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Our Team

170 Years of Experience

GLC has nearly 20 professionals on our team and seven principals with nearly 170 years of experience that have closed more than $7 billion of commercial real estate investment across all property types, geographies, capital structures, and economic cycles.

Ryan Rans

Managing Partner

Brad Toothaker

Managing Partner

Jeff Smoke

Managing Director & Principal

Rich Deahl

General Counsel & Principal

Gary Vizioli

COO, Affordable Housing

Audra Sieradzki

Managing Director & Principal

David Arnold

Managing Director & Principal

Clay Scheetz

Managing Director & Principal

Kristen Sawdon

Director of Development

Greg Dilone

Director of Development

Brian Veith

Director of Development
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Martin Huttenlocker

Development Manager

Kim Crouch

Director of Asset Management

Tracey Vallejo

Chief Financial Officer

Megan Onken

Controller

Erika Trujillo

Senior Accountant

Kristin Semon

Senior Staff Accountant
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Alex Wilkins

Executive Coordinator

Ryan Rans

Managing Partner

Ryan serves as Managing Partner and co-founder of Great Lakes Capital. Ryan leads the firm’s strategic direction and investment focus. In addition to leveraging his two decades of development experience, he has worked to position the firm to capitalize on opportunities in both debt and equity across market segments and cycles. Combining real estate and private equity, he has guided GLC through investments in excess of $1 billion in assets. Ryan graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BBA in finance.

Bradley Toothaker

Managing Partner

Serving as Managing Partner, Brad leads the firm with 20 years of real estate transaction and management experience. Throughout his tenure, he has gained an insightful and broad-based view of industry dynamics that allows him to provide his clients with valuable awareness of market trends and new opportunities in commercial real estate. Since co-founding GLC in 2005, he has contributed to the development of nearly 2 million square feet across almost all commercial property types. Brad graduated from UCLA with a BS in History and Business Administration.

Jeff Smoke

Managing Director & Principal

As Managing Director and Principal at Great Lakes Capital, Jeff pursues a full spectrum of investment opportunities ranging from industrial warehouses and mixed-use developments to distressed debt sales. Jeff has over 15 years of commercial real estate experience and also serves on the executive committee at GLC. Prior to joining GLC, he was a derivatives trader at JonesTrading. Jeff graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BBA in finance and also competed in the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Rich Deahl

General Counsel & Principal

Rich serves as general counsel and a principal of Great Lakes Capital, with oversight of corporate legal affairs and involvement in the strategic growth of GLC through acquisition, development, financing, and management of real estate. Prior to joining GLC, Rich was a partner at Barnes & Thornburg LLP where he provided counsel to developers, joint venture entities, and investors/owners in matters across all real estate sectors – with a focus on public-private partnerships. He received a JD and MBA in 1998 from Indiana University – McKinney School of Law and Kelley School of Business.

Gary Vizioli

Chief Operating Officer, GLC Affordable Housing

Gary serves as chief operating officer of Great Lakes Capital’s Affordable Housing division, primarily responsible for the division’s strategic direction and growth. He also leads the financing of the affordable transactions and works directly on select development projects. Prior to joining GLC, Gary was a senior banker with Wells Fargo Community Lending & Investment, where he managed the bank’s relationships with affordable housing development firms and closed $850 million in debt financing for the construction of over 3,600 multi-family housing units and over 336,000 square feet of commercial space, plus over $100 million in structured credit facilities. Gary earned a BS in Computer Science from Penn State University and an MS with distinction in Real Estate from New York University.

Audra Sieradzki

Managing Director & Principal

Audra concentrates on maximizing the value of the GLC portfolio through the development and implementation of property, asset, and portfolio strategies. Focused on new investments and unlocking the value of market opportunities, Audra manages projects fitting her investment acumen as well as tenant and landlord advisory experience. Audra graduated from Vanderbilt University and brings over 13 years of national brokerage, corporate real estate advisory, investment, and development experience to the team.

David Arnold

Managing Director & Principal

For over 30 years, David has been involved in commercial real estate development and investing activities involving over a billion dollars in value. His career has included a broad base of product types within organizations ranging from large financial institutions to entrepreneurial development partnerships. In addition to his real estate practice, David has been very involved in Fort Wayne economic development initiatives and numerous not-for profit boards. David earned a BS at St. Joseph’s College and an MBA from Indiana University with concentrations in both Finance and Real Estate.

Clay Scheetz

Managing Director & Principal

Clay serves as Managing Director & Principal of Great Lakes Capital and is a key member of the executive team and investment committee. Clay began his commercial real estate career in 1995 and has closed more than $4.5 billion of investment across property types, geographic markets, capital structures, and economic cycles. Clay graduated with honors from the University of Notre Dame with a BBA degree and earned an MBA from Columbia University. Clay is actively involved in numerous trade and civic organizations including the Colorectal Cancer Alliance where he serves as a national board member. In his free time, Clay enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids as well as water skiing, running, and swimming.

Kristen Sawdon

Director

Leveraging more than a decade’s experience in commercial real estate, Kristen is focused on new investment and unlocking ahead-of-market opportunities. With background in asset management, development, leasing and property management, as well as across mixed-use, industrial, multifamily, hospitality and office asset classes – Kristen brings a unique and strategic perspective to new development. Utilizing this broad knowledge base, Kristen works to expand GLC’s ground-up portfolio through evaluating new market opportunities and managing the research, negotiation, construction and lease-up stages. Kristen holds a BA in business and psychology from Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN, and an MBA with honors from the University of Notre Dame. 

Greg Dilone

Director of Development

As Director of Development at Great Lakes Capital, Greg leads the Michigan Territory from the Metro Detroit Office with a focus on Industrial, Mix-Use, and Multi-Family Development. Greg has over 12 years of experience building real estate assets utilizing his vast experience in Marketing and Construction Management. Prior to joining GLC, he managed Logistics Programs, Real Estate Leasing of over 3M square feet of Industrial Properties, and Strategic Sales Initiatives for over 50 Manufacturing companies in the Greater Midwest. Greg enjoys hiking, backpacking, and road trips with his son.

Brian Veith

Director of Development

As Director of Development, Brian helps lead the firm’s growth in the Ohio, Kentucky, and Southern Indiana regions, with a concerted emphasis in multi-family, industrial, and mixed-used developments. Brian also assists with the firm’s Investor Relations. Brian’s background is primarily rooted in commercial real estate banking, where he held Senior Executive, Chief Lending Officer, Secretary and Executive Committee roles. Brian is also very active in the philanthropic community, serving on several boards, including the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities Council where he serves as Secretary and Executive Committee Member. Brian graduated from the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame.     

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Martin Huttenlocker

Development Manager

Leveraging 17 years of relationships and extensive background in the commercial real estate industry, Martin provides direct strategic and analytical support as part of the Great Lakes Capital development team. Since joining the firm in 2017 he has performed a hybrid role in asset management and brokerage services within the GLC portfolio. Martin earned a BA in Political Science from the University of Missouri/Columbia and an MBA from Roosevelt University in Chicago.

Kimberly Crouch

Director of Asset Management

Kimberly has more than 25 years of experience in property asset management prior to joining Great Lakes Capital as Director of Asset Management. During her previous posts at Sundance Bay and Related, she orchestrated value-add and core plus renovations with lease-ups, and corrected underserved assets. She served as VP of Multifamily Operations (Midwest) at GlassRatner Advisory and Capital Group where she rebounded operations of court-appointed receiverships and REOs, primarily for Fannie Mae. She supervised 83 properties where she assisted with the transition of the 20,000-unit portfolio as a going concern with Equity Residential. She has earned the Certified Property Manager (CPM®) designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management. Kimberly is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Monroe County Apartment Association and instructor for the Certified Apartment Manager (CAM) designation.

Tracey Vallejo

Chief Financial Officer

Tracey focuses on fund accounting and reporting along with banking and investor relations. Prior to GLC, Tracey has over 15 years in audit and accounting experience across a diverse clientele base through her controllership and audit manager for both a private manufacturing company and a public CPA firm located in the Midwest. Her undergraduate degree is from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana and her MBA is from the University of Phoenix.

Megan Onken

Controller

Megan focuses on the GLC fund accounting and reporting along with various restaurant accounting in its Hospitality division. Megan joined the company in 2011. Prior to GLC, she had accounting roles at St. Louis-based Peabody Energy and Milwaukee-based Marcus Hotels and Resorts. She graduated from St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin.

Erika Trujillo

Senior Development Accountant

Kristin Semon

Senior Staff Accountant

Leveraging more than a decade’s experience in commercial real estate, Kristin is focused on new investments and unlocking the value of ahead-of-market opportunities. With background in asset management, development, leasing and property management, as well as across mixed-use, industrial, multifamily, hospitality and office asset classes – Kristin brings a unique and strategic perspective to new development. Utilizing this broad knowledge base, Kristin works to expand GLC’s ground-up portfolio through evaluating new market opportunities, negotiating agreements, and managing the research, negotiation, construction and lease-up stages. Kristin holds a BA in business and psychology from Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN, and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame. 

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Alexandra Wilkins

Executive Coordinator

Alex focuses on providing support internally and externally to maximize efficient communication and coordination of processes and procedures. Her organization and willingness to go the extra mile allows her to offer assistance in many areas throughout the company. Alex graduated with a B.S. from Ball State University in 2016.