A trained real estate professional with over 20 years of experience, Michael has structured debt and equity investments in commercial real estate totaling over $3 billion in combined value across the United States. Investments include acquisition, repositioning and recapitalizations of all major commercial real estate property types and select special purpose properties including participation in the development of over 6.5 million square feet.
In total, Michael has reviewed and underwritten over $100 billion of potential opportunities. His experience includes participating in the investment management and servicing for a diverse portfolio totaling over $45 billion USD including more than 5,800 commercial real estate loans. These investments included all property types: office buildings, apartment buildings, retail properties, industrial properties, hotels, motels, mobile home parks, land and mixed-use projects, healthcare facilities and more. By servicing fixed, adjustable and second mortgages in the majority of the U.S., Michael developed an unmatched depth of expertise when it comes to understanding the requirements of both lenders and borrowers, no matter how complex the transaction.
In 2012, Michael founded Lake Forest Real Estate Capital (“LFREC”), a boutique commercial real estate company. Previously, he was a Principal of Baird & Warner Real Estate Capital (“B&W”) and subsequently a Senior Vice President with NorthMarq Capital after NorthMarq purchased Michael’s company in 2007. Michael was twice a member of the NorthMarq’s President's Council awarded to top producers nationwide.
Michael holds a B.A. in Chemistry (’97) and an M.S. in Real Estate Development (’99) from Columbia University in New York where he has served as a guest speaker on multiple occasions. Michael has also studied at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Pomona College and Harvard University. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers ("ICSC"), has been a panelist at various real estate conferences and has authored articles for multiple real estate publications.
Michael is a licensed real estate broker in the State of Illinois and a third generation Lake Forest resident. His interests include banjo, baseball, cosmology, Harley-Davidson, organic farming and theoretical physics.