Donal P. Barry Sr.

Founder of BJB Partners

Don co-founded BJB Partners in 1972 and has been responsible for overseeing all facets of its business lines for over 40 years.  Don and his team have developed a wide variety of multi-family projects ranging in size from 3 units to 550 units including major renovations, adaptive reuse, and new construction primarily in the greater Chicago market.  During the acquisition of BJB’s current portfolio of 80+ properties, Don has played a leading part in many roles including human resources, negotiations, finance, accounting, and construction.

Tom Scott

CEO at CA Ventures

Tom is the founder and CEO of CA Ventures, an investment company focused on student housing, residential, retail and hospitality, office, and senior living real estate assets. Tom’s wealth of industry experience has helped CA expand into a multi-dimensional real estate company serving diverse aspects of property investment, development, and management.  Tom has more than 25 years of direct commercial real estate experience in investment, development, finance, accounting, and asset management. As a veteran of the commercial real estate industry, he has held positions in nearly every sector of the business and has held executive-level roles with the industry’s top national, international, and publicly traded real estate firms, including Vornado Realty Trust, CBRE, Inc, and U.S. Equities.

Jeffrey Krol

Founder of Jeffrey W. Krol & Associates, Ltd.

Jeff founded Jeffrey Krol & Associates, a full-service CPA firm, in 1980.  He is also a partner in SC/CA Ventures and CA Ventures, together responsible for $6-7B in commercial real estate projects under development across the campus housing, multi-family, office, and senior living sectors.  Jeff is a long-time private equity investor and serves on numerous boards.

John Diedrich

Senior Vice President at CA Ventures

John serves as the Senior Vice President of Investments for CA Ventures and is in charge of investment oversight as well as the analyst and research groups. He is responsible for the oversight of CA’s acquisition and development analytic process related to new deals as well as valuations and market-to-market of CA’s existing portfolio.  John graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science in Finance.

David Labunski

Principal at Cedar Realty

David has been involved in the acquisition, finance, development, and disposition of over 50 multi-family, student housing, condominium, and retail properties in the Chicagoland area for over 27 years.  David manages a real estate portfolio of over 1000 apartment and retail units. David is the managing broker of Cedar Realty and a member of the Lincoln Park Builders of Chicago, National Association of Realtors, and the Chicago Association of Realtors.  David is the founding member and director of Gear 4 Goals, a charity that collects sporting equipment and donates to children in need all over the world.

Vic Clark

Senior Managing Director at Hunt Companies

Vic is a Senior Managing Director with Hunt Mortgage Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hunt Companies. Vic has 29 years of solid experience in real estate financial services. He is currently National Head of Conventional Agency production for Hunt Mortgage Group. Vic has produced more than $9 billion in loan originations comprised of over 700 transactions. Vic led his Dallas production team to achieve nationally recognized production volume making them the top production team in the firm for many years.  Vic is considered a leading authority on multifamily financing and is a partner and owner in approximately 9,000 multi-family housing units from Texas to Chicago. He has extensive experience in retail, office, and hotel properties including financing, leasing, and management.

Mark B. Van Kirk

CEO at Morris Mountaineer Oil & Gas, LLC

Mark’s 30+ year professional career spans virtually all aspects of commercial real estate in both the public and privates sectors.  Prior to his current position at Morris, Mark was an Executive Managing Director with Berkeley Point Capital and the Director of the Office of Asset Management and Oversight at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  Mark is also an experienced entrepreneur, having founded successful firms in Commercial Real Estate Finance, Investment Banking, custom home building, oil & gas, food & beverage, fitness and multi-family spaces.

Ben Kwong

CEO at BJK Global

Ben has been a successful entrepreneur for over 30 years, founding his first start-up in 1986 after a career as a design engineer and sales executive.  After selling his initial start-up to a large private equity firm, Ben founded two additional start-ups in the manufacturing space, both of which remain active today.  Ben’s private equity firm (BJK Global) concentrates on venture investments in the technology space and opportunistic real estate investments.  Ben brings significant international experience with several active partnerships in both Hong Kong and mainland China.