Features Real Estate

Maria Perez Borja – CBRE

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Working as an in-house lawyer for a global real estate company is a complex and multifaceted role that involves navigating the ever-changing real estate landscape and legal regulations. But that is just the way Maria Perez Borja likes it. Maria is the legal director for LATAM for Global Workplace Solutions at CBRE, the world’s largest […]

Greg Spink – FirstKey Homes 

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Greg Spink played varsity soccer in high school and club soccer in college. That is pretty normal for an athletic American male who grew up in a sports-loving family. But Spink’s upbringing was anything but normal.    Spink was born with a rare immune system disorder called chronic granulomatous disease that made even the most benign […]

Jennifer Nichols – CRG 

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Jennifer Nichols’ life has been filled with firsts. She was the first woman in her family to go to college, and today, she is the first woman of color in a senior leadership position at CRG, a Chicago and St. Louis-based North American real estate development and investment firm.  “The real estate and construction industries […]

Louis Pretekin – Imperial Realty Co.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

In the compendium of household terms, it’s safe to say Section 1031 is on very few lists. However, U.S. Internal Revenue Code Section 1031 is crucial to some of the legal work done by Louis Pretekin, the general counsel for Chicago-based Imperial Realty Co. The code section enables real estate sellers to defer capital gains […]

Alison Ingenito – OptimumProp

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Multi-family residential property management needn’t be a heartless pursuit. So emphasizes Alison Ingenito, who backs up her claim with a slew of anecdotes, including one about keeping together a disabled veteran and his dog. That man may have taken some liberties on the housing front, Ingenito concedes. He was, after all, living in a no-pets […]

Sameer Gulamani – Bayview Group

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It’s uncommon for a builder to surrender part of a choice parcel to a municipality, but that’s what Bayview Group did when developing a lot on the outskirts of the Canadian capital of Ottawa, Ontario. “Not because of arm-twisting,” says Sameer Gulamani, the firm’s gregarious managing director and general counsel. “We did it to serve […]

Adam Doganieri – Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Adam Doganieri never expected to work in real estate. When he started his career as an engineer at Boeing, he knew something was missing, but it took him awhile to figure out what it was. Searching for that elusive puzzle piece, Doganieri began attending law school in the evenings. He graduated in December 2009, amid […]

Joshua Bird – Hawkins Way Capital

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Eight years into his legal career, Joshua Bird had met very few clients who’d even consider anything beyond a very cautious, low-risk tolerance—until he worked with the young men who started Hawkins Way Capital. Headquartered in Beverly Hills, California, the private equity real estate firm manages investments for family offices and institutions.    Bird recalls, the […]

Ronnie Mitra – Ingerman

Est. reading time: 5 mins

As far as Ronnie Mitra is concerned, affordable housing shouldn’t look any different from newly built, market-rate housing. And Ingerman’s properties prove his point. Take, for example, The Willows at Flemington Junction South, a three-story New Jersey housing community built of brown and grey stone and featuring white, slate and cobalt-painted wood. Or The Willows […]

Fatima Arash – Diamond Properties

Est. reading time: 5 mins

During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, most people only went to stores for essentials, like food and toilet paper. This meant businesses like gyms, nail salons and bakeries saw very few customers for months. With revenue and foot traffic rapidly decreasing, many businesses began looking for ways to break leasing agreements. At […]


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Summer I 2024



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