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Chicago-based Essex Realty Group has named Brian Kochendorfer as president, succeeding Doug Imber

Brian Kochendorfer Named President of Essex Realty 

Essex Realty Group, Inc., the Chicago-based commercial real estate brokerage firm, said Monday that Brian Kochendorfer has been promoted to president. He has also become the firm’s newest partner. 

Kochendorfer joined Essex in 2014 as Director, focusing on the sale of multifamily assets in the Chicago MSA. He went on to lead Essex’s suburban team and was promoted to managing broker in 2020.  

Essex Realty said Kochendorfer has been an integral part of the firm since joining nine years ago and has been a catalyst for much of the company’s recent growth, including sequential years of record sales volume. 

Kochendorfer is replacing Doug Imber, who has served as Essex’ president for more than three decades. “Brian’s acumen, steadiness, integrity, vision, and commitment to the service of others make him an ideal choice to lead Essex,” said Imber, who is remaining with Essex. 


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