Ryan Hesch // President & CEO
Mr. Hesch oversees the strategic direction of ML Realty Partners, with a focus on investment policy. Mr. Hesch has been responsible for the oversight of many functions which helped ML Realty Partners become one of the largest industrial landlords in Chicago and Dallas-Fort Worth.
Mr. Hesch is a member of ML Realty Partners’ Board of Directors and has been with the company since 2003. Previously, Mr. Hesch was with McShane Corporation.
He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance/Real Estate from Indiana University in Bloomington. Mr. Hesch has received numerous real estate certificates from various educational institutions including University of Wisconsin and University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. Mr. Hesch is also an active participant in The Executives’ Club of Chicago, the Association of Industrial Real Estate Broker’s (AIRE). Mr. Hesch was previously a committee member for NAIOP Chicago’s annual awards dinner benefiting Chicagoland food banks, a longstanding committee member for the annual Comcast Sports Award dinner benefitting the March of Dimes and a member of Chicago’s Parkways Foundations for numerous years.
Nancy Kozinski // Chief Operating Officer
Ms. Kozinski oversees the operation of ML Realty Partners and assists in the strategic direction of the company. Previously, she oversaw the asset management function at ML Realty Partners.
Ms. Kozinski is a member of ML Realty Partners’ Board of Directors and has been with the company since 2007.
Ms. Kozinski was previously a Senior Property Manager with Equity Office Properties in Oak Brook, Illinois and Second Vice President at Colliers Bennett & Kahnweiler before joining ML Realty Partners. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications from the University of South Florida.
Timothy Geisler // Vice President
Mr. Geisler joined ML Realty Partners in 2008 and is responsible for overseeing all development activities at ML Realty Partners. Mr. Geisler seeks land opportunities and oversees design and construction relationships.
Mr. Geisler was previously employed at The Missner Group and McShane Construction Corporation.
He is a graduate of Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. Mr. Geisler is also an active member of NAIOP, the National Association for Industrial and Office Properties.
Craig Phillips // Vice President
Mr. Phillips joined ML Realty Partners in 2015. He is responsible for overseeing the acquisitions of buildings, redevelopment opportunities, and development sites for ML Realty Partners in the Chicagoland market.
Mr. Phillips was previously employed at HSA Commercial Real Estate and Seefried Industrial Properties. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University and a Master of Business Administration degree in Real Estate and Finance from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at University of California at Los Angeles. Mr. Phillips has also earned his LEED AP designation.
Mr. Phillips is involved with several civic, charitable, and industry organizations including Commissioner for the Village of Wilmette Architectural Review Board. Mr. Phillips is a past recipient of the Humanitas Award from St. Coletta’s of Illinois for charitable work.
Patrick Shannon // Vice President
Mr. Shannon joined ML Realty Partners in 2012 and is responsible for overseeing the leasing efforts in the Midwest. Mr. Shannon has been responsible for numerous major lease signings of buildings and development land during his tenure at ML Realty Partners.
Previously, Mr. Shannon was a broker with Darwin Realty and Development Corporation where he represented both landlords and tenants in the Chicagoland area.
He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Francis, where he currently serves on the Athletic Alumni Board. Mr. Shannon is also an active member of the Association of Industrial Real Estate Brokers (AIRE) and an associate member of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR).
Matthew Smith // Vice President
Mr. Smith joined ML Realty Partners in 2013 and is responsible for overseeing the leasing and acquisition efforts in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Mr. Smith has been responsible for numerous major lease signings and acquisitions of properties and development land during his tenure at ML Realty Partners.
Previously, Mr. Smith served as the market leasing executive for Weingarten Realty’s Dallas-Fort Worth Industrial Division. In addition, he was an industrial broker at CBRE and Lee and Associates.
Mr. Smith graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and is an active member of North Texas Association of Realtors.
Rachel Peck // Director
Ms. Peck oversees the asset management function at ML Realty Partners. As Director, Ms. Peck provides leadership both internally and with the outside property management teams.
Ms. Peck was previously a Real Estate Strategist with Sears Holdings Corporation in Hoffman Estates, Illinois and worked at Colliers International in Rosemont, Illinois before joining ML Realty Partners. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Carthage College and a Master of Education degree from DePaul University.
John Benson // Senior Development Manager
Mr. Benson focuses on the construction and development functions at ML Realty Partners in the Chicago and Dallas-Fort Worth markets. As Senior Development Manager, Mr. Benson works closely with tenants, design professionals and contractors on new construction and tenant buildouts.
Mr. Benson was previously employed at Industrial Developments International (IDI) and McShane Construction. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from University of Illinois and a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from DePaul University. Mr. Benson has also earned PE and LEED AP designations.
Pete Andrews // Controller
Pete Andrews brings over 20 years of real estate accounting and financial reporting experience to ML Realty Partners. He is responsible for all financial and accounting activities for ML Realty Partners’ operations.
Before joining ML Realty Partners in 2017, Mr. Andrews was owner of Anemone Corp. and was the Financial Manager at Cushman & Wakefield who oversaw the fee management operations in Illinois, Minnesota and Missouri.
Mr. Andrews began his accounting career with Hamilton Partners in Itasca, Illinois and Jones Lang LaSalle in Westmont, Illinois, later joining Inland Retail Real Estate Trust as Senior Corporate Accountant/Manager. He holds a Bachelor of science degree in Accounting and Economics from Elmhurst College.
Shari Crivello // Director
As Director, Ms. Crivello oversees the internal analysis function at ML Realty Partners. Prior to joining ML Realty Partners in 2010, Ms. Crivello spent 13 years at Colliers, Bennett and Kahnweiler in their Investment Services Group and their Office Advisory Group.
Ms. Crivello holds the following three master’s degrees: Master of Science-Real Estate Valuation and Investment Analysis (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Master of Business Administration-Finance, Investment and Banking (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Master of Arts-French (Arizona State University). She serves as a Board Member of IWIRE and mentors University of Wisconsin-Madison real estate students.
Ms. Crivello served on the membership committee of ULI for six years. She was a National Board Member within the Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association (WREAA) and President of the Chicago Chapter. She recently served on several committees for CREW. She was also President of Chicago Real Estate Council (CREC) as well as a Board Member for several years.
Sonya Majus // Director
As Director, Ms. Majus oversees and negotiates loan transactions as well as the purchase and sale transaction process for ML Realty Partners. Ms. Majus works closely with the finance and accounting team to ensure effective company transactions, reporting and analyses.
Prior to joining ML Realty Partners in 2010, Ms. Majus was employed at First Industrial Realty Trust. She has been involved in numerous not-for-profit boards including Standards for International Student Exchange (CSEIT) and See to Read - Read to See. She also served as a mentor within Stepping Stones for Women of Domestic Violence.
Michael Luecht // Board of Directors
Mr. Luecht was the company’s founding President and CEO. During his tenure, the company grew from being a startup to one of the largest and most respected real estate operating companies in the markets it serves. Mr. Luecht retired from the President and CEO position in 2017 and remains on ML Realty Partners’ Board of Directors.
Mr. Luecht founded ML Capital Ventures, the predecessor to ML Realty Partners, in 2001 after 14 years at The McShane Companies where he served in various positions, including company President.
Mr. Luecht received his bachelor’s degree in finance from Loyola University. He has served on the Board of Advisors for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Real Estate and has been a member of other industry organizations.
Mr. Luecht was a Fellow for Leadership Greater Chicago, a prominent organization that promotes diversity in the Chicago area through various business and civic leaders. Luecht is involved in multiple organizations, including serving on various boards that promote leadership, children’s issues, provide shelter for women and children from domestic violence, and help at-risk students attend college.
Mr. Luecht was inducted into the Chicago Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame in 2014.