Built on the bedrock of enduring value.

  • Since inception, JBC has made principal investments in assets comprising more than $7.7 billion of gross value.
  • We have made and acquired, developed, or redeveloped over 45 million square feet of office, residential, and mixed-use properties.
  • Through it all, we’ve built an unmatched reputation for exceptional quality, returns, and experiences.

Founded in 1981, The John Buck Company enjoys an enviable reputation as a premier, vertically integrated real estate company.

But long before our remarkable track record of success began, the values that shaped the company passed from father to son on the Texas panhandle.

As a depression-era farmer, Maynard Ramsey Buck taught a simple truth: if you buy the best you can afford and maintain it well, it will provide a lifetime of value. That lesson permeates every square foot of real estate developed or managed by the John Buck Company.

The company evolved from the developer that transformed Chicago’s Wacker Drive and River North to an international development, investment, and asset management firm that produces superior returns for our fund investors and capital partners. In turn, JBC utilized its operating platform to provide world-class property management, development, and construction services that continue to deliver enduring value to clients.

Because John Buck wouldn’t have it any other way.

John A. Buck II

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

John A. Buck II founded The John Buck Company in 1981 and currently serves as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Buck is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the firm and its resources. Mr. Buck also leads JBC’s Board of Directors and is a member of the Firm’s 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.

Corporate Board

Jeanne Lazar

Principal | Chief Financial Officer

Mrs. Lazar serves as Principal, Chief Financial Officer and Member of the Board of Directors and Investment Committee of The John Buck Company. Her primary responsibilities include oversight and management of all treasury, accounting, and financial reporting functions, investor relations, corporate administration, and information technology, as well as portfolio and asset management.

Prior to her current position with JBC, Mrs. Lazar was Chief Financial Officer for Westwood Financial in Los Angeles, CA, with responsibility for all financial reporting, compliance, policy development, budgeting and forecasting, information technology, and Human Resources.

Earlier, Mrs. Lazar also held the position of Chief Financial Officer with Topa Management Company in Los Angeles, Chief Accounting Officer at MPG Office Trust, Inc., and Senior Vice President of Irvine Company in Newport Beach, CA.

Mrs. Lazar earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting at University of Illinois, Chicago.

Michael Moravek

Principal

Mr. Moravek currently serves as Principal in charge of Architecture, Engineering and Construction. He is also a member of the JBC Board of Directors. Mr. Moravek joined JBC in 1987 and has been instrumental in the design, engineering, and construction of numerous projects for JBC, including the advanced technology in 151 North Franklin in Chicago.

Mr. Moravek assists the company through feasibility, design, entitlements, and site acquisition. He leads the teams through budgeting early in projects and later oversees construction, reporting, leasing, and cost control.

Mr. Moravek received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master of Business Administration Degree from Michigan State University.

Charles Wagener

Principal

Mr. Wagener serves as President of The John Buck Company’s Management Group and is a Member of the Board of Directors and Investment Committee. He directs all JBC-owned and third-party property management functions in the portfolio. His career focus on building teams and organizational capabilities is a key element in our portfolio-wide performance maximization efforts.

Prior to JBC, Mr. Wagener served as Executive Vice President of Property Management & Leasing for Lillibridge Healthcare Services. There he directed leasing and management for an internally operated property portfolio with more than 12 million SF in 250 MOBs across 24 states. Before Lillibridge, Mr. Wagener held regional or national leadership positions with Metropolis Investment Holdings, Equity Office Properties Trust (EOP), Hines, and The John Buck Company, where he started his asset enhancement-focused career.

Mr. Wagener earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin, a Juris Doctor from Marquette University Law School, and a Master of Science in Real Estate Appraisal and Investment Analysis from the University of Wisconsin.

Sherri Davis

Principal | Chief Administrative Officer | Board Secretary

Mrs. Davis is Chief Administrative Officer of The John Buck Company and serves as Assistant to the Chairman. Mrs. Davis has been with the firm for 29 years and her duties include overseeing human resources, policy, legal, and the administrative staff. Mrs. Davis also serves on the Compensation Committee and performs a variety of executive-level duties for John Buck in order to assist him in the scope, diversity, and complexity of all operations of the firm.

Mrs. Davis also acts as an internal and external liaison for the firm, coordinating and overseeing numerous activities in support of the company’s portfolio.

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

Mrs. Davis attended the University of Houston.