Oakbrook Residential is part of the larger Oakbrook Corporation––an integrated real estate services company proudly and professionally serving Wisconsin and Illinois since 1987. Our sterling reputation and in-depth knowledge of our market enable us to offer an incredible and vast portfolio with a specialized focus in the Midwest.
Oakbrook Corporation manages approximately 12 million square feet of residential and commercial space, which includes over 6,000 apartments in both market-rate and affordable housing. In addition to property management, we also offer pre-development consulting and lease-up of new buildings.
Our Core Values
We support open and honest communication internally as well as with our clients. We take a consultative approach and are dedicated to providing expert and educative counsel to our partners.
Oakbrook is comprised of thoughtful, experienced, carefully selected professionals who have the skills and knowledge to provide the services our positions entail, and the heart to go beyond expectations.
We work together to develop solutions and build enduring relationships. We can provide exceptional counsel to our clients due to our experience and expertise across multiple functions of commercial and residential real estate, from property management to maintenance and more.
As a family-owned company, we prioritize family and are therefore committed to the continuous growth, well-being, and work-life balance of all Oakbrook team members. We celebrate successes, have fun, and provide positive contributions to our communities.
We believe that dedication, commitment to excellence, and one-on-one relationships are fundamental to providing the highest value of service possible. This business philosophy is founded on four core principles.
By upholding these core values, we have gained the trust of our clients and developed a reputation built on integrity. Welcome to the Oakbrook family. We look forward to becoming your partner in integrated real estate services.
Get to Know Our Leadership Team
Having learned property management from the ground up, Jen brings a strong background in finance, residential leasing operations and property development. Jen comes with over 20 years of experience in multiple aspects of housing and asset management. Before returning to Oakbrook, Mrs. Ade served as Vice President of Property Management for Wimmer Communities where she was accountable for the performance of 3,500 apartments in the Milwaukee market.
Jen previously served Oakbrook Corporation as Regional Manager, with a portfolio exceeding 40 properties consisting of more than 3,200 residential units located in Illinois and Wisconsin. These properties include market rate, HUD Section 8 and HOME, USDA Rural Development and Low Income Housing Tax Credit financed developments. Jen also holds a degree in accounting/finance and is a licensed real estate broker.
Being a 6th generation resident, Chris is truly a son of Madison. He is a graduate of Edgewood High School and attended the University of Wisconsin. At the UW, Chris earned a business degree in the highly esteemed Graaskamp real estate program and played collegiately for the UW Golf Team (“back when I was good,” he says).
Chris has over 20 years of brokerage experience and has represented clients in the successful completion of over 500 sale, lease and consulting transactions since 2005. He specializes in office and industrial properties and oversees Oakbrook’s commercial brokerage team.
A believer in ‘win-win’ outcomes while successfully advocating for his clients, Chris has earned “Deal of the Year” recognition by Commercial Brokers Group of Madison an astounding 11 times. Similarly, Chris has been a Co-Star “Power Broker” every year since 2011.
Chris is one of only 12 commercial brokers in the state of Wisconsin to hold both the SIOR and CCIM designations and one of just two SIOR’s in the state to have earned the “Dual Specialist” (office specialist and industrial specialist) distinction.
In addition to representing several local family offices in their investment and leasing activities, Chris’ recent corporate clients include CenturyLink, Cummins, Cupertino Electric, Epic Games, Foremost Farms Cooperative, Interstate Partners, The Morgridge Institute for Research, O’Mara Moving Systems, Promega, Riddell Sports Group, The State of Wisconsin Investment Board, Weir Minerals, and the Wisconsin Medical Society.
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Society of Industrial & Office Realtors (SIOR) – Dual Specialist
Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM)
Past President of multiple commercial real estate organizations
Pete brings over 20 years of experience in multi-housing and commercial asset management, construction, development, and acquisitions. In his current role Pete provides construction oversight of Oakbrook’s multi-housing and commercial developments in excess of $20 million, commercial tenant improvements, and capital expenditure projects. A veteran of The US Air Force, Pete works directly with Oakbrook and real asset owners to properly position the asset for immediate and future growth. Mr. Devore’s vast knowledge and attention to detail is an asset to Oakbrook and their clients.
International Facilities Management Association
Building Owners and Managers Association
General Contractor QM
Jennifer has nearly 10 years of experience in the affordable housing industry. She holds HCCP, NCCP, COS and HCM-RD designations and manages a talented team that work diligently to oversee a diverse portfolio of properties in multiple states with the main goal of ensuring clients’ assets are in compliance with all applicable federal and state regulations.
The Compliance Department’s affordable portfolio includes Section 42, Section 8, and Section 515 properties with additional layering of HOME, Bonds, project based voucher funding, and 811 PRA DEMO.
Jennifer is a Housing Credit Certified Professional, Novogradac Property, Compliance Certification
Certified Occupancy Specialist, and a member of the National Association of Home Builders.
A native of northern Wisconsin, Jeff brings diverse background to his position at Oakbrook. With an AS in Electrical/Mechanical systems Technology from the Air Force. His former positions include serving as an Electrical Mechanical Project Manager for Halliburton, Brown, and Root, Centennial Contactors as a Project Manger/Estimator on the Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority IDIQ project and In 2008, Mr. Knuth earned his Cost Engineering credentials and traveled for the Army Corps Of Engineers , planning and programming the infrastructure required to support “The Surge” troop build up. By 2011, he was responsible managing construction projects for the State of Georgia and South Carolina. In 2014, during a planned relocation , Jeff joined Oakbrook as a Senior Facilities Property Manager. He is currently managing 11 commercial properties.
With over a decade of experience in Multifamily Residential, Rebecca is familiar with all aspects of property management operations. Having started out as a leasing agent and steadily earning promotions through all of the ranks, Property Manager, Area Manager, Regional Manager, and finally Director. Similarly, her experience includes market, affordable, HUD and RD properties. Rebecca’s vast experience makes her an invaluable resource for her team and her clients.
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Rebecca studied Journalism/Advertising and is also a licensed Realtor.
A proud alumnus of the University of Wisconsin-Stout with an emphasis in Property Management and Real Estate Management, Bryant specializes in the areas of office, land and industrial properties and negotiates sales and leases for clients occupying office and industrial space. He represents building owners who are seeking buyers or tenants for their office or industrial buildings, as well as tenants who are seeking office or industrial space for their use.
Bryant also maintains Oakbrook’s proprietary research database of office, land, and industrial transactions for internal use and to help clients make informed decisions. His passion for assisting local business and startups keeps him engaged in the ever changing Madison market. Past clients have noted his knowledge of comparables, demographics, governmental requirements, potential tenants/users, ease of access for shipping/receiving, and building/site design as unsurpassed.
Bryant’s recent clients include Newcomb Construction, Group Health Cooperative, Aramark, Data Dimensions, Innovenn, Sani-Matic, Foundation Building Materials, Agrace Hospice Care/Thrift, KL Engineering, and WEIR Minerals among many others.
Commercial Brokers Group (Madison) – Member
Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM)
CCIM WI Chapter – Board Member
Licensed Real Estate Broker – Wisconsin
Michael provides leadership and oversight of the Residential Division, which includes all residential property management, development, acquisition, asset management and disposition activities on behalf of Oakbrook’s principals, clients and stakeholders. Michael works directly with Oakbrook’s lending and investor partners as well as the operations and accounting divisions to maximize the value and returns of this portfolio. Michael has experience with a variety of housing types and finance programs, having led or participated in the development, financing, repositioning, and sale of over $200 million of multifamily housing over the course of his career. Prior to joining Oakbrook, Michael worked at General Growth Properties where he focused on the redevelopment of regional malls and unique retail properties within GGP’s existing portfolio.
Michael completed his graduate studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison, earning an M.S., Real Estate and Urban Land Economics while his undergraduate work was at University of Michigan with a bachelors’ in Economics.
Michael’s professional affiliations include being a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association, National Multi-Housing Council, and the National Apartment Association. Michael also serves on the board for Catholic Charities of Madison.
As President of Oakbrook Corporation Mike is responsible for overall corporate management and directs the brokerage, property management, consulting, development, construction and financial operations.
Prior to forming the Oakbrook Corporation in 1987, Mike served as Executive Vice President and Secretary of Madsen Corporation, a Midwestern commercial development and construction business. He was also President of its two operating subsidiaries, Madsen Investment Services, Inc., a licensed securities broker/dealer, and Madsen Mortgage Company, Inc., a mortgage-banking firm. During his 13 years at Madsen, Mr. Morey was responsible for development, financing and financial planning for $400 million in properties developed and/or owned by Madsen. He also supervised the activities of Madsen’s developers, real estate agents, securities agents, property managers, and finance directors.
During his career, Mr. Morey has been active as a speaker at seminars on various aspects of real estate. He is currently a member of the Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association and a licensed real estate broker in Wisconsin and Illinois. Mr. Morey is a past member of the Board of Trustees of the Edgewood Campus Grade School and the Edgewood College Board of Trustees. He is also a past member of the Board of Directors of Downtown Madison, Inc., the Business and Advisory Board of Attic Angels, and previously on the Gubernatorial appointed Multifamily Dwelling Code Council. Mike is a proud graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison with a B.S. in Engineering and an MBA in Finance.
Katie specializes in the areas of office, retail and vacant land properties and negotiates sales and leases for clients occupying office and retail space. She represents building owners who are seeking buyers or tenants for their office or retail buildings, as well as tenants who are seeking office and/or retail space for their use.
Her clients have included Preferred Title, Convergent Sciences, Community Action Coalition, Liberty Development Corporation, Raven Property Group, Badgerland Council of Girl Scouts, Talavant, Slipstream, Capitol Physical Therapy, American Family Insurance, State Farm Insurance, Remedy Intelligent Staffing, MetaStar, KL Engineering, DC Engineering, Safearth Engineering, Grams & Christoffersen, CrossFit Adept, , Lily Mac Studio, Mega Rentals, CPC Logistics, JM Wilson Corporation, Millwork Specialists, Wisconsin Physicians Service, Performance Exteriors, and Everlight Solar.
Katie’s experience in the commercial industry has earned her the prestigious Co-Star “Power Broker” Award. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Commercial Brokers Group of Madison (President, 2019), and as Co-Chair of the Realtor’s Association of South Central WI — Commercial Services.