Roger Levin has been a principal and sponsor of numerous partnerships or ventures involving real estate and, on occasion, operating businesses. He is adept in financial analysis, debt\equity structuring and procurement, acquisitions and dispositions, leasing, and asset and property management. Mr. Levin is a hands-on developer and owner, taking an active role in all legal issues, due diligence, financing, marketing and leasing, brokerage, design, construction, and management.
Mr. Levin’s primary focus has been on value-added real estate development, investment-grade property acquisitions, and entrepreneurial real estate and business opportunities. Mr. Levin’s current projects have been located in Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Indiana, but he has worked throughout the country, and is adept in any market. He is experienced working on a wide variety of property types, including office, retail and industrial properties, multi-family rental or for-sale, single-family homes and townhouses, condominium conversions, restaurants, health and fitness facilities, sale/leasebacks, telecom/data centers, urban marinas, and mixed-use redevelopments.
Mr. Levin was the co-developer and managing partner of the venture that owned the distinctive, landmark building that he developed for, and leased to Harry Caray’s Restaurant - Chicago, consistently one of the country’s top grossing restaurants since its opening in 1987. In 2000, he completed a $1.8 million charitable donation of the exterior facade of that property to the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois, and had the property listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Mr. Levin sold the building to an affiliate of the restaurant in 2002.
Mr. Levin was the managing member of the entity that developed and owns Harry Caray’s Restaurant – Rosemont, near Chicago’s O’Hare Airport.
Levin Properties or its affiliates acquired their first property in Milwaukee in late 2000, a 68,000 SF, 4-story building, located within a historic district in the downtown financial district, followed by a 25,000 SF net leased office building located contiguous to the School of Dentistry on the west end of the Marquette University campus. Levin is the co-Managing Member of LP Holdings LLC, which has acquired (i) a 100,000 SF office/warehouse property on Milwaukee’s northwest side, in a sale-leaseback with Building Service Inc. (BSI), the city’s leading commercial interior design, construction, and office furniture dealer, (ii) the 32,000 SF Prospect Mall and 29,000 SF parking lot, in the redeveloping East Side, (iii) the prime SWC of North & Prospect Avenues in the East Side, redeveloped for national retailers, and (iv) in partnership with a national student housing developer, the acquisition of the 180,000 SF building contiguous to Marquette’s campus
LP Holdings or affiliated entities purchased a 30,000 SF net leased office building in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 2006, and in 2007, the sale/leaseback of a 270,000 logistics facility in Lansing, Michigan.
Prior to forming Levin Properties in 1985, Mr. Levin's accomplishments included;
• Mr. Levin was President of Brauvin Realty Services, Inc. from 1982 - 1985, a public syndicator of smaller commercial properties. He acquired commercial properties in Illinois, Texas, Oklahoma, and Florida totaling 375,000 SF and valued at approximately $35 million, and formed and staffed the company’s management and bookkeeping departments.
• Mr. Levin gained 5 years of experience in real estate acquisitions, development, and finance with American Development Corporation (the country’s third largest builder of rental housing during his tenure). Many of those projects were financed with FHA mortgage insurance, or state agency housing bonds. He was responsible for the development of 1,879 units in 15 residential developments, having a value in excess of $95 million.
• From 1976-1977, Mr. Levin was with Katz Realty and Investment Corporation, his family’s Chicago-based property management and investment company. In 2004, Roger and certain family members were instrumental in facilitating the sale of the last 3 buildings in that portfolio, premier properties that had been owned over 40 years. These vintage apartment buildings, located at 2933 N. Sheridan Road, 401 W. Fullerton Pkwy, and 215 E. Chestnut, consisting of 562 units, were sold in excess of the asking price, for more than $70 million.
Roger Levin earned a Master in Science in Real Estate Investment Analysis and Appraisal from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1976, and a B.S. in Business with a real estate major from Indiana University, Bloomington, 1975.