Christopher Ilekis is the owner and founder of Vequity and its affiliated companies, with a focus on commercial real estate transactions since 2003. In that time, he’s represented over 500 lease and sale transactions for both national and local clients. His deep expertise in all aspects of the industry including development, design, finance, construction, and legal has contributed to Vequity’s success—including developing numerous retail projects valued over $200M in the last five years alone.
Christopher is also the owner and founder of Vequity Construction, a Chicago-based general contracting firm specializing in multi-unit facilities for local and global retailers, healthcare providers, and mixed-use commercial buildings in both urban and suburban locations nationally. Vequity Construction works in collaboration with its clients and its talented design and construction professionals to provide a trustworthy, transparent, and reliable construction process.
Vequity Real Estate Advisors (VREA) is a full-service retail real estate brokerage firm, started by Ilekis. VREA exclusively represents some of the world’s top retail brands and helps manage their real estate site selection process both locally and nationally.
Kim manages our overall operations and organizational processes for the development team as well as oversees all marketing efforts. Her wealth of administrative and leadership experience has been invaluable. Prior to joining Vequity, she spent four years as an Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Sales at Automatic Data Processing, a Fortune 500 Company. Kim earned her bachelor’s in public relations from Illinois State University and is a licensed real estate broker.
Andrew’s main focus is on retail acquisitions and development. With his extensive knowledge of the marketplace, he assists with site selection and build-to-suit development for national retail clients. He’s also responsible for the leasing of Vequity’s portfolio, which consists of retail and mixed-use assets. Andrew earned his Bachelor of Finance from the University of Illinois, is a licensed Real Estate Broker, and is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Ivan’s skills and passion are fundamental to every aspect of our development and construction process. Over the years, he’s been involved with different aspects of over a dozen retail programs and over 4000 stores nationwide, including new construction, build-to-suit, building renovations, and acquisitions. Ivan earned his Bachelor’s of Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology and his Master of Science in Project Management from Northwestern University.
As the Development Partner, Jason manages new and existing programmatic expansion for national retailers, restaurants, and medical clients. Prior to Vequity, Jason, originated and managed programmatic expansion for multiple retail Tenants on a regional and national level overseeing and managing all aspects of the development process from origination to delivery. Jason has delivered retail projects in over 20 states throughout the U.S. He earned his Bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas and is a licensed Real Estate Broker, and is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Kevin is innovation-focused and passionate about enhancing investor value through improving the speed, accuracy, and reliability of financial information through process automation. He has significant experience in real estate accounting and financial analysis with a focus in commercial, industrial, and residential asset types. Kevin holds a Master’s in Accountancy from the University of Notre Dame and a Bachelor of Accountancy from Miami University. He’s also a Certified Public Accountant.
Veronica oversees the day-to-day accounting functions at Vequity and also helps facilitate the load draw process, manages cash flow, and handles reporting for all Vequity properties and corporate entities. She earned her Master of Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University and has over 10 years of accounting experience in industries such as software development, SEC compliance, and renewable energy.
Ryan’s main focus is on site selection and acquisitions for new build-to-suit developments throughout the United States. Ryan works directly with national retail brands to understand their unique needs and deliver the best sites based on his experience and expertise. Ryan received his B.S. in Entrepreneurship from Miami University’s Farmer School of Business in Oxford, Ohio. Ryan is a licensed Real Estate Broker, and is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers
Scott helps our clients through site design, planning, and preconstruction phases of development. He’s been working in the built environment for over a decade as a real estate broker, green building consultant, project manager, and designer. Scott holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from Colorado State University and a bachelor’s from Michigan State University. He’s also a licensed landscape architect in Illinois.
Eric’s main focus is on retail acquisitions and development. He assists with site selection and build-to-suit development for national retail clients. He also assists in the leasing of Vequity’s portfolio, which consists of both retail and mixed-use assets. Eric graduated from Lake Forest College where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business. He is a licensed Real Estate Broker and is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Molly is a Client Services Coordinator in Vequity’s Chicago office, who partners with the brokerage team in creating and coordinating the distribution of internal and external marketing information to clients.
After attending Columbia College in Chicago with a focus on advertising and graphic design, Molly Implements her expertise of creating visual concepts through design as well as concentrating on the constantly expanding marketing trends.
Molly has previously supported attorney’s in the analyzation of property tax assessments throughout the City of Chicago. Representing commercial, industrial, and multi-unit residential property owners in acquiring fair and equitable real estate and personal property tax assessments.
Annie is a Project Administrator who partners with both the development and construction teams to provide support in multiple facets of real estate. With previous experience in property management, Annie utilizes her expertise in the field to manage both our commercial and residential properties. Annie holds an Illinois Leasing License and a BA in economics and history from the University of Wisconsin.
Caila works in partnership with the Executive Team on all aspects of business management and marketing as it relates to our clients needs. Prior to joining Vequity, Caila specialized in the direct hire and placement of construction and property asset professionals in the Chicago Metro Area as well as the Midwest. Caila earned her Bachelor of Science from North Carolina State University.