David Baum is a leading figure in Chicago's real estate development and retail leasing communities. Since co-founding Baum Development, LLC in 1989 and Baum Realty Group, Inc. in 1991, David has cultivated the business from a start-up company into an award-winning commercial and residential development firm and Chicago's leading retail brokerage firm.
Baum Development (www.baumdevelopment.com), a triple bottom line development company, has received eight Chicago Association of Realtors Good Neighbor Awards and a Preservation Excellence Award from the City of Chicago for work in adaptive reuse and historic preservation. In 2012, Baum Development won the Bruce Abrams Award (Development of the Year) from the Chicago Association of Realtors and the Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards For Profit “Best Of The Best” for their Green Exchange Project; the project was also certified LEED Platinum by the US Green Building Council. David has successfully led Baum in the development of more than 90 residential, retail, office and mixed-use developments throughout the Chicago area and the Western United States.
Chicago-based Baum Realty Group (BRG, www.baumrealty.com) is one of the nation's premier retail brokerage firms. For more than 20 years, the award-winning company has provided comprehensive real estate services for a diversified clientele of top property owners as well as national, regional and local retailers such as Starbucks Coffee, FedEx Office, US Bank, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Jared The Galleria of Jewelry and many others.
David is often a featured speaker for real estate and business groups, Universities and forums and was named one of Crain's Chicago Business' "40 Under 40" leaders and was featured in Real Estate Chicago's "40 Under 40" edition as well.
David is an advisor for the Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC), a non-profit organization serving underdeveloped communities. He serves as a mentor for students at DePaul University's School of Real Estate, of which Baum Realty Group is a founding sponsor. David is a contributor to Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Beige Book and is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, The Economic Club of Chicago and the U.S. Green Business Council. In addition, he coaches AYSO soccer teams.
Mike Demetriou joined Baum Realty Group, LLC as Chief Operating Officer in 2012 and was promoted to President in 2016. Mike handles the day to day management and operations for Baum, with a focus on business development and recruiting. An attorney, Mike was previously a Senior Real Estate Associate at both Sidley Austin and SNR Denton where he focused on the financing, acquisition, disposition, and leasing of commercial real estate throughout the country. Significant representations included KeyBank, JPMorgan Chase, Metro Storage, Royal Bank of Scotland, Starwood and Wells Fargo. His practice also included zoning and land use matters for businesses and universities as well as non-profit entities. On a pro-bono basis, Mike also represented the Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and Mike also served as general counsel to The Cara Foundation.
Prior to his career as an attorney, Mike worked in executive compensation for Hughes, Lucent and managed business development for a closely held telecommunications consulting firm. Mike received a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and a law degree, with honors, from Chicago-Kent College of Law. Mike volunteers his time with the Lake View Pantry, and he currently sits on the boards of the South East Lake View Neighbors (SELVN), and the Francis W. Parker School.
Allen Joffe is both a principal and the managing broker of Baum Realty Group, LLC. Since joining the firm in 1993, he provides clients with an unmatched knowledge of the Chicago area retail leasing business.Allen has successfully negotiated and managed lease transactions for more than 50 clients including McAlister’s Deli, Starbucks Coffee, Flagship Restaurants, America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses, Blaze Pizza, Del Frisco’s Grille, Jared The Galleria of Jewelry, Morton’s Restaurant Group, Boston Market, McDonald’s, Advance Auto Parts, True Value, Jimmy John’s, Kay Jewelers, Fitness 19, US Bank, Five Guys Burgers & Fries, The Little Gym, Taco Fresco, OfficeMax, Massage Heights, honeygrow and Tide Dry Cleaners.
Allen has overseen retail leasing programs for properties including Jupiter Realty, 222 S. Riverside Plaza for RREEF, 601 W. Jackson Boulevard for JeffJack Holdings, 100 N. LaSalle, 29 N. Wacker Drive for SunLife, TCF Bank, 625 N. Michigan Avenue for Golub & Co., R&D 659 for Mesirow, 59 E. Van Buren Street for L & H Real Estate Group, Fountainview for Terra Firma, 200 S. Michigan Avenue for BPG Properties, five shopping centers for DIKA Management, 208 S. LaSalle Street, 11 S. LaSalle Street & 10 E. Delaware Place for The Prime Group and McClurg Court for Charles E. Smith. He has also completed assignments on behalf of Angelos-Frigelis Properties, Broadview Village Square, Fifield Co., Fulcrum Asset Management, Triple Net Properties, Transwestern, Education Advancement Fund, Albertson’s (Jewel / Osco), Tower Realty Management, Syndicated Equities, TPG Realty and Diversey Metroplex Partners. Allen has completed land sales of between one and 80 acres, successfully negotiated lease terminations, consulted for the Chicago Transit Authority and Mesirow-Stein, as well as brokering approximately $30 million of investment sales transactions on behalf of DIKA Management.
Allen has been recognized for his achievements by the Commercial Forum, a division of the Chicago Association of Realtors (CAR) on numerous occasions. He was awarded Broker of the Year for Tenant Representation in 2006, 2007, and 2008 and was the recipient of the Jimmy John’s Top Producer award in 2008. He was also awarded the Top Retail Leasing Broker distinction in Chicago by CoStar.
Allen is an active member of the Ely Chapter of Lambda Alpha International having served on the board, including as President, for 6 years, The Realty Club and the International Council of Shopping Centers on the State Board. He is an advisor for the Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC), a non-profit organization serving underdeveloped communities. He also serves on the Project Review Committee of the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association.In addition, Allen was selected to join an elite group of real estate industry leaders as a mentor with the Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation, wherein he provides guidance to students interested in pursuing a career in real estate in 2014.
In his spare time, Allen is an avid soccer player and bicyclist. Participating in the MS Tour de Farm is an annual event for the Joffe’s. The ‘Gold Spokes’ distinction for being one of the top fundraisers has been bestowed on Allen since 2012.
Allen graduated from Illinois State University in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing.
Adam Secher has been a partner with Baum Realty Group, LLC since 2001. Representing both landlords and tenants, Adam has fostered long term relationships with retailers and restaurateurs throughout Chicago’s most desirable retail corridors.
As a founding member of Baum’s Luxury Division, Adam spends time with landlords and tenants specializing in the fashion and lifestyle categories. He is responsible for the recently completed flagship Gold Coast stores for Marc Jacobs, Saint Laurent, Anthropologie’s new BHLDN Concept, Brioni, Madewell, Perchance, Starbucks, Le Pain Quotidien, Vans and Warby Parker.
As one of Baum Realty’s restaurant specialists, Adam’s clients include Starbucks, Chipotle, Union Sushi, Roka Akor, Tortoise Club, Fish Bar, DMK Burger Bar and a variety of local independent restaurants. He also represents numerous landlords including the Waldorf Astoria Chicago, Repak Development and Golub & Company. Adam possesses an intimate knowledge and understanding of Chicago’s retail communities including the Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Bucktown and Wicker Park.
Adam is past vice-chairman of the Chicago Association of Realtors’ Commercial Forum committee and is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers where he sits on the committee for the Illinois ICSC State Committee. Previously, he served as co-chairman of the Chicago’s Next Generation committee.
Adam earned his Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin in 1993.
Janika Brenner joined Baum Realty Group, LLC in October 2002 after spending five years in public relations. A founding member of Baum’s Luxury Division, Janika specializes in the representation of fashion, lifestyle and home furnishing retailers, as well as Landlord representation in key urban markets including the Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Bucktown / Wicker Park, River North and select upscale suburban areas. She possesses in-depth knowledge of Chicago’s retail scene with a specific focus on the luxury sector.
Janika has represented numerous institutional and entrepreneurial owners in the successful leasing of their retail space. Among her notable assignments are serving as the exclusive leasing agent for Waldorf Astoria Chicago where she arranged leases with Saint Laurent, Marc Jacobs and Perchance; the leasing of 8-12 E. Walton Street to BHLDN (Anthropologie’s wedding concept); the merchandising and leasing of The Shops on Fremont in Lincoln Park to Anthropologie and Williams Sonoma; and the leasing of 210 W. Chicago Avenue to the ultra-luxury women’s retailer Blake.
Since 2004, she has completed more than 15 transactions in the Bucktown neighborhood helping to transform the area into one of Chicago’s most sought-after retail destinations. Those transactions include such notable retailers as Scoop NYC, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Nanette Lepore, American Apparel, Levi’s, BCBG and Joe’s Jeans.
Janika received a bachelor’s degree Magna Cum Laude from Tufts University. She currently resides in Lakeview with her husband and two children.
Carol Lockhart joined Baum Realty Group, LLC in October 2006, launching their Indiana office. Serving as Baum’s principal broker for the state of Indiana, Carol provides a unique service to Baum by specializing in tenant representation for the entire state of Indiana and working on the national expansion of several concepts as a member of Baum’s National Real Estate Solutions division.
Carol currently represents FedEx Office, Primrose Schools Franchising Corporation, Jamba Juice, Potbelly Sandwich Group and other private equity firms looking for ground up sites for national tenants. She is also actively assisting in the expansion of other Baum clients in Indiana.
Before beginning her career in commercial real estate, Carol managed the Indiana office of ING Financial Services, specializing in retirement plans for hospital and school employees statewide. She is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and an active Board Member for Arts for Lawrence.
Carol graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and is a licensed pilot.
Douglas Renner joined Baum Realty Group, LLC in 2006 bringing with him over a decade of retail experience. Recently, Doug was promoted to Managing Director and selected as a 2014 CoStar Power Broker Award winner. His focus at Baum is to oversee third party leasing representation for owners, developers, and investors of retail shopping centers, single tenant investments and mixed use developments. Doug’s clientele’s interest ranges from big-box, grocery anchored centers to urban infill mixed use retail.
Throughout his career, Doug has been responsible for Lease and Sale transactions valued in excess of $600 million and more than 1.5 million square feet. Doug’s successes include implementing market strategies for national, regional and local tenants as well as landlords. Notably, Doug was recently responsible for leasing a competitive stretch of North Michigan Avenue between 2 and 20 North Michigan to Starbucks, Panera, and Remington’s Restaurant that has changed the completion of the street. Past and present clients include: 4 Star Restaurant Group(Remington’s, Windsor, Smoke Daddy and Crosby’s Kitchen), Home Run Inn Pizza, Inc., Cosi, Inc., Lane Bryant, Fashion Bug, Harbor Freight Tools, Harlem Irving Companies, Newcastle Limited, Prime Group, Capri Capital, RREEF and Regency Centers.
Doug is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, Chicago Commercial Real Estate Networking Club, Corporate Real Estate and Retail Site Selection Professionals. He is also charitably involved in the Chicago Real Estate Annual Food Drive for the Greater Chicago Food Depository and Opportunity Through Baseball, providing education and skill coaching for at risk children.
Doug holds a BA and a Master’s Degree in Sports Administration both from the Ohio University.
Matt Fetter joined Baum Realty Group in July of 2011 after serving as a real estate broker for five years at Johnson Controls. At Baum, Matt is the Managing Director of the National Real Estate Services team and represents clients such as Duluth Trading Company, The Boiling Crab, Aurelio’s Pizza nationally, as well as other concepts in the Chicagoland market. He specializes in planning, executing, and managing real estate transactions throughout the United States.
Prior to joining Baum Realty Group, Matt was a director for the Real Estate Brokerage Team with Johnson Controls, Inc. He has independently completed over 3 million square feet of commercial real estate transactions.
Matt is a licensed real estate broker, a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, and for a number of years has been a mentor at Chicago Youth Centers.
Matt earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado.
Danny Spitz is a 13 year veteran in commercial real estate sales and joined Baum Realty Group as Managing Director of Investment Sales in 2011. Since that time, Danny has completed transactions valued at over $450,000,000. Prior to Baum, Danny spent five years at @properties Commercial, where he pioneered the commercial division of the company and specialized in investment sales and retail leasing.
Danny began his real estate career working for Chicago-based MB Financial Bank. He gained experience underwriting a variety of real estate transactions and commercial and industrial business loans. Transactions typically ranged up to $30,000,000. After receiving his broker license in 2004, Danny spent two years in a one-on-one mentorship focused on commercial real estate brokerage and development.
Danny has served as Vice-Chairman for the Chicago Association of Realtors’ (CAR) Commercial Forum and is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers. Previously, he served as a Director of Young Real Estate Professionals (YREP) and in 2010 was awarded a Silver Award from CAR for total lease volume. Danny is a licensed Illinois Real Estate Broker.
Danny was born and raised in Skokie, IL and attended Arizona State University where he graduated with Honors and received a bachelor’s degree Cum Laude in Finance at the W.P. Carey School of Business.
Greg Dietz joined Baum Realty Group as Vice President of Investment Sales in 2011. Since that time, Greg has completed transactions valued at over $450,000,000. Prior to Baum, Greg worked at Cohen Financial, arranging debt and equity for real estate transactions nationwide. Before joining Cohen, Greg worked in acquisitions, asset management, dispositions and leasing for Tishman Speyer Properties. In one of Chicago’s largest real estate transactions, Greg was part of the team that purchased the former Equity Office downtown portfolio for $1.72 Billion. Greg also helped manage a portfolio of over 10 million square feet, which included roles in finance, performing hold / sell analyses and negotiating leases. Greg began his real estate career with Duff & Phelps, where he produced property appraisals and provided consulting services on all real estate product types.
Greg is an avid adventurer and has backpacked around the globe, visiting 36 countries on 6 continents over a 14 month period. He is an active member of the Wicker Park Committee. Greg is a licensed Illinois Real Estate Broker.
Greg was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH and attended Indiana University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Finance – Real Estate.
Ari joined Baum in 2018 as the founder of the Urban Office and Industrial Division. Ari’s hails from Jameson Commercial, where he spent 8 years as a specialist in investment sales, commercial leasing, and investment advisory services. A top agent there, year after year, he was Jameson Commercial’s top producing agent in 2017.
Ari possesses a unique background having worked as a financial analyst on Wall Street prior to his career in real estate. His underwriting and financial modeling expertise, combined with his strong negotiating skills and deal making prowess, allows Ari to effectively serve his clients’ interests in a multitude of ways. His experience includes a wide variety of asset classes including office, industrial, multi-family, mixed-use and retail. He enjoys operating on all sides of the deal, representing both landlords and tenants, as well as buyers and sellers.
Ari holds the highly regarded Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, the LEED-AP designation, and is a licensed real estate salesperson in the State of Illinois. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan with a concentration in finance. Ari was recently named as one of Crain’s Chicago Business Most Influential Commercial Real Estate Brokers of 2017.
Will Crowden specializes in the sale and leasing of urban and suburban retail properties. Over his fifteen-year career, Will has worked closely with many institutional property owners and developers on the product side, and has exclusively represented many local, national, and international tenants in the Chicago market and several throughout the country. Will can effectively service a small growing brand and has earned the reputation of being a national retail specialist acting as the real estate point person on multi-unit national roll outs. Will has been a leader in the commercial real estate industry for more than 15 years, and has successfully represented dozens of property owners including Macerich, Newcastle Limited and The Sterling Bay Companies and has also performed extensive workout services with many local and national banks, including Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase Bank and MB Financial, helping them dispose of numerous troubled assets. Will is a trusted advisor to several retailers – including Fortune 25 and 200 companies. He has exclusive relationships with Marathon Petroleum, Starbucks Corporation, Blaze Pizza, PDQ, MedSpring Urgent Care among others.
Prior to joining Baum Realty Group, Will served as a Vice President at Jameson Commercial, where he primarily focused on the sale of retail properties and net leased investment properties, retail leasing and landlord representation. Will’s additional experience includes serving as a Senior Associate for Sperry Van Ness, a national commercial real estate firm in Chicago, where he worked on the sale of commercial condominiums and the leasing of commercial space, in addition to landlord / owner representation and handling net leased investments. Will’s commercial real estate career began as an Asset Manager for Joseph Cacciatore & Company in Chicago, managing over one million square feet of commercial property throughout the Chicagoland metropolitan area.
Will served on the Board of Directors at The Chicago Association of REALTORS® (CAR) for two consecutive terms and was also the 2012 and 2013 Chair of CAR’s Commercial Forum Committee. He is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), a founding member of CAR’s Young Professionals Network (YPN) Advisory Board and a member of the Real Estate Investment Association (REIA).
Bob has over 20 years’ experience helping national and regional multi-unit companies to reach their expansion goals nationwide. He has also represented many corporate and institutional clients in marketing and leasing flagship properties throughout the Chicagoland marketplace. Sample representations include The John Buck Company (Plaza 440), Hines Development (Three First National Plaza), Lend Lease (Equitable Building and NBC Buildings), General Motors (Oak and Rush), City of Chicago (Richard Daley Center lower concourse) and the Novogroder Companies.
Bob has exclusively represented national chains such as Starbucks (80 transactions) and Washington Mutual (157 transactions in 2 a year period) as well as Harris Bank, FedEx Office, White Hen Pantry, Alonti Deli, Paul Harris Stores, World Savings Bank, Caffe Baci and Wet Seal.
Bob has put his stamp on Michigan Avenue by completing 2 Starbucks transactions at 440 and 500 N. Michigan Avenue. He represented Paul Harris on the second level of the Realtor Building and he represented the landlords at 555 N. Michigan Avenue and 200 N. Michigan Avenue where he was responsible for transactions including Chase, Starbucks, Parade of Shoes and Powerhouse Gym.
Bob also has significant experience in the Northwest Indiana and Wisconsin Markets with developments that include a 356-unit senior independent living apartment complex in Merrillville, IN.
In addition to being a real estate broker with licenses in Indiana and Illinois, Bob is an attorney with licenses to practice in Illinois and Maryland.
An investment sales veteran with 12 years of brokerage experience, Brad Teitelbaum leads the nationally recognized Net Lease Division at Baum Realty Group. With a focus on the disposition and acquisition of single tenant and net lease investment sales from coast to coast, Brad has completed over $300,000,000 in transactions in just the last few years alone. Some recent transactions include: Hobby Lobby, Panera Bread, Tutor Time, Walgreens, Chipotle, National Tire & Battery, Chase Bank and more from all regions of the country.
Brad began his real estate career at Grubb & Ellis while attending Arizona State University, where he graduated with degrees in both Communication and Business. Brad has been featured in multiple publications including Crain’s, Illinois Real Estate Journal and Real Estate Bisnow.
Brad lives in downtown Chicago and has been a member of Young Real Estate Professionals, ICSC, Urban Land Institute, Illinois Restaurant Association and also spends time volunteering with multiple organizations including: Other Side of the Green, Inspiration Kitchen and PAWS.
Patrick Forkin joined Baum Realty Group as Vice President in August 2014. Prior to Baum, Patrick was an investment sales broker with Mid-America Real Estate Group. Since 2008, Patrick has been involved in over 160 completed transactions valued at more than $1.4 billion. In 2012, Patrick shifted his focus to net leased investment sales. Since that time, Patrick and his net lease team completed 67 transactions totaling over $150 million.
Recent transactions Patrick has completed include Walgreens, Vitamin Shoppe, Chase Bank, Mattress Firm, Family Dollar, Kwik Trip and Midwest Title Loans.
Patrick graduated with honors from the University of Missouri, earning his bachelor’s degree with a triple emphasis in Finance, Real Estate, and Economics. He also interned with Jardine Lloyd Thompson in Dublin, Ireland. Patrick is a licensed real estate broker in Illinois and Missouri, and is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, Urban Land Institute and Young Real Estate Professionals of Chicago. In his free time, Patrick enjoys playing hockey, tennis, golf and spending time with his family and friends.
Nicole Cardot joined Baum Realty Group in 2010. She provides both tenant and landlord representation services with a focus on downtown Chicago and the surrounding suburban markets. Nicole exclusively represents Chipotle, Starbucks, Graeter’s, Dotty’s Café, McAlister's Deli, Insomnia Cookies, DMK, Blo Dry Bar, Club Pilates, Luke's Lobster, and a variety of independent retailers and restaurants. She also represents numerous landlords including Campus Acquisitions, Akara Partners, Speedwagon Properties, GW Properties, Hines, and Newcastle Limited.
As a vital member of Baum’s Tenant Representation Group, Nicole has secured high profile lease and purchase opportunities on behalf Tenants, Landlords and Sellers in Chicago’s most desirable downtown retail markets including the Gold Coast, Loop, River North, Bucktown/Wicker Park and the West Loop. Nicole graduated from Indiana University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Apparel Merchandising. Nicole is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, ICSC Next Generation, Woman in Retail Leasing (WIRL), Restaurant and Real Estate Connection (RARE), Chicago Junior League and Indiana Real Estate Alumni Association. Nicole is a licensed real estate broker in the state of Illinois.
Dan Molnar joined Baum Realty Group in 2012. Dan focuses on retail tenant and landlord representation with a focus on downtown Chicago and the surrounding suburban markets. Exclusive representations include Dotty’s, Five Guys, Hurricane BTW, Jimmy Johns, Naf Naf Grill, Primrose Daycare and Starbucks, in addition to a variety of independent retailers and restaurants and landlords.
As a vital member of Baum’s Tenant Representation group, Dan has secured over thirty-five leases for tenants throughout Chicagoland. Previously, Dan worked as a broker at Colliers International where he helped establish their Chicago retail division. During his time there, he exclusively represented accounts such as Palm Beach Tan, European Wax Center, Granite City Food & Brewery and Ace Hardware.
Dan is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, Young Real Estate Professionals and ICSC Next Generation. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Emory University where he was a member of the varsity baseball team. Dan is a licensed real estate broker in the state of Illinois.
Trevor Jack joined Baum Realty in January of 2014. He provides landlord representation services to a portfolio that includes listings both in the city and suburbs of Chicago. Trevor currently is tasked with leasing responsibilities for Wilson Yard and City Hyde Park as well as properties in Roscoe Village, Lincoln Park, Logan Square, Wicker Park, and Naperville.
Prior to joining Baum Realty Group, Trevor interned with Cushman & Wakefield in their retail brokerage division where he canvassed for tenants looking to enter the Chicago market, abstracted leases, analyzed market data and developed briefings.
Trevor is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, Urban Land Institute, and the the CCIM Institute
Trevor graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban & Regional Planning. Trevor is a licensed real estate broker in the state of Illinois and is a LEED Green Associate.
Mark carries a high level of skill and an impressive track record of success in leasing grocery anchored centers, multi-tenant outlots, urban retail sites, and suburban strip centers. His talent for identifying prospects for retail strip centers, researching and interpreting tenant’s business and financial sustainability, negotiating letters of intent and leases has been praised by local and national clients alike.
Prior to joining Baum’s Landlord Team, Mark worked for Regency Centers, Edgemark CRE, and The Lord Companies. Mark has leased multiple power center developments within the Chicagoland area, including junior anchors and outlots, re-merchandised and leased lifestyle centers as well as multi-tenant outlot buildings. He was responsible for the leasing of a 17 property portfolio of grocery anchored shopping centers, totaling over 2.8 million square feet throughout Illinois, Indiana and Minnesota.
Mark graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. He has been a licensed Real Estate Broker since 2007 and is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers. Mark lives in Chicago with his wife and son.
Lauren Martin joined Baum Realty Group, LLC in September of 2017. She supports the National Real Estate Services team with both corporate and franchise client work. Clients include Duluth Trading Company, Scout & Molly’s, and Potbelly.
Lauren’s background in recruiting and strategic event planning, coupled with her passion for food and travel, lead her to the commercial real estate industry where her focus is helping clients expand their businesses into new markets across the US. Prior to joining Baum, Lauren worked as a Campus Recruiter at Citadel LLC, focusing on recruitment of trading and investment professionals and interns from East Coast and European Universities. Before her time in recruiting, Lauren worked at Vivid Seats where she was responsible for VIP events & hospitality.
Lauren graduated from Illinois State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications.
Prior to joining Baum, Heather lived in Los Angeles and worked for Rolling Stone on the advertising sales team. She earned her bachelor’s degree with a double major in Communication Studies and Theatre from Saint Mary’s College in Indiana where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and was captain of the varsity soccer team. When not in the office, Heather is an avid runner and is active in the Chicago improv/sketch comedy scene.
Heather is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and Women in Retail Leasing (WIRL), and she is a licensed real estate broker in the state of Illinois.
Jackie joined Baum in 2015 and serves as an Associate in Baum’s Investment Sales division. Jackie’s focus is to grow and development new business on a local and national level.
Prior to joining Baum, Jackie worked at Mid-America Real Estate Group in suburban Chicago. During her tenure there, Jackie adapted and grew her knowledge base in various departments within the company including accounting, property management and client relations. She was responsible for actively participating in request for proposals (RFP) for new business, assisting in tenant lease language negotiations, developing and implementing procedures to properly quote triple nets for prospective tenants, abstracting and enforcing legal documents (inclusive of tenant leases and OEA agreements), and overseeing the due diligence process for property acquisitions and dispositions. Furthermore, she was responsible for managing property funds by overseeing cost control and addressing tenant receivable issues to collect delinquencies consistently in order to meet projected NOI. Jackie was also responsible for completing annual budgets, conducting strategic reviews, financial variance analysis, and market overviews for both institutional clients and sole proprietors.
Jackie is an active member of International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and a licensed Illinois Real Estate Broker.
Jackie earned her bachelor’s degree Cum Laude with a double emphasis in Finance and Management/Organizational Behavior from Benedictine University, where she was a member of her collegiate volleyball team. When not in the office, Jackie can be found playing co-ed sports along the lakefront, traveling to new places, or spending time with family and friends. Jackie currently resides in the River West neighborhood of Chicago.
Mike joined Baum in October of 2013 and serves as an Associate in Baum’s Investment Sales division. Since that time, Mike has been a vital contributor to numerous completed transactions valued at over $250,000,000. Mike focuses on all aspects of property due diligence and underwriting on a local and national level.
Prior to joining Baum, Mike worked at Altria Group Distribution Company, based in Columbus, OH. During his time at Altria, Mike manage the performance of 125 accounts (approx. $12.5 million in annual revenue), while utilizing product trends to analyze and develop effective growth strategies for accounts in unique markets.
Mike is an active member of International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) as well as the Young Real Estate Professionals (YREP). Mike is a licensed Illinois Real Estate Broker.
Mike was born in Cincinnati, OH and graduated from Indiana University, earning his bachelor’s degree in Financial Management. When not in the office, Mike can be found outdoors, on the golf course and running along the lakefront, or spending time with family and friends.
Graham joined Baum in October of 2014 and serves as an analyst on the Net Lease Team within Baum’s Investment Sales division. Graham focuses on researching single and multiple tenant net lease properties and transactions on a national basis. He graduated from the University of Missouri, earning his bachelor’s degree with a double emphasis in Finance and Real Estate. While at school, he studied finance abroad for a summer in Bergamo, Italy. Prior to joining Baum, Graham interned with the leasing team at The Staenberg Group, based in St. Louis, MO, his hometown. During his time at The Staenberg Group, Graham helped underwrite leasing deals, canvassed new and existing properties, and researched national market and demographic trends.Graham is a member of ICSC, Urban Land Institute, as well as the Illinois chapter of CCIM where he serves on the membership committee. When not in the office, Graham can be found outdoors, on the golf course, or spending time with family and friends.
Marcus Cook joins Baum Realty Group in 2016 bringing his expertise in the hospitality markets and his enviable track record to Baum’s tenant representation team, a client forward site selection team that has shaped the retail brokerage industry for twenty-five years. Marcus has represented a wide spectrum of clients by capitalizing on his deep understanding of the service industry.
Marcus gained invaluable experience and an incredible business network through his management roll with Chicago-based Gibson’s restaurant group. Marcus has a keen understanding of restaurant and bar operations, and routinely applies that knowledge in the representation of landlords and tenants as well as buyers and sellers of commercial properties.
In 2013 Cook shifted focus to multi-family distressed or under-performing assets as well as bank owned single family homes. Most recently, Marcus served in several brokerage roles with Conlon Commercial, including several years as their Managing Director, where he honed his reputation as an unwavering client advocate and tenacious broker.
Marcus earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics from the University of Iowa.
Saira Mohan joined Baum Realty in summer 2016, specializing in Tenant Representation, Third-Party Landlord Leasing, and Investment Sales. She's serves a diversified clientele of both property owners and prestigious international, national, and local tenants.
Saira brings first-class fashion and retail experience to Baum's Luxury Division. Her knowledge and network gained from a prolific career in fashion and media informs a truly unique perspective in this market segment. She is specializing in temporary retail space for new concepts transitioning from eCommerce to physical locations.
Saira has been featured on the cover of Newsweek, India Today, Cosmopolitan, Elle, GQ, Marie Claire, Glamour, and in Vogue among many others. She has worked with designers & brands such as Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, Calvin Klein, Versace, Valentino, Emanuel Ungaro, Mercedes Benz, L'Oreal, Oil of Olay, Bloomingdale’s, Macy's, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Kohl's, Target, Saks Fifth Avenue, GAP, Kohler, Anne Klein, Wonderbra, and Victoria's Secret. Saira has hosted specials for the Fine Living Network, Fashion Television, Entertainment Tonight, and VH-1. She was featured Esquire Magazine’s “Women We Love” issue.
She has been a speaker at World Economic Forum events and India Today Conclave. Saira completed studies in business and entrepreneurship at the Graham School, University of Chicago.
Saira is an active member in the President’s Circle of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, an independent, nonpartisan organization that provides insight – and influences the public discourse – on critical global issues.