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 at Urbana-Champaign where during her attendance she worked as one of only four undergraduate Teaching Assistants in the College of Business (Advanced Macroeconomics). She then graduated with Honors from the full time MBA program at University of Chicago in Hyde Park, where she was selected for the Richard and Amy Wallman 2-year academic scholarship. Her MBA concentrations were Analytic Finance and Econometrics and upon graduation she was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society (top 8% of graduating class). Andrea grew up in Orland Park and currently 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.
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!
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.
Nicole spent seventeen years in the hospitality industry working in restaurants and hotel management, including over seven years with Hyatt Corporation. For five of those years, she worked under the Chairman and CEO of Hyatt Development Corporation, the subsidiary responsible for new hotel development efforts. It was here that she was first exposed to large-scale commercial deals, and her passion for real estate began.
She has lived in Wicker Park for the past twelve years and has witnessed its renaissance first-hand. After successfully navigating the Chicago Public Schools system during her quest to find a great local kindergarten for her son, she became familiar with many of the neighborhoods on the near west, near north and northwest sides. She obtained her real estate broker’s license with the intention of sharing this information with other families desiring to raise children in our fabulous city. Having grown up in Burr Ridge and attended high school in LaGrange, she also has extensive knowledge of the west and southwest suburbs of Chicago.
In recent years, Nicole has worked as a local small business owner with offices out of the West Loop and Pilsen, serving a broad portfolio of clients in the Chicagoland area. She graduated with a BS in Business Administration – Marketing from the University of Illinois. She spent a summer studying in Florence, Italy where she completed her Italian minor.
Nicole joined Miller Chicago Real Estate as a Broker Assistant with the hopes of learning the business and applying her local market expertise in effort to continue attracting up-and-coming businesses to the growing West Town community she calls home.
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.
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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.