Ari Glass joined Zeller Realty Group in 2002. As President of Zeller Realty Corporation, he is engaged in locating, analyzing and recommending potential acquisition opportunities for ZRG, including financing, equity sourcing and transaction structuring. Previously, Glass was Leasing Director and responsible for leasing and marketing the commercial space at 401 North Michigan Avenue and 211 East Ontario Street.
In his acquisition/recapitalization role, Glass has been integrally involved in structuring and executing 15 transactions worth over $1.5B. Glass led the successful restructuring of the securitized first mortgage on Meridian Mark I & II with JE Roberts (now part of C-III Asset Management). In his capacity as Project Manager, he has led the award winning repositioning of The Wrigley Building which has included securing Landmark status; structuring equity co-investment in Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits; planning and executing a $125MM renovation and re-leasing strategy for the 22% leased project.
Prior to joining Zeller Realty Group, Glass worked for Golub & Company as the Director of Marketing. During his four year tenure, he was responsible for leasing and marketing Golub’s downtown Chicago portfolio, completing 140 transactions for nearly 700,000 square feet of space in three and a half years. Glass also worked as a financial analyst and leasing representative for Jones Lang LaSalle in Chicago. Among the properties he was responsible for were 500 West Madison Street, 30 North LaSalle Street and One East Wacker Drive.
Glass is a graduate of Bradley University, where he earned a BS in Business with a concentration in Finance. He earned an MBA with honors at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Glass is on the Board of Directors of Landmarks Illinois, and active in the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago (JUF). In addition, he is a past President of the board of FTC Chicago.