Our People

JBC employees share great synergy and a passion for creating value. Our outstanding team supports each other in delivering industry-leading service and solutions. Every employee plays a vital role in sustaining an investment and culture that fosters and rewards teamwork, creativity and success.

Executive Management:

John A. Buck II

Chairman

Experience

John A. Buck founded The John Buck Company in 1981 and serves as its Chairman. Mr. Buck oversees the operation of the firm’s comprehensive real estate services, including fund management, development, financial services, and asset management services for commercial, mixed-use, residential and retail properties throughout the world. Mr. Buck serves on JBC’s Board of Directors and is a member of the Investment Committee.

Throughout his career, Mr. Buck has served the community through numerous civic boards and committees.  In addition to The John Buck Company Foundation, which focuses on at-risk children and families within the Chicago metro-area, Mr. Buck has served on the Metropolitan Planning Council; The Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago; The Lyric Opera; San Miguel Schools; and, The Big Shoulders Fund.

Mr. Buck received a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, a JD from the University of Texas Law School, and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business and Finance.

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Richard Lindsay

Chief Executive Officer

Experience

Mr. Lindsay serves as Chief Executive Officer and Co-Principal of Development for The John Buck Company.  Mr. Lindsay is responsible for oversight of all JBC firm activities and is directly involved in all aspects of JBC’s development and construction related functions. Mr. Lindsay serves on JBC’s Board of Directors and Investment Committee.

Prior to joining JBC, Mr. Lindsay was Managing Director of Kerzner Interational in the Middle East. Development companies he has held executive positions with include Reichmann International, Program Service Group, and Olympia & York. For a number of years he was co-owner of a development advisory company undertaking developments on behalf of investors and institutions including GS Whitehall Funds, Trizechahn Europe, Abu Dhabi Media Authority, and Chatterjee Fund Management. His experience includes working in USA, Europe, India, Middle East, Mexico, South Africa and North Africa.

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Kevin Hites

Chief Investment Officer

Experience

Mr. Hites serves as a Principal and Chief Investment Officer for The John Buck Company with primary responsibility for the development and implementation of investment strategy, oversight and coordination of the firm’s investment activities and the origination of new investment opportunities.  Mr. Hites also has direct responsibility for management of capital partner and investor relationships and is a member of The John Buck Company’s Investment Committee and Board of Directors.

Prior to joining JBC, Mr. Hites was Chief Investment Officer at Pearlmark Real Estate Partners, where he oversaw and coordinated the firm’s investment activities.  In addition, Kevin was a member of Pearlmark’s Investment and Management committees.  Mr. Hites invested over $2 billion in real estate across the U.S. on behalf of Pearlmark’s private equity funds during his 15-year tenure at the firm.  Previously, Mr. Hites was with ING Clarion Partners in New York, where he was involved in acquisitions and asset management. He also worked in Morgan Stanley Dean Witter’s Real Estate Investment Banking Group in New York.

Mr. Hites earned his AB degree in Business Economics at Brown University and his MBA at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.  He is an active member of Urban Land Institute (ULI).

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Betsy Traczek

Principal | Head of Property Management

Experience

Ms. Traczek joined JBC in 1995 and currently serves as the Head of Property Management. Ms. Traczek oversees all management activities of JBC with a focus on client satisfaction and retention, quality control of the management platform, and hiring and training personnel. Ms. Traczek serves on JBC’s Board of Directors.

Prior to her current position, Ms. Traczek was involved with the management of over 3.35 million square feet of Class A office space at JBC. As the General Manager at the Leo Burnett Building, she was involved with the successful completion of a complex, simultaneous renewal of two major tenants totaling over one million square feet.

Ms. Traczek earned her B.S. in Business Administration from Marquette University.  She is a certified Real Property Administrator and a licensed Illinois Salesperson.

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Dirk Degenaars

Chief Operating Officer

Experience

Mr. Degenaars serves as the Chief Operating Officer for The John Buck Company and the JBC Funds with primary responsibility for portfolio management, fund performance, investment oversight and coordination of the firm’s  asset management function.  Mr. Degenaars is also responsible for originating new investment opportunities, managing the firm’s  capital relationships and serves on the JBC Board of Directors and Investment Committee.

Prior to joining JBC, Mr. Degenaars was a Managing Principal at Pearlmark Real Estate Partners, where he oversaw the firm’s equity investment and asset management activity in mixed-use investments on a national basis and coordinated commercial acquisitions in various gateway markets.  Previously, Mr. Degenaars was with Lend Lease Real Estate Investments, where he was involved in asset management on behalf of several fund vehicles and separate account clients.  Mr. Degenaars began his career with JLL (formerly LaSalle Partners) in its Corporate Finance/Investment Banking Group.

Mr. Degenaars earned his AB degree at Dartmouth College and is an active member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

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Sherri Davis

Chief Administrative Officer

Experience

Sherri Davis is Chief Administrative Officer of The John Buck Company and serves as Assistant to the Chairman.  Ms. Davis has been with the firm for over 25 years and her duties include overseeing human resources, policy, legal and the administrative staff. Ms. Davis also serves on the Compensation Committee and performs a variety of executive level duties for John Buck in order to assist him thoroughly in the scope, diversity and complexity of all operations of the firm.

Ms. Davis also serves as an internal and external central resource on initiatives for the firm, where she coordinates and oversees activities in support of the company’s portfolio.

Ms. Davis is actively involved in JBC’s Civic Involvement Committee and serves as Officer-in-Charge of the Annual Spring Fling event.

Ms. Davis attended the University of Houston.

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Sam Persico

Chief Financial Officer

Experience

Mr. Persico serves as the Chief Financial Officer of the firm.  His primary responsibilities include oversight and management of all treasury, accounting and financial reporting functions, as well as the maintenance of all of the firm’s banking and investor relations.

Prior to joining JBC, Mr. Persico was a Managing Director at The Corvus Group Inc., primarily responsible for oversight of the firm’s ongoing contracts with the FDIC.  Mr. Persico was hired by Corvus in 2010, at the height of the most recent financial crisis, to provide consulting and compliance monitoring services to the FDIC in their disposition of over $8 billion in failed bank commercial real estate loan and REO portfolios.  From 1997 to 2010, Mr. Persico was Sr. Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Metropolitan Real Estate Co., a commercial real estate development company located in Oak Brook, IL.  He also served as President of Metropolitan’s residential development company, Stonegate Development, Inc. from 2000 to 2010.  In these executive positions, Mr. Persico was responsible for the development and sale of over $200 million in residential condominium, retail and mixed-use projects, including several build-to-suit Walgreens retail outlets and prominent downtown Chicago condominium buildings such as Silver Tower and Park Place Chicago.  Mr. Persico began his career at the public accounting firm Altschuler, Melvoin & Glasser.

Mr. Persico earned his B.S. in Accounting from Illinois State University in 1987 and is a CPA in the State of Illinois.

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Dominic Adducci

Principal

Experience

Mr. Adducci serves as Principal of the Development Group for The John Buck Company.  His responsibilities include managing the planning and execution of development projects.  He leads the development team through feasibility, design, entitlements, site acquisition and budgeting early in a project and later oversees construction, reporting, leasing and cost control.

Prior to joining JBC, Mr. Adducci was Managing Director of Mesirow Financial Real Estate and its predecessor firm, Stein & Company.  During his nearly 24 years at Mesirow and Stein, he led projects as diverse as the design-build Chicago Board of Trade addition, an office building for Ameritech’s (now AT&T) corporate campus in Hoffman Estates, Illinois and a 237-unit condominium project in downtown Chicago.  Prior to Stein & Company, Mr. Adducci served as Director of Portfolio Management at CNA Insurance where he restructured troubled real estate transactions valued at $500 million.  He also managed design and construction for the IBM Corporation in the Midwestern region.

Mr. Adducci earned a Bachelor of Science with highest honors and Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Masters of Real Estate Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Ben Kochalski

Principal | JBC West

Experience

Mr. Kochalski serves as a Principal in The John Buck Company’s Investments Group. As Co-Head of the West Coast regional office, his primary responsibilities include development and implementation of investment strategy, oversight and coordination of the West Coast investment activities. In addition, Ben is responsible for joint venture structuring and the origination of new investment opportunities for the firm’s West Coast regional office.

Prior to joining The John Buck Company, Ben worked for InSite Real Estate, LLC as a Director. While at InSite, his primary focus consisted of acquisitions, development management, and asset management.

Mr. Kochalski earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Ohio State University. He received his M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s  J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management.  He is also an active member of Urban Land Institute (ULI).

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Charles Beaver

Principal

Experience

Mr. Beaver serves as Head of JBC Funds and Principal with the primary responsibility for the JBC Fund’s activities including marketing, reporting, development, property management, investor relations, and leasing.  Mr. Beaver serves on JBC’s Board of Directors and is a member of the Investment Committee.

Prior to joining JBC, Mr. Beaver was Principal and Regional Manager for the Midwest Region of an international real estate advisory firm, Lend Lease Real Estate Investments (formerly Equitable Real Estate). In the nine years he held this position, Mr. Beaver oversaw a $3.4 billion portfolio of office, retail, multi-family and industrial properties which were all acquired and asset managed by a forty-member Chicago-based staff. The 13-state Midwest office for Lend Lease exceeded $2.5 billion in new investment equity acquisitions over a four-year period beginning in 1996.

Mr. Beaver earned a B.S. in Business Administration majoring in Real Estate and Insurance, from Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pennsylvania.  Mr. Beaver has been awarded the MAI (Member Appraisal Institute) designation.

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