Andrea put together her first foreclosure transaction in Chicago in 2001 and has been interested in Real Estate ever since. She has experience in both Real Estate and Real Estate finance, having spent the beginning of her career on Wall Street in New York at an investment bank in the Financial Analytics and Structured Transactions group of the Mortgage trading desk, performing collateral, deal structure, and valuation analysis. She then transitioned to VP of Sales, trading mortgage backed bonds and other securities with institutional investor clients. She then worked with a building / development / RE investment company as a business and project manager where she participated in a variety of projects ranging from the building of custom luxury homes to the procurement and renovation of distressed properties that were converted to housing for disabled veterans. She has since moved back home to Chicago and is using her experience to help clients find, analyze, manage and lease RE investments. Andrea has experience with a full range of Real Estate Professionals having strong relationships and experience working on all aspects of a transaction. She specializes in the sale and leasing of commercial property and her client list includes primarily commercial accounts such as investors, developers, and financial institutions. Andrea graduated with Honors with a BS in Finance from the University of Illinois, graduated with Honors from the full time MBA program with concentrations in Analytic Finance and Econometrics from the University of Chicago, and she resides in Wicker Park. Andrea is affiliated with University of Illinois Alumni Association, CFA Institute, Real Estate Investment Association, International Council of Shopping Centers, Chicago Real Estate Council, and Urban Land Institute. She also served as a Professional Advisor at DePaul University’s School for New Learning.
Melissa grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago and has lived in many of Chicago’s neighborhoods, including River North, Lakeview, and Little Italy. In addition to real estate, Melissa has a passion for yoga and teaches various styles of yoga all around the Chicagoland area. After meeting many people who were looking for either fitness studios or homes to purchase, Melissa decided to enter into the Real Estate industry. She has extensive knowledge in the south neighborhoods of Chicago and south suburbs. Melissa joined Miller Chicago as an administrative assistant and is currently in the process of obtaining her brokers license. She continues to grow and learn the ins and outs of real estate.
Ashley Donat joined Miller Chicago Real Estate after spending two years working for a commercial property management company in the Chicago Loop. She managed everything from tenant service requests, construction projects, to contracts and also managed a team of guest service professionals. Her experience is in commercial high rise buildings but she has a passion for all types of Real Estate properties. After graduating from DePaul University with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Psychology and Sociology, she spent a couple years teaching but eventually joined the Real Estate industry. Ashley’s ample amount of customer service experience joined with her ability to multi-task and knowledge of different sectors in the industry give her the edge and drive to be able to support any of our client’s needs. Ashley is originally from the Northwest suburbs and currently resides in Lakeview but has been living in Chicago for over seven years.
Sam Gjokaj has been a resident of Chicago since childhood and has an extensive knowledge of the city and suburbs. He credits his strong work ethic, sense of responsibility, and passion for a job well done to his parents, who through hard work and a desire for a better life emigrated to the US.
From a young age, Sam developed a passion for music. 20+ years later he is a veteran of Chicago’s local music scene. His bands have headlined at music venues such as the Metro, the Double Door and the House of Blues among others. This is where he credits honing his savvy networking skills and enthusiasm as a people person. Both important attributes when choosing a real estate professional.
Working for either buyer or the seller, clients require a fierce, skillful negotiator as well as a facilitator who can bring the seller and buyer together. After years of working in Transportation and managing Logistics at O’hare International Airport, Sam decided that it was time to take his negotiating and people skills to use and help people with them. He decided the real estate industry was the perfect fit for this.
Whether you are looking to sell your property quickly or looking to buy a starter home, dream home, investment property, or a commercial space, Sam will go above and beyond for you – and he won’t quit until you get what you want. When working with him you will feel that you have a friend and a protector as well as a guide. He is an excellent listener when it comes to understanding exactly what you want and can turn your real estate goals and dreams into a reality!
Ryan Grober provides a level of service that is unmatched in today’s real estate industry. He tries his best to listen to the needs of his clients and create a memorable and enjoyable experience.Ryan has worked in the service industry from the time he was 13. He inherited a strong work ethic and passion for real estate from his father and grandfather who were real estate appraisers. Ryan graduated from Columbia College with a degree in Marketing Communications and came to Miller Chicago with experience in marketing, leasing, and brand representation for companies such as Adidas.Ryan’s professional goal is establishing long term relationships with his clients; not just closing deals. His specialization is leasing in downtown Chicago and its surrounding areas.
Shahnawaz (Sean) Koker joined Miller Chicago as a real estate broker. Sean possesses unsurpassed marketing, communication, and negotiating skills; in-depth, up-to-the-minute, and comprehensive market knowledge; honesty, integrity, and a keen eye for details. His longstanding reputation for getting results and his sophisticated yet down-to-earth approach provide his clientele with a distinct advantage in the purchase and sale of prestigious properties.
A resident and community member of Chicago’s artsy Bucktown/Wicker Park, his areas of expertise extend across all of Chicago, with a focus on commercial real estate. A former renter in Wicker Park, Sean understands the challenges of navigating the Chicago real estate market. He uses his knowledge base in conjunction with strong work ethic to provide exceptional service to potential clients. Born in south Asia, he possesses the ability to address the needs of cultural diversity prevalent in Chicago. A firm believer in placing one in another’s shoes, he prides himself on putting clients first. Sean is also fluent in Urdu and Arabic.
Having been interested in real estate his entire life, Scott MacNeil has been dealing in the industry in some capacity throughout his whole career. In addition to being a real estate broker, Scott is also a Certified Public Accountant and an attorney licensed in the State of Illinois. During the height of the real estate crisis, he managed the sale of various commercial and residential properties for a prominent Chicago bank. In this position Scott excelled, overseeing in the sale of over $20 million in bank-owned real estate in and around Chicago.Notable transactions Scott has worked on include a vacant Circuit City property in Niles, IL, sold to a retail developer and a 38 unit fractured condominium project in Chicago, IL sold to a large residential developer. He has also handled the sale of all types of residential and commercial properties throughout Chicago, IL.Scott is a third-generation member of the Economic Club of Chicago and is also a member of the Bankers Club of Chicago. In his spare time, Scott pursues the growth of his own investment real estate portfolio.
John came to Miller Chicago after a career on Wall Street working in mortgage-backed securities and fixed income / credit sales. After getting his real estate license, he joined the team as a broker. John graduated from Grainger School of Business at University of Wisconsin-Madison where he was a member of the golf team.
Born and raised in the City of Chicago, Rafael Romano Murillo has been fascinated with real estate since childhood. Understanding the importance of building and maintaining great client relationships, he comes to Miller with a background in luxury retail, hospitality, and mortgage banking at Evolve Bank & Trust. Always going above and beyond, Rafael takes ownership and great pride in his profession. Rafael is excited to expand upon his background and experience with Miller Chicago as a leasing agent.
Lizzethe is a fresh face in the Market with an entrepreneurial mindset. Lizzethe offers her clients an outstanding level of service. Her formal education and training in the United States, along with her fluency in Spanish, allows Lizzethe to excel at every level of the leasing process. Known by clients and colleagues alike for her tenacity, perseverance, honesty, and fairness, Lizzethe also enjoys a stellar reputation for a quick, timely response to each client’s needs and concerns. The result of her consummate professionalism is an extensive portfolio of referrals from past and present clients. Lizzethe, with a four-year background in customer service, resides in the northeast suburbs.
Demetrius Simpson specializes in sales and marketing of new construction and gut renovation developments throughout the city of Chicago. His extensive portfolio includes projects in Avondale, Bucktown, Lincoln Park, Rogers Park, University Village, Wicker Park and the West Loop. He has been involved in the sale of over 300 units, in excess of $65,000,000 since 2002. $50,000,000 of that sales volume has been new construction developments (single family homes and condos), gut renovation developments (condos) and vacant land.
An attention to detail and tenacity ensures the success of Demetrius’ real estate endeavors. To his Buyer clients, he is “the find it man’, capable of locating the perfect property for their needs. To his Seller clients, he is able to develop creative marketing strategies specifically tailored to each listing and is tenacious in following up with prospective customers to secure offers and convert them into contracts. And to his developer clients, he provides expert advice in locating land opportunities, procurement, and sell-out pricing.
Demetrius appreciates the importance of communication with his clients and constantly provides feedback. He believes the best way build a relationship of trust with a client is to be honest, positive, tenacious and hard-working while working smart.
Currently pursuing a degree in Construction Management Technology at The College of Lake County in Grayslake, IL, Demetrius maintains a 4.0 GPA and is a member of the Academic Honor and Service Society, Phi Theta Kappa. He entered the Real Estate Industry as a Broker in 2002 with prior experience in both sales and construction.
Todd started at Miller Chicago at its inception. He joins Miller Chicago with over 5 years experience in property management, residential leasing, and real estate investment management. Todd also represented distressed homeowners in working to solutions by either advising on a short sale or helping them work through a loan modification. At Miller Chicago, Todd specializes in commercial property leasing, property management, and residential sales and leasing. Prior to working in real estate, Todd worked in the retail, advertising, and technology industries. He has over 9 years sales experience where his responsibilities included marketing, business development and client relationship management. Todd earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Kentucky State University. Todd was born and raised in Chicago and continues to be an active member of his community. He currently volunteers as an assistant basketball coach for 4th graders at the Patriots’ Gateway Community Center. Todd resides in the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago.
Nathan comes to Miller Chicago from a career in sales, where he experienced record-breaking performance in a challenging, competitive, entrepreneurial, and team oriented environment. While as an Account Sales Executive for Pepsi Co. he was responsible for driving new business through key accounts and establishing strategic partnerships and client relationships to increase revenue. Nathan also has extensive experience in consulting, comprehensive business plan creation and market research. He looks forward to applying his professional experiences and customer service to his real estate career and clients. Nathan studied at North Park University where he majored in History and Business Economics.
Broker / Licensed Real Estate Instructor
Jonathan joined Miller Chicago after 15 years as a Managing Broker running his own firm, where he had extensive experience in development, financial analysis, residential property management and leasing, and retail tenant representation.He began his career at the investment bank Kidder, Peabody & Co. in New York City. Moving to Chicago for graduate school, he fell in love with the city and has been involved with real estate here ever since.After business school he worked in the Real Estate Corporate Finance group at Citicorp, followed by time in the Acquisitions Department of Prime Group Realty Trust. At Prime, he worked on over $850 million of Chicago area office acquisitions, departing only to begin a decade of development winning a Realtor’s Association award for his efforts and real estate investment on his own. Having been on all different sides of real estate transactions, he brings a versatile background to his clients, and the ability to have a firsthand understanding of a transaction from their viewpoint.Jonathan received a BS in Economics with a double major in Real Estate & Marketing from the Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania, a BA in Political Science from The University of Pennsylvania, and his MBA with a triple concentration in Accounting, Economics, and Finance from the University of Chicago. He is a licensed Real Estate Instructor in Illinois, and serves as Adjunct Faculty in the Continuing Education Department of Triton College. Passionate about animal sheltering and rescue, he sits on the board of the local group FCACC.
Ken has had his real estate license since 2006 and has been a managing broker for the last five years. Ken has extensive experience in leasing and real estate. His background also includes 20 years of experience in accounting and financial analysis in the banking industry as a corporate accounting manager, contractor, and consultant which has given him insight into both the financial services and real estate industries. Most recently, he worked in the REO group of a large international bank. Ken is a graduate of Northern Illinois University Business School. He is a long term resident of Chicago and has a detailed knowledge of the Chicago real estate market. He currently resides in Logan Square with wife and son.