Greetings/Hola! My name is Karla Tejada, and I am committed to bettering my clients’ lives through exceptional service, properties and solutions.
I want to help you make the most of your home purchase or sale — and will put in as much time and effort as needed to do so! I’m a hardworking, dependable and trustworthy Real Estate Broker with the drive to help you succeed in your purchase or sale.
My people skills have been sharpened through my many years in the hospitality and construction industries. I’m highly experienced in negotiations, customer service, conflict resolution and problem solving — the very skills needed to represent you and make the most of any real estate transaction! The years I spent working directly for the owner of a construction firm has made me acutely aware of the type of work and costs that go into developing a property.
Prior to joining Sergio & Banks, I worked part time as a mixologist while attending school and was also the executive assistant to the owner of Kattan & Kattan Construction. I have a B.A.Sc. degree in Allied Health from Roosevelt University and an A.A.S. degree in Science from Malcolm X College. I am an avid supporter of Catholic Charities, the American Diabetes Association and the American Cancer Society. I advocate for children, education, health and human rights.
I am proudly bilingual (English and Spanish).
Even in his early years starting as a football player at Fenwick High School, and continuing his career at Southern Illinois and Saint Xavier, Nico walked the path of excellence, discipline and dedication all the way to winning a national championship. He brings the same intensity and dedication to his work.
A third generation real estate professional, Nico has held an insider’s perspective on all aspects of residential real estate from funding to development to brokerage. As a Chicago native, he possesses thorough knowledge of the elaborate Chicago neighborhoods and surrounding suburbs.
Nico’s competitive nature fuels his desire to be an industry leader. Whether it is traveling thousands of miles for education or working tirelessly to build a network of industry experts, his brand is world class.
Whether it is negotiating, marketing or providing guidance, Nico’s top priority is his client’s best interest.
Born and raised in the Bucktown area of Chicago, Ed Grochowiak brings a wealth of knowledge to Sergio and Banks Real Estate. Grochowiak has an uncanny ability to connect with people, allowing his power base to expand exponentially every single day. Grochowiak has managed various buildings and empty lots in the Chicago-land area over the past few years. Also, prior to joining Sergio and Banks, Grochowiak spent the last 5 years working as a sport agent on behalf of over 50 professional athletes. Working countless hours and always being on call is something Grochowiak prides himself on to help offer his clients the highest level of advocacy.
Jamie Ublasi epitomizes integrity, hard work, efficiency and dedication in every detail of your Real Estate transaction. She grew up in Chicago and comes from a family with a strong background in sales and Real Estate construction. Her successful Real Estate career began in 2000, and she has since worked every aspect of the business from buyers, sellers, investors and developers. She is always utilizing her extensive database and Real Estate connections to ensure a flawless transaction. She owes her success to her long standing relationships with past clients, with a business that is 100% referral based. Jamie is a force in the Real Estate business.
Raised in a “real estate family” in Chicago, I am committed to providing exceptional real estate services to all of my clients while creating long-lasting and trustworthy relationships. My focus is to give up-to-date feedback on the state of the market, its trends, comparable sales and property values, and a realistic outlook on what clients can expect to achieve in today’s market based on their personal preferences and interests. I dedicate myself in representing my clients professionally and assisting them throughout every step of the process. My goal is to make the process of buying and selling as simple and successful as possible.
Daniela focuses on residential buyers, sellers, and rental clients throughout the greater Chicago area. Before becoming a broker, Daniela traveled the world as a competitive tennis player on the U.S. National team. She later worked as a USTA tennis professional teaching adults and coaching high potential young players. Daniela brings the same intensity, competitive drive and commitment that made her successful on the court to her work in real estate.
Daniela is well organized, energetic, personable and a careful listener. She will work with you to understand your unique situation and will bring all of her resources to bear on finding the right solution to your real estate needs. Whether you are buying, selling, renting or looking to invest, these qualities and strong attention to detail will help her to manage your real estate transaction from start to finish.
In her spare time Daniela is actively involved with several charities including Imerman Angels, Bright Pink and the Face the Future Foundation. She enjoys world travel and is interested in global financial markets and investing. Daniela was born in Romania. She later moved with her family to Delray Beach, Florida but is proud to call Chicago her home. She is a graduate of Florida State University with a B.A. in Journalism.
Dorothy Gessek has almost 15 years of experience in the real estate market, and she will help you sell your house or find the perfect house for you! Her long list of awards and qualifications would impress you. Just let me mention a few: Top Producing Agent and Top Selling Agent at Century 21 Grande, RE/MAX 100% CLUB, RE/MAX EXECUTIVE CLUB, and has also had over $5.3 million in sales in one year. (Past performance is the best predictor of future performance!) Dorothy is proficient in English, Polish, Russian, and Ukrainian. She also has a degree in computer programming, so she can handle all the technical aspects of your transaction, and is ready to share her, financing, investments, taxation and other real estate topics. Just ask her! If you are looking for knowledge, experience, professionalism, integrity and personal service in a real estate agent, Dorothy has them all! If your future requires counseling in the purchase or sale of real state, we highly recommend you contact Dorothy at our office.
Starting young and early in a family of real estate, I have a huge drive to push myself to be the best at what I do. This reflects itself in every aspect of my life. Whether in real estate or my personal affairs, everything is done to the highest possible caliber. Working with people has been natural for me throughout all of my past experiences, which include sales, as well as customer service. Making sure my clients are satisfied through incredible customer service is the goal I strive to achieve every day.
Brian specializes in the sales and marketing of new construction and gut renovation developments throughout Chicago. His portfolio is extensive and has included projects in: Lakeview, Albany Park, Irving Park, Andersonville, Horner Park, Edgewater, Uptown, Rogers Park,South Loop,East Village and Sheridan Park. Brian has been involved in the sale of over 400 units and in excess of $75,000,000 since 2004; $20,000,000 of that sales volume has been multi-family apartment buildings, and vacant land. Brian was consistently in the top 5% of all realtors in Chicago from 2005-2010. In 2007, he was recognized by Metro Chicago Real Estate Magazine as a “Top 40 under 40” Realtor for his outstanding sales achievements.
Brian utilizes his attention to detail and persistence to ensure the success of his projects. He provides expert advice to his developer clients in pricing, layouts, and finishes. Brian also develops creative marketing strategies specifically tailored to each project and is tenacious in following up with prospective customers to secure offers and convert them into contracts.
Brian stresses the importance of communication with his clients and constantly provides his clients with feedback. He wants his clients to know what customers are saying about their projects, whether it be about pricing or the finish selections being offered. Brian believes the best way to envision the future of real estate is to create it.
Brian graduated from Indiana University in 2003 with a Management degree and entered the Real Estate Industry as a broker in 2004 after working at Republic Bank for 6 months. Brian is also a volunteer at a Non for Profit organization, Willowhouse and was co-chair for there annual Benefit in 2010. In his spare time he likes to golf, read and spend time with his wife, Erica and son Ethan.
Beata joined Sergio and Banks in October of 2011. She has been a licensed realtor since 1999, and used to work for a big brokerage firm, where she was a very successful real-estate agent for over 10 years. She received a few Centurion Awards (exceeding $9 million in sales a year) as well as a couple Diamond awards (exceeding $7 million in sales a year).
As the market trends started to change in real estate, she decided to join Sergio and Banks in order to give her clients even better experience in buying, selling and investing in real estate.
Beata’s equation for success is: loyalty, honesty, communication and positive and professional approach. Beata works in all neighborhoods of the city of Chicago as well as the northwest suburbs.
She specializes in residential sales, multi-unit buildings, condo conversions and new construction.