Allen Joffe is both a principal and the managing broker of Baum Realty Group, LLC. Since joining the firm in 1993, Allen has provided clients with an unmatched knowledge of the Chicago area retail leasing business. He has successfully negotiated and managed lease transactions for more than 50 clients.
Allen has overseen retail leasing programs for both urban and suburban properties and has completed land sales ranging from 1 to 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 three years in a row, was the recipient of the Jimmy John’s Top Producer award, and was awarded the Top Retail Leasing Broker distinction in Chicago by CoStar three times.
Allen is an active member of the Ely Chapter of Lambda Alpha International, The Realty Club and is a member of the State Board of Directors for the International Council of Shopping Centers. He is an advisor for the Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC) and also serves on the Project Review Committee of the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association. In addition, beginning in 2014, Allen was selected to join an elite group of real estate industry leaders as a mentor with the Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation, where he provides guidance to students interested in pursuing a career in real estate.
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 Joffes. 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 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 Away Travel, Warby Parker, Vans, Marc Jacobs, Saint Laurent, Starbucks, BHLDN, Brioni, Madewell and Le Pain Quotidien.
As one of Baum’s restaurant experts, Adam’s clients include TAO Group, Starbucks, Chipotle, Naf Naf, Roka Akor, Tortoise Club, DMK Burger Bar and a variety of local independent restaurants. Significant landlord representations include Hines, Marol, 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. Two of Chicago’s largest ever single tenant retail transactions can be traced to Adam’s recent efforts – the world’s largest Starbucks Roastery (43,000 SF on Michigan Avenue) and TAO Chicago (34,000 SF at 632 N. Dearborn).
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.
Janika Brenner joined Baum 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 in October 2006, launching their Indiana office. Serving as Baum’s principal broker for the state of Indiana, Carol provides a unique service 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.
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).
Marcus Cook joined Baum in 2016 bringing his expertise in the hospitality markets and his enviable track record to Baum’s tenant representation team. 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. He 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.
Marcus also has significant experience with distressed and under-performing assets as well as bank owned real estate. Marcus previously 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.
Tim Rossi joined Baum in 2019 as Vice President of Baum’s Tenant Representation Team, serving both tenants and landlords with a focus on QSR, retail, and digitally native brands. Tim brings a strong understanding of the retail real estate industry, a passion for fighting for his clients, and a proven history of deal-making. His expertise encompasses all aspects of tenant representation from market canvasing to site selection and lease negotiation.
Prior to joining Baum, Tim spent 5 years with Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches consulting franchisees. There he managed the brand’s expansion into new and existing markets in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, New Mexico, and Colorado. During his tenure he guided franchise groups of varying size and strategy, resulting in hundreds of openings.
Tim is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers. He graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration with an emphasis in marketing and a certification in sales. Tim grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and in his free time enjoys traveling, skiing, and an occasional round of golf.
Nicole Cardot joined Baum 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 in 2012. He specializes in retail tenant and landlord representation with a focus on downtown Chicago and the surrounding suburban markets. As a member of Baum’s Tenant Representation Group, Dan has secured hundreds of leases for tenants throughout Chicagoland. Exclusive representations include Avenue, Dotty’s, Five Guys, Jimmy John’s, Naf Naf Grill, Primrose Schools and Starbucks, in addition to multiple independent retailers, restaurants and landlords.
Prior to joining Baum, Dan worked as a broker at Colliers International where he helped establish their Chicago retail division. During his time there, he exclusively represented accounts including 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.
Heather Muth joined Baum in 2016 and serves as an Associate Project Manager and broker in the Tenant Representation division. Her work primarily focuses on downtown Chicago and the surrounding suburban markets, and she works with such clients as Starbucks, Chipotle and a variety of independent retailers and restaurants.
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.