Executive Biographies

 

JFierz FINALJustin P. Fierz is a Founding Principal of Midwest Industrial Funds and oversees all aspects of the company’s activities.  Mr. Fierz has been involved in industrial real estate acquisitions, financing, development, asset management, brokerage and consulting since 1996.  He was a former Principal with Lee & Associates which is the largest agent-owned commercial real estate services firm in the nation.  Throughout his career he has successfully negotiated over $750,000,000 of transactions in 22 states both as a principal and as a broker/advisor to clients such as: Turtle Wax, Chicago Tribune, Levy Home Entertainment, Rehrig Pacific Logistics, ProLogis, USAA and CenterPoint Properties.  Mr. Fierz is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and majored in economics with supporting course work in real estate finance.  He was also a walk-on athlete on their basketball team for one season. Justin lives in Elmhurst, Illinois and enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters, vacationing with friends and family, as well as playing many sports including golf, tennis, paddle and basketball.

To contact Mr. Fierz:
Email: jfierz@midwestindustrialfunds.com

630-230-6352

 

MAndrowich FINALMichael J. Androwich is a Founding Principal of Midwest Industrial and oversees all aspects of the company’s activities.  Mr. Androwich has been involved in industrial real estate acquisitions, development, asset management, brokerage and consulting since 1995.  He was a former Principal with Lee & Associates which is the largest agent-owned commercial real estate services firm in the nation.  Throughout his career he has successfully negotiated over $600,000,000 of transactions both as a principal and as a broker/advisor to clients such as:  BP Amoco, Suncast Corporation, Ugitech, WisPark, Panattoni Development, First Industrial and CenterPoint Properties.  Mr. Androwich is a graduate of Fenwick High School in Oak Park and Loyola University of Chicago. Michael lives in LaGrange, Illinois and enjoys spending time with his wife and six children, vacationing with friends and family as well as playing many sports including golf, fishing and watersports.

To contact Mr. Androwich:
Email: mandrowich@midwestindustrialfunds.com

630-230-6353

 

James E. “Jed” Degnan III is the Director of Acquisitions for Midwest Industrial Funds. Mr. Degnan is responsible for helping to source, underwrite and close on existing building acquisitions as well as assist in the management and oversight of leasing brokers and portfolio vacancies. Mr. Degnan has been involved in the industrial real estate industry since 1998. Prior to joining Midwest Industrial Funds, he acted as Vice President of Investments, Eastern Region, for CenterPoint Properties, a wholly owned subsidiary of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS). There he was responsible for sourcing, negotiating and executing industrial real estate transactions in the Chicago market, and various port, logistic and transportation oriented markets on the East coast of the United States. In his 11 years with CenterPoint, Mr. Degnan was responsible for the acquisition of over $1.25 billion of transactions. Between 1998-2007, Mr. Degnan was a brokerage professional for Cushman and Wakefield and CBRE in the Chicago market. A partial list of his past clients includes Tenneco Automotive, Fortune Brands, Jim Beam Brands, Stack-On Products, Manulife Insurance, CenterPoint Properties, ECD Company, Abbott Pharmaceuticals and Baxter Laboratories. Mr. Degnan earned a Bachelors Degree from the University of Iowa after attending Loyola Academy in Wilmette, IL. He lives with his wife and three children in Oak Park, IL.

To contact Mr. Degnan:
Email: jdegnan@midwestindustrialfunds.com

630-230-6374

 

Patrick A. Schaner is the Director of Finance for Midwest Industrial Funds. He is responsible for managing day to day operations of the growing portfolio as well as company operations. He has over 20 years of  experience in commercial real estate development, acquisitions, dispositions, leasing, property management and accounting with Opus North Corporation, Panattoni Development, Cushman & Wakefield/Northmarq and Midwest Industrial Funds.  Throughout his tenure, he has developed and managed properties for companies such as Sears Logistics, General Electric, Kimberly Clark, Griffin Capital, and Founders Properties.  Mr. Schaner is a graduate of Michigan State University where he earned his BS in Accounting.

 

To contact Mr. Schaner:
Email: pschaner@midwestindustrialfunds.com

630-230-6354

Mary Meagher is the Director of Property Management for Midwest Industrial Funds expanding real estate portfolio. Ms. Meagher has over 25 years of experience in property management, accounting, construction, portfolio management, due diligence. Additionally, she has maintained successful tenant relations in the industrial, office, and commercial real estate markets throughout metro-Chicago during her career.  Mary’s background in real estate includes previous employment at Entre Commercial Realty, Investor’s Equities/Winston Management, LaSalle Partners and Chicago Dock and Canal Trust Company. Ms. Meagher is a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois where she earned a BA and minored in Business with a concentration of study in real estate. Prior to Northwestern, she attended Oak Park River Forest High School.  Mary lives in Kildeer, Illinois with her husband and 3 children.

To contact Ms. Meagher:
Email: mmeagher@midwestindustrialfunds.com

630-230-6372