Our Team

Ascend Real Estate Advisors, LLC, through its principals, serves the Chicago Metropolitan area in the areas of brokerage, construction and real estate consulting. We have long concentrated our brokerage services in Chicago, Illinois, North West Indiana, Indiana and Midwest United States.

Mr. Vladimir Ganz

Managing Broker and Principal

Mr. Vladimir Ganz is result oriented Managing Broker and Principal at Ascend Real Estate Advisors, LLC directing leasing and contract negotiations for a retail portfolio spanning from Illinois through Indiana. Mr. Ganz is skilled at managing a team to outperform current market conditions. He is attuned to analyzing weak performing retail, office and industrial assets and designing a strategy to make them profitable while continuing to keep profitable assets in the “Black”.

Mr. Ganz is experienced at dealing with national, regional and local tenants and understanding how to direct a sales team to capture every available and willing tenant in the market place. He specializes in upside potential investments including retail, industrial and office. Mr. Ganz also leads a team that represents retail, medical and office tenants to acquire new locations throughout the Midwest.

(312) 217-9917


John Nekus

Founding Partner and Principal

As a Licensed Broker in Illinois and Indiana, Mr. Nekus has over 30 years experience in real estate sales, real estate development, municipal planning, zoning, contract negotiations and business development. Mr. Nekus’ focus at Ascend Real Estate Advisors includes Corporate & Technology Clients, Tenant/Owner Representation, Industrial Property, Business Relocation, Commercial Development and Ascend Real Estate Business Development and Recruiting.

Mr. Nekus is an experienced and results oriented Real Estate Professional, Global Business Leader and Technology Consultant. He has exceptional business and technical vision with a proven track record of starting new businesses, managing existing operations and driving growth.

(312) 656-1689