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About

Formed in 1991, Oak Realty Group, Inc. originally provided real estate and financial consulting services to public and private entities in “work-out” situations. In 2001 the focus was expanded to seek out and invest in high quality office, medical office and industrial properties with the core objective to create long-term value while providing predictable and increasing returns to its investors with a strict focus on capital preservation.

In 2009 the principals expanded the company’s reach yet again and formed Oak Residential Partners, LLC which expanded the platform to include the acquisition of multifamily assets.

The principals 100+ years of collective experience provides industry counterparts with speed and certainty of execution, while also providing co-investors sound judgment in making critical decisions. The team’s professional experience encompasses acquiring, developing, managing and leasing more than $1.9 billion of multifamily, office, medical office and industrial properties across the United States along with property and asset management of over 2.0 million square feet of office and industrial assets and more than 20,000 multifamily units.

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Team

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Adam M. Levine

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President, Oak Realty Group, Inc.
Managing Principal & Co-Founder, Oak Residential Partners, LLC

Adam Levine began his career in commercial real estate in 1992 and has completed over $900 million of real estate investment transactions. An entrepreneur throughout his career, Mr. Levine co-founded Oak Realty Group in 2001 and then Oak Residential Partners in 2009, with a continuous focus on high-quality real estate investment opportunities that achieve above market returns with capital preservation as his guiding principles. Adam leads capital market activities and participates in all acquisition and disposition decisions for both Oak Realty Group and Oak Residential Partners. He directs asset management and administrative activities for Oak Realty Group.

Prior to forming Oak Realty Group, Mr. Levine was an Asset Manager for Banyan Strategic Realty Trust (NASDAQ: BSRTS), where he was responsible for a diverse portfolio of commercial, industrial, and multifamily properties. Adam is an Illinois licensed real estate salesperson, and graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

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Richard J. Wise

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Managing Principal & Co-Founder

Richard Wise has been involved in multifamily investment and finance since 1994, successfully completing over $1.6 billion in transactions encompassing more than 18,000 apartment units. Mr. Wise boasts a well-rounded background in acquisitions, dispositions, development, finance, asset management, and property operations. He offers extensive national investment experience, completing transactions in most major markets across the country. As a Managing Principal of Oak Residential Partners, Mr. Wise utilizes his broad experience and deep market knowledge of the multifamily industry to direct all investment, finance, and asset management activities for the company, as well as leading its national property acquisition efforts.

Prior to co-founding Oak Residential Partners, Richard was Senior Vice President of Multifamily Investments for Waterton Associates. Prior to that, he worked for Archstone-Smith Trust acquiring and developing apartment communities, and was a Principal with a boutique private real estate group redeveloping affordable properties around Chicago. Richard received his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He is also a certified public accountant.

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Greg Nieder

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Executive Vice President

Greg Nieder began his real estate career in 1996, maintaining a continual focus on creating value in multiple commercial real estate asset types in various geographic markets. Mr. Nieder has completed more than $1 billion in investment transactions and has extensive experience in acquisitions, dispositions, asset management, development and repositioning, capital markets and commercial property operations. In his role as Executive Vice President focusing on commercial acquisitions, Mr. Nieder utilizes his diverse background to source investment opportunities, as well as develop and execute strategic plans that provide superior risk-adjusted returns while meeting the objectives of investors and partners.

Prior to joining Oak Realty Group, Mr. Nieder co-founded Foresite Realty, a real estate investment and services firm where he oversaw the firm’s investment-related activities and the commercial property asset management, operations and brokerage practices. Previously, he spent seven years at MB Real Estate, where he led the firm’s investment services group; in addition, he worked for several years with a major Midwest-based commercial property investment and development firm.

Greg earned an M.B.A. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.S. in accounting from Indiana University. He is a CPA and a licensed real estate broker.

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Robert H. Hamor

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Executive Vice President – Acquisitions/Capital Markets

Robert Hamor has 30 years of both institutional and private real estate experience contributing to the execution of over $4.5 billion in multifamily, retail, office, industrial, and land transactions including acquisitions, investment sales, joint ventures, and advisory assignments. As Executive Vice President at Oak Residential Partners, Mr. Hamor is in charge of spearheading the company’s property acquisition activity in the southeastern region of the United States as well as working with the company principals to coordinate the company’s capital market activities.

Prior to joining Oak Residential Partners, Bob was the Managing Principal of Platinum Properties-Commercial which focused on purchaser’s representation, equity placement, and advisory work. Since 1987, Mr. Hamor has worked on property acquisitions and investment sales in various markets throughout the United States with a primary focus on the southeast region of the country. Bob worked with established real estate heavy-weights, such as Landauer/Baring Advisors, and the RREEF Funds in New York City and Ram Development, DTZ Rockwood, and Atlantic Creek Real Estate Partners in Palm Beach, Florida.

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Matthew Cohen

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Senior Vice President – Asset Management

Matthew Cohen has over 12 years of professional experience in the real estate industry, including 10 years of concentration on multifamily apartments. Mr. Cohen’s career has focused on the acquisition, asset and property management of institutional grade real estate. As Senior Vice President at Oak Residential Partners, Matthew is responsible for all asset management functions on Oak’s existing multifamily portfolio as well as coordinating due diligence and transitioning for new investments. Prior to joining Oak Residential Partners, Mr. Cohen was a Vice President with Metropolitan Properties of America (“MPA”), a national multifamily apartment owner and operator, headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, and Capital Properties located in New York, a prominent privately held real estate firm. In his various roles, Mr. Cohen was responsible for 5,000 apartments and more than 1.3 million square feet of commercial space in markets throughout the United States. Matthew graduated from the University of Vermont with Bachelor of Arts and Science with a dual focus in English and Political Science.

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Paige Danowit

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Senior Analyst – Asset Management

Paige Danowit is the Senior Analyst in Asset Management. She started her real estate career at Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (“PREIT”) as an analyst on their finance and acquisitions teams, which exposed her to retail real estate. Prior to entering the real estate industry, Ms. Danowit worked at Bloomingdale’s as an assistant buyer.

Paige graduated in 2013 from Barnard College of Columbia University with a B.A. in Economics and graduated in 2016 from Schack Institute of Real Estate at NYU with a Masters in Real Estate, Finance and Investment.

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Eytan Peer

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Acquisition Associate

As an Acquisition Associate, Eytan Peer is responsible for the sourcing, underwriting and due diligence of new multifamily acquisition opportunities. His work includes the creation of valuation model along with assisting with property financing, asset management, and disposition. Mr. Peer began his professional career as an equity derivatives trader. In that role, he was exposed to a variety of financial markets, constructed complex variance distributions, and gained a firm understanding of financial and derivative evaluations. Prior to joining Oak, he worked for Peer Realty, as an Investment Analyst, where he evaluated a variety of new real estate opportunities for their equity-raising platform, including senior housing, multifamily, retail and office.

Eytan graduated in 2010 from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a B.A. in Consumer Economics.

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Cosma R. Slaski

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Corporate Controller

Cosma Slaski brings over 25 years of financial real estate accounting experience to Oak Residential Partners along with a strong background in SEC, Operational, and Tax functions. Prior to joining Oak Residential Partners, Ms. Slaski held a variety of accounting positions within the real estate industry. Cosma started her career working for the Samuel Zell Organization – Equity Group Investments “EGI”, where she worked in a number of challenging accounting positions including Tax Accountant, Senior Accountant and Assistant Controller. After leaving EGI, Ms. Slaski served as a Property Management and Family Controller for Joseph Freed and Associates, LLC “JFA”. In her role she oversaw the Accounting and Corporate Treasury departments for JFA’s Commercial, Corporate and Construction management projects for the shopping center portfolio. As Corporate Controller of Oak Residential Partners, Cosma is responsible for all Accounting, Tax and Financial Reporting functions of Oak’s existing multifamily portfolio. Ms. Slaski is also responsible for the Accounting Functions of Oak Realty Group, Inc. Cosma holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Minor in Italian from Loyola University of Chicago.

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Rachel Ruksakiati

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Senior Accountant

Rachel Ruksakiati brings more than 20 years of experience in the financial service industry. Ms. Ruksakiati started her career with Altschuler, Melvoin and Glasser as an auditor in the real estate division. As an accountant for Oak Residential Partners and Oak Realty Group, Inc., Ms. Ruksakiati will be responsible for accounting and financial reporting functions. Rachel received her Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Indiana University and obtained her Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license from the State of Illinois in the same year.

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Leonard G. Levine

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Principal & Strategic Advisor

Leonard Levine has been working in real estate for almost four decades. As a senior executive with VMS Realty in the 1980s, he structured acquisitions and syndications, and arranged financing for over 100 properties with a total value in excess of $2 billion. VMS had interests in apartment, office, retail and hotel properties. VMS acquired existing properties as well as developed them.

He left in 1990 to join the Banyan Funds as President. The funds, eight in total, were mortgage REITs that held over 85 non-performing mortgages obtained through foreclosure or work-out situations. By 1995, all but one of the funds were liquidated or sold. The remaining funds’ shareholders (Banyan Strategic Realty Trust) overwhelmingly voted to re-invest the proceeds received from liquidations with Levine and his team in value-added real estate opportunities. Over the next several years, Banyan Strategic Realty Trust acquired over 30 properties with a value exceeding $200 million.

Mr. Levine is a CPA and licensed real estate broker. He graduated from Roosevelt University in 1968 with a BSBA in Accounting and joined a national CPA firm as an auditor. He received his MS in Taxation in 1972 from DePaul University and became a Tax Partner in 1973. Leonard’s primary objective at the Oak is to act in an advisory capacity and provide input based on his vast array of experience within the industry.

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