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MEET OUR TEAM
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.
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).
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.
As Senior Director at Kiser Group, Michael combines his financial analysis skills with his interest in commercial real estate to assist multifamily property owners and investors reach their investment goals. During his tenure at Kiser Group, Michael has brokered buildings totaling over 1,100 units and a transaction volume of over $172 million in a variety of asset classes including multifamily, mixed-use, land and industrial properties. He currently works on distressed properties, condominium deconversions and conventional investment buildings sales. Michael focuses his brokerage efforts on the near north side of Chicago including Old Town, Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Ravenswood and Lincoln Square. Michael was recently named a CRE Future Leader by Illinois Real Estate Journal.
Before joining Kiser Group, Michael worked as an investment analyst on a $1.1 billion portfolio supporting advisors on matters of equity, fixed income and cash, hedge funds, private equity, commodities, foreign exchange and structured notes. Through his work in the mortgage syndication markets, Michael also gained experience managing structured products securities.
Michael attended the Applied Investment Management Program at Marquette University where he majored in finance and graduated with a B.S. degree in Business Administration. He also earned and currently holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. In his spare time, Michael competes in triathlons, appreciates fitness, plays golf and loves to snow ski. A funky fact about Michael, he enjoys swimming in Lake Michigan during the coldest months of the year in Chicago; you might even catch him in the winter jogging around the city in just his shorts. He lives in the River North neighborhood of Chicago, serves on the Cystic Fibrosis Junior Advisory Board, and is an active member of Young Real Estate Professionals as well as the Chicago CFA Society.
As Senior Director of Kiser Group, Aaron assists investors, developers, and property owners on the acquisition and disposition of South Side multifamily properties. Since joining Kiser Group in 2015, he has completed transactions in excess of $200,000,000 on behalf of his clients as well as brokered the sale of more than 1,900 units. Aaron is constantly featured in publications such as The Real Deal, RE Journals, Bisnow, and more. Additionally, Aaron has been named a CRE Future Leader by REjournals, “One To Watch” by Bisnow, and in 2017 he earned Kiser Group’s Top Closer award.
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.
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.
As a broker at Kiser Group, Marco Cesario brings a full spectrum of real estate expertise having brokered over $100 million of multifamily, residential, mixed-use, land deals as well as retail and office leasing for his clients. Marco joins Kiser Group from a large national firm where he specialized in multifamily and mixed-use properties throughout Chicagoland. At Kiser Group, Marco focuses on deals throughout Chicago’s west side. Marco’s clients benefit from his deep understanding of multifamily from experience managing his family’s properties. With brokerage expertise in both residential and commercial real estate, he delivers the highest level of analysis and market knowledge. Marco has a “client first” approach to brokerage and considers relationship and trust as the foundations.
Marco graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in finance. Outside of the office, Marco lives in the West Loop, enjoys playing soccer, golfing and has been involved with Tutoring Chicago since 2010. Marco is a licensed broker in Illinois.
As a Broker at Kiser Group, Jimal works with a variety of clients ranging from developers to value-add investors to first-time investment property owners. He focuses his brokerage efforts on multifamily properties throughout Chicago’s south and west suburbs including Tinley Park, Homewood, Frankfort, and Calumet City.
Before joining Kiser Group, Jimal worked as a Realtor for Keller Williams in the Orland Park and Oak Lawn offices. He also worked with his family’s real estate investment company where he focused on acquisitions, development, leasing, and management of single-family and multifamily rentals.
Jimal served in the Army for eight years, and currently lives in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood. While not working, he can be found in the gym working out, hiking, or spending time with his family and friends.
As a broker at Kiser Group, Andy Friedman specializes in condominium deconversion sales in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Deconversions are the sale of a multifamily property shifting from multiple owners to a single owner. Andy excels in managing multiple stakeholders and applies leadership skills gained from his experiences on internal committees at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, as a start-up founder and as a small business owner to best serve the interests of the selling group. Andy has been involved in numerous condo deconversion listings and closings including brokering Dover Court, a 64-unit condo deconversion in Uptown, for $12.5 million and is currently marketing Barry Quad, a 115-unit condo deconversion in Lakeview. Learn more about the deconversion process at www.kisergroup.com/project/condo-deconversion.
Outside of real estate, Andy enjoys golf, platform tennis, and returning to his native Colorado to ski when possible. He resides in Deerfield, IL with his wife, three children, and dog. Andy holds a BA in Business and Public Administration from the University of Arizona.
As a broker 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.
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.
Danny has brokered $50 million in multifamily transactions throughout his career. Since joining the firm in 2016, he has specialized in the analysis and disposition of value-add properties throughout Chicago. Danny is known for his drive, persistence and strong list-to-close ratio.
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 an Associate Board Member of A Safe Haven and lives in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. He speaks fluent Greek, and when he is not working, he enjoys new restaurants and traveling.
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 $70 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.
Pat focuses on the analysis and disposition of apartment buildings on the north side of Chicago. Pat’s clients benefit from detailed, thoughtful valuation and underwriting, which comes from his extensive financial experience, including complex projects like long-term ground and air rights agreements with government agencies. Pat has also given numerous public presentations outlining the financial details of large redevelopment structures and TIF arrangements. Rounding out his experience in commercial real estate, Pat also owns apartment buildings personally, giving him first-hand knowledge of being an apartment landlord in Chicago.
Prior to joining Kiser Group, Pat worked for one of Chicago’s best known and most influential developers where he led all aspects of their capital sourcing, both debt and equity. He also led the team in underwriting $500 million of value-add, adaptive re-use and development projects in office, hospitality, retail, parking and multifamily asset classes. Pat has sourced and underwritten real estate investment opportunities throughout the country.
Outside of real estate, Pat and his wife started a gluten and grain free granola company. Pat enjoys golfing, traveling and is always excited to spend time with family and friends. Pat graduated with a double major in Commercial Real Estate Finance and Marketing from Marquette University. Pat currently resides in the Chicago neighborhood of Andersonville with his wife.
As Broker at Kiser Group, Rick specializes in the sale of multifamily investment properties on the north side of Chicago, with a focus on Uptown, Edgewater, Andersonville and Ravenswood. Since joining Kiser Group, Rick has brokered over $26M in multifamily real estate sales.
Before 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 draws from his experience as an educator to provide clear market analyses for investors and multi-family property owners to assist them in reaching their investment goals.
Rick earned a 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 lives in Roscoe Village and is an active member of the Edgewater Uptown Builder’s Association (EUBA).
Rick spends his free time with his wife and daughter, on the golf course, or at Belmont Harbor, where he is a charter sailboat captain.
As a Broker 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 in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood and surrounding areas on the acquisition and disposition of multifamily and mixed-use properties. 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 playing tennis, 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).
As a Broker at Kiser Group, 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 for each property, whether they are an institutional firm, a family office or a new real estate investor.
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.
As a broker, Bryan brings a diverse background in operations, project management and finance to his clients. He focuses his brokerage efforts on the northwest side of Chicago including Logan Square, Noble Square, Wicker Park, and West Town.
Before brokerage, Bryan held executive roles operating and restructuring businesses at a national sales and training organization, a regional retail chain, and a design and marketing firm. He also consulted on the build-out of various real estate projects including the construction of two university dorms and the re-purposing of office buildings into studio spaces for artists. Bryan studied finance at The University of Virginia where he first became interested in the multifamily real estate industry as an entrepreneurial path.
To keep up with the evolving patchwork of Chicago neighborhoods, Bryan enjoys running around the Milwaukee Avenue Corridor throughout the year in sun, rain or snow.
As an analyst at Kiser Group, Austin focuses on the South Side market supporting the company’s top-producing brokers. With a background in sales, Austin’s approach to market research is amplified by his strong work ethic and eagerness to learn.
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 on along the lakeshore and cheering on the LSU Tigers. He currently resides in Lakeview where you’ll often find him scoping out the Chicago food scene with friends.
As an analyst at Kiser Group, Jack focuses on the South Side market supporting the company’s top-producing brokers. 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.
As an analyst at Kiser Group, Rahul Sampat specializes in condominium deconversion sales in Chicago and its surrounding markets and supports the company’s top-producing brokers. With a background in consumer finance, Rahul’s approach to market analysis is magnified by his vigorous work ethic and ability to learn quickly.
Rahul completed an internship at the United Bank of Switzerland and graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Consumer and Family Finance. In his free time, Rahul enjoys watching the Buffalo Bills, exploring Chicago’s food scene and watching films. He currently resides in Lincoln Park.
As Sales Team Coordinator, Allison focuses on database management, procedure development and assisting a team of brokers with day-to-day functions.
She brings expertise in payroll administration, team management, and human resources to her role.
In her spare time, Allison practices yoga, enjoys being with her family and playing with her dog.
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.
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.
As Director of Marketing, To-uyen is responsible for the development and execution of Kiser Group’s strategic marketing through digital marketing, creative direction, media planning and business development. She brings along a strong background in digital marketing, copywriting and graphic design.
To-uyen graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a degree in Advertising and Public Relations. She is also fluent in Vietnamese. In her spare time, she can be seen indulging in her love for music, snowboarding, traveling or trying new restaurants in the city.
As Director of Public Relations, Sabrina keeps a pulse on commercial real estate happenings and works to increase the brand’s name recognition by securing media placements, panel seats at industry events and developing the team as thought leaders in the industry.
Sabrina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Advertising from Loyola University Chicago.
In her space time, she can be found at The Second City Training Center and on her Ducati Monster.
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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.