team

Experience. Talent. Passion.

Mordy has over 20 years experience in real estate development and construction. In founding ML Group, he brings his extensive background in commercial real estate and hospitality to bear in leading our multi-talented organization.

Michael leads the design team and directs all design projects, drawing upon a diverse background in commercial, retail and residential design. He grew up in Los Angeles and is a graduate of Fashion Institute of Technology, New York.

Mike oversees the day to day operations of the firm from project development through implementation. As a licensed architect, experienced construction manager, and development consultant, his multidisciplinary background provides a lens to align operations with strategic goals. Before joining ML Group in Chicago, Mike lived and worked in Honolulu, Hong Kong, and Los Angeles. He has a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from Columbia University in the City of New York.

Mike leads our finance and accounting team with a focus on internal control and continuous improvement, as well as providing financial insight and guidance to stakeholders. Previously, he has held financial leadership positions with general contractor and subcontractor firms. Mike is a CPA and graduated from Loyola University Chicago.

With an extensive 30 background in broad areas of Architecture and Design Management, Construction Management, Real Estate Management and Development, and Multisite Program Management, Howard works closely with Asset Managers to strategically plan and manager their capital projects. Howard is a licensed Architect and LEED Professional. He obtained his Masters Degree in Architecture from the University of Illinois Chicago and a BA in Economics from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI.

Steve oversees and directs multiple construction projects as well as large facility capital maintenance projects. He was a second-generation general contractor prior to becoming an owners’ representative and project manager.

Eli leads the business development team for our Asset Management Division. With broad experience and expertise in construction and property management, and a passion for connecting people and building relationships, he develops comprehensive and focused outcome-driven solutions for clients across multiple sectors.

Patty is a senior member of the interior design team. Having previously worked on the design team at Starbucks and Gladson Store Design group, she brings a global perspective to commercial, residential, and hospitality projects. Patty grew up in Arizona and has a B.A. from Harrington School of Design in Chicago.

Matt leads construction project teams in high-rise residential and healthcare sectors, as well as our safety program. His experience with scheduling, cost controls, procurement, safety controls, and subcontractor management plays a key role in the successful execution of projects. Matt graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a degree in Construction Management, and has OSHA 10 and 30 Hour certifications.

Faisal has over 20 years of hospitality and healthcare experience managing branded and boutique hotels. He has successfully implemented facilities management programs and utilized codes and standards to create a survey-ready approach. Faisal is focused on providing a safe and compliant environment to bring positive outcomes for patients and provide the best experiences. Faisal is also licensed and certified in HVAC and boilers operation and maintenance.

With nearly 20 years of human resources experience in multiple industries, Lestie is the Human Resources leader for ML Group. Her constant drive has afforded opportunities to partner closely with senior business leaders to drive strategy and growth. She leads all areas of HR, Strategic Planning efforts company-wide, including developing innovation, and risk mitigation strategies. She is recognized as an empowering and inclusive leader, who builds organizations based upon transparency. She embraces designs and develops the people strategy for both long and short term solutions, in partnership with stakeholders. She builds trust, personal development and drawing on diverse skillsets and backgrounds.

As part of our purchasing team, Mariana provides coordination, logistics and administrative support, with a background in hospitality and human resources. She earned a Masters Degree in Economics from Ternopil National University in Ukraine, and speaks 5 languages (English, Ukrainian, Russian, German and Polish).

Brianna is enthusiastic about all aspects of interior design. As part of the design team, she assists in finish selections and design development. She graduated from the University of Missouri – Columbia with a BS HES in Architectural Studies with an emphasis in Interior Design.

Tristan leads the architecture design team. With over 20 years of continuous architectural and interior design experience within the hospitality, restaurant, and office sectors, he brings nationwide understanding in creating profitable hospitality concepts and has been responsible for the building of strong relationships between clients, contractors, and consultants. Tristan is a multi-state licensed architect who is a American Institute of Architects (AIA) member, is registered with the National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB) and is a Self-Certified Architect with the City of Chicago. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture at Ball State University.

Jeremiah is a talented architect with 20 years of experience in architecture and construction.
Specializing in multi-family and senior living projects around the country over his career, he has established relationships within the design and construction teams to choreograph successful major projects. In addition, he is known for his leadership and mentoring of teammates.
Jeremiah is a licensed architect in Illinois and California. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Ayala has a knack for visualizing in 3D and conceptualizing problems to find unique solutions that fit the environment and client. A licensed architect, she brings ten years of experience in diverse architectural fields, and expertise in multi-family residential. She earned her Masters of Architecture at Columbia University in the City of New York.

Rad completed his undergraduate degree in Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a Masters of Architecture at SCI_Arc in Los Angeles. He has assisted with high profile installations for the Chicago Architecture Biannual in 2017, and Biometric Mirror commissioned by NXT Museum, Netherlands with body architect Lucy McRae in 2020. Rad enjoys solving design challenges with both physical and virtual tools through the use of cutting edge software as well as tangible craft.

John is an Architect from the Philippines with 13 years of working experience in Architecture and Interior design. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Architecture at Mapua Institute of Technology, licensed by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and a member of United Architects of the Philippines (UAP). Reinforced his profession for 11 years in Singapore and collaborated on multiple residential, industrial, and large-scale commercial projects such as “Jewel” and “Changi Airport Terminal 4”. Well-versed in space planning and have an edge on solving exterior facades using modern software and rendering engines for best visualization.

Cuong is an Architectural Designer with over 19 years of experience in Life Science and Healthcare.  The depth of projects includes new constructions, additions, and renovations, meeting national criteria, as many were located out of state.  Cuong’s focus has been on meeting the architectural needs of the projects from planning coordination, exterior building detailing, and construction administration.  He earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Architecture from UW – Milwaukee, and U of MN – Twin Cities.

Kristen believes design plays a major role in the world around us– how we live, work, play and grow throughout our lives. She has an eye for detail and a wide range of experience across different sectors. She received a B.A. in Interior Design from Chicago’s Harrington College of Design.

As an interior designer and licensed architect, Deborah integrates all design aspects from inside to out to deliver creative and successful projects.  Her attention to detail and experience in healthcare, office, multi-family, and hospitality design allows her to collaborate and lead multi-disciplinary teams.  Deborah is a Past President of Chicago Women in Architecture and received her Master of Architecture Degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

As an Interior Design Assistant, Kiara is responsible for maintaining the sample library and assisting our design team with a wide range of tasks. Kiara recently graduated Pritzker College Prep High School with High Honor Rolls and has now started her journey at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Robert coordinates and directs a wide variety of construction projects. He has extensive commercial experience with both renovations and new builds of big box and boutique retail environments. Robert received a B.S degree in Marketing from Middle Tennessee State University.

As part of the construction management team, Jacob is responsible for coordinating project activities to ensure cost, schedule, document control and quality standards are met. Passionate about building, he is the 3rd generation of his family to be involved in construction-related work. He graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Finance.

As a project manager, Teneshia brings a unique range of experience having previously worked as a Renovation Specialist, Construction Estimator, and an Interior Designer. She understands the design and overall vision of each project along with the importance of cost control, safety control, proper scheduling, and subcontractor management. Teneshia received a B.A in Interior Design from Chicago’s Harrington College of Design and holds an Architectural Imagination certificate from Harvard University.

Intrigued with real estate development from a young age, Ravindra is passionate about construction, feasibility analysis, financing, marketing, and sales strategy. With experience in construction operations working in fast-paced environments with multiple deliverables, he strives to grow, broaden his knowledge and gain experience within the real estate development and construction industry. Ravindra received his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Ramaiah Institute of Technology, India and a Master’s degree in Construction Engineering and Management with Business Administration from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago.

Following his father as a role model into the industry, Mukarram has always been passionate about construction, design and project management. With an interest in high-rise projects, he assists our construction management team with project coordination, material estimates, takeoffs and administration. Mukarram graduated with a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University (JNAFAU) in India and he is currently pursuing a master’s in construction engineering and management from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago.

Piotr graduated from Academy of Physical Education in Cracow with master degree in Tourism. Born in Poland, Piotr came to United States in 2012 and got right into construction business, managing historic and masonry restoration projects in Chicago, Houston and Memphis. Fluent in Polish and English.

Aryeh is Facilities Coordinator on the Asset Management team for the healthcare sector. With a background in property management and construction, he works closely with maintenance and nursing staff to ensure excellence in life safety standards.

As warehouse assistant, Ignacio is responsible for inbound and outbound shipments, tracking, deliveries, and installations. He leverages his expertise in freight and logistics to continually provide efficiencies to our operations team.

As a purchasing manager, Aysha is a target-driven individual with over four years of procurement experience. Her key responsibilities include negotiating, researching, and procuring quality products and having strong communication skills and other managerial procurement tasks. Additionally, she oversees the liaise between suppliers, manufacturers, and internal departments. Aysha is a graduate of Fashion Design and Technology from India; and later found her interest in business and now has her Associates degree in Business Accounting. She’s currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Business-Operations and Supply Chain from Governor State University. Besides studying enjoys traveling, crafting, and adventure activities.

As a Project Analyst, Angela is responsible for project estimating and budgeting, monthly reports and payment application billing. With extensive experience in the construction sector, she brings a detail-oriented and informed approach to her work. In her free time, she enjoys baking and creating new recipes.

Jennifer brings 15 years of experience in both procurement and account management as ML’s purchasing assistant. Her main focus is building great relationships with both vendors and clients in order to meet project expectations. She has a background in the manufacturing industry in project coordination, managing and performing physical inventories, meeting scheduled deadlines, logistics, as well as accounting for both accounts receivable and accounts payable. Jennifer is a Chicago native who loves restoring antique cars in her free time.

As part of the accounting team, Leora manages accounts payable and implements key accounting support tasks. With over 10 years of experience, Leora brings a wide range of knowledge to her role as ML Group’s Accounts Payable Coordinator.