Movers & Shakers: Jefrita joins Compass, @properties opens new offices

The Chicago Association of Realtors Foundation also names its officers; EQ Office taps Michael Knott as CFO

TRD CHICAGO /
Aug.August 06, 2018 09:59 AM

From left: Michael Knott, Brian Kochendorfer, Gary Rose, Stella Pappas, and Jason Pammler

Missy Jefrita joined Compass from Berkshire Hathaway Home Services KoenigRubloff, where she was an agent. Jefrita will lead a team of four agents, and will also help clients who want to move from the city to the suburbs.

@properties is opening four new offices. The new locations are at 2291 North Milwaukee Avenue in Logan Square, 1023 West Fulton Street in Fulton Market, 1 East Delaware Place in the Gold Coast and 1100 Central Avenue in north suburban Wilmette.

The Chicago Association of Realtors Foundation named its 2018-19 officers and trustees. They are Chairman: Coby Hakalir of Keller Williams Northpoint; Chairman-Elect: Julie Harron of Jameson Sotheby’s; Treasurer/Secretary: Antje Gehrken of A.R.E. Partners Inc.; Founding Chairman: Sheldon Good of Sheldon Good & Co.; Founding Chairman: Marion Valle of Valle Realty; C.A.R. President-Elect: Maurice Hampton of Centered|RCG; C.A.R. CEO: Michelle Mills Clement; Trustee At Large Affiliate: Tammy Hajjar Miller of Federal Savings Bank; Trustee C.A.R. BOD Rep.: Heather Gustafson of Compass; Trustee At Large: Lindsay Miller of d’aprile properties; Trustee At Large: Rachel Frangos of Baird & Warner; Trustee At Large: Moses Hall of Miller Chicago; Trustee At Large: Sam Powell of Dream Town Realty; Trustee At Large (Chair Appointment): Margie Smigel of The Margie Smigel Group.

Michael Knott joined EQ Office as chief financial officer. Knott spent the last 16 years at Green Street Advisors, most recently as managing director. Among his new duties will be to further EQ Office’s technology initiatives around predictive analytics.

HFF added Stella Pappas as a director. She joins HFF from Allstate Investments where she worked for eight years in their real estate private equity group.

Dave Brown joined CBRE to lead its retail specialty leasing and alternative revenue practice. The 25-year veteran will be a senior vice president based in Chicago. He most recently was president of Covington Realty Partners.

Essex Realty Group named Brian Kochendorfer managing director. He arranged the sale of more than $140 million in transactions and 1,300 units since joining Essex in 2014. The firm also named Hayley Rawers a director.

Skender hired Peter Murray as president of Skender Manufacturing. Murray will lead the new division that will produce modular building components for multifamily, healthcare and commercial buildings in Chicago. He has more than 20 years of manufacturing, operations and commercial experience.

Clear Height Properties hired Jason Pammler as managing director of project and development services. The 15-year industry veteran will lead the firm’s internal and third-party initiative. Clear Height also recently added 15-year industry veteran Gary Rose as managing director of asset management and acquisitions.

Principle Construction hired 33-year industry veteran Phil VanDuyne as director of pre-construction services. VanDuyne previously was a capital project consultant and owner’s representative for Simpson Strong-Tie in West Chicago. Principle also hired Matthew Cotherman as a project manager.

Real estate investment and property management company The Laramar Group hired Jeanne Schwab and Stacy Valentine as senior vice presidents of operations. Schwab, a 20-year industry veteran, returns to Laramar after positions at Forum Real Estate. Valentine, also a 20-year veteran, most recently worked at Forum.


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