Principal, Managing Broker
As founder of KIG CRE, Susan Tjarksen has more than 30 years of real estate experience working with both private and public investment institutions throughout the country. Since founding KIG CRE in 2015, Susan has orchestrated numerous deals, including the arrangement of a $111M joint venture opportunity in the Illinois Medial District and the brokerage of an $86M mixed-use Chicago portfolio. KIG CRE clients have included JP Morgan, Guggenheim Real Estate, Property Markets Group and Marc Realty.
Prior to brokerage, Susan was a leader in apartment and mixed-use development, having planned, built, designed, financed and delivered projects totaling more than $3.5 billion in revenue. She has also successfully developed and sold 12,000 residential units, 2,500 hotel rooms and more than 2M square feet of retail and office space. Susan provides the leadership and data-driven approach that makes KIG CRE an industry leader.
Susan holds a Bachelor of Finance from The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and completed her Masters work in finance as a Rotary International Fellow at Essex University, Colchester, England. Susan is a licensed real estate managing broker in IL, IN, WI, MI, KY and FL.
Not only does Todd Stofflet have more than 20 years of experience in brokering and owning multifamily assets: He is one of the most recognized Midwest market experts in the industry. Todd has negotiated the sale of more than $2.0 billion of assets for the most prominent institutional owners in the industry. In addition to his Midwest expertise, Todd has established himself as one of Chicago’s top performers, with more than $700 million in sales. Todd leads the KIG CRE sales team in Chicago while managing strategic growth throughout the Midwest. Prior to joining KIG CRE, Todd was a Senior Vice President at ARA Real Estate Investment Services.
Todd is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and The John E. Dolibois European Center in Luxembourg. Todd is a licensed real estate broker in IL, KY and OH and is an active member of National Multifamily Housing Council and ULI.
Senior Director - Sales
Curiosity and a passion for excellence drive Jason Stevens to eclipse industry counterparts in every aspect of the job. Jason has more than ten years of experience in both residential and multifamily real estate, a tenure that demonstrates an extensive knowledge. His diverse background has fostered an intimate understanding of asset approval and marketability. Prior to joining KIG CRE, Jason achieved success with multifamily developers and top tier management firms in both market-rate and affordable communities in Chicago and Michigan.
Jason is a graduate of Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan and is a licensed real estate broker in IL.
Director - Sales
Marissa has pursued her passion for real estate since arriving in Chicago 11 years ago. Several successful years have yielded a broad range of experience, including an accumulated leasing activity of more than $3 million. Marissa has joined KIG CRE after most recently working with the executive team for a nationwide owner/developer and management firm, where she focused on logistics, operations, leadership and marketing.
Marissa graduated from DePaul University with a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Advertising with a minor in Italian. Marissa is a licensed real estate broker in IL.
Senior Associate - Market Analytics
Laura brings seven years of multifamily experience to her senior associate role at KIG CRE. Providing detailed, up-to-date market intelligence, Laura contributes market-differentiating nuance to our client assignments. Prior to KIG CRE, Laura was a project manager at HA Langer and Associates, specializing in the rehabilitation of vintage high-rise buildings. Laura also became adept at deciphering market trends as a leasing associate for a boutique brokerage firm.
Laura graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Finance with a specialty in Real Estate. Laura is a licensed real estate managing broker in IL.
Senior Associate - Financial Analytics
Dan Gonzalez leads all valuation and underwriting analysis for our institutional client assignments, providing the sales team with essential data and financial insights on investment performance. Prior to joining KIG CRE, Dan served as a financial analyst for Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, where he specialized in underwriting capital on equity sales, joint ventures, note sales and debt structures for the investment sales and capital markets group.
Dan graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in economics and concentrations in both finance and management. Dan is a licensed real estate broker in IL.
Senior Associate - Marketing
Ricky Bole brings a creative insight and discerning eye to designing KIG CRE’s printed and digital pieces, tailoring content to specific audiences while maintaining our brand standards. His background in the graphic design industry includes marketing and brand management at Ascension Health, graphics & merchandising at Playboy Enterprises, Inc., local branding and design work for many entrepreneurial ventures and pro bono work for not-for-profits.
He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communications from the International Academy of Design & Technology.
Senior Associate - Public Relations
Sabrina Wottreng brings luxury lifestyle and startup PR experience to KIG CRE. An avid networker, Sabrina keeps a pulse on commercial real estate happenings and works to increase the brand’s name recognition by securing media placements, panel seats at industry events and developing the team as thought leaders in the industry.
Sabrina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Advertising from Loyola University Chicago.
Associate - Data Analytics
Jacob converts an abundance of data into actionable insights through skilled analysis. With a focus in data visualization, Jacob employs a variety of tools to provide KIG Analytics with a clear, accurate vision of the market and where it is going. Previously, Jacob interned at UChicagoTech – where he evaluated University relationships with industry partners – and the Academic Venture Exchange, where he helped design and test a matching market for University research and experienced entrepreneurs.
Jacob graduated from the University of Chicago with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.
Associate - Public Relations
Alex assists the KIG CRE team with copywriting and content creation. Prior to joining KIG CRE, Alex wrote for a Chicago-based content distribution company – CTW – where he specialized in health and real estate. Alex’s syntactical and grammatical knowledge, along with his diction, make him an integral facet of the KIG CRE team.
Alex graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism.
Senior Vice President - Operations
Brenda has curated a comprehensive knowledge of receivership, property management and asset management across multiple asset types. Prior to joining KIG CRE, Brenda was a legal assistant with Berger, Newmark & Fenchel P.C. Brenda provides the team with technical support, maintains records and manages daily operations.
Brenda graduated from University of Illinois at Chicago with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts and completed her Applied Science Degree as a paralegal at Robert Morris College.
Brenda holds a real estate broker license in the state of IL.
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