Ms. Polak joined in the 1st quarter of 2017 as a Regional Property Manager. She is responsible for oversight of commercial assets within the portfolio. She has over 28 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry.
Ms. Polak has worked her way up through the ranks. She began her career as an Administrative Assistant with Miglin-Beitler Management at prestigious office locations such as 200 North LaSalle and Oakbrook Terrace Tower where she interfaced with building tenants, staff and owners. She then joined Equity Office as an Assistant Property Manager and moved to 161 N. Clark Street where she participated in rent collections, monthly reporting, repair and maintenance items, capital improvements and, most importantly, tenant relations. Her next opportunity came a few years later when she joined Jones Lang LaSalle as a Property Manager overseeing the historical landmark office tower known as the Jewelers Building at 35 E. Wacker Drive. Here, she implemented new policies and procedures, incorporated best practices and by doing so, managed to accomplish the required goals in two years versus the three years anticipated.
Ms. Polak then managed nine industrial and retail properties for HSA Commercial Real Estate where, through diligent accounting work and research, she recovered over $100,000 from one tenant. In addition, she managed Orland Park Place Mall during the extensive renovations which resulted in a huge profit upon the sale of the building. From there, she joined Ann Anovitz Associates to develop a network of prospective clients, interface with property owners, managers and agents, and finely tune her lease negotiating and brokerage skills.
Most recently, Ms. Polak spent almost 10 years as a Senior Property and Leasing Manager with TCB Development where she managed 25 locations consisting of office, retail and industrial properties totaling over two million square feet in several metro suburban markets.
Ms. Polak graduated from DePaul University with a BA focused on Commercial Real Estate, is a Licensed Real Estate Broker in Illinois and has an RPA designation from BOMI.