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.
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.
Orry Michael is an Acquisitions Associate at JK Equities. He is responsible for sourcing and underwriting new investment opportunities for the firm across the United States. Previously, Orry was an Associate Director at Ariel Property Advisors in New York City where he executed the sale of over 30 properties, with an aggregate value of over $500 million.
Orry is a graduate from Johns Hopkins University, where he received a B.A. in Anthropology with a focus in Urban Renewal studies. He also earned an M.S. in Real Estate Investment and Development from the university’s Carey School of Business. While attending Hopkins, Orry was a member of the top-ranked Division 1 Men’s Lacrosse Team.
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.