The Team

Dominic A Sergi

CEO

Direct: 312.263.1606
Email: ds@clearheight.com

Bio

Dominic Sergi is the CEO of Clear Height Properties, where he is responsible for setting the company’s vision and long-term investment strategy. Since 2010, he has led the team in acquiring and developing over $250 million in assets.

 

 

Dominic is active in various industry, community and charitable organizations. He’s a member of the local real estate chapters of NAIOP, SIOR, ULI and REIA.  And charitable organizations of PAWS Chicago, USO of Illinois, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

 

 

Dominic also serves on the board of several companies such as Cresco Labs, Conversion Energy Systems, and BizAssure.

 

 

Dominic A. Sergi is a licensed Managing Broker with the State of Illinois.

Joe M. Sergi

Chief Revenue Officer/Partner

Direct: 312.929.0984
Email: jsergi@clearheight.com

Bio

Joe M. Sergi is a Partner and the Chief Revenue Officer at Clear Height Properties. He joined the firm in 2015 as COO and held that position until transitioning into the CRO seat in May of 2020. As CRO, Joe specifically oversees and has responsibility for property management, project & development services (construction) and business development functions. He works closely with the President to set the vision and direction for the firm.

 

In more than 13 years in the commercial real estate industry, Joe has developed a skillset that includes negotiation, budgeting, value engineering and contractor management. During his time at Clear Height, the company has experienced significant growth and expansion in all aspects of its business: portfolio size, service offerings and the number of employees involved in its day-to-day operations.

 

Prior to joining Clear Height, from 2009 to 2015, Joe was the Senior Vice President for Rex Electric & Technologies, a family business he operated with his father. In this role he oversaw office and field staff who were the providers of all electrical, maintenance and technology services. Under Joe’s direction, Rex completed a number of strategic acquisitions to enhance its growth and the Technology Division doubled its size through his business development efforts.

 

Joe started his career in commercial real estate as a tenant representative broker with Newmark Knight Frank. Joe also is an owner/operator of Sergi Farms in Southeast Wisconsin.
Joe is involved with various civic and philanthropic organizations. Most notably, Joe is:

  • a founding member and integrally involved in the Nicholas D. Sergi Foundation, established to honor the memory of his brother Nicholas and to benefit charitable organizations in Northern Illinois and Southeast Wisconsin;
  • actively involved in and a supporter of the USO of Illinois as a board member and director from 2015 to present.
  • a founding member City of Hope Future Leaders Board from 2009-2014.
  • a previous board member of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, from 2004 to 2011, and the recipient of its Man of the Year Award in 2009.
  • a previous board member of BOMA Chicago, and the past recipient of its Affiliate Member of The Year Award.

 

Joe is a graduate of Western Illinois University, with a B.A. degree in Communications.

Gary Rose

COO & President

Direct: 312.471.1180
Email: gary@clearheight.com

Bio

Gary Rose is the Chief Operations Officer & President which he transitioned to in September 2021. Gary oversees all aspects of the company’s integrated platform of management, leasing and construction, and is responsible for helping to grow the portfolio, private equity and institutional relationships.

 

Prior to joining Clear Height Properties in 2018, Gary oversaw asset management, disposition, and acquisition efforts at Equity Group Investments, where he focused on a portfolio of private real estate investments controlled by Sam Zell (which at times included, office, industrial, retail, multifamily, hospitality, parking and infrastructure assets).

 

Previously, Gary served as Vice President of asset management at Ares Management where he managed a diverse portfolio of domestic equity and debt real estate investments.  In that role, he developed and executed value-add business plans, including operations, capital, leasing refinancing and disposition initiatives.  Earlier in his career, Gary worked at Wrightwood Capital and at PricewaterhouseCoopers.  Gary holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, a Masters of Accounting degree from the University of Michigan Business School and a BBA from the University of Michigan Business School.

 

Gary is a licensed Managing Broker with the State of Illinois and a CPA.

Edward J Ogorzaly

Chief Financial Officer

Direct: 312.971.8238
Email: ed@clearheight.com

Bio

Ed is an executive with over 30 years of experience in leading board level advisory and “hands on” management positions as CEO, President, and CFO in various industries both public and private. His expertise and passion is in strategic planning for growth, with deep experience in M&A deal transactions and leading successful subsequent integrations. Most recently he has spent the last several years in guiding several companies as functional CEO and CFO as part of the consulting firm of CFO Simplified and in a Private Equity turnaround.

 

Prior to his work with consulting and private equity, he spent 18+ years in retail, distribution, and manufacturing with Blick Art Materials co-leading revenue growth from $57 million to $320 million and 10X EBITDA improvement. During his last 9 years with Blick he was President of Retail subsidiaries having full P&L responsibilities where he led internal & M&A growth from $17 million to $150 million and an 11% increase in annual EBITDA.  His overall expertise and leadership provided guidance in leading over 80 tenant locations throughout the U.S. in real estate selection, design, construction, and openings of retail stores & distribution centers up to 160,000 sq.ft., while also negotiating over 200+ real estate leases (478,000 sq.ft.) valued at $18 million annually. In his CFO role he was instrumental in team building, strategic planning, budgeting, financial reporting, systems implementations, and working with banks on treasury structuring.

 

Ed has also worked as CFO, JMP-Newcor International (Big Box, Walmart distributor), was co-owner of Athletic Zone, and for 6+ years held a dual role of VP Finance N. America & Worldwide Corporate Reporting for Leica plc. Leica, a Life Science Sector Global manufacturer and B2B distributor of camera’s, geo, bio, and microsystems which grew threefold to over $975 million during his tenure. In his corporate role he co-led M&A, re-organizations, and managed multi-engagement integrations while being responsible for private & public SEC reporting on 65 companies in 23 countries.

 

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Canisius College, is a Certified Public Accountant, and member of the AICPA. Currently, Ed is a Board Advisory Consultant for Blick Art Materials, The Chicago Corporation, Anzu Energy, and Vantage Point Corp., and former Advisor and Board Member of 6 other different companies while leading Finance and Site/Build Committees.

 

Edward resides in Lincolnshire, IL with his wife Connie, daughter, and triplet sons.  He is actively involved in various Charitable organizations, participating annually in 41&9 Foundation “Cycle For A Cure” and Cal’s Angels events.

Jennifer Higgins

Controller

Direct: 312.755.8597
Email: jh@clearheight.com

Bio

Jennifer joined Clear Height Properties in 2021 as Director of Accounting Services. In that role she will be working closely with the Controller and CFO on the day-to-day transactions within the portfolio and assisting with developing processes and procedures surrounding those transactions.

 

She brings with her over 20 years of accounting experience—all in the commercial real estate industry—to her position at Clear Height. She has worked with one of the major international brokerage firms, one of the largest owners of office properties and with smaller, entrepreneurial real estate firms. She was been an integral part of developing accounting processes and procedures and managing accounting teams with the day-to-day accounting and monthly financial reporting.

 

Jennifer graduated with a BS in accounting from the University of Illinois – Champaign Urbana. She currently resides in Channahon, IL with her husband and four kids.

Shaun Seuschek

Senior Accountant

Direct: 312.940.8831
Email: ss@clearheight.com

Bio

Shaun Seuschek joined the Clear Height team August 2021. He comes with 5 years of experience in the accounting and finance industry where he has gained skill in every day accounting processes, financial analysis, and proper reporting. Shaun will be part of the accounting department as a Senior Accountant where he will be working with our Leadership Team, Asset Management and Property Management to improve daily transactional flow of cash, monthly accounting responsibilities, and investor reporting.

 

Shaun received his undergraduate degree at University of Illinois at Chicago in 2016, where he studied accounting and swam on the Division 1 swim team. He also received his MBA from Roosevelt University in 2020. In his free time, Shaun enjoys being outdoors, running, and spending time with his family and friends.

Thomas Robson

Accounting Associate

Direct: 312.940.8833
Email: tr@clearheight.com

Bio

Tom joined Clear Height Properties in 2021 as an experienced Accounting Associate. He is applying his broad knowledge base of daily real estate accounting transactions. Tom’s responsibilities include all facets of accounts payable and receipts and other accounting transactions.

 

Tom brings more than 23 years of experience—all in commercial real estate—to his role at CHP. He has worked with some of the largest and best-known owners and managers of commercial real estate in Chicago. With his knowledge and understanding of processes and systems, Tom has been instrumental in implementing new procedures and conducting training programs.

 

Tom, his wife, and their 5-year-old Black Labrador live in Evergreen Park. The father and grandfather of one is an avid and proficient scuba diver.

Deborah Crawley

Accounting Associate

Direct: 312.937.3218
Email: dc@clearheight.com

Bio

Deborah joined Clear Height in 2021 as Accounting Associate with more than 15 years of accounting experience in commercial real estate, and a reputation for effectively producing great results.

 

In her new role at Clear Height, she will be responsible for ensuring daily transactional flow of cash receipts & accounts receivable.

In her previous positions in the CRE industry, Deborah has worked with large, national CRE investment firms with significant U.S. office portfolios. Her responsibilities have included account receivable, account payable and corporate accounting functions

 

Deborah earned a Bachelor of Science Business Administration from DePaul University.

Rick Nevarez

Director of Acquisitions and Leasing

Direct: 312.300.6857
Email: rick@clearheight.com

Bio

Rick Nevarez is a 10+ year commercial real estate veteran. Rick began his career in the commercial real estate industry with global industrial real estate investment trust Prologis. His responsibilities included management, leasing, client retention, project management, and overseeing an operating budget of six (6) million square feet of industrial and office real estate. While at Prologis, Rick coordinated multi-million dollar disposition of Industrial Real Estate to the City of Chicago/O’Hare Modernization Project.

 

Rick also worked at ML Realty Partners, a private industrial real estate investor. During his tenure at ML, Rick oversaw third party management teams and brokerage teams. Rick has also been previously assigned to assist with the strategic leasing and disposition of Bridgestone Americas industrial real estate portfolio throughout the United States.

 

Rick is actively involved in the DePaul Real Estate Alumni Alliance (DREAA) and is also a member of Young Real Estate Professionals (YREP), Young Professional of Chicago (YPC) and International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

 

Rick is a graduate of DePaul University, Driehaus College of Business, B.S. in Finance and Management and a Licensed Real Estate Broker in the State of Illinois.

Ryan Maher

Director of Acquisitions

Direct: 630.303.1473
Email: rm@clearheight.com

Bio

Ryan Maher is Director of Acquisitions for Clear Height Properties. He brings more than five years of CRE experience, and deep relationships within the community to his position.

 

As Director of Acquisitions, Ryan will identify and evaluate opportunities to acquire properties according to Clear Height’s established acquisition criteria and, in the process, further relationships with brokers to facilitate dealmaking within the Chicagoland market and throughout the country.

 

For the last five years Ryan was a broker in the Chicago offices of NAI Hiffman, working with a brokerage team recognized by Crains as a Most Influential Brokerage Team in Chicago. The team was the 2017 NAIOP Office Transaction of the Year Award Recipient, 2017 Chicago Food Depository Real Estate Award Brokerage Transaction of the Year Nominee, 2018 and 2019 Chicago Food Depository Real Estate Awards Office Broker of the Year Finalist, and a CoStar Power Broker Recipient. Ryan represented private companies, financial institutions, investors, and developers in the leasing, acquisition, and disposition of commercial assets and was involved in 250+ transactions at NAI Hiffman.

 

Strategic clients included:

 

Agellan Commercial REIT, American Realty Advisors, Blackstone Realty, Cedar Street Companies, Clear Height Properties, Equity Office, Fairbridge Partners, Hudson Advisors, RE Development Solutions, PREMIER Design + Build Group, Prologis, Ryan Companies, Valley Equity Group, Viking Partners and White Lotus Group.

 

Ryan is a graduate of The University of Iowa having earned a B.A. degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Business Entrepreneurship. He is also a licensed broker with the State of Illinois.

Joe Young

Vice President, Asset Management & Acquisitions

Direct: 312.410.8228
Email: jyoung@clearheight.com

Bio

Joe Young is responsible for managing the underwriting, financing and closing of acquisitions, dispositions, joint venture agreements, investor reporting and other portfolio/asset management activities for Clear Height Properties.  Prior to joining Clear Height Properties in October 2018, Joe provided asset management services at Situs for one of its dedicated client platforms focused on a portfolio that included office, industrial, retail, multifamily, hospitality and development properties.  Prior to his tenure with Situs, Joe managed a portfolio of highly structured loans for Bank OZK (formerly known as Bank of the Ozarks) and performed various responsibilities at Pearlmark Real Estate Partners for its portfolio management, asset management, acquisitions, originations and accounting groups.  Joe began his career as a CPA at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

 

Joe received both his Masters in Accounting and his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.  Additionally, he has served as a CPA in both the state of Illinois and the state of Michigan.

Tom Seurynck

Tom Seurynck

Vice President, Asset Management & Acquisitions

Direct: 312.626.2314
Email: ts@clearheight.com

Bio

Tom Seurynck brings twenty-five years of real estate and financial services related experience to his position as Vice President, Acquisitions & Asset Management at Clear Height. In taking on this role, he is involved in sourcing and executing the closing of new acquisitions, as well as evaluating current properties and determining how to best enhance the value of the asset, including the timing of its disposition.

 

Most recently, Tom was Senior Manager – Financial Services, Regency Centers. In that capacity, he analyzed acquisition and development opportunities in the central U.S. and assisted in the asset management of existing properties, including potential leases and dispositions. Previously he served as Vice President of Acquisitions / Due Diligence for Pine Tress Commercial Real Estate; analyzed and evaluated potential retail real estate investment opportunities nationwide, with properties ranging the spectrum from development to complete stabilization and coordinated the due diligence process for properties under contract. He also has worked with other firms, including Marcus & Millichap and Wrightwood Capital.

 

Seurynck received an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the University of Chicago. He also earned a BBA degree in Accountancy from the University of Notre Dame.

Jacob Swartz

Analyst, Asset Management & Acquisitions

Direct: 847.778.1172
Email: js@clearheight.com

Bio

Jacob Swartz joined Clear Height in January of 2021 as Intern Analyst. Jacob will be assisting the Asset Management and Acquisition teams with sourcing, underwriting, and modeling of current and prospective investments.

 

Jacob’s finance background coupled with practical real estate experience provides him with a leg up in understanding the complexities of underwriting commercial real estate. In his previous roles he gained valuable experience in investment strategies at High Ridge Financial, investor relations and sales at Morgan Stanley and financial modeling at Copper Beech.

 

Jacob graduated Cum Laude from Miami University a semester early as a finance major in the Farmer School of Business and kicker and punter on the Division-I Football Team. In his free time Jacob enjoys reading, running, traveling, and waterskiing.

Kurt Angst

Director of Property Management

Direct: 312.374.0701
Email: kurt@clearheight.com

Bio

Kurt Angst is the Director of Property Management at Clear Height Properties, where he is responsible for oversight of Clear Height’s asset base which primarily include Tenant Relations, Process Management, Building Oversight and Maintenance, Risk Management, as well as Leasing and Disposition/Acquisition support.

 

Kurt brings over 12 years of commercial real estate experience and 16+ years in overall team management.  Prior to joining Clear Height, Kurt served as a Senior Asset Manager for HSA Commercial Real Estate where he provided oversight for approximately 45+ assets spanning 11 states and worked directly with private investors and joint venture partnerships to maximize profits while controlling operating expenses and key capital expenditure projects.  Kurt was actively involved in leasing/broker relations and instrumental in providing leadership and support with regards to new development/re-development opportunities as well as acquisition and disposition of existing assets.  Prior to HSA, Kurt worked for DCT Industrial, Inc. as a Senior Property Manager/Broker responsible for approximately 50 assets totaling nearly 12 million square feet.

 

Kurt is a graduate of Michigan State University Eli Broad College of Business where he received his B.A. in Materials and Logistics Management with a dual emphasis in Purchasing and Operations Management.

 

Kurt Angst is a licensed real estate broker with the State of Illinois and a recent member of BOMA Chicago.

Kate Czerwinski

Senior Property Manager

Direct: 312.319.2686
Email: kc@clearheight.com

Bio

Kate Czerwinski is Senior Property Manager at Clear Height Properties. In this role, Kate is responsible for overseeing tenant relations, building maintenance and monthly investor reporting.

 

Prior to her current position at Clear Height Properties, Kate was an onsite Real Estate Manager with CBRE overseeing a Class A office property in Downers Grove, Illinois. During Kate’s time at this property, a 95%-plus occupancy was maintained at the building. Kate and the onsite team she worked with were often recognized for outstanding tenant relations and tenant retention.  Previously, Kate was a Property Manager with The Dilweg Companies in Atlanta where she was directly responsible for managing five Class A office and flex properties totaling nearly 1.0 million square feet of space.

 

Kate is a graduate of Colorado State University where she earned a B.A. degree in General Sociology. Kate continues her CRE education with both BOMA and CCIM as a Real Property Administrator (RPA) candidate and Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) candidate. Kate Czerwinski is a licensed real estate broker with the State of Illinois.

Lauren Arnold

Lauren Posey

Property Operations Manager

Direct: 312.491.1446
Email: lp@clearheight.com

Bio

Lauren Posey brings eight years of financial and accounting experience to her position as Property Operations Manager at Clear Height. She held various accounting and property management positions at JLL, most recently as an Accounting Associate and as a Property Associate. Previously, she held various positions at Northern Trust, MidWestOne Bank, and The National Bank.

 

At Clear Height, her responsibilities include coordinating with accounting in lease administration and tenant communications.

 

Lauren earned a B.A. degree in Accounting from the University of Iowa. She has been an active member of BOMA Suburban Chicago, as a member of the Emerging Leaders Group, and she also completed BOMA’s Fundamentals of Real Estate course.

Jack Wells

Assistant Property Manager

Direct:  312.374.0701
Email: jw@clearheight.com

Bio

Jack joined Clear Height Properties in mid 2021 as an Assistant Property Manager serving as a liaison between CHP and its growing and diverse portfolio of properties and tenants.

 

Reporting to the Director of Property Management, Jack has a variety of responsibilities, all designed to improve the operations and tenant. These responsibilities range from property inspections and maintenance assessments to acting as a critical liaison between CHP and the tenants that occupy spaces and vendors who provide services at the assets.

 

Jack is a 2020 graduate of the University of Illinois who has demonstrated a collaborative, team-playing attitude in two different internships, one in the commercial real estate industry and another in financial services and wealth management.

Brock Chenier

Brock Chenier

Associate Project Manager, Project & Development Services

Direct: 630.464.1864
Email: bc@clearheight.com

Bio

Brock Chenier joins Clear Height Properties as Associate Project Manager, Project & Development Services. He brings more than four years of real estate and construction industry experience to the firm, most recently as Assistant Project Manager at Savills, Inc. where he helped manage more than one million square feet of tenant projects in his two years with the company.

 

At Clear Height, Chenier will help in the management of third-party assignments as well as construction and development services projects at properties that are owned by Clear Height.

 

Chenier earned a BS Degree in Business (Finance) from the University of Minnesota.

Tori Knodell

Executive Coordinator

Direct: 312.248.7021
Email: tk@clearheight.com

Bio

Tori joined Clear Height Properties as an Executive Coordinator where she supports the Leadership Team, and proactively manages the daily operations for the firm.

Tori comes to Clear Height with more than six years of experience, primarily within the payroll industry, where she excelled in a variety of customer service and sales/sales management positions. Further, while excelling in these roles, she demonstrated a work ethic that resulted in frequent promotions and recognitions as well as the refinement of standard company procedures and the creation of new roles to better serve the company and its clients.

 

Tori earned a B.A. Degree in Advertising from Western Kentucky University.

Kailey Cooper

Executive Coordinator

Direct: 312.667.0817
Email: kailey@clearheight.com

Bio

Kailey Cooper is the Executive Coordinator at Clear Height Properties, where she is responsible for communication and oversight of daily operations within the Property Management and Project and Development Services Departments. Kailey joined the team at Clear Height Properties in 2018, and brings with her 6+ years of experience in office administration, facility management, tenant relations, event planning, and hospitality.

 

Kailey is a graduate of De La Salle High School. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and photography.

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