Our Team

The right people. The right experience.

Fairlawn’s executive leadership team has over 100 years of combined experience doing what we do best—real estate investing, property management, development, construction, accounting, finance, human resources, and law.  In total, we employ over 120 full-time professionals dedicated to ensuring the continued success of each of our properties from the ground up. 

In particular, Fairlawn Capital's Investments Team scrutinizes each potential opportunity with respect to underwriting, risk management, physical due diligence, marketing, and operations—meaning our entire team is consistently well-prepared for the challenges of long-term property ownership.

Chris Hartman
Co-Founder, Partner
Firm Strategy | Capital Sourcing | Asset Management

Chris is a Partner and Co-Founder of Fairlawn Capital. Chris' focus involves overseeing the operations of both Fairlawn Capital and Fairlawn Real Estate, as well as developing and executing on the firm’s investment strategies.

He has been an active real estate developer since 2002, having acquired, developed, and managed over $600 million of multi-family, office, and retail real estate throughout the Midwest.  Prior to founding Fairlawn, Chris served as Managing Partner at JSM, a family-owned company in Champaign-Urbana.

Chris began his career at Accenture Consulting in Chicago building financial IT systems for various clients around the globe. He earned his BS in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering from Northwestern University.

Will Thompson
Co-Founder, Managing Partner
Investment Strategy | Acquisitions | Asset Management

Will is the Managing Partner and a Co-Founder of Fairlawn Capital and primarily focuses on managing the teams responsible for project underwriting, deal execution, asset management, and firm strategy. He is responsible for the selection, evaluation, and acquisition of new Fairlawn projects, and oversees the firm's asset management processes to ensure maximum portfolio performance.

Prior to co-founding Fairlawn Capital, Will practiced law for a large Maryland firm in the areas of real estate development, financing, and leasing. He also has experience working in accounting, finance, and marketing strategy for multiple entrepreneurial ventures.

Will received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where he was an Associate Editor of the Maryland Law Review. He also received an MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a BS in Accounting and Finance from Villanova University School of Business.

Jason Barickman
Partner
Investor Relations | Equity Sourcing | Firm Strategy

Jason is a Partner at Fairlawn Capital, and primarily focuses on sourcing equity capital for new projects, developing overall firm strategy, and facilitating the deal execution phase of Fairlawn's investment process.

Jason is also a Partner at the Champaign-based law firm Meyer Capel, PC, and serves in the Illinois State Senate, representing the 53rd Legislative District.

He earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Illinois College of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University. Prior to law school, Jason served in the Illinois Army National Guard as an infantry soldier and was employed by Ernst & Young, LLP.

Gozen Hartman
COO & Co-Founder, Fairlawn Real Estate
Firm Leadership | Strategy | Property Management

Gozen is Chief Operating Officer and Co-founder of Fairlawn Real Estate.  Gozen’s focus areas include owning all aspects of Fairlawn Real Estate’s property management, leasing, maintenance, and people operations.  As Co-founder, Gozen has been integral in taking the company from fewer than 10 employees and 400 units in 2015 to 100+ employees and 5,000+ units today.  Gozen’s ultimate objectives are to ensure that the company’s successful management formula and culture are effectively deployed across all locations and properties. 

Prior to co-founding Fairlawn Real Estate, Gozen worked in strategy consulting at McKinsey & Company.  She worked primarily within the air and travel industries, with concentrations in pricing and operations.  During her 12 years at McKinsey, she also spent several years managing a global team of industry experts across all travel and logistics industries. 

Gozen earned her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her Master of Science in Transportation Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Maggie Sprague
Vice President of Property Management, Fairlawn Real Estate
Property Management | Operations | Sales & Marketing

Maggie is the Vice President of Property Management for Fairlawn Real Estate. She is responsible for overseeing all property management activities related to Fairlawn’s diverse portfolio. As Fairlawn continues to grow, Maggie is primarily focused on developing and cultivating strong management teams and processes at the property level. Additionally, she oversees regional operations, collaborates on front-end project planning and design, and assists in strategic planning across the portfolio.

Prior to joining Fairlawn, Maggie was Director of Marketing & Public Relations for Regency Apartments and managed leasing & marketing for multiple student housing properties at The Scion Group. Maggie also previously served as a sergeant in the Illinois National Guard where she specialized in transportation and tactical operations.

Maggie earned a Bachelor of Science in Media Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
 

BJ Lytle
Director of Project Management, Fairlawn Real Estate
Project Management | Construction | Development | Renovation

BJ is the Project Manager for Fairlawn Real Estate and is primarily focused on project estimating, execution, management, and oversight. He is also responsible for conducting due diligence inspections, capital budgeting, scope of work preparation, contractor negotiations, quality control, and risk management.

He is experienced in managing renovations, fit-out construction, and ground-up development in both commercial and multi-family real estate. He provides day-to-day communication with the project team to ensure Fairlawn's projects remain on schedule and within budget.

Prior to joining Fairlawn Real Estate, BJ spent 10 years in the insurance industry as a structural and real property adjuster where he investigated, analyzed, and estimated property loss/damages and negotiated claim settlements. BJ earned a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. 
 

Marianne Hartman Tichenor
Associate Director, Asset Management
Asset Management | Financial Analysis | Product Strategy

Marianne is the Associate Director of Asset Management for Fairlawn’s student housing portfolio. She provides asset management oversight for a variety of campus assets throughout the Midwest and focuses on market evaluation, pricing, financial modeling, and product management. 

Marianne joined Fairlawn in January of 2020 as Senior Portfolio Manager, and spearheaded the launch of Smile Student Living--Fairlawn's dedicated student housing property management organization.  Prior to that role, she provided private student housing consulting as owner of Illinois West Consulting Company, and spent 8 years as Director of Residential Property for JSM Real Estate--one of the largest student housing operators at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She earned her bachelor’s degree and MBA from the University of Illinois.

Meelis Marcus
Associate Director, Asset Management
Asset Management | Pricing Strategy | Financial Analysis

Meelis is the Associate Director of Asset Management for Fairlawn’s conventional multi-family portfolio. He provides asset management oversight for a vast portfolio of apartment communities throughout Central Illinois and Indiana and focuses on pricing, marketing, occupancy planning, and ancillary income initiatives.

Meelis joined Fairlawn in the spring of 2021 with over 14 years of prior experience in the multi-family space. Prior to this role, he provided revenue management and pricing advisory for a large portfolio of institutionally owned investments located across the country.  Over the years, he has gained valuable knowledge of the industry through a variety of unique roles including operations management, revenue consulting, pricing analytics, and on-site property management. He earned his BA degree with a concentration in business administration from North Park University in Chicago, IL.

Audrey Rund
Director of Marketing & Sales, Fairlawn Real Estate
Marketing Strategy | Reputation Management | Sales Process

Audrey is the Director of Marketing & Sales of Fairlawn Real Estate. She is responsible for marketing strategy, analysis, and the sales process for Fairlawn Real Estate’s management company and portfolio of properties. She also oversees client account management, the leasing process, and the company’s brand positioning.

Prior to joining Fairlawn, Audrey was a Portfolio Sales and Marketing Manager for Cardinal Group Management, with a focus on student housing across the country. She has over 10 years of marketing management experience with a concentration on human capital.

Audrey earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Illinois College in Jacksonville, IL. Her degree concentration was in creative writing.

Joan O'Saben
Director of Finance & Administration, Fairlawn Real Estate
Finance and Administration | Strategy | Compliance

Joan is currently the Director of Finance & Administration at Fairlawn.  Her team carries out all corporate and property financial matters, oversees technology and control environment initiatives, and provides targeted administrative support to the company and properties.

Prior to joining Fairlawn, Joan was CFO and treasurer of a national mutual property/casualty commercial insurance carrier for the horticultural industry, where she was responsible for all financial and regulatory examination activities, human resource department oversight, IT project prioritization, and chairmanship of the audit committee for the board of directors.  When the company formally affiliated with a multi-billion dollar mutual insurer, Joan co-led the 3-year integration project to combine the companies’ administrative functions.

She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Illinois, a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter and earned a Master's degree in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy from Eastern Illinois University.

Matthew Hayes
Acquisitions Manager
Investment Analysis | Project Underwriting | Deal Execution

Matt is the Acquisitions Manager of Fairlawn Capital. He is responsible for the investment analysis, project underwriting, capital raising, and deal execution of new projects.

Prior to Joining Fairlawn Capital, Matt worked as the Senior Investments Analyst for The Habitat Company. During his time there, he primarily focused on analyzing and underwriting large-scale multifamily value-add properties and ground-up developments. He has assisted in the acquisition and closing of over $250 million of multi-family real estate.

Matt earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Finance from The University of Iowa.

Jonathan Cairns
Development Associate
Development | Design & Planning | Project Management

Jon is a Development Associate with Fairlawn Capital and primarily focuses on executing the company’s real estate development projects. He collaborates with consultants and team members to plan, design, and realize new residential and mixed-use communities.

Prior to joining Fairlawn Capital, Jon worked as a design consultant before transitioning to the development side, and has worked for multiple residential developers. He received a Bachelor of Industrial Design from Carleton University and a Master of Science degree in Community & Regional Planning and Urban Design from the University of Texas at Austin.  

Lamia Eldarazi
Financial Analyst
Project Underwriting | Deal Execution | Asset Management

Lamia is a Financial Analyst at Fairlawn Capital, and primarily focuses on project underwriting and analyzing acquisition and development opportunities. 

Prior to joining Fairlawn Capital, Lamia worked in global treasury services at Bank of America and at Keplr Vision underwriting potential acquisition opportunities in the optometry industry.

Lamia earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Finance from Washington University in St. Louis.

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