Paul Zeller is the Managing Principal and CEO of Zeller Realty Group and affiliated companies, Zeller Realty Corporation, Zeller Investment Corporation, Zeller Management Corporation and Zeller Development Corporation. He combines an extensive background in commercial real estate development, finance, asset and operations management, with substantial experience as an owner and investor in commercial income property. Zeller is actively involved in all aspects of ZRG’s business, from overseeing underwriting and acquisitions, to reviewing asset management, to developing the strategic plans for the future of the organization. Zeller leads a strong group of loyal professionals committed to his philosophy of acquisition, investment, management and development.
Prior to founding Zeller Realty Group, Zeller was a General Partner and Stockholder of The John Buck Company, involved in over four million square feet of high-rise office developments with a total cost in excess of $750 million. In addition, Zeller was a founding stockholder and director of Buck Investment Company, which acquired hotel properties in Chicago, Illinois; Canton, Kalamazoo and Ann Arbor, Michigan; Dover, Delaware; Salisbury, Maryland; and High Point, North Carolina, a portfolio of over 1200 rooms. These properties were operated under Sheraton and Holiday Inn franchises by an affiliate of The John Buck Investment Company.
Zeller is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he earned a BBA in Finance and a MS in Real Estate Development and Urban Land Economics under Professor James A. Graaskamp. Zeller has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Zeller is a licensed real estate managing broker in Illinois and Indiana, a full member of The Urban Land Institute, The Land Economics Society Lambda Alpha International, The Chicago Development Council, The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a past Chairman of the Board of the National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts, a past Board member of the Chicago International Film Festival, a Cornerstone Member of the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association and past Chairman of the Chicago Chapter of the National Eagle Scout Association.