Kiser Group promotes Jake Parker and hires four more

Kiser Group announced new hires including brokers Andy Friedman and Fred Yarandi, broker associate Tejonne Vinson and analysts Scott Harris and Justin Turner. The brokerage firm also promoted Jake Parker from analyst to broker.

Jake Parker, 24, was promoted after working as an analyst for a year and a half. Parker graduated from Michigan State University before working as an analyst at Kiser Group where he supported director Michael D’Agostino. Jake Parker will focus his brokerage efforts throughout Chicago’s neighborhoods.

“Jake joined us with no previous experience in commercial real estate but has shown a great level of ambition, persistence and analytical intelligence,” said Lee Kiser, principal and managing broker at Kiser Group. “He is a team player with his supportive nature and encouragement towards his peers.”

Broker Andy Friedman joins Kiser Group after numerous entrepreneurial ventures and a career as a trader at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Friedman focuses his brokerage efforts on condo deconversions and northwest side neighborhoods such as Logan Square. Broker Fred Yarandi joins Kiser Group after being a real estate investor himself and working as a packaging engineer for nearly three decades. Yarandi focuses his brokerage efforts in Chicago’s north side neighborhoods.

Broker associate Tejonne Vinson specializes in suburban Chicago deals and supports broker Matt Halper. Previously, Vinson worked as a contract attorney and graduated from DePaul University College of Law. Analysts Scott Harris and Justin Turner support Kiser Group’s Hyde Park Office, working closely with senior director Noah Birk and director Aaron Sklar. Both Harris and Turner focus their attention on Chicago’s south side apartment markets.

The wave of hires and promotions at Kiser Group comes after a recruiting campaign that began at the beginning of the year. Kiser Group continues to recruit additional brokers and recently expanded their footprint by opening a satellite office in Hyde Park.