6:00 PM-6:30 PM: Cocktails
6:30 PM-7:30 PM: Discussion
7:30 PM-8:00 PM: Q&A
Albert Friedman (Speaker)
President and Chief Executive Officer, Friedman Properties
Albert M. Friedman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Friedman Properties, Ltd., is recognized as a top real estate developer, Chicago's leading preservationist, and one of the city's most respected civic leaders. Mr. Friedman's high profile projects have earned him national recognition for his visionary practice of adaptive re-use and his leadership in the renaissance of Chicago's River North neighborhood.
Friedman's passion for the City of Chicago and his unique commitment to civic-minded development have shaped his company's growth over the past 35 years. Now a full service real estate development firm, Friedman Properties owns and manages more than 50 properties throughout the Chicago area and has been instrumental in the redevelopment and integration of 12 full city blocks.
Friedman also is recognized as a driving force behind the revitalization of River North.
Robert N. Lopatin (Speaker)
Chief Operating Officer and Director of Development, Friedman Properties
Robert Lopatin, Director of Development and Chief Operating Officer, has been involved with real estate development, leasing and management since 1973. He is responsible for directing Friedman Properties' daily activities and leads the acquisition and financing of all portfolio properties.
Robert graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Finance. He and his wife Ilyse have two daughters and live in north suburban Highland Park. He enjoys many activities including golf and scuba diving.
Robert A. Zimmerman (Speaker)
Executive Vice President and Director of Leasing, Friedman Properties
Bob Zimmerman enthusiastically manages the leasing activities and marketing functions for Friedman Properties' mixed-use portfolio. With more than twenty years of experience in the industry and expertise in the office, retail and restaurant sectors, Zimmerman has helped assemble the thriving mix of tenants that has transformed Chicago's River North neighborhood into one of the most vibrant communities in the Midwest.
As one of the day-to-day engineers of Friedman Properties' success, Bob evaluates all prospective business opportunities and facilitates tenancies from introduction to move-in. His commitment to pursuing tenancies which promote the long-term development of the surrounding community has made him a sought-after member of local associations and development boards. His leadership responsibilities include serving as a member of the Chicago chapter of the Urban Land Institute and as an executive member of the River North Association.
Bob received his undergraduate degree in Finance from Indiana University and holds an M.B.A. from Loyola University of Chicago. A true foodie, Bob is one of our “go to” people for restaurant suggestions. A frequent visitor to the many movie sets which shoot on location at Friedman Properties' historic buildings, don’t be surprised if you recognize Bob in a movie or TV walk-on role.