Our Professionals

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Kurt Bender

PRINCIPAL

kurt@bendermgmt.com

Kurt founded Bender Companies in 2011. He has more than 14 years experience in commercial real estate investing, operations, project management, and finance.

As Principal, Kurt oversees all operations and financial responsibilities of the companies multi-family assets. He is directly responsible for overseeing and leading the team of area managers. With over $40 million of investment experiences, he directs the firm's investment strategy. He leads the team on sourcing potential acquisitions, analyzing investment proformas, and deal negotiation.

Prior to Bender Companies, Kurt spent seven years working alongside his grandfather in his commercial real estate business. He started by learning the fundamentals of property management and maintenance. As a result, Kurt’s attention to detail and hands-on experience has proven to be a strong foundation for Bender Companies successful operations.

Kurt’s success is driven by his motivation to always improve and by developing strategic partnerships. His respected experience has led to a seat as board president of two Chicago area real estate associations. He is also an emerging leader in various networking groups and REIA’s. His interests include basketball, traveling, and trying new restaurants.

Chris Sanfilippo

ANALYST & PROJECT MANAGER

chris@bendermgmt.com

Chris started as a commercial real estate intern at Bender Companies, which led to his full time hire in 2016.

Chris is directly responsible for managing and overseeing cap ex projects and vendor relations. As an Analyst, Chris assists with market research, underwriting potential acquisitions, brand development, web marketing, and asset advertising. He provides analysis to guide the firm’s investment strategy and increase portfolio efficiency.

Prior to Bender Companies, Chris spent his early years learning his father’s general contracting business, assisting with contract negotiations, bids, and overseeing budgets on development projects.

Chris earned his Bachelor’s degree in economics from Indiana University. Chris is an member of the Chicago-land apartment association, a CPM candidate member with IREM, and an active member of the real estate investment association. In his free time he enjoys reading, going to the gym, and spending time with friends and family.

Erica Bender

OPERATIONS ASSOCIATE

erica@bendermgmt.com

Erica joined Bender Companies in 2012. She has over nine years of commercial real estate experience.

As an operation’s associate, Erica monitors the day-to-day maintenance operations to ensure company policy and procedures are being followed. She also oversees the accounts payable & receivable to ensures vendor compliance. She takes an operational lead on the management of the companies industrial assets.

Prior to Bender Companies, Erica worked at a privately held real estate company in Arizona as a marketing and sales consultant. She achieved awards for being in the top 3% of the company sales.

In her free time she enjoys traveling, visiting new museums, and bowling.

Kelsey Geraghty

MARKETING COORDINATOR

kelsey@bendermgmt.com

Erica joined Bender Companies in 2012. She has over nine years of commercial real estate experience.

As an operation’s associate, Erica monitors the day-to-day maintenance operations to ensure company policy and procedures are being followed. She also oversees the accounts payable & receivable to ensures vendor compliance. She takes an operational lead on the management of the companies industrial assets.

Prior to Bender Companies, Erica worked at a privately held real estate company in Arizona as a marketing and sales consultant. She achieved awards for being in the top 3% of the company sales.

In her free time she enjoys traveling, visiting new museums, and bowling.