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Ely Speakers Bureau

Welcome to the Lambda Alpha International Ely-Chicago Chapter Speakers Bureau. Our chapter members offer themselves as a resource for you across a wide variety of land economics industries. Members of LAI Ely-Chicago have a minimum of 10 years of professional experience in their land economics field. They have been selected by their peers as worthy of recognition for their commitment to excellence. Click on a category below to find your next speaker, panelist or moderator from our membership.

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Justin Pelej

Senior Vice President, Development, Focus
Work 100 South Wacker Drive Suite 2100 Chicago IL 60606 Phone: (224) 255-6110 Website: Justin’s Bio Website: Focus


As Senior Vice President, Development
Justin assembled a truly diverse development team that executes a variety of complex real estate development matters including entitlements and public policy, detailed budgeting and proformas, architectural design coordination and construction oversight.

  • Lead all real estate development activities.
  • Identify development opportunities and lead initial development efforts.
  • Collaborate with finance groups to secure equity and loans for projects.
  • Communicate with all partners, investors and development service clients.
  • Oversee all operational properties and investments.

Industry Expertise

  • Commercial architecture
  • Qualification of real estate opportunities based on architectural and business merits
  • Manage tough approval processes in markets with high barriers to entry

Prior Experience

  • The Redmond Company, architectural project manager

Education + Certifications

  • Master of project management, Keller Graduate School of Management, DeVry University
  • BS in architecture, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee


Previous speaking engagements:
-Focus’ Building Chicago (private event) 03/20 - Topic: Affordable Housing

Published research or articles:

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100 South Wacker Drive Suite 2100 Chicago IL 60606