Lee Dickson
Managing Director / Broker

Lee joined Baum in 2020 after a very successful run at the helm of Dickson & Co., her commercial real estate brokerage firm specializing in urban leasing and sales. Lee’s career in brokerage traces back to her time as the Director of Retail Leasing with Metropolitan Structures as they developed Illinois Center, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and were the first team to try their hand at Block 37 with Helmut Jahn in the 80’s. Lee and her partners established The Retail Group, the first brokerage firm in Chicago to specialize in retail properties and tenant representation. Later, she joined forces with Friedman Properties to create three boutique shared office suites businesses which heralded today’s popular co-working spaces. As their Director of Retail, Lee marketed and leased the block known as Tree Studios and Medinah Temple and represented the Public Building Commission in redeveloping the Page Brothers Building adjacent to The Chicago Theatre.

Lee focuses on incomparable entertainment, restaurant and event clients and meeting their unusual requirements. She has an affinity for counseling theater companies and other not-for-profit entities to find the right fit for their unconventional needs and budgets. Accordingly, Lee has served on boards for The House Theatre Company, Remains Theatre Ensemble, Famous Door Theatre Company and, most recently, Route 66 Theatre Company. She currently represents several such companies in search of their permanent performance, production and office spaces, as well as rehearsal facilities. Notable representations include Lighthouse ArtSpace Chicago, Revel Global Events and Cards Against Humanity.

She previously led the River North Business Association as its President and served on the Lakeview Pantry’s Capital Campaign to raise funds for their new expanded home in Uptown. She is an active member of the League of Chicago Theatres, Arts & Business Council, City Club of Chicago, Women in Retail Leasing and EPWNG. She volunteers with The Saints, which supports performing arts organizations through ushering and charitable services.

Doug Renner
Managing Director / Broker

Douglas Renner joined Baum in 2006 bringing with him over a decade of retail experience. As a Managing Director at Baum, his focus is to oversee third party leasing representation for owners, developers, and investors of retail shopping centers, single tenant investments, mixed use developments and portfolio management of disposition assignments. Doug’s clientele range from big-box grocery anchored centers and urban infill mixed use retail to single tenant net lease assets.

Doug has a 20+ year track record of success and has been responsible for lease and sale transactions valued in excess of $700 million and 2 million square feet. Doug’s successes include implementing market strategies for national, regional and local tenants as well as developers and investment landlords. Notably, Doug was responsible for leasing a competitive stretch of North Michigan Avenue between 2 and 20 North Michigan to Starbucks, Panera, and Remington’s Restaurant that changed the complexion of the street.

Past and present clients include Newcastle Limited, Duetsche Bank, RREEF, Structured Development, Cedar Street Capital, Convexity, R2 Companies, Excess Space (on behalf of CVS Pharmacies), 4 Star Restaurant Group (Remington’s, Windsor, Smoke Daddy and Crosby’s Kitchen), Home Run Inn Pizza, Cosi, Lane Bryant, Fashion Bug, Harbor Freight Tools, Harlem Irving Companies, Prime Group, Capri Capital, 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. In 2014, he was a CoStar Power Broker Award winner. Charitably, he is involved in the Chicago Real Estate Annual Food Drive for the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Opportunity Through Baseball, providing education and skill coaching for at risk children, Gilda’s Club and other national and local causes.

Doug holds a BA and a Master’s Degree both from the Ohio University.

Will Crowden
Managing Director / Broker

Will Crowden specializes in retail site selection, and the sale and leasing of urban and suburban retail properties. For more than fifteen years, Will has worked closely with many institutional property owners and developers, and has exclusively represented dozens of local, national, and international tenants throughout both the Chicago market and across the country. Will has particular expertise representing growing brands on their new market roll-outs, and has earned the reputation of being a national retail specialist acting as the real estate lead for multi-unit national roll outs. Will is a trusted advisor to several retailers – including Fortune 25 and Fortune 200 companies. He serves as the exclusive site selection professional for Starbucks Corporation, PDQ, Blaze Pizza, and Foss Swim School among others. Notably, Will was an integral part of the team that sourced and negotiated the Starbucks Flagship Roastery transaction on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, which will be the largest single location for Starbucks in the world.

Significant property owners represented by Will include Macerich, The Sterling Bay Companies, Crow Holdings Capital and Newcastle Limited. Will has also performed extensive workout services with many local and national banks, including Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase Bank and MB Financial, in each case helping them dispose of numerous troubled assets.

Additionally, Will has 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), ICSC Government Relations Committee, a founding member of CAR’s Young Professionals Network (YPN) Advisory Board and a member of the Real Estate Investment Association (REIA).

Ari Topper, CFA
Managing Director / Broker

Ari joined Baum in 2018 as the founder of the Urban Office & Industrial Division, bringing with him 17 years of combined experience in commercial real estate and finance. Prior to joining Baum, Ari spent 8 years as a broker at Jameson Commercial where he specialized 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, retail, multi-family, and development land.

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.

Mark Fredericks
Vice President / Broker
Mark Fredericks joined Baum’s Landlord Representation team in 2017, bringing with him more than ten years of professional expertise in all aspects of the leasing retail shopping centers.

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.
Trevor Jack, CCIM
Senior Associate / Broker

Trevor Jack joined Baum in January of 2014. He provides landlord representation services to a portfolio that includes listings both in the city and suburbs of Chicago.

During Trevor’s tenure at Baum, he has completed notable deals on behalf of many landlords and tenants including Kimco, R2, Mac Properties, Fifield Construction, RealTerm, Excess Space, U.S. Restaurant Properties, Fishman & Co., Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, PNC Bank, Starbucks, AT&T, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, Athletico, Orangetheory Fitness, Dunkin’, Jimmy John’s and Subway.

Trevor is an active member of the CCIM Institute, International Council of Shopping Centers and the Urban Land 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 certified commercial investment member (CCIM), a licensed real estate broker in the state of Illinois, and is a LEED Green Associate.

Tyler Dechter
Senior Associate / Broker

Tyler joined Baum in March 2018 as an Associate. Tyler works on both leasing and sales assignments for Baum’s Urban Office & Flex and Investment Sales Divisions. A vital team member, Tyler has made key contributions to multiple successfully completed sales and leasing transactions. Tyler’s primary focus is on all aspects of property due diligence and underwriting. Additionally, he provides landlord representation services and market analysis to a portfolio of office and flex-industrial properties throughout the greater Chicago area.

Prior to joining Baum, Tyler held an analyst position at Simon Property Group (NYSE: SPG). During his time at Simon, Tyler prepared lease analysis on rent spreads, occupancy, kick-outs for key retailers, and prepared all applicable bills in accordance with lease terms and resolved tenants’ problems regarding billings and lease language.

Tyler is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Urban Land Institute (ULI), Young Real Estate Professionals (YREP), and The Junior Council of Lurie Children’s Hospital. Tyler is a licensed Illinois Real Estate Broker.

Tyler was born in Northbrook, IL and graduated from Butler University, earning his bachelor’s degree in finance. When not in the office, Tyler can be found on the golf course or spending time with family and friends.