Clear Height Properties adds to property management, accounting staffs

Chicago-based real estate investment and management firm Clear Height Properties has appointed three new people to the company. Joining the firm are Monika Cepaitis as property manager, Ryan Ferris as associate property manager and Tom Kuczek as accounting associate.

“As we continue to grow our portfolio and deepen the level and types of services we offer, we will be looking to bring on board talented individuals in all areas of our business,” said Joseph Sergi, COO of Clear Height Properties. “We are excited to bring Monika, Ryan and Tom on board to help integrate into our systems our recent and significant portfolio acquisitions.”

Cepaitis will oversee the day-to-day operations of office, industrial and flex properties. Her responsibilities include management, leasing, client retention, property maintenance and overseeing operating budget. Previously, she was an asset management associate at Arbor Lodging Partners, where she was accountable for monitoring key trends for a 14-hotel portfolio, with an emphasis on accounting and hotel operations. Cepaitis graduated with a B.A. in communication from University of Illinois Champaign and is a licensed real estate broker in Illinois.

Ferris will be responsible for managing property assets, tenant relationships and assisting the management team in day-to-day company operations. He previously worked as a commercial real estate analyst with Colliers International in the firm’s Ann Arbor, Michigan office. A licensed real estate broker in Michigan and Illinois, Ferris is a graduate of Michigan State University with a B.A. degree in economics.

Kuczek will assist the team with all aspects of accounting and finance. More specifically, Kuczek assists the finance director with day-to-day operations and communicating with Clear Height Properties property management team. His interest in real estate stems from coursework at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he earned his B.S. in finance with a minor in kinesiology.

In the last several months Clear Height Properties has made two significant acquisitions, including a portfolio of five industrial properties from American Landmark Properties and a $40 million portfolio of office and flex properties that included 26TWENTYFIVE, a 201,800-square-foot office building in Oak Brook, Illinois.

Since late Spring, Clear Height Properties has nearly doubled the size of its staff. Earlier this year the firm announced the appointments of Jason Pammler, managing director of project and development services, and Gary Rose, managing director, asset management and acquisitions.