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Neil R. Aaronson
Chief Executive Officer
Neil has been with Hilco since 2006.  A dynamic leader and seasoned real estate professional, Neil has been involved in large-scale acquisitions, dispositions, investments and general deal-making across a broad range of significant real estate and corporate holdings.  With extensive experience in all aspects of retail, restaurant, industrial and office real estate, Neil has been instrumental in the successful completion of over $4 billion in transactions during his career.
Neil has managed deals involving, and/or has represented, an elite group of corporate entities, private equity funds and financial institutions including Wyndham Hotels, Hostess, Trendwest Resorts, Chrysler, General Motors, A&P, Budget Rent a Car, Fortress, Cerberus Capital, Sun Capital, JP Morgan Chase, and Goldman Sachs.

Neil began his association with Hilco as an Executive Vice President at the holding company for the Hilco organization.  His responsibilities included major transaction structuring and oversight.  In 2008, Neil was promoted to CEO of Hilco Real Estate.  Prior to joining Hilco, Neil served as Senior Vice President, Business Development, for publically-traded Cendant Corporation, where he oversaw deal-making for the Company's hotel and timeshare businesses.  Prior thereto, Neil was the Vice President of Cendant’s Strategic Development Group. Earlier, he served as an associate investment banker with ING Barings, where he handled the analysis and negotiations of acquisitions, divestitures and financings for several public and private companies.
Neil is an active member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Turnaround Management Association, the Association for Corporate Growth, and the International Council of Shopping Centers.  Neil’s expertise and experience have earned him many speaking opportunities and participation in educational panels at numerous trade association conferences and seminars, including ICSC, ABI, and IMN (Information Management Network).  

Neil received a Bachelor of Economics Degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.


Gregory S. Apter
A deft strategist and negotiator, Greg founded Hilco’s lease mitigation practice. Greg’s work in lease restructuring on behalf of hundreds of tenants as well as owned property dispositions over more than 20 years has earned him broad respect and admiration as a real estate expert.

Among the many clients Greg has represented are well-known names in retailing, manufacturing and business services such as Wal-Mart, WorldCom, Starbucks, Talbots, Ahold/Stop & Shop, HD Supply, Samsonite, Biomet, Bally Total Fitness, Michael’s Stores, Claim Jumper Restaurants, A&P, Yucaipa, Select Comfort, Centerbridge, Bain & Company, Angelo, Gordon & Co., TPG and others.

Prior to joining Hilco in 2002, Greg was a senior vice president and the head of the retail tenant representation group at Jones Lang LaSalle. In that role he was responsible for directing, managing and facilitating lease portfolio restructuring services as well as market analysis, site selection, asset management, consulting, acquisition and disposition services. Prior thereto, Greg served as General Counsel for Syndicated Equities Corporation where he managed all corporate business and legal matters, including site valuation and evaluation, negotiation of contracts, oversight of loan commitments and review of lease, zoning, title and environmental issues. Earlier, Greg served as President of Water Tower Bank in Chicago, where he was responsible for all commercial and consumer lending operations, business development and legal matters.

Sought after as a speaker/lecturer in trade association educational programs, Greg has also authored numerous articles on lease restructuring and the art and science of lease negotiations for companies in every stage of health or financial condition. Greg is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the American Bar Association, the National Restaurant Association and the Turnaround Management Association. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.
Navin Nagrani
Executive Vice President
Over the ten years Navin has been with Hilco, he has served as a central deal maker in many of Hilco’s largest principal and advisory-related transactions. His primary responsibilities include leading several key strategic initiatives for the firm, including shaping the real estate business development strategy and execution as well as overseeing deal origination, deal qualification and transaction structuring. Over time, Navin has developed a significant expertise in the restaurant category and has been appointed the leadership role in this specialty area within the overall Hilco Real Estate practice.

Navin currently serves on the Executive Board of Directors for the Real Estate Investment Association (REIA) where he had previously served a term as President. He serves as Director of Strategy for the Young Real Estate Professionals Association and sits on the National Board of Trustees for the Turnaround Management Association (TMA). Navin is also an active member of the Restaurant Leadership Advisory Council.

A published author of articles, Navin frequently speaks at industry events on the topics of restructuring and real estate. He is sought after in the real estate industry, having been recently named to M & A Advisors prestigious “40 Under 40” top young executives, and he is an award winning member of the Turnaround Management Association (TMA).

Navin is a graduate of Loyola University in Chicago and is a licensed Real Estate Broker by the State of Illinois.

Prior to joining Hilco, Navin was a Strategic Consultant for Hewitt Associates where he worked on merger & acquisition assignments covering the financial services industry. Before Hewitt Associates, Navin was a Junior Economist for the Federal Reserve Bank.


Roberto Perez
Executive Vice President
Hilco Redevelopment Partners/ Hilco Real Estate Acquisitions

Prior to joining Hilco in 2008, Roberto founded a residential real estate investment firm and a healthcare recruiting firm, both of which he sold prior to working on a tenant representation team at U.S. Equities Realty.  At Hilco Real Estate, Roberto’s initial responsibility, as asset manager of the company’s $150+ million investment portfolio, led to Hilco’s transition into the acquisitions arena. 

Under Roberto’s leadership, the Acquisitions team has deployed over $200 million in equity in the opportunistic acquisition of properties since 2012.  Roberto’s extraordinary leadership and vision have resulted in an impressive portfolio of significant acquisitions for Hilco, which have been highlighted by the Sparrows Point Steel Mill in Maryland, a Cooper Tire manufacturing site in Georgia, a Sony Electronics manufacturing site in Georgia, and a 12-building national medical office portfolio.

Roberto has been instrumental in establishing the current synergistic partnership between Hilco’s real estate and industrial businesses, pursuing the acquisition of value-add and end-of-life industrial and office facilities for purpose of redevelopment to new and more functional uses.  Under Roberto’s leadership, Hilco is now one of the country’s leading buyers of Brownfield sites for purposes of redevelopment.

Jeff Azuse
Senior Vice President

Ross Block

Jeff has been with Hilco Real Estate since 2012 and is responsible for the auction disposition group, which includes overseeing the auction business development team, new client relations, auction marketing, implementation and reporting, website marketplace management, customer interaction, auction event management, and facilitation of transaction closings.

Over his career, Jeff has sold over $200 million in commercial and residential real estate including hotels, golf courses, gas stations, restaurants, development land, mineral rights, luxury homes, hundreds of condominiums, and portfolios of warehouse properties. He has managed transactions for high profile clients such as: Bank of America, Fifth Third Bank, US Bank, ING, CIB Bank, Cole Taylor Bank, Amcore Bank, State Bank of Countryside, ALCOA Steel, Canyon Resources Gold Company, Steak ‘n Shake Restaurants, Cambridge Home Builders, Hooter's Restaurants, Schlotzky's Deli Restaurants, DIY Home Warehouses and many more.

Prior to joining Hilco Real Estate, Jeff spent seven years with a national real estate auction firm where he managed the marketing and auction process for a diverse portfolio of projects located across the United States. He also possesses a broad background in construction, real estate development, and conventional real estate brokerage having developed, built and sold multiple residential and commercial projects in Illinois, Florida, and Nevada. He has owned and operated a general contracting construction business with a diverse portfolio of projects, and founded a real estate brokerage company that grew to over thirty real estate agents.

Jeff received his B.A. in business finance from the University of Illinois. He holds real estate brokers licenses in seven states and is a member of the Chicago Association of Realtors®, Illinois Association of Realtors® and National Association of Realtors®.

Ross Block
Vice President

Ross Block

Ross has been with Hilco Real Estate since 2004.  His extensive background in the real estate industry and expertise in asset valuation provide a solid foundation for his project management responsibililities at Hilco.  Ross specializes in project underwriting and strategy, fee-owned property disposition, real estate portfolio restructuring and lease dispositions, and retail/office bankruptcy engagements.  As a project leader within HRE’s lease restructuring team, Ross has secured significant savings for an impressive group of national and regional retailers and restauranteurs, both healthy and distressed, throughout North America.

Over the years, Ross has provided project leadership for such well-known clients as Bally Total Fitness, Ritz Camera, Mervyn’s, Steve Nash Fitness World & Sports Club, LA Fitness, The Sharper Image, Charlie Brown’s, Zellers, Deluxe Entertainment, Syms/Filene’s Basement, Wet Seal, Blockbuster, Circuit City, Burger King,The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company, Neff Rental, Jackson Hewitt, Ahold/Stop & Shop, Bashas’, Claim Jumper Restaurants and many others.

Prior to joining Hilco, Ross was an associate with a Midwest-based asset appraisal company, where he focused on valuations of industrial assets for major manufacturers throughout the U.S.  Ross received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has taken continuing education courses at the Chicago School of Real Estate and CCIM Institute.  He is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

Andrew Chused
Senior Vice President
Andrew joined Hilco Real Estate in 2010 and is responsible for sourcing, underwriting, structuring and managing real estate investments across all platforms.  Andrew has worked in commercial real estate for eight years and has extensive experience in acquisitions, asset management, capital structuring, financial modeling and asset valuation.

Prior to joining Hilco, Andrew was Vice President of NPV/Direct Invest where he was responsible for managing the real estate acquisition, due diligence and equity syndication of approximately $350 million in industrial and office real estate throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Prior to joining NPV/Direct Invest, Andrew served as an analyst for Wellington Management Company, LLC. Andrew received his B.S. in Finance from Bentley College.
Tom Davidson
Senior Vice President
Tom brings over thirty years of extensive retail and real estate experience to the Hilco Real Estate team.  Throughout his career, Tom has worked with many nationally-recognized clients in all stages of financial health from restructure to growth, including such high profile companies as Blockbuster, Starbucks, Linens ‘n Things, Restoration Hardware, Pacific Sunwear, Borders, Boston Market, Zellers, Smith & Hawken, Discovery Channel, Circuit City, Bi-Lo Winn-Dixie and more.
Tom is one of the most respected industry leaders in retail merchandising, store operations and real estate services throughout North America. His expertise has enabled  his clients to maximize value through acquisitions of assets and locations, mitigation of lease liabilities through rent reductions, lease terminations, disposition of retail and industrial locations, strategic retail advisory services, lease renewals, debt restructure assignments and valuation projects in the US and Canada.  His innovative and collaborative approach has fostered an extensive network of long-term relationships within the industry.

Prior to joining Hilco, Tom was a consultant with A&G Realty Partners and previously with DJM Realty for eight years.  Tom’s retail experience was forged during his 25+ year affiliation with teen apparel retailer Weathervane, where he was formerly Chief Operating Officer.   Tom is an ICSC member and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree from Syracuse University.
David Kirshenbaum
Senior Vice President
Davis Kirshenbaum David joined Hilco in 2011 and has multiple, senior-level responsibilities as team/project leader in connection with lease restructuring/renewal, asset management of owned and leased property and property acquisition and disposition transactions. David leads HRE’s efforts related to the strategic real estate repositioning and disposition of our clients’ non-retail related property portfolios, from both a business development and execution perspective. He has and will continue to work with esteemed companies such as Starbucks, Office Depot, Whole Foods, Wal-Mart, Bed Bath and Beyond, Walgreens and a host of local, regional and national retailers, industrial and office clients as well as restaurants.

An experienced real estate professional, David brings Hilco Real Estate a broad and deep background in property development, leasing, brokerage, acquisitions, dispositions, loan restructuring, strategic planning, asset management and general management. He has been actively involved with large portfolios of retail projects, consisting of nearly 10,000,000 square feet, as well as several office assets. He has overseen the development of over 1,200 affordable rental units, 600 high-end condominiums and over 3,500 mid-rise and loft condominium units, and has been involved in numerous ground- up and rehab retail, office and mixed-use projects comprising several million square feet. In addition, David has been responsible for residential sales, rentals and operations as well as several stand-alone real estate related businesses such as student housing and public storage facilities.

Prior to joining Hilco Real Estate, David was Senior Vice President of Residential and Retail Operations with Joseph Freed and Associates, LLC, a Chicago-based developer, manager and owner of large-scale urban retail, residential and mixed-use projects. Prior thereto, David served as COO then President of LR Development Company, also a Chicago-based developer focused on affordable, adaptive re-use and high-end residential developments. Earlier, David was a transactional real estate attorney with the firm of Rudnick & Wolfe (now DLA Piper).

David graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Following Emory, David graduated from Northwestern University School of Law with a JD degree, followed by an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management where he majored in Finance, Marketing and International Business. He is an active member of ICSC, AECRE, CoreNet, the ACC and the Chicago Real Estate Council. He is actively involved with the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and Northwestern Law School as a mentor, has guest-lectured at Northwestern, and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Law at Northwestern Law School where he teaches Real Estate Finance Law.
Steve Madura
Senior Associate - Dispositions

Steve brings extensive real estate marketing and transactional experience to Hilco Real Estate, having participated in the sale of over $100 million worth of properties of nearly every asset class on a national and international basis in the course of his career.  He has sold commercial and residential real estate including multifamily, office, industrial, hospitality, golf course development, retail and special use properties on behalf of high profile clients such as JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Prudential, Wells Fargo, ING/Clarion, Royal Bank of Canada, Banco Popular and the State of Illinois.  Steve’s responsibilities within Hilco’s disposition team include project management, deal structuring, marketing and execution of strategic sales processes for owned real estate assignments. 

Prior to joining Hilco Real Estate, Steve held a senior project management position with Sheldon Good & Company, structuring and executing accelerated marketing programs utilizing a variety of disposition methods.  While at Sheldon Good, he was not only instrumental in the execution of many of the company’s largest auctions, but also in implementing technological changes to effectively streamline every stage of the sales process.

Steve holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University. He is a licensed Real Estate Broker and Auctioneer in the State of Illinois. Steve contributes his time to many local organizations including the Boy Scouts of America, Feed My Starving Children and The First Tee of Aurora.
Janice K. Nocita
Director, Project Management
Matt Tabloff Jan joined Hilco in 2012 and is responsible for coordinating Hilco Real Estate’s business development and marketing initiatives, in addition to refining operating processes across the entire platform of services.  Jan brings to Hilco more than 20 years’ experience in commercial real estate, finance and corporate operations.  Prior to joining Hilco, she was Director of Corporate Operations at Joseph Freed and Associates LLC, a Chicago-based developer, manager and owner of large-scale urban retail, residential and mixed-use projects.  At Freed, Jan was responsible for the company’s risk management, operational policies and procedures, office facilities and procurement of services, media relations and company communications, in addition to special projects related to development financing and owned property management.

Prior to Freed, Jan was a Vice President and Underwriting/Planning Manager at Heller Financial, Inc., an international lending institution providing financing to mid-market business clients.  The majority of Jan’s 15-year Heller career was in commercial real estate finance, where she served primarily in due diligence and credit management roles, coordinating new business underwritings and establishing and implementing credit policy.  While at Heller, Jan also managed portfolios of both performing loan and non-performing REO properties, in addition to establishing internal corporate portfolio analysis processes which served to enhance business performance reporting for the holding company.
Jim Rategan
Vice President
James develops client and partner relationships for Hilco Merchant Resources and Hilco Real Estate, as well as other companies in the Hilco retail platform. He works with retailers and their advisors to provide capital and liquidity through asset-related advisory and monetization services in the context of mergers & acquisitions, restructurings, divestitures, and operational enhancements.

James is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, Turnaround Management Association, Commercial Finance Association and American Bankruptcy Institute.  Prior to joining Hilco, James worked for mTeam Financial, CIBC Oppenheimer, and the Asset Management Division of Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Zvi Rhine
Vice President
Zvi’s efforts are focused on sourcing investment opportunities in the distressed markets, underwriting sale-leaseback transactions as well as executing leasehold restructuring and termination assignments. On the project management side, Zvi has acted as an advisor to such clients as Bally Total Fitness, Homemade Pizza and Planet Organic.

Prior to joining Hilco, Zvi was a Director at Boone Capital from 2005 to 2008, a multi-strategy, event driven hedge fund focused on distressed investments across the capital structure in small to mid-cap companies. The fund grew from $30mm in assets when Zvi joined to over $400mm at its peak.  Zvi acted as a generalist but focused primarily on consumer related industries where he analyzed company fundamentals, cash flows and valuations. During his tenure, Zvi sourced and researched numerous actionable investments and was responsible for well over half the positions in the portfolio. Moreover, Zvi organized several dinners involving various corporate executives and buy-side investors to network as well as exchange ideas in an intimate setting.

Before Boone Capital, Zvi was an associate in the high yield research group of Banc of America Securities (“B of A”) covering leisure, lodging and gaming companies. While following companies under his coverage, Zvi’s analysis resulted in investment ideas utilized by the trading desk.

From 2001 to 2003, Zvi was an associate at U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray in the Private Capital Group – Discovery Equity Partners LP, a small cap equity hedge fund with $40 million in assets under management. At Discovery, Zvi worked with the principals to launch the fund while developing every quantitative screening technique to identify potential investment candidates. He also built various qualitative models and methods to evaluate companies and determine entry/exit prices.

Zvi is a graduate of the University of Illinois where he was the recipient of The Bronze Tablet for being in the top 1% of his graduating class.
Joel Schneider
Senior Vice President
 Joel H. Schneider

Joel Schneider has been with Hilco Real Estate since 2011 and leads the disposition group, assisting clients with monetizing owned real estate with a focus on industrial, retail and special use assets.  In his almost thirty years of real estate experience, he has developed a broad range of expertise, covering the areas of sale transactions, asset and portfolio management, valuation and investment analysis, development, financing, and strategic planning.  Joel specializes in assisting clients who are generally not in the real estate business --- usually in the context of a bankruptcy, liquidation, or corporate restructuring --- with implementing strategies to create liquidity from their surplus real estate assets.  Some of his recent clients include Wells Fargo Capital Finance, Executive Sounding Board Associates, American Capital Strategies, Phoenix Management, American Blue Ribbon Holdings, and Huron Consulting,

Prior to joining Hilco, Joel was a Principal at Atlas Partners, a Chicago-based boutique real estate advisory firm where he focused on asset disposition for his clients which included attorneys, lenders, and turnaround firms.  Prior to Atlas, Joel was Senior Manager in the Midwest practice of Ernst & Young’s Real Estate Advisory Services group.  There he led assignments for clients including Best Buy Co., Equity Office Properties, and CMD Realty.  Much of the focus of his consulting work was devising and implementing cost saving and improvement strategies related to his clients’ real estate holdings.

As Vice President for Portfolio Management at American Express’ internal corporate real estate department, Joel was responsible for strategic programming and transactional support with regard to the company’s 18 million square foot real estate portfolio it occupied around the world.
At the Balcor Company, an institutional owner of real estate, Joel was Managing Director of Portfolio Management, where he was involved with creating, underwriting, and supporting workout strategies for many of the company’s real estate assets, including retail, office, industrial, multi-family, and vacant land.

Joel earned a B.S. degree from Indiana University and a Masters in City Planning from Harvard University.  He holds real estate sales and auction licenses in numerous states and is a member of several professional organizations, including the Turnaround Management Association, the Commercial Finance Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Chicago Real Estate Council where he previously served as its president.  In 1995 he was elected into Lambda Alpha, an honorary land economics society.


Geoffrey S. Schnipper, CCIM
Vice President

Geoffrey S. Schnipper, CCIM Geoff brings extensive commercial real estate marketing and transactional expertise to Hilco Real Estate.  He has been with Hilco since 2007 and is responsible for the disposition of owned real estate, project management, and deal structuring for Hilco Real Estate and has represented a diverse client mix of REITs, Fortune 500 Companies, banks, home builders, and the US Bankruptcy Court handling the disposition of virtually every asset class of real estate.  During his career, Geoff has executed more than 150 transactions totaling over $350 million in gross proceeds for his clients.  Prior to joining Hilco Real Estate, Geoff worked with Sheldon Good & Company Auctions, the nation's largest real estate auction firm, structuring and executing accelerated marketing programs.

Geoff holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Texas. He has also earned the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation from the National Association of REALTORS.   Geoff is a memb, er of the Turnaround Management Association (TMA) and , American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI).

Jake Schumer
Senior Associate

Since joining Hilco Real Estate in 2009, Jake has played an integral role in HRE’s business operations and client development. He focuses on real estate valuation services, lease renegotiation/disposition, property acquisitions, tenant representation, and retail bankruptcies. As a key member of the restructuring division, Jake performs work across a variety of asset classes. He is an operations leader for healthy, distressed, and bankrupt entities looking to reposition their leasehold portfolios and has conducted successful lease restructuring programs for franchisee tenants. Jake has worked for a broad spectrum of Hilco clients including A&P, American TV, Bally Total Fitness, Burger King, Conn’s, HD Supply, Hostess, Michael’s Stores, P.F. Chang's, Starbucks, Zales, and many others.

Jake earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa and is currently pursuing his MBA at DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business with a dual concentration in Real Estate Finance and International Business. He is a licensed real estate broker in Illinois and a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).
Benjamin Spera
Senior Vice President
Ben has worked in commercial real estate since 2004 and has extensive experience with real property acquisition, asset management, capital structuring, financial modeling, and asset valuation.

Since joining HRE in January 2011, Ben has been involved in the acquisition of over 2.5 million square feet of real estate valued in excess of $100 million.  Ben’s primary responsibilities include transaction sourcing, structuring, underwriting, and debt/equity placement.  He also plays a key role in the asset management process, assisting with the negotiation and coordination of leases, planning and implementation of capital projects, and other value enhancement initiatives.

In addition to his acquisitions work, Ben also provides strategic asset management advisory services to several clients, including national lending institutions, private equity funds, and special servicers.

Prior to joining Hilco, Ben worked as a Vice President with Anglo Irish Bank where he was responsible for managing numerous lending relationships across several loan portfolios valued at $2 billion in the aggregate.  Ben worked in both the Boston and New York offices and was involved in all aspects of the business including loan origination, underwriting, and asset management.  Following the market decline in 2008, Ben was instrumental in the negotiation and restructuring of over $600 million of senior and subordinated debt positions. 

Ben received a BA in economics, summa cum laude, from Boston College and is a CFA charterholder.

Matt Tabloff
Vice President

Matt Tabloff Matt joined Hilco in 2006 as Vice President of Hilco Real Estate’s Lease Restructuring, Disposition and Advisory practice.  Matt is responsible for overseeing a broad range of activities, including the underwriting and deal structuring for new pursuits, acting as a primary contact and quality control point for the group’s clients, leading of day-to-day operations and reporting, and deal making.  In recent years Matt has worked with a number of national and multi-national retailers, successfully achieving value for these clients through the repositioning of thousands of leases throughout North America. Some of the recent clients served by Matt include Starbucks, Michael’s, Aaron Brothers, A&P, Raley’s, Food Lion (Delhaize), Tops Markets, Applebee’s, Fox & Hounds/Champps, American Blue Ribbon Holdings (O’Charley’s), Bally Total Fitness, Bain & Company, Gabriel Brothers, Rugged Warehouse, CRC Health, Providence Service Corp, and Remedi Senior Care.

Matt previously worked as a key member of Hilco’s principal acquisitions group.  During that time, he played a vital role in the creation of the business unit, with responsibilities that included the sourcing and underwriting of properties throughout North America, all property and market due diligence, financial analysis, deal structuring, as well as developing/managing relationships with strategic partners. Matt has played an instrumental role in the acquisition of fee and leasehold interests across multiple real estate asset classes, both inside and outside of bankruptcy, including transactions ranging from the acquisition of vacant “dark” real estate to raising capital for companies via sale-leaseback.

Matt graduated from the business school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Finance. He holds his real estate broker’s license for the state of Illinois and is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).
Michael Tsandilas
Senior Vice President

Mike joined Hilco in 2009 and is primarily responsible for debt and asset management, including structuring and execution of loan workout strategies and serving as asset manager for Hilco Real Estate’s owned real estate portfolio.  Mike has worked in commercial real estate for over fifteen years and has extensive experience in workout, asset management, capital structuring, financial modeling and asset valuation.

Prior to joining Hilco, Mike  was formerly with TriSail Capital, where he responsible for commercial real estate origination and underwriting of mezzanine and participating debt loans to private and public real estate developers throughout the United States.

Before joining TriSail, Mike was a vice president with Anglo Irish Bank, where he was responsible for loan origination along the east coast of the United States. Prior to Anglo Irish Bank, Mike spent over 10 years at Bank of America (and its predecessor banks) in various roles including senior vice president in the Home Builder Finance Group, director in the Structured Finance Group and vice president in the Shopping Center Finance Group. While at Bank of America, Mike originated, underwrote and syndicated over $1B of commercial real estate debt, which included high yield commercial paper, residential and commercial construction facilities and mezzanine and B-note loans.
Mike received his B.A from Boston College and his M.B.A. from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts.

John Tschantz
Senior Associate - Dispositions

John joined Hilco in 2012 and brings extensive transactional experience to the commercial real estate dispositions team.  John is responsible for day-to-day execution of the strategic sales processes for Hilco Real Estate’s diverse assignments. Since joining Hilco, John has helped value and execute numerous sales strategies for complex portfolio and single asset dispositions. Through these transactions, John has gained significant experience in primary, secondary, and even tertiary markets nationwide.

Prior to joining Hilco Real Estate, John worked for ProTen Realty Group / CORFAC International, a Chicago-based boutique tenant advisory firm. Specializing in office lease transactions, John helped close over $18 million of cumulative lease values during his tenure. Prior to that, John worked as an analyst for CB Richard Ellis in Chicago. While working for CBRE's Debt and Equity Financing division, John gained exposure to the marketing and financing for all asset classes including multi-family, industrial, office, and retail.

John earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. He holds an Illinois Real Estate Broker’s License and is involved in numerous community organizations around the greater Chicagoland area. John is also a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

Benjamin Ziff
Director, Business Development
Ben has been with Hilco since 2007, having worked for various Hilco business units, including Hilco Appraisal Services and Hilco Merchant Resources. In 2010, Benjamin took on a business development role for the Hilco Real Estate and Hilco Industrial platforms, pursuing industrial capital asset and real property acquisition opportunities. In this capacity, Benjamin has played a critical role in sourcing Hilco acquisitions of assets valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Benjamin earned a bachelor's degree in finance from DePaul University, graduating Summa Cum Laude.
Regarding Brokerage Activities
Unless otherwise noted, the individuals listed above are sponsored licensees of Hilco Real Estate, LLC, which is an Illinois-licensed real estate holding company. Mr. Greg Apter serves as managing broker of record for Hilco Real Estate, LLC.