Team CollageMargaret Baczkowski – Broker

Margaret Baczkowski is one of the top producing real estate brokers in Chicago, and Senior VP of sales at Jameson Sotheby’s.  Margaret’s wide-range of industry experience includes development, high-rise construction, building management, commercial real estate, and luxury sales and rentals. Margaret’s dedication to providing each client with high levels of service is a key to her model as she develops ongoing relationships that last well beyond clients’ current transactions. With a focus on luxury sales and rentals throughout Chicago, Margaret helps buyers identify properties that fit their needs and lifestyle and uses her strong presentation skills to market every home with a keen eye and attention to detail. Eight years ago, she drew on her background and expertise in the luxury property market to form the MB Luxury Group. Since then, her top-producing team has combined knowledge, experience, and the highest level of service to benefit clients who want to buy, sell, or invest in the residential or commercial market in the greater Chicago area. Along with real estate, Margaret is dedicated to reinvesting in the Chicago community. She is the founder of an anti-violence nonprofit organization and serves on several charity boards.

Lindsay Guhl – Broker

Lindsay has worked with the top-producing MB Luxury Group since 2008. She combines broad market knowledge and real estate experience with a personal commitment to serve her clients’ best interests. Lindsay represents clients in both residential and commercial transactions throughout the city and suburbs as well as Indiana.  Known for being dedicated and professional, Lindsay prioritizes the needs of her clients over closing the deal. She uses strong communication and organizational skills, and draws on the collective knowledge and exceptional research capabilities of her team to give clients an advantage throughout the real estate transaction. With a background in marketing, including for a real estate developer, Lindsay takes a hands-on approach to listing and selling properties. Originally from Indianapolis, Lindsay lives in Streeterville and holds a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and a master’s degree from DePaul University. In addition to her real estate work, she volunteers with several nonprofit organizations that serve underprivileged youth, and is the President of the Jameson Charitable Foundation.

Marc Neuman – Broker

Marc  joined the Baczkowski Luxury Group in April of 2014. He started his real estate career at the Corcoran Group in Manhattan after spending many years in men’s design at Ralph Lauren. Marc relocated to Chicago in 2007, spent several years in the luxury home and design industry, and then returned to real estate. He is a resident of Streeterville and a member of his condominium’s board of directors.

Becky Sterling – Transaction Coordinator

Prior to joining the MB Luxury Group in 2016, Becky worked for a local real estate brokerage, where she developed strong relationships with brokers and honed her residential and commercial real estate skills. A Chicago native, Becky grew up in the Gold Coast and in 2007 relocated to Florida where she worked as a SEO content writer and assistant to the Director of Membership at a private golf community. Becky returned to Chicago in 2012 and currently lives in Andersonville. When she’s not working or planning her next visit to Florida, Becky enjoys cooking, golfing, and is an avid Cubs and Blackhawks fan.

Jennifer Armetta – Broker

After graduating from Boston University, Jennifer began her career in marketing, strategic alliances, sales and client management. In over 10 years she was fortunate to work with major brands, such as Disney, House of Blues, Universal Studios, and General Motors. Jennifer also cultivated her passion for supporting museum quality, emerging artists by opening Jennifer Armetta Fine Art. In 2001 Jennifer Co-Founded  4EntertainmentJobs.com, a subscription based job site that grew to be the largest in its market. After deciding to take some time off for children and family, Jennifer began consulting on real estate, an ongoing interest of hers. Working with clients to help them envision, design and build their homes, ultimately grew into a business that solidified Jennifer’s decision to begin a formal career in real estate.

Ayaka Sano – Broker & Marketing Specialist

Ayaka was born in Japan, raised in the suburbs of Atlanta, and graduated with her Master’s degree from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in Violin Performance. After graduate school, Ayaka held a position at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park as artistic coordinator, and later was an assistant to Chicago-based composers, Augusta Read Thomas and Bernard Rands. Prior to joining MB Luxury Group, she was the Marketing Coordinator for Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty. She loves to explore different in Chicago with her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy, Toby. Ayaka is also a foodie and loves finding the best restaurants in the city.

Jim Kershner – Broker

Jim Kershner is a real estate broker associate with Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty at their Gold Coast Office in Chicago, Illinois. I bring a unique skill set to meeting the financial goals of my buying and selling clients. With over four decades of financial experience, I help people buy and sell real estate through a genuine understanding of their needs and goals. I can also provide cash and debt management services to individuals, families and business owners.

Christine Chuning – Broker

Christine Chuning has extensive experience in a broad range of commercial real estate.  She has been a buyer and seller of many complex multi-million dollar commercial and industrial real estate projects.  She has been involved with the development, leasing, and sale of industrial, office, retail, hotel, and farm properties.  She brings with her the same degree of care and detail that she developed in those projects, and she participates in everything from the initial contract negotiations to closing.  Christine is a skilled and experienced negotiator, having successfully dealt with all types of buyers, sellers, and agents, and can smoothly guide the parties from the first visit to closing.

Curt Rose – Broker

Originally from Wheaton IL, Curt went on to study Psychology at Eastern Illinois University before moving to Chicago where he begin his real estate career. After 6 years in real estate, Curt began his 17-year career as the lead Bartender at RL Ralph Lauren Restaurant. Outside of real estate, Curt is involved in Chefs-in-the-City Charity, is an avid skier, enjoys tennis, cooking, interior decorating and spending time with family and friends. Curt’s philosophy of ‘work hard and provide the best service possible, paying attention to every detail, small or large’ will be what sets him apart in Luxury Real Estate.

Lynne Weiss – Broker

Prior to joining The Baczkowski Luxury Real Estate Group, Lynne was with one of Chicago’s largest real estate developers. It was there where she gained a solid understanding of the Chicago real estate market. Lynne has worked on all sides of the “house” (literally). From selling properties to finish design selections, from walk thru to punch lists, her unique knowledge is extremely helpful in the buying and selling process for her clients. Lynne is a great real estate agent with an eye for quality and value…this knowledge makes her a strong negotiator!

Stathis Bousis – Broker

Born in Athens, Greece, Stathis moved to Chicago a few years ago after completing his studies in engineering. While in Athens, Stathis started working as a Real Estate Broker where he discovered his passion and love for Real Estate. Stathis has a set of skills that makes him special – his ability to connect with people, engage emotionally and to understand their balance of needs and wants, along with his continuous curiosity of the new and unknown make Stathis a valuable partner and trustworthy friend. A traveler by heart and an entrepreneur. He has visited many countries in Europe, Central and South America as well as Southeast Asia, which gives him the understanding of local cultures and respect for diversity.

Judy Thornber – Broker

Judy Thornber brings over 40 years of real estate development and investment experience to the MB Luxury Group Team. A third generation Chicagoan, Judy Thornber has lived in many of the city’s finest neighborhoods (Hyde Park, Streeterville, Lincoln Park, Norwood Park, Lincoln Square and Edgewater).  Preparation for her career as a real estate developer included a JD from Harvard Law School and an MBA from Booth graduate school of business at the University of Chicago. As a lifelong Chicagoan, it is her great pleasure to introduce newcomers to the city, using her in depth knowledge of the market and the neighborhoods to help them find their ideal home.