Department

Matt Garrison

CEO

Matt has an 18-year track record as a value investor driven by basis and cash flow fundamentals, successfully building investment strategies and platforms around strongly held convictions and macro investment ideas. Matt built the R2 office platform to capitalize on current and projected favorable supply/demand fundamentals in the Creative Office space.

Matt has been investing in real estate on his own account since 2001, when he purchased a 4-unit building on Chicago’s Northside. Matt learned the real estate business organically, investing his own capital, and has built R2 around people and a culture that share his hands-on, ownership ethos.

Matt funded many of his early real estate activities through a successful career as a residential broker. In 2006, Matt and his team sold 761 units in a year, ranking as the #1 Coldwell Banker agent worldwide, and sold over 2000 units in his 9-year run as a real estate broker. This record setting level of transactions provided deep insights into deal-making, human nature and timing.

In 2007, Matt began accumulating student housing in major Midwest college towns. Matt and his team purchased 17 properties through the economic crisis in a number of complex transactions, including foreclosures, loans, & multi-year entitlements. Matt’s flagship project in the student housing space was the entitlement and development of a 550-bed student housing project at Purdue University, in partnership with CA Ventures, and sold to American Campus Communities (NYSE:ACC).

In 2011, Matt exited student housing and purchased a small office building in Chicago’s West Loop where he began building R2’s vertically-integrated Creative Office platform. Today, R2 is over 50 employees and owns +6 million SF of commercial real estate acrss the Midwest.

Matt graduated from The University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 1998 with a degree in English, (and gave the English Convocation address in 2015). He was named to Crain’s Chicago Business 40/40 in 2014, and is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago.

Max Meyers

Principal & CIO

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Max oversees all investment activity for R2. He is responsible for the implementation of investment strategies, origination of new opportunities, debt and equity capitalization and structuring joint ventures. At R2, Max has led over 50 transactions valued in excess of $600M.

Max was previously a VP at Pearlmark Real Estate Partners (formerly Transwestern Investment Company) where he was responsible for originating, negotiating, and closing commercial real estate acquisitions, nationwide, on behalf of principal investment funds focused on opportunistic risk adjusted returns. Max covered all major and secondary US markets and focused primarily on Office, Retail and Industrial assets. With over 8 years of experience sourcing deals across the US, Max developed deep broker relationships and market knowledge in many of R2’s target markets.

From 2005-2012, Max gained invaluable experience navigating the mid 2000’s bull market and subsequent economic crisis. These experiences range from completing a $100M CMBS restructuring on a corporate campus in New Jersey to sourcing a trapped value office complex in Austin that eventually leased to Apple. Locally, Max helped structure a JV with Sam Zell’s Equity Group Investments & Tier I REIT (fka Behringer-Harvard) to acquire and reposition 200 South Wacker.

From 2010 to 2012, Max began focusing on Creative Office in New York, Austin and LA where he witnessed credit tenants seeking out non-traditional space and paying rent premiums that outpaced traditional office submarkets.

In 2012, Max joined R2 to help build R2’s Creative Office platform and pursue investments in his hometown of Chicago, as well as bring an institutional mindset and discipline to the Creative Office asset class. Over the last 7 years, Max has acquired over 50 assets at R2 with institutional capital partners including Goldman Sachs, Walton Street Capital, Heitman and many others, growing a platform that started with a single Creative Office asset in 2012.

Max graduated from Northwestern University, with honors, in Economics and Communication Studies. He is a native Chicagoan and active member of the Urban Land Institute.

Matt Pistorio

Principal

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Matt has +12 years experience directing the repositioning and leasing of commercial real estate assets. Most notably, Matt has worked directly with institutions and developers on large-scale projects that include the Chicago Main Post Office, Aon Center, Citadel Center, Willis Tower and Prudential Plaza.

Matt co-founded the Telos Group where he oversaw a portfolio of 25 million square feet and was a two-time recipient of the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s ‘Broker of the Year’ Award. Matt graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Marc Garrison

Principal & COO

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Marc is Principal and COO. He leads R2’s Operating Platform and Holding Company and oversees the implementation of R2’s services and investments. Marc has over 20 years of business experience in retail management, banking, business operations consulting and real estate operations.

Prior to R2, Marc founded and managed a Chicago based residential and commercial real estate management company.

Marc graduated from Marquette University with a degree in business and received an MBA with a concentration in finance and operations from the University of Notre Dame.

Gary Stoltz

Principal & Chief Design & Development Officer

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Gary oversees all Design and Development for R2. He is a licensed Architect and Builder who heads a team of Architects, Designers, Owner’s Representatives, and Development& Construction Managers. His team is responsible for the execution of all capital and cosmetic projects across R2’s portfolio, and personally manages all of R2’s developments. Gary’s passion is to create modern dynamic space from complex historic structures.

From 2001-2013, Gary worked for distinguished Architectural practices in New York & Chicago.  During that time, he managed the design and construction of a wide range of projects, including high-end corporate interiors, landmarked theaters, multi-family development, and award winning single-family homes.

During the economic downturn, when a General Contractor disappeared from a custom home project midway through construction, Gary took it over as the GC and started a design-build practice that designed and built projects in Chicago, including R2’s first offices.

In 2013, Gary joined R2 and started R2 Design-Build to manage all cosmetic, capital, and TI projects across the R2 portfolio. In 2018, Gary transitioned his focus to R2’s major development projects, including REI’s Flagship store on the Chicago River, Morton Salt and CB2’s new headquarters on Goose Island.

Gary grew up around the construction trades. Prior to practicing Architecture, he worked for concrete and framing contractors. This experience taught him to appreciate all facets of the building process; balancing conceptual topics learned in architecture school with the practicality of building a building.

Gary graduated from Columbia University with a Masters in Architecture where he was awarded for Excellence in Building Technologies, and from the University of Illinois with a Bachelors in Architectural Studies where he studied abroad in Versailles, France.

Matt Duhig

Principal & Director of Leasing

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Matt has worked as an investor and operator of real estate assets ranging across student housing, multi-family, retail and office. At R2, Matt has personally managed and negotiated over 1M square feet of leasing for R2’s portfolio, specializing in office and retail leasing. Matt worked with Matt Garrison for five years prior to forming R2 Companies where he led development sales.

Matt graduated from Purdue University and has an MBA with a specialization in Real Estate from Roosevelt University.

Jason Trailov

Principal & Director of Asset Management

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Jason has over 16 years of investment experience across a variety of sectors in the commercial real estate industry. He has asset managed several portfolios of properties with a gross investment value of $1.5 billion and has completed $725 million of acquisitions, dispositions and financings.

Jason is a Bachelor of Science graduate in Finance & Real Estate from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Urban Land Institute.

Zack Cupkovic

Director of Special Projects

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Zack oversees fundraising and marketing initiatives, and supports the investment & development teams. He has been involved in over $600 million of office & retail acquisitions with R2.

In 2015, Zack led R2’s Goose Island 2025 masterplan that received recognition in national publications. He has lectured on the subject broadly. Zack is a Board Member of Urban Rivers, a non-profit overseeing the creation of The Wild Mile.

Zack is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis.

Angela Maysonet

Office Manager

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As Office Manager, Angela ensures that day-to-day operations run efficiently at R2. Angela directly supports senior leadership and is involved in various projects with R2’s asset and property management teams.

Prior to R2, Angela worked for the City of Chicago in the Mayor’s Press Office for 15 years.

 

Brian Munin

Director of Finance

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Brian manages R2’s Yield Fund, lender relationships, acquisitions and development.

Previously, Brian worked in Finance and Strategy for Equity Commonwealth helping accomplish the unprecedented takeover and internalization of management of a $6 billion externally managed REIT. He helped advance overall corporate strategy by underwriting merger and acquisition opportunities, and supported over $500 million of property level transactions.

Prior to EQC, Brian led Audit and Advisory teams at Deloitte, specializing in alternative investments, private equity, and insurance.

Brian graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a BS and MAS in Accounting, and received his MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University with a concentration in Real Estate and Finance. Brian is a CPA, and an active member of the Urban Land Institute.

Amita Parekh

Director of Accounting

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Amita Parekh has over 15 years of Accounting experience in real estate including Commercial, Shopping mall, Healthcare and RV and Manufactured home communities. Previously, Amita spent over 3 years at Equity Lifestyle Properties as a Accounting Manager. Prior to Equity Lifestyle, Amita worked at Lillibridge Healthcare Services, General Growth Properties and Prime Group Realty Trust. Amita received her Bachelors of Science in Accounting from Drake University.

Brendon Martin

General Counsel

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As General Counsel for R2, Brendon oversees the firm’s legal & litigation matters. Brendon earned his JD from DePaul University and BA from the University of Illinois.

Tom Selimos

Director of Property Management

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Tom has over 15 years’ experience in the commercial and residential construction and property management Industry. Responsibilities have included all areas of Development / Management from design & build to tracking construction progress, budgeting and day-to-day operations.

Tom Graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Economics. Tom holds a state of Illinois Property Manager License and Illinois Real Estate Broker’s License.

Tori Kaplan

Creative Director

As Creative Director at R2, Tori oversees corporate and property-level brand identity and marketing initiatives. Tori supports the Leasing team with all visual & marketing materials, as well as, the Design & Build team with environmental graphics and identity.

Prior to R2, Tori worked on the agency-side with a focus on boutique, luxury hospitality clients in New York City including 1 Hotels, The James Hotels, The Surrey Hotel & Marriott-Starwood Hospitality.

Tori earned her B.A. of Visual Communication at the Savannah College of Art & Design in Savannah, Georgia. She is also a M.A. Candidate of Graphic Design & Visual Experience at SCAD.

Alex Freniere

Associate

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Alex Freniere is an Associate at R2. He is responsible for evaluating real estate investment and development opportunities, due diligence, and assisting with the asset management of the existing R2 portfolio.

Prior to joining R2, Alex was an options trader for DRW Trading Group.  Alex earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Ishan Novljakovic

Director of Field Operations

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As a Project Manager for R2 Design+Build, Ishan is responsible for general management of various construction and development projects.

Ishan has over 20 years of experience in the construction industry having built residential, office, and retail.

Melissa Nieves

Property Manager

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Melissa has over 17 years’ experience in the Property Management Industry. Prior to R2, Melissa worked for GE Capital, Tishman Speyer, and the Lincoln Property Company.

 

Jenny Trautman

Development Manager

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Jenny is a Development Manager for R2 Design+Build with experience in architectural design, entitlement, project management and construction management. Jenny is a LEED Neighborhood Development Accredited Professional and licensed Real Estate agent.

Prior to R2, Jenny was a Project Manager for the Catalina Island Company working on complex coastal development projects heavily focused on retail, hospitality, residential and industrial projects.

Jenny has received a B.A. in Architecture from UC Berkeley where she was a member of the Division 1 NCAA Rowing Team, and an M. Arch from the University of Southern California, where she studied architecture abroad in Paris, France.

Diana Pence

Investment Accountant

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As R2’s Investment Accountant, Diana’s primary focus is the integration and management of all aspects of the investor experience. Diana worked in the tax industry with a focus on high net worth individuals and corporate entities for over five years before joining the R2 team.

Diana graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Saint Xavier University and received her Master’s degree in Taxation at Benedictine University.

Neil Griffin

Project Manager - R2 Design+Build

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Prior to joining R2, Neil has worked at architecture and development firms across Chicago in the residential and commercial industries. He has assisted the design, leasing, and construction of projects ranging from a residential skyscraper to a million square foot warehouse.

Neil earned his B.Arch from the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he was highly involved with AIAS and led the university’s urban farming initiative.

Jarrik Mitchell

Construction Manager - R2 Design+Build

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Jarrik is a Construction Manager for R2 Design+Build with over ten years experience in construction, and construction related industries.

Prior to R2, Jarrik was a Project Manager at Bear Construction for seven years where he managed over $200MM in commercial construction projects.

Jarrik Graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Iowa State University. He also served in the Navy as a surface warfare officer for eight years and worked at the Drug Enforcement Administration as a Purchasing Agent.

Maria Mesa

Staff Accountant

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Maria Clara Mesa has over 5 years of accounting experience in commercial & residential Real Estate. Prior to R2, Maria worked for Lincoln Property Company as a Staff Accountant; her clients included Invesco, JP Morgan, UBS and Stockbridge. Before that, Maria lived in Nashville where she was a bookkeeper for Unimex Audiocar, while she pursued her CPA. Maria is fluent in Spanish and English.

Brad Kepple

Staff Accountant

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over 17 years of Accounting experience in real estate including Commercial, Shopping mall, Healthcare and Residential.  Previous experience includes Senior Accountant, Accounting Manager and AR/AP Manager.  Experiences have included both on-site and centralized accounting.  Previously have been in positions with both large and small companies including MB Real Estate, Accesso Services, Lincoln Property and RREEF.  Received Bachelors in Accounting from Western Illinois University.

Jake Lerman

Owner's Representative

Mike Hammond

Property Consultant

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Mike is responsible for Security & Facility Management of R2’s portfolio. Mike is a retired homicide detective with the Chicago Police Department. He has been awarded both the CPD Superintendent and Cook County Sheriff’s Award of Valor.

Mike graduated with a BS from Indiana State University.

Allison Hart

Property Accountant

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Advisory Board

Nate Laurell

Principal

Nate is a Principal at R2 Companies and the Founder of New Frontier Holdings, a private investment firm focused on real food, clean energy, and real assets.

Nate is the current CEO of Here Holdings (a leader in the local-food movement) and chairman of ampCNG (a renewable-energy company). In addition, he serves on the boards of Brook Park Holdings, Tailings Capital, and Acumen Fund, a patient-capital fund that invests in businesses tackling global poverty.

Nate has been an entrepreneur since forming TECHnacity (a software-development firm) while in college. He holds a BS and MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has been recognized by the Council on Global Affairs as an emerging leader and by Crain’s 40 Under 40.

Nate lives in Chicago and San Francisco with his wife, Kris, and their three nutty rescue dogs (Sinna, Logan, and Riley).

George Hanley

Advisory Board

George Hanley is a veteran trader and philanthropist best known for founding Hanley Group (acquired by INTL FC Stone) and the Hanley Foundation. During his more than 30 years of success in the trading business, Hanley established himself as a leader in his field and a mentor who helped scores of students and young professionals learn the trading business. Throughout his career he has maintained a commitment to sound, disciplined trading practices and support for sensible industry regulation. George Hanley has been a visionary member of the Chicago Board of Trade and Chicago Mercantile exchange (now CME Group). Mr. Hanley has lectured at the University of Dayton, the University of Illinois and NYU. He serves on the University of Dayton Board of Trustees.

Mike Sekulic

Advisory Board

Mike Sekulic is an active trader, investor and entrepreneur with a successful 25+ year track record. He was the co-founder of Blink Trading, a pioneering electronic trading firm, that merged with GETCO in 2001. At GETCO, Mike held a variety of leadership positions that included managing one of the firm’s primary equities teams, as well as its commodities and fixed income groups. During his tenure, GETCO grew from 28 employees to a 500+ employee trading firm with offices in Europe, Asia and the U.S; developing a reputation as a leading global market maker.

AJ Jindal

Outside General Counsel

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A.J. has transacted over 1,000 deals totaling over 10 billion dollars. He was born, raised, and educated in Ann Arbor, and worked at DLA Piper before starting his own firm in 2010.