Harold D. Rider, Jr. - Co-President

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Harold D. Rider, Jr. – Co-President

Prior to joining Realty & Mortgage Co. in 1991, Harold was a Property Manager for JMB Properties Co. His current duties include overseeing the management of an apartment and retail portfolio, identifying new investment opportunities, and supervising various large rehabilitation projects. Harold has served on the Executive Committee of the Chicago Chapter of the Institute of Real Estate Management and is a Past President (and current Treasurer) of the Lincoln Park Builders of Chicago.

Harold holds a BA degree in economics from Colby College as well as the Real Property Administrator (RPA®) and Certified Property Manager (CPM®) designations. He is also a Licensed Managing Broker and Community Association Manager.

Hugh G. Rider - Co-President

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Hugh G. Rider – Co-President/ Managing Broker

Prior to joining Realty & Mortgage Co. in 1994, Hugh worked in the Human Resources Department at Spraying Systems, Inc. Hugh is particularly well versed in the special management requirements presented by HUD, IHDA and CHA financed projects. He is the Past President of the Chicago Association of Realtors and serves on their Government Affairs and Property Management Committees.

Hugh holds a BA degree in Political Economy from Hillsdale College and is both a Licensed Managing Broker and Community Association Manager. He has served on the Board of Trustees at Elgin Academy, a K through 12 college preparatory school.

Harold D. Rider - Chairman Emeritus

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Harold D. Rider – Chairman Emeritus

Harold joined Realty & Mortgage Co. in 1967. His experience is extremely diverse and includes the management of all types of real estate, lease negotiation, property rehabilitation and syndication. He is an expert in the financing and management of properties financed through governmental entities. Harold is a Past President of the Chicago Association of Realtors (CAR) and the Chicago Chapter of the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM®). His redevelopment projects are valued well in excess of $200,000,000 and have won several Good Neighbor Awards as well as the coveted Richard H. Driehaus Award for Outstanding Leadership in Preservation.

Harold holds a BS degree in chemistry from Colorado College and has earned the Certified Property Manager (CPM®) and Counselor of Real Estate (CRE®) designations. Harold also serves on the Board of Trustees at Elgin Academy, a K through 12 college preparatory school.  In 2018, he was presented with the Seymour Preston Award by the Council of Advancement and Support for Education for exceptional commitment and leadership in developing voluntary support for the Academy.

Anna Cebulak - Vice President and Comptroller

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Anna Cebulak – Vice President and Comptroller

Anna was previously the Accounting Manager for Realty & Mortgage Co. and has been with the firm since 1983. She currently maintains the financial records for Realty & Mortgage Co. and supervises the payment process for all mortgages and real estate taxes.

Anna speaks fluent Polish and volunteers with the American Red Cross.

Leonard Grandsart - Vice President, Financial Services

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Leonard Grandsart – Vice President, Financial Services

Prior to joining Realty & Mortgage Co. in 1998, Mr. Grandsart was Controller at Century Place Development Corp. Len is responsible for implementing and maintaining consistently reliable accounting procedures throughout our organization. Additionally, he oversees our reporting operations and communicates directly with clients regarding their specific requirements in this area.

He holds a BA from Northeastern Illinois University, and a JD degree from The John Marshall Law School. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Aggie Jaworski - Area Manager

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Aggie Jaworski – Area Manager

Aggie joined Realty & Mortgage Co. in 1995. Prior to obtaining her current position, Ms. Jaworski worked in the accounting department at Realty & Mortgage Co. and later became an Assistant Property Manager. She currently supervises the management of several market rate properties throughout Chicago.

Aggie speaks fluent Polish.

Sonya Ivory - Area Manager

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Sonya Ivory – Area Manager

Prior to joining Realty & Mortgage Co, in 2004, Sonya worked as a Manager for AT&T/Ameritech beginning in 1994. She obtained her real estate Sales License in 2001 and worked with Prestige Partners Realty. Sonya currently supervises an affordable housing portfolio of family and senior communities throughout the Chicago area that includes Tax Credit, Market, Section 8, Public Housing, and Housing Choice Vouchers.

Sonya continues her studies at Chicago State University in Business Management and is a Licensed Real Estate Broker. She also holds Certified Occupancy Specialist, Tax Credit Specialist, and Blended Occupancy Specialist designations.

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Tashena Johnson – Area Manager

Tashena began working for Realty & Mortgage Co. in 2011 as an Office Assistant at a large cooperative. In a short period of time, she was promoted to Assistant Manager and then to Site Manager of 252-unit development. In addition, she oversaw an extensive rehabilitation and initial lease up of a new LIHTC development. Tashena now oversees the operations of more than 1,200 units in the Chicago area which include tax credit, cooperative, and condominium properties.

Tashena has earned her Bachelor’s Degree at Northeastern Illinois University and has several real estate designations including Tax Credit Specialist (TCS), Certified Occupancy Specialist (COS), Community Association Manager (CAM), Registered Cooperative Manager (RCM), and Certified Cooperative Manager (CCM).

Tashena is an Illinois Licensed Leasing Agent and Notary Public.

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Fred Velasquez – Area Manager

Fred came to Realty & Mortgage Co. in 2012 from IRMCO Properties where he was an Operations Manager.  At IRMCO, he was responsible for the day to day operations, including maintenance, leasing, and hotel services, at a high rise property.  Fred also has experience with subsidized properties having managed an 1,100 unit portfolio updated with procurement  contracts developed by CHA and HUD.  He currently manages a portfolio of market rate apartments and retail spaces in Lincoln Park, Lakeview, and Hyde Park.

Fred holds the Accredited Residential Manager (ARM®) designation and is certified through the National Center of Housing Management as a Site Based Budgeting Specialist and Certified Manager of Maintenance.

Fred speaks fluent Spanish.

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Mickey Nikezic – Condominium Director

Mickey came to Realty & Mortgage Co. in 2016 with our purchase of Private Holding Group’s management portfolio. Mickey started there as a Portfolio Manager and was promoted to a supervisory position in a short period of time.  He most recently served there as a Director.  He currently manages a portfolio of mid to large sized associations thoughout the Chicago area and provides support to other managers in the department.

Mickey is a Chicago native.  He holds a BS degree from DePaul University and is a Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA).  He is also a licensed Community Association Manager in the State of Illinois.

Mickey is fluent in Serbo-Croatian language.

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Andrew Schillaci – Area Manager/Condominiums

Prior to joining Realty & Mortgage Co. in 2016, Andy was a long time employee of Private Holding Group where he held virtually every position in the company, most recently as the company Controller and Operations Manager.  Andy has extensive experience in managing owner occupied properties and currently manages 9 different properties ranging from 28 to 143 units.

At Private Holding Group, he was responsible for the management of some of their most important accounts, a role he continues to fill after joining Realty & Mortgage Co.  He is a Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA) and a licensed Community Association Manager in the State of Illinois.

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Luka Popovich – Area Manager/Condominiums

Luka joined Realty & Mortgage Co. in July of 2017 after working at a competing management firm where he was a Senior Property Manager and a Team Leader. He was responsible for managing the day to day operations of a large condominium portfolio and a staff of Assistant Property Managers. Luka has an extensive background in construction management, operations management, real estate, and finance. Currently, he manages several mid to large sized condominium properties located throughout the Chicagoland area.

Luka graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA degree in Business Administration.  He is a Licensed Managing Broker and a Licensed Community Association Manager.

Luka is fluent in Serbo-Croatian language.

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Margarita Guzman – Condominium Services Coordinator

Prior to joining Realty & Mortgage Co., Margarita was the Director of Resident Services at Private Holding Group, LLC.  She joined PHG in 2006 as a Leasing Agent, and through a series of promotions, became Director of Resident Services.  She prepares Information Disclosure Statements for condominium sales and refinances, and arranges moves for over 20 homeowner associations.  She also provides support to our Area Managers in the day to day operations of our condominium portfolio.

Margarita speaks fluent Spanish.

Patrick Schaffer - Retail Manager

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Patrick Schaffer – Retail Manager

Patrick came to Realty and Mortgage Co. in 2008 when the management operations of Vranas & Chioros were purchased by Realty & Mortgage Co. He worked at Vranas & Chioros for 21 years where he was responsible for managing and leasing their retail portfolio. Patrick continues to manage and lease several retail locations throughout Chicago as well as the suburbs.

Patrick holds the Certified Property Manager (CPM®) designation and is a Licensed Real Estate Broker in Illinois.

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Teresa Juarez – Director of Computer Services

Teresa joined Realty & Mortgage Co. in 2006 and currently supervises all book keeping activities at the property level, including the timely generation of monthly accounting statements.  Teresa started out with us in a data entry role and has since been promoted twice.  In addition to directly keeping records for all of our properties, Teresa trains on-site personnel in the use of our accounting systems.

Teresa speaks fluent Spanish.