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Thomas M. Bretz is the CEO of Century 21 Affiliated’s Chicago office. Along with CFO Adam Freeman, Tom built the successful Chicago branch that has experienced significant growth over the past few years. The Chicago office focuses on properties in the Chicago Metro area, northern Illinois, and southeastern Wisconsin.
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Adam Freeman is a private equity and investment professional who brings 15 years’ experience in investment banking, private equity, real estate investment, and building businesses to the role of Principal at Elmdale Partners. Throughout his career, Mr. Freeman has completed in excess of $1 billion of total transactions, including over $115 million of real estate acquisitions and investments.
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Menash Zadik joined Elmdale Partners in 2015, and is part of the cumulative effort involving existing operations, as well as acquisitions, underwriting, raising equity and property management. Mr. Zadik has 20 years of experience in real estate brokerage, investments, management, operations and dispositions.
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James Sayegh is a Principal at Elmdale Partners and brings a wealth of knowledge on maximizing property value both through physical improvement and efficient asset management practices. Jim's real estate developments reflect his passion for preservation and adaptive re-use, having garnered multiple preservation awards.
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Kathleen Marting is a Senior Property Manager with Elmdale Partners. Ms. Marting has over 25 years of experience in property management in the Chicagoland area, and she received her Real Estate License in 1999. Prior to Elmdale, Ms. Marting played a vital role in the inner workings of Century 21 Affiliated, Draper and Kramer, Inc., and Sperry Van Ness.
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JoAnna Aviles joined Elmdale Partners in 2016 as an Agent Services Coordinator. Ms. Aviles has over 18 years of experience in the real estate market. Prior to joining Elmdale, Ms. Aviles was a Portfolio Operations Director with Invitation Homes.

Veronica Bason is the Bookkeeper for Elmdale Partners, managing the financial tracking, reporting, and receivables for all Elmdale properties and investment entities. Ms. Bason has over 10 years of accounting, compliance, and finance experience, and is currently working toward her CPA certification. Ms. Bason received her Masters of Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Susan Palermo is the Administrative Assistant at Elmdale Partners. Ms. Palermo has over 13 years of Administrative experience, and joined Elmdale in 2016 to oversee office operations and manage the administrative duties for the company. Prior to joining Elmdale Partners, Ms. Palermo held Administrative positions at several firms in the real estate, publishing, and education fields.