May/June 2013  

ML Realty Partners is a long-term industrial real estate investor in the Central United States. As one of the largest industrial landlords in Chicago, ML Realty Partners places the utmost importance on providing exceptional service to the entire brokerage community and their clients as well as providing solutions to their real estate needs.

ML Realty Partners has a diverse portfolio throughout the Chicagoland area as well as new developments occurring, such as Heritage Crossing located just south of I-55/I-355 junction at the 143rd street interchange.

Pictured are from left to right: Mike Luecht, Nancy Kozinski, Mike Dolan, Pete Harmon and Ryan Hesch.


Clayco, Inc. finances, develops, designs and builds large, complex projects across the nation and is seeking a growing global presence. The 29-year-old company has annual revenues of $872 million. Subsidiaries include a full service architecture and design firm, Forum Studio, and Concrete Strategies. 

In October 2012, Clayco relocated its headquarters from St. Louis to Chicago. The new headquarters is located on the 13th and 27th floors (30,000 square feet) of the 35 E. Wacker building, also known as the Jewelers Building, in the heart of Chicago’s loop. 

“Clayco is embarking on an exciting period in our company’s history. With a record backlog of projects, and increasing travel around the country and the globe, we see Chicago as an integral part of our expansion strategy as we add talent and build Clayco into the nation’s leading full-service real estate development, architecture, engineering and construction firm,” said Bob Clark, Chairman and CEO.

Sitex Group is a fully integrated private equity firm that specializes in industrial real estate investment and property management in the Chicago and New York/Northern New Jersey metropolitan submarkets. Lead by a cohesive and experienced team of professionals, Sitex has raised and managed seven successful real estate investment funds (Sitex Funds I-VII), and has built a strong reputation for identifying properties and creating transactions that benefit sellers, tenants and our partners.

Sitex’s disciplined approach focuses on local market knowledge which includes logistic trends, market rent analysis, sale comparable analysis, and building functionality assessment. By thoroughly understanding these core market drivers, Sitex can respond quickly to changing market conditions and our valued tenant’s requirements.

Sitex values strong relationships in all facets of our business. We look at our relationships with tenants, investors, brokers, vendors, and financial institutions as mutually beneficial partnerships.


Dear Fellow Members:

As I write this,
I think about how our Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup (in a most amazing but improbable fashion!) for the 2nd time in three years.  As a longtime fan, player and official, I’m extremely gratified by this outstanding achievement.  But more importantly, as SIORs, we have something in common with them: we are the best of the best in our field, and we continue raising the bar by performing AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL for our clients!

To minimize the email traffic that already bombards us daily, we decided to switch to an every-other-month issue of our Chicago Chapter Newsletter.  This format still allows us to provide timely information and great content to both our membership and our sponsors, without compromising any features.  Please don’t hesitate to provide us with your feedback on this new initiative. 

As most of you probably know, on May 28th one of our own, Steve Goode, embarked solo on a 12,000+ mile continental U.S. motorcycle trip.  Appropriately named Steve’s Four Corner Tour, check out his blog at where he’s posting his experiences almost daily, along with incredible photos.  Example: Getting faced with bird poop when his helmet visor was up - tough lesson learned!  Ironically, it happened near Bodega, CA, the town made famous by Hitchcock’s “The Birds”.

Here’s what’s happened in the last 60 days, as well as what’s in store:

  • At our May 28th luncheon, former Chicago Bear great Gary Fencik regaled us with wonderful “inside” stories of his playing days and the ’85 Super Bowl Champion team, while also providing good lessons to apply in our daily practices.
  • On June 13th, thanks to the leadership efforts of Dan Smolensky, SIOR, with top support from Executive Director Joanne Works, the Chapter hosted a Young Professionals recruiting event at the Seven-Ten Lounge and bowling alley in Lincoln Park.  Attended by a good number of rising broker stars and a few gray-hairs like Yours Truly, a great time was had by all!
  • On July 18th we convened once again at Cantigny Golf for our Annual SIOR Chicago Chapter Golf Outing. Despite the weather, it was a great day!
  • On October 24th – 26th, the 2013 SIOR Fall World Conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency Chicago Hotel. Be sure to put this in your calendar and register early to attend the best benefit of your SIOR membership. Your Chapter leadership is working diligently with other SIOR Chapter leaders and our national staff to create outstanding content in the form of breakout sessions, educational opportunities and practical roundtables.  If you have any ideas on what you’d like to see, let us know, as there’s still some time left before we finalize the program in the next few weeks.

Enjoy the rest of your summer and continue to perform at the highest level for your clients and customers.

Warm regards,

David L. Liebman, SIOR, JD, LEED Green Associate

2013 SIOR Chicago Chapter President


Chicago Chapter Wins
YP Award at the
SIOR World Conference

The Chicago Chapter received an award for Excellence at the SIOR 2013 Spring World Conference held in Palm Desert, CA in early May. SIOR’s Chicago Chapter won the “Young Professionals (YP) Chapter Event Award” for their 2012 event which included a tour of Wrigley Field and ended with a networking party at Trace Bar in Chicago. The inaugural award was given to the SIOR Chapter with the most creative and effective YP event. This was the third annual YP event for the Chicago Chapter and resulted in attracting new members to SIOR.

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Congratulations Chicago Chapter, We Donated 16 Trunks!

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We’re delighted to report that the members of the SIOR Chicago Chapter raised a total of sixteen (16) $500 Trunk Scholarships to support the Ada S. McKinley College-Bound Trunk Scholarship program for 2013! In this third year of our Chapter’s support of this worthwhile charitable initiative, we achieved our largest donation to date.

We are pleased to recognize the following member companies that donated full $500 trunks toward this effort in 2013 – ARCO/MURRAY(2), IDI, The McShane Companies, Meridian Design/Build, ML Realty Partners, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, Paine/Wetzel / TCN Worldwide, Venture One Real Estate, Duke Realty, CenterPoint, Arthur J. Rogers and NAI Hiffman.   

Additional corporate contributors included Colliers International, Nugent Curtis Real Estate, Epstein, Krusinski Construction Company, The Modal Group and Op2mize. In addition, the generous out-of-pocket donations received from SIOR members provided the additional funding that allowed us to reach this amount. Students receiving the Ada S. McKinley Trunk Scholarships are selected based upon the submission of a written essay describing how the Trunk Scholarship award would allow them to be suitably prepared to enter their first year of college.

May Program

Gary Fencik, former Chicago Bears Superbowl Champion, spoke to the audience of SIORs about attributes and lessons he’s learned that have led to his personal success. Having played for the Chicago Bears for 12 years and one of the most accomplished speakers in football, he also talked about the ‘85 Bears players then and where they are today. Gary is a Yale & Northwestern Graduate and currently the partner and head of business development at Adams Street Partners. 

Photo : (left to right) Roy Splansky, SIOR, of Venture One Real Estate, SIOR Chicago Chapter Treasurer; Fencik; and David Liebman, JD, SIOR, of Op2mize, LLC, SIOR Chicago Chapter President. 

YP Recruitment Bowling Event

The annual YP and member recruitment event was held at Seven Ten Lounge in Lincoln Park. The networking event included some friendly competition along with food and drinks. Dan Smolensky, SIOR Chicago Chapter YP and Recruiting Chair organized the event and spoke with the guests about the benefits of the organization and how it has assisted in the growth of his company. He briefed them on the new candidacy program and its advantages for those prospects who may not yet qualify for the designation.

Q2 M2M Transactions involving Chicago member(s)

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Steve Podolsky, SIOR Podolsky Circle l CORFAC
brokered the industrial lease of 121,600 SF ($670,320) with
Sim Doughtie, SIOR, CCIM, MCR, SLCR King Industrial Realty l CORFAC International, Atlanta, GA

Jeff Janda, SIOR of Lee & Associates of Illinois
brokered the industrial lease of 253,410 SF ($7,716,909) with
Tim Cronin, SIOR of Lee & Associates, Los Angeles, CA      

Lynn Reich, SIOR, CCIM of Colliers International
brokered the industrial lease of 118,000 SF ($324,500) with
Allen Gump, SIOR of Colliers International, Dallas, TX

Lynn Reich, SIOR, CCIM of Colliers International
brokered the industrial lease of 1,000.000 SF ($9,586,000) with
Andy Cates, SIOR of Colliers International, Memphis, TN

Jeff Kapcheck, SIOR of Colliers International
brokered the industrial lease of  459,878 SF ($1,129,440) with
Lynn Reich, SIOR CCIM of Colliers International

Steve Podolsky, SIOR of Podolsky Circle l CORFAC
brokered the industrial lease of 163,800 SF ($626,535) with
Treat Macdonald, SIOR, CCIM of Crump Commercial, Memphis, TN

Dan Smolensky, SIOR of The Modal Group
brokered the industrial sale of 10 Acres ($1,825,000) with
Sally Macoicz, SIOR of Cushman & Wakefield of Illinois, Inc.

Curt Stanton, SIOR of Paine/Wetzel TCN Worldwide
brokered the office lease of 2,071 SF($131,220) with
Chris Nording, SIOR of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, Denver, CO

Dave Lasser, SIOR, CCIM of Commercial In-Sites
brokered the industrial sale of 13 Acres ($22,116,531) with
Nathan Hale, SIOR of Mohr Partners, Dallas, TX

Lynn Reich, SIOR, CCIM of Colliers International
brokered the industrial lease of 38,543 SF ($650,541) with
Rob St
einhart, SIOR of Colliers International, Philadelphia, PA

Ron Behm, SIOR; Jeff Kapcheck, SIOR; and Lynn Reich SIOR, CCIM of Colliers International
brokered the industrial lease of 360,000 SF ($2,873,648) with
Jeff Kernochan, SIOR of Fischer & Company, Los Angeles, CA

David Liebman, SIOR, JD, LEED of Op2mize
brokered the industrial lease of 42,514 SF ($1,344,126) with
Brad Ruther, SIOR of Veterans Commercial Real Estate, Milford, OH

Lynn Reich, SIOR, CCIM of Colliers International
brokered the industrial sale of 92,836 SF ($2,295,900) with
Randall Walker, SIOR of The Industrial Group, New Orleans, LA

Newsletter coordinated by Patricia True Agos, KTPR, Inc.,

David Liebman, JD, SIOR

Joanne Works
Executive Director

Elise Couston, SIOR
Vice President


Roy Splansky, SIOR


Larry Johnson, SIOR


Adam Roth, SIOR, CCIM
Director at Larg

Christopher Curtis, SIOR
Past President