Allen Joffe
Managing Broker

Allen Joffe is both a principal and the managing broker at Baum. 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, 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, PDQ, DryHop 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 and 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 three years in a row 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 in 2014, 2016 and 2017.

Allen is an active member of the Ely Chapter of Lambda Alpha International, The Realty Club, Urban Land Institute 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 Magnificent Mile 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
Principal / Broker

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 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
Principal / Broker

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
Principal / Broker

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
Director / Broker

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, 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 Aranyi
Director / Broker

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 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.

Nicole Cardot
Senior Associate / Broker

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.

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Dan Molnar

Senior Associate / Broker (312) 275-3138
Dan Molnar
Senior Associate / Broker

Dan Molnar joined Baum 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.

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Heather Muth

Associate Project Manager / Broker (312) 275-3122
Heather Muth
Associate Project Manager / Broker

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.

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Marcus Cook

Senior Vice President / Broker (312) 275-3112
Marcus Cook
Senior Vice President / Broker

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.

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Saira Mohan

Business Development Manager / Broker (312) 275-3133
Saira Mohan
Business Development Manager / Broker

Saira Mohan joined Baum 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.