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Kiser Group knows Chicago’s neighborhoods and suburbs on a block by block, street by street, address by address basis. Our reputation is one of innovative service and nuance.

MEET OUR MULTIFAMILY BROKERAGE TEAM


  • Lee Kiser
    Lee Kiser
    Principal / Managing Broker
  • Estella Kiser
    Estella Kiser
    Principal / General Counsel
  • Daniel A. Gonzalez
    Daniel A. Gonzalez
    Chief Operating Officer
  • Noah Birk
    Noah Birk
    Partner
  • Aaron Sklar
    Aaron Sklar
    Partner
  • Matt Halper
    Matt Halper
    Director
  • Danny Mantis
    Danny Mantis
    Director
  • Andy Friedman
    Andy Friedman
    Advisor
  • Mike Lacy
    Mike Lacy
    Advisor
  • Jeff Leibovich
    Jeff Leibovich
    Advisor
  • Danny Logarakis
    Danny Logarakis
    Advisor
  • Rick Ofman
    Rick Ofman
    Advisor
  • Austin Parker
    Austin Parker
    Advisor
  • Jake Parker
    Jake Parker
    Advisor
  • Jack Petrando
    Jack Petrando
    Advisor
  • Ron Plonis
    Ron Plonis
    Advisor
  • Kyle Sissell
    Kyle Sissell
    Advisor
  • Justin Turner
    Justin Turner
    Senior Associate
  • Ben Goldman
    Ben Goldman
    Associate
  • Michael Yangas
    Michael Yangas
    Associate
  • Allison Tankersley
    Allison Tankersley
    Compliance Coordinator
  • Vanessa Vega
    Vanessa Vega
    Director of Operations
  • Lee Whorwell
    Lee Whorwell
    Marketing Associate
  • Sabrina Wottreng
    Sabrina Wottreng
    Publicist
Lee Kiser
Principal / Managing Broker
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Lee Kiser is Principal and Managing Broker of Kiser Group, which he co-founded in 2005 with his partner, Estella Kiser (General Counsel, Kiser Group). Lee has assembled the team that has led Kiser Group from a small start-up firm to the company it is today. Prior to establishing Kiser Group, Lee was the top producing apartment broker in Chicago at a large, national commercial brokerage company, and ranked in the top 10 brokers nationally with that company. Today, Lee remains an active broker in addition to running Kiser Group, and has a personal career transaction volume greater than $3 Billion.

Lee holds a BS in business from the Kenan Flagler Business School at The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Lee is a member of the Forbes Real Estate Council and an active contributing writer to Forbes.com. Lee is also actively involved in various commercial real estate organizations, including the Leadership Council of The Preservation Compact (a MacArthur Foundation mission to preserve affordable housing in Chicago), the Lincoln Park Builders of Chicago, The Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University (mentor program), and The Eisenberg Foundation (mentor program). Personally, Lee enjoys working out, traveling and performing with his band.

 

 

Estella Kiser
Principal / General Counsel
773.293.5000

Stella began Kiser Group, along with her husband Lee, after recognizing the need for a cohesive and experienced set of brokers that could expertly serve the commercial real estate community throughout Chicagoland. After years of facilitating multi-family transactions, being in charge of marketing and operations, and overseeing the firm and its agents as its managing broker, Stella currently focuses her efforts at Kiser Group on serving as the firm’s General Counsel. Stella has a commercial litigation background, having worked for two prominent Chicago law firms. During her career in commercial real estate, Stella has been named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International and recognized as of one of Bisnow’s “Chicago Power Women,” REJournal’s “Successful Women in Commercial Real Estate,” as well as Crain’s “Top 40 under 40.” Stella has also been active in the local real estate community, having served as one of the founders and directors for the Neighborhood Building Owner’s Alliance (NBOA) and on the Leadership Committee for The Preservation Compact, led by Community Investment Corporation (CIC) and supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation aimed at preserving affordable multi-family rental housing in Cook County. Stella has also been a director of the Rogers Park Builders Group where she served as Chair of Government Relations and has been a member of CREW (the Chicago Chapter of Commercial Real Estate Executive Women).

Outside of real estate, Stella trains and teaches Shorin ryu karate, where she holds a third degree black belt. She has also trained in Wing Tsun, a Chinese martial art. Stella is an avid cook and enjoys reading and spending time with her husband and sons. She has also volunteered with the Moran Center of Youth Advocacy, representing troubled youth in the juvenile justice system.

Stella earned her B.S. in Business Administration as well as her J.D. with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she served as Managing Editor of the North Carolina Law Review. In addition, Stella has earned her AM in clinical social work from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.

Daniel A. Gonzalez
Chief Operating Officer
773.293.5016


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Daniel A. Gonzalez serves as Chief Operating Officer at Kiser Group. Dan works directly with ownership and is responsible for overseeing the execution of all strategic company initiatives including: existing brokerage operations, staff management, recruitment and expansion efforts.

Dan has built his career in the multifamily industry. Having worked for a publicly traded brokerage firm, a midwest-focused institutional multifamily brokerage firm, and a recently acquired multifamily SaaS startup, he brings years of real estate experience to Kiser Group. In prior roles, Dan has been responsible for strategic planning, operations and financial analysis.

Dan is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Outside of the office, he lives in the Gold Coast with his wife and enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Noah Birk
Partner
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Noah focuses on the disposition of apartment buildings on the south side of Chicago. Noah is Chicago’s highest producing multifamily broker. Since 2014, he has sold more apartment buildings than any other broker in Chicago. He has a reputation of persistence, market knowledge and integrity, which has led to achieving record-setting results for his clients.

Noah stays active in the real estate community as a member of the South Side Community Investment Association (SSCIA) and Young Real Estate Professionals (YREP). Noah is also an experienced operator of his own personal multi-family portfolio.

Outside of real estate, Noah is a volunteer mentor/coach with the Sunshine Gospel Ministries youth basketball program. Noah enjoys cooking, loves any type of competition and is always excited to simply relax with family and friends.

Noah graduated with a business degree from Carthage College, where he was a defensive back on the football team. Noah currently resides in Burr Ridge with his wife and two sons.

 

Aaron Sklar
Partner
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Aaron assists investors, developers, and property owners on the acquisition and disposition of South Side multifamily properties. He has established himself as a multifamily market leader throughout the south side of Chicago including South Shore, Jackson Park and Chatham. Since 2015, Sklar has successfully completed transactions in excess of $165 million on behalf of his clients encompassing 123 properties and more than 2,900 units. Sklar has been named a CRE Future Leader by RE Journals, named One To Watch by Bisnow and is regularly mentioned and quoted by an assortment of news and media outlets. In 2017 and 2019, Sklar earned Kiser Group’s Top Closer award. Additionally, Sklar earned two 2019 CommercialForum Top Producer awards by the Chicago Association of REALTORS including Platinum for Multifamily Transactions and Gold for Multifamily Sales Volume.

Aaron graduated from the University of Michigan amongst the top of his class with a degree in Economics. He is a member of the South Side Community Investment Association. Aaron lives in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, and outside of real estate, he enjoys traveling, playing tennis, and spending time with his family.

 

Matt Halper
Director
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As Director at Kiser Group, Matt helps his clients achieve their investment goals and has become a trusted consultant to many. He specializes in the analysis and disposition of multifamily properties throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs since joining the firm in 2015.

Before joining Kiser Group, Matt worked in a variety of roles within the real estate industry and has a diverse background in engineering, construction, and consulting. He received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Marquette University and his M.B.A. from DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.

Matt grew up on the north side of Chicago and currently resides in Oak Park with his wife, three children and dog.

 

 

Danny Mantis
Director
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Danny brings a strong analytical background to Kiser Group aiming to help clients meet their real estate investment objectives. He specializes in analyzing multifamily assets in Evanston and throughout Lake County. Throughout his brokerage career, Danny has closed over $145 million in multifamily transactions.

Prior to joining Kiser Group, Danny worked as a commercial credit analyst for a local bank where his primary job function was to underwrite and qualify commercial real estate loan requests. In addition to understanding the economics of real estate, Danny also has experience in the day-to-day management of rental property.

Danny graduated from Carthage College with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and business administration and holds a Masters of Science in Real Estate (MSRE) from DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business. Danny is involved with the DePaul Real Estate Alumni Alliance, REIA and various Armenian non-profit organizations. Danny lives in the northern suburbs of Chicago with his wife, daughter and dog.

Andy Friedman
Advisor
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As an Advisor at Kiser Group, Andy focuses on multifamily sales on the Near North Side and condominium deconversions. Andy excels in managing multiple stakeholders and applies his management skills gained from his experiences on internal committees at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and as a small business founder and owner to best serve the interests of the selling group. Andy is highly analytical and excels at understanding the mechanics of every deal he works on.

Since joining Kiser Group, Andy has quickly established himself as an authority on deconversions and has carried that expertise into traditional apartment sales in Chicago’s Near North neighborhoods. Notable closings include the $32.3 million sale of The Barry Quad Condominiums, the $12.5 million sale of Dover Court Condominiums in Uptown and the $10.25 million sale of Graceway Corners, a 38 unit mixed-use property in Lakeview.

Outside of real estate, Andy enjoys golf, platform tennis, and returning to his native Colorado to ski when possible.  He resides in Deerfield with his wife, three children and two dogs. Andy holds a BS in Business and Public Administration from the University of Arizona.

 

 

Mike Lacy
Advisor

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As an Advisor at Kiser Group, Michael’s clients benefit from his extensive knowledge of rehabilitation and maintenance of multifamily properties coupled with his analytical nature. Since he can remember, Michael has helped his family maintain and operate their portfolio. His energy and determination aides to smooth transactions. Michael focuses on Chicago’s west side, specifically Lawndale, East Garfield, and Austin neighborhoods.

Prior to joining Kiser Group, Michael was a business analyst at a top fortune 500 automotive company. He is a licensed Broker in the State of Illinois and has a Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience (BCN) from the University of Michigan. Outside of the office, Michael can be found volunteering in the West Side communities.

Jeff Leibovich
Advisor
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As an Advisor for Kiser Group, Jeff focuses on the sale of multifamily buildings throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs

Jeff’s clients benefit from his exposure to a wide range of real estate assets. Since 2015, Jeff has had exposure into real estate deals ranging from the purchase and repositioning of a 680,000 square foot mall in Texas to lease negotiations on behalf of retail tenants. Most recently, Jeff has been involved with the development of 278 multifamily units at 1400 W. Randolph from inception. Working closely with previous ownership, Jeff worked on underwriting the redevelopment as well as assembling a parcel owned by a billboard company. Jeff is still involved with the project and attends weekly OAC meetings.

Before Joining Kiser Group, Jeff spent 14 years as a consultant in the Pro Audio Industry. With clients ranging from institutions, A-list musicians and producers to the hobbyist recording in their basement, Jeff maintained the highest level of repeat business within the company due to his nature of putting his clients’ needs above all else.

Jeff has a BGS degree from the University of Michigan with a focus on Sound Engineering. Jeff spent 7 years touring with his band, Great Divide Having grown up on the North Shore of Chicago, he now lives in Highland Park with his wife and two children. When not working, Jeff enjoys creating music, perfecting his BBQ and smoker skills as well as spending time with his family. Jeff also speaks fluent Russian.

 

 

Danny Logarakis
Advisor
773.293.5015


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Since joining the firm in 2016, Danny has specialized in the analysis and disposition of value-add, turn-key, condo deconversion, mixed-use and newly renovated properties throughout Chicago. He has brokered more than $100 million in multifamily transactions throughout his career. With an emphasis on north side neighborhoods, he has brokered dozens of properties throughout West Ridge, Rogers Park and Ravenswood. Danny is known for his drive, persistence and strong list-to-close ratio. He has also been named a CRE Future Leader by RE Journals.

Prior to joining Kiser Group, Danny had experience in asset management and brokering multifamily, retail and industrial deals. He graduated from DePaul University with a bachelor’s degree in Real Estate Finance. 

Danny is a member of Rogers Park Builders Group and an Associate Board Member of A Safe Haven Foundation. He lives in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, and speaks fluent Greek. When he is not working, he enjoys new restaurants and traveling.

 

Rick Ofman
Advisor
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As an advisor with Kiser Group, Rick specializes in the sale of multifamily investment properties on Chicago’s North Side. Since joining Kiser Group, Rick has brokered over $90 million in multifamily real estate sales. Rick’s ability to empathize with clients allows him to truly understand their business goals and strategize efficient pathways to maximizing the value of their investments.

Prior to joining Kiser Group in 2016, Rick enjoyed a successful career teaching U.S. History and Mathematics in the northern suburbs and north side of Chicago. Rick earned his B.S. in psychology and graduated with distinction from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before earning his M.A.T. from National-Louis University.

Rick is an active member of the Edgewater Uptown Builders Association (EUBA) and Rogers Park Builders Group (RPBG). Rick spends the bulk of his free time with his wife Jenny and their two young children…and on the golf course whenever possible.

 

 

Austin Parker
Advisor
773.293.5052

As an Advisor at Kiser Group, Austin focuses on helping clients diversify their investment portfolio through real estate. With an emphasis on brokering multifamily deals between two to four units, Austin understands each Chicago neighborhood and its investment profile. His clients are owner-occupiers, first-time investors and those in the early years of building a real estate portfolio. He started at Kiser Group in 2019 as an Associate, supporting the company’s top-producing brokers. Since then, Austin has been involved in over $80 million in multifamily transactions across Chicago.

Austin previously worked at NAI Latter & Blum and graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in marketing.  When he is not working, Austin enjoys distance running along the lakeshore and cheering on his LSU Tigers. He currently resides in Lakeview where you’ll often find him scoping out the Chicago food scene with friends.

Jake Parker
Advisor
773.293.5030


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As an Advisor at Kiser Group, Jake combines his passion for sales and experience in real estate investment management to deliver results for his clients. Jake represents clients on the acquisition and disposition of multifamily and mixed-use properties throughout Chicago’s near north side neighborhoods including Albany Park, Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Old Town, and River North. Since joining Kiser Group in 2016 as an analyst, Jake was promoted to broker and has successfully closed over $40 million in multifamily transactions.

Jake’s entrepreneurial spirit started early. Outside of commercial real estate, he developed and launched a successful online electronics recommerce business which has seen year-over-year growth over the past six years. Jake graduated with honors from Michigan State University’s School of Hospitality Business within the Eli Broad College of Business where he majored in Hospitality Business and minored in Real Estate Investment Management. While at Michigan State, he was a member of the Real Estate Investment Club and Sigma Pi fraternity.

Jake lives in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood and enjoys bike rides along the lakefront, watching Michigan State sports and dining at the city’s vast supply of restaurants. He is a member of the Northwest Side Building Coalition (NSBC) and the Young Real Estate Professionals of Chicago (YREP).

Jack Petrando
Advisor
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As an Advisor, Jack specializes in the sale of multifamily investment properties on the west side of Chicago, with a focus on Austin, Garfield Park and Humboldt Park. Jack first joined Kiser Group as an analyst for the firm’s top-producing brokers, Noah Birk and Aaron Sklar and was promoted to increase the team’s market share on the west side of the city.

 

With a background in finance, Jack’s approach to market research is amplified by his strong work ethic and eagerness to learn. Jack previously worked at Northern Trust and graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Finance. When he is not working, Jack enjoys playing and watching sports and spending time in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin with his family and friends. He currently resides in Wrigleyville where you’ll often find him at a Cubs game or at the beach.

Ron Plonis
Advisor
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Ron’s clients benefit from his 14 years of real estate investment experience. With extensive value-add, turnkey and investment property expertise, Ron advises both buyers and sellers on the best acquisition and disposition strategies and capital markets advisory  for each asset, whether they are an institutional firm, a family office or a new real estate investor. Ron’s has extensive experience underwriting and marketing properties ranging from new developments to workforce housing in Chicago, the surrounding suburbs and in the Midwest region.

Before joining Kiser Group, he was the principal and operating partner of various real estate investment companies, where he was responsible for acquisitions, development, leasing, market analysis, raising capital, portfolio optimization, property management and disposition of hundreds of multifamily and single-family rental units. Prior to Ron’s real estate career, he spent over 20 years in technology and product development.

Ron has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, with an emphasis on finance and accounting. He lives in Naperville with his family, and while not working can be found traveling and enjoying new restaurants.

 

Kyle Sissell
Advisor
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Kyle focuses on the analysis and disposition of apartment buildings located throughout Lake County and Porter County in Northwest Indiana. Kyle takes pride in helping clients establish and maintain their wealth through thoughtful analyses, real-time market research, and the best advisory services available. Kyle directs his real estate business on a client-centered perspective, focusing efforts on long-term relationships in the market and attention to the details of a deal.

Prior to joining Kiser Group, he worked as an Associate Broker at Marcus & Millichap. He attended Indiana University and graduated with a degree in Public Finance. Kyle currently resides in Valparaiso and looks forward to playing his part in revitalizing and reinvigorating the Northwest Indiana communities.

Justin Turner
Senior Associate
773.293.5022

As Senior Associate, Justin works closely with the South Side team managing deal flow and analysts. His organization and leadership skills have been critical to the team’s growth and scalability. Justin is known for his work ethic, problem-solving mindset, and ability to listen to and serve his clients. Justin joined Kiser Group as an Analyst with previous experience as a real estate broker primarily focused on residential leasing.  

Justin currently lives in Lakeview and enjoys working out, eating at new restaurants, and spending time with his family.

 

Ben Goldman
Associate
773.293.5060

As an associate at Kiser Group, Ben focuses on the South Side market supporting the Birk | Sklar team. With a background in Finance, Ben’s analytical and communication skills support his strong work ethic to optimize results for clients.

Ben graduated from the University of Illinois and was the president of the real estate club there. He also was a Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation Real Estate Scholar along with an Illini Real Estate Network Scholar. When he is not working, Ben enjoys staying active through golf and basketball. He also enjoys winding down by playing guitar.  

Michael Yangas
Associate
773.293.5080

As an Associate at Kiser Group, Michael focuses on the South Side market supporting the Birk | Sklar team. With a background in finance, Michael uses strong analytical and communication skills to optimize results for clients. He has a deep appreciation for architecture and the value of a property’s history.

Michael graduated from Clemson University with a finance degree and emphasis in investment banking.  Outside of the office, Michael enjoys traveling, photography, and watching Clemson Tigers football.  

Allison Tankersley
Compliance Coordinator
773.293.5025

As Compliance Coordinator, Allison manages Kiser Group’s listings from escrow to closing. She spearheads the firm’s deal pipeline to ensure all listing and closing data is accurate and within the guidelines of the company and third-party listing provider policies. 

Allison previously assisted Kiser Group’s top-performing brokers with database management and procedure development before being promoted to the company’s Compliance Coordinator.

In her spare time, Allison practices yoga, enjoys being with her family and playing with her dog.

Vanessa Vega
Director of Operations
773.293.5035

As the Director of Operations, Vanessa is focused on data management, overseeing company finances and human resources department and technical / back-office systems development.

She brings a background in corporate business administration and human resources. Vanessa is also fluent in Spanish.

In her spare time she spends time with her family and friends. She loves sports, traveling, outdoor activities and trying new restaurants.

Lee Whorwell
Marketing Associate
773.293.5010

As Marketing Associate, Lee is responsible for maintaining Kiser Group’s brand standards throughout all marketing efforts. He works with brokers and ownership to produce industry leading marketing pieces and implement the company’s overall marketing strategy.

Lee graduated from Augustana College with a double major in Marketing and Management with a minor in Graphic Design. He was also a member of the Lacrosse team at Augustana. In his spare time, he plays lacrosse, snowboards, and spends time with friends and family.

Sabrina Wottreng
Publicist
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Kiser Group retains Sabrina Wottreng Public Relations for its public relations needs.

 

For all media inquiries, please reach contact Sabrina at sw@sabrinawottreng.com

 

KNOWLEDGEABLE. FRESH. AGGRESSIVE.


 

Kiser Group’s professionals bring an innovative, dynamic perspective to mid-market multifamily real estate.

KNOWLEDGEABLE. FRESH. AGGRESSIVE.


Kiser Group’s professionals bring an innovative, dynamic perspective to mid-market multifamily real estate.

EDUCATED. STREET SMART. ANALYTICAL.


We assist private investors and property owners with the sale or purchase of both stabilized and value-add multi-family properties. Using proprietary market data, we provide extensive, in-depth knowledge of Chicago’s neighborhoods and surrounding suburbs, maximizing value on behalf of our clients.

DIRECT. TARGETED. ENERGETIC.


Our approach is simple. We create custom and proactive marketing strategies for each individual property and client, which has allowed us to develop strong relationships with prominent local, regional, and national multi-family buyers, sellers and financial institutions. These relationships, paired with our extensive market knowledge, unmatched track record and comprehensive database, have made us the Chicago metropolitan area’s go-to brokerage firm.

HIGHLY TRAINED. STREET SMART. ANALYTICAL.


 

We assist private investors and property owners with the sale or purchase of both stabilized and value-add multifamily properties. Using proprietary market data, we provide extensive, in-depth knowledge of Chicago’s neighborhoods and surrounding suburbs, maximizing value on behalf of our clients.

DIRECT. TARGETED. ENERGETIC.


 

Our approach is simple. We create custom and proactive marketing strategies for each individual property and client, which has allowed us to develop strong relationships with prominent local, regional, and national multifamily buyers, sellers and financial institutions. These relationships, paired with our extensive market knowledge, unmatched track record and comprehensive database, have made us the Chicago metropolitan area’s go-to brokerage firm.