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PHS Luxury Conference 2022 Speakers
Alan D. Lev
Alan D. Lev is the Chairman of Belgravia Group, Ltd., a Chicago residential homebuilder specializing in townhome, condominium, and apartment developments throughout the city. Belgravia has developed over 2,500 homes in Chicago well as rental apartments and commercial projects, and most recently was awarded Developer of the Year from Chicago Agent Magazine and Impact Award winner from Lincoln Park Builders of Chicago. He is also in the Homebuilders Association of Greater Chicago Court of Honor and the Merchandise Mart Hall of Fame.
Topic: Generativity vs. Stagnation-A Roadmap
Brian R. Jessen is a Senior Vice President of Lending for Guaranteed Rate, Inc. within their Deerfield, Illinois office, specializing in residential mortgage lending, home equity lines and loans, lot loans, constructions loans and multi-family lending across the United States for primary homes, second homes and investment properties.
Topic: State of Real Estate Market
Owner at Melanie Anne, Professional EOS Implementer®|Business & Mindset Coach
As a trusted leader and consulting resource within the building materials, architecture & design, and construction space, Melanie helps industry professionals grow in themselves and in their careers, as well as strategically helps entrepreneurs and business leaders at a deeper level overcome foundational challenges hindering them from results.
Topic: Hitting the Ceiling
Principal / Senior Designer, Raad Ghantous & Associates and VP of Design, Identity Hospitality
Raad Ghantous is the Principal of Raad Ghantous & Associates / RG&A a firm specializing in luxury hospitality, wellness centers, and medical & day spa developments. Ghantous is also V.P. of Design for industry go to Identity Hospitality that specializes in spa and wellness consulting helping clients create successful environments that are conducive to healing and wellbeing, sanctuaries to heal the body, mind, and spirit.
Topic: Reimagining Home – Our New Imaginational Hierarchy of Needs.
Luxury Real Estate Broker with @Properties
"It's a demanding, challenging environment in real estate.” As a result, the work I produce consistently raises the industry standard".
Carrie McCormick, a leader in the Chicago Real Estate market, has more than 20 years of real estate sales expertise along with an unsurpassed reputation for quality and results-oriented service and support. Carrie constantly stays on top of sophisticated technology which has made her a forerunner in the marketing and selling of real estate, she has it down to a science.
Topic: To be announced.
Comedian | Host | Creator
Dario is a Chicago comedian and producer/booker. Currently, he is a producer at Zanies Comedy Club in Oldtown, Laugh Factory Chicago, & Offshore Rooftop Bar at Navy Pier. He’s also the host of the podcast 77 Flavors of Chicago. Dario brings an enormous amount of energy to the stage that you will not forget.
Topic: Tales of the Trade
Jack Pizzo, MS, PLA, ASLA, ICN is founder and principal of The Pizzo Group of companies. Jack leads a team of talented landscape architects, ecologists, consultants, contracting, and nursery professionals working throughout the US to create and manage sustainable landscapes as well as create and restore ecosystems. He also serves on the boards of conservation organizations and prescribed fire groups. The Pizzo Group team has garnered over 160 industry awards for their work. He is an alumnus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Topic: Connecting people to the Environment
Custom Builder Magazine Editor
James McClister is a journalist and editor who has been covering housing, whether from the real estate or construction side, for nearly a decade. He is a Jesse H. Neal Award winner and in 2020 won the American Society of Business Publication Editors' National Gold Azbee Award for Best Series, which he wrote on opioid addiction and abuse in remodeling. McClister currently serves as the editor of Custom Builder magazine and digital content director of Residential Products Online.
Topic: 2022 Top Ten List
Principal Designer, Studio K Creative, renowned hospitality design firm.
Topic: The Soul of Design
Topic: Starting from Scratch: Renowned hospitality designer Karen Herold takes you inside her design process, from client’s creative briefs to inspiration from fashion, location, and more. Featuring three stellar projects, you’ll understand how design can elevate your spaces and how you can get the strongest results from your designer.
Pamela McNally, Vice President, Marketplace for the National Kitchen & Bath Association. Formerly Executive Vice President of Interior Design magazine, Sandow Media.
Topic: The Evolving World of the Luxury Customer
It’s a whole new world out there. Not only has the meaning of luxury evolved over the past two years, but also what that customer is looking for … in their lives, their careers, and their homes.
Chief Economic Inclusion Officer & General Counsel at YWCA Metropolitan Chicago and Managing Partner and General Counsel at Solomon Group LLC
Topic: The Thrive 2025 Plan
Robert Johnson is a social enterprise entrepreneur who describes himself as a “lawpreneur”. As a lawpreneur he is passionate about closing the racial wealth gap, social equity issues and community economic development. Robert has served his passion for over 28 years by utilizing his experience as serial entrepreneur, community advocate, lawyer and corporate executive to positively transform organizations, communities and individuals.