Adam Firsel is the founder and managing principal of Core Acquisitions. Adam started Core with the intention of creating a full service and fully integrated commercial real estate organization. With Adam’s storied career including investment banking, development, property management, and acquisitions, he brings a wide range of roles and diversity of experience to Core business and culture.
Adam graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelors of Business Administration majoring in real estate and urban land economics. After college, Adam was a real estate investment banker with GMAC Commercial Mortgage in Denver, Colorado. In 2003, Adam moved back to his hometown of Chicago to become the Director of Finance & Development for Mid-America Development Partners. Adam then joined Crossroads Development Partners as a Principal and subsequently became the Director of Acquisitions for Next Realty. In 2011, Firsel formed Core Equities, LLC which focused on property management, leasing, receiverships, acquisitions, and development. In 2014, Adam renamed the company to Core Acquisitions, LLC when he partnered with Core’s other Principal, Bradley Joseph, to
focus primarily on value-add acquisitions, property management, and development projects.
Through a career that has allowed Adam to succeed in many roles, he has focused expertise in development & construction management, project analysis, and asset management among other skill sets. Adam has been involved with the complete life cycle of many complicated and successful projects in all property types including retail, office, hotel, mixed-use, apartments, and industrial. The transaction types have been note purchases, auctions, joint ventures, public-private partnerships, and traditional arms-length transactions.
All said, Adam has been the managing principal on over 25 projects in the last 6 years, and in his career has been involved on the principal side in over one hundred projects totaling over two billion dollars of project cost and millions of square feet of real estate.
Brad Joseph is a principal of Core Acquisitions after joining the company in 2013. With his help, the company has acquired and developed over $150MM of commercial real estate properties with several new projects in the pipeline. Brad is involved in all aspects of Core. He oversees the company’s asset management department which handles all leasing, capital improvements, budgeting and dispositions while also leading the acquisitions team who execute deal procurement, underwriting, investor management and due diligence. Core is grounded in its strong foundation of acquiring, developing, owning and managing real estate.
Brad began his real estate career long even before he graduated high school. Prior to his time at Core, Brad worked for several key commercial real estate companies like Sterling Bay, Next Realty and Crossroads Development on their acquisitions and development teams. Past responsibilities include acquisitions, due diligence, asset management, analysis, lease administration and project management. In 2013, Core brought the opportunity for Brad to principal a company with longtime colleague and friend Adam Firsel.
Brad graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Brad is an Illinois Licensed Real Estate Broker and an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Director of Property Managementjspitz@coreacq.com
Jonathan joined Core Acquisitions in 2017 as Director of Property Management. He has managed over $1 billion in commercial properties during his career. Jonathan has significant experience and a track record of creating and maintaining value for his clients and owners at some of the largest real estate companies. Previous to Core, he was a Senior Property Manager at Inland Commercial Real Estate and Pine Tree Commercial Realty where he managed all property types nationwide. Jonathan received his bachelors degree in Economics from the University of Iowa. His studies included accounting, finance and entrepreneurial management.
Director of Accountingjkane@coreacq.com
Jennifer joined Core Acquisitions in 2019 as Director of Accounting. Her responsibilities include all aspects of accounting including establishing Core’s accounting policies and procedures, financial reporting/management and overseeing the property accounting functions. She is dedicated to continuously seeking ways to streamline Core’s financial processes to provide consistent and timely results to Core’s partners and clients.
Jennifer has over 20 years of accounting and finance experience in the commercial real estate industry. Most recently Jennifer was with Starwood Retail Partners where she oversaw a portfolio of 2.5+ million square feet. Her other experience includes working at leading real estate firms including JLL and GGP. Jennifer brings a strong background in property accounting, budgeting/reforecasting, financial reporting, managing portfolio transitions, investor/client relations, tenant reconciliations and developing internal controls, policies and procedures. Jennifer has a bachelors degree in Accounting from Methodist University in North Carolina.
Jordan Born, J.D., LL.M.
Jordan is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has worked primarily in real estate law since obtaining his J.D. in 2005 and LL.M. in Commercial Real Estate Law in 2006 from the University of Illinois at Chicago, John Marshall Law School. Prior to working at Core, Jordan was in private practice where he advised and represented individuals, business entities, lenders, borrowers, landlords and tenants in all matters related to commercial and residential real estate, corporate law, and civil commercial litigation. He also served as national commercial counsel for a national title company and senior director for an exchange accommodator concentrating on facilitating safe harbor and non-safe harbor reverse exchanges as well as those involving property construction or improvements pursuant to IRC Section 1031.
Jordan is an active member of the Chicago Bar Association (Real Property Law & Real Estate Taxation Committees), Illinois Real Estate Alumni Forum, Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association, Illinois State Bar Association (Real Estate Law Section), and Northern Illinois Commercial Association of Realtors. He has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Federation of Exchange Accommodators (Ethics Committee Chair, Education Committee & Government Affairs Committee) and Jewish Council for Youth Services (Board Designate, Finance Committee & Scholarship Committee).
Director of Development and Constructiontflanagan@coreacq.com
Tim Flanagan has over 25 years as a development director and leasing specialist for companies including Mid-America Development Properties, LLC and Mars Equities, Inc. and has experience in commercial real estate property types including retail, office, industrial and residential throughout the Midwest. Through 2015, Tim was a partner at Mid-America, a commercial real estate development company headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois. With Tim’s leadership, Mid-America completed an impressive series of developments primarily involving retail, restaurant, and mixed-use properties. His primary responsibilities included oversight of land acquisition, government approvals and entitlements, construction management and lease negotiations. Over 15 years, Tim completed the construction and leasing of over 55 properties totaling more than 6 million square feet of commercial space.
Prior to joining Mid-America, Tim partnered with his brother Brian to form Mars Equities, Inc. Mars Equities focused on the development of business parks and acquiring environmentally distressed properties nationwide. The business park developments were Class A, ground-up construction that consisted of office and industrial flex space buildings. Its sister company, Mars Environmental Solutions, provided the platform to acquire environmentally distressed real estate and return the buildings to the market once the environmental remediation was completed. Mars Equites built and acquired 25 buildings over 10 years and most remain in their real estate portfolio today.
In addition to his work with Core Acquisitions, Tim is President of KC Realty, Inc., an Illinois real estate brokerage company and is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers. He has consulted with many of the Chicago area suburbs to help attract retailers to their communities and also has experience managing public improvement construction projects on behalf of those communities.
Tim attended Purdue University on a baseball scholarship and lives in Frankfort, Illinois with his wife Diane and has two children. Their daughter Kelly works for a prominent law firm, while their son Conor is graduating college with a degree in cybersecurity.
Vice President of Development
Adam Bell is Vice President of Development at Core Acquisitions after joining the company in 2018. The company has acquired and developed over $150M of commercial real estate property with several new projects in the pipeline. Adam’s focus at Core Acquisitions is the development of new properties. He focuses on new site acquisitions, tenant procurement, deal execution, underwriting, and due diligence. Core is grounded in its strong foundation of acquiring, developing, owning, and managing real estate.
Prior to his time at Core, Adam has worked for several key real estate companies including Imperial Realty and Equity Office Properties. Past responsibilities include commercial leasing, retail development, financial modeling through Argus, asset disposition underwriting, and lease administration. Adam began his real estate career before graduating college by working in leasing and residential appraisal while focusing on a real estate focused curriculum.
Adam graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Adam is a licensed Illinois Real Estate Broker and an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Steve joined Core Acquisitions in May 2018 as an Acquisitions Associate. Stephen’s responsibilities include the evaluation, underwriting and due diligence of acquisitions as well as the asset management responsibilities of Core’s portfolio of assets.
Prior to joining Core, Stephen worked at Altus Group as a Consultant in the Research, Valuation, and Advisory group focusing on valuation and financial due diligence of core investment real estate including retail, office, multifamily, industrial, and hospitality assets. At Altus Group he valued over $10 billion of real estate throughout the US for various investment firms. He also worked on the Performance Analytics committee, an internal group developed in collaboration with NCREIF that compiles and analyzes data from institutional client portfolios for purposes of performance benchmarking, property level return attribution, and appreciation return analysis.
Stephen graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison with a B.B.A. in Finance, Real Estate, and Accounting. He is originally from De Pere, WI and has lived in Chicago since graduating from the University of Wisconsin.
Senior Property AccountantKFisher@coreacq.com
Kristen joined Core Acquisitions in October 2020 as Senior Property Accountant. Her primary responsibilities include preparing financials for real estate properties owned and managed by Core while also providing support to Property Management and the firm’s Principals related to financial aspects of the business.
Kristen has over 20 years of accounting experience in multiple different industries. Past real estate experience includes property accounting at GLP and Brookfield Properties. At GLP she was responsible for a portfolio of 125 industrial properties totaling more than 14.9 million square feet covering 16 states. At Brookfield Properties she was responsible for three properties totaling more than 3.5 million square feet.
Kristen has a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University. She also has an MBA, graduating with Honors, from Keller Graduate School of Management.
Katy joined Core Acquisitions in November 2020 as a Property Administrator. Katy’s responsibilities include providing administrative support to the Director of Property Management and the company Principals, handling accounts payable and accounts receivable, preparing budgets, as well as maintaining tenant, vendor, and property files for Core’s portfolio of assets.
Katy has a distinctive background in real estate. Over the past several years, she has fulfilled roles in property management, hospitality design development, and commercial leasing. Most recently, Katy was a Property Administrator with MB Real Estate for an office building in Chicago, concentrating on tenant relationships and day-to-day management of the asset.
Katy graduated from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN with a B.A. in Communication Studies. She is a licensed Illinois Real Estate Broker.
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