Meet the team

Dan Smolensky, SIOR

Principal, Founder & Designated Managing Broker

Dan Smolensky, SIOR

Principal, Founder

Designated Managing Broker


« Our goal is to receive a letter of reference from our clients; it validates that we’ve all won.

While our competitors are weighed down by the burden of multiple listings and vacant properties, our focus on tenants and buyers allows us to be more nimble and quickly to help our clients evaluate opportunities. »

Dan Smolensky, SIOR is a Founder and Principal of TMG. Dan is the Managing Broker for TMG, heads the Supply Chain Solutions Group, and oversees day to day operations. Since 1994 Dan’s experience at some of the largest real estate firms in the world coupled with a personal desire to stake his claim fueled him to launch The Modal Group in 2008, since rebranded as TMG Real Estate Advisors. Dan has completed transactions in excess of $500 million and 10 million square feet in industrial and office properties. Dan’s last brokerage position was with CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) when they acquired Insignia/ESG, where he enjoyed being a market leader and the dominant broker in the northwest/O’Hare sub-market of Chicago. That led to a position with First Industrial Realty Trust one the world’s largest owners/developers of industrial properties where Dan was charged with identifying and executing property and portfolios acquisitions to feed the company’s $9 Billion of REIT and pension fund capital. Dan has worked on real estate opportunities in supply chain space, logistics arena, manufacturing, and office in virtually every major market in the US, Canada, and Europe. Dan lives near Wrigley Field in Chicago and enjoys spending time with his wife and two boys, golfing, boating, taking road trips, and the rooting for Chicago sports teams.

AFFILIATIONS

  • SIOR — Society of Industrial and Office Realtors
  • CSCMP — The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals
  • IANA — Intermodal Association of North America
  • NARS — North American Shippers Association, American Rail Shippers
  • AIRE — Assc. of Industrial Real Estate Brokers
  • REAA — Real Estate Advisors Association
  • CHICAGO BOYS & GIRLS CLUB
  • EMANUEL CONGREGATION

Marat Safir

Principal, Founder

Marat Safir

Principal . Founder

« In our world, Tenants are everything. »

Marat Safir is a Founder and Principal of TMG. Previously Marat was the President and founding principal of Taurus Realty Partners. It was his vision of a firm, solely focusing on industrial tenant representation, that spearheaded the creation of Taurus Realty Partners in 2007, merging with The Modal Group in 2015. Prior to Taurus Realty Partners, Marat spent almost 10 years at UGL/Equis, one of the largest tenant rep real estate firms in the world. As Vice President at UGL, he was instrumental in developing an industrial practice group. His impact has gone beyond Chicago where he is a significant resource to corporate clients throughout the country. Marat has had tremendous success in evaluating and executing solutions for corporate clients and their industrial needs for nearly twenty years. Since 1996, Marat has been involved in over 425 lease and sale transactions totaling over $1.2 billion in value.

Currently, Marat lives in Chicago’s West Loop with his wife & their two dogs. In his spare time, Marat enjoys hitting the slopes out West for some skiing and playing lots of tennis. He is a self-proclaimed Roger Federer fanatic.

AFFILIATIONS

  • ITRA Global — Vice Chairman
  • JUF — Jewish United Fund
  • ADA — American Diabetes Association
  • CSCMP — Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals

Andrew Corken, SIOR

Executive Vice President

Andrew Corken, SIOR

Executive Vice President

« Repeat business is the highest compliment I’ve received over the years. »

Andrew has nearly 30 years of experience in industrial and office real estate strategies for corporate occupiers. He specializes in representing clients to help achieve maximum savings on overall occupancy costs and operational and supply chain efficiencies.

Andrew has completed over 400 transactions in excess of 50 million square feet and 240 acres of land for development. He has executed many multi-state site selection projects and sophisticated strategic planning consulting assignments. He has represented companies to complete leases, lease renewals, lease extensions, property purchases, and build-to-suits including the BMW build-to-suit in Minooka, IL, and Sears build-to-suit in Romeoville, IL that both won the prestigious NAIOP build-to-suit of the year award.

Prior to joining TMG Andrew was a senior-level Vice President at CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) for 22 years in Chicago where he was regularly one of the top producers. He is also a member of the Society of Office and Industrial Realtors (SIOR).

AFFILIATIONS

  • SIOR — Society of Industrial and Office Realtors
  • CSCMP — The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals

Ryan Phillips

Partner

Ryan Phillips

Partner

« Genuine service requires you to put the needs of your clients first and foremost. »

Ryan Phillips, a Chicago area native, specializes in building relationships with his clients and tailors how he conducts, analyzes and negotiates real estate to match each client’s goals. Ryan has completed over 250 transactions totaling more than two million square feet. He has experience in multiple areas of real estate including industrial and office, as well as corporate real estate incentives. Over the years he has been recognized as a “Rising Star” and a “Game Changer” in the industry.

Ryan enjoys playing golf, coaching youth sports, cooking, and spending time with his wife, daughter, and son.

AFFILIATIONS

  • AIRE — Assc. of Industrial Real Estate Brokers

Andris Lizenbergs

Vice President

Andris Lizenbergs

Vice President

« Our approach offers unparalleled access to data and insights that are critical to the decision making process. »

Andris Lizenbergs is a Vice President on the TMG brokerage team specializing in industrial tenant representation. Andris brings extensive business experience with a focus on the construction industry. His consultative approach is designed to bring new ideas and solutions to ensure that client goals are met. Both locally and nationally, Andris manages lease negotiations and relocations. Andris grew up in Evanston, IL where he attended Evanston Township High School. He then went on to the University of IL where he played men’s club volleyball and majored in political science. Today Andris resides in Evanston and enjoys golf, paddle tennis, and spending time with his family and three young children. He is active in the American Latvian Youth Association and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

AFFILIATIONS/VOLUNTEERING

  • American Latvian Youth Association
  • Latvian Center Garezers
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Regina Shapiro

Advisor

Regina Shapiro

Advisor

«I believe in building partnerships through elevated service and complete dedication»

Regina is a key member of TMG’s Corporate Solutions Group, specializing in exclusive representation of high-growth retail and medical retail (MedTail) occupiers nationwide. Through the lens of management consulting and strategic operational planning, my team and I match global real estate occupiers with their ideal space, by capitalizing on a wide net of established relationships and real-time data. We lead with experience, while our processes are rooted in data and the newest prop-techs.

Experience working for private firms and institutional organizations, gives us the relational ability to connect with decision makers from any vertical, on any point in the globe

Regina enjoys experiencing art shows , early morning workouts , and cooking.

Education

  • Lake Forest College Bachelor of Arts, Business Management and English

Morgan Mellske

Senior Advisor

Morgan Mellske

Senior Advisor

« We always go the extra mile because we are looking for relationships not deals. »

Morgan Mellske is a part of the TMG office brokerage team, specializing in office tenant representation. Morgan represents a diverse client base in lease negotiations and relocations locally and nationally. Morgan is a native of Chicago growing up on Taylor Street and the Bucktown/Wicker Park neighborhoods. He attended the prestigious Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary School and then pursued his undergraduate degree at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota majoring in Business Marketing and he was a member of the golf team. Morgan enjoys introducing friends to his “secret” Chicago spots and is an active basketball, hockey, softball player and an avid golfer.

ORGANIZATIONS

  • Young Professionals Board for Horizons for Youth
  • FXW Alumni Committee
  • Saint Mary’s University Alumni Committee
  • Saint Ignatius Alumni Basketball League

Rob Prioletti

Advisor

Rob Prioletti

Advisor

« TMG is re-inventing the tenant rep space by assisting our clients beyond transaction services. »

Rob Prioletti is a key member of TMG’s Supply Chain Solutions Group, focusing on tenant representation for Industrial users. Through his consultative advisory approach, Rob assists clients with their real estate strategy. Specializing in: transaction services, deal advisory, strategic consulting, and supply chain solutions.

Rob grew up in the Chicago suburbs and is a die-hard Chicago sports fan. He is an avid golfer, enjoys watching his Marquette Golden Eagles, and attending Cubs games with his friends in the summer. Rob holds a B.B.A with a concentration in Real Estate from Marquette University.

Education

  • Marquette University – Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Real Estate

Jimmy Yfantopulos

Advisor

Jimmy Yfantopulos

Advisor

«At TMG our highest priority is to establish and build relationships with our clients»

Jimmy is an Advisor on the TMG brokerage team specializing in industrial tenant representation. Through his consultative advisory  approach, Jimmy brings new ideas and solutions to meet his clients’ goals.

Jimmy grew up near Boston in Lowell, Massachusetts and is a passionate Boston sports fan. He graduated from Colgate University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with a Minor in Writing and Rhetoric.

Currently, Jimmy lives in Lincoln Park, Chicago, and he enjoys playing golf and basketball in his free time.

Education

  • Colgate University

Ken Soltis

Senior Vice President - Project Management

Ken Soltis

Senior Vice President – Project Management

« As our client’s trusted advisor we provide end to end solutions. »

Ken’s construction experience began in 1985. Over the last 30 plus years, Ken has worked at some of the largest firms in the real estate industry including The John Buck Company, Cushman & Wakefield, Grubb & Ellis, and DTZ UGL Equis Corp. Ken’s Project management expertise includes; bid negotiation, strategic sourcing, material management, due diligence, Tenant Improvement & new ground-up construction management, budget & schedule management, and real estate strategy. Ken has been engaged in millions of square feet in multiple market sectors including office, industrial, education, high-tech, automotive, GSA projects, data center, law firms, manufacturing, and healthcare. Projects range from national portfolio design and construction, spec development, and office interiors. A sample of clients Ken has represented includes Allianz, Bally Total Fitness, Kimberly Clark, Zurich Insurance, Littlefuse, American Hospital Association, USG, Willis Tower (Sears Tower), Version Wireless, Flextronics, Nippon Express and The Joint Commission.

Education

Purdue University – Bachelor of Science in Construction and Technology

Drew Wieteska

Advisor

Drew Wieteska

Advisor

« I’m dedicated to helping my clients navigate the complex world of commercial real estate. »

Drew is an Industrial Real Estate Advisor specializing solely in tenant representation.

Drew’s deep understanding of the industrial market, provides the knowledge to finding the perfect space to meet the unique needs of each of his clients. For client’s who need to lease or purchase an industrial property, Drew will be there to help you every step of the way. From site selection to lease negotiation, Drew will work tirelessly to ensure that the transaction is a success. With Drew’s expertise and commitment to exceptional customer service, you can trust that you’re in good hands.

Drew graduated in May 2022 from the University of Missouri with dual major in both finance and real estate. Drew spent the first year removed from college working in the multifamily real estate industry, gaining experience in both brokerage and management. After spending a year learning the multifamily scene, Drew came to the conclusion that industrial real estate is his best. He then rejoined TMG Real Estate Advisors in the spring of 2023, where he first got his start in commercial real estate as an intern in the summer of 2021.

EDUCATION / AFFILIATIONS

  • University of Missouri-Columbia
  • Illinois State Scholar
  • Simple Choice non-profit

Leslie George

Senior Vice President

Leslie George

Senior Vice President

«Creating revenue and value for my clients is what drives my focus»

Leslie heads TMG’s Corporate Solutions Group, specializing in exclusive representation of high-growth retail and MedTail (medical retail) tenants globally.

Leslie has over 30 years experience in the commercial real estate and energy sectors, managing and executing multimillion dollar business transactions for both private and public sectors. Leslie helps drive corporate revenue by creating and executing tactics and strategies aligned with her client’s goals. Through unparalleled advocacy and creativity, Leslie has advised hundreds of top tier clients in turning their real estate and energy portfolios into a strategic advantage for their businesses.

Leslie has navigated account and contract negotiations for major corporations, retail/medtail, banks, tech companies, manufacturing, healthcare, government, pension funds, and non-profits.

Leslie enjoys “paying it forward” and as such has participated in a multitude of charity and volunteer endeavors. In her personal time, she enjoys playing with her dog Warrior, dancing, art, traveling with her family, and being mindful through yoga and meditation.

Education

  • Wichita State University

Affiliations/Volunteering

  • St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital
  • Advocate Health care
  • Robert Morris University
  • Sinai Health System

Vickie Onesti

Vice President, Client Services & Corporate Development

Vickie Onesti

Vice President, Client Services & Corporate Development

« My goal is to cultivate lasting partnerships for our team and our clients. »

As a 25+ year, exclusive tenant representation, commercial real estate broker, Vickie leads local/national business development and relationship management efforts for TMG’s Client & Corporate Services group, as well the firm’s Project Management/Construction Services groups. She has been involved in all aspects of commercial real estate, including corporate space renewal, relocation, built-to-suit, building, and land purchase/sale, subleasing, master planning (growth and rightsizing), and consulting.
In addition to maintaining her continually growing list of clientele, Vickie has experienced great success in designing custom, best-in-class strategic real estate plans, devising and implementing comprehensive solutions for real estate portfolios and on-going maintenance and monitoring of said plans.
Vickie has secured several Fortune 100 clients throughout her career, including Bacardi USA (portfolio), Sodexho, Kimberly Clark Corporation, YWCA, Cargill, Duracell, Sealy, Yellow Cab Management, Assurance Agency, Woodfield Convention Center and Cors, Inc.
Vickie is also the owner of a corporate CPR/AED & emergency training and certification company, has two teenage sons, and competes in national racquetball tournaments across the country.

REPRESENTATIVE CLIENTS

  • 1888 Mills
  • AARP
  • Ameriprise
  • Assurance Agency
  • Bacardi USA
  • Cargill, Duracell
  • Cors, Inc.
  • Chilsery
  • Fieldwork Chicago
  • Foundation for
  • Rehabilitation
  • Kimberly Clark Corporation
  • Miller Resource Group
  • Optimus Solutions
  • Pulte Home Builders
  • Sandler O’Neil Partners
  • Sealy Posturpedic
  • Siegel-Robert
  • Sodexho
  • Tetra-Tech EM
  • Universal Health Services
  • Woodfield Chicago
  • Northwest Convention
  • Bureau
  • Yellow Cab Management
  • YWCA

Jane Robins

Senior Vice President

Jane Robins

Senior Vice President

« I listen, plan, and act to exceed client expectations. »

Jane Robins works with corporations to achieve their financial and organizational objectives through the execution of commercial real estate strategies.   She has a broad base of experience representing both private businesses as well as Fortune 500 corporations.

Her experience includes working with clients in leasing, acquisition, disposition, and consolidation of their real estate holdings.   She successfully met their multi-state as well as international requirements.

Her focus is in the industrial sector, with a concentration in the metals industry.  She delivers solutions to her clients’ real estate challenges aligning their business requirements with best practices and proactive strategic planning.

She is active in AIRE (Association of Industrial Real Estate Brokers) and is a Past President.    She has also served as a Planning Commissioner for the Village of Palatine, IL for many years.

AFFILIATIONS/VOLUNTEERING

  • Member of AIRE (Association of Industrial Real Estate Brokers)
  • 2009 Past President of AIRE
  • Past Positions:
    • Village of Palatine Planning Commissioner
    • PADS of Palatine
    • MSCI – Metals Service Center Institute
    • Habitat for Humanity Volunteer

Estela Richards

Executive Office Manager

Estela Richards

Executive Office Manager

« Transparency coupled with sheer determination separates us from our competition. »

Chicago Executive Office Manager Estela Richards joined TMG in 2015. She has over 10 years’ managerial and administrative experience. She assists in the development and implementation of company policies and procedures; manages and oversees the administration of HR policies, programs, and practices within the company; and assists the Project Management team as the Client Services Liaison.

Estela’s creativity, drive, and leadership make her a critical component of the TMG team. She is responsible for all office procedures and uses her organizational skills to ensure smooth operations in a busy work environment. She thrives on challenges and is always looking for opportunities to expand TMG’s platform. Her commitment to excellence is ever-present in her relentless pursuit of customer satisfaction and loyalty she exhibits professionally and personally.

Estela completed undergraduate studies at Trinity International University (“TIU”) and continued her education in the field of Organizational Leadership at TIU. She earned an MBA degree from TIU in 2018.

Estela has been a resident of Chicago since she moved from Tirana, Albania in 2000. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her two children and friends, exploring the beautiful outdoors, hiking, biking, running, music, and traveling. She is always rooting for the Chicago Blackhawks, Cubs, and of course Da Bears.

EDUCATION / AFFILIATIONS

  • Trinity International University
  • Chicago Police Memorial Foundation
  • Park Community Churh (Member)
  • Puerto Rican Police Association (Member)

Interested in joining our team?

Contact us today at info@tmg-rea.com.