Valerie Fertitta is managing director of real estate for Greystar with responsibility for the Midwest region, where she oversees operations in Chicago, Indianapolis, Kansas City and St. Louis. Valerie joined Greystar in 2009 as part of the company’s acquisition of JPI where she had worked since 2001. Prior to her current role, she worked in a several national markets, progressing from regional property manager in the west to senior director of real estate in Chicago. Valerie’s experience includes luxury lease-ups from predevelopment to stabilization, as well as large renovation projects from acquisition to successful repositioning. She has overseen a variety of product types including garden, mid-rise, high-rise, and mixed-use; her general expertise includes maximizing revenue and increasing asset value, facilitating smooth property acquisitions, and retaining the industry’s top talent. Valerie is an active member of the Chicagoland Apartment Association (CAA) and is the 2018 Secretary for the CAA Executive Board of Directors.