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.

Tyler Dechter
Associate / Broker

Tyler joined Baum in 2018 as an Associate in the Urban Office & Industrial Division. He provides landlord representation services to a portfolio that includes listings both in the city and suburbs of Chicago. Tyler is currently tasked with leasing responsibilities in West Town, Fulton West, and Bucktown. He is responsible for market analysis, canvassing, marketing, and assisting with showings for each property within the portfolio.

Prior to joining Baum, Tyler held an analyst position with Simon Property Group where he prepared lease analysis on rent spreads, occupancy, and kick-outs for key retailers, prepared all applicable bills in accordance with lease terms, and resolved tenants’ problems regarding billings and lease language.

Tyler graduated from Butler University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance. Tyler is a licensed real estate broker in the state of Illinois. In his free time, you can find Tyler on the golf course.