Seeing things differently

From the initial walkthrough with our acquisition team to our engineers ensuring every building runs smoothly to the personalization each team member gives every tenant—we see and do things others don’t. And through experience, teamwork and creative vision, we create what others can’t. This is what it means to be Ameritus.

Our relationships and expertise in the Midwest real estate market bring more upside.

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Meet our team.

Jeb Scherb

Partner

Jeb Scherb

Managing Partner

Jeb founded Ameritus, LLC in 1999 and is a Partner. He’s helped grow the company from a boutique services provider to an investment sponsor for institutional and high-net worth real estate investors. He manages our acquisition, development and implementation business of plans including leasing, capital projects and property operations.

Jeb has over 25 years of commercial real estate experience, starting his career with Frain Camins & Swartchild (which eventually became CBRE). Today, with a focus on office and industrial transactions in the Chicago and the Upper Midwest markets, Jeb has arranged over $1 Billion in leasing and investment transactions.

He’s also the co-founder of Young Office Brokers Association, and past recipient of the Frank Mahoney Award for Excellence in Brokerage. Jeb is a proud graduate of St. Lawrence University, holds the CCIM designation and is an Illinois licensed real estate broker.

WHAT DRIVES YOU

“Bringing the history, character and architectural personality of a building to the surface to create an exciting environment where people and ideas can flourish.”

Benjamin Nummy

Partner

Benjamin Nummy

Managing Partner

Ben is an Ameritus, LLC Partner. He leads our acquisition activities, investment management, and is our point of contact for firm’s equity and lending partners. Internally, he oversees all capital markets transactions, fund administration and investor reporting.

Ben brings over 25-years of institutional real estate experience to our organization. He’s held various senior level investment positions at Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, Morgan Stanley, and a boutique Chicago based private equity firm. Throughout his career, Ben has invested over $2,500M of capital in debt, mezzanine and equity structures throughout the United States and in all commercial property types.

He’s a graduate of Syracuse University and serves on its Chicago Council. He earned his MBA at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and holds the CCIM designation.

WHAT DRIVES YOU

“Recognizing value where others don’t and finding solutions to complex investments by utilizing the firm’s collective base of knowledge and creativity.”

Bob Budington

Partner

Bob Budington

Partner

Bob is an Ameritus, LLC Partner and leads our tenant representation business. He oversees all third party leasing activity of our Ameritus-sponsored investments.

Bob brings over 25-years of commercial real estate experience and a diverse skillset with a background in asset management, leasing, property acquisitions and dispositions. He’s negotiated leases in excess of $500M in value, assisted in acquisitions and dispositions of $500M in assets, and also implemented marketing and leasing programs for over 5 million square feet of office and industrial buildings.

Prior to joining us, Bob held positions with Jones Lang LaSalle, Golub & Company, Colliers International and Avison Young. He is an Illinois licensed real estate broker and a graduate of Cornell University.

WHAT DRIVES YOU

“Creating the relationships with my clients and investors that allow us to solve their real estate challenges. Helping my colleagues grow their professional and personal lives while building a successful company. And most of all, my kids.”

Scott Sessa

Asset Management

Scott Sessa

Managing Director and Principal

Scott is our primary agency leasing representative for the firm’s CBD office portfolio. He has successfully marketed some of our most successful projects such as 205 West Wacker, 213 West Institute Place and 549 West Randolph. He is also spearheading the business development of our third-party services activities.

Scott previously leased the 4.2 million square foot Merchandise Mart and was a senior representative in the Agency Leasing department for CBRE. He attended Ferris State College and studied Criminal Justice.

WHAT DRIVES YOU

“Making connections among my firm, my clients, and tenants. I enjoy the process of negotiating a deal that provides a tenant a new home.”

Vera A. Halicki

Asset Management

Vera A. Halicki

Vice President

Vera is a Vice President of Ameritus LLC. She leads the portfolio management functions within the firm and interacts extensively with our partners over asset management issues.

Vera has extensive office and industrial asset management experience through her prior employment at publicly traded REITs such as Parkway Properties, Equity Commonwealth and the RMR Group .

During her career, Vera has asset managed national portfolios as large as 3 million square feet. She is a graduate of McGill University and received her MS in Real Estate from Roosevelt University. Vera serves on the Board of Directors for The Goldie Initiative which provides mentoring and scholarships to women pursuing a career in commercial real estate.

WHAT DRIVES YOU

“I’m driven by solving problems and finding the answers.”

Kim Conolty

Asset Management

Kim Conolty

Senior Property Manager

Kim is our Senior Property Manager focusing on our urban office portfolio. She achieved her RPA and FMA designations as the 2017 BOMA Full Designation scholarship recipient. Kim’s efforts were paramount to Ameritus being awarded a 2018 TOBY Award for Best Renovated Building. She is LEED GA certified and a Licensed Broker in Illinois.

Prior to joining us, Kim worked in promotional marketing and sports marketing. Kim earned her bachelor’s degree in Marketing at Illinois State University.

WHAT DRIVES YOU

“My co-workers. Nothing at Ameritus is done by a single person. Because each puzzle piece is needed to finish the project. It is important to show up, every day! And jelly beans. I love jelly beans.”

John Jablonski

Asset Management

John Jablonski

Property Manager

John is a Licensed Real Estate Broker with over 15 years of experience in the commercial real estate management and brokerage.

Prior to joining us, John achieved the CCIM designation while working in industrial brokerage at Darwin Realty. He has also worked in the financial services industry assisting advisors through the Allstate Insurance Bank Channel.

John has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from DePaul University.

WHAT DRIVES YOU

“Providing a work environment in which tenants can feel safe, motivated, and productive.”

Justin Perkins

Asset Management

Justin Perkins

Property Manager

Justin has over 12 years of residential and commercial management experience in markets from Michigan to Arizona. He has broad experience in both leasing and management of urban and suburban offices and apartment projects. His well-rounded background in the operations of institutional quality assets makes him a valuable member of our property management team.

Justin is also a proud military veteran of the United States Army.

WHAT DRIVES YOU

“The opportunity to learn from past mistakes and become a better person and a better professional because of them. Also, coffee. ”

Greg Boos

Asset Management

Greg Boos

Assistant Property Manager

Greg focuses his time on our suburban Chicago portfolio. Greg brings significant customer service experience to the firm through the retail and construction industries.

Greg is a licensed real estate broker in Illinois. He studied business at Northeastern Illinois University and received his degree in broadcasting from The Illinois Center for Broadcasting.

WHAT DRIVES YOU

“I strive to positively impact someone’s day, every day. Whether it be a simple hello and a smile, efficiently helping tenants with questions or property related issues, I am driven to make other people’s lives easier and happier.”

Justin Ohrmundt

Asset Management

Justin Ohrmundt

Managing Director and Principal

An architect by training, Justin leads Ameritus’s residential portfolio activities focusing on acquisitions, value add improvements, and property operations. Prior to joining Ameritus, Justin co-founded and operated the Stadt Group, a multi-family investment and management company. He was also a managing partner and CEO of Oxsys Construction , a design, build and development firm specializing in multifamily construction.

Justin also served as the COO at Hawthorne Development and Hawthorne Homes , where he headed US multifamily development and operations, managing a staff of 200+ people and a portfolio of 4,000+ apartments. He also was a project manager at the Proteus Group , where he was responsible for the design and development of medical and multifamily development projects nationally.

Justin is a graduate of the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

WHAT DRIVES YOU

“The ability to change somebody’s life through real estate, whether it’s at their place of work or where they live. Opportunities to reduce, reuse and recycle so we can lessen our impact today and reduce our footprint tomorrow. ”

Nicholas Maslauski

Asset Management

Nicholas Maslauski

Analyst

Nick is our disciplined analyst, providing underwriting and due diligence support to our investment and asset management activities. Nick graduated from the University of Wisconsin where he was extensively trained in Argus and investment modeling. He was also an active member of the real estate club. Nick previously held internship positions with CBRE and Sterling Bay.

WHAT DRIVES YOU

“Having the opportunity to contribute to our collaborative and creative work environment.”

Graham Riley

Asset Management

Graham Riley

Managing Director and Principal

Graham is a Managing Director and Principal of Ameritus. He leads our Denver office where he seeks investment opportunities. He brings a wealth of expertise with over $1B of transactional real estate experience in his 20 years of working for both institutional and entrepreneurial investor platforms.

Graham has held senior level positions at Pacifica Capital, McWhinney, and Real Capital Solutions which gave him exposure to a wide range of markets nationally. Additionally, he served as the Denver Regional Director for First Industrial Realty Trust.

Graham is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Real Estate Program, holds the CCIM designation, and is a licensed Colorado real estate broker.

WHAT DRIVES YOU

“I wake up every morning with a drive to find our next good real estate investment, even when it sometimes feels like looking for a needle in the haystack. I enjoy spending time outdoors skiing with my family.”

Steven Ross

Accounting & Administration

Steven Ross

Vice President

Steve is the Vice President of Finance at Ameritus. He’s responsible for investor communications and financial reporting to Ameritus’ lenders and equity partners. He has over 30-years of experience in senior accounting and finance roles at various real estate, investment, and private equity firms.

Steve started his career with a major national public accounting firm, and has worked at organizations including Kemper Financial Services, GTCR, and Valor Equity Partners. Steven is a Certified Public Accountant and earned his degree in Accountancy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

WHAT DRIVES YOU

“Working with a great group of people who treat each other with respect. I’m also driven by doing interesting and challenging tasks. Finally, being an accountant at heart, there’s nothing better than when the right side equals the left!”

Joanne Doll

Accounting & Administration

Joanne Doll

Vice President

Joanne is our controller. She handles all bookkeeping, banking, and lease administration, as well as assisting with financial reporting to our investors and lenders.

Her experience spans over a 30-year career in the Chicago real estate community, beginning with a developer of suburban office buildings. Joanne has held positions with Manulife Real Estate and Frain Camins & Swartchild before becoming the first employee of Ameritus, LLC. Joanne is an Illinois licensed real estate broker.

WHAT DRIVES YOU

“After 20 plus years with Ameritus, their success is my top priority. I put in whatever it takes to help us attain our goals. I have a very personal relationship with my job and I always try to exceed expectations.”

Vianney Floodas

Accounting & Administration

Vianney Floodas

Office Manager

Vianney serves proudly as our office manager and is usually provides the first greeting our clients receive. Her background in both real estate and design was honed through positions at Merchandise Mart Properties and several architecture firms including HOK and Moody Nolan, Inc.

Vianney is fluent in both English and Spanish and is a member of the Illinois Notaries Association.

WHAT DRIVES YOU

“Being a productive and positive person as an example to my co-workers and family.”

Ivette Medina

Accounting & Administration

Ivette Medina

Property Accountant

Ivette is responsible for accounts receivable and accounts payable for the properties in our portfilio. Previous to Ameritus, she was employed in residential property management where she gained significant accounting experience. She graduated with an Accounting degree from Northeastern Illinois University.

WHAT DRIVES YOU

“Attaining my goals of personal growth and my loving family.”

Demma Strausbaugh

Accounting & Administration

Demma Strausbaugh

Tenant Services Coordinator

Demma serves as a Tenant Services Coordinator for several of our CBD office buildings. She’s dedicated to making sure all of our tenants are getting the resources and attention they deserve. Working with past building managers on a variety of projects, she understands what it takes to make the tenant experience exceptional.

WHAT DRIVES YOU

“The excitement of learning something new and problem-solving! I also get motivated after petting a dog. That really gets me enthusiastic about life.”

Awards

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