TEAM

Experience. Talent. Passion.

Mordy Lebovics

Founder, Chief Executive Officer
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 Lebovics

Founder, Director of Design
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.

Michael Harvey

Vice President, Director of Operations
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 Perri

Controller
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.

Steve Apke

Senior Director of Construction
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 Lebovics

Director of Business Development
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.

David Schoning

Senior Architect
David brings experience as both a licensed architect and a general contractor.  He has designed and supervised construction of a broad range projects from healthcare and commercial to single and multifamily housing.  He is a graduate of University of Illinois Urbana Champaign.

Ayala Teitcher

Project Architect
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.

Martina Stoycheva

Project Architect
As a member of the architecture team, Martina is adept at delivering both inspired and pragmatic solutions. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a minor in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and Master of Architecture degree from the University of Michigan, forming a balanced technical and speculative foundation. Her professional experience is multifaceted, spanning various market sectors including commercial, education, healthcare and residential, working with both public and private clients. Martina is a licensed architect in the State of Illinois, a member of the American Institute of Architects, and fluent in Bulgarian.

Daniel Tynes

Project Architect
As a member of our design team, Daniel brings years of experience in both hospitality and multifamily markets to the ML Group. He specializes in a combination of both technological and analogue design processes to marry client desires and project design to deliver a truly unique and successful product. Daniel received his Bachelor’s Degree from University of Florida and a Master’s Degree from the Sam Fox School of Design at Washington University in St. Louis. He was also a contributing member of a design charette studio in Huazhong University of Science and Technology.

Kat Bernardo

Intern Architect
Kat received her professional bachelor’s degree in Architecture with a specialization in construction management at Illinois Institute of Technology.
Some of her past experiences include working in accounting and managing in real estate and designing and building a small-scale park pavilion for a community in Puerto Rico as part of her education. She hopes that the skills she’s learned will help her succeed in the field of design-build and construction management

Patty Colgan

Senior Interior Designer
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.

Kristen Schulz

Junior Interior Designer
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.

Brianna Finley

Junior Interior Designer
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.

Grace Rydman

Junior Interior Designer
Grace is passionate about design and how the interior environment can impact a person’s experience. Her role is to support the team in different phases of design while offering creative ideas to each project. She has earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design from Harrington College of Design.

Moshe Fishman

Project Manager
Moshe manages multiple construction projects in both commercial and residential sectors, including scheduling, procurement, and risk management.

Matt Simpson

Project Manager
Matt brings experience on a wide variety of project types to our construction management team. 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.

William E. Grau

Project Manager
William oversees and directs multiple construction projects. He has extensive commercial real estate experience including the development of office, retail, restaurant, multi-family, student, senior, market rate and affordable housing projects, as well as the adaptive reuse and historic restoration of existing buildings utilizing local, state and federal incentives including affordable, historic and new market tax credits. William received his Bachelors of Business Administration degree from the University of Dubuque, Dubuque, Iowa and is a Commercial Real Estate Broker.

Gary Walker

Project Manager
Gary brings over 30 years of experience to our construction management team, having worked in a broad range of construction market segments. His focus on cost control, pre-construction, risk management, project controls and subcontractor management brings value to every project. Gary is a graduate of Tennessee State University with a BS in Construction Management and the University of Phoenix with a MBA.

Robert Swanson

Project Manager
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.

Rory Drake

Project Manager
Rory started in the construction industry at a young age, working alongside his grandfather. His work has included bridges, stadiums, hospitals, churches, retail and residential, both as a construction manager and as an owner’s rep. His hands-on and project management experience gives him a unique perspective that drives his passion.

Frank Garcia

Project Manager
Frank brings over 20 years of experience in construction management and underground infrastructure including electrical, water and sewer. His experience with multi-family, multi-story, commercial renovation and historic restoration make him an asset to the ML Group team. He has managed projects at UIC Chicago, Illinois, Hide Park, Illinois and Rockford, Illinois. Frank graduated with a Business Administration degree from Benedictine University.

Jacob Wasserman

Assistant Project Manager
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.

Mukarram Mohiuddin Mohammad

Assistant Project Manager
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 Dabrowa

Assistant Project Manager
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.

Ravindra Upreti

Assistant Project Manager
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.

Sylvester Blue

Superintendent
Sylvester has over 25 years of construction experience, having worked hands-on as a carpenter and as a superintendent across a variety of construction projects including residential, commercial, retail, fast food, healthcare and educational facilities. Safety has always been one of his primary concerns on jobsites. Sylvester is an alumni of Alcorn State University and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Technical Management as well as a dual Master Degree in Project Management and Human Resource Management.

Faisal Latif

Facilities Director
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.

Aryeh Karbal

Facilities Coordinator
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.

Ruth Eichler

Project Coordinator
Ruth’s extensive experience in fast-paced work environments, handling multiple tasks and managing schedules, makes her a great fit for her role as Project Coordinator. Ruth is the point person for a range of construction projects; coordinating contract negotiations, change orders, and construction progress. She is an integral part of our construction team, ensuring our success as we continue to expand nationally.

Sara Loew

Analyst
Sara’s familiarity with accounting procedures and expert analytical skills makes her a key member of our accounting team. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting from Hebrew Theological College.

Jodi Taylor

Project Analyst
Jodi is responsible for building and managing budgets for various projects. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. Degree in Accounting, Finance, and Business Administration. Prior to graduating, Jodi ran a small non-profit with programs in real-estate, property management, and home renovations while also volunteering as a mediator specializing in child custody/visitation agreements between divorcing couples. Previously pursuing a degree in vocal performance, she soon hopes to get back into opera singing.

Paul Cho

Project Analyst
As part of the accounting team, Paul manages accounts payable and implements key accounting support tasks. With expertise in information technology, he leverages the company’s financial software to provide creative solutions to accounting challenges. He graduated from Marquette University with a double major in Accounting and Information Technology.

Leora Spak

Accounts Payable Coordinator
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.

Karolina Lubnicka

Staff Accountant
As Staff Accountant for ML Group, Karolina plays a crucial role in accounting operations, including reconciliations and financial reporting. Prior to joining ML Group, Karolina was a successful small business owner and has experience working in the business consulting and financial services industry. Karolina earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from DePaul University and is preparing for the CPA exam. Outside of work, Karolina enjoys creating new gluten-free cake recipes, running marathons, and dancing the Argentinian Tango.

Mariana Glynska

Purchasing Manager
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).

Yesenia Martinez

Office Manager
As our Office Manager, Yesenia is responsible for the efficient functioning of our office. She oversees all office procedures and works closely with our officers and directors. Yesenia enjoys the ongoing opportunities to learn, grow and collaborate in creating a workplace experience that is efficient, productive and gratifying for our team. Born in Mexico, she has lived in Chicago since the age of 5 and is fluent in English and Spanish.

Abigail LaFranca

Administrative Assistant
As an artist with a background in government and politics, Abigail brings a broad perspective to the team as our administrative assistant. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In her free time, Abigail focuses on further developing her painting and drawing skills.

Kiara Mancilla

Interior Design Assistant
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.

Batsheva Kibel

Interior Design Intern
Batsheva is studying in Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, pursuing a Bachelors in Fine Arts, majoring in Interior Design. Simultaneously, Batsheva is taking classes at Blitstein Institute (Touro). Prior to her design studies, Batsheva studied abroad in Israel for a year.

Agustin Saucedo

Assistant Warehouse Manager
Augustin collaborates across a range of activities, including shipping, receiving, maintenance, inventory, and scheduling. Born and raised in Chicago, he enjoys the challenge of coordinating logistics to support the successful completion of projects.

Ignacio Garcia

Warehouse Assistant
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.