones joins Design Organization’s workplace planning group. She will continue to focus on her ongoing Chicago relationships and expertise in building repositioning, spec suites and workplace planning.
Design Organization, a division of Shive-Hattery, is a 350-person planning, architecture, engineering and interior design firm.
Vitale specializes in the disposition and acquisition of mid-market, multifamily properties for owners, financial institutions and real estate investors. Vitale has extensive experience in multifamily transactions, commercial leasing, residential real estate sales and business ownership.
Before joining Kiser Group, Vitale worked as a commercial broker for the Chicago office of Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services Inc. Prior to moving to Chicago, Vitale worked in residential sales and leasing in Florida where he negotiated more than $40 million in residential transactions and owned and operated his own commercial and residential leasing firm.
Yan is responsible for the management and successful completion of all projects related to planning, environmental and engineering services; planning projects include program management services, Phase I design services, NEPA process support, and transportation/transit planning.
Yan provides technical direction and reviews of work products to ensure quality, completeness, while meeting schedule and budget. Other responsibilities include identifying new clients and expand company growth in the planning, environment and design sectors.
Schmiege is a recent graduate of De Paul University where she received her bachelor’s degree in public relations and advertising. She worked at the Walt Disney Company in Orlando where she was selected for special technology projects.
Most recently she worked for VSA in Oak Brook Terrace where she developed marketing plans, had sales responsibilities and collaborated with the Chicago Tribune on various social media and digital web site marketing applications for the medical community. Schmiege’s territory will include the south suburbs and areas of Chicago.
She is now responsible for identifying and developing new business opportunities for the group, which provides management of design, construction and relocation services on a wide range of projects.
Kurkowski previously worked for five years as director of marketing and business development for Wright Heerema Architects.
Maesel received the award for the redevelopment of 935 W. Randolph St. in Chicago’s West Loop. Located at the corner of Randolph and Sangamon, the former meat packing building was used for more than 50 years as a cold storage and industrial property. Today it serves as a catalyst for the redevelopment underway in the neighborhood.
Home to Floyd’s Barbershop, shared office space and a high-end residential unit, the building illustrates how redeveloped and re-adapted industrial buildings can directly benefit a neighborhood and help to revitalize and rejuvenate an area.
Stephens is responsible for sales and operations activity in all satellite offices throughout the country. This will include talent management, customer acquisition, client relations and project management in order to drive continued growth.
Stephens has more than seven years of experience in the asphalt industry. Prior to joining Rose Paving, Stephens served as the franchise director for InFrasys Inc. / SealMaster. He also worked in the sports information and management field for many years.
Hunt Cos. has hired William Little as its senior vice president of public private partnerships.
A 25-year veteran in the real estate development and construction field, Little spent almost 10 years as executive vice president of development at the Chicago Housing Authority. In that job Little directly oversaw the financing, development and construction of more than 20,000 units of housing in conjunction with an array of public and private stakeholders.
In his new role at Hunt, Little will work with local, state and federal housing and redevelopment agencies to advance Hunt’s affordable housing platform, which includes the design, construction, development, financing and operation of affordable housing.
Venhaus, a licensed professional engineer, joined Oates in 2007 and currently is a project engineer.
His focus is on transportation related projects including roadway and drainage design, intersection enhancements, inspections and construction observation and testing.
Rosenberg, a 25-year veteran of Colliers, is a principal within the firm’s Chicago-based Industrial Advisory Group. In the last five years, he has completed transactions totaling in excess of $300 million for clients like Bertelsmann, Best Buy, Bridgestone, Lawson Products, Ulta and Valspar.
Prior to being named president of the Logistics and Transportation Services Group, Rosenberg served on the group’s steering committee. He recently traveled to Panama to witness first-hand the progress of Panama Canal expansion, a highly ambitious project that will double the capacity of the Panama Canal by 2015 by allowing more and larger ships to transit.
Stephen Friedman, president of Chicago’s SB Friedman Development Advisors, was awarded the 2013 James Felt Creative Counseling Award for his work as development adviser to the city of Park Ridge from 2002 to 2011.
Friedman played a major role in the development of the city’s Uptown Master Plan known as the Bredemann/Reservoir Area. Friedman was presented with his award April 30 at The Counselors of Real Estate’s midyear meetings in New York City.
The Felt Award goes to those members whose work brings the most benefit to a community and its citizens. The goal of the Park Ridge project was to create a walkable downtown, organizing the downtown around a “city commons.”
The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Goldstein, who was born in Soviet Uzbekistan, immigrated to the United States with his family at the age of 8.
His first entrepreneurial project, an online specialty lending service now operating as Enova International, was so successful he was able to sell it for $265 million after only two years. In the four years since he opened Pangea Properties, the Chicago-based REIT has invested more than $100 million to rehab distressed properties in sections of Chicago, Indianapolis and Baltimore.
Rodriguez has worked with DynaCom for eight years. She began her career her as a property manager.
She is now in charge of the leasing team for all DynaCom buildings in the East-West corridor of the western suburbs of Chicago.
Since 2013, Colliers’ Corporate Solutions team has won 32 contracts and boosted its revenue by 300 percent.
Weidenborner, who will be based in New York City, brings more than a decade of international business development and corporate services account management experience to his new position. He most recently worked with Johnson Controls.
Ziemek has been in the construction industry since leaving CB Richard Ellis after a 30-year career, most recently as director of project management.
Ziemek’s vast experience in the Chicago real estate market, dealing with asset managers, brokers and owners, makes him a valuable asset to Bear Construction’s plan for continued growth and success.
Clark brings 35 years of experience to his new position. Most recently, he served as managing director of Perkins+Will’s Chicago office. He began his career at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.
Clark is involved in many Chicago-area organizations including the Urban Land Institute, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, the Chicago Committee on High-Rise Buildings, the Chicago Central Area Committee and the American Institute of Architects. He holds a master’s degree in architecture and a bachelor’s degree in architectural studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
She will be responsible for assisting with design, space planning and the selection of finishes for the firm’s client base. Vaughn comes to FEAA from Milliken, a global flooring manufacturer with a showroom in The Merchandise Mart in Chicago. As showroom manager in the Mart location, she managed the daily functions of the showroom and helped oversee the firm’s marketing and sales efforts. She previously was a designer at Hydzik Schade, a commercial architectural firm in Chicago.
Vaughn received a B.F.A. in interior design from The Illinois Institute of Art Chicago. She also attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
LaRocca brings more than 20 years of brokerage experience to Jameson Commercial. Her network of business owners, property owners and civic leaders has grown through extensive international work and studies, most recently in Rome, Italy and Shenzhen, China.
Her active civic involvement includes fundraising committee efforts for Gilda’s Club and the American Red Cross. LaRocca attended SUNY Empire State College and currently resides in Chicago’s River North neighborhood.
Peno earned her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, with a focus on structural engineering.
She has nine years of experience and is a licensed professional engineer in Missouri and a licensed structural engineer in Illinois. At Oates Associates, Peno will concentrate on building design.
Loughran is a senior project architect in the firm with 24 years experience. He is licensed as both an engineer and an architect. He is also a key member of the firm’s Enclosures Group, an in-house team of professionals specializing in the design, renovation and repair of exterior buiding envelopes and systems.
Soberg is also a senior project architect and the firm’s director of sustainable design. He has 18 years experience and has workedon some of Goettsch’s biggest projects, including the redevelopment of Soldier Field.
Jason Gunderson was promoted from project manager to senior project manager; Matt Mahoney from project engineer to project manager; and Christine Roche from assistant project manager to project manager
Project managers at Reed Construction are responsible for overseeing the firm’s projects from inception through completion to ensure on-time and on-budget delivery. Additionally they manage pricing, budgeting and competitive bidding, contract control and scheduling.
In his position, Klahn will work closely with clients and project teams to provide leadership and oversight, advocating for the client’s best interests in budget and schedule as well as the main tenets of good facility management.
Klahn’s project experience includes the full spectrum of project sizes from a $500 million replacement hospital to a 10,000-square-foot addition on a small private high school funded by the students’ parents. Prior to joining Leopardo, Klahn spent time at Gilbane, McCarthy and Turner. His tenure on the design side included work at Perkins & Will and Hansen Lind Meyer (HLM Design).
Lyne will help drive the business services bench of offerings, while also handling client engagement efforts across all sectors, including the CBRE public institutions practice. He joins CBRE after nearly a decade with World Business Chicago, where he led the targeting and management of corporate relocation and expansion projects for domestic and globally based technology firms.
During his tenure, WBC has repeatedly been recognized and awarded as one of the top international organizations in its field. Lyne helped drive notable headquarters relocation projects such as The Boeing Company, Google / Motorola Mobility, NAVTEQ/Nokia, Takeda NA and Miller-Coors.
Graines concentrates his practice primarily in the areas of land use and zoning, real estate transactions, tax increment financing and other public/private financing transactions, and transactions involving community and economic development. Graines has experience securing required annexation, development, zoning and subdivision approvals for complex commercial, retail, residential, hotel and office developments.
In addition, Graines’ practice involves representation of developers and property owners, on both a local and national level, in the acquisition and disposition of property, including contract negotiations, due diligence and property evaluation, satisfaction of contract contingencies, project financing and closings.
Executive Vice President John Wickes has been appointed head of America’s Research with overall responsibility for DTZ research teams situated in Chicago, Washington D.C., San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and in three locations in Canada: Toronto, Richmond Hill and Mississauga.
Wickes, who is based in Chicago, will now report into Hans Vrensen, global head of DTZ research in London.
Galluzzo will be the primary resource in support of the organization’s international and domestic business attraction efforts. Galluzzo’s efforts are focused on the successful management and closing of business recruitment and select expansion projects in the Rockford region.
Prior to joining the RAEDC, Galluzzo worked as the business services manager at Growth Dimensions for Belvidere-Boone County and has more than eight years of experience in economic development and marketing/communications.
Hicks comes to HCS with more than 10 years of experience in construction. In his new role, one of his first assignments will be working with the Holland project team on a new auto dealership in St. Peters, Mo.
Hicks holds a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Missouri State University. Prior to HCS, Hicks was a project manager at Kozeny-Wagner Inc., in Arnold, Mo.
Truszkowski joins the Chicago-based real estate services firm after nearly 14 years at The John Buck Company. Truszkowski has played a significant role in the leasing of major Chicago high-rise buildings including 77 W. Wacker Drive, 100 North Riverside Plaza, and 200 W. Monroe St.
Most recently, Truszkowski has acted as the senior leasing agent for 155 N. Wacker Drive, a 46-story, 1.2 million-square-foot high-rise office building and 111 S. Wacker Drive, a 51-story, 1 million-square-foot high-rise office building. Further, he has worked with anchor tenants including the American Hospital Association, Ernst & Young, Mercer (US) Inc., Skadden Arps, Greenberg Traurig, Locke Lord and AMLI Realty Trust.
Ehrenberg will focus on advising public and private companies in the downtown market, counseling clients on the physical, operational and financial elements of office space decision-making and occupancy.
Prior to joining Studley, Ehrenberg was a research analyst with CBRE. Ehrenberg also has experience as a commercial high-rise property manager with the Behringer Harvard REIT I at 440 S. LaSalle St. He was responsible for project and facilities management, and was instrumental in securing the building’s BOMA 360 certification for operational excellence.
Hollis will oversee the management and strategic decision making for multiple commercial real estate portfolios throughout the greater Chicago area. Hollis’ firm, Capital 22 LLC, a Chicago-based commercial/investment asset and property management firm he founded, was acquired by Avison Young earlier this year.
An 18-year veteran of the commercial real estate industry, Hollis has represented the interests of his commercial, retail, medical and mixed-use real estate clients, as a property management partner and for transactional leasing services and other strategic acquisition/dispositions. Hollis began his career in the highly specialized area of healthcare real estate, having worked with two national healthcare real estate development companies.
Martinez brings more than 15 years of experience in the real estate, financial and hospitality industries, and has facilitated more than $325 million in real estate financing.
Most recently, Martinez was vice president of business development for the World Trade Center – Chicago and is well versed in an advisory capacity in financing, short sales, rehabilitations and the management and sale of income properties.
Dzikowicz draws on her experience in real estate, property management and community involvement to foster existing relationships and promote new construction opportunities. Most recently, she was a property manager for NAI Hiffman and MB Real Estate.
She is the executive director of Real Estate Takes Heart, a non-profit organization that raises funds and awareness for the American Heart Association, and also serves on the Strategic Planning Committee for BOMA/ Suburban Chicago. Dzikowicz has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Illinois State University and an RPA designation.
Kevin Slaughter, a partner in the Chicago office of Quarles & Brady LLP, completed a business school program through the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame and received a certificate in executive management.
Quarles collaborated with the Mendoza school to develop a customized partner development program that provides attorneys with a fundamental business education that most law schools omit from their curricula.
Over the course of nine months, Slaughter, along with two dozen other Quarles partners from across the country, participated in a variety of business, organizational development and leadership courses.
Rachman began his career at Marcus & Millichap in September 2002 as an agent in the firm’s Chicago O’Hare office. In June 2004 he moved to the Chicago downtown office and was promoted to senior associate in November 2005. In July 2008 Rachman was elected vice president investments, and in March of this year he returned to the Chicago O’Hare office.
Rachman specializes in multifamily and retail, and he was an associate director in the firm’s National Multi Housing Group, the National Retail Group and Special Assets Services. As an agent he earned one national achievement award and four sales recognition awards.
Flatt joins the Chicago-based real estate services firm after 16 years at Parkway Properties Inc. While at Parkway, a national NYSE-listed real estate investment trust, Flatt was involved in all aspects of real estate including leasing, management, financing and strategic planning. He began his career as vice president and asset manager and quickly moved to chief financial officer and chief operating officer.
Flatt is a member of the Board of Trustees for Millsaps College, where he has also served as an adjunct professor for the Else School of Management. In 2011, he was appointed by Gov. Haley Barbour to a study commission of the Mississippi Public Employee Retirement System.
Edward Brandt, SIOR, a principal with Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, has been awarded the Tooling & Manufacturing Association’s highest honor, the Winzeler Award at TMA’s 87th Annual Meeting on March 23.
The accolade is awarded annually to an individual who demonstrates outstanding service and commitment to Illinois manufacturing. Brandt has been an active member of the association for nearly half a century, since 1965.
As an active member of the association, Brandt served extensively on its board of directors and on numerous committees and in 1983 he was elected as the association’s president. Brandt joined Newmark Knight Frank Epic in May 2003, was named partner in 2007 and became an an equity principal in 2009.
Boris has extensive experience in financing multifamily and senior living communities across the country. Named director in the Affordable Housing Debt division, Boris will operate out of Centerline’s Chicago office and will report to Philip Melton, senior managing director. He will be responsible for originating and closing loans nationwide.
Prior to joining Centerline, Boris was the founder and chief executive officer of Illinois-based Paradise Senior Communities LLC, a firm that managed luxury, private pay assisted living and memory care facilities located throughout suburban Chicago. Before that he was founder and managing member of Tanzanite Development Company LLC, a company that strategically acquired and re-zoned sites for senior housing developments.
Most recently, Sundberg served as managing director of brokerage asset services at Bradford Allen Realty Services. Previously, he was senior vice president at Cawley Chicago Commercial Real Estate. Throughout his career, Sundberg has completed more than 1.5 million square feet of office and 3 million square feet of tenant rep, flex and industrial transactions.
Some of his clients have included KBS Realty Advisors, UBS Realty Investors, Lexington Realty Trust, Mars Equities, Stonecreek Properties, General Electric, RREEF and NBC. Sundberg is a member of COLBA, a board member of National Lekotek and a candidate for the certified commercial investment designation. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Miami University – Ohio and is a licensed real estate broker in both Illinois and Arizona.
Whitehead specializes in industrial tenant and landlord representation in the I-88, I-55 and Fox Valley corridors. He has completed more than 1.9 million square feet of transactions totaling more than $42 million since he joined NAI Hiffman in October 2007.
Whitehead graduated from Regis University and spent four years with The Staubach Company before joining NAI Hiffman.
In his new position, Farquhar will assist in identifying and procuring opportunities in the multi-family, student housing and office sectors in the Chicago and Midwest markets.
Farquhar joins Opus after more than seven years at The Alter Group, where he was responsible for marketing the firm’s office buildings to corporate clients in the Chicago market. He also has experience as a mergers and acquisitions analyst with Quantitative Growth Analytics, where he assisted with strategic growth analyses and conducted financial analyses and quantitative growth forecasting.
Gold has represented many of the most prominent landlords in Chicago including Simon Properties, Kimco, Inland Commercial Property Management, Inland American, Ryan Companies and Cole Real Estate Investments. He maintains extensive market knowledge of Chicago’s retail real estate landscape.
Gold graduated magna cum laude from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and was the winner of the CBRE National Retail Rookie of the Year award in 2010.
Steele joins the firm from U.S. Equities Realty. As vice president at U.S. Equities, Steele led the leasing efforts at 737 N. Michigan, 939 North Ave., 676 N. Michigan and 150 E. Huron and was a member of the leasing team for 515 N. State. In the last six years, she has completed more than 135 transactions within a 1.3 million-square-foot portfolio.
Some of Steele’s clients have included UBS Realty Investors, Principal Global Investors, Alecta Real Estate Investment, Omni Hotels Corp., Driftwood Hospitality Management and Triple Net Properties. Steele is a member of the Chicago Office Leasing & Brokers Association. Prior to leasing, Steele was involved in property management at U.S. Equities.
Van Reken specializes in office brokerage tenant representative services with select landlord representation in the East-West suburban Chicago market, representing a wide array of public, private and not-for-profit clients.
Since joining NAI Hiffman in April 2008, Van Reken has participated in more than 250,000 square feet of transactions valued at more than $18 million. Van Reken is a Northern Illinois University graduate who worked in sales and marketing before working at NAI Hiffman.
Pietrarosso specializes in the sale and leasing of office and industrial space.
“Jim comes to us with strong sales experience and a unique perspective that contributes to his success,” said Jordan Schnoll, director of Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT. “Because of his diverse background, he is able to understand our business from the clients’ perspective and help them make informed decisions.”
A 25-year veteran of the commercial real estate industry, Sharp was named president of JLL’s Americas Corporate Solutions business in fall 2012 after holding a series of leadership positions at the company.
Sharp holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan and a master’s of corporate real estate designation from CoreNet Global.
Kuchny was named a 2012 Gold Commercial Achiever for her work leasing more than 166,000 square feet of retail property in the Chicago area last year. In 2011, Kuchny earned a Platinum Commercial Achiever award in the same category.
Kuchny joined Inland Real Estate Corp. in 2009. Currently, she is involved with strategic shopping center anchor leasing for more than 80 Chicago area neighborhood, community and power centers, totaling more than 8 million square feet.
In this position, McGrath will build a national fixed asset services practice focused on helping real estate owners and users understand and devise strategies to improve their federal tax position. Among the services to be provided are cost segregation studies, repairs analyses, depreciation studies and fixed asset policy and systems reviews.
McGrath brings to this position more than 19 years of experience as the Midwest region practice leader and national quality assurance leader for the fixed asset services group at Grant Thornton LLP and the central region leader of cost segregation services for Ernst & Young LLP.
Lenz has worked in the construction industry for more than 15 years and has extensive experience managing design/build projects from conception to completion. Prior to joining Meridian, Lenz was employed as a project manager at Panattoni Construction.
Lenz, a LEED accredited professional, received a bachelor’s degree in construction management from California State University, Sacramento.
Solverson brings more than 14 years of marketing and relationship building experience in the construction industry. He most recently was the director of business development at Ragnar Benson Construction and he currently serves on the board of the Northern Illinois Chapter of The International Facility Management Association.
In his new role, Solverson will be responsible for business development and marketing, including maintaining and cultivating relationships in the public sector markets pursued by FQC, as well as generating new construction opportunities for the company.
She will be responsible for assisting with design, space planning and the selection of finishes for the firm’s client base. Pahlke comes to FEAA from Poliform USA in Chicago, where she was a showroom liaison. In that role, she coordinated design installations, including furnishings selections, for clients throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.
She previously worked as an intern for three design oriented businesses — Susan Fredman Design Group, Urban Environments and M. Grace Designs Inc., all in Chicago. In those roles, she created furniture and design presentations; completed AutoCAD drawings of floor plans and building elevations; managed client product orders; and assisted with online marketing and social media.
Mikrut is a financial analyst who provides brokers with the financial and market research tools necessary to assist local corporations, law firms and non-profit organizations in making thorough real estate decisions. In this role, he will examine market data and historical trends to create financial models in order to help his team develop and execute long-term real estate plans for clients.
Mikrut is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies and finance, and has also completed course work in finance and economics at the London School of Economics.
Karr, who brings more than 20 years of industry experience, specializes in advising and representing developers and owners of high-density, mixed-use properties in downtown Chicago, and upscale urban and suburban central business districts. She also represents retailers and serves as a consultant with respect to expansion strategies, including site selection, development and implementation.
Prior to joining NGKF, Karr was a vice president of CBRE’s retail services group. Earlier experience included tenure as senior vice president with Northern Realty Group and retail leasing director with Chicago-based MCL Companies, where she specialized in retail leasing, public relations and marketing.
Donohoe joined Studley in 2005 as an associate focusing on the metropolitan Chicago market. Donohoe has a focused knowledge of market movements and building information that allows his clients to make informed real estate decisions.
Donohoe has more than eight years of commercial real estate experience with clients that include law firms, technology and media companies, nonprofits and corporations. Donohoe received his bachelor’s degree from Miami University, where he majored in marketing at the Richard T. Farmer School of Business.
Robbins provides corporate relocation, site search analysis, acquisition, disposition, leasing and build-to-suit transactions in Chicago, the south and west suburbs and Northwest Indiana, completing transactions in excess of $225 million to date.
Robbins graduated from the University of Illinois and was a consultant at Marsh and McLennan before beginning his career at NAI Hiffman in 2006. He is very active with MicroFinancing Partners in Africa, a not-for-profit organization that provides micro loans to Africa.
Sulcer joined Skender as manager in 2011 and has played an instrumental role in helping the company build name recognition, brand equity and new business through a variety of new marketing initiatives.
Sulcer holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and public relations from Purdue University.
Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg’s Richard Nikchevich, a partner in the firm’s Real Estate Group, was selected as the sole winner of the 2013 Client Choice Award for Commercial Property in Illinois.
Nikchevich has 26 years of experience representing clients in a wide range of complex commercial real estate transactions and dispute resolution matters. Two clients were recently honored as finalists for The Chicago Commercial Real Estate Award’s 2012 Innovative Deal of the Year.
Barack Ferrazzano served as lead counsel for the nominated deals, and Nikchevich was a key member of that team. Nikchevich also was selected for inclusion in the 2013 Illinois Super Lawyers list. No more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state were selected.
Hancko joins Sperry Van Ness Chicago Commercial with more than 14 years of experience building successful business relationships in the industry. His professional background includes the disciplines of property management, development, major construction management and finance.
Ranging from individual investors to large corporations, Hancko represents clients in the sale and leasing of retail, office and industrial properties all over Chicago. Prior to joining Sperry Van Ness, Hancko served as a business advisor for FARA Commercial Brokerage, an Evanston-based firm.
Devermann was named a 2012 Gold Commercial Achiever for her work selling and leasing industrial property in the Chicago area. Devermann joined Inland in 2003 and has been a licensed realtor for more than 17 years.
She is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, the National Association of Realtors, the Illinois Association of Realtors, the Aurora Tri-County Association of Realtors, the Chicago Association of Realtors, the Yorkville Area Chamber of Commerce Woman 2 Woman and the Yorkville Economic Development Corporation.
Duggan spent the last three years working in tenant representation as a commercial real estate broker in downtown Chicago. Duggan has worked with an array of different companies including law firms, insurance companies, medical services and marketing/PR firms.
Before working in commercial real estate, Duggan was the sales and marketing manager at a 192 home development in Chicago from 2006 to 2009. He has extensive experience working with tenants, landlords, buyers and sellers of commercial real estate.
Latronico joined Skender in 2001 and has since implemented a variety of employee enrichment and recruiting programs, leading the company to be consistently recognized as one of Chicago’s 101 Best & Brightest Companies and Best Places to Work in Illinois.
In her new role she will continue to lead Skender’s human resources initiatives. Latronico is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Governor’s State University.
Heffron will oversee the company’s design and construction process, permitting, project scope, budgeting, construction scheduling, subcontractor bidding, negotiation and administration. Heffron bring more than 10 years of office, retail, industrial and residential construction industry experience to Method Construction.
Most recently, he served as vice president of Summit Design + Build LLC. He has personally been involved in the design and construction and successful occupancy of projects totaling $100 million in revenues, including Little Goat complete gut and renovation, new construction of the 33,000 square-foot Converge Condominiums, and the build-out of the Esquire Theater retail space in Chicago’s Gold Coast.
Johnson has a focus on office and medical space leasing and sales in the I-88 and I-55 markets. He has completed more than 160 transactions valued at nearly $50 million since joining the team in August 2008.
Johnson has been honored with the MD Preferred Service Award for Real Estate and is a member of the Young Office Brokers Association. He graduated from Iowa State University and worked as a real estate consultant for six months before joining NAI Hiffman.
Van Horn first joined Related Midwest in September of 2012. She brings more than 12 years of industry experience to her new position, including six as vice president of marketing with Magellan Development group and affiliated property management company NNP Residential.
Van Horn has helped launch such high-profile Chicago rental properties as the LEX, Aqua, The Tides and the Shoreham at Lakeshore East.
Deady brings eight years of commercial real estate experience to Entre. He has worked with both local and national companies on their commercial and industrial requirements on numerous sale and lease transactions. Deady will be a team leader for the north and northwest suburban market focusing on the sale and leasing of industrial, office and land product.
Deady began his real estate career with CTK Chicago Partners (formerly GVA Chicago), a Chicago-based commercial real estate brokerage firm. While at CTK, Deady was a member of Team North, which focused on the northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin industrial markets.
Oczak Parchem is an office, retail and vacant land specialist focused primarily in the southwest suburban areas of metropolitan Chicago, encompassing much of the I-55 corridor. She specializes in working with tenants, owners, developers and institutions in the sales, marketing, leasing, build-to-suits, procurement and development.
She brings to projects her in-depth experience involving more than 80 closed transactions with a value in excess of $80 million. Oczak Parchem is a 2003 graduate of DePaul University. She holds bachelor’s degrees in marketing and business management and is a licensed Illinois real estate broker.
Karl Bechtoldt and Randy Perdue have joined James McHugh Construction Co. to head up the firm’s railroad division.
Bechtoldt will direct McHugh’s efforts in rail construction as operations manager for this division. In this position he will be responsible for all railroad construction operations. Before coming to McHugh, Bechtoldt worked for Ragnar-Benson Construction for more than 24 years and had been focusing primarily on rail projects for most of his career.
Perdue will perform as general superintendent for rail projects, working closely with Bechtoldt. As general superintendent, Perdue will manage all railroad field operations.
Braun is responsible for managing a $57 million loan portfolio and a $59 million deposit portfolio. In addition, Braun funded $26.7 million in new loans and generated $249 million in fee income last year
Braun has been with First Eagle Bank for 10 years. He started his career at First Eagle as a credit analyst with no prior banking experience. Braun resides in Chicago.
As project engineer II, Torres will help manage the day-to-day details of construction projects and assist in expediting project documents, materials and information engineering functions.
Torres previously worked as senior project engineer at Holder Construction Company. She has helped manage more than 710,000 square feet of technology and data center projects and is experienced in leading and executing various building information modeling (BIM) activities. Torres holds a bachelor’s degree in computer graphics technology from Purdue University.
Ebert will be responsible for all construction and design aspects of Trammell Crow Co.’s development and acquisition activity in the Midwest region. Within these responsibilities, Ebert will oversee the contractors, architects and engineers enlisted to design and build the company’s projects.
Ebert joins TCC from CBRE in Chicago where he served as director responsible for planning and executing client capital budgets and ensuring business continuity. Prior to joining CBRE, he served as senior project manager with Opus Development Corp., where he was responsible for managing the development of proposals, project budgets and schedules, and overseeing the project team and design.
In this position, Zatloukal will be responsible for assisting Chief Investment Officer Rahul Sehgal with all aspects of asset management for IPCC’s portfolio of privately owned properties, with a particular focus on property dispositions.
Zatloukal previously served at IPCC’s predecessor company, Inland Real Estate Exchange Corp., as a financial analyst from 2004 to 2007. Most recently, he worked in retail investment sales in the Atlanta area as a vice president for Jones Lang LaSalle and as an investment sales associate for Cushman & Wakefield, where he was involved in sales transactions topping $700 million. Zatloukal holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.
Cahalan will focus on new loan originations and will expand Oak Grove’s presence in the Chicago market and throughout the Midwest. He will also assist senior management in evaluating alternative investment opportunities for the firm.
Cahalan spent four years in loan originations between Holiday Fenoglio Fowler and PPM America, where he played a critical role in the origination of more than $1 billion in loans. Immediately prior to joining Oak Grove Capital, Cahalan was vice president of acquisitions for Levin Realty Advisors, where he oversaw every aspect of the acquisition process for more than 5,600 units of multifamily housing with a total capitalization of almost $600 million.
Previously, he was a partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis. Davis focuses his broad-based real estate practice on providing counsel to equity investors and corporate users of real estate in all facets of the real estate investment lifecycle. He is adept at handling any real estate asset class, with particular emphasis in the areas of hospitality, retail, office and industrial.
Davis has extensive experience in distressed debt and equity transactions, including restructuring CMBS loans, acquiring distressed debt and navigating complex capital stacks with the objective of maximizing value in distressed real estate. He has developed and employed innovative structures for build-to-suit industrial developments that capitalize on the respective strengths of each stakeholder in the transaction.
He will lead the company’s Midwest industrial services practice. McConnell comes to Studley from CBRE, where he spent the last 18 years of his 25-year real estate career. McConnell’s areas of expertise include real estate advisory services, supply chain and logistics, transaction management and analysis, corporate finance and strategic planning.
At CBRE, McConnell worked with industrial clients on a local, national and global basis, providing strategic planning and portfolio optimization support, as well as lease, sublease, purchase and sales services. Prior to focusing on his industrial practice, McConnell was a managing director, first vice president, with CBRE’s Global Corporate Services Group.
As project engineer, O’Carroll will be responsible for reviewing and managing the entire scope of the project. Prior to joining Reed Construction, O’Carroll was a project manager for Icon Identity Solutions, a nationwide branding company where he worked in the airport construction division.
Notable projects included tenant improvements on a 2.1 million-square-foot consolidated rental car facility for the Sea-Tac Airport as well as the 30,000-square-foot customer service facility and a 500,000-square-foot parking garage at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. O’Carroll is a graduate of Illinois State University where he received a bachelor’s degree in construction management with a minor in business administration.
Haigh provides site search analysis, acquisitions, dispositions and leasing in Central DuPage County and the western suburbs.
Haigh is a member of the Young Industrial Broker’s Association, AIRE and NAIOP Developing Leaders. Prior to joining NAI Hiffman, Haigh was an enlisted member of the Illinois Army National Guard.
Devermann has been with Inland since 2003 and a licensed realtor for more than 17 years. As an owner of a portfolio of investment properties, Devermann developed many years of sales and management experience and training.
Devermann has received numerous awards and recognition for her hard work and dedication to the real estate industry including: “Sales Associate of the Year” in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2011, “Listing Agent of the Year” for 2007 and 2008, and featured in the June 2007 and June 2008 issues of Illinois Real Estate Journal honoring Top Women in Real Estate.
Henegan comes to RFR with considerable real estate experience in retail and other commercial sectors, both in law firm practice and as in-house counsel. Henegan’s career has spanned the gamut of commercial real estate transactions, including a specialization in retail leasing, shopping center development and large-scale deals.
While an attorney for Sears Roebuck, he participated in the sale of the Sears Tower and disposition of the former Sears corporate headquarters. Most recently, he served as in-house counsel for Bridgestone/Firestone with responsibility for self-development of retail outlets. At RFR, he will continue to advise clients in all areas of commercial real estate transactions including acquisitions, sales, leasing and financing.
Farnam brings eight years of commercial real estate experience to his new position.
Prior to joining Lee, Farnam was a senior industrial broker at GC Realty & Development LLC as well as a senior associate at Brown Commercial Group.
Ennes joins the firm from McLarney Construction in San Jose, Calif., where he also served as project engineer. A graduate of Colorado State University, he will be responsible for facilitating all aspects of the construction process including preconstruction detailed budgeting, project scheduling, material tracking, processing submittals, contract control and management of the punch-list.
Ennes earned a bachelor’s degree in construction management while also working as an assistant project manager for CSU’s facility management group. He also has a long history of civic contributions including having volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and the Fort Collins Soup Kitchen.
Disser specializes in the acquisition, disposition and leasing of industrial real estate assets and land in Chicago and surrounding submarkets. Since joining NAI Hiffman in 2008, he has completed more than 5.4 million square feet of transactions valued at more than $197 million.
Disser graduated from Butler University and worked for Duke Realty Corporation and The Tabani Group prior to his career at NAI Hiffman.
OBABL’s leadership made the selections after carefully considering the recommendations of their Power 100 Honorees, some of the most influential black attorneys in the nation, who were asked to nominate non-black attorneys that have been strong advocates for diversity in the legal profession.
Landow-Esser is a founding member of Quarles & Brady’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, which she has co-chaired since 2008. In that role, she has led the firm’s commitment to advance diverse and female attorneys through leadership, dedication and vision regarding Quarles’ strategic growth and diversity climate.
Dudick will be a member of HFF’s national healthcare practice and will focus on healthcare capital markets and investment sale transactions throughout the United States.
Dudick has more than 15 years of industry experience and joins HFF from Lillibridge Healthcare Services Inc. where he most recently served as senior vice president of acquisitions and investments. He began working with Lillibridge in 1999 and since that time has facilitated more than $1 billion of healthcare real estate acquisitions, developments, joint ventures and M&A transactions. Prior to Lillibridge, Dudick was a senior consultant at Arthur Anderson. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute’s Healthcare and Life Science Council and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame.
Stokes will be responsible for reporting and analyzing with the finance, accounting and acquisition teams at ML Realty Partners. Stokes was previously employed with Anderson Commercial Group in Milwaukee as a commercial real estate broker.
Stokes is a graduate of Marquette University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Lindeman holds the National Association of Realtors CRB designation and is a CCIM candidate as well as a member of the National Office and Industrial Team, National Medical Office Team; with focus in the sale and leasing of office properties in Illinois.
Lindeman has completed transactions with an aggregate value exceeding $200 million dollars. Over the course of his career, Lindeman has represented more than 250 different clients.
In his new role, DeFilippis will focus on asset management for both the Chicago and New York/New Jersey industrial markets. He also continues to manage the Ares industrial portfolio through a consulting arrangement between the two companies.
DeFilippis brings twelve years of real estate experience from various roles including asset management, underwriting, dispositions and accounting. He successfully managed assets in Chicago, Milwaukee, Boston, Philadelphia and Atlanta. DeFilippis earned a master’s degree in business administration from the Kellogg School of Management in 2009 and is a CPA.
Regnery is located in the firm’s Client Service and Marketing group focusing on investor relations including current investors as well as expanding the company’s institutional capital and consultant relationships. Prior to his work in the Client Service & Marketing Group, Regnery was a senior vice president in the acquisitions group where he was responsible for sourcing, analyzing, and closing transactions and venture relationships within the firm’s areas of specialty real estate.
Regnery received his bachelor’s degree from Denison University. He holds the Certified Commercial Investment Member designation and is also an active member of the Pension Real Estate Association, Urban Land Institute and Denison University Alumni Association.
Becker is responsible for helping customers with loan origination, credit plan structuring and developing markets within Associated’s commercial real estate platform. She previously was a vice president with Wells Fargo Bank Commercial Real Estate Group.
Having more than 20 years of experience in the industry, Becker earned her undergraduate degree from Illinois State University and her master’s degree from Roosevelt University. Her office is located in the Aon Building at 200 E. Randolph.
Wood previously worked at Northern Builders, where he spent the last 19 years in a variety of roles including head of construction.
At Jones Lang LaSalle, Wood will oversee project management of all major industrial built-to-suit projects undertaken on behalf of the firm’s clients.
White brings more than 20 years of experience working with corporate, private and institutional owners of retail real estate. White came to Avison Young from Phillips Edison and Co. where he was director of redevelopment. In that position, he was awarded Top Producer honors in 2011 for repurposing and leasing approximately 200,000 square feet of big-box retail space throughout the country.
White also has held senior level positions at a number of prominent real estate companies, including Heritage Property Investment Trust, Centro Properties (now Brixmor) and CB Richard Ellis. He has worked with clients such as GE Capital, UNUM Life Insurance and Liberty Mutual.
Previously Goldner was at Jameson Commercial where he was the sole broker of the $19 million Cityfront Center Plaza Phase II. Prior to that Goldner was previously with Arthur Goldner & Associates where he worked in multifamily property management and as the broker on 12 property transactions in Evanston and Roger’s Park.
He was promoted to vice president of acquisitions and acquired Hartford Plaza Shopping Center in Wisconsin. His other brokerage accomplishments include Willow Hill Executive Center, The Galewood Yard 50 acres on Chicago’s Northwest side and 300-324 W. Huron.
Reynolds brings more than six years of commercial real estate industry experience to her new position. Most recently, she was a client service specialist with CBRE in Schaumburg where she was responsible for overseeing 7.9 million square feet of office space. At Bradford Allen, she will focus on agency representation in the suburban Chicago market.
During her tenure at CBRE, Reynolds represented suburban landlords such as ACG Management, Crossroads Development Partners, CWCapital, Janko Group, KBS Realty Advisors, Lowe Enterprises Real Estate Group, Principal Global Investors and New York Life Investment among others.
Graham has been with the leasing group since January of 2000 working for various institutionally owned properties within the city of Chicago and the greater Chicago area. Graham’s first position at Mid-America was as leasing representative, and in 2008 she was promoted to vice president, continuing her specialty in landlord representation.
A 1997 graduate of Purdue University, she is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and participates in the ICSC Next Generation and Women in Retail Leasing Association.
Neathery joins the firm as a partner in the real estate group. Neathery represents clients in dispositions and acquisitions involving office, retail, industrial, hotel and multifamily assets across the country. His experience in this area includes the development and sale of mixed-use projects, in which he has drafted master declarations, easement agreements and development agreements.
He also regularly represents landlords and tenants in a variety of different leasing transactions. Neathery earned his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School and his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.
As a member of Meridian’s recently formed National Projects Group, Lukas will assist the company in expanding its national presence focusing on projects outside the Chicago market.
Lukas has worked in the construction industry for nearly 10 years and has significant experience in project management and estimating with an emphasis in the area of site work and site development projects. Lukas graduated from Illinois State University with a bachelor’s degree in 2000 and earned his master’s degree in business administration from Roosevelt University in 2006.
Liebman has been a SIOR member since 1999 and is active with SIOR’s global entity serving as a member of its Standards Council. Liebman also serves on the Board of YouthBuild Lake County.
Liebman’s new leadership role at SIOR coincides with a successful initial nine months at Op2mize. Already holding his JD credential as an attorney, Liebman also recently achieved the Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design Green Associate credential awarded by the United States Green Business Council.
Ross comes to RFR with a long track record of advising clients in the commercial real estate industry, most recently as a partner with Thompson Coburn LLP and prior to that at Schain, Burney, Ross & Citron.
His extensive experience covers commercial leasing, commercial lending, commercial and retail acquisition and development, apartment multi-family acquisition and development, and financing including securitized loans and matters involving restructuring for income tax purposes as they relate to real estate development.
Dempsey works in Colliers International’s Land Advisory Group, where she focuses primarily on the disposition of bank and FDIC owned assets.
Colliers International | Chicago recognized Dempsey with the award for the largest number of consummated transactions in 2012. She currently resides in Lake Bluff.
Messerly joins as a partner with broad experience in real estate. He concentrates in the areas of large portfolio acquisition and disposition, equity investments and real estate finance, having represented some of the country’s preeminent institutional real estate investors and lenders.
Messerly’s clients invest in all types of commercial property and his experience mirrors that breadth. He has worked on acquisitions and dispositions in virtually every state in the country, including transactions involving commercial office buildings, industrial buildings, apartment complexes, hotels and mixed-use buildings ranging in size and complexity.
York joined Skender in 2010 and has helped manage more than 2.5 million square feet of interior build-outs for clients such as kCura, Fireman’s Fund and Leica Microsystems. She is currently managing work for BMO Harris Bank, United Way and Standard Parking.
York previously worked as associate project manager at Opus North Corp. and holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Iowa State University.
Senner focuses on helping corporations, institution, lenders and entrepreneurs in developing real estate strategies. Senner was named a 2012 NAIOP Industrial Transaction of the Year finalist for his representation of Lawson Products in its build-to-suit relocation.
Additionally, he received national recognition as a top 10 percent producer by Colliers International.
Clark brings more than 25 years of property and asset management experience to the position. In his new role as president of management services, he will be responsible for identifying, developing, directing, and operating all management assignments for the firm.
Clark has managed more than 20 million square feet of office and industrial space throughout the Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, St. Louis and Des Moines markets. Prior to joining Bradford Allen, he worked with companies such as Insignia, CAPSTAR Commercial Real Estate Services, Hines and most recently Winthrop Management.
Steve Trapp has joined Jones Lang LaSalle’s north suburban industrial team in the role of senior vice president.
Trapp comes to the firm from Cushman & Wakefield, where he spent the past 10 years handling landlord and tenant representation lease assignments, build-to-suit projects, land sales and investment sales. He previously worked as an industrial broker for both Insignia ESG and Grubb & Ellis.
Trapp joins fellow brokers Kurt Sarbaugh and Robin Stolberg on the north suburban industrial team, which focuses on serving industrial users and investors in Lake County, northern Cook County and Southeast Wisconsin.
Halik joined Skender in 2011 and has helped manage more than 1.2 million square feet of construction, including ground-up construction for DeVry University and interior build-outs for McDermott Will & Emery, Wrapports LLC and Ropes & Gray LLP.
Halik previously worked as project manager at Madison Construction and holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Yazbec was previously executive vice president for the Chicago-area based company. Yazbec, with more than 25 years of experience in the real estate and construction industry, joined J.C. Anderson Inc. in 2011 from Jones Lang LaSalle where he served as the managing director of Midwest construction services.
Yazbec also served in management rolls with Charles Hall Construction LLC and Turner Construction in Chicago. He holds a master’s degree in architecture with a concentration in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Glaser’s duties will carry over from his previous position as director of preconstruction. This includes coordination of the preconstruction process to provide accurate cost, constructability and scheduling information to clients and the HCS team.
Glaser brings more than 35 years of experience, of which three are with HCS, to his new position. He holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology and construction from Missouri State University.
This marks Kling’s fifth promotion in six years, making him the youngest professional within the firm to achieve the title of principal. Kling, 33, is an industrial services professional focused in the west suburban industrial markets.
In 2012 Kling completed more than 50 transactions valued in excess of $163 million. In recognition of his success, Kling has also been named a top 5 industrial producer nationally by Colliers USA for 2011 and 2012.
Bogucki joined Skender in 2010 and has since implemented a variety of successful IT programs within the organization.
In his new role he will continue to lead Skender’s technology advancement initiatives. Bogucki has 15 years of IT experience and was previously employed as global learning systems administrator at Panduit.
Ragsdale will focus on expanding the firm’s market share in one of the world’s largest industrial real estate markets. Ragsdale has been one of Jones Lang LaSalle’s most well-respected industrial brokers since joining the firm in 2001. Since then, he has implemented more than 190 projects around the globe totaling more than 33 million square feet and valued in excess of $1.5 billion.
Ragsdale will also be collaborating closely with John Huguenard, national head of the firm’s Industrial Investment Sales group, and Brenda Crisp, head of the firm’s Industrial Property Management group.
Podgorny brings more than 30 years of industry experience to Englewood Construction, with previous positions as a principal at Crane Construction in Northbrook and senior vice president with Capitol Construction in Wheeling.
Focused on high-end restaurants and retail projects, Podgorny also has knowledge in hospitality and building renovation work. In the past, he has worked with clients such as Hyatt, Morgan Chase, Crate and Barrel, the James Hotel, Ian Schraeger, Denihan Hospitality, The Fairmont, Swissotel, The Stefani Restaurant Group, The Levy Group, The Compass Group and restaurants such as Smith and Wollensky, Frontera Grill, Weber Grill and Fleming’s Steakhouse in Chicago.
Wright will serve as a member of CBRE’s Chicago Leadership Team, a group responsible for managing overall regional operations. As managing director, he will oversee both the 29 retail brokers located in Chicago as well as the regional Retail Investment practice.
In addition, he will utilize the synergies between retail and land sales to give leadership to the four-person Land Group also located in Oakbrook.
Schanuel brings more than 30 years of community planning, economic development and project management experience to HCS. He recently served as the interim executive director of the Southwestern Illinois Leadership Council. Prior to that, Schanuel was a senior planner and project manager at Woolpert Inc., a national A/E consulting firm.
In his new role, Schanuel will be responsible for managing business development, marketing and client services at HCS. He will maintain and cultivate relationships with current and future clients, owners, consultants and area business and community organizations.
In 2012, Burden was named a top 10 percent producer by Colliers USA. Burden works closely with some of the company’s largest international Fortune 500 accounts. He has completed approximately 500 sale and leasing transactions comprising more than 6 million square feet of commercial space with gross transaction valued in excess of $1 billion.
Notable transactions include the headquarters for Nuveen Investments, Valspar Corp. and Chicago area locations for Charles Schwab & Co.
Carroll will focus on debt placement transactions in the Midwestern United States. He has more than 20 years of experience in commercial real estate finance and most recently served as a managing director for Cohen Financial where he led a team of six capital markets professionals.
He is a full member of ULI, NAIOP and the University of Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association and is the immediate past president of the Realty Club of Chicago. Carroll holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Hendrick brings more than 20 years of real estate experience to her new role and will lead strategic initiatives for the firm’s Asset Management division. Prior to MB Real Estate, Hendrick served as a vice president and general manager for The John Buck Co. where she was responsible for overseeing the property management of 111 S. Wacker Drive since 2006.
Hendrick started her property management career with Hines Interests at 70 W. Madison. She subsequently managed 303 E. Wacker and 321 N. Clark, both market repositioning assignments. She was a certified public accountant and received a bachelor’s degree in business administration in public accounting from Loyola University.
Myers joins Avison Young as a principal and will lead the firm’s landlord/agency-leasing efforts in Chicago and the Midwest. Myers brings 21 years of commercial real estate industry experience to Avison Young. During his career, he has closed more than 3 million square feet of office leases in the Chicago metropolitan area. He was most recently an office leasing broker specializing in landlord representation with Tishman Speyer in Chicago.
Myers spent seven years at Tishman Speyer, leasing more than 2 million square feet of office space. Prior to joining Tishman Speyer, Myers held landlord office broker positions with ING Clarion, The John Buck Co. and Orix Real Estate Equities. He began his career as a market research analyst and suburban landlord office broker with Bennett & Kahnweiler (now Colliers International).
Silverman was previously with suburban based Chicagoland Commercial. JBS Commercial specializes in office, industrial and flex leasing & sales opportunities in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Silverman holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa.
Throughout college and into his early twenties, Krisco gained a wide range of knowledge in the commercial real estate sector working for family owned and operated company Bern Realty. In 2010, Krisco moved to then start-up company Metal Solutions LLC as a managing member. In negotiating more than 50 construction jobs in 21 different states, he was instrumental in securing national rebranding programs for Nissan, Volkswagen, Chrysler and Wal-Mart.
Krisco is a licensed real estate broker in the State of Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in finance degree from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.
Sreenan will oversee field operations and track the progress on a variety of projects for the company. He previously was vice president, senior project manager and director of field operations at Sonoma Construction, where helped manage more than 5 million square feet of new construction and interiors projects.
Sreenan has a bachelor’s degree from Florida South College and more than 17 years’ experience, including overseeing field operations on projects such as Sara Lee, the Park View Hotel and American International Group Inc.
A 30-year veteran of the Chicago real estate industry, Gatti previously served as chief financial officer for Stone Levy LLC, Strategic Realty Advisors Inc., and Stone Financial Group LLC as well as senior vice president for VMS Realty.
Gatti received his undergraduate degree from DePaul University in 1978, and is a certified public accountant.
Hren began his career in 1995 as a design civil engineer for Seton Engineering in Illinois before Joining William A. Randolph construction as a project manager focusing on the construction of hotels and retail developments. In 2004 he joined White Lodging as a project manager and served in a variety of progressively responsible roles before being named director of construction.
During his tenure at White Lodging Hren managed numerous new construction and renovation projects across the nation for hospitality flags including Marriott and Hilton. In 2010 he joined Killian Construction Co. where he served as vice president with direct responsibility for the company’s pre-construction services and estimating division. He also served Killian as vice president of operations for key clients such as White Lodging, Mohegan Sun and Chesterfield Hotels.
Parasugo joined Howard Ecker + Company’s New York office in 2010 and previously served as a vice president, specializing in commercial lease transactions. In addition to focusing on the New York office market, Parasugo supports Ecker on transactions across the country. In her new role, she will assume more responsibility on the operational side of the business.
Parasugo worked for nine years at Tishman Speyer. She is familiar with both the Chicago and New York commercial markets, having acted as the owner’s representative in Chicago, leasing several Class A office properties downtown, and as the New York asset manager of a 13 million square foot office portfolio including iconic properties such as The MetLife Building and Chrysler Center. Prior to Tishman Speyer, Parasugo spent six years as a member of Arthur Andersen’s Real Estate Services Group.
In his new role, Egan will focus on expanding the Chicago research team’s insight generation and market intelligence in a way that helps guide real estate strategies, identifies risks and validates decision making.
Egan brings 10 years of experience in real estate valuation, acquisitions and dispositions from time spent as manager of transaction real estate at Ernst & Young and as an investment sales broker at Colliers International where he specialized in the marketing and sale of large institutional, industrial and office portfolios. Prior to Colliers, he was an acquisitions officer and financial analyst manager at Duke Realty where he oversaw the valuation and underwriting of more than $1 billion of acquisitions, dispositions, development, leasing and capital improvement projects.
Theobald, who joined Meritus Homes in November 2012, has more than 20 years of experience in construction, development and purchasing for reputable private homebuilders, including 10 years with Northbrook-based Red Seal Development Corp.
He will manage projects, contracts and day-to-day operations in his role as senior project manager for Meritus Homes. Theobald brings an all-around expertise in the homebuilding industry and knowledge of the custom and high-end market.
The well-respected real estate broker’s primary focus will be downtown office building leasing opportunities, working closely with senior leadership to serve clients in the Chicago region and beyond.
Nieman’s career in real estate began in Chicago in 1983 at The John Buck Company, leading the firm’s leasing group as principal and overseeing more than 6.5 million square feet in office transactions. In 2009, he relocated to Abu Dhabi, UAE, for a two-year assignment with John Buck International, serving as executive director of leasing for 2 million square feet of office space in Abu Dhabi’s new financial center.
Since returning from the Middle East, Nieman headed Colliers International’s downtown Chicago leasing practice. In two years, he built a portfolio of more than 4.4 million square feet of existing and “to-be-built” buildings.
Pepper will take on an increased role in the company’s operations and strategic direction. He will continue his responsibility for developing and maintaining strong client relations and leading the company’s marketing and business development team.
Previously, Pepper served as executive vice president. He has been with Pepper Construction since earning a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology with a concentration in building construction from the University of Wisconsin/Stout in 1988. He joined the company as a project manager and has served in a variety of roles. In 2001, Pepper transitioned to his most recent role leading the company’s marketing and business development efforts.
Prior to joining Foley, Solomon was general counsel with ST Residential LLC. Solomon has extensive experience in a wide range of real estate matters, including project development and management, work outs and restructuring, foreclosure, litigation and bankruptcy, and loan originations.
Before joining ST Residential, Solomon spent considerable time at Corus Bank, where he served as general counsel and senior vice president of commercial lending. In this role, he managed loan originations, directed and negotiated complex agreements with third parties and managed the defense for all litigation brought against the bank, including class actions and banking-related matters.
Caesar is responsible for leading the design and construction in Chicago. Caesar began working with Opus in 1996 and has led the design-build group in the Chicago office for the past five years. His ability to coordinate with Opus Development Company LLC has led to recent successes in the Chicago market, including: Arboretum Landmark, a 310 unit luxury apartment development in Lisle; a food processing facility for Fresh Express; and a build-to-suit warehouse facility for Maxzone Vehicle Lighting Corp.
Prior to joining Opus, Caesar was an associate project manager at Ben A. Borenstein Co. Caesar graduated from Bradley University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in construction management.
Formerly a resident of Michigan, Kneen has more than 30 years of experience in health care management in a variety of hospital, continuing care retirement community (CCRC) and vendor settings. Kneen’s focus will be on enhancing programs and services at The Clare.
The Clare is a 53-story luxury Chicago retirement living community located at Pearson and Rush, in the heart of the Gold Coast.
Nueschen, who joined Meritus in October 2012, has been instrumental in the grand opening of the Reserve of St. Charles, the builder’s community of 100 semi-custom single-family homes three miles north of downtown St. Charles. As sales manager for the community, Nueschen will lead buyers through the homebuying process, cultivate relationships with area realtors and manage marketing efforts for the community.
Nueschen joins Meritus Homes with more than 24 years of real estate sales experience, including 11 years with Kimball Hill Homes where he served as sales manager for the builder’s south suburban communities.
Demetriou was previously a senior real estate associate at both Sidley Austin and SNR Denton in Chicago, where he focused on the financing, acquisition, disposition, and leasing of commercial real estate throughout the country.
Significant representations included KeyBank, JPMorgan Chase, Metro Storage and more recently, Royal Bank of Scotland, Starwood and Wells Fargo. His practice also included zoning and land use matters for businesses and universities as well as non-profit entities.
On a pro-bono basis, Demetriou also represented the Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and also served as general counsel to The Cara Foundation. Prior to his career as an attorney, Demetriou worked in executive compensation for Hughes, Lucent and managed business development for a closely held telecommunications consulting firm.
Jaskolski brings with him more than 28 years of experience in the electrical industry with knowledge spanning over both the Milwaukee and Chicago markets.
Jaskolski has completed notable projects such as the largest Ronald McDonald House in the world; a 16-story, 85-room building on Grand Avenue in Chicago; and a 70,000-square-foot, five-story addition to the historic 4th Presbyterian Church of Chicago.
Jaskolski also has an extensive background in project management in the healthcare sector, which will be one of his main focuses at Rex Electric & Technologies LLC.
DKMallon is a full-service retail real estate firm that works with municipalities, owners, retailers and investors. The company is now working with 22 properties in Illinois that total more than 1 million square feet.
Mike Mallon is leading DKMallon. He brings more than 30 years of experience in the Chicago-area commercial real estate market to his new position.
Mallon, since 2005, has been providing retail real estate services with Mallon and Associates. Before forming that company, Mallon served as vice president of real estate for the Midwest region for American Stores and Safeway.
Kurt Warnke is the real estate manager for DKMallon. Warnke most recently worked as transaction manager at Jones Lang LaSalle and as a real estate manager/financial analyst for Safeway.
Duncan Smith is the property manager for DKMallon. He has worked with Westfield and managed three large regional malls in Australia and the United States.
McConnell has worked with a variety of companies related to Inland for 23 years, most recently serving as vice president of investor relations for Retail Properties of America, a publicly-traded real estate investment trust.
Before that, McConnell served in several capacities in Inland’s meeting facility and investment groups, including as vice president of investor relations for Inland Retail Real Estate Trust.
The rankings are the result of two years of research and feedback from evaluation committees and top chief marketing officers that yielded an algorithm for how to rank marekting executives based on their performance in 24 key areas.
“We were extremely impressed with Cassidy Turley’s brand performance over the last two years and with Matthei-Meredith’s over 20 years of experience in commercial real estate and strategic marketing,” said Adam Navrozally, analyst for the rankings division of ExecRank. “During her tenure, Cassidy Turley’s reputation as an industry leader and for providing a high level of client satisfaction has spread rapidly. In addition, she is recognized by colleagues as an industry leader.”
Mullen will also serve as a senior advisor to IndCor, with a focus on growing the company’s 83 million-square-foot national industrial platform. Mullen was most recently CEO and then vice chairman of CenterPoint Properties, a company with a major presence in the development, acquisition and management of industrial properties and transportation infrastructure.
During his 36-year career, Mullen has developed or redeveloped more than 70 million square feet of industrial facilities, and participated in more than $8 billion of real estate transactions. Career highlights include the development of three of the largest intermodals in North America, two for the Union Pacific Railroad and one for the BNSF Railway. Mullen was the 2007 national chairman of NAIOP, the 14,000 member Commercial Real Estate Development Association.
Martin joined Jones Lang LaSalle in 2002 as chief financial officer and was appointed to the additional position of chief operating officer in 2005. Under her leadership, the firm has maintained an investment grade balance sheet.
She built the firm’s industry-leading Energy and Sustainability Services business, helped structure acquisitions across its global platform, and contributed to productivity growth and client service through the development of a globally unified technology platform.
Lirtzman joins the firm from U.S. Equities Realty and has experience leasing some of Chicago’s highest profile office assets on behalf of the city’s most respected commercial real estate firms. Lirtzman has been responsible for major transactions within 515 N. State, 222 S. Riverside Plaza, 333 W. Wacker, 77 W. Wacker, 180 N. LaSalle and 224 S. Michigan, among others. He has completed transactions with tenants such as Fifth Third Bank, Deutsche Bank, Accenture, Trading Technologies, American Express and Wayne Hummer Investments.
Throughout his career, Lirtzman has completed transactions totaling more than 2.5 million square feet with a value exceeding $250 million. His experience includes tenures with U.S. Equities Realty, The John Buck Co. and Trammell Crow Co.
Formerly a partner with a national firm, Moorhead focuses his time representing both tenants and landlords in leasing retail, office and manufacturing/warehouse properties, as well as buying and selling commercial properties.
McNellis joined First National Assets in March, 2011 and is the REO manager for First National Realty Group, the in house brokerage company for FNA. As REO Manager, she oversees and facilitates all real estate transactions for the company including land, commercial investment property, residential, multifamily, industrial marketing and sale of mature tax liens.
McNellis began her real estate career in 2005 at Millco Investments where she quickly progressed from executive assistant to property manager to tenant representation. McNellis assisted in more than $250 million in commercial real estate transactions during her tenure.
In his new role as vice president, Geisler will oversee the development function at ML Realty Partners.
Geisler was a leader in the management and development of two new spec buildings, simultaneously being built at ML Realty Partners’ current industrial parks, Heritage Crossing Corporate Center in Lockport (120,800 square feet) and Port Crossing Commerce Center at the Port of Houston (261,291 square feet).
Roberts has made significant contributions to Jones Lang LaSalle, both in the Americas region and for the firm globally. During his 10-year tenure as CEO of the Americas, annual revenues in the region have grown six-fold through organic growth and transformational mergers.
He also has been a member of the firm’s Global Executive Committee, which guides the firm’s global strategy.
Tapas will oversee MEP preconstruction and purchasing activities and provide commissioning support on a variety of projects at Skender Construction. Tapas previously worked as an independent consultant at Tapas Engineering Services and has helped manage more than 500,000 square feet of new construction and interiors projects with Skender Construction, including UBS, CVS Caremark and DeVry University.
Tapas holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University and has more than 35 years of experience, including MEP management on such projects as Trump International Hotel & Tower and BP Bright Lights.
Prior to joining MACK Companies, Gutman oversaw the acquisition of new investment properties and negotiation/closing of investment contracts for E.C.O. Holdings Corp., one of Garfield Park’s largest rehabbers of multi-unit, distressed properties. He also has more than five years of experience in residential real estate, as well as investment in single-family and multi-unit properties through his tenure with The Mario Greco Group, one of Chicago’s top-producing brokers.
At MACK, Gutman’s primary objective will be to build on the company’s current record sales pace, which included the sale of more than 50 single-family homes to investors during the third quarter of 2012.
McKenna, 32, brings 10 years of experience to his role at Golub, including prior success with Related Midwest and Prudential Mortgage Capital Company.
He is charged with sourcing, analyzing and financing Golub’s development and acquisition opportunities.
Olshonsky previously served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of NAI Global New York City. He brings 25 years of experience and industry knowledge to the firm.
Before joining NAI Global, Olshonsky served as managing director for CBRE for 15 years, running the Washington D.C. office.
Quinn is also an accredited staging professional. She recently staged the largest single-family residence in Wisconsin, a home that is more than 35,000 square feet.
Daniels and C-suite leaders Steve Pemberton, divisional vice president and chief diversity officer at Walgreens and Marco Tasso, president and chief executive officer of Northstar Lottery Group LLC, offered their insights on the topic, “Paths to Professional Empowerment and Leadership.”
The Changing Color of Leadership Conference is a forum for business leaders, diversity professionals and minority business owners throughout the Chicago region, who discuss strategies that energize corporate leaders and create organizational change.
Stratis, 37, began his career as an associate with Oak Brook-based Inland Real Estate Group. He then spent seven years as vice president of Chicago-based Draper and Kramer, helping to expand the firm’s commercial brokerage and investment sales business throughout northern Illinois. Most recently, Stratis was vice president of brokerage for Lombard-based Sequoia Realty Group.
As vice president and managing broker of @properties Commercial, Stratis will oversee the firm’s leasing and sales activity across the full spectrum of commercial asset classes including office, industrial, retail and multi-family. Other responsibilities include recruiting seasoned talent and expanding the firm’s receivership business, an area of expertise for Stratis at Draper and Kramer and Sequoia.
Rogalla will oversee the financial and operational activities at Origin Capital. Rogalla has more than 25 years of experience in the real estate industry focused on acquisitions, dispositions and development throughout the U.S. Prior to joining Origin, he was the senior vice president – director of acquisitions/dispositions – Central Region for KBS Realty Advisors.
Since opening the Chicago office in 2005, he handled the acquisition of approximately $2.5 billion and disposition of $900 million of assets. Previously, he served as the senior vice president – director of U.S. development for Slough Estates USA where he directed more than $800 million of development projects.
Dwyer, 47, is a 20-year veteran of the residential real estate industry, with a history of accomplishments at The John Buck Company, Reside Residential, Greystar and Archstone-Smith.
She will oversee the strategy and operations of Golub’s U.S. residential portfolio.
Shenberg is a 2012 graduate of Arizona State University where she received her bachelor’s degree in interior design and a minor in design studies with a primary focus on industrial design.
Prior to graduating she held an internship at Wolcott Architecture | Interiors where she worked on commercial and hospitality projects.
Miller specializes in the sale and leasing of commercial property, and her client list includes primarily commercial accounts such as investors, developers and financial institutions.
Before launching her own company, Miller spent the beginning of her career on Wall Street in New York at an investment bank in the financial analytics and structured transactions group of the mortgage trading desk, performing collateral, deal structure and valuation analysis. She then transitioned to vice president of sales, trading mortgage backed bonds and other securities with institutional investor clients. She then worked with a building/development/real estate investment company as a business and project manager.
Fiola will help grow the brand through new market strategy and securing optimum real estate locations for new shops in Seattle, Portland, Kansas City and Phoenix. Fiola has a five-year degree in architecture and was with BP Amoco for nearly 20 years in all areas of retail development, from design to project management, zoning and permitting and acquisitions.
Most recently she was a senior real estate Manager for Caribou Coffee Company. Fiola is the immediate past president of CREW Chicago; the Chicago chapter of Commercial Real Estate Executive Women.
McElroy, a registered professional engineer in Illinois and member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, has more than 30 years of experience with increasing responsibility in the construction industry.
He most recently served as a general manager with Graycor Industrial Construction in northeast Illinois. McElroy, who has a civil engineering degree from the University of Illinois, will be based out of MC Industrial’s Portage, Ind. office.
Rose has joined Colliers International after spending the past six years working as a marketing/client service coordinator for both CB Richard Ellis and Stone Real Estate Corporation.
Rose specializes in marketing strategies, advertising and design and will assist the team with building and strengthening client relationships. She is a graduate of The University of Iowa where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business marketing. She currently resides in Chicago.
Kohl oversees the Chicago asset services line of business for the northern portion of the Central Region. In addition to Chicago, he has responsibility for Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis and Pittsburgh.
Kohl joined CBRE following its merger with Trammell Crow Co. While there, the 25-year industry veteran was tasked with guiding and growing the firm’s presence in the Chicago and Midwest markets. He also, as managing director of the firm’s Midwest trade area, oversaw all office and industrial brokerage, property management and project management operations throughout Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Minnesota.
Pedraza previously worked at the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, where she served as director of procurement and business diversity since 2008 ensuring compliance with MBE/WBE utilization plans on all MPEA construction projects through direct oversight.
Prior to that, she worked to improve business operations and compliance programs with the Illinois Department of Central Management Services and with the Chicago Public Schools. Pedraza is a graduate of DePaul University.
His duties will be focused on originating commercial mortgage loans intended for securitization, or CMBS loans, as well as building strategic correspondent relationships with community banks. Based in Miami, Cooper will travel between Florida and his hometown of Chicago and will report to Constantine Scurtis, co-chairman and CEO of SL Capital.
Cooper has more than 25 years of experience in the real estate industry, spending most of that time originating and brokering commercial real estate loans. Most recently, he served as a principal in the Commercial OREO Group at Bank of America. Earlier, he served as a principal of the bank’s CMBS Global Capital Markets group. Before that, Cooper owned and operated Steel River Development, a real estate investment and management company located in Pittsburgh.
Prior to joining Arnstein & Lehr, Brunka worked in-house for a large university, where she focused on construction law. Her responsibilities included drafting, modifying and reviewing contracts, including various construction contracts, business agreements, settlement agreements and memoranda of understandings. Brunka remedied various construction issues related to procurement, insurance, bonds, liens, project closeout and green buildings. In addition, she assisted in construction accident liability mitigation and developed amicable resolution regarding evidence retention among counsels.
Brunka earned her juris doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law, where she served for a year as the managing editor of the University of Illinois Journal of Law, Technology & Policy and as president of the Real Estate Law Society.
Steven Hunter, an attorney in the Chicago office of national law firm Quarles & Brady LLP, was recently named chairman of the Chicago Chapter of Brown University’s Inman Page Black Alumni Council (IPC).
The mission of IPC is to strengthen Brown University by directly addressing the needs and concerns of its black alumni and establishing a productive interaction among black alumni, students, faculty and staff.
The Chicago Chapter of the IPC was founded this year with the goal of making more of an impact on Brown University’s current and future African-American alumni.
Hunter, who graduated from Brown with a degree in economics and political science, is a trial lawyer with first-chair experience representing corporations and lending institutions in commercial banking, real estate and construction litigation throughout the country. He was recently selected to join the next class of Fellows of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) and was one of the 2012 Honorees at the Chicago Conversation Awards.
Howard brings five years of experience in analyzing commercial real estate investment opportunities and has spent the last five years at the Archon Group, most recently on the retail investments team in Chicago, overseeing retail development projects.
As a financial analyst, Howard will be performing financial analysis, conducting market research and leading property due diligence for new acquisition opportunities.
Howard is a current member of several commercial real estate organizations, and has also served locally as an AmeriCorps member and as a coach for Urban Initiatives, a Chicago-based nonprofit health and education program. Howard received his BBA in real estate and urban land economics and marketing from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
McGowan originally joined Colliers International in 2011 as an associate in the firm’s Real Estate Management Services Group specializing in the management of distressed assets. He has since transitioned to the Corporate Solutions team and is now focused on expanding the firm’s national corporate client portfolio.
McGowan is a graduate of the University of Michigan and is an active member of the Young Real Estate Professionals, Young Office Brokers Association and The Real Estate Society. He is a native of Lake Forest and currently resides in Chicago.
Cisneros brings more than 30 years of roofing industry experience to Anthony Roofing with a career that has included roles in installations, account management, sales and marketing. He most recently served as the manager of technical services for CETCO Building Materials Group based in Hoffman Estates.
Prior to his time at CETCO, Cisneros worked for Waukegan Roofing Company Inc. and Tecta America company FJA Christiansen Roofing Corp. where he helped update project management procedures for Tecta.
Cisneros attended Western Illinois University and is very active in his local community outside of his profession. He sits on the Board of Directors for the McHenry County Historical Society and is an advisory committee member for his local township government developing a subdivision comprehensive plan with an emphasis on stormwater management.
Harris specializes in financing commercial assets with a focus on triple-net lease and sale-leaseback transactions.
Harris brings 14 years of mortgage banking experience and has closed more than 1,900 transactions totaling more than $2.9 billion. In his new role with Meridian, Harris will be originating debt and equity transactions nationally, focusing on triple-net leased property owners and investors.
He joins Meridian from Marcus & Millichap where he was ranked as a “Top Five Broker” nationally from 2007 through 2011 and a “Top Loan Originator” for three consecutive years from 2008 to 2010.
Sidor will lead brokerage operations and Cassidy Turley’s practice groups, including data center solutions, healthcare, hospitality, law firms, food and beverage facilities, net lease investment properties and life sciences. Additionally, she will lead the company’s customer relationship management team in its ongoing development.
Before joining Cassidy Turley, Sidor worked with Colliers International, most recently as president of operations for the United States.
Chaiken will oversee leasing activity at the firm’s 36 properties that are located primarily in the Chicago metropolitan area.
As leasing director, Chaiken will be responsible for establishing and maintaining strong relationships in the retail brokerage community. Chaiken brings eight years of experience to her position at Next Realty. Most recently she was an associate with Edgemark Commercial Real Estate Services where she was responsible for marketing more than one million square feet of retail space in the Chicago-area, and negotiating leases for more than 50,000 square feet of small shop space in 2011.
Chaiken previously held positions with DLC Management Corp. and Heritage Properties Investment Trust Inc.
The team is located in the firm’s downtown Chicago office and will focus on business development for corporate accounts and office tenant representation assignments.
Berarducci joins Colliers International from Newmark Grubb Knight Frank’s Chicago office where he worked most recently as associate director. Berarducci’s expertise spans more than eight years with specializations in tenant representation and leasing advisory services. He is an active member of the Young Real Estate Professionals (YREP) and Commercial Real Estate Organization (CREO) and holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University. A native of Columbus, Ohio, Berarducci is currently a resident of Chicago.
Since joining Bear Construction in 2005 Larkin has held the positions of project manager, senior project manager and project executive.
Larkin has a bachelor’s degree in accountancy from Northern Illinois University, is a CPA, LEED AP and BOMA RPA certified.
She will serve as the chapter support team representative to the National Board of Directors. Kaufman served as the chapter support team chairperson in 2011-12, orchestrating leadership training and acting as the National Board liaison to chapter leadership in the organization’s 48 chapters. Kaufman served as the chair-elect in 2010-11, and is the past president of the Illinois Chapter of ASID (2009-10).
Kaufman has been an active member in the organization since 1985. She is president of Interior Planning and Design Inc., a full-service interior design firm she founded in 1990.
Lend Lease, a company that specializes in project management and construction, recently appointed Richard Rodriguez as its business development director in the company’s Chicago office.
Rodriguez, a Chicago native, officially started his new position Oct. 15.
In his role with Lend Lease, Rodriguez will work as a member of the local management team and be responsible for growing the business in the Chicago area, identifying and pursuing new project opportunities, continuing to build relationships across multiple business sectors and generating new partnerships for the Chicago office.
Before joining Lend Lease, Rodriguez served as strategic management executive for Res Publica Group.
Johnson, a Chicago resident, will meet with professionals interested in buying RE/MAX franchises across the northern Illinois region and will be based at the RE/MAX northern Illinois headquarters in Elgin. The northern Illinois region encompasses the top third of the state.
Before coming to RE/MAX, Johnson was a managing associate and investment advisor for Pearre & Associates, a Chicago-based wealth-management firm serving high-net-worth individuals and businesses. While there, Johnson worked with clients who possessed a minimum of $1 million in assets and businesses with $25 million to $100 million in revenue.
At RE/MAX Northern Illinois, Johnson will assist existing brokerages interested in converting to the RE/MAX brand make that transition. He will also help entrepreneurs and real estate professionals outside of the RE/MAX network who want to open their own RE/MAX office navigate the ownership process.
Dieter will remain with Cushman & Wakefield through 2013 and work closely with Morris to support the company’s aggressive growth plans for the industrial practice.
Morris, currently the leader of Cushman & Wakefield’s global business consulting service line, joined the commercial real estate services firm in 2005. As an industry leader in network and location strategy for industrial operations, he has an extensive background in supply chain strategy, network design, cost reduction and transportation operations, working with many Fortune 500 companies.
Jerbich is known for his ability to facilitate M&A transactions on behalf of retailers. He has structured and guided some of the leading U.S. retailers, such as Dollar Tree, Anna’s Linens, Aldo and others in the acquisition of hundreds of leases as part of his clients’ respective growth strategies.
In addition to facilitating M&A activity, Jerbich specializes in retail turnarounds where real estate and renegotiating leases are crucial to a company’s success. Jerbich will be actively involved in the A&G equity business, playing a key role in deploying capital in situations where it is needed to create liquidity, “fix a problem” or assist in making acquisitions. Prior to joining A&G Realty Partners, he was a senior managing director for DJM Realty, a Gordon Brothers Group Company for six years. Before that, he was a vice president at Hilco Real Estate.
Martin brings a wide range of real estate knowledge gained over the last five years working in many different strategic rolls for a variety of real estate firms. Before joining Interra Realty, Martin worked at GEM Realty Capital, a Chicago based real estate private equity firm. At GEM, Martin focused his attention on the asset management and financial reporting of a diverse real estate portfolio including multifamily buildings, student housing apartments, hotels and office buildings. Prior to working in private equity, Martin was an auditor at Ernst & Young in the real estate practice servicing Chicago based companies.
Martin is a licensed real estate broker in the state of Illinois, a certified public accountant and a member of the Young Real Estate Professionals of Chicago. Martin received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accountancy from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign business school.
Originally elected to the board of directors in 2006, Elbaum has served as the board’s chairman for the last two years.
Elbaum, a veteran broker from both New York City and Chicago’s commercial office leasing market, co-founded Bradford Allen Realty Services with Jeffrey Bernstein in October 2003. Their Chicago-based national commercial real estate firm provides its clients with a fresh perspective, significant local industry relationships and extensive market knowledge. Through its affiliation with TCN Worldwide, Bradford Allen additionally offers expanded services on the local, national and international levels.
Shaw, a retired Colonel with the U.S. Air Force, brings a combined 39 years of military and industry experience to the position where he will oversee federal, state, local and tribal government relations.
Shaw, 57, joins Tecta America from Willdan Energy Solutions in Washington D.C. where he was vice president for federal business. In this role, he was directly responsible for strategic planning, leveraging technology and improving processes for the federal sales service sector on all energy efficiency and renewable energy related programs and projects.
Prior to joining Willdan Energy Solutions, Shaw held the position of federal accounts, government markets programs specialist for Carlisle SynTec in Washington, D.C. He has also held federal account positions with Constellation Energy in Baltimore and Florida Power & Light in West Palm Beach, Fla.
LaBerge, who has more than 10 years of business consulting experience, was previously the regional manager of Marcus & Millichap’s Chicago O’Hare office.
In his new role as national director of the NHG, LaBerge will oversee the firm’s hospitality investment specialists nationwide. He will also assist in providing the company’s private investor clients with brokerage and advisory services tailored specifically to their hospitality real estate investment strategies.
LaBerge began his career with Marcus & Millichap in 2005 specializing in multifamily investment sales as a member of the firm’s National Multi Housing Group. He joined the management team in November 2007 as a sales manager and was promoted to lead the Chicago O’Hare office as regional manager just eight months later in July 2008. Prior to joining the firm, LaBerge worked as a management consultant for Diamond Consultants and Ernst & Young LLP, providing strategic and operations solutions to senior executives.
Much Shelist Principal Courtney E. Mayster, a member of the Chicago-based firm’s Real Estate Law practice group, was recently named to the Law Bulletin Publishing Co.’s 2012 list of “40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch.”
The Law Bulletin selection committee, which received more than 1,250 nominations from across the state, based its decisions on each attorney’s experience, skills and character.
Mayster counsels clients in all aspects of commercial and multifamily real estate and finance. She focuses her practice on the representation of property owners, developers, investors and lenders in multifamily, retail, commercial and industrial acquisitions, dispositions, finance and development projects. Mayster also has extensive experience working with borrowers, investors and banks on loan workouts, restructurings and distressed asset sales.
Poling joins Goby from Transwestern where he was an engineering manager. Poling is a licensed architectural engineer consulting on sustainability and energy efficiency globally. His experience has spanned four continents including more than 100 projects registered or certified through one of the major LEED commercial rating systems.
In addition to serving on the Energy & Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group and the IAQ Performance Method Working Group, Poling is a member of ASHRAE and the Chicago Chapter of the USGBC.
Brenner came to Stage with more than 16 years of commercial real estate experience, including a background in office and retail investment, leasing and finance. Prior to joining the company, Brenner was senior principal and member of the management committee at Syndicated Equities, a Chicago-based real estate private equity firm where he oversaw the investment sales team and led fundraising efforts for each of the firm’s investment platforms.
While there, he spurred the company’s acquisition of more than $800 million of commercial real estate assets around the country. At Stage, Brenner is responsible for new business development including sourcing new acquisition and development opportunities and establishing capital relationships.
In his new position, he will be engaged in real estate financing, acquisitions and dispositions, as well as leasing. Prior to joining Pircher, Teitelbaum worked as a judicial extern at the Hawaii Supreme Court, a law clerk in the Holocaust Reparations Program at Bet Tzedek Legal Services, and a legal intern at The Ruben Law Firm.
Teitelbaum received his J.D. at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law in 2012. He is a recipient of the Prosser Prize in Accounting for Lawyers and the Berkeley Law Business Law Certificate.
Salman, who had been a leasing manager at Inland Western Real Estate Trust (now RPAI), will help the newly established firm with its growing retail leasing and sales business.
Cabanban, Rubin & Mayberry, known for its retail tenant representation business, will have Salman spearhead this drive.
Brooke Infusino will join the Kenosha Area Business Alliance on Oct. 29 as its director of talent development.
In the newly created position for the organization, Infusino will have a variety of duties relating to the development and advancement of Kenosha County’s workforce. Her role will include serving as a liaison to the primary, secondary and post-secondary education system; administering its mentor, scholarship and other programs supported by the KABA Foundation; and serving as the executive director of Y-Link, Kenosha County’s young professional organization.
Infusino previously held a position as editor at Zizzo Group Marketing + PR + New Media, where she focused on developing content, organizing workflow and managing creative campaigns for national media, healthcare and financial organizations.
She also has held positions with a Chicago-based B2B and B2C trade publishing firm, several regional business publications and a non-profit youth academic achievement program in Madison, Wis.
He spent time with Staubach Retail (formally SRS Real Estate Partners) from 2000-2009. Galvin has extensive experience representing regional and national retail clients, focusing on apparel, service and restaurant tenants’ expansion throughout the Chicago area as well as the entire Midwest.
Galvin brings more than 24 years of experience back to SRS and has a background with corporate facilities planning and relocation processes. He has successfully negotiated in excess of $400 million worth of leases and purchases on behalf of his clients in the last 12 years. Of which, $300 million was negotiated during his time with Staubach Retail, winning him recognition as a company top producer. Galvin’s client experience includes Darden Restaurants, Brinker, Starbucks, Carter’s, Shoe Carnival, Tuesday Morning and Buffalo Wild Wings, in addition to his current clients: Citibank, Justice and Yankee Candle.
Meridian’s newly formed Special Projects Group will focus its efforts building upon the company’s recent success completing build-to-suit projects outside of the Chicago market for its national clients.
Winger has worked in the construction industry for more than 20 years and has significant experience pursuing and delivering large design/build projects for local and national clients. Winger graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1991 and earned his master’s degree in business administration from University of Iowa in 1995.
Within her four years at Watermark, Aeschliman controlled all properties in the Watermark portfolio including office, retail, industrial and development assets.
Aeschliman is also the incoming president of the Northern Illinois Commercial Association of Realtors (NICAR); her presidency is set to begin in October of 2013.
In her new position, she will be engaged in real estate financing, acquisitions and dispositions, as well as leasing.
Kai received her J.D. in 2012 from Northwestern University School of Law. While attending law school, she served as an executive editor for the Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business, co-president of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, vice president of Diversity Coalition and secretary of the Student Effort to Rejuvenate Volunteering.
In addition, Kai was active in the Environmental Advocacy Center at Northwestern University School of Law’s Bluhm Legal Clinic, served as a team leader for a student-led International Team Project course studying Thailand and Bhutan, and was awarded special recognition as a “Public Service Star” for extraordinary service after performing more than 200 hours of public service to the Chicago community during her law school career.
Molnar previously worked as a broker at Colliers International where he represented accounts such as Palm Beach Tan, European Wax Center, Granite City Food and Brewery and Ace Hardware.
Adding to his proudest acquisition of Palm Beach Tan approximately two years ago, Molnar is now working to expand Dotty’s Gaming and Spirits, among other tenants. As a young broker at Baum Realty, Molnar plans to build on his book of business in the industry and acquire a greater quantity of national clients.
Ward was promoted to president for Tecta America, Illinois Roofing after serving as general manager for the company since 2006. Ward has worked in the roofing industry for more than 20 years, and he was named Tecta Salesperson of the Year in 2009.
In addition to his work in roofing, he served as a combat medic in the Illinois and Tennessee National Guards for a combined 17 years. Ward is a graduate of Northeastern Illinois University, and he lives in the Chicago area with his wife and son where he oversees a family charity to help children with heart defects.
Olson will be responsible for originating FHA-insured multifamily, seniors housing and healthcare facility loans nationwide on an expedited basis for acquisition, refinance and construction transactions. He reports to Joseph Donovan, senior vice president, director of FHA lending.
Olson has more than 20 years of experience in commercial lending, investment banking and equity investment. Previous to Arbor, he was vice president and regional director for Great Lakes Financial Group, another FHA MAP and LEAN Lender. Prior to that, Olson was the principal of Olson Financial Resources Inc., a full-service commercial loan brokerage and capital consulting firm, where he assisted clients across the United States in obtaining commercial real estate capital. Earlier in his career, Olson held executive roles with such firms as MMA Financial, GE Capital, Bank of America Securities and The Sumitomo Bank.
With more than 25 years of experience in commercial real estate and a strong background in equity structured finance, Pantone will focus on financing all types of income-producing properties including office, residential, hospitality, industrial and retail in the Midwest region, and also working with clients to find equity partners.
Prior to joining Walker & Dunlop, Pantone worked as regional director for ARC Property Trust, where he was responsible for acquisitions of net lease retail properties. Previously, Pantone held senior positions at Heller Real Estate Finance and Buchanan Street Partners. He also co-founded AEG Real Estate Advisors, where he was partner and managing director.
In her new role, Bobula will help expand Leopardo’s office, industrial, retail and municipal markets.
From 2007 to 2012, Bobula played an integral role in Leopardo’s project management and LEED coordination of several major and award-winning projects, including Hanover Park Police Headquarters, Adler School of Professional Psychology, American Hospital Association and Aurora Police Headquarters.
Bobula graduated with double master’s degree in architecture and civil/environmental engineering from University of Illinois. She earned her LEED AP BD&C accreditation while working at Leopardo and is a member of the Chicago chapter of the USGBC.
Johnson will work from the firm’s Chicago headquarter location where he will coordinate key aspects of the company’s development projects.
Johnson was previously employed with Ware Malcomb as a project architect. He has nearly 10 years of experience as a commercial architect and has worked on a variety of projects including Clarius Park McCook, the headquarters for Medline, Allied Tube & Conduit’s warehouse, a Toyota service training facility and Nippon Express’ air cargo facility among many others.
Johnson is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a licensed architect in the state of Illinois. He is also a LEED accredited professional. Johnson is currently a resident of Wheaton.
Harding has more than 35 years of experience as a real estate attorney representing developers and handling complex transactions with the Chicago law firm of Gould & Ratner LLP where she will continue as of counsel.
She previously served as a program consultant to the Real Estate Center at John Marshall, advising students and developing courses and programs. In addition, Harding taught JD, LLM and MS real estate courses as an adjunct professor.
As associate director of the Center for Real Estate Law, Harding will focus on student recruiting and advising, organizing programs and conferences for the center, and matters related to curriculum.
Glass is also vice president and regional manager of the firm’s Cleveland and Columbus offices. Glass joined Marcus & Millichap’s sales intern program in 2001. He became an associate in 2005 after closing 16 transactions in his first 24 months as an agent. In 2006, he joined the management team as sales manager of the Chicago office. Glass was named regional manager of the Cleveland office in 2007 and became the regional manager of the Columbus office in 2009.
Prior to joining the firm, Glass worked at LaSalle Bank/ABN AMRO as a credit analyst and commercial loan officer with an emphasis on real estate lending. He attended the University of Arizona in Tucson, receiving a degree in business administration with a focus in finance.
Most recently, Delaney held the title of senior associate.
After being named an associate of Marcus & Millichap in 2004, Delaney was promoted to senior associate in 2007. He has received three sales-recognition awards from Marcus & Millichap during his time at the company.
McGuinness joined Inland in 1982 and has held several executive positions throughout the Inland organization. In his new role, McGuinness will oversee the management of the company’s day-to-day operations, including the strategic business plan, investment decisions, asset management and financing functions for the diverse and nationally-positioned portfolio.
Currently, McGuinness also serves as the president of Inland American Business Manager & Advisor Inc., and will maintain that position. He is a licensed real estate broker and has previously served as the president of the Chicagoland Apartment Association, as the regional vice president of the National Apartment Association and as a trustee with the Service Employees’ Local No. 1 Health and Welfare Fund and its Pension Fund. He also holds CLS and CSM accreditations from the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Hillman joins Goby after more than seven years with Jones Lang LaSalle where she was most recently a senior project manager specializing in LEED and sustainability projects. Hillman has a strong background in project management, real estate and sustainability consulting with a focus on LEED project delivery, with her LEED AP in BD+C and ID+C.
Hillman graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in architecture and has her master’s degree in management strategy and international business from the Kellogg School of Management.
Parrish brings more than 32 years of experience in construction. In his new role he will be responsible for overall strategic planning for the company as well as financial statement reporting, managing the accounting department and working closely with all other departments regarding their reporting and information needs.
Parrish is a CPA and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in business administration from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Parrish comes to HCS after serving the last five years at Volk Construction as CFO.
Warshawsky has been involved in corporate, partnership, limited liability company and real estate deals for over 25 years, and has a wide range of experience in solving complex issues and working on transactions, entity structuring, financing, note purchases, repositioning of distressed assets, property management, construction management, leasing, loan restructuring and loan workout situations.
He has extensive experience in capital structuring, including equity and preferred equity, conventional financing, securitized financing, mezzanine debt, bridge loans, wrap-around financing, subordinated debt and credit lines.
Holly will be responsible for identifying and overseeing investment opportunities across the nation.
Holly brings more than 20 years of real estate experience, most recently, as managing director at Canyon Johnson Urban Funds, where he was responsible for investment opportunities in the Midwest Region.
Lee brings more than 10 years of experience in commercial sales and leasing in the office, industrial and retail sectors to his new position.
Before joining Schulz Properties, Lee facilitated daily operations at The Alter Group/Alter 360.
Nadler brings more than 30 years of real estate investment and management experience in office, residential, multi-use, medical and retail development and redevelopment. His senior level experience includes multi entity real estate development, finance, acquisitions, dispositions and asset and property management.
Before joining Ascend, Nadler spent four-and-a-half years as the financial manager of the Harp-Krug Venture.
Previous to Harp-Krug Venture, Nadler was interim chief financial officer at The Fordham Co. and prior to Fordham was the chief financial officer with the Tucker Development Corp., a company specializing in the development and re-development of shopping centers and mixed-use properties throughout the Chicago area.
Hlavacek has more than 20 years of experience, and currently serves as the director of office operations in Elgin. At Dewberry, Hlavacek led the public safety design studio and managed federal projects including the General Emmett J. Bean Center, which features the design of the largest rooftop photovoltaic array in the Midwest.
Hlavacek holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Illinois. He is a licensed architect and licensed structural engineer.
As the winner of this award, Markiewicz receives a scholarship for a Certified Commercial Investment Manager course and free registration to the Coldwell Banker Commercial Global Conference. Markiewicz joined Coldwell Banker Commercial Devonshire Realty in March of this year as a commercial real estate broker.
The Emerging Broker Training is a four-month, comprehensive training program for Coldwell Banker Commercial professionals with one year or less experience in commercial sales and leasing.
Now in its 11th year, the annual Women Worth Watching Award honors the most driven, innovative women from corporations, organizations and institutions that recognize, value and promote diversity in the workforce. Of the nearly 200 award-winners, Martin is one of only four representing the commercial real estate industry.
As Epstein’s civil engineering director, Osborne will be responsible for the department’s staff and projects as well as the development of new business for Epstein’s site development, transportation and infrastructure engineering services.
Osborne earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Detroit Mercy in 1997 and also is licensed as a professional engineer in Illinois and Michigan, as well as certified as a LEED accredited professional by the United States Green Building Council. Prior to joining Epstein, Osborne was a civil engineer for BEI Associates in Detroit.
In his new position, Lynn will be responsible for originating, structuring and underwriting debt and equity for all types of commercial real estate assets, including hospitality, self-storage and retail.
Lynn joins MMCC with more than 20 years of experience in sourcing, underwriting, financing and managing commercial real estate investments. Most recently, he served as president of RML Capital LLC in Northbrook. Before that, he was a vice president at First Chicago, where he created the Chicago Region Mortgage Placement department. Lynn was also a vice president with Mid-North Financial Services Inc. in Chicago. He has also served as a senior associate of finance with Lawrence Zirinksky Associates in New York City, and an investment manager with Travelers Realty Investment Co.
Joyner will be responsible for developing relationships with small businesses in the Chicago area, providing loans for commercial real estate and business needs. Joyner was previously with GE Capital Business Property and Wells Fargo SBA Lending, where he originated commercial mortgages for Chicago companies and small businesses for the past seven years.
Joyner will be based at Hyde Park Bank’s commercial real estate sales office at 1836 N. Elston Ave. in the West Lincoln Park neighborhood.
Risatti will also chair the organization’s Marketing Committee and oversee Alliance marketing and business development efforts.
The International Alliance of Law Firms provides member firms and their clients with carefully vetted resources for legal services in major metropolitan areas worldwide. Members collaborate to ensure that clients receive attentive and personalized service wherever their legal needs arise, without the conflicts, bureaucracy or fee levels common in global firms.
As senior project manager, Ritchie oversees every aspect of a project including budget preparation, scheduling, value engineering, subcontractor selection, overall project administration and revenue control.
A Ryan employee since 2005, Ritchie has most recently managed the construction of the new Mercedes-Benz of St. Charles automotive dealership and service facility in St. Charles, Zurich Meadows, a 95-unit, three-story, senior apartment building in Lake Zurich, and Thomas Place Orland Park, an 80-unit, four-story, age-restricted residential community currently underway in Orland Park. Ritchie has also been named the company’s Great Lakes region representative for Minority and Women Business Enterprises inclusion strategies.
Wolk brings more than 30 years of experience in real estate development, most recently including renovation of multifamily and single family homes for resale under HUD’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program. Wolk was selected as Turnkey Developer by CHA under Housing for the “Chicagoans Everywhere Program.”
Wolk spent 19 years with Thrush Companies as president and chief operating officer where he successfully developed in excess of $125 million in residential, office and mixed use projects including more than 2,000 residential units.
As Epstein’s construction director, Kennedy will be responsible for the overall leadership, management and strategic direction of Epstein’s construction group, including its design-build project delivery.
Prior to joining Epstein, Kennedy served as vice president and general manager – project management for Minneapolis-based, Opus Development Corporation from 2002 to 2011. While at Opus, Kennedy led project management operations and had full P&L responsibility for the project management groups in Chicago, Milwaukee, Detroit, Columbus and Indianapolis Opus offices.
With more than 27 years of experience, Huguenard serves as managing director and leader of the firm’s industrial capital markets. He specializes in industrial investment sales for institutional and corporate clients as well as private owners of real estate. Huguenard has earned national recognition several times as one of the nation’s top commercial brokers, according to Real Estate Forum. In 2011, Huguenard was named co-MVP for top production in the firm’s capital markets.
Huguenard is a graduate of Indiana University where he earned his bachelor’s degree. He also earned the professional designations of Society of Industrial and Office Realtors and Certified Commercial Investment Member.
Bagherian joined ECS Midwest in February of 2012 as the construction services department manager. He possesses more than 22 years of experience as a project leader, managing major construction materials, geotechnical and environmental projects.
Bagherian’s experience lies within all facets of residential, commercial, industrial and municipal projects.
Valvano, 32, of Wheaton, joined Krusinski Construction Co. in 2005 as a project engineer. He has been instrumental on several successful projects, most recently for a Fortune 20 client with projects located in Mississippi and Tennessee.
Valvano is LEED accredited and a graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a master’s degree of architectural studies in building construction and an MSCE in construction management.
Norm Shipley has joined Holland Construction Services as senior project manager with a focus on healthcare construction.
Shipley brings more than 28 years of experience in healthcare construction and real estate. In his new role, he will be a project manager for the Memorial Hospital-East project, a $118 million joint venture project with Pepper Construction Group that will begin construction in the spring. In addition, Shipley will be responsible for strategic planning and implementation of healthcare business development.
Shipley holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Missouri S&T and comes to HCS after serving the last eight years at Murray Co. where he focused on constructing community hospitals in Southern Illinois.
Syska’s ICT practice will focus on a blend of products including information technology, security, audiovisual, building automation, fire life safety, medical communications and intelligent building systems to provide support and solutions for any organization looking to upgrade and converge its IT platform with communications.
Moreno will be responsible for providing technical direction and guidance, as well as hands-on project management, for the ICT practice within the Chicago and Midwest. Moreno has approximately 15 years of ICT-related project experience, including simple office structured cabling layouts, UPS systems, collocation data centers, large office spaces, warehouses, hotel/condo buildings and trading floors.
In her new position, she will focus on representing both landlords and tenants in commercial real estate leasing transactions.
Prior to joining Pircher, Berlinsky was an associate at Holland & Knight LLP. She has significant experience drafting and negotiating office, retail and industrial leases and ancillary lease documents on behalf of both landlords and tenants; purchase and sale agreements and related closing documents for both acquisitions and dispositions of commercial property; and real estate covenants and license agreements. Berlinsky has represented corporations, pension funds, private equity groups, individuals, municipalities and other governmental entities in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions. She has also worked closely with attorneys in banking and corporate groups to close large-scale, multi-state transactions involving the acquisition of distressed debt portfolios.
Lorraine Adney has joined the Chicago office of RKF as a vice president.
Adney previously served as director of the Midwestern division at The McDevitt Co., where she assisted national and international brands in developing retail networks in the United States and in Europe. Prior to joining The McDevitt Company, Adney was a vice president at Baum Realty Group where she was charged with building the company’s fashion tenant representation business. She also previously worked at Jones Lang LaSalle as vice president, retail and director of tenant representation responsible for the company’s tenant representation business in the United States.
Adney began her career working for retail owners and developers. At The Rouse Co., she was responsible for the development of merchandising strategies for new malls and redevelopment projects. On behalf of The Taubman Co., she served as leasing agent responsible for developing and managing properties in the Washington, D.C. market and throughout the country. She also worked at Homart Development Co. in Chicago where she was responsible for enhancing value in regional shopping centers by optimizing rent, merchandise mix and occupancy.
In his new role as project manager II, Abrams is responsible for estimating, coordinating projects, managing the city approval process and overseeing the entire design-build process.
During his five years at Ryan Abrams has worked on such complex projects as the Loyola Center for Health at Burr Ridge, a three-story, 105,575-square-foot medical office building in Burr Ridge, and the KONE Centre, an eight-story, 121,000-square-foot mixed-use building at Bass Street Landing in Moline.
Stange is responsible for Helmkamp projects at Dynegy, COP, Ameren, Olin, Dominion and Clean Coal Solutions.
Stange joined Helmkamp in 2001 and has spent a significant part of his career on power generation projects. He has been the project manager for a $45 million FGD civil work project at the Dynegy Baldwin plant in Baldwin, Ill. Stange has a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and has 30 hours of OSHA training.
Maher joined Skender in 2011 and has helped manage more than 500,000 square feet of interior build-out projects with Skender, including 1871 and JMC Steel, and is currently managing work for Bank of China.
Maher previously worked for W.E. O’Neil Construction Company and holds a bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Ali was formerly an associate director with Avison Young. As a senior associate for MB Real Estate, Ali will focus his tenant representation expertise in the downtown Chicago market.
Ali has nearly five years of experience in commercial real estate and is an active member of the Young Office Brokers Association and Young Real Estate Professionals. He is a graduate of Williams College and currently resides in Chicago.
El-Mehalawi joined the company in 2011 and has more than 23 years of experience in project management processes, techniques and controls. He has scheduled more than 200 projects with budgets between $50,000 to $100 million for Fortune 500 companies and global organizations.
He obtained a doctorate in industrial engineering from Ohio State University, a master’s degree in industrial engineering and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Zagazig University (Egypt). He is a member of the Project Management Institute, Project Management Institute College of Scheduling, Project Management Institute College of Performance Management, and the Association for Advancement of Cost Engineering.
Calenberg joined Skender in 2005 from Purdue University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in building construction management. Calenberg has helped manage more than 800,000 square feet of healthcare and senior housing projects with Skender, including St. James Senior Estates and The Residences of Lake in the Hills, and is currently managing the Main Lodge at Hoover Forest Preserve project.
Scott joined the company in 2010 and brings more than 29 years of professional construction and project management experience. He is a graduate of Bradley University with a degree in construction management and is actively involved with a variety of industry organizations including the Chicago Healthcare Executives Forum and the Construction Management Association of America. He recently returned from his fourth mission trip where he renovated homes for the less fortunate in Brandon, Minn.
Budington is a former senior director at Avison Young. He has more than 20 years of experience in commercial real estate and a diverse background in financial analysis, management and construction, marketing and leasing, investment and redevelopment, and acquisitions and dispositions.
Budington is a graduate of Cornell University and an active volunteer for youth hockey and lacrosse teams in his hometown of Winnetka.
G3 is a general contractor serving clients in the commercial, medical, industrial, educational and health industries. Ziemek will orchestrate sales, marketing and new business for G3, with a focus on interior construction improvements.
Prior to joining G3 in 2008, Ziemek was with CB Richard Ellis for 30 years, leaving as director of project management.
Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services recently promoted four Chicago area agents to vice president of investments.
This designation recognizes superior achievement by an associate during his or her sales career at Marcus & Millichap and in the investment real estate brokerage profession.
The agents, their office locations and specialties are:
· Benjamin Firestone, Chicago Downtown, seniors housing
· David Gaines, Chicago Downtown, multi-family
· Ryan Engle, Chicago Oak Brook, multi-family
· Sean Sharko, Chicago Oak Brook, retail and net-leased
Previously, Firestone, Gaines and Engle held the title associate vice president investments. Sharko was a senior associate.
Podolsky Northstar CORFAC International recently named Steven Tick, Melissa Podolsky and Adam Tarantur principals of the firm.
Tick was previously a senior vice president in the brokerage division. He joined Podolsky Northstar in 1995 and boasts more than 25 years of industry experience.
Podolsky joined Podolsky Northstar in 2004 as a member of the property management team. She was named to her previous position as senior vice president in 2011 and is also a member of the company’s board of directors.
Tarantur joined Podolsky Northstar in 2005. In just more than six years he became a senior vice president and a member of the company’s board of directors. He has successfully participated in the disposition of more than 3 million square feet of industrial, office, flex and retail properties.
Reyome, the new vice president of supplier diversity, brings more than a decade of experience in supply chain management and procurement in the corporate real estate field.
Reyome has held numerous positions in supplier diversity and global strategic sourcing. She is active in national industry organizations including the Institute for Supply Management, Sourcing Interest Group, National Minority Supplier Diversity Council, Women’s Business Enterprise National Council and multiple regional organizations.
Cullinan Properties recently added Kellie Schmidt to its roster as corporate marketing manager.
Schmidt will work from the company’s Peoria office. Before joining Cullinan, Schmidt worked in the insurance industry for State Farm Insurance and Humana Inc. At Cullinan, she will be responsible for promoting the company.
Cullinan also recently promoted Kathleen Cullinan Brill to the position of vice president of real estate. Before joining Cullinan Properties in 2006, Brill worked as a real estate agent with WestTown Realty. She has completed more than 1 million square feet of transactions with Cullinan Properties.
Suzanne Williams has also been promoted, to the position of senior real estate representative. She brings more than 10 years of commercial real estate experience to her new position. She began her career as a leasing representative with General Growth Properties.
Migdal comes to Newmark Grubb Knight Frank GCS from a previous position as a manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers in its Credits and Incentives Network practice. He also held the same position with Deloitte Tax, and previously was employed as a litigator with a Chicago law firm and the litigation bureau of the Massachusetts Department of Revenue.
Migdal is experienced in corporate site selection, business incentives projects and economic development. He specializes in working with state agencies and municipalities to negotiate incentive packages: financing assistance and grants, job credits, training grants, sales and use tax benefits, property tax abatements, and other in-kind benefits.
Studley has promoted Jonathan Metzl from associate director to managing director.
Metzl specializes in tenant representation, handling real estate, acquisition and disposition assignments for some of the area’s most recognizable corporations including DLA Piper, Mesirow Financial and PotashCorp.
Most recently, Metzl completed deals locally on behalf of Kaufman Hall, Markel Corp. and Pregis Corp. Since joining the firm in 2003, he has arranged more than 2.75 million square feet of transactions for Chicago-based companies.
Metzl volunteers his time at Shriners Hospital for Children and with the Special Olympics. He is also a member of the Auxiliary Board of the Chicago Architectural Foundation. Metzl is a graduate of Indiana University.
Kleiman, formerly a principal at Avison Young, brings 12 years of experience in commercial real estate and tenant representation to his new role where he will manage clients’ real estate needs on a national basis. Kleiman is an active member of the community and is a board member for the Highwater Foundation as well as the Canada-U.S. Business Council of Chicago. He is a graduate of Indiana University and currently resides in Chicago.
Glass will guide the company’s training and education initiatives. In this new role, she will be responsible for developing a company-wide education strategy, in addition to overseeing the ongoing operations the company’s comprehensive agent training programs.
Glass joined Koenig & Strey in 2007 as an assistant managing broker, opening offices on the northwest side of Chicago and in the surrounding suburbs. She holds a master’s degree in education, and was previously a technology trainer for another major Chicago brokerage following a successful career as an agent.
Next Realty LLC has promoted Jack Ramirez to vice president of finance.
Prior to joining Next Realty, he served as property controller for The John Buck Company of Chicago, and also at Jones Lang LaSalle and CB Richard Ellis as an assistant controller. He began his professional career with U.S. Equities Realty Inc. in Chicago, where he performed property accounting for various institutional clients.
Ramirez earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. He is a licensed Real Estate broker.
Ricchiuto will coordinate proposals and RFP/RFQ responses and assist in furthering Skender’s communication initiatives. Ricchiuto previously worked as marketing coordinator at Development Solutions Inc. and holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Scott Deliberto has joined Eidco Construction as a site superintendent.
Prior to joining Eidco, Deliberto was a project manager/superintendent for Metropolitan Properties of Chicago, where he worked on numerous projects including the adaptive reuse of The Metropolitan Tower, a 242-unit residence, and a 13,600-square-foot retail assignment with Chase bank.
Deliberto was also director of construction services and a construction manager for Equity Marketing Services Inc. where his project list included The Metropolitan Tower, The Park Monroe, Park Boulevard, The Columbian, Parkside of Old Town, Avenue East, The Strand, Dockside, 400 N LaSalle and 474 N Lake Shore Drive. He was also president, designer and builder for Deliberto Carpentry Inc.
Wagener joined Ventas — Lillibridge is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ventas — from Metropolis Investment Holdings Inc., a German-based company, where he had been a senior vice president responsible for leasing and managing the performance of a portfolio that included 6 million square feet.
Previously, he was vice president of operations for the Chicago region of Equity Office Properties Trust, which included oversight of 55 properties consisting of more than 20 million square feet located in seven states. Earlier in his career he was a senior property manager with Hines Interests Limited Partnership and held several positions with the John Buck Company.
Kurowski will oversee design, space planning, construction documentation and overall architectural services for the firm’s clients. Kurowski has degrees in both architecture and interior design, and previously was an architectural associate with DePalma Group in Chicago. In that position, she assisted with construction documentation, architectural design presentations and managing client relationships.
She also is a former design intern with Getty’s and a former vice president of programs for the Interior Furnishings and Design Association. Prior to working at IFDA, she was an architectural associate at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in Chicago.
The Conversation Awards seek to highlight the achievements of individuals who are leaders and trendsetters in entrepreneurship, politics, corporate America, entertainment, community service, the arts and more. Hunter is a trial lawyer representing corporations and lending institutions in commercial, banking, real estate and construction litigation in state and federal courts throughout the country.
Thornton Tomasetti has promoted Thomas D. Poulos to senior principal.
Poulos, who leads the firm’s aviation market sector, has been with Thornton Tomasetti since 1997. He has more than 20 years of experience leading complex projects for all types of structures, including design-build.
Poulos is a licensed structural engineer in Arizona and Illinois and a licensed professional engineer in Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Wisconsin. He is certified in the practice of structural engineering by the Structural Engineering Certification Board and is registered with the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying as a certificated model law structural engineer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. and a master’s degree in structural engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.
Feinberg was previously a managing director. A former consultant with Accenture, Feinberg specializes in representing multi-national corporations, financial institutions and non-profits. He has negotiated more than 3.5 million square feet of transactions since joining Studley in 2002. Notable clients include Takeda Pharmaceuticals, The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago and the American Bar Association.
A graduate of the University of Rochester, Feinberg earned an MBA from the University of Chicago. He is the past board president of Hostelling International Chicago and a current board member of the Anti-Defamation League.
Next Realty LLC has promoted Marc Blum to president and chief operating officer.
Blum joined Next Realty in 2001 as principal, leading the company’s acquisition efforts. In 2004 he was given the responsibilities of chief operating officer. As president and chief operating officer, Blum’s diverse responsibilities include acquisition and dispositions, property and asset management, leasing of all portfolio properties, as well as partnership and financial structuring and reporting.
He has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of real estate investment and portfolio management. Blum’s work has encompassed a variety of areas, including acquisition, repositioning and disposition of more than $750 million dollars in real estate assets, financial analysis and due diligence. Previously he served as vice president of acquisitions for Klaff Realty and senior asset manager for Ocwen Financial Corp. and Ocwen Investment Corp.
Sebree will continue in his role as the national director of the firm’s National Multi Housing Group, a position he has held since November 2011.
Prior to rejoining Marcus & Millichap in 2011, Sebree was a managing director with HFF. Before HFF, Sebree was a successful Marcus & Millichap investment specialist for 17 years. He developed a strong brokerage practice in Chicago and opened the firm’s Indianapolis office in 1996.
Sebree graduated from Indiana University with a major in business.
Lally will oversee all environmental, health and safety plans at Skender and ensure that protection programs are implemented to the highest standards. Lally previously worked as senior safety supervisor at Power Construction and holds a bachelor’s degree in health and safety management from Indiana State University.
Colliers International | Chicago has added Vice President Joshua Crane to its downtown office team.
Crane, 33, will focus on increasing and maintaining the downtown Chicago office leasing portfolio, which includes the marketing and leasing of Tribune Tower, a 730,000-square-foot office building located at 435 N. Michigan Ave. in Chicago. Other projects include new developments at 150 N. Riverside Plaza and 108 N. Jefferson St., both located in the Chicago CBD.
Crane’s career spans more than 12 years, most recently as leasing director at Golub & Company where he focused on leasing Class A and B office properties in the Chicago CBD. There he oversaw the leasing of more than 1.3 million square feet. Crane also worked as a leasing representative at Friedman Properties where he focused on the leasing of office space in River North’s historic Courthouse District. His expertise includes landlord representation and the marketing of properties and partnership relations.
Hart, 48, joined Ventas from CME Group Inc., the world’s largest futures exchange by trading volume, where he worked for 16 years, most recently as managing director of technology. At the CME, where he supervised a team of 200 IT professionals, Hart was responsible for managing the exchange’s enterprise architecture, business systems, security, telecommunications, networking, help desk and operations.
Earlier in his career he was an assistant vice president at First Options in Chicago, and prior to that he was a senior network architect with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Gonzalez possesses more than 20 years of experience in architecture and construction, ranging from design to restoration and preservation, as well as forensic studies. In recent years, his emphasis has been on high-rise commercial and residential buildings in dense, urban areas.
In his new position, Gonzalez will be responsible for leading the department, which specializes in reserve studies, condition reports, fall protection system auditing, façade ordinance evaluations, and historical preservations.
Margolick brings 13 years of real estate experience, including five years in investments and acquisitions. He has had a successful career in disposing and restructuring more than 2,000 leases nationwide for both healthy and distressed companies and has saved his clients more than $200 million in leasehold obligations.
Prior to joining A&G, he was a vice president at Hilco Real Estate and president of ARM Consulting. Margolick is recognized as one of the leading dealmakers in the country, and has represented such companies as A&P, Zales, WorldCom, Bally, The Pantry, Oakley, Panda Express, Mikasa, J. Jill, Select Comfort, Papyrus, and Anchor Blue. At The Margolick Financial Group, Margolick was instrumental in the acquisition of 15 million square feet of enclosed regional mall space, and raised $400 million of investment equity and $1.5 billion of debt.
Since 2009, Hippel has served as Inland Diversified’s chief accounting officer.
Prior to joining Inland Diversified, Hippel served as the senior vice president and chief financial officer of ORIX Real Estate Capital Inc., directing all corporate and partnership financial reporting, accounting, treasury and tax compliance for a nationwide portfolio of real estate and mortgage assets.
Newmark Grubb Knight Frank Global Corporate Services has hired Bradley Migdal as a managing director in its Rosemont office.
Migdal comes to Newmark Grubb Knight Frank GCS from a previous position as a manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers in its Credits & Incentives Network practice. He also held the same position with Deloitte Tax, and previously was employed as a litigator with a Chicago law firm and the litigation bureau of the Massachusetts Department of Revenue.
Migdal is experienced in corporate site selection, business incentives projects and economic development. He specializes in working with state agencies and municipalities to negotiate incentive packages: financing assistance and grants, job credits, training grants, sales and use tax benefits, property tax abatements, and other in-kind benefits.
The RE/MAX Suburban ownership team of Bob Baker, Jim Nelson Sr., and Jim Nelson Jr., received the Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes loyal and dedicated service to the RE/MAX system and to the objectives of providing quality service and continued growth while retaining the affiliation of current RE/MAX agents.
Baker and the Nelsons were saluted for their roles as pioneers in the RE/MAX system, founding one of the first RE/MAX offices in Illinois and then building the largest office network in the Northern Illinois region.
Kurt Knipp has been named chief operating officer at Chicago-based ESD (Environmental Systems Design, Inc.), a company that specializes in the consulting-engineering design of high-performance building systems.
In his new position, Knipp will be responsible for leading ESD’s day-to-day operations. He has more than 30 years of experience with a diverse background in executive management and consulting for a variety of domestic and international companies.
Before joining ESD, Knipp worked as managing director at Lake Pointe Partners LLC, a Chicago-based boutique performance-improvement consulting practice that he co-founded in 2004.
Kate Brannelly recently joined Chicago-based CTLGroup as the firm’s director of marketing and business development.
Brannelly brings a broad range of marketing, communications and business development expertise to the firm, along with experience in the client-focused practice group marketing concept employed by CTLGroup.
Brannelly will partner with the firm’s practice group chairs to lead the marketing and business development plans for each of their market segments.
Brannelly brings more than 28 years of marketing and business development experience with regional and global architectural and multi-disciplinary design firms. Before joining CTLGroup, she was the chief marketing officer for Legat Architects, where she was responsible for strategic planning, business development and marketing of the firm’s diverse market segments.
The full-service general contractor has made several new hires in recent months to accommodate the company’s growth. Fread was previously employed by Power Construction in Schaumburg as a project engineer. He brings nearly ten years of experience to his position with Reed and will be responsible for pricing, budgeting, competitive bidding, contract control and scheduling. He will also manage the construction process and daily activities for his assigned projects.
Fread is a LEED AP and received his degree from Purdue University. He currently resides in Chicago.
The award was presented by the RE/MAX Northern Illinois real estate network at the network’s annual awards event this April.
Binning earned the award based on his successful efforts to keep his three offices thriving despite the tough market conditions faced by real estate professionals today.
As a result of Binning’s leadership, RE/MAX ranks as the market-share leader in all the local markets in which his offices are located, holding more than 30 percent share in each.
Rawly Lantz has rejoined Cawley Chicago Commercial Real Estate as senior vice president.
Lantz represents office landlords and tenants in the Chicago suburban market. Lantz is a market specialist providing expertise to his entrepreneurial and institutional clients through lease and sale negotiations, tracking real time tenants and trends in the marketplace, and preparing comprehensive market analytics.
Daniel Smolensky of The Modal Group has achieved the SIOR industrial designation awarded by the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors.
SIOR is a Washington, D.C.-based international professional organization of more than 3,000 commercial real estate professionals, 2,800 of whom have earned the SIOR designation.
Prior to his founding of The Modal Group in 2008 Smolensky was with First Industrial Realty Trust and CB Richard Ellis (CBRE). The Modal Group focuses on advising tenants and buyers of industrial and office space.
Weinstock currently serves as the regional manager of Marcus & Millichap’s Oak Brook office, a position he will continue to hold.
Weinstock joined the Detroit office of Marcus & Millichap in 2001 as a multifamily and self-storage investment specialist. In 2008, he became sales manager of the firm’s Columbus and Cincinnati offices. He was promoted to regional manager of the Oak Brook office in 2009.
Weinstock received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Michigan and a juris doctorate degree from Wayne State University Law School. He is a certified commercial investment member.
Quantum Real Estate Advisors Inc. has named Tim Franz senior vice president.
Prior to joining Quantum, Franz spent five years at Zifkin Real Estate Group where he was a top performer focused on disposition, acquisition and product leasing.
Burkards joined MB Real Estate in 2002 as an associate and quickly rose within the organization based on his expertise and transaction volume. He has completed approximately 2 million square feet in leases from Chicago to Brazil for clients including Astellas US Holdings, Piper Jaffray & Co., Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP, U.S. Bank, and the American Cancer Society. Most recently, Burkards represented Coyote Logistics, one of the nation’s fastest growing firms, with its headquarters relocation and subsequent expansions totaling nearly 150,000 square feet in Chicago.
Formerly with the John Buck Company, Gunderson joins J.F. McKinney as senior vice president and principal. As a member of the company’s senior leadership team, Gunderson will focus on new business development and specific office leasing assignments.
Previously, Gunderson worked as a senior vice president at the John Buck Company, where he focused on new development projects and leasing. He has worked on a variety of landmark towers in downtown Chicago, including 111 S. Wacker, 155 N. Wacker and The Rookery Building.
Kudan Group’s Adam Salamon recently obtained the nationally recognized broker price opinion resource certification.
The National Association of REALTORS offers BPOR certification to realtors as a means to provide their expertise in the valuation assignment of properties. It also gives Realtors the ability to produce reliable CMA’s for their clients. Salamon has been specializing in commercial and retail real estate with Kudan Group since 1999.
The Society for Marketing Professional Services Chicago chapter recently announced its new board for the 2012-13 program year:
- President: Kate Mullaney, CPSM – Director of Business Development, Cotter Consulting
- Immediate Past President: Matt Rebro, CPSM – Director Business Development, Pepper Construction
- President Elect: Megan Briars – Director of Marketing, OKW Architects
- Treasurer: Megan Muter, CPSM – Marketing Manager, BauerLatoza Studio
- Secretary: Derek Ward – Director of Business Development, Frederick Quinn Corporation
- Membership Chair: Shelley Finnigan – Business Development, Thornton Tomasetti
- Programs Chair: Brie Yaksic – Regional Manager, Project Development, Guidepost Solutions TDC
- Professional Development Chair: Laura Klancnik, CPSM – Marketing Manager, Jones Lang LaSalle
- Special Events Chair: Joseph Cushing – Executive Vice President, Cushing & Co.
- Sponsor Chair: Leann Dockins, CPSM – Project Development, KJWW Engineering Consultants
- Communications Chair: Steve Nargang, PE – Vice President, Gage Consulting Engineers
Desai, 25, of Carol Stream, will be in charge of marketing and web design, and will assist with development, acquisitions and asset management.
Prior to joining Pine Tree, Desai served as an architectural intern at Gensler Chicago and Gilfillan Callahan Nelson Architects. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, where he earned a master’s degree in architecture with a concentration in real estate development, sustainable architecture and construction management.
O’Brien has resigned from the ATG Board of Directors to assume his new responsibilities; Chicago attorney Jonathan Sherry replaced him.
O’Brien, who has practiced law in Arlington Heights since 1972, was president of the Illinois State Bar Association from 2009-10 and is past president and current chairman of the board of directors of the Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association, an organization he founded in 1994. IRELA, composed of real estate attorneys from all corners of Illinois, is the only bar association that represents the interests solely of real estate attorneys. ATG and IRELA have partnered over the years to advocate for real estate attorneys and the clients they serve.
John Plezbert is the new business development director for the infrastructure and environment division at Chicago-based URS Corporation, a provider of engineering, construction and technical services.
Plezbert comes to URS after logging 40 years of service in the public sector in Chicago. Plezbert worked as the first deputy executive director of the Public Building Commission of Chicago, where he managed an agency with a portfolio of more than $3 billion of capital projects in planning, design and construction.
OUEDI, founded in 1962, is an advanced multi-year training program for economic development professionals. Sponsored programs are provided throughout the United States and Mexico
As board member, Baker joins 12 economic developers from throughout the country, as well as university officials, to direct and facilitate advanced OUEDI economic development training, which is accredited by the International Economic Development Council.
Daniel Pratt and Rod Zamparo joined the team as project managers. Pratt recently graduated from the University of Illinois with a dual major in architecture and civil engineering. Zamparo has six years of experience and received his degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois. Steve Gray has been added as a traveling superintendent, bringing more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry. Gray was previously employed at Duke Realty.
Jonathan P. Sherry has been appointed to the board of directors of Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund Inc.
Sherry, a real estate broker since 1993, has also been named as a director for two ATG subsidiaries, The Judicial Sales Corp. and Auctions by ATG, both based in Chicago. Sherry will also serve on the Member Services Committee of the ATG board, where he has been an advisory member for the past two years.
Of counsel to Pedersen & Houpt, a 60-attorney Chicago law firm, Sherry owns and operates a law practice concentrating on residential and commercial real estate, and represents closely held corporations. He has handled all aspects of more than 3,000 real estate and loan closings including title reviews and clearance matters, document and closing statement preparation and reviews.
Sherry also represents developers in all matters necessary to convert apartment buildings to condominiums and incorporates and represents, as corporate counsel, closely held corporations.
Will Crowden has joined Baum Realty Group.
Crowden has been a leader in the commercial real estate industry for more than 10 years specializing in retail brokerage. He has successfully represented dozens of property owners including Macerich, Newcastle Limited and The Sterling Bay Companies and has also performed extensive workout services with many local and national banks, including Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase Bank, and American Chartered Bank, helping them dispose of numerous troubled assets.
Crowden is also well versed in tenant representation and has worked on assignments ranging from single store openings to multi-unit national rollouts where he has acted as the point person for real estate site selection.
In 2011, Crowden was retained by New Era Cap Co. He was hired to exclusively represent their real estate interests in a national rollout of flagship, company and outlet stores.
Carol Simpson, a partner in the Simpson Law Office, has been appointed chair of the ATG Trust Company Board of Directors.
Simpson will preside over board meetings, have a seat on key ATG Trust committees, and interact with the ATG Trust president and executive staff on long-range planning and financial decisions that affect the company. Simpson was elected to the ATG Trust Board in 1999 and the ATG Board in 2009. Her areas of concentration include real estate, estate planning, trust, tax and agricultural law. She is a member of the Knox County and Illinois State Bar Associations and is a founding member of the Western Illinois Estate and Financial Planning Council.
She earned her bachelor’s degree at Augustana College and her law degree at William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minn., joining the firm of McLaughlin, Hattery, Simpson & Sullivan in 1986, which has evolved over the years into the Simpson Law Office. She previously served as trust officer of the Farmers and Merchants State Bank in Bushnell, Ill.
Needles will work with the firm’s national transaction management team, providing multi-market transaction services to corporate clients. She will be based in the company’s Chicago office. Needles joins Studley from CBRE.
A fitness enthusiast, Needles is actively involved in the Chicago running community serving as a race volunteer for the Chicago Marathon and as a training instructor for all race distances. She is also a charity runner with the Chicago Diabetes Project.
Needles earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University.
Opus Development Corp. has hired Mark Bell as a real estate manager in the Chicago office.
Bell will assist in identifying and procuring opportunities in the industrial and residential sectors at the local, regional and national levels as well as support the student housing sector in Chicago and the Midwest.
Bell brings five years of industry experience to Opus. Prior to joining the company, Bell was an associate at Colliers International, where he represented corporations and institutions in the acquisition, disposition, leasing and development of industrial real estate.
Bell graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor’s degree in communications and earned his master’s in business administration at DePaul University’s Charles H. Kellstadt Graduate School of Business with a concentration in real estate finance.
Joe Pomerenke and Elliot Mata have become partners and shareholders of ARCO/Murray National Construction Company Inc.
Pomerenke, director of business development, has been responsible for developing partnerships with ARCO/Murray’s national clients as well as uncovering new opportunities in Chicago. Mata is a director of operations, overseeing all operational responsibilities of the Process Division. Both started with ARCO/Murray in 2005.
Cushman & Wakefield has added three project management professionals to its Corporate Occupier & Investor Services Group in Chicago.
Thomas Fioretti has joined the firm as senior managing director and Midwest leader of the Project Management Group. Bill Starcevich will serve as a managing director of the group, and Jim Becker has been appointed to a project manager position.
Fioretti brings more than 30 years of Chicago area building experience to Cushman & Wakefield, including high level involvement in base building construction and renovation, tenant improvements, pre-construction consulting and full service build-to-suit type projects. For six years, he successfully ran an independent project management firm, Fioretti Associates Inc., where he built a reputation as one of the top project management firms in Chicago. Most recently, Fioretti served as managing director of the Project Management Group at the Grubb & Ellis Co.
Starcevich brings more than 20 years of experience in base building construction and renovation, tenant improvements and pre-construction consulting to Cushman & Wakefield. He has held senior project manager positions with Leopardo Construction, Turner Construction Co., LaSalle/Clune Construction and Fioretti Associates. Most recently, Starcevich served as vice president and senior project manager at Grubb & Ellis Company.
Becker has experience in managing both new construction and interior renovations on behalf of clients, design teams and subcontractors ensuring the successful completion of projects. His previous experience includes serving as assistant project manager for Fioretti Associates. Most recently he served as a project manager at Grubb & Ellis Company.
Industry veteran Steven W. Brown has been named to the new position of president of Baird & Warner Title Services, a division of Baird & Warner Real Estate.
Brown’s arrival marks the launch of the company’s move into the commercial title arena and other related services.
In his new role, Brown will work to grow the title business by expanding the products and service offerings among real estate brokers and attorneys.
Sears will be responsible for planning, implementing, managing and controlling all financial-related activities of the company. He has more than seven years of experience in real estate financial leadership.
Before joining Neyer Properties, Sears was the director of corporate debt for Phillips Edison & Company. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Mortgage Bankers Association. Sears holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Miami University and a master’s of business administration from Xavier University.
Shlaes was managing director of the Strategic Consulting group at Grubb & Ellis. Previously, he worked at Arthur Andersen, culminating in his role as director of corporate real estate services, and at FPL Associates Consulting.
Over 25 years in the real estate field, Shlaes has advised international banks, utilities, manufacturing companies, railroads, universities and state governments on various real estate matters. With a focus on corporate real estate strategy, Shlaes has served an array of clients including the City of San Diego, Intuit, ABN Amro, the State of Maryland, Roosevelt University and the Kamehameha Schools.
Torchman will work directly for the owners of the building, facilitating the development and acquisition of new business, implementing process enhancements and business initiatives, and developing client and broker relations. He recently assisted in completing a 26,350-square-foot half floor transaction with a high-tech business tenant.
Prior to joining River Center, Torchman came from the investment sales side, assisting Jameson Commercial’s Senior Vice President Esther Berman. Torchman has a bachelor’s degree in economics, with a double minor in management and public affairs from Indiana University – Bloomington. A native of Wilmette, Torchman currently lives in Chicago.
MB Real Estate has appointed Amanda (Thomas) Coupe as vice president of asset management.
Currently based in the firm’s 221 N. LaSalle offices, Coupe will act as general manager of MB Real Estate’s Wacker portfolio which includes the properties at 55 W. Wacker, 205 W. Wacker and 221 N. LaSalle.
A 10-year veteran of the commercial real estate industry, Coupe joins the firm from Argoneo Real Estate GmbH in Frankfort, Germany, an asset management platform for Morgan Stanley Real Estate’s pan-Europe investments that Coupe launched with five other European executives. Coupe, associate director of business planning and reporting for the firm’s European offices, established the firm’s best practices and company processes including structuring the platform for portfolio management and financial planning/analysis for more than 200 assets in pan-Europe.
Prior to her overseas experience, Coupe worked in property and operations management for Golub & Company and The John Buck Company in Chicago.
Greg W. Owens, 41, has joined MJ Partners Real Estate Services as a senior vice president.
Owens specializes in providing debt, equity and mezzanine financing for commercial real estate owners and developers.
Owens most recently worked at Citibank Commercial Real Estate Finance as a loan originator and senior asset manager and brings over a decade of banking experience.
Douglas Chidley recently joined Chicago office of URS Corporation as a private-sector business leader in the company’s Infrastructure & Environment Division. URS is a provider of engineering, construction and technical services for public agencies and private-sector companies.
Chidley will focus on developing business in the oil-and-gas, pipeline and power markets in the central Midwest region.
Chidley brings more than 30 years of senior management experience at construction and engineering firms serving the United States and international power markets to his new position. He previously served as a senior vice president at InfraSource, Inc., a publicly traded specialty electrical contractor focused on electrical power delivery, natural gas pipelines and telecommunications construction and maintenance services.
McDermott, who becomes director, strategic consulting with Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, had worked with Grubb & Ellis to help expand its client base by strategically aligning real estate and operational needs of corporate owners and tenants. His skills include client location analysis, incentives research and negotiation, and portfolio analysis across multiple industry sectors.
McDermott previously was employed with the Village of Tinley Park. He conducted research on downtown redevelopment and economic impact. McDermott has his master’s degree in urban planning and policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Sheahan will be working with Noel S. Liston, principal/director of brokerage services, over the next several years to understand and execute the fundamentals of industrial real estate brokerage. Darwin welcomes Sheahan from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Sheahan has recently earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration with a double major in real estate and risk management. He has achieved numerous accomplishments during his academic career including dean’s list on several occasions. Sheahan was an active member in the University of Wisconsin Real Estate Club and the Risk Management & Insurance Society.
Reed Construction has hired Augie Insalaco as a project manager.
Previously employed by Interior Alterations Inc. as an estimator, Insalaco will be responsible for estimating, budgeting and competitive bidding, contract control and scheduling for Reed Construction. He will also manage the construction process and daily activities for his assigned projects.
In her position, Shanahan will be responsible for the full-service asset management of Inland American’s necessity-based and community retail centers located in the Midwest.
Shanahan has more than 15 years of commercial real estate experience and most recently served as the vice president of General Growth Properties Inc. in Chicago, where she led the corporate finance team for two years. Prior to that, she served as the financial analysis director of Callahan Capital Partners, vice president of portfolio analytics at Wind Realty Partners, financial analysis manager for Equity Office Properties Trust and senior portfolio accountant with Heitman/JMB Advisory Corp., all in Chicago.
HOK has hired Leila Ray in the Chicago office as marketing manager.
In her new role, she will oversee all regional marketing and communications initiatives. Ray will work closely with the office’s practice leaders and HOK’s global market sector experts to develop regional communications strategies.
Ray brings extensive marketing, journalism, communications and public relations experience to the HOK Chicago office. Prior to moving to Chicago, she was the marketing manager for HOK’s Los Angeles office. While there, she coordinated the marketing and business development efforts with the office practice leaders and worked with the firm-wide marketing department to create, coordinate and improve communication and production efforts. Ray earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from Hamilton College in 1997.
Michael O’Leary has joined Cawley Chicago Commercial Real Estate as a broker.
His prior work experience was in the construction business where he worked primarily on residential and commercial renovations in the Chicago area.
O’Leary was a Division I collegiate athlete at the University of Northern Iowa. His first personal investment in commercial real estate was at age 20 while a college student. He also became an owner of Clean Vistas coin laundry in Elgin while finishing his degree. Having had the experience of being a business owner gives O’Leary insight into the challenges faced by other business operators.
Reed Construction has promoted Matt Mahoney from project intern to project engineer.
Previously serving as a project intern for Reed Construction, Mahoney has been hired as a full-time employee of the firm. He will serve as a project engineer and facilitate all aspects of the construction process including preconstruction detailed budgeting, project scheduling, material tracking, processing submittals, contract control and management of the punch-list.
The Young Lawyer of the Year award is given based on a nominee’s achievements in the practice of law, contributions to the advancement of the legal profession and service to the community. The award is given annually to two outstanding young lawyers (one in Cook County and one outside of Cook County) who are members in good standing of the Illinois State Bar Association and have not yet reached the age of 36. Hunter was nominated by Peter Sarasek, partner and chair of the firm’s Real Estate Group.
Hunter is a trial lawyer with first-chair experience representing corporations and lending institutions in commercial, banking, real estate and construction litigation in state and federal courts throughout the country. He holds an ACEDS e-discovery “specialist” certification and has significant experience assisting clients in managing high-volume ESI production and computer forensic analysis.
Brian P. Quigley has joined Dermody Properties as partner, Midwestern Region.
Quigley is responsible for the company’s industrial portfolio as well as new build-to-suit projects, acquisitions and dispositions in the Midwestern Region. A 21-year industrial real estate veteran, he has extensive development, acquisition and operating experience.
Most recently, Quigley held the position of vice president at CenterPoint Properties Trust, where he developed intermodal industrial buildings, build-to-suit developments and managed large land ventures. Prior to joining CenterPoint, Quigley was an operating officer at Panattoni Development Co. LLC, where he was responsible for the formation of the Chicago region office where he developed a portfolio of industrial buildings for both private and institutional ownership.
Quigley has 21 years of experience in the Chicago industrial real estate industry, with an emphasis in development, leasing, operations and dispositions. Over the course of his career, Quigley has developed more than 15 million square feet in the greater Chicago area. Quigley also has extensive experience raising private equity and placing debt.
David C. Presser has joined national real estate law firm Pircher, Nichols & Meeks as an associate in its Chicago office.
In his new position, he will focus on corporate transactions and private equity. Prior to joining Pircher, Presser was a corporate and private equity associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP since September 2007. Presser’s experience in corporate and private equity includes private equity and real estate fund formation, secondary purchases and dispositions of private equity interest, corporate and debt restructuring and general corporate advice.
In addition, Presser has advised private equity fund sponsors regarding co-investments and joint ventures, represented sellers and purchasers of limited partner and member interests in private equity and hedge funds, and advised corporate clients with respect to cross-defaults in the course of their restructuring.
Peak Construction has appointed John Reilly to president.
Reilly joined Peak in 2006 as vice president and was promoted to executive vice president in 2011. In addition to 20 years experience in the construction industry, Reilly holds both a master’s degree in civil engineering and construction management and a master’s degree in architecture with a bachelor’s degree in architectural studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Steve Schwartz and Lara Keene have joined RKF’s Chicago office as directors.
Since beginning his brokerage career in 2002, Schwartz has sold and leased more than $100 million worth of commercial real estate. In his most recent position at Baum Realty Group LLC, Schwartz was responsible for leasing and positioning more than 1.5 million square feet of retail space in the Chicago metropolitan area for retail owners and developers, including Harlem Irving Companies, Craig Steven Development, MB Financial, Antheus Capital and the Mizrachi Group.
Keene also joins RKF from Baum Realty Group LLC with a background in landlord and tenant representation. Having worked with a wide array of retail clients on a national and local level, Keene has extensive knowledge of the retail market. She exclusively represents Panera Bread and has been instrumental in their expansion throughout the Chicago area, including representing Panera on its new 5,076-square-foot flagship at 2 N. Michigan Ave. directly across from Millennium Park.
Over the course of his career, he has closed more than $1 billion of senior debt in 23 states, with vast experience in residential development. Walsh previously served as a senior level loan
production officer at BMO Harris Bank, Wells Fargo and US Bank.
He also spent five years advising lenders in their efforts to manage and resolve non-performing loan portfolios. Walsh has worked with the FDIC, providing insight into government’s role in the lending industry.
Kenneth J. Szady has joined Newmark Grubb Knight Frank Capital Group as executive managing director.
Szady, a 24-year veteran of commercial real estate, specializes in representing institutional clients throughout the Midwest. In March, Szady closed the largest 2012 industrial transaction to date in the United States, a 1.35 million-square-foot build-to-suit facility for The Clorox Company in University Park on behalf of an institutional client. Over his career, Szady has a total of $7.2 billion in closed transactions, accomplished across 21 states in 46 cities.
Prior to joining Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, Szady was with Cushman & Wakefield as an executive director and head of capital markets, representing institutional, corporate and private clients in the acquisition and disposition of properties throughout the Central United States. Earlier in his career, Szady was the executive vice president and head of Midwest capital markets at Trammell Crow Company. He began his career with Jones Lang LaSalle as a senior vice president in the investment banking group.
As director, Shannon will be overseeing the outside brokers who represent the leasing efforts for a portfolio of ML Realty Partners’ Midwest properties. Shannon spent the last 10 years as a broker with Darwin Realty and Development Corporation where he represented both landlords and tenants in the Chicago area.
Shannon has a bachelor’s degree in communications and advertising from the University of St. Francis. He currently resides in Bloomingdale.
Rudas earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism with an emphasis in strategic communication and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Kansas. She then earned her Juris Doctor from John Marshall Law School in Chicago. As a Chicago native, Rudas has extensive personal experience within Chicago’s urban and suburban real estate markets.
As an attorney for the City of Chicago, Rudas was responsible for identifying and resolving issues associated with properties in violation of the city’s municipal code. Through her experiences with the city she gained an in-depth understanding of zoning, parcel and lot configuration, and compliance issues.
Previously a director for the firm, DeMoss joined Bradford Allen in 2005 and specializes in landlord representation for downtown Chicago office properties. He is an integral part of a team that directs the leasing for 200 S. Michigan Ave., which has leased more than 300,000 square feet since taking on the assignment in 2006. DeMoss’ other notable clients include the Detroit-based Farbman Group for whom he represents 79 W. Monroe and 216 W. Jackson in Chicago. Most recently, DeMoss was instrumental in leasing more than 100,000 square feet of office space in a 12-month period at 79 W. Monroe on behalf of the Farbman Group.
DeMoss received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan. He is a licensed real estate broker in the state of Illinois and a weekly volunteer tutor for the Chicago Lights organization.
Tim Stuchl has joined JCF Real Estate as director of construction.
Stuchl will be based in the firm’s Schaumburg headquarter offices. A 24-year construction and real estate veteran, Stuchl is skilled at establishing construction process strategies that result in both organized and profitable projects. He also brings a vast knowledge of construction techniques and methods utilized in the residential, multifamily and commercial construction industries. Stuchl will utilize his skills and expertise as he leads the construction efforts for JCF Real Estate in both Chicago and St. Charles.
Prior to joining JCF Real Estate, Stuchl was the owner of Merced Consulting Inc. where he provided residential and commercial construction and consulting services in the Chicago area. Stuchl was also previously the director of operations for Remington Homes LLC and a field manager for DR Horton in Chicago where he completed more than 50 projects in the single-family, multifamily and commercial sectors. Stuchl keeps up-to-date with current market trends and techniques through the National Association of Home Builders and is a Certfied and Licensed Home Inspector in the State of Illinois.
In this new role with MB Real Estate, Purcell will be responsible for the overall operations, service delivery across each of the business lines, and client relations.
Purcell, who has managed such high-profile properties as 100 N. Riverside Plaza (Boeing Building), 200 W. Madison, and 311 S. Wacker, joined MB Real Estate in 1995. He then quickly progressed to the position of senior vice president and portfolio manager for the firm’s asset management group. In this role, Purcell directed the $125 million redevelopment of three of Chicago’s most distinct properties—One North LaSalle, One North Dearborn and 360 N. Michigan. In addition, he successfully negotiated tax increment financing and Class L (Landmark) tax status for the properties.
Berger will manage the suburban brokers from the firm’s office in Oakbrook. Berger has more than 10 years of experience in commercial real estate and business-community relations. He joined Bradford Allen in 2004 and specializes in providing brokerage services for office tenants and landlords throughout the Chicago metropolitan area including MYR Group, Automated Engineering Services, Cinch Connectors and Heartland Healthcare/HCR Manorcare.
Berger is a licensed real estate salesperson in the State of Illinois and an active supporter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the American Cancer Society. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Mark Katz has joined HFF as a director in its Chicago office.
Katz will work with senior managing directors Jeff Bramson and Jaime Fink on the investment sales team and will be responsible for office investment sales transactions in the Midwest, with a focus on suburban Chicago.
Prior to joining HFF, Katz was a partner at Gemstone Real Estate Partners where he was involved in the acquisition and sale of more than 1.5 million square feet of property since co-founding the firm in 2007. Prior to that, he was with the Suburban Office Advisory Group at Colliers Bennett & Kahnweiler. Katz also previously worked with Jones Lang LaSalle and began his career at CB Richard Ellis, where he was a member of one of the top suburban leasing teams in Chicago.
Focusing primarily on the leasing and sale of office properties, Katz has been involved in more than three million square feet of office transactions throughout his career and has developed relationships with both private and institutional clients. Katz holds a bachelor’s degree from The University of Kansas and is an active member of NAIOP.
The Inland Real Estate Group Inc. has appointed Timothy D. Hutchison as chief operating officer.
In this position, Hutchison will be responsible for all non-investment operations of the company. Additionally, Hutchison will retain his duties as head of The Inland Services Group Inc., leading the shared service entities.
He will report directly to the Board of Directors of The Inland Real Estate Group Inc.
Hutchison joined Inland in 2005 after having spent 14 years in operations and management roles in municipal government. During his career, he served as an assistant to Mayor Richard M. Daley, as Deputy Building Commissioner for the City of Chicago, and as Capital Finance Director for Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway Airports. He has a degree in economics from the University of Illinois.
Fisher has represented clients throughout the United States in a broad range of sophisticated commercial real estate transactions. Her finance experience includes more than 25 years of representing major institutional lenders in bridge, construction and permanent loans and loan workouts. She also has extensive experience in retail, office, and industrial acquisitions, dispositions, leasing, and development.
She received her law degree from the University of Florida College of Law, a master’s degree in English from the University of Florida, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of the South.
Azulay will now lead the downtown Chicago brokerage team.
Azulay has 10 years of experience in commercial real estate and strategic planning. He joined Bradford Allen in 2004 and specializes in tenant and landlord representation for privately held organizations in Chicago’s Loop and North Suburban markets including Medspeed, BPG Properties, Foundation Content, Networked Insights and Public Allies. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison where he received his bachelor’s degree, Azulay is a licensed real estate salesperson in Illinois, a member of the Chicago Office Leasing Brokers Association as well as a volunteer for the Jewish Community Center.
Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services has promoted Benjamin H. Firestone and David N. Gaines to associate vice president investments.
Most recently, Firestone and Gaines held the title of senior associate.
Firestone began his career with Marcus & Millichap in May 2006 and was named senior associate in May 2009. He specializes in the sale of seniors housing real estate and has received two sales recognition awards from the firm.
Gaines began his career with Marcus & Millichap in May 2004 and was named senior associate in May 2007. He specializes in the sale of multifamily real estate and has received two sales recognition awards from the firm.
Mike Wilson has joined Avison Young’s brokerage operations in Chicago as principal.
Wilson focuses on providing capital markets advisory services for industrial and medical office property owners throughout the Midwest. He has represented both institutional and private-equity clients in investment property sales and worked with corporate clients on sale/leaseback transactions totaling more than $1 billion. Recent clients include Centerpoint Properties, WP Carey, Rreef, HSA Commercial, DCT Industrial, Principal Investors and First Industrial, among others.
Prior to joining Avison Young, Wilson helped launch the capital markets group at Grubb & Ellis, after serving as a top producer at another national investment brokerage firm. Having advised institutional clients on many significant transactions, he has been a finalist multiple years for the NAIOP Chicago Investment Deal of the Year Award as well as NAIOP Investment Awards in other Midwest markets.
Scott Latter has joined EnTrust Realty Advisors as real estate analyst.
Latter provides EnTrust Realty Advisors and its EnTrust Healthcare Properties division with property underwriting, valuations, market analyses and in-depth research to advance the acquisitions and the dispositions process. Services include origination; underwriting; packaging; executing acquisitions; financing; assisting property sale transactions; marketing; and ultimately, closings.
Latter brings significant marketing research and analysis; financial analysis and management; strategic planning; and development and implementation skills to EnTrust.
Prior to joining EnTrust, Latter successfully launched a new State Farm Insurance Agency office in Aurora. As sales and office manager, Latter established accounting and sales metrics systems to efficiently manage agency activities; developed and implemented marketing strategies to generate sales and relationships; and achieved challenging sales goals.
A 27-year real estate veteran, Granger joins NAI HIffman from Grubb & Ellis where he partnered with developers, tenants and owners in the sale and leasing of industrial property and land in the Chicago area with a focus in the Northwest markets.
As an annual top producer for Grubb & Ellis, Granger has completed many millions of dollars in transactions over his career. He works for key clients such as Center Point Properties, City of Elgin, Inland Real Estate and Venture One to name a few.
Based in Chicago, Hamilton leads HOK’s firm-wide mechanical, electrical and plumbing and structural engineering group. She comes to HOK with 24 years in leadership roles at industry leader Arup.
Hamilton is a national expert in creating high-performance, integrated building engineering design solutions. She has been the building engineering leader and lead structural engineer on dozens of complex, high-profile projects, including aviation and transportation facilities, office towers, healthcare buildings, laboratories, museums, stadiums and schools.
As president, Anderson will manage sales and construction, implement creative marketing, build positive relationships with municipalities, develop alliances with trade partners and strategically align neighborhoods in order to capture market share. She will also be responsible for value engineering and introducing new product to reduce costs and increase profits.
Anderson has more than 15 years of experience in the homebuilding industry. Prior to joining Providence, she served as vice president of operations for Centex Homes, managing volume of more than 1,000 closings per year and area president for M/I Homes in Ohio where she tripled market share for the division in 12 months.
Campagni joins RKF from Baum Realty Group. He began his career in retail real estate with Garrick-Aug Associates in New York.
Campagni specializes in retail-tenant and landlord representation. Throughout his career, he has exclusively represented retailers such as Starbucks Coffee, FedEx Office, Panera Bread, Wing Stop, CiCi’s Pizza, The Little Gym and Carquest Auto Parts, among others. He led the Chicago roll-out of FedEx Office’s small-store prototype, completing 38 transactions in 2006 and 2007. His QSR experience includes the initial roll-outs of Caribou Coffee and Starfruit Café in the Chicago metropolitan area. He represented Starbucks in the relocation of its Chicago flagship from 932 N. Rush St. to 1003 N. Rush St. He also handled the roll-out of Krisers – Feeding Pets for Life.
Sara Schumacher has joined J.C. Anderson Inc. as project manager.
As a project manager, Schumacher will be responsible for coordinating and supervising jobs, permitting, scope and scheduling for the firm’s projects. She will also manage the construction process and daily activities for her assigned projects as well as serve as the interface between the subcontractors, owners, municipalities and regulatory agencies.
Schumacher was previously employed by Gensler, where she served for seven years as an interior designer in the firm’s New York and Chicago offices. While at Gensler, Schumacher completed more than a million square feet of commercial interior projects. She has worked with such notable clients as UBS, BNY Mellon, Legg Mason, Metlife and GSK.
Nevarez has been hired to serve as an asset manager for ML Realty Partners. In this capacity he will be responsible for managing property portfolios including budgets, analysis, value creation and the contractual relationships.
Nevarez was previously employed with ProLogis as a property/asset manager assisting with the coordination, negotiations and development of several large industrial/office portfolios. Nevarez is currently a resident of Chicago.
Batavia Enterprises Inc. has promoted Julie Kotalik to project manager.
As project manager, Kotalik will direct and coordinate commercial build outs and major construction projects and will continue to oversee the marketing program under the leadership of BEI Vice President Austin Dempsey.
Kotalik was previously the BEI special projects coordinator, working with customers and contractors to maintain and improve the wide variety of properties in the BEI commercial portfolio. Additionally, Kotalik oversaw building specific projects, such as construction build outs for new customers in many of the company’s historical buildings and also handled the marketing responsibilities.
Kotalik graduated magna cum laude from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. She is currently working on her master’s degree in business administration from NIU with a scheduled graduation date of August 2012. In addition, Kotalik is working on a project management professional certification through the Project Management Institute.
Manhard Consulting has named Steve Winnike to chief operating officer.
As chief operating officer, Winnike is responsible for the daily operations of Manhard’s offices across the United States. He will work with the firm’s area managers to develop business plans, strengthen client relationships, identify business opportunities and improve market share. In addition, he will work with human resources to optimize productivity. Winnike will remain based in Vernon Hills and will report to Don Manhard Jr., president and chief executive officer.
Winnike joined Manhard Consulting in 1992 and has provided project management and site design to a wide variety of clients in the industrial, commercial, residential, educational and healthcare markets. A graduate of Iowa State University, he received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.
This achievement is one of the highest levels of recognition the firm awards to its investment specialists. It represents excellence in the development and servicing of long-term client relationships.
Most recently, Gehl held the title of vice president investments. Gehl began his career with Marcus & Millichap in January 1999 and was named vice president investments in January 2008. He has received 12 sales recognition awards from the firm.
Gehl specializes in the sale of seniors housing investment real estate. He has handled $1.1 billion in transactions for Marcus & Millichap.
Erik Foster has joined Avison Young’s brokerage operations in Chicago.
Effective immediately, Foster joins Avison Young as principal. Foster concentrates on providing asset advisory, disposition and sale/leaseback services to commercial property owners in Chicago and across the U.S. Throughout his 17 years in real estate brokerage, Foster has established a track record of industrial investment sales success and has solidified long-term relationships with leading institutional and regional commercial real estate owners. He also has an understanding of the asset-leasing business as a result of his experience as an office and industrial leasing broker.
During his career, Foster has been engaged to represent institutions, funds, regional entities and off-shore clients, completing more than $3 billion in transactions. He was consistently the national top producer in industrial investment sales at Grubb & Ellis, where he was senior vice-president and director of the capital markets group.
Liz Snell has joined ConopCo Project Management as business development manager.
Snell is responsible for developing and implementing strategic initiatives to source new business for the firm. Her responsibilities in this role include increasing market share, providing research and analysis, increasing industry awareness of the project management role, launching marketing campaigns, and building new and strengthening existing client and broker relationships.
Snell has worked in the real estate industry for five years. Her previous experiences are in project management with Lend Lease and business development with HOK. She holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture, and master’s degrees in architecture as and science in civil and environmental engineering, all from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
In addition, Snell has earned a designation as a LEED Accredited Professional from the Green Building Certification Institute. She is an active member of the CoreNet Young Leaders Committee and a member of the CoreNet Chicago Chapter, an associate board member at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, an auxiliary board member of the Chicago Architecture Foundation, and serves on the Membership Development Committee of the University Club of Chicago.
Marielee Macapagal has joined Caton Commercial Real Estate Group’s sales and leasing team.
Formerly of Keller Williams Chicago Consulting Group, Macapagal looks forward to offering superior and advanced technological real estate services to her existing clients, and forming successful relationships in her new role.
A Chicago native, Macapagal received her degree from DePaul University, and has worked on the Chicago political scene as well as with several consulting firms before becoming a real estate broker.
Macapagal has assisted real estate owners, investors and mortgage lenders on successful transactions, including bank owned and short sales. Macapagal is a CIC certified property manager and has developed financial summaries and executed leases for properties producing more than $1 million annually.
Mike Watts has joined Transwestern as president of its Midwest region, headquartered in Chicago.
Throughout his career, Watts has served clients in the repositioning of some of Chicago’s most recognizable real estate and has led several large CBD transactions. He has deep client relationships throughout the market that span more than 20 years. Before joining Transwestern, Watts served as senior vice president of J.F. McKinney & Associates, where he directed a team leasing and marketing the 1.5 million-square-foot Hyatt Center development, 303 E. Wacker Drive, 10 S. LaSalle and One North State.
He also oversaw the repositioning of large projects for clients including Bank of America, BP Amoco, Bank One, G.E. Investments and Lehman Brothers. Previously, he served as regional leasing director for downtown Chicago for Jones Lang LaSalle. Watts received a bachelor’s degree in marketing from State University of New York at Buffalo and his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan.
McCrory is a 20-year industry veteran who brings substantial property and asset management experience to her new position. She will be responsible for overseeing the financial and operational needs of the firm’s commercial real estate portfolio, which includes more than 2 million square feet of property. McCrory will focus on maintaining value in the properties by retaining tenants and utilizing preventative management techniques to lower operating expenses while developing long-term relationships with owners and investors.
Prior to joining The Missner Group, McCrory was a senior property manager for Duke Realty Limited Partnership where she oversaw the management of a 4 million-square-foot industrial portfolio. She has also been employed by Grubb & Ellis, Sears Corporation, RREEF and Hines Interest Real Estate Investment throughout her extensive career.
As a member of Morgan/Harbour’s growing construction team, he will be responsible for coordinating and supervising project design, permitting, scope and scheduling for the firm’s projects. He will also manage the construction process and daily activities as well as act as the interface between the subcontractors, owners, municipalities and regulatory agencies.
Rogers was previously employed as a senior project manager with Krusinski Construction Co. He has also served on project management teams with Leopardo Companies and Pepper Construction. A graduate of Iowa State University, Rogers holds a bachelor’s degree in construction engineering.
Transwestern has appointed Rob Bagguley as chief innovation officer.
Additionally, Bagguley will lead Transwestern’s Middle East and North Africa strategy to provide consulting and advisory services in that region. He is responsible for developing new initiatives and technologies to serve business opportunities the firm identifies. He will be creating new industry structures and business models enabling Transwestern to enhance its current capabilities and expand its client base. Bagguley most recently led a decade of significant growth as Transwestern’s Midwest Region president.
Bagguley has 35 years of industry experience in international, institutional, corporate real estate management and transactional services.
Before joining Transwestern, Bagguley was senior managing director with Cushman & Wakefield and founder and president of Rubicon Property Services, a San Francisco-based property management and real estate consulting organization. He is a member of the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate, BOMA Chicago, Economic Club of Chicago and Real Estate Round Table. He received a bachelor’s degree from Reading University in England and is a graduate of the Center for Creative Learning’s Strategic Leadership Program.
The International Council of Shopping Centers has appointed James Matanky as ICSC Illinois State Director for a one-year term beginning May 20.
Matanky is president of Matanky Realty Group, founded in 1955, as a full service real estate firm offering expertise in brokerage, development, redevelopment, leasing and management. Matanky participates as a panelist for both the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Urban Land Institute, has worked with the City of Chicago as a mentor for retail redevelopment, and serves on the Chicago Building Department Commissioner’s advisory panel.
He is the chairman of the Chicago Stockyard Commission SSA#13. In addition, Matanky serves on the board of Governors of Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is a VP of the JCC of Metropolitan Chicago.
Cushman & Wakefield of Illinois Inc. has hired Jane Robins as senior director in its Industrial Brokerage Services Group.
Robins joins C&W from Arthur J. Rogers & Co., where she most recently served as a vice president. She brings more than 15 years of commercial real estate experience to C&W, representing private businesses, as well as Fortune 500 corporations.
Her extensive background covers all sides of the transaction through representation of tenants, buyers, landlords and sellers in the Chicago area, as well as throughout the United States and abroad. Robins recently completed transactions on warehouse distribution facilities in Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom.
Robins attended Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. She is the 2009 past president of the Association of Industrial Real Estate Brokers, as well as a member of both the Warehousing Education and Research Council and Metals Service Center Institute.
Robinson, 36, will oversee the mid-2013 opening of the 316-room hotel at 330 North Wabash Ave. Robinson previously was the general manager and chief operating officer of Elysian Hotels and Resorts.
Robinson was a graduate of the University of Denver, Daniels College of Business and lives in Lake Forest with his wife and three children.
Ryan Mollen has joined Studley’s Chicago office as an assistant director.
Mollen will be working with Senior Managing Director Tiffany Winne and Executive Managing Director Lisa Davidson in developing new business as well as managing the real estate needs of existing clients.
Prior to joining Studley, Mollen spent eight years with CORE Realty Partners ONCOR International in Phoenix where he was a principal. During his career at CORE, Mollen leased more than 1 million square feet of commercial properties and was responsible for managing more than $75 million of ground-up real estate developments.
In 2004, Mollen received the ONCOR International “Rookie of the Year” award. In 2007, he also received Opus West Corp.’s “Top Broker” award for the greater Phoenix metro area.
Cushman & Wakefield of Illinois Inc. has hired Mike Tenteris as senior director in its Capital Markets Group.
Tenteris joins C&W from NAI Hiffman, where he most recently served as a senior vice president. He brings to C&W more than 10 years of experience in assisting private and institutional clients with industrial investment sales. His new role will focus on individual industrial assets, as well as portfolio dispositions in Chicago and across the lower Midwest, including St. Louis, Indianapolis, Louisville, Cincinnati and Columbus. He will partner with Executive Director James D. Carpenter.
Tenteris has spent his entire career as an industrial investment broker and has participated in more than 19.5 million square feet of transactions totaling nearly $1 billion in aggregated value. He began his career in 2000 with the Investment Services Group of Grubb & Ellis Co. before joining Cushman & Wakefield’s Financial Services Group in 2002. More recently, Tenteris was the vice president of Converse Capital LLC, a Lake Forest-based investment services firm.
David O’Keefe has joined Schain, Burney, Banks & Kenny Ltd. as a partner.
O’Keefe practices in the areas of real estate and corporate transactions as well as banking and commercial lending. He represents businesses as well as residential, commercial and industrial developers in acquisitions and sales and in leasing and financing transactions.
O’Keefe represents a number of banks in documenting and closing commercial mortgages and other secured loans and with respect to intercreditor issues, participations, workouts and foreclosures.
He is primarily responsible for servicing the real estate tax needs of the firm’s clientele and coordinating real estate tax protests at all levels with the firm’s co-counsel.
O’Keefe holds a law degree from Loyola University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame.
Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc. has added Scott M. Willson to its land development staff in the firm’s Downers Grove office.
Willson brings 15 years of Chicago experience in private site development. He specializes in planning, design and permitting for a wide range of local and national private development clients. His experience includes various retail, industrial and office projects.
Willson’s primary responsibilities include project management, site feasibility evaluation, project planning and civil design, stormwater management analysis and permitting, design team coordination, and construction support services. As a project manager, he specializes in reaching conceptual design consensus by facilitating interaction and understanding between diverse stakeholders. In addition, he has extensive experience serving as a client’s primary advocate — assembling and leading the team required to advance the client’s priorities.
Scott formerly worked as a senior project manager at Manhard Consulting Ltd. in Vernon Hills.
James H. Tazelaar has joined Krusinski Construction Co. as senior project superintendent.
His previous experience includes 21 years at George Sollitt Construction where, as a senior project manager, he completed various award-winning projects as well as LEED Silver certified facilities.
Tazelaar is active in his community and sits as a current member of the oversight committee at the First Church of Lombard. He was previously a council member and chairman of the property and grounds committee.
Groetsema will be responsible for leasing across the firm’s more than 2 million-square-foot portfolio of industrial and office property. He will also continue to assist the team of four principals in new acquisitions.
Groetsema has served as both financial analyst and asset/property manager for Bridge over the past five years. As analyst, he has secured both debt and equity financing for new development and acquisition projects. In his tenure, he has contributed to more than 3 million square feet of industrial and office transactions valued at more than $275 million.
Myers is also the company’s No. 1 seniors housing agent for the second year in a row. Myers began his career with Marcus & Millichap in 1993 as an agent in the Chicago office. He was inducted as a senior investment associate in July 1999 and was promoted to senior vice president investments in January 2008. Myers facilitated transactions valued at more than $277.5 million last year.
Before joining UGL Services, Simonian was a principal at Lee & Associates at its downtown Chicago office. In 2010, she was the top broker for Lee. During her 21-year career in commercial real estate, Simonian was a top-producing broker for Grubb & Ellis and Bradford Allen from 2004-2008 on the tenant side of the business.
Simonian has represented a diverse client pool in multiple markets including Safeco, A.G. Edwards, Children’s Memorial Hospital, NWS Architects, the Chicago Federation of Labor (AFL-CIO), United Business Media and major headquarters moves for Milliman Inc., AFSCME Council #31 and Zenith Administrators, the latter a 40,000-square-foot build-to-suit project.
Melchert brings more than 7 years of industrial brokerage experience to the firm. Prior to NelsonHill, Melchert worked at Grubb & Ellis as part of their Chicago Industrial Brokerage team. As a member of the industrial brokerage community, Melchert has established strong relationships with businesses and city representatives in Chicago. Understanding the complex needs of his client’s operations and real estate, has enabled Melchert to produce results, increasing company efficiencies and profitability.
Melchert has worked with Fortune 500 Companies, completing numerous industrial transactions, ranging from portfolio sales, site selection, property brokerage and real estate consulting.
Prior to joining Dykema, Altman was a partner with DLA Piper and co-chair of its construction law group. Altman focuses his practice on matters pertaining to design and engineering, procurement and construction. He represents owners, contractors, design professionals, lenders and others in matters ranging from drafting and negotiation of contracts to resolution of disputes and claims. He also counsels clients in the transaction structure, financing and administration of construction projects and has worked on projects located throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia.
Altman has experience serving as general counsel for companies in turnaround situations, having acted as general counsel for two global companies attempting to reorganize under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, as well as resolve international insolvency matters.
Bykowski has extensive experience in retail and grocery store construction. He brings a strong combination of project management, design/build and MEP/FP coordination, field supervision and estimating experience to the Novak team.
Bykowski has an excellent performance record in delivering projects on time and within budget. He understands the clients’ needs, their culture and what is important to them. He is then able to implement a similar approach to the construction of their facilities.
Zeller Realty Group has appointed Howard F. Meyer as senior vice president and market leader for marketing and leasing.
In his new role, Meyer will oversee leasing for all of the firm’s Chicago area properties. Additionally, he will head up the marketing and leasing of 401 N. Michigan Ave. He also will help identify local investment opportunities, both on-market and off-market, for the Chicago-based commercial real estate firm.
Meyer came to Zeller from The John Buck Company, where he also served as a senior vice president. Previously, he was with U.S. Equities Realty LLC and Grubb & Ellis Co., all in Chicago. His commercial marketing and leasing achievements include: The Rookery Building, 200 W. Monroe, The John Hancock Center, The Santa Fe Building and 100 N. Riverside. Meyer has been a finalist for the Chicago Commercial Real Estate Property Representative of the Year Award five times since 1995.
Leopardo recently promoted Daniel R. Ulbricht to vice president, strategic accounts.
As vice president of strategic accounts, Ulbricht is responsible for managing top-tier client relationships and maintaining continuous proactive dialogue with clients to ensure their construction needs are being met by Leopardo’s services. As a trusted advisor, thought leader and resource, he frequently lends his expertise to help corporations learn how to build quicker and more economically.
Ulbricht joined Leopardo in 2004 and previously served as director of strategic accounts. He is president-elect of the Chicago chapter of CoreNet Global, the professional organization serving corporate and commercial real estate professionals. Ulbricht earned a degree in marketing from Northern Illinois University.
Lloyd M. Berry, vice president of operations in the Real Estate Management Services Group of Colliers International | Chicago, was elected 2012 President of the Illinois CCIM Chapter.
The Illinois CCIM Chapter is one of 60 local chapters of the CCIM Institute, an international commercial real estate organization based in Chicago. In addition, Berry was re-elected to The Greater North Michigan Avenue Association’s Board of Directors during the business organization’s annual meeting at The Westin Chicago River North on Feb. 6. Berry will serve a two-year term expiring in 2014, marking his fifth term on the GNMAA board over the past 20 years.
Berry oversees 130 Chicago-based Colliers International property management professionals and leads the firm’s local Asset Resolution Group for lenders, special servicers, banks and insurer clients. Berry is also a member of the Chicago Downtown Leadership Club.
Determann is skilled in successful hard bid, conceptual and preconstruction estimating, as well as contract negotiations and project management. Determann has extensive knowledge in the construction industry and creating accurate budgets and construction schedules.
He is skilled in systems analysis, structural studies, and value engineering to aid the team in choosing the right direction for project design. His conceptual estimating skills focus on complete documents that represent the full intent of the client and their project.
Figueroa joins The Opus Group from Mansur & Company, a Chicago-based real estate investment firm. As director of acquisitions at Mansur, he was responsible for sourcing, underwriting and negotiating equity investments in commercial real estate projects ranging from office buildings and hotels to multifamily and retail complexes. Figueroa will remain based in Chicago and will report to Tim Murnane, president and chief executive officer, Opus Holding LLC.
Prior to joining Mansur & Company, Figueroa served as vice president, acquisitions, at Orix Real Estate Capital Inc. He has also served in capital markets roles at Cohen Financial and Jones Lang LaSalle. Figueroa also worked in investment banking for Prudential Securities and as a debt analyst at William Blair & Company.
Mark Stables has joined Avison Young’s brokerage operations in Chicago.
Stables brings 28 years of commercial real estate industry experience to Avison Young. He joined Grubb & Ellis in 1996 and has fulfilled more than $2 billion worth of assignments while representing tenants in Chicago and in more than 100 other U.S. markets. He has provided office and industrial clients with strategic-planning advice on corporate relocations, lease restructuring and renewals, new facilities, build-to-suit developments, consolidations, expansions, lease buyouts, purchases, sales and sale/leasebacks.
During his tenure at Grubb & Ellis, Stables was selected to the national Circle of Excellence for exemplary client service and leadership while serving such organizations as Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., New York Life, Prudential Securities, the Trane Company, PaineWebber Inc., and FirstMerit Corp.
Prior to joining Grubb & Ellis, Stables was a senior Vice president of corporate services at Baird & Warner, focusing on tenant representation. Before entering the real estate industry, he worked for Inland Steel subsidiary Joseph T. Ryerson & Sons Inc., gaining insight on negotiation skills and an understanding of corporate needs and cultures.
Studley has promoted Marc Brash to assistant director of the Chicago office.
Brash joined Studley in 2001 and has represented a diverse roster of law firms, financial institutions and non-profit organizations in their commercial real estate transactions. He was formerly an associate.
Brash is an expert in financial analysis for the downtown and suburban Chicago office markets who focuses on the intangibles surrounding real estate transactions. In his career, Brash has completed more than 400,000 square feet of leasing transactions for clients including Starbucks Coffee Co., R.J. O’Brien & Associates, Hometown America Corp. and Miller Shakman & Beem. In addition, he serves as national account manager for The LOGS Network, a legal organization with more than 30 office locations across the U.S.
In his new role, Brash will continue to provide specialized analysis and strategic insights to his clients in order to help them optimize their real estate portfolios and reach their business development objectives.
Patrick Brown has joined Summit Design + Build LLC as senior project manager.
Brown will be responsible for coordinating and supervising the project’s design and construction process and daily activities to ensure that the project gets completed on time and within budget. His responsibilities also include design coordination, permitting, project scope, budgeting, construction scheduling, subcontractor negotiation and administration. In addition to his project management role, he is also responsible for new business development.
Brown brings nearly two decades of construction experience to the firm and most recently held the position of senior project manager at Tip Top Builders, a high-end residential general contractor located in Skokie. Brown also acquired design and construction experience while running his own general contracting company and while employed as a project manager with companies such as Power Construction Co. and Gilbane Building Co. He has been involved with numerous project types ranging from large public sectors to private corporations, retail, restaurant and high-end residential projects.
Philip Palmer has joined Avison Young’s brokerage operations in Chicago.
Palmer brings 16 years of commercial real estate industry experience to Avison Young. He joined Grubb & Ellis in 1999 and has worked with a variety of businesses on their facility requirements over the years while also becoming a member of the company’s President’s Council. His clients have included publicly-traded and privately-held Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, not-for-profits, startups and investment partnerships, and data centers. He also has working knowledge of municipal and state incentive programs. Palmer has also worked on development, investment and consulting projects, and offers his clients a broad experience and perspective on real estate issues.
Shannon Pope has joined Transwestern as senior vice president of its Retail Advisory Services group.
Pope will focus on providing tenant advisory services for major retail clients, as well as representing owners in the leasing of retail space. She will work alongside Senior Vice President Patrick Owens to grow Transwestern’s retail services and further the group’s presence throughout Chicago and the surrounding area.
Pope joins Transwestern from HSA Commercial Real Estate where, as a senior vice president in the retail brokerage division, she focused on representing major retail tenants, and selling and leasing retail space, working with both tenants and landlords on all aspects of the real estate process. With more than 14 years in the commercial real estate industry, she has completed transactions with many local and national clients. Pope has also leased numerous storefronts in Chicago’s Bucktown, Wicker Park, South Loop and Lincoln Park neighborhoods, and has sold several land assets to residential developers.
J. Ryan Moore has joined Meridian Design Build in the position of project engineer.
Moore is a 2011 graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he received his bachelor’s degree in civil Engineering. Prior to graduating, he held an internship at Wright & Company where he worked on the construction of East Maine Elementary School.
Moore is an Engineer in Training and is currently studying for his LEED Green Associate exam.
Heartland Bank and Trust Company has hired Ryan Kastner as vice president in asset management for commercial real estate.
Kastner will serve the real estate lending needs of the Chicago metropolitan and suburban market areas, and is located at Heartland Bank’s 4456 Wolf Road location in Western Springs. He will be responsible for developing and underwriting new commercial real estate transactions.
Kastner brings more than 15 years of experience in commercial real estate financing to the bank. His banking career started at American National Bank and Trust Company in Chicago. Over the course of his career, Kastner has experience in providing financing on investment real estate projects and new commercial developments. Most recently, he provided bank advisory services to community banks in the Chicago area.
In her new role, Bosman will develop and execute incentives and economic development strategies for BLS & Co.’s corporate and public sector clients, and also advise clients on location decisions.
While at Grubb & Ellis, Bosman assisted companies in various industries and functions, including data centers, manufacturing, headquarters, back office operations and logistics. She served as co-leader of Grubb & Ellis’ national Clean Energy Practice Group and was a member of the national Data Center Practice Group.
Cushman & Wakefield has hired Elizabeth Forstneger as director in its Global Business Consulting Group.
Forstneger joins C&W from Grubb & Ellis Co., where she most recently served as a director. She brings to C&W more than eight years of experience in assisting clients with strategic corporate real estate planning with an emphasis on operations.
Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Forstneger was a director with Grubb & Ellis’ Strategic Consulting Group. She led a wide variety of projects in the creation of data-supported business cases for most asset types and focused on decision support for real estate related business issues for Fortune 500 and middle market companies. Prior to Grubb & Ellis, Forstneger was vice president at FPL Associates. She provided management consulting services to clients in the real estate industry to improve business performance through strategic planning, organizational considerations and process improvement.
Forstneger is a CPA, CCIM, and LEED AP. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Marquette University and a master’s degree in business administration from DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business in Chicago.
Mitchell, 34, has successfully advised commercial space users throughout the Midwest. He joined Studley’s Chicago office as an associate in 2001 and has since completed 3.5 million square feet worth of office real estate transactions with a total value of $550 million.
Mitchell’s background in markets like Chicago, Detroit, Kansas City, St. Louis, Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Minneapolis and Indianapolis has allowed him to effectively translate the national perspective into local market dynamics. He has worked with a wide array of corporate clients, including ABB, Thompson Hine, American Family Insurance, Quest Software, CFTC and Accenture. Most recently, he represented HeplerBroom in a long-term lease relocation at 30 N. LaSalle in Chicago.
Newmark Knight Frank has hired Terry Alexa as senior managing director.
Alexa will be responsible for serving existing high profile clients and developing new business. Alexa previously was a partner at Mercury Realty Group in Wheaton, where he was actively involved in all angles of the retail real estate market. He helped retail developers secure tenants in projects in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, and assisted tenants with finding the ideal location, negotiating lease terms, reviewing lease documents and estimating project improvement costs.
Before then, Alexa served for 28 years as vice president of leasing at Tri-Land Properties Inc., which is located in Westchester, where he leased retail space to many national and regional retailers. He helped to develop and redevelop retail properties across 10 states from the Midwest to the Northeast into the South. Additionally, Alexa managed six leasing representatives and oversaw their lease negotiations.
Quantum Real Estate Advisors Inc.has named Daniel Waszak as vice president.
Prior to joining Quantum, Waszak was at National Realty Network. Waszak also spent eight years in corporate finance and accounting.
Waszak has closed multiple transactions within the Chicago area and continues to work with many capital sources from other parts of the U.S. and the world.
Studley has promoted Jonathan A. Azulay, 29, to managing director of its Chicago office.
Azulay provides full-service commercial real estate counsel from strategic planning and portfolio management to lease negotiation and financial structuring. With a thorough understanding of market trends, Azulay has successfully negotiated office transactions throughout the U.S. for a diverse client base including Middough Inc., NEC Display Solutions of America and Dover Corporation. He currently manages the international real estate portfolio for Sterigenics International Inc.
During his career, Azulay has arranged transactions totaling 2.5 million square feet and valued at $400 million. Most recently he represented Lawson Products, an industrial distributor of maintenance, repair and operations supplies, in its long-term, 86,313-square-foot headquarters lease at 8770 Bryn Mawr Ave. in Triangle Plaza in Chicago.
Wight & Company has named Robin Martel as senior project manager in the firm’s transportation engineering group.
In this role, Martel will be responsible for managing environmental and transportation planning projects for both public and private clients. Martel has extensive experience related to the National Environmental Policy Act documentation for a wide range of federal agencies. Her areas of expertise include environmental documentation for public improvement projects, public involvement, transportation planning, environmental site assessments, and grant preparation for federal and state funded projects.
Prior to rejoining Wight, Martel was a project manager at HDR. Earlier in her career she served as a project manager at URS Corp. and staff scientist at Camp Dresser & McKee Inc. Martel’s credentials include LEED AP Building Design + Construction. She is active with the Women’s Transportation Seminar, where she is the past president of the Greater Chicago Chapter. She holds a bachelor’s degree in geology from The Ohio State University.
Alexander Olen has joined Principle Construction Corp. as senior estimator.
As senior estimator, Olen will provide estimating and pre-construction services. His responsibilities include: cost estimating; preparing the CPM schedule; establishing cost controls; competitive subcontractor bidding; and purchasing and awarding subcontracts. Olen brings more than 25 years experience to the Principle’s team. He was previously employed with UBM, Inc. as the lead estimator where he managed the estimating and pre-construction management of multi-story office/warehouse buildings, multiple interior build-outs and retail projects. Prior to that, he worked at Morrison Knudsen Corp. and G.D. Searle. Olen also worked one-and-a-half years as an instructor for the Construction management program at Westwood College.
Olen is a LEED Green Associate, a Project Management Professional and a Six Sigma Green Belt. He received his master’s degree in construction management and structural engineering. He currently resides in Deerfield.
Banner Apartments LLC has named John Nikolich as executive vice president, capital markets and investor relations.
Prior to joining Banner Apartments, Nikolich was the managing director and founder of Flint Creek Partners LLC, a boutique real estate investment bank where he provided investment banking and financial advisory services to real estate companies.
Nikolich has more than 20 years of experience in the real estate industry. He began his institutional real estate career in the Investment Management Division of Jones Lang LaSalle in 1992. Following Jones Lang LaSalle, Nikolich joined the Real Estate Investment Banking group at Wells Fargo Securities where he raised capital for publicly traded real estate investment trusts as well as for leading private real estate operating companies. He spent the first five years of his career at Accenture, evaluating, recommending and implementing financial solutions for an international clientele.
Nikolich holds a master’s degree in finance and marketing from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Northwestern University.
Adam D. Firsel has joined Next Realty LLC as director of acquisitions.
His responsibilities will include sourcing, underwriting, and executing on the purchase of commercial property throughout the United States. Firsel, 33, brings more than a decade of diverse commercial real estate finance and acquisition experience to his new position at Next Realty. He has been involved all aspects of project acquisition and development.
Most recently, in 2011 Firsel formed and operated Core Equities LLC, also known as Core Property Management, a service-based boutique real estate firm that provided property management, development consulting, investment management and construction oversight. Previously he was a principal at Crossroads Development Partners LLC, where he was responsible for entitlement, finance, construction, design, brokerage, lease negotiation and underwriting on the opportunistic income-producing transactions in which Crossroads invested.
From 2003 to 2009 he was chief financial officer at Mid America Development Partners where he closed $1.25 billion of loans with 30 different lending institutions for more than 50 different development projects, and acted as development manager on more than 10 different specific development transactions, totaling more than $100 million and more than 1 million square feet of properties; from due diligence through completion. In 2001 he began his career in commercial real estate and worked for Newman Financial Services, a real estate investment bank subsidiary of GMAC Commercial Holding Corp.
Gavin Stainthorpe has joined NelsonHill as a senior associate.
Stainthorpe has a marketing background, working in the United States, United Kingdom and South Africa. He was hired by The Mack Brooks Exhibitions Group to lead a business unit, designing and executing international sales and marketing strategies for the group. His experience includes negotiations with multinational companies such as Microsoft, Honeywell, GE and Philips.
His experience includes setting up international trade fairs and business to business exhibitions and conferences around the world in the fields of engineering, logistics, metalworking, information technology, textiles, food and beverages, railways, construction, printing, airport management and aviation.
Bradford Allen has promoted Ryan Moen to director of the Chicago-based commercial real estate company.
Moen joined Bradford Allen in 2009 as an associate and is based in Bradford Allen’s west suburban office. Moen focuses on suburban based Chicago companies and represents a broad spectrum of firms. He has worked with many well-known corporations including Lexis Nexis and Walgreens as well as several smaller organizations such as Sunny Ridge Family Center and Cinch Connectors. In his new role, Moen will be responsible for new business development, strategic planning and financial analyses for many of the firm’s clients.
Moen received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois. Prior to joining Bradford Allen, he worked for Tri-land Properties, a nationwide real estate developer dedicated to redeveloping underutilized properties through public/private partnerships.
Sperry Van Ness has hired Matt Scuras as a senior advisor.
Scuras has been involved in the sales, leasing and management of commercial real estate in the Chicago area for over 15 years. Specializing in the sale of multi-family properties, Scuras has firsthand knowledge of the acquisition, management and disposition of these properties and has learned from the various market trends over the years.
Scuras grew up in Chicago and had bought, sold and managed several multi-family properties of his own prior to becoming a real estate broker in 2003. Scuras is familiar with building codes, property inspections and repair and maintenance issues that accompany the position.
Scuras has also worked in the hospitality industry as a general manager and in the logistics/trucking business as a director of operations. He attended DePaul University and lives in the Humboldt Park Neighborhood of Chicago with his wife and family.
Tom Baade has joined Mortenson Construction as design phase executive for their Chicago office.
Prior to joining Mortenson, Baade worked at CG Schmidt in Milwaukee for 10 years in various project management and operations roles. During that time he managed more than 20 project managers, engineers and safety professionals. He also served as project executive for the joint venture team of Barton Malow/CG Schmidt on the $400 million Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital expansion project in Milwaukee.
Baade recently completed a master’s degree in design studies at Harvard University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin and a bachelor’s degree in construction science and management from Clemson University.
Jonathan Seeley has joined UGL Services in the Chicago office as a vice president in brokerage operations.
Prior to joining UGL Services, Seeley was a managing director at Studley in Chicago. Prior to that, he was a founding member and investor in several technology start-ups including 10 years at United Asset Coverage, and a new venture within GE Capital’s Real Estate Services group.
Seeley was also a founding member and investor in Compliance Depot, which along with
United Asset Coverage was successfully sold to strategic buyers within their respective industries.
He serves clients across several markets, including financial services, legal, technology and telecommunications and also has previous experience in the investment real estate market representing institutional owners and investors in the acquisition and disposition of investment properties. He began his career in various leasing positions with Miglin-Beitler, Stein & Co. and Orix.
Seeley received his master’s degree in marketing and finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his A.B. from Washington University in St. Louis.
NAI Hiffman has named Adam D. Roth, CCIM, SIOR, to executive vice president and shareholder from senior vice president.
Roth has been with the company’s industrial services group for more than seven years, and serves as a member of NAI Global Corporate Solutions and as a director with the NAI Global Logistics Group, specializing in providing real estate and supply chain solutions to distribution and warehouse companies throughout the world.
Roth’s areas of expertise include land assemblage and development, corporate relocation and site search analysis. He has assisted clients such as Walmart, Devicor Medical, USAA Realty, Mirvac Industrial Trust, Liberty Property Trust, Prologis, Northern Builders, TA Associates Realty, TIAA-CREF and CenterPoint Properties.
Prior to joining the firm, Roth worked in the logistics industry for nearly 10 years. Roth has served as a board member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, the Warehouse Education and Research Council and is actively involved locally in Chicago with the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors and the Will County Center for Economic Development.
Roth has been published in multiple real estate periodicals concerning logistics topics and has served as keynote speaker and expert witness for several organizations including the Will County Center for Economic Development, DePaul University, the University of St. Francis and the State of Illinois.
Licensed in Missouri Apter began his career at Cassidy Turley where he did transaction and facility management for several national retail accounts. His diligence and efficiency resulted in leading his team in savings for his clients.
Apter graduated from the University of Missouri in May 2010 with a dual degree in finance and real estate. He was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
John Iglar has joined Colliers International | Chicago as an associate in the company’s Office Advisory Group.
Iglar’s career includes more than 18 years of executive business experience, most recently as a director at ProTen Realty Group where he specialized in tenant representation. His expertise includes structuring and negotiating commercial leases, developing comprehensive and strategic real estate plans and assisting with the acquisition and dispositions of owned or leased properties. His diverse professional background includes experience with consumer products, advertising, publishing and financial services.
Iglar earned his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in business administration from The University of Notre Dame. He is a former member of the Executive Club of Chicago’s Finance Committee and is actively involved with the St. Vincent DePaul Society, University of Notre Dame Alumni and Monogram Clubs and the Canadian Club of Chicago.
Cushman & Wakefield of Illinois Inc. has hired Eric Sorensen as senior director in its Office Tenant Representation Group.
Sorensen joins C&W from the John Buck Co., where he most recently served as a vice president. He brings to C&W more than 20 years of experience in assisting clients with strategic planning, site selection for office uses and technology centers, feasibility studies and executing corporate and professional relocations.
Prior to joining the John Buck Co., Sorensen managed the Midwest office of CoStar. He also worked as a managing director with The Dow Jones Company in New York City, as a financial analyst with JMB Institutional Realty in Chicago and worked in property management with Rubloff Inc. in Chicago. Sorensen is also a frequent guest lecturer at several universities regarding commercial real estate markets.
Sorensen holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Millikin University in Decatur. He also participated in executive training at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. He is a board member at the Hephzibah Children’s Association and also involved with the Amate House and Catholic Charities.
The Habitat Company LLC has appointed Matthew Fiascone as its senior vice president of finance and investment.
Fiascone will direct the creation and implementation of its investment and financing strategies for its acquisition and development activities. In December, The Habitat Company concluded development and acquisition transactions having a total value of close to one-quarter of a billion dollars.
Prior to joining The Habitat Company, Fiascone served as senior vice president for Inland Real Estate Development Corp. where he was principally involved in more than 150 real estate transactions involving properties valued at more than $750 million, and where he also negotiated and managed more than $350 million in joint ventures. In addition, Fiascone was named to Real Estate Chicago’s inaugural “40 under 40” list of the most influential people in the real estate community under the age of 40.
Fiascone has a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from Bradley University. He is a member of Lambda Alpha (a land economics honorary society), the Urban Land Institute and the Chicago Association of Realtors. Fiascone has been a frequent speaker and panelist for industry events.
Jim Cunningham has joined Marquette Companies as executive vice president.
Cunningham comes to Marquette Companies from Casto in Columbus, Ohio, where he was executive vice president and risk manager for nine years. With Casto, he oversaw all facets of management for 131 commercial/retail properties and a residential multifamily division with 270 employees and a portfolio of 5,200 apartments.
Prior to working at Casto, Cunningham was senior vice president of Triangle Real Estate Services in Columbus from 1993 to 2002, where he oversaw commercial, apartment and condominium property management. He also previously worked in the hospitality industry for Hyatt and Marriott Corporations, where he cultivated a focus on customer service.
Cunningham is a new board member of the Chicagoland Apartment Association, and is also a member of the National Association of Realtors, National Apartment Association and the National Multi Housing Council. He formerly served on the Columbus Apartment Association board. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio, and is a licensed real estate broker.
In his new position, he will focus on commercial real estate transactions.
Prior to joining Pircher, Green was a real estate associate at Mayer Brown LLP. Green’s experience in commercial real estate includes representation of developers, real estate investment trusts and investors in acquiring, leasing and financing, as well as disposing of, commercial, industrial, medical office and retail buildings, including large, multi-asset portfolios. His work also includes representation of lenders in construction, conventional and credit tenant lease financings of office and retail projects and representation of property owners in connection with property tax appeals.
Green received his J.D. in 2005 from the University of Chicago Law School. He received a bachelor’s degree with highest honors in economics and political science from Emory University in 2002.
SmithGroupJJR has promoted Carolina Lopez, AIA, LEED AP, to principal.
As director of operations for SmithGroupJJR’s Chicago office, Lopez maintains an active role in project management with numerous clients, including Argonne National Laboratory, Loyola University Medical Center, and the University of Illinois. She relocated to Chicago from SmithGroupJJR’s Detroit office in 2008, after initially starting at the firm’s Ann Arbor office in 2000. In her current role, she excels in using administrative tools and processes for project performance and earnings evaluation.
Lopez graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy with a master’s degree in architecture. She is a registered architect in Michigan and is a member of the American Institute of Architects.
Beeler will organize and lead all estimating efforts for the company.
Beeler brings more than 15 years of experience in pre-construction estimating and project management to his new position. From 2003 to 2011 he served as a pre-construction manager at Hoffman Estates-based Leopardo Companies where his main responsibilities were leading estimating efforts across the market spectrum on hard/competitive bids and negotiated work.
Prior to that, Beeler was with Chicago-based Walsh Construction Co. where he worked from 1996 to 2003.
During his tenure at those two companies, Beeler worked on hundreds of projects, including Cellular One Regional Office Building in Harrisburg, Penn.; Chrysler Mopar Parts Distribution Facilities (three across the U.S.); Target Regional Distribution Centers (five across the U.S.); and DuPage Medical Group in Downers Grove. He has also worked on pre-construction services for five class A office buildings throughout the country.
Beeler holds a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Western Illinois University in Macomb.
Bulson, 43, of Inverness, is responsible for the management of Mid-America’s Suburban Tenant Representation Team, representing numerous national retailers throughout the Chicago area.
He has been with Mid-America since 1998, and is the author of the firm’s annual Shopping Center Report that tracks retail development trends in Chicago’s suburbs.
Stan Johnson Co. has hired Andy Gatchell as associate director in its Chicago office.
Gatchell is responsible for developing relationships with developers, investors and owners of net leased retail properties throughout Chicago and the upper Midwest and assisting them in the sale or disposition of those properties.
Prior to joining SJC, Gatchell was part of a retail brokerage group in Kansas City with CBRE where he was selected as one of the company’s 25 most promising Junior Retail Brokers and chosen to participate in their Retail Mentorship Program in 2010. He began his career in 2006 as an associate with Grubb &Ellis|TheWinbury Group, also in Kansas City. Throughout his career, Gatchell has been involved in more than $125 million in retail transactions.
HSA PrimeCare has hired Suzy Cobin as a senior vice president.
In her new role at HSA PrimeCare, Cobin will have the primary responsibility of creating and expanding HSA’s business relationships with hospital systems and physician practice groups to provide real estate advisory services and real estate capital solutions. She also will work with the firm’s existing health care clients to find opportunities to address their real estate needs.
Cobin previously served as a principal for The Advisory Board Co., a Washington, D.C.-based research, consulting and technology firm helping more than 3,000 hospital and health systems improve health care through best practice research, implementation support and business intelligence services. Through her 15 years of relationship management experience at The Advisory Board Co., she has developed a reputation as a trusted and knowledgeable advisor for health care executives.
Zifkin Real Estate Group has hired Pamela Bordner-Riney as Director of Development, SVP.
Bordner-Riney’s career in commercial real estate began with the leasing and sale of shopping centers for Coldwell Banker in Oklahoma (now CBRE) and Cushman & Wakefield of Florida. While at the Resolution Trust Corp., she worked with management companies and brokerage firms to manage, market and sell properties. She was instrumental in liquidating more than $2 billion worth of commercial assets. During her tenure at General Growth Properties, she specialized in the leasing of properties owned by third parties. She was responsible for leasing more than 3 million square feet of retail space.
Bordner-Riney’s also worked for 12 years at Urban Retail Properties where she initially leased properties for third party clients. She moved from leasing centers into a consulting position for the development and leasing of a major retail project in Taipei, Taiwan. After 18 months abroad, Pamela returned to the United States to assume the role of director of business development and senior vice president. In this role she pursued third party management, leasing and development opportunities. She continued her career in leasing and business development with the Zaremba Group. Most recently, she served as the director of business development for Cotter Consulting prior to joining ZREG.
Bordner-Riney received a bachelor of arts degree in marketing from North Central College in Naperville. She is a licensed sales person in Illinois as well as a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, Commercial Real Estate Women and Women in Retail Leasing.
NelsonHill has hired Doug Hayes as managing director.
For more than 25 years, Hayes has participated in commercial real estate marketing, development, sales and leasing throughout the Chicago metropolitan area on behalf of institutional owners, private equity firms, industrial and office tenants and office and industrial developer clients. Hayes also has completed more than $1 billion in transaction value in his career, predominantly in the industrial sector, for some of the region’s largest space users.
For the past eight years, Hayes served as vice president with Ridge Property Trust and worked for 17 years as a director with Cushman Wakefield in Chicago.
Hayes will direct the operations for NelsonHill as well as continue his brokerage career in the Chicago market.
Greg Terwilliger has joined McShane Construction Co. as a vice president for the Rosemont office.
Terwilliger brings nearly 25 years of experience to McShane Construction and is recognized within the industry for his professionalism, market expertise and ability to deliver noteworthy transactions. He has demonstrated proficiency for meeting client expectations while simultaneously developing new business opportunities.
At McShane Construction, Terwilliger will utilize his skills in developing long-term business relationships for existing and new clients of the company. Terwilliger’s responsibilities also will include participating and contributing to the overall strategic direction and growth of the company’s Midwest operations.
Prior to joining McShane Construction, Terwilliger was the real estate director for Opus Development Corp., where he developed and constructed multiple business parks within the Chicago market. Terwilliger also served as vice president at Paine/Wetzel Associates Inc. where he generated and closed numerous transactions with a particular focus on the I-55 and I-80 corridors.
Terwilliger earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Michigan and holds a master’s of business administration from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He is an active member of the real estate and construction community with memberships in the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, the Association of Industrial Real Estate Brokers and the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors, among others.
Leopardo has hired Michael Tenuta, LEED AP, as senior project manager.
Prior to joining Leopardo, Tenuta was vice president and project executive at Reed Construction. Previously, he spent 16 years at Clune Construction where he was senior vice president and managed several of the firm’s most prestigious projects. Earlier in his career, Tenuta worked at Pepper Construction.
Tenuta is a LEED accredited professional and serves as membership chair of the Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise. He graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology with a degree in architecture.
Dietz has eight years combined commercial real estate experience working on debt and equity transactions at Cohen Financial, and acquisitions and asset management for Tishman Speyer Properties.
He earned a bachelor’s of science degree in finance and real estate from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.
Paul Lundstedt has joined CBRE as Executive Vice President, Capital Markets
Lundstedt joins CBRE from Grubb & Ellis, where he served as Executive Vice President and Director since 2009. Prior to Grubb & Ellis, he was Executive Director at Cushman & Wakefield since 1991. A recognized industry expert, he was the recipient of NAIOP’s Financial Intermediary of the Year in 1999; and NAIOP’s Investment Transaction of the Year in 2001.
Throughout his career, Lundstedt has arranged the sale of more than $10 billion of investment real estate totaling 70 million square feet, focusing primarily on office assets; of that, $7.1 billion is Chicago suburban and CBD and comprised of 46 million square feet.
Walker & Dunlop LLC has hired Michael Liefer as Assistant Vice President of the multifamily finance group.
Liefer will work at the company’s Chicago office. He also will work directly with Vice President Joel Kaplan, focusing on conventional multifamily and affordable housing mortgages through Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and HUD/FHA executions.
Prior to joining Walker & Dunlop, Liefer was Vice President of Acquisitions for Banner Apartments, a privately owned real estate investment firm in Northbrook. During his six-year tenure, Liefer was responsible for the sourcing, underwriting and financing of multifamily properties nationwide. He also specialized in affordable housing, acquiring HUD Section 8 properties with tax-exempt bonds and 4 percent LIHTC.
Liefer began his career as a Series 7/63 licensed equity broker at Friedman, Billings, Ramsey, an Arlington, Va., investment bank. Liefer earned his CCIM designation in 2007 and is a licensed real estate salesperson in Illinois. He graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in marketing and supply chain management.
Cushman & Wakefield has hired Barb Schenberg as Senior Director, Agency Leasing.
Schenberg brings more than 25 years of commercial real estate experience assisting private and institutional owners with leasing their properties. She will be a key part and one of the leaders of the Agency Leasing Group at Cushman & Wakefield’s Chicago office.
Schenberg joins Cushman & Wakefield from Capital Properties where she served as Senior Vice President and Director of the Midwest Region. While at Capital Properties, Schenberg was responsible for the leasing and re-positioning of the Inland Steel Building during the property’s multi-million dollar renovation. Prior to that, she was a Senior Vice President with the The John Buck Co., where she was responsible for leasing a portfolio of more than 5.2 million square feet in downtown Chicago.
Schenberg was a finalist for the Commercial Real Estate Awards for Property Representative of the Year in 2006. In 2001, she was the recipient of the Commercial Real Estate Awards Outstanding Achievement of the Year Award for her efforts in landing the transaction for Boeing’s corporate headquarters at 100 N. Riverside Plaza.
Schenberg holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and pre-law from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind.
Jack Gerber has joined Studley as an associate director.
Gerber joins Studley after founding G2 Urban School Real Estate Consulting Group, a non-profit organization aimed at improving charter schools nationwide by increasing building and organizational efficiencies. Before that, he served as a faculty member at the Romano-Butler Campus, one of five member schools in the LEARN Charter School Network in Chicago. As teacher and committee chair, he developed a middle school curriculum that was implemented across the organization.
Active in charitable endeavors, Gerber is a member of the Big Shoulders Auxilary Board and sits on the ¡VIVA! Committee for Cristo Rey High School in Pilsen. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and holds teaching certifications for secondary education in Illinois and Colorado. He is a licensed real estate salesperson in the state of Illinois.
BARBERMurphy Group has recently added Scott Reichmann as a broker associate.
Reichmann has more than 30 years of experience in the design/build industrial/commercial construction industry in southern Illinois and eastern Missouri. He has helped owners and developers select appropriate sites, locate incentives and alternative financing, worked on behalf of owners with design professionals in conceptual design, and successfully estimated, managed and constructed millions of square feet of industrial and commercial facilities of all kinds. He has also participated in the development of four industrial parks.
Reichmann is a southern Illinois native and resides in Carlinville, Illinois. His focus is commercial, industrial, and land development.
Dermody Properties, parent company of DP Partners, has hired Vera Harder as the company’s marketing specialist.
Harder is responsible for the company’s investor and client presentations, real estate broker materials, proposals and investment packages and marketing collaterals. She will assist in producing materials that are designed to best suit all stakeholders’ needs and ensure brand consistency for the national industrial development company.
Harder joins Dermody Properties after 13 years in the industrial real estate industry with ProLogis. In her most recent position as Midwest region financial asset manager, she was responsible for the financial data for an 85 million square foot portfolio of industrial properties in nine markets, including Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, Indianapolis, Louisville, Memphis, Nashville, St. Louis, and Toronto.
Harder will be located in the Chicago regional office.
Gina Galante has been named vice president of property and asset management for the Skokie, Ill.-based The Missner Group.
Galante is a 20-year industry veteran who brings substantial property management and leasing experience to her new position. She will coordinate the leasing efforts for the firm’s more than two million square feet of properties with third party brokerage firms.
Prior to joining The Missner Group, Galante was a sole practitioner offering strategic and analytical consulting services for clients in the institutional and corporate real estate industries. Her client roster included InSite Real Estate Services, US Cellular Corporation and Colliers Bennett & Kahnweiler.
Galante also served as a property manager for Colliers, Bennett & Kahnweiler where she managed the Walton Street Capital portfolio totaling 2.8 million square feet in suburban Chicago and Tampa, Florida, and for AMLI Commercial Property Trust where she managed over 2,000,000 square feet of premier industrial parks. Prior to her career in commercial real estate, Ms. Galante oversaw 100 branches of TCF Bank in Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana.
Reed Construction has hired Brian Courtney as senior project manager. Courtney joins Reed’s project management team which has been added several new members recently and completed nearly a million square feet of projects this year.
Courtney brings more than 15 years of project and construction management to Reed Construction. He was previously employed as a senior project manager for Barton Malow Company where he managed a multi-project construction management portfolio. In his new role with Reed Construction, Courtney will be responsible for the company’s pre-construction activities and project oversight. Duties also include working with building owners to develop strategic architectural plans for projects; overseeing estimating; securing permits; soliciting and negotiating subcontractor bids; and working to ensure successful and timely completion of the firm’s projects.
Courtney is a graduate Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management.
Jim Carris has joined CBREas senior managing director. Carris joins the firm from Jones Lang LaSalle, where he served as senior vice president in their Corporate Solutions Group for the last four and a half years.
He brings a diverse background and skill set to his new role, having held leadership positions with Homart and BP/Amoco as well as managing account relationships for HSBC and Shell Oil, among others. Carris is also an attorney by training and holds an MBA from Notre Dame as well as the CCIM designation.
Carris will lead the Occupier Practice in Chicago, partnering with Jamie Georgas, who was recently promoted to managing director. Carris and Georgas will be responsible for focusing on the Tenant Representation and Global Corporate Services Transaction Management lines of business for the Chicago Region consisting of 65 professionals and over one third of the region’s
Georgas has served as an integral part of CBRE’s Chicago business for the last six and a half years, and part of the CBRE Chicago leadership team for the last three years, most recently as the Director of Managed Brokerage focusing on pursuit and business management for the tenant representation group.
James Otto has been promoted to first vice president at CBRE. Based in the firm’s Bannockburn office, James specializes in suburban office tenant representation.
Since joining CBRE in 2004, James has successfully procured new business and established relationships with some of the world’s leading companies, including Nestle, Magnetar Capital, Robert R. McCormick Foundation, Hoogwegt, IDEO, SurePayroll and Marketing Analytics.
“James has demonstrated drive and determintaion throughout his career as evidenced by his accelerated rise within the ranks at CBRE” said Chris Connelly, Executive Managing Director, CBRE. “This is an extraordinary accomplishment, and we are honored to have individuals like James at our firm.”
Throughout his over seven year tenure with the firm, James has been responsible for closing nearly 1.3 million square feet of transactions with total consideration of more than $108 million.
Thomas Gray has joined Stewart National Title Services as vice president, national business development. Gray will be responsible for expanding Stewart’s national and multinational commercial business both in the greater Chicago area and across the U.S.
An accomplished 28 year veteran of the commercial title industry, Gray’s previous experience includes serving in senior sales positions for the national commercial divisions of major national underwriters. He was recognized by these organizations as a top-producing salesman on several occasions. In addition to his sales duties, Gray was most recently responsible for commercial branch management.
“We are pleased to have such a highly regarded industry veteran like Tom joining our team. His attention to providing outstanding customer service coupled with his knowledge of the market will make him a key contributor to Stewart’s focus on expanding commercial market share”, noted Jeff Dahlen, vice president, underwriter and manager for the Stewart National Title Services Chicago office.
Gray holds a bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University and previously served in the U.S. Air Force.
Niles previously worked as an industrial broker at Jameson Realty. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Legal Studies from Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH.
Mr. Niles is involved with a number of charities and currently sits on the board of the Midtown Educational Foundation and Catholic Charities.
Cushman & Wakefield is the world’s largest privately-held commercial real estate services firm. Founded in 1917, it has 235 offices in 60 countries and more than 13,000 employees.
Mike Sullivan, Jr., president of Peak Construction Corporation, has announced that Kevin Micheli and Jay Mumm have joined the firm.
Micheli has been named Project Engineer. In this position, he oversees field operations and site improvements as well as interior office expansion for Dr. Pepper/Snapple in Harvey, Ill. With over 13 years experience in real estate in residential/commercial design and development, Kevin has acquired over $52 million in assets over the past five years. Kevin, a licensed engineer, graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Marquette University.
Jay Mumm joined Peak in September serving as Project Superintendent. He is currently overseeing expansion work being done for MGL Trucking in Franklin Park, Ill. as well as tenant improvement for Aerotek’s Schaumburg location. Jay has over ten years experience as a Project Superintendent.
Jeremy Oremland has joined Magellan Development Group in the newly created position of financial analyst.
While Magellan’s extensive portfolio of real estate developments has been centered in and around Chicago’s central business district, President David Carlins explains that “our horizons go well beyond Chicago and with his experience Jeremy Oremland will be instrumental in expanding our scope of operations.”
The scope of Oremland’s responsibilities includes financial structuring, design, entitlement, construction, marketing, and sales of all Magellan projects, including building development efforts related to Lakeshore East.
Prior to joining Magellan Oremland held the position of senior analyst at the Community Development Trust, a private New York City-based and public mission-driven real estate investment trust focused on preserving and expanding the nation’s affordable housing stock.
Oremland holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Rochester and a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from Columbia University.
Ms. Thornton is a 2003 graduate of The Ohio State University where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture. Following that, she pursued additional coursework in the areas of business and marketing while working as an Intermediate Architect at Van Tilburg, Banvard, and Soderbergh, AIA in Los Angeles.
Having recently earned her LEED AP credential, she is now in the process of finishing her final exams to become a licensed Architect in the state of Illinois.
Kevin Rocio has joined @properties Commercial Division as a multi-family specialist. Prior to joining @properties, Rocio was an associate specializing in multi-family investment sales with the Chicago office of Marcus & Millichap.
Rocio’s multi-family brokerage experience includes market-rate apartments, affordable housing, tax-credit properties and special-asset services including REO sales, loan modifications, note sales and bulk condominium sales.
Previously, Rocio spent 17 years as a mortgage broker, most recently as managing director of National City Mortgage Corp. He also spent almost six years as executive vice president of Karry L. Young Development LLC., where he developed award-winning affordable housing on Chicago’s South Side.
Rocio grew up in Chicago and attended Elmhurst College.
Newcastle Limited, the Chicago-based real estate advisory and investment firm, has announced that Kent Swanson has joined Newcastle Limited as the firm’s Chief Financial Officer, effective this month. In this new role at Newcastle, Swanson will be responsible for investor and lender relationships, overseeing the firm’s debt and equity capital and driving growth and expansion of Newcastle’s investment portfolio.
Previously, Swanson was principal and Chief Financial Officer at The John Buck Company, a corporate real estate services and advisory company. As the CFO for the Buck Company, he oversaw all equity and debt financing sourced for acquisition and development projects, and managed the deployment of the JBC Funds, third-party capital and corporate resources.
Swanson earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Duke University and a Master of Business Administration from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is the President of Evanston Inventure, an Associate Board Member of the Youth Organization Umbrella, Inc., and serves on the Executive Committee of the Civic Federation of Chicago.
Shannon Arseneau has joined Cushman & Wakefield of Illinois, Inc. as a senior property manager in the firm’s industrial group. She comes to C&W from AMB Property Corporation/Prologis where she served as Property Manager.
Arseneau brings 10 years of real estate experience to C&W and will work closely with Victoria Knudson to continue to strengthen the company’s Midwest industrial platform. She is an accomplished manager responsible for the property management of industrial properties in Chicago and the surrounding submarkets. Her current portfolio includes approximately 2.5 million square feet.
In her new role, Arseneau is responsible for implementation and review of operating and capital budgets, assists in negotiations and execution of leases with the leasing team and supervises the planning and construction projects for building and tenant improvements.
Chapman brings years of industry experience to Skender Construction and is responsible for cultivating business relationships and providing strategic evaluation for the firm’s long-term growth.
Chapman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Interior Design from Illinois State University. She was formerly Vice President, Director of Resources & Educational Development/ Senior Project Interior Designer at VOA Associates.
Clayco, Inc. has announced that Thomas Weeks has joined Clayco’s Chicago office as Principal. Weeks brings nearly 20 years of real estate experience to Clayco where he will have leadership responsibilities, including assembling and developing land and pursuing turnkey, build-to-suit projects primarily for Corporate and Industrial clients nationwide.
Prior to joining Clayco, Weeks was a Principal at WeeksWeldon Development Company which specialized in Caribbean resort developments and Chicago-based real estate opportunities. He also served as President of Related Midwest, a prominent Chicago residential development firm which was acquired by a New York-based development firm. At Related Midwest, Weeks oversaw the firm’s operations including planning, acquisition, financing, construction and marketing. He worked on high-profile projects such as 840 N. Lake Shore Drive and 340 E. Randolph Street. A licensed attorney, Weeks practiced real estate law for three years.
Weeks earned a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from Amherst College and a law degree with honors from the University of Chicago.
Transwestern has named Marc Imrem and Andrew Watsonmanaging directors in the Chicago office’s Investment Services Group. The team will focus on the sale of single-tenant triple net lease properties in the Midwest, as well as
nationally. They will continue to represent major institutional and private clients while establishing and growing the firm’s national net lease and sale leaseback specialty.
Imrem and Watson join Transwestern from Baum Realty Group, where they were responsible for sale of single tenant net lease properties as well as vision, planning and business development activities. They have represented numerous notable clients including General Electric and Inland Real Estate.
During his ten years in commercial real estate, Imrem has been involved in more than 175 transactions valued at over $600 million, including approximately 40 single tenant net leased properties. Prior to Baum, he spent six years as an investment sales broker at buyer brokerage firm Hansen Realty, sourcing land sites and condo conversion properties for developers. Imrem received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois.
An 11-year industry veteran, Watson has grossed in excess of $650 million in sales volume over 150 transactions throughout his career. Prior to Baum, he held a vice president position in the Investment Sales Group at Inland Real Estate. Watson received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Illinois.
Cushman & Wakefield of Illinois, Inc. has announced three new hires in its Chicago office.
Bill McDonald joins C&W as director in our Office Tenant Representation Group from Digital Realty Trust where he served as director of sales for the firm’s central region. A veteran of the IT industry, McDonald will lead the new Data Center practice. While at Digital Realty Trust, McDonald was responsible for the lease and sale of data center facilities and design, engineering and construction services to Fortune 1000 companies in the Midwest. McDonald holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Michigan State University.
Trevor Marticke has joined C&W as director in our Office Tenant Rep Group from Transwestern where he served as an associate within the firm’s Tenant Advisory Group. Marticke began his real estate career as an assistant project manager with New York-based Rockrose Development while pursuing his undergraduate degree. Trevor holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York.
Lauren Wulf joined C&W as marketing associate from CBS TV & Radio where she served as the Lead Web Editor for cbschicago.com. In her new role, Wulf will work closely with the Retail Brokerage Services team of Luke Molloy, Meredith Oliver, Brent Wayburn and Amy Sider. Wulf holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Loyola University Chicago.
Irgens Development Partners, LLC has announced that two senior real estate professionals have joined the firm’s Chicago
office — David Narey as vice president property management and Mark May as development director.
David Narey brings more than 30 years of diversified and large-scale property portfolio management skills to the firm. In his role as Vice President Property Management, Narey is overseeing Irgens’ commercial office, medical office and ambulatory care facility investments in Illinois, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio and Texas. He also is charged with growing Irgens’ portfolio nationwide by securing new management contracts for the firm.
Prior to his employment with Irgens, Narey held a variety of senior operational and asset management positions with other real estate firms including Jones Lang LaSalle, InSite
Medical Properties, D2 Realty Services and Lillibridge Healthcare Services.
Mark May has spent his 25-plus year career focused on real estate investment, project development, architecture and engineering. He brings his broad-based knowledge to Irgens in the role of Development Director where he offers clients turn-key real estate solutions, from pre-acquisition to post-occupancy, on projects throughout Illinois and in other Midwestern states.
Prior to his employment with Irgens, May was an investment consultant with Mesirow Financial Real Estate and held a variety of other development positions for real estate firms in and around Chicago. His career focus has been on urban in-fill and commercial, mixed-use and office project types.
John R. Patelski, PE, LEED AP, has joined Ghafari Associates as Executive Vice President. With a career spanning over 30 years, Patelski brings to Ghafari a wealth of experience in strategic consulting, engineering and construction services for a variety of industrial, commercial and institutional projects. As Executive Vice President, he will be responsible for expanding the firm’s services in new strategic markets.
Patelski joins Ghafari from global A/E/C firm Epstein, where he served most recently as the Executive Managing Director / President of the Engineering & Construction Groups.
A graduate of the Milwaukee School of Engineering, Patelski holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and is a Professional Engineer, having held licenses in 40 states.
Ryan Engle has been promoted to associate vice president investments at Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services. This achievement is one of the highest levels of recognition the firm awards to its investment specialists. It represents excellence in the development and servicing of long-term client relationships, according to Steven D. Weinstock, regional manager of the firm’s Oak Brook, Ill. office.
Most recently, Engle held the title of senior associate in the Oak Brook office.
After being named an associate of the firm in February 2007, Engle was promoted to senior associate in October 2008. He has received two sales recognition awards from Marcus & Millichap. Engle is an associate director of the firm’s National Multi Housing Group and Special Assets Services Group.
Jason M. Mundy has joined Zifkin Real Estate Group’s office leasing team in October, 2011. His expertise in architecture design and construction administration supplements the already extensive experience of the Zifkin office team. Jason assists in managing tenant representation assignments, business relocation strategies and lease negotiations for the firm’s clients and customers.
Mundy worked as an architect for Perkins Eastman, Pappageorge/Haymes, Ltd. and Song + Associates prior to joining ZREG. He was instrumental in developing large-scale projects such as a $47M, 21-story independent living tower; a 270,000 SF civic center including a new city hall, library and museum; and a myriad of commercial, institutional, retail and residential projects.
Mundy received his MBA in Real Estate Investment and Finance from DePaul University, and his BS in Architectural Studies from Southern Illinois University. He was recently accepted into the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s rigorous Docent Education Program and plans to serve as a volunteer Docent for the foundation. His memberships include International Council of Shopping Centers, Young Professionals of Chicago, Young Real Estate Professionals, Real Estate Investment Association, and DePaul Real Estate Alumni Association.
Nichols joined Next Realty in 2008 and has been instrumental in professionalizing the firm’s day-to-day parking business from manager relations to budgeting and internal and external communication. Nichols has led Next’s effort to first acquire and then to improve profitability at Next’s recently acquired Gatlinburg location.
Next Parking manages the Next portfolio of eight parking facilities totaling more than 3,200 spaces across the country and provides asset management services for 14 facilities containing over 8,150 parking spaces in 9 cities for multiple owners.
Nichols, who will continue to report to Chief Operating Officer Marc Blum, has nearly 20 years of diverse operational and sales experience in the parking industry. He has worked for leading national and regional parking management firms over the course of his career in positions of increasing responsibility in cities along the Eastern seaboard.
He is a graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland where he earned a BA in Economics. Nichols is a former Vice President of the Middle Atlantic Parking Association and holds a Certified Parking Facility Manager designation as awarded by the National Parking Association.
John A. Dobrott has been appointed President – Industrial Division for McShane Development Company, a national real estate development and investment firm. Formerly the firm’s senior vice president, Dobrott will oversee McShane Development’s industrial real estate development activities throughout the western and southwestern regions and within the State of Texas. He will continue to office within the firm’s Irvine, California regional office providing strategic management of McShane’s land holdings, build-to-suit opportunities, leasing and disposition activities.
Dobrott joined McShane Development Company as vice president in October 2006. Under his direction, the firm has developed numerous high-profile industrial business parks and turnkey developments. Dobrott is currently launching a well-positioned 84-acre industrial business park in Redlands, California, located within the heart of the growing Inland Empire.
Dobrott earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from the University of California, Irvine. He is a member NAIOP (Commercial Real Estate Development Association) and ULI (Urban Land Institute). He is also a licensed real estate broker and general contractor in the State of California.
Trammell Crow Company has announced that Kelly Schmidt has joined the company’s Chicago Business Unit as Project Coordinator. She will be responsible for marketing, new business development, financial analysis, accounting and project management throughout the Midwest.
Schmidt joins TCC from Colle+McVoy, Inc., in Minneapolis, Minn., where she served as an Account Executive responsible for the development of strategic marketing campaigns, customer relationship management, brand development, budget management and overseeing various finance and financial and accounting functions.
Schmidt received a bachelor’s in marketing from the University of Minnesota. She is a member of the Chicago chapter of National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP).
MB Real Estate has announced the appointment of Patricia Aluisi as its new Chief Administrative Officer & Senior Vice President of Support Services. She will play a multi-faceted role and manage the firm’s marketing, human resources and information technology departments.
Prior to MB Real Estate, Aluisi served as the General Counsel and Director of Corporate Administration for London-based Bovis International. She negotiated numerous construction/project management projects in more than 20 countries, establishing business entities and serving as an executive or board member. Her projects included the Petronas Towers and Kuala Lumpur City Center in Malaysia; Euro Disneyland; Canary Wharf; The Jewel House at the Tower of London; and the Merck headquarters in Germany.
She was appointed to the Bovis LTD board as Commercial Director to lead the firm’s development of infrastructure projects, such as privately financed water treatment plants in China and Malaysia and National Health Service Hospitals in the United Kingdom.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, as well as her Juris Doctor, from University of Maryland.
Dykema Gossett PLLC announced today the return of associate Michael D. Kim to the firm’s Corporate Finance practice in Chicago. Kim first joined Dykema as an associate in 2008. Most recently, he was an associate with the law firm Horwood Marcus & Berk, Chartered.
Kim concentrates his practice in representing domestic and foreign banks, and other financial institutions, in structuring and documenting financing transactions. He also has significant experience in commercial real estate focusing on the acquisition, disposition, development, leasing and financing of commercial properties.
Kim earned his B.S. in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University. He went on to earn his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in 2007, where he also earned a Certificate in Taxation.
Trammell Crow Company announces that Grady Hamilton has been promoted to head of the Company’s Chicago Business Unit. In his new role, he will be responsible for the overall performance of the Business Unit, including identifying new development and investment opportunities throughout Chicago, Minneapolis and the Upper Midwest. Hamilton will report to Michael Duffy, Trammell Crow Company’s Chief Operating Officer.
Hamilton joined Trammell Crow Company in 2010 and since then has acquired a 260,000 square foot industrial building in Lake County, managed nearly 475 acres of developable land in Chicago, Minneapolis, and St. Louis, and continues to expand the Company’s presence through the pursuit of development and acquisition opportunities throughout the Midwest. Along with Senior Vice President Tim Lobner, Senior Associate Jason Olt and Project Coordinator Kelly Schmidt, Hamilton will also oversee TCC’s existing projects, including leading development efforts for the 1 million square foot Class A office development at 301 S. Wacker Drive.
Mark A. Saturno has joined McShane Development Company as Chief Operating Officer (COO). Saturno will office in the firm’s headquarters in Rosemont, Ill, and provide management of the operations, finances, acquisition, leasing and disposition activities throughout the organization including its regional offices in Austin, Texas; Phoenix, Arizona; and Irvine, California.
Saturno is a 25-year veteran of the real estate development industry. Prior to joining McShane Development, Saturno served as managing director, Central Region at AMB Property Corporation. He managed the markets of Chicago, Minneapolis, Dallas, Houston and Seattle and oversaw 37 million square feet of space consisting of 320 buildings and 1,200 tenants. Saturno also served as a Senior Investment Officer/Regional Director for First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc. and as Vice President – Investment Sales/Asset Management at The Balcor Company.
Saturno earned a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from the University of Illinois and holds a Master in Management from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Clayco Inc., has announced that Kurt Jaeger has assumed the role of Vice President of Preconstruction in its St. Louis office. Jaeger, a twelve-year veteran of Clayco, will oversee company wide preconstruction and estimating services.
Jaeger has been influential in the development of several high-profile projects including the P-882 and P-1212 Dining Facilities and U.S. Army Reserve Center at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; two processing and distribution facility projects for the United States Postal Service; a 728,000-square-foot distribution center for The Children’s Place and Disney Store; a 300,000-square-foot distribution center for Famous Footwear; a two-phase 800,000-square-foot distribution facility and expansion for Payless ShoeSource Inc.; interior design and construction for Fluor Corporation’s headquarters in Irving, Texas; interior design and construction for the Chevron Gulf of Mexico operations in Covington, LA; the construction of two Detroit distribution centers for Chrysler totaling over 670,000 square feet; and core and shell construction on the 300,000-square-foot Troy Concept Center, a three-building office complex for Collins & Aikman.
Magellan Development Group has announced the appointment of Steven L. Mandell as vice president of business development and operations of recently established affiliate Magellan Project Services. Project Services is a consulting firm created to assist financial institutions and other organizations holding or in the process of receiving distressed properties.
Mandell has been director of acquisitions and operations at Jameson Development LLC for the past eight years and previously held posts as a principal of Hoffman Development and director of operations at Rezmar Corp.
A licensed real estate broker, Mandell is a board member of the Anti-Defamation League.
Cushman & Wakefield of Illinois, Inc. has announced the addition of Shawn Mobley as Executive Vice President, Market Leader. He is responsible for managing and leading C&W’s Chicago offices located in downtown Chicago and Rosemont. Along with day-to-day operations, Mr. Mobley will also guide the continued growth of the firm’s services in the Chicago area.
Mr. Mobley brings more than 20 years of experience to C&W. He was most recently President of Brokerage Services for the US with responsibility for more than 100 offices nationwide. Previously, Mr. Mobley served as Senior Vice President in the Corporate Solutions Group at Jones Lang LaSalle.
Mr. Mobley earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago. He is active in many industry and civic organizations including CoreNet, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Mr. Mobley is also a frequent speaker at local real estate events and served on the Economic Advisors Panel for the City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development. He completed the Chartered Financial Analysts program in 1997 and is a licensed real estate salesperson in the State of Illinois.
Jacob Marquardt has joined Cawley Chicago Commercial Real Estate. After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree from Ohio State University in 2009, Jacob began working for EBI Biomet as spine and trauma parts sales representative.His interest in commercial real estate then led him to Cawley Chicago Commercial Real Estate
Jacob represents property owners and tenants in southern cook county and the south suburbs of Chicago in acquisitions and leasing of industrial real estate assets. Jacob works with Rich Weber Industrial associate at Cawley Chicago on assorted industrial and commercial transactions focusing primarily in the I-88 corridor.
CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc. has announced that Jack Durburg has been promoted to President of the company’s newly formed Central Division, and Chris Connelly has been promoted to succeed Mr. Durburg as Executive Managing Director and Chicago area market leader. The appointments are effective immediately.
In his new role, Mr. Durburg will direct a new geographical division encompassing more than 25 offices in nine states, with responsibility for all lines of business. Durburg joined CBRE in June 2001 as a Managing Director and member of the Chicago leadership team. He was named Senior Managing Director and Chicago market leader in July 2003 and promoted to Executive Managing Director in December 2007. As Chicago market leader, Mr. Durburg oversaw the highly successful integration of the local Insignia/ESG operations, which CBRE acquired in 2003, and the Trammell Crow Company operations, which CBRE acquired in 2006. Prior to joining CBRE, he spent six
years at Jones Lang LaSalle.
Mr. Connelly joined CBRE as Managing Director of the Schaumburg office and the Chicago suburban office brokerage group in January 2004. He was promoted to Senior Managing Director with responsibility for the downtown Chicago office and the Occupier practice in October 2008. Prior to joining CBRE, he spent seven years at Jones Lang LaSalle.
CBRE’s new Central Division will comprise offices in the following local market areas: Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Ohio (all markets), Pittsburg, St. Louis and Texas (all markets) as well as affiliate offices throughout the region. The company’s East Division – encompassing markets from New England through Florida – will continue to be led by Jim Reid, President, Eastern Division.
Opus Development Corporation announced today that Sean Spellman will join its Chicago office as vice president and general manager. In this position, he will be responsible for pursuing commercial real estate development, third-party construction and investment opportunities as well as leading the overall operations of the office.
With 15 years of commercial real estate industry experience, Spellman joins Opus Development Corporation from Northern Builders, Inc., where he had served as vice president and was responsible for the overall sales and marketing of Northern Builders’ business.
Spellman earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Purdue University. He is actively involved in NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR), the Association of Industrial Real Estate Brokers (AIRE), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the Builders Association of Greater Chicago (BAGC)
Douglas A. Kiersey, Jr., has been named President of Dermody Properties/DP Partners. He is responsible for the company’s capital, acquisition, development and property management activities nationwide, and chairs the company’s executive committee.
Kiersey brings more than 27 years of experience in development, land and building acquisition, and management and marketing of distribution properties, with extensive experience in 14 U.S. markets.
He joins Dermody Properties after 17 years in various positions with ProLogis, including his most recent role as Senior Vice President/Midwest Regional Director, based in Chicago, Ill. During that time he had responsibility for the business unit consisting of 84 million square feet in nine markets (Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, Indianapolis, Louisville, Memphis, Nashville, St. Louis and Toronto
He earned his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, where he is a member of the Kellogg Real Estate Advisory Board, and his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Oregon State University
Jeffery Hoffenberg and David Pritzker have been named associates in the Real Estate & Finance Practice Group of Levenfeld Pearlstein LLC.
Hoffenberg represents purchasers and sellers in a wide range of commercial real estate matters, including acquisitions, dispositions, mortgage financings, and commercial, industrial and retail leasing transactions. As a former General Counsel for the Cook County Treasurer’s Office, he drafted new legislation and amendments to existing Illinois Statutes and Cook County Ordinances affecting the Treasurer’s Office for proposal to the Illinois Legislature and Cook County Board of Commissioners. He earned his B.A. from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.
Pritzker represents clients ranging from retail, commercial, and industrial property owners and developers in a broad range of real estate transactions including acquisitions and dispositions leasing, and financing matters. he earned his B.B.A. from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University and his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
David A. Petersen, chief operating officer of NAI Hiffman will assume the role of CEO of the parent company effective July 1, 2011, while continuing to serve as head of its asset management division. He will succeed Dennis Hiffman who has served as both chairman and CEO since founding the company in 2000. Hiffman will retain the role of chairman.
Petersen has held the role of CEO of the asset management group since 2006, assuming the additional role of chief operating officer of NAI Hiffman in 2008. Prior to joining NAI Hiffman, Petersen spent his 25 year career in a wide range of management, development and operations positions, leading teams and executing new business for regional, national and international real estate firms
Hiffman indicated that, “This move will further position the company for its growth into the next phase of our business development strategy. Dave’s vision and leadership have helped us further align our interests with those of our clients, with a continued expansion of our real estate services platform.”
Mr. Hall specializes in developing, evaluating, and implementing tenant solutions. At Grubb & Ellis, Mr. Hall was a consistent top professional nationally and a Circle of Excellence winner. Significant client relationships included Morgan Stanley (regionally), ACCO Brands (nationally), and Access Community Health Network (regionally).
Mr. Hall has 18 years of experience in the commercial real estate and financial services industries. Other professional positions have included Managing Director/Founder of National Corporate Real Estate Services at Katherine Blair Group, LLC; Director at C&W; and a full member at the Chicago Board of Trade.
Mr. Hall received his B.A. in Liberal Arts and his M.B.A. (cum laude) from the University of Notre Dame.
Adam J. Simon has joined Grubb & Ellis as vice president, Private Capital Markets. He brings more than six years of experience in investment sales, specializing in multifamily and mixed-use properties and joins the Chicago Multi Housing team of Brian Pohl, senior vice president, and Symeon Stavrakas, senior associate.
While leading the Simon Group, which he founded in 2008, Simon provided disposition advisory services, third-party acquisitions, equity placement and structured financing for investment clients throughout the Midwest. Previously, he spent a year as an associate director in Cushman & Wakefield’s investment sales division after serving as a founding co-partner and managing broker of C.B. Commercial Inc., a commercial real estate brokerage firm he founded in 2005. Under his leadership, the firm facilitated in excess of $600 million in property transactions from 2005 to 2008.
He earned his M.B.A. from DePaul University and bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University
Dan Sullivan has joined Clayco’s downtown Chicago office. Sullivan will serve as vice president of Clayco and as principal/executive vice president of Forum Studio, its architectural design and engineering subsidiary.
He will focus on expanding Clayco and Forum’s growth in Chicago and across the country, with an emphasis on the higher education, health care and commercial sectors.
Sullivan brings more than 25 years success in the corporate, institutional, civic, aviation and mixed-use practice areas from firms like OWPP and Gensler. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, Urban Land Institute, CoreNet Global and Greater North Michigan Avenue Association. He is also a board member of the Advocate Health Care Foundation, co-president of the Chicago Real Estate Council for City of Hope and a committee chair of The Economic Club of Chicago.
Interra Realty has expanded and added four members to its staff.
Christian Arai, Jason Macklin, and Rob Kocmond have all been named directors.
Arai comes to Interra from Conlon Real Estate where he was a commercial broker specializing in apartment and retail brokerage. He started his career
in the real estate industry as a commercial appraiser in 2003. His client base includes but is not limited to property owners, banks, individual investors and investment groups.
Macklin joins Interra after working as a commercial developer and broker in Phoenix, Arizona. Jason spent over six years working with a commercial real estate development company in Phoenix, AZ managing the acquisition and development for a Fortune 25 retailer throughout Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico. He specialized in identifying new development opportunities and negotiating various acquisition, site operation, and development agreements. Prior to moving to
Chicago, Jason also worked as a real estate licensee with DPR Realty and was a principal in small real estate investment venture.
Kocmond joins Interra from Keller Williams Realty Partners where he was a multifamily and retail broker. He started his real estate career in 2002 with Zifkin Realty & Development where he was a commercial broker for over 6 years. Kocmond specializes in multifamily brokerage in the Chicago metropolitan area.
Also, Ben Chukerman has been named associate for the firm. Chukerman joins Interra as an associate with the primary responsibility of servicing client relationships of the Managing Principals.
Trammell Crow Company (TCC) has appointed Danny Queenan chief executive officer, effective immediately. Queenan will report to Bob Sulentic, who previously held this role for 11 years and now serves as President of CB Richard Ellis, TCC’s parent company.
Queenan joined TCC in early 2010 as President of the firm’s Central Operations, overseeing TCC’s offices in Austin, Chicago, Dallas and Houston, as well as the firm’s Acquisitions team and Healthcare Initiative.
Prior to joining TCC, Queenan served as president and chief executive officer of Opus North Corporation, which is now Opus Holding, Inc. Queenan serves on the board of the Chicago chapter of National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) and is a past president. He is also a member of the Urban Land Institute.
In his new capacity with J.C. Anderson, Marszewski will utilize his expertise in large-scale, high-profile construction projects to enhance J.C. Anderson Inc.’s existing service capabilities as well as attract new potential business to the firm.
Marszewski has 20 years of experience in the construction industry and was previously employed with Turner Construction as a senior project manager. While at Turner, Marszewski worked on projects including the Chicago Mercantile Exchange redevelopment, the Millennium Park Footbridge at the Art Institute, and Provena St. Joseph Hospital. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Building Construction and Contracting from Purdue University.
Kohn was promoted from senior associate to vice president within the Industrial Advisory Group of Colliers International | Chicago. This is his second consecutive promotion. Kohn represents the interests of institutions, corporations and small businesses in the buying, sell and leasing of industrial property primarily in the O’Hare market. In 2010, Kohn completed several notable transactions including a 91,000-square-foot lease at 1120-1140 Ellis Avenue in Bensenville, Ill. to PODS. Kohn also represented Multi-Pack Solutions in its 175,000-square-foot headquarters relocation to 1800 Central Avenue in Mt. Prospect.
Kohn received a MBA from the University of Texas (Austin) and is a current resident of Chicago.
KBS Capital Markets Group (KBS-CMG), an affiliate of KBS Capital Advisors and KBS Realty Advisors, has recruited Andrew C. Schenk as its new Lower Midwest regional vice president to oversee southern Illinois, eastern Missouri, Arkansas and western Tennessee. In his new position, Schenk will be responsible for developing and managing broker/dealer and registered investment advisor relationships on behalf of KBS-CMG for KBS Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs).
Schenk brings 22 years of securities product sales and trading experience to KBS, most recently as regional marketing director at the Lincoln Financial Distributors in St. Louis. There he managed the Eastern Missouri-Southern Illinois Territory for Lincoln Financial’s independent and Edward Jones channels, focusing on the sale of the American Legacy variable annuity. Previously, Schenk was with Claymore Securities in St. Louis for two years.
Schenk received his bachelor’s degree from Denison University in Granville, Ohio.
Ann Carey has joined Mortenson Construction as business development executive for its Chicago office.
Carey previously was senior manager and market lead for Ernst and Young’s Construction and Real Estate Practice working with clients including Caterpillar and Goodyear. Prior to that, Carey worked with Jones Lang LaSalle as national director of their Project Development and Services team where she managed projects for Cisco, RIC, Chicago Children’s Museum, Hewitt, Hyatt, Yum Brands, Amtrak, Ritz, Sprint and Chicago’s 2016 Olympic bid. Two major construction projects she oversaw included the U-505 Submarine exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry and the new Midwest Headquarters for HSBC.
Carey is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
Anthony Giannini has joined Bradford Allen Capital as senior vice president. Giannini is leading the firm’s efforts to originate lending opportunities and develop creative structures for its unique loan programs that are specifically tailored to meet the needs of borrowers in today’s complex lending environment.
Gianni has completed the firm’s first transaction with Dukes Bridge LLC, a joint-venture between Bridge Development Partners, LLC and Blue Vista Capital Partners, LLC. The $9.5 million, three-year loan was secured by a multi-tenant, single-story office property located in Elmhurst, Ill.
Giannini has more than 20 years of experience in debt origination and portfolio/asset management, restructuring debt, loan sales, acquisition analysis, and equity placement. Prior to joining Bradford Allen Capital, Giannini served as vice president for the Royal Bank of Canada-Capital Markets, where he was responsible for the creation and operation of the U.S. Midwest region’s CMBS lending operation. He also led the Real Estate Finance Group-Midwest Region for Manulife Financial Life Insurance Company; was an assistant vice president at The Tokai Bank; and was a Financial Analyst for The Balcor Company.
Giannini graduated from Elmhurst College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and received his M.B.A. in Finance from Loyola University.
Paul Cawthon and Angelo Labriola have joined Sperry Van Ness as senior advisors. Cawthon and Labriola join the national real estate firm bringing
with them a combined 15 years of commercial real estate experience.
Prior to joining SVN, Labriola and Cawthon served as the last two commercial agents at the downtown Chicago office of Inland Real Estate Brokerage that is based out of Oak Brook, Ill.
The veterans to the commercial real estate industry will work as a team at SVN specializing in the sales and leasing of retail, multi-family, and industrial property.
Sperry Van Ness LLC is a full service commercial real estate advisory firm located at 112 S. Sangamon in downtown, Chicago
Minneapolis-based Ryan Companies US, Inc. has announced the promotions of Jeff Smith to executive vice president at the corporate level and Tim Hennelly to president of the Great Lakes Region.
As executive vice president, Smith will be responsible for overseeing all of Ryan’s regional hubs and for driving business in key industry segments. Ryan has offices in Minneapolis, Chicago, San Diego, Tampa, Phoenix, Cedar Rapids, Davenport and Des Moines. Its new framework will consolidate these offices into five regional hubs: Midwest, Southeast, Southwest, Southcentral and Great Lakes. Smith will be based in Minneapolis.
As part of the restructuring that will move Smith to Minneapolis, Hennelly assumes the role of president of the newly named Great Lakes Region. From offices in Naperville, Hennelly has responsibility for executing strategy and managing activities in Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Indiana.
Effective immediately, Martinez will focus on expanding Avison Young’s regional investment sales and financial advisory capabilities. Having completed more than $3 billion of real estate transactions during her career, Martinez has assisted corporate clients, institutional clients and private clients in maximizing their real estate values.
Martinez holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc. has promoted Todd Caruso to lead the company’s Retail Agency practice for Brokerage and Asset Services in the Americas. In Mr. Caruso’s new role, he will focus on growing CBRE’s leasing, management and marketing of quality retail properties throughout the Americas.
Mr. Caruso is a CBRE veteran with more than 27 years of experience with the firm. During the past eight years, primarily in the East, Mr. Caruso has assisted CBRE sales professionals in securing new clients while helping local markets recruit and retain the top retail talent in the industry. CBRE’s managed retail portfolio is approximately 69 million sq. ft., and the company has exclusive mandates to lease more than 250 million sq. ft. of retail properties in the United States alone.
Mr. Caruso’s previous experience includes Retail Sales and Leasing, leading two of the company’s Chicago offices and also handling Midwest Regional Retail oversight.
Mr. Caruso is a graduate of the University of Arizona and has a Bachelor of Arts.
Jones Lang LaSalle has hired Keith Largay as a Senior Vice President for its Real Estate Investment Banking practice in Chicago. Largay specializes in the placement of both debt and equity for institutional and private real estate owners.
Largay is a 10-year veteran of the commercial real estate business and has been directly involved in the financing of more than $2.5 billion in real estate. His financing experience includes office, multifamily, retail, industrial, hospitality and condominiums. He has also completed transactions in first mortgages, mezzanine debt, entity-level equity investment, B-notes, joint ventures and loan sales. Prior to joining the firm, Largay served as a director at a competing brokerage firm and prior to that he acted as a vice president at NorthMarq Capital. He earned his bachelor of science degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, with concentrations in finance and strategic management.
Walker & Dunlop, LLC has announced that Joel M. Kaplan has joined the company as vice president of the Multifamily Finance group in the company’s Chicago, Illinois office. Mr. Kaplan will be responsible for new loan originations, focusing on conventional multifamily loan originations through Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and HUD executions.
Kaplan was previously a senior vice president for Inland Commercial Mortgage Corporation based in Oak Brook, Ill. In his real estate lending career, Kaplan has financed over $2 billion in commercial real estate debt. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University.
Carmen Caringella, a specialist in residential mortgage financing has been appointed director of Magellan Project Services. The Magellan Development Group affiliate has been established by the developer as a problem-solving consultant service focusing on distressed urban multifamily developments and underperforming assets.
An active member and sponsor of the National Association of Home Builders, Home Builders Association of Illinois and Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago, Caringella has more than a decade of residential mortgage financing experience.
He was most recently an area sales manager for Prime Lending and Wachovia, a branch manager for Countrywide and a loan officer and branch manager for ABN/AMRO. In these posts he specialized in construction to perm and structuring loans that fit developers’ needs.
Joe Grimes has joined Meridian Design Build as Vice President.
Grimes worked in the construction department at Opus North Corporation in Rosemont for almost 19 years, and has extensive experience managing design-build projects from the due diligence and proposal stage through to facility turnover. While at Opus, Joe coordinated a number of large industrial, retail, and redevelopment projects. He worked for 3+ years at ProLogis in the capacity of Vice President – Project Management and most recently coordinated design efforts on a large civil defense project in Doha, Qatar.
Joe, a LEED Accredited Professional, graduated from Marquette University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 1989.
Steinco Inc. has hired Anthony L. Onagan as vice president of strategic planning. A licensed commercial real estate broker, Onagan brings 15 years of experience as an architect and real estate broker, and will assist commercial real estate tenants evaluate space needs and find ways to better utilize space efficiencies through strategic real estate transactions.
A LEED AP, Onagan, 41, has been involved in designing more than 4.5 million square feet of corporate office space, including 1 million square feet for professional services firms. Throughout his career, he has specialized in corporate interiors, strategic workplace intelligence and sustainable building services.
Onagan previously was a senior project manager in Grubb & Ellis’ Corporate Services and Corporate Tenant Representation Group.
He graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Architecture with a graduate degree in architectural design
In this role, Hyman will be responsible for representing owners and operators of senior housing facilities in the Chicago area and regionally, further enhancing Grubb & Ellis’ capabilities in this sector.
Most recently, Hyman was vice president of real estate acquisition for a privately held development firm, where he was responsible for all aspects of land acquisition including site selection, site planning and development for senior lifestyle communities. Prior to assuming this role in 2006, Hyman was director of land acquisition and entitlement for five years at Burnside Construction and Management. He received his bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University.
Cushman & Wakefield today announced Gregory S. Vorwaller has joined the firm as Global Head of Capital Markets. He joins Cushman & Wakefield from CB Richard Ellis, where he was Chief Operating Officer of Capital Markets and President of its Investment Properties Group. He will be based in Chicago.
Mr. Vorwaller has nearly 30 years of experience in the financial services and real estate industries, with an emphasis on advising institutional investors on real estate investment strategies, structured finance, real estate securitization and property sales. For more than a decade at CB Richard Ellis he oversaw its Investment Properties Group.
At Cushman & Wakefield, Mr. Vorwaller will be responsible for the division of the firm that specializes in representing third-party investors in the acquisition, disposition, financing and recapitalization of commercial real estate worldwide.
Mr. Vorwaller graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a bachelor’s degree in International Socioeconomic History.
David R. Kahnweiler, chairman and chief executive officer of Colliers International │Chicago, has announced that Drew Nieman has been hired as principal to lead the firm’s downtown Chicago leasing practice. Nieman spent the past 27 years establishing a prolific career at The John Buck Company, with the last 17 of those years as principal. While leading that firm’s leasing group, he oversaw more than 6.5 million square feet of office transactions.
In 2008 Mr. Nieman accepted a position with John Buck International and relocated to Abu Dhabi, UAE where he has since served as executive director of leasing for two million square feet of office space at Sowwah Square, Abu Dhabi’s new CBD. Mr. Nieman is returning from his assignment in the Middle East and is expected to begin his new position at Colliers’ downtown Chicago office in January 2011.
Mr. Nieman earned a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Design (architecture) and Urban and Regional Planning from Miami University in Miami, Ohio.
Garry Weiss has joined Jones Lang LaSalle as a Managing Director and will focus on the industrial investment sales sector.
Weiss brings more than 26 years of experience within the industrial supply chain of the commercial real estate industry to the firm, including more than 18 years as an Instructor with the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors and 13 years as a Senior Instructor with the Certified Commercial Investment Member Institute. Most recently, he was a Managing Principal at GSW Ventures, Ltd., a value-add real estate investment and operating company focused upon the acquisition and (re)development of sustainable commercial and multi-family properties.
Weiss earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Real Estate Finance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Cohen Financial, a national real estate capital services firm, has announced the appointment of Ted Wright as Managing Director in the Loan Administration department with a focus on asset management. Mr. Wright brings 17 years experience in asset management, mortgage origination, financial analysis and operations management to Cohen Financial’s loan administration platform.
He is located in the firm’s Kansas City area office. Mr. Wright holds an MBA in International Finance from The Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona and a BA in Business Administration and History from Principia College in Elsah, Illinois. He is a member of the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Origination Counsel.
CB Richard Ellis has announced that commercial real estate executive Tom McClayton has joined the firm’s Chicago Capital Markets – Investment Properties Group as Executive Vice President. McClayton will focus on the sale and recapitalization of large office buildings for institutional clients in the CBD and major suburban markets in Chicago.
McClayton will partner with CBRE’s Mike Vesper, Executive Vice President, and Mike Caprile, Vice Chairman, creating a Institutional Office Capital Markets team in Chicago.
McClayton joins CB Richard Ellis after spending eight years as a Principal at Fulcrum Asset Advisors. Fulcrum, a privately owned real estate investment and operating company, has closed on real estate assets totaling more than $1.1 billion in the last eight years. McClayton has been involved in all facets of the firm and brings this experience and knowledge to CBRE and its clients. Previously, he was a Managing Director of Jones Lang LaSalle’s Capital Markets Group and LaSalle Investment Management.
McClayton received a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Illinois and a Masters of Business Administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
ARCO/Murray National Construction Company, nationwide design builder recently hired Tom Vandivier as their newest Project Superintendent.
Brad Dannegger, principal of ARCO/Murray said in a statement, “Tom is a really great hire for us. He has been a foreman or superintendent for various subcontractors and general contractors – providing a wide range of building experience and expertise spanning over his career. Additionally, he has a proven history of building great relationships with clients by providing excellent service. His track record really speaks for itself. We are excited to have him on board.”
Vandivier brings with more than 35 years of experience in the construction industry including 10 years of traveling experience. Prior to joining ARCO/Murray, Tom was a superintendent for Lauth Construction.
Trammell Crow Company announces that Grady Hamilton, 35, has joined the company’s Chicago Business Unit as Principal. He will be responsible for industrial and office development and acquisitions throughout the Chicago suburban market, expanding Trammell Crow Company’s land control throughout the Chicago suburbs and new business development in Minneapolis.
A 13-year veteran, Hamilton previously served as Vice President, General Manager of Opus North in Chicago, responsible for managing the firm’s office development and leasing strategies in the Chicago market. During his five-year tenure, Hamilton completed more than 650,000 square feet of office space covering speculative and build-to-suit projects.
Hamilton graduated from Miami University with a bachelor’s of science degree in engineering management. He serves as a board member of the Chicago chapter of National Association of Industrial and Office Properties.
Ryan Stoller will now be responsible for the firm’s investment activities in the Midwest region. Ryan has been with KTR for the last three years, most recently in charge of the firm’s Asset Management effort in Chicago. Prior, he was an investment analyst for KTR supporting acquisition and development deals in multiple markets across the country. He will remain based in KTR’s Chicago office.
John Hauser has joined Avison Young as a Principal and will continue his industrial practice in the northern suburbs of Chicago and Southern Wisconsin. He was most recently a Senior Director, Industrial Brokerage Services with Cushman & Wakefield in Chicago.
Hauser joined Cushman & Wakefield in 2003 and, over the next seven years, was a top performer in his market. In 2007, he was named the number one industrial performer in the Chicago and Rosemont offices. Hauser has negotiated more than 200 transactions valued at $400 million.
Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Hauser was a Managing Director and Industrial Specialist with Insignia/ESG between 1990-2003.
Associated Banc-Corp has announced that Breck Hanson has been named executive vice president, head of Commercial Real Estate.
Hanson brings more than 30 years of banking experience to Associated, including over 20 years of leadership responsibility within the CRE segment. Most recently, he was executive vice president, Commercial Real Estate with Bank of America, where he was responsible for all levels of business in the Midwest CRE Group, which included 370 employees and seven CRE business lines. He spent over two decades in CRE leadership roles with LaSalle Bank prior to its merger with Bank of America.
Hanson received an MBA from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University. His primary office will be in Associated’s offices in downtown Chicago.
Gallagher will be based in C&W’s Rosemont office and brings extensive experience across all phases of the real estate lifecycle; including leasing, acquisition, disposition, asset management, brokerage, and investment sales, on both a local and national basis.
Mr. Gallagher comes to C&W after spending the last seven years as president of his own company, Gallagher Realty Inc., which focused on the acquisition, development, ownership and management of industrial and office property.
“Tim’s wealth of experience, great reputation, extensive relationships and passion for this business make him is a perfect match for Cushman & Wakefield.” said Jim Dieter, executive vice president and head of C&W’s U.S. industrial practice. “As we continue to grow our industrial platform, Tim represents the high caliber professional we will actively pursue.”
Gallagher is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.
Jones Lang LaSalle’s Project & Development Services group manages new construction and real estate projects for clients locally and globally.
Marschall comes to Jones Lang LaSalle from architecture and design firm HOK, where she served as director of business development in the firm’s Chicago office.
Marschall is a graduate of Purdue University.
Based at the company’s downtown Chicago office, Jacobsohn specializes in tenant representation, handling lease, acquisition and disposition assignments. Clients include The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Millennium Counseling Center and Gameday Housing.
Jacobsohn is a graduate of Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.
Turner joins the firm as vice president, while Siegrist joins as an associate. They will work in tandem with Managing Director David Matthews, applying his high-level strategic planning and large transaction expertise to Turner and Siegrist’s targeted markets in Chicago.
Dan O’Neill has joined Cawley Chicago Commercial Real Estate as a senior vice president, where he will focus on medical, office and industrial leasing and sales. O’Neill has more than fifteen years of commercial real estate experience.
Throughout his career Dan has been involved in negotiating over 400 lease agreements and sales contracts.
Gary Nussbaum has rejoined Transwestern as a managing director with
the firm’s Investment Services Group, announced Rob Bagguley, president – Midwest region.
Nussbaum will join with his former partner, managing Director Tom Gorman, to originate, structure and execute office and industrial
investment sales transactions for institutional, corporate and private investors.
Nussbaum returns to Transwestern after serving 10 months as a managing director at Eastdil Secured and cites the advantage of having a real estate company with leasing and management expertise as a main driver for his return.
“I am thrilled to be coming back to a company whose culture and platform I admire,” said Mr. Nussbaum.
Mr. Nussbaum was a member of the Transwestern team from 1999-09.
Colliers Bennett & Kahnweiler LLC (Colliers B&K) has added Scott R. Marshall as Executive Managing Director in the firm’s Rosemont office. Marshall will be managing the strategy and development of the suburban office and industrial groups, composed of approximately 40 brokerage professionals.
Marshall previously spent six years with Duke Realty Corporation, first as a senior leasing representative within the firm’s Chicago office group, and later as vice president of the Chicago industrial group.
Before Duke, Marshall spent four years with Avgeris and Associates where he was vice president of real estate operations and three years with Cole Taylor Bank where he was an assistant vice president and commercial lending officer.
He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill.
He joins the Faithful+Gould Chicago team from Faithful+Gould Minneapolis. Since starting his career in the U.K. over 20 years ago, he has worked on three continents in sectors ranging from petrochemical and nuclear to food and beverage and hospitality. His service expertise is in: project management, owner’s representation, project controls, quantity surveying and cost management.
Podolsky Northstar CORFAC International has added Joshua D. Altman as an associate in the firm’s Brokerage Division. Altman brings six years of diversified sales and business development experience to his position at Podolsky Northstar, having worked in the real estate, freight forwarding and telecommunications industries.
At Podolsky Northstar, Altman will be partnered with Randy D. Podolsky, managing principal, and Adam J. Tarantur, assistant vice president, working with both tenants and landlords to meet their real estate and related business objectives.
Altman is a graduate of Indiana University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts & Sciences Degree.
Jones Lang LaSalle announced today that Brenda Crisp has joined the firm as Senior Vice President and leader of the firm’s Midwest Industrial Property Management practice. With more than 25 years of experience in full-service property management, Crisp will focus on expanding the firm’s Midwest industrial property management platform as well as continue to enhance its robust full-service solutions for clients across the Midwest.
Crisp will report directly to Steve Zsigray, Managing Director, Property Management at Jones Lang LaSalle. She will also partner with Keith Stauber, who recently joined the firm as Regional Managing Director to lead the firm’s Midwest Industrial Services team and guide the integrated platform.
Grubb & Ellis Co. has announced that John Clark and Robert Lundin have joined the company as senior vice presidents, Office Group. The hires, which are effective immediately, are part of the company’s overall strategy to significantly enhance its Investor Services platform.
In this role Clark and Lundin will help to further build Grubb & Ellis’ agency landlord representation presence in the suburban Chicago market. The team joins from Jones Lang LaSalle and includes Jesse Slack as associate vice president.
Keith Stauber has joined Jones Lang LaSalle as a Regional Managing Director of the firm’s Midwest Industrial Services practice. As the new lead of Jones Lang LaSalle’s Midwest Industrial team, Stauber will focus on developing strategic client relationships to help expand the firm’s industrial platform in the Midwest.
Stauber joins Jones Lang LaSalle from First Industrial Realty Trust where he was Senior Regional Director of the firm’s Chicago/Milwaukee region overseeing acquisitions and performance of the company’s portfolio. During his tenure there he also oversaw the completion of 2.8 million square feet of build-to-suits. Throughout his career, Stauber has focused on developing real estate solutions for corporate customers nationwide, including some of the most well-recognized industrial occupiers and institutional owners.
Dean Vlahos has joined Newmark Knight Frank as an associate director in the firm’s Chicago office, where he will be working with a retail advisory team lead by Greg Kirsch, principal, providing strategic tenant representation services to various retailers throughout the Chicago region. Prior to joining Newmark Knight Frank, Vlahos served as an associate of Affinity Commercial Real Estate in Arlington Heights, where his focus was on lease negotiation for both in-line strip center space and free-standing buildings, as well as exclusive tenant representation for Chiro One Wellness Center suburban site
Bob Peterson has joined Grubb & Ellis Co. as managing director, corporate services. He will oversee the company’s corporate services offerings in Chicago by providing “single-point-of-contact” delivery of multi-market tenant representation, disposition and real estate consulting solutions to corporate accounts. Peterson was most recently an executive vice president with NAI Hiffman. Peterson is president of the Chicago Office Leasing Brokers Association. He is also on the board of directors of Chicago Youth Centers’ Fellowship House and New Foundation Center Associates. He received his bachelor’s degree from Miami University.
Britt Casey has been promoted from senior director to executive director at Cushman & Wakefield. He joined the firm in 2002. In 2008, he was the No. 1 overall producer for both Cushman & Wakefield’s Chicago offices and was among the firm’s top 25 producers nationally. He has been nominated twice as Industrial Broker of the Year by the Crain’s Chicago Business Commercial Real Estate Awards program and won this prestigious award once
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