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.

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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Cynthia Paz
Administrative/Office Manager

Cynthia Paz
Administrative/Office Manager

Cynthia joined McKenzie Management in November 2020 as our Administrative Office Manager. Cynthia brings 12 years of Property Management background to succeed in her role. She is the first person you meet at the office and answers the phones in the office. She will always try to assist the client to get them to the right person or solve their questions on the spot.
Cynthia keeps the office running smooth and always has a cheery disposition.

Kathy Stachura
Assistant Property Manager

Kathy recently joined to McKenzie Management Team as the Assistant Property Manager. Her role is to assist the Property Managers with their daily tasks and troubleshooting.
Kathy brings years of experience in detail orientation, a background in customer service, strong organizational and professionalism skills. These strengths assist her to help Clients with day to day problem solving and Property manager assistance.

Barbara B. Wasidlow
Licensed Real Estate Broker

Licensed Community Association Manager in Illinois, CMCA Certification
Since 1996 Barbara has been a Real Estate Broker in Illinois. Barbara brings a broad range of experience to McKenzie Management including property manager at locations ranging from 6-90 units.

Fluent in speaking and writing Polish, Barbara is always willing to assist with translation requests.

Stacy Gatz

Joining McKenzie Management in 2020, Stacy quickly began working closely with various properties. Having over 15 years experience as a Facility Manager, Stacy has a strong background in managing budgets, and she prides herself in her ability to provide cost savings initiatives to her clients.
Stacy relies on her ability to problem solve, and work closely with her contractors to ensure that they provide the best service possible. Stacy is always willing to extend her time and energy to the clients in the buildings she manages.