Our Kick A$$ Team

Big Dogs

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DOMINIC A. SERGI

CEO

312.263.1606

BIO
As CEO of Clear Height Properties, Dominic is responsible for setting the company’s vision and long-term investment strategy.

 

Since 2010, he has led the team in acquiring, developing, and selling nearly $500 million in assets.

 

Dominic is active in a variety of industry, community, and charitable organizations. He’s a member of the local real estate chapters of NAIOP, SIOR, ULI and REIA, as well as PAWS Chicago, USO of Illinois and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. In addition, he serves on the boards of several companies, including Conversion Energy Systems and BizAssure.

 

Dominic is a licensed managing broker with the State of Illinois.

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Joe M. Sergi

Chief Revenue Officer and Partner

312.929.0984

BIO
Originally joining the firm in 2015 as COO, Joe stepped into his role as chief revenue officer in 2020. As CRO, Joe has responsibility for property management, construction and development projects, and business development. He also contributes to the overall vision and direction of the firm.

 

During his time at Clear Height, the company has experienced significant growth in portfolio size, service offerings and employees.

 

Prior to joining Clear Height, Joe was senior vice president for Rex Electric & Technologies, and worked for Newmark Knight Frank and Sergi Farms.

 

Joe is involved with various civic and philanthropic organizations, most notably as a founding member of the Nicholas D. Sergi Foundation, established to honor the memory of his brother. He has also been a board member and director of the USO of Illinois and BOMA Chicago, a founding member of the City of Hope Future Leaders Board and a board member of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, receiving their Man of the Year Award in 2009.

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Gary Rose

Chief Operating Officer and President

312.471.1180

BIO
Gary oversees all aspects of Clear Height management, leasing and construction divisions, and is responsible for helping to grow portfolio, private equity, and institutional relationships.

 

Before joining the firm 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, ranging from retail and hospitality to industrial and infrastructure, controlled by Sam Zell.

 

Gary has also served as vice president of asset management at Ares Management, where he developed and executed value-add business plans for a diverse portfolio of domestic equity and debt real estate investments. He has also held positions at Wrightwood Capital and PwC. Gary holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Master of Accounting degree from the University of Michigan Business School. He is a CPA and a licensed managing broker with the State of Illinois.

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R. TODD BARTHEL

CFO

312.263.1655

BIO
As CFO, Todd Barthel overseas accounting and taxation for Clear Height Properties’ portfolio and he’s keenly focused on strategic growth.

 

Todd brings twenty years of experience in major accounting and investment management firms to his role at Clear Height. Before joining the team, he was the director of accounting for Expansive, a forward-thinking-flex-office real estate investment and management firm in Chicago, where he was responsible for the firm’s quarterly investor reporting, as well as all aspects of the firms’ audit, tax, and treasury responsibilities.

 

Prior to Expansive, Todd was chief accounting officer at Trilogy Real Estate Group—an award-winning national multifamily and commercial real estate group based in River North. Todd provided leadership in audit, tax, treasury, investor reporting, and property accounting.

 

He has previously worked at LaSalle Investment Management, Ernst & Young, and RSM McGladrey.

 

During his career Barthel has developed reporting for funds totaling over $1 billion of AUM; managed cross-functional teams of accountants, analysts, property managers and support staff; and has been responsible for the creation of both 10-K and 10-Q financial reports.

 

Todd’s energy and experience make him an ideal fit for the Clear Height team, and his real estate financing and accounting knowledge, along with a track record of building efficient teams and processes, will help us continue to grow our portfolios across all areas of the business.

 

Todd holds a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, including majors in finance, real estate, and management of organizations. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois.

The Pack (in alpha order)

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Kurt Angst

Director of Property Management

312.374.0701

BIO
Kurt is responsible for oversight of Clear Height’s asset base, including 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 oversaw 45+ assets spanning 11 states and worked with private investors and joint venture partnerships to maximize profits while controlling operating expenses. Kurt also 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. He is a licensed real estate broker with the State of Illinois.

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Kevin Bufalino

Vice President, Asset Management & Acquisitions

847.790.6734

Bio
At Clear Height, Kevin oversees the growth and management of the company’s investment portfolio. He coordinates and manages the execution of each asset’s business plan by maximizing asset value and timing its disposition. Kevin also assists in the sourcing, execution and closing of new acquisitions.

 

Kevin brings more than a decade of experience to Clear Height. Most recently, he was a vice president for Geller Capital Partners, responsible for the acquisition and asset management of the firm’s $750M hospitality portfolio. Kevin began his career in the Ernst & Young real estate practice, with experience in the office, multifamily, senior housing, hospitality and industrial sectors.

 

Kevin holds a BA from the College of the Holy Cross and an MSA from the University of Notre Dame. He is a licensed CPA in the State of Illinois.

Brock Chenier

Brock Chenier

Project Manager, Project & Development Services

630.464.1864

BIO
Brock brings more than four years of real estate and construction industry experience to the firm, most recently as assistant project manager at Savills, Inc. In his two years with the company, he helped manage more than one million square feet of tenant projects.

 

At Clear Height, Brock assists in the management of third-party assignments as well as construction and development services projects.

 

Brock holds a degree in finance from the University of Minnesota.

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Kailey Cooper

Executive Coordinator

312.667.0817

BIO
As executive coordinator, Kailey takes responsibility 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, with more than six years of experience in office administration, facility management, tenant relations, event planning and hospitality.
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Deborath Crawley

Accounting Associate

312.937.3218

BIO
With a reputation for effectively producing great results and more than 15 years accounting experience in commercial real estate, Deborath joined Clear Height in 2021.

 

She is responsible for ensuring daily transactional flow of cash receipts and accounts receivable.

 

In previous CRE positions, Deborath has worked with large, national investment firms with significant US office portfolios. Deborath holds a BS in Business Administration from DePaul University.

Kate Czwerwinski

KATE CZERWINSKI

Senior Property Manager

312.319.2686

BIO
At Clear Height Properties, Kate oversees tenant relations, building maintenance and monthly investor reporting.

 

Kate’s experience includes working as an onsite real estate manager with CBRE, overseeing a Class A office property in Downers Grove, Illinois. During her time in that role, the building maintained a 95%-plus occupancy rate, and her team was often recognized for outstanding tenant relations and tenant retention. Kate has also been 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.

 

Kate is a graduate of Colorado State University and continues her CRE education with BOMA and CCIM as a real property administrator and certified commercial investment member candidate. She is a licensed real estate broker with the State of Illinois.

Jed Degnan

Jed Degnan

Director of Acquisitions

847.345.5643

BIO
Responsible for sourcing, underwriting, and executing transactions, Jed focuses on value-add to core-plus industrial, light manufacturing and flex facilities in Chicago and across the Midwest.

 

Jed brings more than 20 years of diverse experience and deep relationships to Clear Height. Most recently, Jed was director of acquisitions for Midwest Industrial Funds, where he identified traditional, existing properties for acquisition and land sites for select development. Previously he was vice president of investments for CenterPoint Properties, where he was responsible for the successful investment of over $1B of industrial properties. He also has experience as an industrial real estate broker with CBRE, Insignia/ESG, and Cushman and Wakefield.

 

Jed is involved with several charities, including Team Eileen IN, which benefits the Special Olympics by participating in Chicago’s annual Polar Plunge.

Jennifer Higgins

Jennifer Higgins

Controller

312.755.8597

BIO
Joining the firm in 2021, Jennifer delivers more than 20 years of accounting experience within the commercial real estate industry. 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.

 

Jennifer works closely with the CFO on portfolio transactions and has been integral to developing accounting processes and procedures. She also manages Clear Height accounting teams as well as day-to-day accounting and monthly financial reporting.

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Max Hoye

Director of Leasing

630.618.1526

BIO
With over a decade in commercial real estate, Max brings a strong perspective to his role as our Director of Leasing. His experience spans acquisition, asset management, leasing, and property management.

 

Prior to his engagement with Clear Height, Max led portfolio management and business creation as Vice President for a regional real estate investment firm.  Max has been recognized for outstanding property management of NBC Tower and O’Hare Plaza, commercial assets exceeding one million square feet each located in Chicago. He has also gained experience as a commercial broker and portfolio manager for real estate firms located in the Midwest.

 

Max is a licensed managing broker in the State of Illinois, graduated from Western Illinois University and holds a Commercial Real Estate Analysis and Investment Certificate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology School of Architecture. He also sits on the City of Naperville Building Review Board.

 

Max resides in the West Suburbs and enjoys spending his time with family, on the golf course or cooking a new dish.

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Kevin P. Joyce

Analyst, Asset Management & Acquisitions

847.648.3747

BIO
A lifelong athlete, Kevin brings a team-first attitude to Clear Height Properties. He collaborates with the CEO and the asset management and acquisitions team to help evaluate and underwrite new investment opportunities, as well as support strategic oversight of leasing, operations, and disposition efforts for industrial and office properties.

 

After earning his bachelor’s degree in economics with a minor in real estate from Notre Dame, Kevin gained additional experience with Transwestern Real Estate Services in Chicago. He is integrally involved as a volunteer with The Growing Initiative, an organization that supplies fresh produce to food banks.

Tori Knodell

Tori Knodell

Culture & Talent Manager

630.536.9966

BIO
Tori works closely with the Clear Height leadership team to proactively manage the firm’s daily operations. She has a notable talent for refining procedures, creating more efficient operations, and identifying opportunities to better serve the company and our partners, tenants, vendors and employees.

 

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, sales and sales management positions. She consistently demonstrates a work ethic that has resulted in frequent promotions and recognition.

 

Tori holds a degree in advertising from Western Kentucky University.

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Hunter Larson

Analyst, Asset Management & Acquisitions

612.554.2242

BIO
With strong skills in data analysis and modeling, Hunter works closely with Clear Height Properties leadership and assists the asset management and acquisition teams with underwriting, deal analysis, due diligence and more.

 

After studying economics, finance and general business at Miami University, Hunter worked as a capital markets analyst at Ryan Companies in Minnesota where he focused on underwriting prospective acquisitions and development projects on all asset classes.

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Ryan Maher

Director of Acquisitions

630.303.1473

BIO
As a director of acquisitions, Ryan leverages CRE experience and deep relationships within the community to his position identifying and evaluating opportunities. His goal is to further relationships with brokers to facilitate deal making within the Chicago market and across the Midwest.

 

Before joining Clear Height, Ryan was a broker in the Chicago offices of NAI Hiffman, working with a brokerage team recognized by Crain’s 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. Involved in more than 250 transactions, Ryan represented private companies, financial institutions, investors and developers in the leasing, acquisition, and disposition of commercial assets.

 

Ryan is a licensed broker with the State of Illinois.

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Rick Nevarez

Director of Acquisitions

312.300.6857

BIO
A 10+ year commercial real estate veteran, Rick began his career with global industrial real estate investment trust Prologis, where he oversaw six million square feet of industrial and office real estate and 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 and assisted with the strategic leasing and disposition of Bridgestone Americas’ industrial real estate portfolio.

 

Rick is involved in the DePaul Real Estate Alumni Alliance; is a graduate of DePaul University, Driehaus College of Business; and is a licensed real estate broker in the State of Illinois.

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Ashley O’Hara Marin

Executive Coordinator

312.263.1655

BIO
With experience spanning commercial property management and tenant relations as well as marketing, technology and managing teams, Ashley brings great energy and insight to Clear Height Properties.

 

Ashley collaborates with property management, project and leadership groups at Clear Height to ensure efficient operations across the company. She is recognized for her exceptional client relations skills as well as an ability to jump in quickly to move projects across the finish line.

 

Ashley is a graduate of the University of Missouri and a licensed real estate broker in the State of Illinois.

Lauren Posey

Lauren Posey

Property Operations Manager

312.491.1446

BIO
Lauren brings over eight years of financial and accounting experience to her position as property operations manager at Clear Height. Previously, she held accounting and property management positions at JLL, as well as various positions at Northern Trust, MidWestOne Bank and The National Bank.

 

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

 

Lauren holds a degree in accounting from the University of Iowa. She has been active in BOMA Suburban Chicago as a member of the Emerging Leaders Group, and she completed the BOMA Fundamentals of Real Estate course.

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Lisa Penrod

Executive Coordinator

312.248.7021

BIO
Over her 20+-year career, Lisa has established herself as a meticulous, highly organized customer service, project management and finance professional.

 

A natural problem solver, Lisa ensures clear collaboration and communication between Clear Height Properties’ leadership, asset management and acquisitions groups. Her contributions to the company’s success span day-to-day administrative support and helping ensuring accuracy in building sales, purchases, and investor reporting.

 

Lisa holds dual bachelor’s degrees in business management and business finance from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Arturo Radilla

Director, Project and Development Services

312.539.8739

Bio
With a background in architecture, development and project management, Arturo has a unique talent for identifying ways to maximize asset value. He works with Clear Height acquisition teams to gauge opportunities and guides all aspects of buildout—from budgets and bidding to design, engineering and execution.

 

Before joining Clear Height Properties, Arturo directed and managed retail construction for Cresco Labs’ Sunnyside stores, actively overseeing up to 30 projects at a time. Additionally, he delivers experience as a team lead at a mid-size architecture firm and managing nationwide projects for Levy Restaurants.

 

Arturo holds a BA in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Tom Seurynck

Tom Seurynck

Vice President, Asset Management and Acquisitions

312.626.2314

BIO
At Clear Height, Tom takes the lead in sourcing and executing the closing of new acquisitions, as well as evaluating current properties, determining how to best enhance various assets’ value, and timing their disposition.

 

Over his career of 25+ years, Tom has been a senior manager in financial services at Regency Centers, where he analyzed acquisition and development opportunities in the central US and assisted in asset management, leases, and dispositions. He also served as vice president of acquisitions and due diligence for Pine Tress Commercial Real Estate and worked with Marcus & Millichap and Wrightwood Capital.

 

Tom has an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the University of Chicago.

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Shaun Seuschek

Senior Accountant

312.940.8831

BIO
In 2021, Shaun began working with our leadership, asset management and property management teams to improve daily transactional cash flow, monthly accounting and investor reporting.

 

Shaun’s experience in accounting and finance has helped him develop skills in general accounting, financial analysis and effective reporting. He holds an MBA from Roosevelt University.

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Jacob Swartz

Senior Analyst, Acquisitions & Asset Management

847.778.1172

BIO
Jacob assists the asset management and acquisition teams with sourcing, underwriting, and modeling current and prospective investments. His finance background, coupled with practical real estate experience, gives him 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 as a finance major at Miami University’s Farmer School of Business.

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Jack Wells

Assistant Property Manager

312.374.0701

BIO
Jack has been serving as a liaison between Clear Height and its growing and diverse portfolio of properties and tenants since 2021.

 

Reporting to the director of property management, Jack works to improve operations and tenant relations. These responsibilities range from property inspections and maintenance assessments to acting as a critical liaison between Clear Height Properties, tenants who occupy our spaces and vendors who provide services at the assets.

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Joe Young

Managing Director, Asset Management and Acquisitions

312.410.8228

BIO
Joe manages the underwriting, financing, and closing of acquisitions, dispositions, joint venture agreements, investor reporting, and other portfolio and asset management activities.

 

Before signing on with Clear Height Properties in 2018, Joe provided asset management services at Situs, focused on a portfolio that included office, industrial, retail, multifamily, hospitality and development properties. He has also managed a portfolio of highly structured loans for Bank OZK and worked in the portfolio management, asset management, acquisitions, originations, and accounting groups at Pearlmark Real Estate Partners. Joe began his career as a CPA at PwC.

 

Joe holds a master’s in accounting and BBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. He has also served as a CPA in Illinois and Michigan.