Associate

Andrew Battersby

abattersby@thomasduke.com

Hard working and ambitious, Andrew Battersby joined our Oakland County team in 2015, specializing in the sale and leasing of commercial properties. His position with the Duke Company is the next step in a passion he's been pursuing since he was a boy. Growing up in the eastern part of the county, Andrew learned all he could about the sale, leasing, and management of commercial real estate, working in his family's real estate businesses and earning his real estate license by the age of 19. He broadened his perspective on the industry by also working in a large legal firm. As an associate with the Duke Company, Andrew now works hard on behalf of the business owners, investors, and landlords of an area he knows well, so that he and all his Oakland County neighbors have a better place to call home.

Associate

Homegrown in Western Wayne County, Alex is most energized when he’s helping communities grow and flourish. Through middle school and high school he worked on local political campaigns, learning about hometown transformation at the grassroots. At Michigan State University and after, he broadened his perspective on community change by working for a lobbying firm, a state legislator, and a nonprofit. In all these roles Alex learned how to be involved in a community in ways that build its health and resilience. It’s his vision for thriving communities that brings Alex to commercial real estate sales at the Thomas Duke Company. He’s seen that real estate agents who form trusting relationships with fellow citizens can be powerful bridge builders in a region, connecting those with needs to those with services to offer for the good of the whole. Alex excels at that kind of relationship building. He’s inspired by those who, after the downturn, brought their zest and sweat-equity to rebuild the Southeast Michigan he calls home. As a member of the Duke Company’s Western Wayne County Team, Alex focuses his attention on the Livonia area. He devotes his considerable and disciplined energy to ensuring the success of every client and the flourishing of the communities in which they live.

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Meet Alex Gravlin

Marketing and Administrative Assistant

Ashley Haney

ahaney@thomasduke.com

Shortly after moving to Michigan in 2013, Ashley joined the Duke Company as an assistant to the Southeast Oakland County team. She quickly demonstrated exceptional and reliable organizational skills and so was asked first to assist the Macomb County team, then the Northeast Oakland County team as well. In order to enhance her team value further and strengthen her interactions with clients, Ashley earned her real estate license in 2014. Besides overseeing the day-to-day administrative tasks of three teams, Ashley puts her prior experience in marketing to work for them, too. She prepares listing materials and helps team members create strategic marketing plans that maximize the reach of those materials. Doing whatever needs to be done, Ashley anchors the many moving parts of three dynamic Duke teams.

Associate

Adam joined our Wayne County team in 2015, specializing in the sale and leasing of commercial properties. While a public relations major at Eastern Michigan University, Adam seized opportunities to hone his professional communication skills. He developed campaigns and communication initiatives for local cities, public relations firm Berg Muirhead, the university's student government, and nonprofits Meals on Wheels and JDRF. At the Duke Company, his ambition, wide range of experience, and local roots are already proving be a great asset to Wayne County businesses, property owners, buyers, and investors. Adam’s skills and market awareness compliment the expertise of present team members and will strengthen their market presence.

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Meet Adam Reid

Marketing and Administrative Assistant

Brittany Haggerty

bhaggerty@thomasduke.com

A graduate of Michigan State University’s advertising management and media program, Brittany Haggerty joined the Thomas Duke Company in 2014. In addition to that degree, she brings prior experience in the mortgage business, which gives her a broader perspective on real estate sales. Brittany serves as the central nervous system of the Western Wayne County team, coordinating and managing all phases of the team’s marketing efforts in the communities of Plymouth, Canton, Livonia, Dearborn, Westland and Garden City, among others. Her direct interaction with clients allows her to understand both their goals and their properties as she helps the team design strategic marketing campaigns. With her rare combination of both analytical skills and creative talents, Brittany is a valuable asset to the Duke Company. She’s able to conduct thorough market research and analyze that research precisely, then design eye-catching materials to market properties based on that research. Her team also depends on Brittany’s organizational skills to keep its day-to-day operations running smoothly. And the company as a whole relies on her to promote its profile on several social media platforms.

Associate

Blake Macek

bmacek@thomasduke.com

Ask Blake what experiences prepared him to be a good realtor and you'll be surprised by his answer: 10 years as a firefighter and 5 as a manufacturing engineer. But it makes perfect sense. In the fire service he learned how to think strategically and adapt quickly in situations that could change in the blink of an eye. And how to communicate clearly with people in highly charged, stressful conditions. As a manufacturing engineer for a major automotive supplier, Blake perfected his attention to detailand his ability to build trusting professional relationships. All of those skills are essential to a broker, and Blake came to the Duke Company well practiced in each of them. Plus, he's naturally outgoing and has the gift of connecting with people easily. As a member of our West Side Team Blake puts his skills and his drive to help others to work every day, finding the best match between clients and real estate in western Oakland and Livingston Counties.

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Meet Blake Macek

Associate

Bill specializes in the sale and leasing of commercial properties in the North-Oakland county market. Also a member of our Campus Property Investments team, he extends his expertise in student-housing investment properties past Ann Arbor to that other campus town—East Lansing. Earlier employment in the commercial building industry has given Bill a sharp sense for the bottom line. All this, plus the persistence and versatility of a two-sport college athlete and creative, out-of-the-box thinking make Bill a valuable asset to buyers and sellers alike. He's currently seeking his CCIM designation.

Chris Van Ittersum

chris@developrise.com

CCIM, Vice President

Since joining the Thomas A. Duke Company in 2001, Dan has completed over $150 million in sales and leasing transactions and has been the company's top salesperson for three of the past nine years. Thoughtfulness and professionalism mark his relationships with his clients—clients representing a diverse group of private investors and institutional owners, including Level One Bank, TCF National Bank, Bank of America, Botsford Hospital, and Chrysler Realty. Dan enjoys working with office and build-to-suit projects, too. The range of projects he's completed in his twenty years of commercial real estate brokerage is wide—from land assemblage and sale-lease-back, to business and land acquisition. He's well known across Metro Detroit, both for his experience in retail and restaurant brokerage and as a past-president of the Metropolitan Detroit chapter of the Michigan Business Brokers Association (MBBA). Currently he's a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

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Meet Dan Blugerman

Associate

A career in commercial real estate has long been a goal of Dave's. Now he's living out that aspiration at the Thomas A. Duke Company, where he's expanding the company's reach into Macomb County. It's a perfect match for Dave. For the past several years his work in local government took him down all the county's main roads, side roads, and neighborhood streets. He has a keen sense of each corridor's character and customer base, its traffic patterns, which businesses have succeeded there and which have not. Now he brings that knowledge--as well as his core values of honesty and integrity. Macomb County is experiencing explosive growth in retail, office and new housing. Dave has had an immediate impact by focusing on these types of properties. Rounding out his profile is his understanding of real estate's financials, gained through his degree in accounting from Michigan State University. Dave is actively pursuing his Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation.

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Meet Dave Tesch

Senior Associate

Ambitious and industrious, Eric Szerlag was a licensed realtor by the age of 18. After earning a marketing degree from Western Michigan University, he established himself in the territory where he's lived all his life—western Oakland and Livingston Counties. Eric specializes in the sale and leasing of retail, office, and investment properties, as well as the sale of vacant land. His relationship-based approach appeals to corporate and private clients alike, evidenced by his success in the area's west-side markets. Eric is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and currently pursuing his CCIM designation.

Senior Associate

Frank Rakipi

frakipi@thomasduke.com

Frank specializes in seller and landlord representation. His versatility as a broker allows him to complete a wide range of assignments, from representing institutional clients to serving the needs of individual property owners. An expert in western Wayne County, Frank is the go-to broker for properties from Livonia to Dearborn, as well as surrounding downriver communities, where he's worked to cultivate key relationships with community officials, developers, and investors. Frank’s territorial expertise has proven invaluable, enabling him to broker the sale of some of area’s most recognizable properties and become the exclusive leasing agent for Dearborn’s iconic Village Plaza and Parklane Towers office buildings. Frank’s track record is evidenced by the nearly one million square feet of commercial property he has under representation. Property owners consistently turn to Frank for his knowledge, judgment, and thoughtful approach to their real estate needs. Frank is a volunteer with local charities, a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and is currently pursuing his Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation.

Accounting Assistant

Judy joined Thomas A. Duke Company in January 2016. A graduate of San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree emphasizing accounting, she has worked as an accountant in various industries, gaining experience in commercial loans, auditing, automotive distribution, and land development. Judy works directly with our controller and the Property Management team, assisting in all phases of accounting, including bank reconciliations, spreadsheets and analysis, journals, and accounts payable/vendor support.

Director of Management Solutions

As Director of Management Solutions at the Thomas A. Duke Company, John's main objective is to partner with investment property owners to develop a customized strategic management plan for each property. He always starts by listening to the owner's goals and objectives for the property; then he applies his analysis of all the relevant physical, financial, and market factors. The final plan balances the property's income potential and its necessary expenses to create the best fit between owner and tenant—a balance that's key to building a strong long-term relationship. His whole focus is to protect and grow an investment by keeping vacancies low and, most importantly, keeping owners informed. John's long career in real estate management has primed him for the opportunity to work with Thomas A. Duke clients. He's had a hand in managing more than 13,900,000 square feet of property across the country, from a 4,600-square-foot shopping center to a one million-square-foot high-rise office tower—and everything in between. For all these properties he created sound management plans and then implemented them, including organizational, operational, financial, marketing, and asset management strategies that achieved the ownerships' objectives. Prior to joining the Thomas A. Duke Company, John served as the Chief Operating Officer for Portfolio Property Management Global, a national property management firm. There he created and implemented all facets of the firm's infrastructure, policies and procedures, and day-to-day management of its national portfolio of Class A office, retail, industrial, and multi-family properties—management recognized as best in its class. Before his COO position, John was a Senior Property Manager for Cushman & Wakefield, where he was responsible for the firm's third-party management services in Michigan and Ohio. Clients included private, corporate, and pension fund advisors with assets in alternative energy facilities, life sciences research facilities, as well as Class A office properties. Earlier opportunities took John to notable real estate firms such as Great Lakes REIT, The Farbman Group, and Schostak Brothers & Company, Inc. Across his entire twenty-six-year career, John has consistently created, implemented, and led operating initiatives that have yielded significant cost reductions and improved operating efficiencies for his clients. He accomplishes this in a number of ways—including implementing green programs—but primarily by being aligned with the investment objectives of his clients. No surprise, then, that John was named one of the "Elite Eight" in commercial property management in 2000 by Commercial Inc. magazine and was a member of the Campus Martius Park task force. He continues to be a member of BOMA, IFMA, and the Institute of Real Estate Management, from which he has earned the Certified Property Manager (CPM) designation.

Vice President

Before coming to the Thomas A. Duke Company, John laid a solid foundation for his understanding of the real estate business by working in the building industry. There he developed insight and skill in the sales and marketing of new construction, which has been invaluable to his practice of real estate brokerage. John is particularly keen to assist buyers and sellers of vacant land, though his expertise extends to retail and office property sales also. John is recognized as the Livingston County expert.

Associate

After college, Jon followed his fascination with real estate into a career as an appraiser. He loved learning what a property was worth and why. For a decade he appraised commercial properties of all types, specializing in local investment portfolios and income-producing assets. When he felt that career was becoming more about the paperwork than the property, Jon decided to transition to a career that put him solidly back on the ground of actual real estate again. He completed an MBA degree at Oakland University and joined the Thomas Duke Company. As a broker, Jon brings an appraiser’s eye to commercial real estate in Oakland County. With an appraiser’s attention to detail, he sees a property’s hidden potential—the value others might overlook. He also sees how a particular property can be put to best use in a complex, changing market. Put another way, Jon can see both the individual trees and the forest around them. From experience in his previous role, Jon understands how important it is to be trustworthy to clients who have a lot riding on a real estate transaction. As an Oakland County resident whose clients are his neighbors, he wouldn’t have it any other way.

CCIM, Vice President

An Executive Vice President, Jim heads up our Washtenaw County team. He's developed a special expertise in the sale of student-housing apartments near the University of Michigan. Representing some of the most prestigious student-housing management companies, Jim is unmatched by any other broker in the area, leading the market in sales and investment acquisitions of these properties. His versatility and extensive knowledge of the local market enable him also to excel in the brokerage of commercial, office, industrial, and retail properties, as well as residential and commercial land for development. James has led his team to more than $100 million in closed transactions. Foundational to this accomplishment is his commitment to strong working relationships with all players, including government officials, in the growing Ann Arbor market. Jim is an incomparable asset to anyone looking to buy or sell commercial property in Washtenaw County.

Marketing and Administrative Assistant

Kelley McCall

kmccall@thomasduke.com

Kelley joined the Thomas Duke team in 2017, making the switch from the health care industry to real estate. With a strong customer service background and the ability to handle a fast-paced environment, she has been able to make a smooth transition. She plays an important role in assisting the Northern Oakland County team, ensuring all of their marketing and administrative responsibilities are met.

Property Manager

Kurt first joined the Thomas Duke Company as a student-intern in commercial property management. From the start his abilities and won’t-quit attitude caught our attention, and so as soon as he graduated from Oakland University we hired him! As a Property Manager Kurt uses his skill in statistical and comparative analysis to help us track services, from water usage to landscaping. He loves accounting for how every dollar is spent so that our buildings operate as efficiently as possible. Given his interest in the financial management of properties, we’ve put Kurt in charge of our company’s bid portal. He also loves to get out of the office and visit the properties in his portfolio. On site he takes pleasure in building good relationships with tenants and making sure both buildings and grounds are in first-class condition.

Property Manager

Licia Miller

lmiller@thomasduke.com

Property Manager for the Thomas A. Duke Company, Licia oversees a portfolio of Class A multi-tenant office / medical buildings; neighborhood retail centers; and single-tenant, triple-net-leased facilities in southeast Michigan. She also implements the respective properties' strategic business plans, a task which includes, but is not limited to their financial management, project management, construction management, facilities management, risk management, lease administration, and tenant retention programs—all with the goal of achieving the ownerships' investment objectives. As a graduate of Michigan State University in Business Administration, Licia has invested over twenty years in the commercial real estate industry developing a diverse skill set that includes property development, accounting, and business development. Prior to joining the Thomas Duke Company, Licia served as the senior property manager for Lincoln Property Company. There she managed a mixed-use, Class A high rise in downtown Orlando, a dynamic hub of retail, office, and residential units. Her Lincoln portfolio also included commercial offices, retail centers, and industrial buildings.

Associate

Michelle Grobler

mgrobler@thomasduke.com

Long before she became a commercial real estate broker, Michelle was honing the profession’s key skills: communication, negotiation, and problem-solving. For a decade she was the residential property manager for a large Ann Arbor-based company. There she managed a cast of thousands in her oversight of 900 rental units, most of them housing students. That meant negotiating and finalizing lease agreements between property owners and tenants; meeting with city administrators to be sure that regulations, codes, and compliance issues were addressed; designing and executing marketing campaigns; and coordinating maintenance and repair services.In fact, it was with her assistance that a maintenance department operating at a loss began to turn a profit for the company. But Michelle saw that she could accomplish even more for property investors by becoming a broker. As a member of the Duke Company’s Washtenaw County team she now uses her exceptional interpersonal, organizational, and marketing skills to identify opportunities for both buyers and sellers, owners and tenants, then to help them take full advantage of those opportunities. Rather than the fast-paced, high-turnover relationships that characterize the rental market, Michelle can now build long-term, trusted relationships with her clients. That’s her greatest satisfaction.

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Meet Michelle Grobler

Associate

For over 20 years Mark has been gathering experience, building networks, and developing expertise across the real estate field. Early work with Fidelity National Title taught him to spot and solve transactional problems in order to bring deals to a secure closing. Then he learned all aspects of commercial building design and construction, from acquiring land and negotiating with zoning boards to bringing a project in under cost. Mark currently sits on the Construction Board of Appeals for the city of Wixom and has helped establish Industrial Development Districts and Commercial Rehabilitation Districts in the area to take advantage of municipal and state tax incentives. Especially skilled in industrial property transactions, Mark has helped over 50 companies document their growth projections and find a new home suited for the long haul. Whatever your commercial property concerns in western Oakland and eastern Livingston Counties, Mark can help you plan, meet, and exceed your long-term goals.

CCIM, Partner

Mark excels in the sale of both user and investment properties as well as land for development. With his background in personal direct marketing, analysis, and research, he's able to provide clients with well-considered, systematic solutions to their real estate needs. There's no better evidence for just how consistently Mark delivers the best service in his market than the more than $600 million in commercial real estate sales he's successfully completed. In fact, over the past 30 years Mark has listed and sold more commercial properties from Novi to Brighton than any other broker, earning him these honors and positions: • CCIM since 1990 • 2018 Midwest Commercial Real Estate "Hall of Fame" • Former Commercial Board of Realtors President • 2012 CBOR Commercial Realtor of the Year • Lyon Township Downtown Development Authority Director and Economic Restructuring Committee Chairman since 2011 • International Council of Shopping Centers Member • Member of the Urban Land Institute

Director of Leasing and Tenant Success

Rachel Pharis

rpharis@thomasduke.com

As Director of Leasing and Tenant Success, Rachel manages all of the in-house leasing for Thomas Duke Company in regards to new leasing and existing tenant retention. Rachel’s enthusiasm for building relationships with existing tenants and cooperating brokers is reflected in the Duke portfolio through high occupancy rates and well-operating buildings. Before joining the Thomas Duke team in 2015, Rachel started her real estate career at CBRE–developing, executing, and managing the marketing efforts of her Southfield team. Her background in commercial property research and market analysis, coupled with her ability to genuinely connect with tenants, equips Rachel to meet tenant needs and advance the unique features of each Thomas Duke-represented property.

Controller

Snehal Haria

sharia@thomasduke.com

Snehal, who holds a master's degree in corporate finance from Walsh College, joined the Thomas A. Duke Company team as controller in 2006. With more than ten years experience in real estate accounting, she expertly oversees all of the financial processes and procedures for the company's acquisitions; dispositions; leasing and property management of Class A multi-tenant office/medical buildings; neighborhood retail strip centers; flex buildings, and single-use-tenant, triple-net-leased facilities in southeast Michigan. Besides her daily accounting duties, Snehal is an active and integral part of the property management transition team, focusing on the financial set-up and audit processes in order to maximize owners' investment objectives.

Vice President

Steve Valli

svalli@thomasduke.com

Commercial real estate transactions are rarely a short-term experience. And it can be a costly and profitable endeavor, one that requires skill, experience, and a well-thought-out strategy. Steve's goal is to be the broker clients can relax with and trust over the entire scope of a transaction, from inception to closing. He assembles and shares information openly, honestly, and invite clients’ review and questions. As a result, many clients return repeatedly and refer him to their business associates. Clients’ trust in Steve is well founded in his 20 years of experience. As Vice President at the Thomas Duke Company, he has completed 500-plus transactions totaling more than $350 million. He has extensive experience with all sectors of investment and user property, including retail, office, industrial and vacant land as well as tenant and buyer representation. Some of his returning clients include Bank of Ann Arbor, Monroe Bank and Trust, Brightside Dental, Review Works, and Automotive Credit Corporation. He is also the exclusive broker for TEAM Rehabilitation, having secured more than 50 office and retail locations for them. As a lifelong Western Wayne County resident, Steve works with many City and Wayne County officials on a first-name basis. These relationships have proven invaluable in his role as the leader of the company’s Wayne County team. Steve's made it his life’s work to be a real estate broker of such dedication and integrity that many of his clients engage him time and time again. They know he’ll always put their best interest first.

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Meet Steve Valli

CCIM, Partner

Thomas Duke

tduke@thomasduke.com

In the 1880’s a young Thomas Duke left Nova Scotia for Detroit, tools in hand. He set about using them to construct commercial buildings, like the Detroit Sanitarium, in a city fast expanding with new manufacturing and business. His son George left grade school to work with cement crews. Later he expanded his skills and began constructing not only commercial buildings but also hundreds of semi-custom homes from Detroit to Ypsilanti, before the depression and following World War II. George's son, named Thomas for his grandfather, learned from both men, and then launched his own independent business, building commercial structures, custom homes, and apartment properties, as well as founding and acquiring banks. In 1976 a fourth-generation Duke entrepreneur also saw an opportunity. Great-grandson of the immigrant Thomas, this Thomas Duke plunged into business independently and singlehandedly, having seen in his elders the value of learning from the ground up. He determined he would grow his one-man shop into aa highly regarded commercial brokerage firm serving Southeast Michigan. Today the Thomas Duke Company is a well-respected, trusted resource for commercial property brokerage in virtually all the communities surrounding Detroit. Over four decades the firm has perfected a broad menu of brokerage services for both user and investment properties as well as land for development, and established rock-solid property management services, all grounded in a deep understanding and appreciation of the region. The result: thousands of brokerage transactions closed, dozens of properties built, dozens more acquired, refurbished, and successfully repositioned and profitably managed. The Duke Company has built a history of achievement. And now the fifth generation is beginning a new chapter, full of promise.

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Senior Executive Manager

Tina Grayshaw

tnardico@thomasduke.com

For over 29 years, Tina Nardico Grayshaw has been on the front line of the Thomas A. Duke Company, where she's served as a positive force for growth and change. Joining the company in 1989 as a receptionist, she quickly rose through the ranks to become its office manager. Seasoned in that role, she now manages a work environment of 30 employees, supervising all administrative staff and communicating skillfully to upper management the needs of employees. She also ensures that sales associates have the resources necessary - from market research and marketing plans to comprehensive listing materials - to conduct business smoothly. Licensed herself in real estate sales, she understands the business from the inside, and so she can effectively network with clients, too. In short, she is a Tina-of-all-trades at the Duke Company. In addition to serving as office manager, Tina helped develop the company's West Side Team, which specializes in all aspects of commercial real estate in southwest Oakland County and Livingston County. As a member of that team she oversees the research, marketing, and procedures for its listings, focusing especially on current market demands and how to help clients capitalize on them. Beyond the office walls, Tina assists the CCIM's Michigan chapter with educational events it brings to the state and organizes the Duke Company's presence at the annual International Council of Shopping Centers convention.

Property Manager

Trevor Duke

trevor@thomasduke.com

As Property Manager for the Thomas A. Duke Company, Trevor oversees the day-to-day property operations of a portfolio of Class A multi-tenant office and medical buildings; retail strip centers; and single-tenant, triple-net-leased facilities in southeast Michigan. Since middle school he's spent time in TAD Co buildings, learning everything from bricklaying to lighting. While his hands-on skill is notable, his comparative advantage is his expertise in technology. Besides implementing many other technological tools, Trevor has put drones in the air to create 2D surveys and 3D models for all company properties and other clients. The information these generate—down to the number of bricks and nails in a building—not only provide an immediate and detailed view of a building's health; they also make it possible to solicit more competitive maintenance bids. All this adds up to more management transparency for owners. After studying economics at Hillsdale College, Trevor founded and still co-owns both First Mate Yacht Care and Icarus Aerials, a drone photography and mapping company. CBS Miami calls on him as its "drone expert," and the Wall Street Journal has written about his innovative use of this aerial technology.

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