Adam L. Dontz
President

adam@lakestaradvisors.com

Adam Dontz's career is focused on increasing the value and marketability of real estate assets. Adam has managed a real estate portfolio of over 1,000 residential building sites creating living communities which will yield an estimated $450,000,000 of housing value upon completion. Additionally, Adam has negotiated real estate contracts collectively valued at nearly $45,500,000, acquiring both undeveloped land and improved building sites. During the economic downturn, Adam negotiated deed-in-lieu of foreclosure and other debt settlement transactions favorably resolving nearly $14,000,000 credit obligations.

To decrease holding and development costs and increase the salability of real estate assets, Adam strategically renegotiated municipal annexation and development agreements (requiring “Super Majority” approval by elected officials) and amended purchase agreements collectively saving approximately $4,000,000. Adam also managed governmental relations regarding the disaffirmation by the FDIC of Letters of Credit securing public infrastructure improvements, which were posted by a banking institution that closed with the FDIC as receiver. His efforts resulted in municipal approval to operate under an alternative arrangement without replacing nearly $1,000,000 of previously required security.

While investment decisions are driven by anticipated ROI, Adam works hard to earn and uphold the trust and respect of elected officials and their staffs, investors, bank officers, attorneys, land owners, real estate brokers, and others within both the public and private sectors. Consequently, Adam received a Mayoral appointment and serves on various municipal commissions addressing regulations impacting real estate development. The knowledge gained and relationships formed from these experiences uniquely allows Adam to make immediate contributions to an organization's short, mid, and long-term fiscal objectives.

Adam serves on the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning Housing Committee and is a member of the Urban Land Institute. Also, Adam served as a member of Albion College’s Gerald R. Ford Institute Visiting Committee. Adam earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economic and Management, Cum Laude, from Albion College and was a member of the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service.

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