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Chicago, Midwest | People & Companies for January 19, 2024

  • Gina Fortune-Harmon, vice president of market rate management for The Habitat Company LLC,  has been named president of the Chicagoland Apartment Association’s Board of Directors. Fortune-Harmon is responsible for Habitat’s financials and operations for the market rate portfolio across four states. Prior to Habitat, she held leadership roles at Lincoln Property Group, The Ackerberg Group, Group One Investments and Riverstone Residential Group.
  • Kiser Group announced the promotion of Danny Logarakis to senior director. Logarakis has experience as a multifamily market leader in Chicago’s Far North Side, helping clients achieve their real estate goals. He was named a finalist for “Broker of the Year” in 2023 and is an active member of the Rogers Park Builders Group.
  • Croke Fairchild Duarte & Beres LLC (CFDB) has named David Reifman as partner and chair of the real estate practice group. Reifman brings a depth of experience in commercial real estate and community development. He will leverage his public and private-sector experience to advise developers, strategic investors, emerging businesses, family offices and individuals on commercial real estate, including project financing, land use planning and public-private partnerships.
  • Holland & Knight has grown its Real Estate Capital Markets Group with the addition of Cara Houck, a partner in the Chicago office. Houck focuses on litigation and foreclosure workouts, and she was most recently a principal with Miller Canfield. Houck has more than 20 years of experience involving business disputes and lawsuits around the country, with cases involving fraudulent transfers, real estate construction litigation and receivership.
  • James Caserio has joined Jones Day as a partner in the firm’s real estate practice in Chicago. Caserio advises clients on commercial real estate transactions, real estate finance, joint ventures, development projects, loan restructurings and workouts. He has experience with the acquisition and disposition of multifamily, student housing, retail, mixed-use, office, and hotel properties. Caserio represents institutional investors, public and private real estate companies, REITs, developers, retailers, hedge funds, investment funds and financial firms.
  • The Chicago Chapter of SIOR has named its 2024 Executive Board. Peter Billmeyer, SIOR, co-founder and CEO of Bespoke Commercial Real Estate, will serve his second term as chapter president of the organization, which includes nearly 200 office and industrial real estate brokers. Other board members are:
    • Vice President: Ryan Moen, SIOR, principal and co-founder at Versa Real Estate Services
    • Treasurer: Bill Lussow, SIOR, principal at Bespoke Commercial Real Estate
    • Secretary: John Cassidy, SIOR, principal at Lee & Associates of Illinois
    • Director-at-Large: Sean Henrick, SIOR, vice chairman at Cushman & Wakefield
  • Additionally, Dan Smolensky, SIOR, was named board member-at-large, SIOR National. David Liebman is continuing his role as regional director, Great Lakes.
  • Cullinan Properties, a multi-disciplined real estate firm with offices in Peoria, Chicago and St. Louis, has made two staff promotions within its leadership team. Toni Ramadani has been promoted to chief investment officer, and Ken Hinkle III has been promoted to senior vice president of leasing.
    • Ramadani is responsible for sourcing and evaluating residential, retail, and mixed-use development opportunities. He also leads all financial activity related to key projects, including RockRun Collection, the firm’s 310-acre mixed-use development in Metro Chicago.
    • Hinkle III has over 30 years of leasing, property management and retail experience, having successfully completed over 4.5 million square feet of transactions.
  • National Equity Fund (NEF), a Chicago-based nonprofit multi-family and affordable housing real estate investment manager, has closed its inaugural Northeast Fund. Through the fund, NEF raised $122.5 million, which will finance eight Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) developments throughout the Northeast. The eight properties will bring 571 affordable homes to Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island.
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Jasmine Kilman is Content Director of Connect Commercial Real Estate, covering Chicago and greater Chicagoland, the Midwest, Seattle, and the Pacific Northwest. She covers industry trends, transaction deals, market research, and produces daily news stories. With experience in marketing and communications for academic nonprofits and corporate clients, including Hearst Media, Hilton, and Coldwell Banker, Kilman has written about commercial real estate, environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG), technology, healthcare, and philanthropy. She was born and raised in California and graduated with a degree in public relations. In her spare time, Kilman enjoys hiking and traveling to new locations with her family.