Joe Zimmerman | Partner
Joe prides himself most on providing excellent client service and extensive industry knowledge to every client relationship—attributes that have enabled him to build 100 percent of his client base on referrals.
Recently named to the National Association of Realtors’ “Top 30 Under 30″ and the Chicago Association of Realtors’ “Top 40 Under 40″ lists for achievement in sales, Joe is a Chicago-area native who got his first taste for the business at the age of 15. His parents were selling their family home and it was Joe who ended up showing the house and landing the sale.
A former resident of the West Loop, River North and Bucktown areas in Chicago within the last ten years, Joe has experience in the condo, townhome and single-family market in every neighborhood throughout the Chicagoland area.
“I feel extremely fortunate to be able to help my clients with one of the biggest purchases of their lives in what I believe to be the greatest city in the world,” Joe says. “And now through the expanded MKT team, I feel that I can provide even better counsel and superior industry knowledge to my clients more effectively.
Mary Haight | Partner
A Certified Home Luxury Specialist, Mary joined @properties in 2003 after several successful years in the commercial real estate industry working with landlords and developers in retail, office and investment properties throughout Chicago. Since 2003, she has been consistently recognized by the Chicago Association of Realtors as a top producing agent.
Mary is known among her clients for her enthusiasm and appreciation for Chicago real estate and her unwavering commitment to achieving her client’s objectives. Her honest approach, wealth of industry knowledge, and stellar negotiation skills has resulted in a client base that is largely repeat clients and referrals.
“My No. 1 objective is to be an advocate for my clients,” Mary says. “I make it my top priority to listen, educate and advise, and I always keep my clients’ best interest top of mind.”
Mary loves city life, has working knowledge of every Chicago neighborhood, and enjoys working with all types of clients from the first-time homebuyer to the luxury buyer and seller. She moved to Chicago after graduating from The University of Michigan in 2000 and has lived in both Lincoln Park and Lakeview since that time. She enjoys volunteer work and is currently involved with Children’s Memorial Hospital, North Side Housing Services and Metro Achievement Center.
Alejandra Rivera | New Business Coordinator
Alejandra Rivera brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her position. Born and raised in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and a master’s degree in Quality Management. Before joining MKT, she served as Manager of Training for Dunkin Donuts and Manager of Marketing for the beverage division of Alimentos Maravilla in Honduras. In addition, she has had the opportunity to use her enthusiasm and love of learning in the classroom, teaching courses at a number of high schools.
Alejandra loves her job, because it gives her the opportunity to help people with one of the most important decisions of their life. A recent homebuyer herself, she understands the importance of clear communication, attentiveness and attention to detail.
In her free time, she enjoys riding her bike with her husband while exploring the wonders of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods and sampling the delicious food each has to offer.
Jamie Alvarado | Schedule Coordinator
As a licensed realtor and five-year veteran of @properties, Jamie is excited about helping clients sell their homes and making sure the scheduling process is seamless and smooth. Before she joined the real estate industry, Jamie studied education at DePaul and worked as an elementary school teacher.
Horseback riding has been one of her favorite hobbies since she was eight. Jamie has been married for six years and has two children and two dogs.
Jane Omundson | Contract & Closing Coordinator
With 10 years of experience overseeing condo conversion projects for the Cyrus Development Group (closing over 1000 units), Jane brings extensive real estate project management skills to her work as a Real Estate Agent Assistant for @properties. Add to that her previous real estate administrative experience at Coldwell Banker as well as her accounting work at Sidley & Austin and a national real estate property management firm, and she’s got the perfect skill set for an effective, efficient real estate professional.
Jane is a great multi-tasker, super-organized and an excellent communicator who can anticipate what needs to be done and make sure it gets done on time. A lifelong resident of the North Shore, she has extensive knowledge of the area’s communities and resources. Jane holds a BFA from Drake University and has an artistic eye for what helps sell a home, whether it’s marketing strategies or staging ideas
Brent Fogt | Marketing Coordinator
Brent joined MKT in 2012 to manage the team’s marketing initiatives, including web development, social media and direct mail. With 15 years of experience in public relations and marketing, Brent brings a wide range of skills to the job. His unique academic background in both the social sciences and the visual arts allows him to translate complex marketing data into written and graphical forms that are easy to understand. As one of the newest members of MKT, he feels extremely fortunate to be part of such a supportive, successful team.
A Texas transplant, Brent is thrilled to be in Chicago to learn more about its amazing architecture and neighborhoods. Brent holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. When he is not engaged in marketing projects, he is working on drawings and sculpture in his home studio.
Tiana O’Neill | Licensed Broker, Showing Agent
Tiana is a lifelong Chicagoland resident. A proud University of Iowa Hawkeye, Tiana ran Division 1 cross country and track. As a student-athlete, she developed a competitive edge, the ability to multi-task, and strong communication and organizational skills. After college, Tiana mentored and provided therapy for specially-abled children and young adults. Her gifts of patience and compassion, as well as her determination to make the necessary adaptations so her mentees’ voices could be heard, translate well to real estate. She carefully listens to your real estate needs and firmly negotiates on your behalf. She is thrilled to be part of a real estate team where hard work, integrity and ingenuity breed success!
Tiana believes that where you make your home is one of the most important decisions you will make. She has been around the real estate business for years. Her mom was a general contractor and is now a real estate agent at @properties’ Lake Forest Office. Tiana’s knowledge of the Chicagoland real estate market allows her to find the best home for her clients’ needs, or help them sell their home and realize their next goals in life.
Tiana is confident in her ability to get the job done and holds her own in any situation—after all, she grew up as the middle child of four brothers! The resources she has as part of the MKT team coupled with her winning spirit and expansive local knowledge are her greatest assets in helping you achieve your real estate dreams. She is ready to buy or sell your home.
Emily Moore | Licensed Broker, Showing Agent
Emily joined @properties in July of 2012, and in March of 2013 she teamed up with MKT Properties, one of @properties’ top producing teams. Before joining @properties, Emily worked in Chicago’s exciting salon and spa industry, where she successfully established and maintained long-term customer relationships. Emily is a hard-working problem solver who listens closely to her clients and works hard to find them the home that meets their needs.
Emily, who grew up in the Northern Suburbs, prides herself on her knowledge of Chicago’s many neighborhoods, including the North Shore. In her spare time she enjoys reading, dining out and following her Chicago Bulls and Bears teams. Emily has lived in Bucktown but currently resides in the Logan Square neighborhood with her dog Riley.
Dan Champion | Licensed Broker, Showing Agent
A licensed realtor since 2012, Dan brings his distinguished work ethic and extensive networking to the MKT Team. Dan Joined MKT in July 2013 after spending two years as a Trading Clerk on the exchange floor at the Chicago Board of Trade. After recognizing his strong interest in the Chicago real estate market, he decided to pursue a full time career with MKT Properties.
While currently residing on the north side of Chicago, Dan understands the importance of finding you the right home in the right neighborhood. Dan believes that hard work and an understanding of your needs will exceed your desired results.
Dan holds a Bachelor of Business in Finance from Western Illinois University.
Megan Mosher | Licensed Broker, Showing Agent
Part of the MKT team since October 2013, Megan specializes in introducing clients to potential new homes and assisting them in conceptualizing the spaces. She has lived in Chicago for the last seven years and intimately knows the city, enabling her to match clients with the perfect home and neighborhood.
After graduating from Loyola University Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, Megan found that she had a passion for sales and spent a number of years selling information technology solutions for the enterprise market.
Megan was born and raised in the Western Suburbs. When she is not out helping clients find their dream home, Megan enjoys traveling, being outdoors, eating Indian food and playing tennis.
Tawnya McVicker | Licensed Broker, Buyer Specialist
Since becoming a Licensed Realtor® in 2003, Tawnya McVicker has quickly distinguished herself both within the industry and with her clients. An Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR), Tawnya received Rookie of the Year award in 2004 for exceeding $5 million in sales volume within her first year of business. She is also a member of the Graduated Realtor Institute (GRI) and a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS). Since then she has grown her experience to include the successful sale of all types of properties from condos to single-family homes. She also has developed a vast working knowledge of the entire Chicagoland market by representing clients from the South Side to the North Shore suburbs, and all neighborhoods in between. Most recently she has become a Licensed Real Estate Broker.
Feel free to contact Tawnya directly with questions about the Chicago market, buying or selling property, or to learn more about her experience. “I would be pleased to utilize my skills and experience to ensure that my repeat and future clients realize all the benefits the Chicago real estate market has to offer,” she says.
Courtney Marrone | Licensed Broker, Buyer Specialist
A Chicago area native, Courtney Wolf is proud to live and work in the area where she was born and raised. Honest and trustworthy, she calmly and confidently guides her clients through the complicated process of buying and/or selling real estate in Chicago. Courtney’s success is the result of her professionalism, market experience and integrity.
Courtney is a proud alumna of Loyola Academy. She graduated from Marquette University in 2004 with a bachelor degree in Communications. Courtney began her real estate career nine years ago as a licensed assistant, which provided a wonderful opportunity for her to learn the business from two top producing agents in the Chicago Area. After a short stint as a marketing coordinator for a Chicago commercial developer, she realized that her heart was in the residential market and joined @properties in 2008 as a salesperson. Through these experiences she gained knowledge and expertise in marketing and real estate. Courtney has extensive knowledge of Chicago and its unique and wonderful neighborhoods. She has been a resident of Lincoln Park for the past nine years. In addition, Courtney is also familiar with the North suburbs, where she grew up and began her real estate career.
Kelly Bisceglia Boenzi | Licensed Broker
Kelly, a lifelong resident of Riverside, joined the Bucktown office of @properties in July 2011 as part of the MKT Properties team. Her goal was to boost the team’s client base and contribute to the overall success of MKT’s listings, clients, sales production and overall business through a variety of media initiatives, including social media, traditional media and public relations. Drawing upon her wealth of knowledge and experience in media communications, more than five years experience in the real estate industry, attention-to-detail and creativity, Kelly was able to develop the perfect, custom-fit business plan for each client.
With the new strategic marketing structure in place for the team, Kelly continued her education in real estate and obtained a broker’s license in January 2012. She then shifted her focus to new business development, working as the team’s New Business Coordinator & Showing Agent before becoming an MKT Team Agent.
Kelly now offers the same custom-fit business plans she first developed in 2011 to her own clientele of buyers and sellers, both in the city of Chicago and the Western Suburbs. Kelly is extremely excited to be out in the field working for one of the top-selling real estate teams within @properties. She looks forward to helping the team expand their business in the near-Western Suburbs.
Lauren Burgess | Licensed Broker
Lauren Burgess is an agent that you can identify with! With more than five years of experience in the industry under her belt, Lauren is prepared to handle ANY question you could possibly have as a first time (or anytime) home owner. Her motto is “if I don’t know the answer, I know someone who does!” Her tight-knit group is made up of developers, investors, financial counselors, loan officers, attorneys, home inspectors, stagers, and many more. So feel free to use her for any and all questions pertaining to real estate related affairs. It’s like having your own real estate consultant at your disposal.
Lauren has a degree from DePaul University in Sales and Marketing. Through her schooling, internships, and career experience, she has been exposed to sales, rehabbing, developing, appraising, financing, staging, and many other intricacies to the real estate industry. After all of that experience, she realized her heart was in helping people buy and sell property.
Lauren has lived in the Chicagoland area all her life, has lived in many neighborhoods of Chicago, and currently has made Lakeview her home. She is very active, and involved in playing soccer, serving at a local church, and giving back to her community, which she hopes will be your community too soon!
She takes her business very seriously and sees her position imperative in helping buyers on a their journey in one of the most important purchases of their life.
“You only buy a new home a few times in your life time, and I want to make sure it’s the most pleasant memory possible!”
Erik Carrier | Licensed Broker
Erik provides a holistic approach to real estate sales. As a second generation property manager, experienced rehab specialist, and lifelong Chicagoland resident, Erik exhibits a depth of knowledge about residential real estate that clients rarely find anywhere else. During his years in property management, Erik has helped hundreds of residents make his properties their home. He understands the emotional and financial joys and pitfalls involved with finding and buying the right property. His patient, diligent and knowledgeable approach puts clients at ease from beginning their home buying journey to negotiating a fair price and stepping up to the closing table.
Through years of renovating and stabilizing dozens of single family and multifamily properties around Chicagoland, Erik has developed the tools needed to analyze his clients’ biggest investment along with the relationships needed to care for that investment for years to come. Erik’s clients feel confident knowing he will be there every step of the way.
Erik is a proud lifelong resident of Chicago, who grew up on the North Shore. Since graduating from the University of Iowa with a duel major in English and Business, he has lived in Lincoln Park, Lakeview and River North. Erik’s passion for Chicago has only grown over his years as a resident and it is his pleasure to share that passion with clients. When Erik is not hard at work for his clients, he invests time with Chicago Lights, the largest private tutoring program in Chicago, and indulges his passion for sailing at Columbia Yacht Club.
Sam Dumash | Licensed Broker
As a real estate professional, Sam thrives on one-on-one customer relationships. His goal is to put his client’s mind at ease, striving to make every sales transaction as smooth and comfortable as possible. Born in Syria, Sam moved to Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood at age 6. A “naturalized” Chicagoan, Sam loves this city, especially its unique and varied architectural styles.
Becoming a licensed broker is the culmination of a lifetime of entrepreneurial and customer-service based experiences. From top grossing retail sales to disaster restoration, including structural damage & mold remediation, to rare import vehicle sales, each experience has provided Sam the knowledge and skills to provide his clients reliable counsel and impeccable service. Whether your needs are rental, purchase or selling, or you are in the market for a new vehicle, Sam will be more then happy to assist.
Sam believes that the home sales process, regardless of whether the client is buying or selling, starts in the same place: listening. It is only after listening to his clients needs, wants and dreams that Sam is able to provide them with the best service possible. He thoroughly enjoys getting to know each of his clients, taking the time to understand them as every broker should and addressing their unique needs. In joining MKT Properties in 2013, one of Chicago’s and @properties’ top-producing teams, Sam brings his passion for catering to his clients’ needs and providing first-class service to the real estate world.
Katie Hackett | Licensed Broker
Katie is a Chicago native; born and raised in the Northern suburbs and a resident of the city of Chicago since 2005. With her extensive knowledge of the city and surrounding areas, she is confident and proud to work in the area that she has always called home.
Katie is an alumna of Loyola Academy in Wilmette, and continued on from there to Georgetown University where she graduated with a Bachelor degree in Government in 2005.
Before joining the real estate world, Katie rounded out her professional experience working for the Northern Trust Company. However, her heart was in real estate so she had to follow her dream. She has joined the team of Chicago’s top producing real estate agents with @properties. With their guidance, Katie has gained both the knowledge and practice to deliver the best experience to her clients.
Wendy Johnson | Licensed Broker (Suburbs)
Wendy’s goal as a realtor is “to make a personal connection with my clients and become their life-long Real Estate consultant and trusted adviser. I make every Real Estate transaction smooth, stress-free and fun by listening to my clients and by customizing the buying or selling process to suit their specific needs. I am a positive presence throughout a very emotional process. I help my clients make informed and intelligent real estate investments, keeping their best interest in mind, and fully understanding their personal lifestyle and future goals.”
In 2011, Wendy joined MKT, a team of professionals with superior industry knowledge driven to provide clients with maximum exposure and exceptional sales and marketing services. Their extensive training and attention to detail has earned them the designation of “Luxury Home Specialists,” suitable for helping the most discriminating luxury buyer and seller or giving the first-time homebuyer the most exemplary of service. MKT is pleased to extends its services to the Western Suburbs where Wendy Johnson was born, raised and currently lives.
All clients from first-time buyers to seasoned veterans are investors, whether rationally, based on numbers, or emotionally, searching for that dream home. MKT’s City to Suburb service, which draws upon the entire team’s knowledge and proven skills, produces results throughout the different stages of a client’s life.
When not helping clients, Wendy is passionate about spending time with family. She enjoys exercising with kettlebells, cooking, dinning out at great restaurants and taking on do-it-yourself projects.
Amber Levy | Licensed Broker
Amber Levy began her career in real estate in 2007 as a sales and marketing coordinator for The Chicago Spire. Responsible for researching, planning and executing domestic and international sales exhibitions, Amber helped generate more than $60 million in sales. She also gained experience in the high intensity and fast-paced world of on the spot contract execution, which has given her the unique ability to thrive under stress while attending to the needs of each and every client.
In 2010, Amber joined @properties as the firm’s marketing and event specialist. In addition to planning all corporate events, she managed all client and agent appreciation programs and promotional incentives while assisting with the company’s award-winning marketing programs. She also worked closely with some of @properties’ top-producing teams on a number of projects.
After six years on the marketing side of the industry, Amber decided to transition over to sales in May of 2013. She joined MKT Properties, one of @properties’ and Chicago’s top-producing teams. Amber’s marketing expertise combined with her ability to communicate effectively and efficiently, attention to detail, and skills in customer service, project management and problem solving all serve as a strong foundation for a successful real estate broker.
Amber was born and raised in Barrington. A longtime resident of Chicago, she has spent the last 10 years moving between the Gold Coast, Lincoln Park and Lakeview communities, which has provided her with extensive firsthand knowledge of Chicago’s neighborhoods.
Justin Hooks| Licensed Broker, Leasing
Born and raised in Joliet, Justin Hooks got his start in real estate a decade ago when he began working for his father’s real estate business. He moved to Chicago in 2006 and joined @properties in 2010.
When he isn’t busy working with clients, Justin plays the drums. For two years, he toured the country with his band, sharing with audiences the drumming skills he developed through 23 years of practice.
Justin majored in Fire Science Management at Southern Illinois University.