Chris Baker joined Zeller Realty Group in 2013. As Senior Vice President of Asset Management, he is responsible for the strategic direction and management oversight of various assets in the Zeller portfolio and assists in the reporting process for both debt and equity relationships.
Prior to joining Zeller Realty Group, Baker worked for Ares Management as a Senior Associate in their Senior Debt Originations Group. He was an integral part of an originations team responsible for vetting potential debt and mezzanine transactions, underwriting, due diligence and closing on various debt transactions. Baker was also an Associate Director in the Credit & Underwriting Group at Wrightwood Capital LLC, a middle market lender on value-add real estate transactions throughout the U.S. He was responsible for valuation, market research and due diligence process on Wrightwood’s equity, subordinated debt and senior structured debt investments. Baker also served four years in the United States Air Force’s Space Program as a mission manager for the launch of military and NASA satellites.
Baker is a graduate of the University of Iowa in Iowa City, where he earned a BA in Finance. He earned an MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Mr. Baker is an active member of Chicago Real Estate Private Equity (CREPE).