About McKenzie Management

Meet our Experienced Management Team

McKenzie Management has managed real estate for investors and homeowners since 2005 with an experienced full-time staff.

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James McKenzie
Licensed Real Estate Broker

James McKenzie
Licensed Real Estate Broker

James brings a wealth of knowledge to McKenzie Management from numerous years in the real estate industry. James advises clients on real estate investment opportunities, utilizing his finance background and hands-on experience to project cash flows, evaluate investment alternatives, and perform valuations.

James has worked in the finance department of two of the nation’s largest real estate investment trusts. He has also actively managed various types of real estate, focusing on maintenance and capital improvement projects by hiring and managing contractors, overseeing work, and troubleshooting. James uses his talents to make sure established buildings and condo associations run efficiently and maintain high tenant/owner satisfaction.

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Julie McKenzie
Managing Broker, and Licensed Community Association Manager

Julie McKenzie
Managing Broker, and Licensed Community Association Manager

Julie has extensive accounting and property management experience, which she brings together for the benefit of McKenzie Management clients. A certified public accountant (CPA), Julie oversees the financials for building owners and condo associations, ensuring revenues and expenses are managed and reported with the utmost diligence.

In addition, Julie is active in the real estate market and closes numerous residential and investment transactions each year. Julie’s experience and certifications are a major reason why building owners and condo associations put their trust in McKenzie Management.

Pam Bennett
Pam Bennett
Licensed Real Estate Broker

Pam Bennett
Licensed Real Estate Broker

Licensed in real estate in Illinois since 1983, Pam Bennett brings a broad range of experience to McKenzie Management. She began her real estate career in residential sales before shifting focus in 1995 to an exclusively commercial practice focused on the leasing, sales and management of small and midsized retail, office and multi unit investment properties in Chicago and the surrounding area.

Detail oriented, proactive, professional and problem solver best describe Pam’s abilities and make her a perfect fit for McKenzie Management where client satisfaction is the priority. Hard working and dedicated to success through the success of our clients, Pam will provide excellent service, market knowledge and energy.

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Yvonne Balazik
Licensed Community Association Manager

Yvonne Balazik
Licensed Community Association Manager

Yvonne Balazik is a licensed Community Association Manager and a licensed IL Broker with over 10 years of property management experience. Yvonne is dedicated to serving her portfolio clients as demonstrated by her unmatched client service and responsiveness. Yvonne is fluent in written and spoken polish. She has a degree in communications from Loyola University Chicago.

Rich Piper
Rich Piper
Real Estate Broker and Leasing Agent

Rich Piper
Real Estate Broker and Leasing Agent

Rich Piper brings many years of real estate experience to benefit McKenzie Management’s owners and tenants. Rich has a strong financial background which allows him the ability to consult with owners regarding appropriately reinvesting in their real estate assets. In addition, Rich has a wide breadth of experience allowing him to relate to tenants which allows for good relationships throughout the tenancy. Rich is hands-on and personally familiar with the details of the properties and units that he manages. Rich has an undergraduate degree from Loyola and an MBA in finance and Real Estate from DePaul University.

Elissa Marcus
Elissa Marcus
Licensed Community Association Manager

Elissa Marcus
Licensed Community Association Manager

As a licensed Community Association Manager and licensed IL Real Estate Broker, Elissa Marcus offers qualified experience to McKenzie Management’s condo and owner associations. Elissa graduated from the Ohio State University and loves working with Boards to efficiently and effectively run associations. Elissa is fluent in Spanish and welcomes the opportunity to assist McKenzie Management clients in any way possible.

Anna Kocol
Anna Kocol
Bookkeeper

Anna Kocol
Bookkeeper

Anna Kocol has been with McKenzie Management since 2009. She has an accounting degree from National Lewis University and has over 15 years of accounting experience. She is extremely knowledgeable about all client financial reports and welcomes answering client questions. Anna is fluent in Polish and is happy to help translate when needed.

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Ellen Eskew
Office Manager

Ellen Eskew
Office Manager

Ellen Eskew brings a wealth of knowledge and work experience to McKenzie Management. She helps both owners and tenants get answers to their questions promptly. Ellen assists in all aspects of the property management business. Ellen graduated from the University of San Francisco and has an MBA in Finance.