May 5, 2021

Topic: Get Ready: Emergency Rental Assistance & Property Taxes


Speaker: Stacie Young

Director of The Preservation Compact

As Director of The Preservation Compact, Young convenes a diverse group of stakeholders to build support for and to develop and implement, policies and programs related to the preservation of affordable rental housing. Under her leadership, the Compact helped expand dollars for rental retrofits, drive building code relief, create an innovative property tax relief incentive, and launch an innovative $34 million fund to encourage the creation of affordable rental units in high cost markets. She also led efforts to develop a $48 million loan pool to finance distressed 1-4 unit buildings, and a separate $5 million CDFI partnership to improve 1-4 unit buildings. Prior to her work with the Compact, Young served in the City of Chicago’s Office of the Mayor to coordinate affordable housing activity among city departments, and at the Chicago Department of Housing as the Director of Policy. She also worked on fair housing issues for seven years in the south suburbs of Chicago. Young currently serves on the boards of BPI Chicago and Housing Choice Partners. She completed her undergraduate degree at Northwestern University, and received her Masters in Public Policy from the Harris School at the University of Chicago.


Speaker: Jerry Brown

Property Tax Attorney, Siegel & Callahan

Our clients are business owners, property managers, homeowners, and investors who are critical to the economic vitality of their communities. We fight to make sure that they are not over-assessed. When we protect our clients from over-taxation, nothing less than the economic growth of their local economies is at stake.  State and local regulations are continually evolving. It is therefore urgently important to continually review and analyze changes in the law. With 27 years of experience in research and litigation across several practice areas, I make sure that our firm’s research protocol and understanding of the law is cutting edge. Passionate dedication to legal scholarship is critical to protecting our clients as we guide them through the uncertainty caused by regulatory changes.

Professional Affiliations. Jerry also serves as a board member of the Cook County Bar Association, adjunct professor at John Marshall Law School, and a member of the Business Leadership Council, Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness, American Constitution Society, Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and the Illinois Industrial Roundtable.  His community involvment includes 100 Black Men of Chicago, Chicago Volunteer Legal Service, and the Chicago Constitutional Rights Foundation / Lawyers in the Classroom Admission to Practice. 

April 7, 2021

Topic: Chicago Market Real Estate Trends


Speaker: Dennis Rodkin

Residential Real Estate Reporter

Crain's Chicago Business

Dennis Rodkin joined Crain's in 2014 from Chicago magazine, where he had written extensively about the area's housing market since 1991, including a monthly print column and weekly reports online. From 2008 to 2014, he worked as editor of Chicago Architect magazine.

Rodkin contributes weekly housing reports on WBEZ and appears regularly on WGN Radio, Fox Chicago and other broadcast stations to report on the Chicago-area real estate market. 

He is a graduate of Pomona College in California and Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.

March 3, 2021

Topic: Tiny Homes 


Speaker: Patrick Sherwin,

Founder & CEO


GoSun was founded with the goal of making outdoor cooking easier, cleaner and more accessible for people in both developed and emerging markets. A line of fuel-free ovens are ready for action, incorporating durability and convenience into a package everyone can utilize.

The GoSun stove does not emit any smoke and typically takes about the same time to cook as conventional methods. By getting GoSun stoves into the hands of impoverished families worldwide, vital resources of time and health can be preserved and deforestation decreased.

February 3, 2021

Topic: PPP Updates & Small Business Federal Relief Programs


Speaker: Robert Steiner

District Director for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Illinois District Office


Steiner joined the SBA in February 2013 and leads SBA’s operations across the state of Illinois.  The Illinois District team of small business experts strengthens the entrepreneurial and small business ecosystem by supporting the efficient delivery of capital, comprehensive technical assistance, and access to government contracting.

Prior to joining the SBA, Steiner served with the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Protective Service.  With the FPS, he managed a $68M budget while overseeing all human capital, logistics, procurement, and support activities.   Steiner joined the Federal Protective Service after eight years in the private sector, with roles in executive management, sales, and marketing. In the private sector, Steiner worked at DMX, business to business provider of commercial media services and low voltage systems integration. 

A United States Naval Academy graduate, he began his career in the military, serving ten years serving in the United States Navy as a commissioned officer and Naval Aviator. During his naval career, he deployed multiple times in support of naval operations across the world.


Speaker: Stan Bochnowski

Executive Vice President & Chief Lending Officer

Stan is an Executive Vice President of Lakeside and also serves as a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors. He is the Chief Lending Officer, responsible for oversight of all commercial and residential lending activities at the bank.

Stan joined Lakeside in 1983. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and is a member of the Chicago Board of Realtors, Chicago Home Builders Association and Illinois Mortgage Banker Association. He also is a Director to the following organizations: Hong Kong Club, Valentine Boys & Girls Club of Chicago, Near South Planning Board, Southside Builders Association and the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce

January 6, 2021

Topic: Chicago Real Estate Update


Ron De Vries, MAI

Senior Managing Director

Integra Realty Resources - Chicago

Ron De Vries, MAI has been appraising since 1986.  Prior to joining Integra Realty Resources, DeVries was Vice President at Appraisal Research Counselors, one of the largest independent valuation firms in the United States.  Ron’s valuation experience includes industrial, retail, office, hotel, multi-family (including FNMA/Freddie, HUD as well as LIHTC deals), and residential subdivisions for uses ranging from due diligence and financing to review appraisal.  He oversees the multi-family rental market/feasibility studies for the firm along with the quarterly research of over 150,000 units in the Chicago MSA.  Mr. DeVries is a frequent speaker at the Chicago Real Estate Council, the Chicagoland Apartment Association as well as private events for clients.  He has testified as an expert witness in a variety of matters.  Mr. DeVries is past national Chair of Education for the Appraisal Institute and previously served on the Appraisal Institute’s Board of Directors, and numerous committees.  Mr. DeVries is a past President of the Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute and served for many years as the Chapter’s Chair of Education.  Ron has served on several course development teams including Principles, Procedures, Market Analysis & Highest & Best Use, Income Capitalization, and a number of seminars.  Mr. DeVries was also a content contributor for The Appraisal of Real Estate, published by The Appraisal Institute. He is a frequent instructor for the Appraisal Institute.


James K. Kutill, MAI

Managing Director

Integra Realty Resources - Chicago 


James K. Kutill, MAI, started his appraisal career in 1978, as a residential appraiser, with Unity Savings Association.  Prior to joining Integra Realty Resources, Jim was Vice President with Appraisal Research Counselors, one of the largest independent appraisal firms in the United States, since 1981.  Jim oversees the senior care property practice.  This took in independent living (ILF), assisted living (ALF), skilled nursing (SNF) and continuing care retirement communities (CCRC).  He also oversees neighborhood oriented and mid-market investment properties assignments.  His valuation experience includes limited and full service hospitality, retail, office and multi-family (market rent, HUD, LIHTC and age restricted).   He has extensive experience with appraisal compliance review, for a variety of property types, and has testified as an expert witness for a variety of matters.  Jim is a member of the Board of Directors of the Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute, and a former president of the Chicago Real Estate Council.