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 and Chief Executive Officer

Experience

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.

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Betsy Traczek

Principal | Director of Property Management

Experience

Ms. Traczek joined JBC in 1995 and serves as Principal and Director of Property Management and a member of JBC’s Board of Directors. Ms. Traczek primary responsibility is to oversee all JBC owned and third-party property management functions. Ms. Traczek coordinates the implementation of portfolio-wide initiatives specifically related to insurance, real estate taxes, customer satisfaction, and security.

Prior to directing all of JBC’s property management operations, 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 oversaw 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 Real Estate Broker..

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Jeanne Lazar

Principal | Chief Financial Officer

Experience

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. Mrs. Lazar is continuing her previous 15-year tenure with JBC, where she previously held the position as Principal and Controller of the firm through 2007.

Prior to her current position with JBC, Mrs. Lazar was Chief Financial Officer for Westwood Financial in Los Angeles, CA. Mrs. Lazar reported to the Co-Chief Executive Officers with responsibility of all financial reporting matters, tax and audit compliance, budgeting and forecasting, policy and procedure development, treasury management and lender compliance, information technology and Human Resources. Mrs. Lazar was a Member of the Company’s Management and Investment Committees. Prior to her role with Westwood Financial, 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.

 

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Ben Kochalski

Principal | Director of JBC West

Experience

Mr. Kochalski joined JBC in 2011 and serves as a Principal, and a member of both the Board of Directors and Investment Committee. Based in JBC’s San Francisco office, his primary responsibilities include development and implementation of investment strategy, oversight and coordination of the West Coast investment activities.  In addition, Mr. Kochalski is responsible for joint venture structuring and the origination of new investment opportunities.

Prior to joining JBC, Mr. Kochalski 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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Sherri Davis

Chief Administrative Officer

Experience

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

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