Gary Janko, Sr. Managing Director, Principal
Pam Johnson, CFO and Controller
Karen Brunhofer, Managing Director
Evon Solms, Legal Counsel
Greg Spanos, Dir. of Acquisitions
Lesley Hunter, Fin. Analyst, Sr. Accountant

Gary Janko, Senior Managing Director, Principal

Gary Janko is Senior Managing Director, Principal, and Founder of Janko Group. Mr. Janko provides leadership and direction in sourcing and maximizing investment opportunities for investors and owners. His responsibilities include oversight and management of the company’s operations as well as investor relations.

Mr. Janko’s career spans 35 years in the acquisition, development and financing of real estate. Mr. Janko a managing member of a real estate portfolio exceeding $250 million.

Mr. Janko began as an investment banker placing both debt and equity for owners of real estate. In 1988, Mr. Janko formed a real estate finance brokerage intermediary which currently operates as Janko & Wool Real Estate Finance, LLC. During his career, Mr. Janko has personally arranged over $2.5 billion of financing with the largest life insurance companies, pension funds, banks and other commercial lending institutions. In 1991, capitalizing on the real estate downturn of the 1980's, Mr. Janko began acquiring properties from lenders who became owners through foreclosure. Transitioning from a broker to an owner resulted in the profitable creation of a portfolio of commercial real estate.  In the late 1990’s, Mr. Janko further diversified  by becoming a 50% partner in Quadrangle LLC to develop quality suburban office parks, business parks, and industrial facilities on both a speculative and build-to-suit basis. Mr. Janko has developed residential, retail, and hospitality properties through other entities. In 2004, Mr. Janko purchased an ownership position in Peak Construction Corporation, a design build contractor based in Chicago with projects throughout the Midwest with a focus primarily on office, retail, and industrial construction. 

Mr. Janko earned an undergraduate business degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
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Pam Johnson, Chief Financial Officer and Controller

Pamela Johnson is the Chief Financial Officer for Janko Group. Ms. Johnson is responsible for the financial performance and management of all Janko Group assets. In her role, Ms. Johnson oversees company accounting practices, fiscal reporting, debt management, treasury functions, risk management, and tax functions. 

Ms. Johnson has been with the organization for nearly a decade and has worked closely with multiple entities affiliated with Janko Group and its predecessor organizations. She is responsible for a team performing all accounting, reporting, and financial analysis functions for the company. Ms. Johnson also assesses the feasibility of potential developments and acquisitions, and provides the critical function of interfacing with tax and legal advisors on the structuring of the ownership and financing of properties. The group’s reporting function is critical to meeting the needs of a diverse group of financial institutions and third-party investors.

Previously, Ms. Johnson spent nine years as an auditor and consultant with Arthur Andersen & Company, in both Chicago and London, and as an assistant director for County NatWest Investment Bank in London, where she was responsible for establishing accounting and control for specialized financial instruments including derivatives. 

Ms. Johnson holds a bachelor of science in accountancy with honors from the University of Illinois, and is a certified public accountant (CPA). 
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Karen Brunhofer, Managing Director

Karen Brunhofer is Managing Director for Janko Group. Mrs. Brunhofer is responsible for the day to day management of the Company’s residential operations as well as the execution of the Company’s residential strategic vision.

Previously, Mrs. Brunhofer has worked in the residential homebuilding industry for 13 years with Pulte Homes. She served as the Division President in Chicago from 2004 – 2007 with responsibilities for both the Pulte and Del Webb brands.  Most notably, Mrs. Brunhofer strategically grew the operations to make Pulte Homes the largest homebuilder in Chicago with $350 million in revenues and 40% increases in pre-tax profits in her division. She oversaw the operations of over 8,500 active adult and traditional lots. In her role, she led the land acquisition, land entitlement, land development, construction, purchasing, sales and marketing, strategic marketing, and finance operations for Pulte in Chicago. 

Prior to being Division President, Mrs. Brunhofer was chosen for Pulte’s Emerging Leader Program. She was one of 16 individuals selected from 11,000 internal candidates to develop bench strength for senior level talent and completed comprehensive training that provided hands-on exposure to all disciplines within the organization. In addition, she held numerous finance positions at Pulte Homes including Vice President of Finance for the Chicago Division and National Director of Finance for homebuilding operations with a position on the Asset Management Committee. As a member of the Asset Management Committee she assessed market conditions across the country, identified areas of opportunity, and assessed risk as well as worked on several large acquisitions of other builders.

Mrs. Brunhofer graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting and received her Certified Public Accounting license in 2004. She also served as a board member for the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago, North Central Division.
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Evon Solms, Legal Counsel

Evon Solms is Legal Counsel for Janko Group. Ms. Solms is responsible for acquisition of developments by both the residential and commercial groups at the Company. 

Previously, Ms. Solms was in the residential homebuilding industry representing Cambridge Homes, a wholly owned subsidiary of D.R. Horton. She served as assistant general counsel from 1999 – 2008 with responsibilities for day to day corporate legal matters, acquisition of developments and financing public improvements with tax exempt special service area bonds. She assisted the Company in making its strategic goals of increasing sales and closings from 500 units per year to 2,000 units per year. Several of her key projects included: acquisition and development of 2,500 residential units on 1,800 acres in Pingree Grove, IL financing the public improvements with three series of tax exempt special service area bonds aggregating $120 Million. She also advised on the Volo and Cortland developments which included over $100 Million of tax exempt special service area bonds. Other projects included both the single family and multi-family developments in Batavia, Gurnee, South Elgin, Oswego, Libertyville, Joliet, Shorewood, Beach Park, Illinois and several Cambridge Carillon developments (residential communities for 55 and older) in Will County, Illinois and a single family development in Kenosha, WI.

Prior to being assistant general counsel, Ms. Solms was senior counsel at Heller Financial Inc., a $4 Billion/ year lender financing real estate and asset based loans for the collateralized securitization market. Prior to Heller Financial, Ms. Solms was senior associate at Much, Shelist, Freed, Denenberg, Ament, et al practicing primarily in the real estate and secured lending areas representing both developers and lenders. 

Ms. Solms was also staff attorney for Illinois Housing Development Authority advising the client on construction, permanent, bridge and tax exempt revenue bond financings for the Authority for 2 ½ years.Ms. Solms graduated from Loyola University Law School in 1985 where she was a member of the Loyola Law Review. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Illinois-Champaign Urbana campus. She is licensed in both Illinois in 1985 and Colorado in 1999. 

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Greg Spanos, Director of Acquisitions

Greg Spanos is the Director of Acquisitions for Janko Group. Mr. Spanos is responsible for identifying and evaluating commercial real estate investments. He actively pursues new acquisition and development opportunities for commercial properties. Mr. Spanos also plays an important role in negotiating purchase contracts, leases, structuring debt and equity, and managing the various parties involved in the acquisition and development process . 

Prior to joining Janko Group, Mr. Spanos worked in the residential mortgage industry and served as Regional Vice President for New Century Financial Corporation. There, Mr. Spanos held various management positions and ultimately oversaw loan production across fourteen states throughout the Northeast and Mid Atlantic United States. He managed approximately 130 associates and grew an operation that achieved in excess of $325 million in annual sales volume. During his tenure, he significantly increased total loan volume and streamlined process flow which, in turn, maximized efficiency and dollar performance. Prior to being Regional Vice President, Mr. Spanos was selected for New Century’s Leadership Development Program. He was one of 24 individuals selected from 3500 internal candidates to develop a talent pool of senior level executive management candidates. In addition, Mr. Spanos was Chairman of the New Century BPO Change Committee, a group that assessed market conditions, identified new business opportunities, and analyzed and implemented innovative marketing strategies. 

Mr. Spanos earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He completed the International Association of Holiday Inn Owners (IAHI) Hotel Development Program at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration. Mr. Spanos was a member of the 2002-2004 Greek National and Olympic Baseball Team. He is an active member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), and Chicago Real Estate Council (CREC). He is a licensed IL Real Estate Salesperson and is also a Certified Commercial Investment Manager (CCIM) candidate.
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Lesley Hunter, Financial Analyst and Senior Property Accountant

Ms. Hunter joined Janko Group’s affiliate company Quadrangle LLC in 2002, and has held positions of increasing responsibility in the accounting group since that time.  In her role at Janko Group, Ms. Hunter is responsible for performing all aspects of commercial real estate accounting pertaining to properties under development as well as stabilized properties under management in multiple locations.  She also performs financial analysis including determination of investment value and performance; development of cost pro-formas for new developments; and analysis associated with the pricing of leases.  She supervises property managers in California and Kansas.

Ms. Hunter earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honors in Accounting, Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland.  She has completed the four core courses required for the CCIM designation.
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