Founded by Jerry and Jordan Karlik, JK Equities, LLC invests in value-add real estate transactions with a focus on the residential market. The Principals’ extensive background and experience in owning, operating, constructing and financing difficult transactions make JK Equities well positioned for the current market. Collectively, the principals have participated in nearly $1.0 billion in real estate transactions and have over 40 years of experience. Below is more information about the Principals.
Jerry began his real estate career in 1982. He along with his affiliates’ past holdings include over 4,500 rental apartment units and 5.0 million square feet of commercial space, including triple net leased warehouses, industrial space, offices and single tenant retail facilities valued at nearly $1 billion. Jerry is also credited for being the catalyst that sparked the revitalization of Chicago’s South Loop developing and selling in excess of 2,500 units since 1999.
Jordan began his real estate career in 2004 in Manhattan at Deutsche Bank followed by Ernst & Young in their Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities groups. In 2006 Jordan moved to Chicago where he began working on various real estate development deals. Since that time he has seen the height and trough of the real estate market. Currently, Jordan is overseeing the construction and redevelopment of JK Equities’ existing portfolio as well as working on new projects.
Brian Ladenheim, CFA
Brian serves as Director of Acquisitions at JK Equities. He is responsible for the origination, underwriting, and execution of real estate investment opportunities on behalf of JK Equities and its partners.
Prior to joining JK Equities, Brian worked at Beitel Group, a NYC-based real estate investment firm, where he sourced and underwrote over 2,000 units across the United States. Additionally, he assisted in the execution of the business plan during the investment holding period. Previous experience includes investment banking at Pharus Advisors and real estate financial advisory at Meridian Capital Group.
Brian is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and holds a B.S. in Accounting from Yeshiva University and an MBA from La Salle University. Brian played college baseball and is an avid Philly sports fan.
Avery Lefkowitz is a Real Estate Development Associate at JK Equities. He is responsible for assisting in the oversight of construction, redevelopment, and asset management for the firm across its portfolio. Previously, Avery was at NuVerse Advisors, a global macro hedge fund. There, he worked on executing equity and debt trades along with market analysis on potential investments.
Avery is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he received a B.B.A. in Finance and Risk Management and Insurance.
Kelley has been with JK Equities since 2015 and overseas all administrative duties and bookkeeping. She is in charge of keeping all company financials in order & up to date as well as providing administrative support to all employees ensuring efficient office operations. Prior to joining JK, Kelley worked in banking & insurance.
Kelley is an avid NY Yankees fan and loves to craft.
David is JK Equities’ Senior Project Manager. He is responsible for design development, Contractor procurement, and the execution of active construction projects in the JK Equities portfolio.
Prior to joining JK Equities, David gained Construction Project Management experience at Mill Creek Residential, Skanska Building, and the Vertex Companies. His past projects have included multifamily, mixed-use, hospitality, and industrial use types. While most of Mr. Berkin’s projects were based in the New York Metropolitan area, he has performed construction due diligence and peer reviews for projects across the country as well.
David received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Binghamton University. Additionally, he earned a Master of Business Administration from New York University with specializations in Real Estate and Corporate Finance.
When he’s not knee-deep into plan sets, David enjoys spending time with family, skiing, and working with his hands.