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Michael Tamillo

Co-Founder & Principal

Mike is a 35+ career real estate professional.  Mike has primary responsibility for investment strategy, transaction sourcing, and operations oversight of Impero Partners, LLC.  In his extensive career he initially started by directing start-up and operations of private equity real estate syndication group at a William Blair Realty Services.

Mike has organized and directed (as private sector consultant) $2.3 billion development program for Chicago Public Schools, recommended and implemented project management and risk mitigation strategies for three, high-rise luxury condominium developments in downtown Chicago valued at $500 million.  This project included resolving design and construction deficiencies, schedule and budget performance, project team organization, and retail leasing program to secure financing. 


Other notable projects:

  • Established asset management and portfolio advisory business units leading to management of $1.3 billion in pension fund real estate assets while managing the programming, design and construction of 2 million square feet of office and retail space for banks, securities firms, law firms and other corporate tenants.

  • Recommended and selected developer; negotiated project terms, including ground lease, air rights, sale and development agreements, landmark designation, entitlements, TIF funding, preliminary design/construction drawings and budget for 500,000sf of office space, 65,000sf of retail space, a 350-room conference hotel and 150 condominiums.

  • Directed asset/portfolio management business units at a private investment firm; operating performance resulted in pension fund portfolio growth from less than $200 million to more than $1.3 billion in retail, office, industrial and multi-family assets under management.

  • Managed renovation of 1000 occupied affordable housing units for seniors and families.  Refinanced and restructured partnerships with $68 million of tax-exempt debt, subsidized debt and low income housing tax credit equity.

  • Led start-up, training and direction of FDIC Owned Real Estate department of Midwest Region, closing 30 banks and liquidating nearly $1 billion of distressed real estate assets from 124 receiverships in 23 states.


Mike is a graduate of Washington University, St. Louis, MO.  

Affiliations and certifications include CCIM, AIA, LEED AP, Managing Broker, IL and architect.

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