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Pine Tree Growth Continues into 2020 with Five New Hires

By February 20, 2020News, Press Releases, Team

NORTHBROOK, Ill. (February 13, 2020) – Northbrook-based Pine Tree, LLC today announced the hiring of five new staff members in keeping with the company’s focus on expanding its national shopping center portfolio in 2020 and elevating its best-in-class asset management function. Joining the full-service retail real estate company are John Figueroa, Director of Human Resources; Nicholas Kohlmann, Asset Manager; Jessie Pomper, Graphic Design & Marketing Specialist; Tom Seurynck, Enterprise Analyst; and Kaylynn Espinoza, Associate Property Manager. Pine Tree’s addition of these five key roles will help streamline the company’s internal growth, cultivate its external growth, and maintain its high quality property services throughout the United States.

“We are thrilled to start off 2020 by welcoming so many pivotal professionals to our growing Pine Tree team,” said Michael Gold, Chief Operating Officer. “In addition to their impressive individual experience, we felt each candidate demonstrated an understanding of and alignment with Pine Tree’s core values and an attention to customer service that we strive to consistently offer all of our stakeholders.”

John H. Figueroa, MS-HRM. Before joining Pine Tree as Director of Human Resources, John H. Figueroa, MS-HRM, served as Vice President of Human Resources at Sterling Bay, in Chicago. He built Sterling Bay’s HR department from the ground up and looks forward to developing Pine Tree’s growing team. He brings extensive experience in multi-site and multi-state human resources serving the commercial real estate and hospitality industries.

Nicholas Kohlmann. Nick Kohlmann joins Pine Tree as Asset Manager from Brixmor Property Group in Chicago, where he played a key role in improving the group’s Midwest portfolio. In his new role, Kohlmann will help oversee Pine Tree’s expanding portfolio of shopping center assets with a focus on strategic planning and optimizing performance in coordination with the company’s leadership team and the assets’ stakeholders. “Pine Tree’s reputation is stellar, and I’m thrilled to be part of this team and the exciting growth Pine Tree is experiencing,” said Kohlmann.

Tom Seurynck. Tom returns to Pine Tree as an Enterprise Analyst after working with Regency Centers as Senior Manager, Financial Services. He brings nearly a decade of experience in analyzing and evaluating retail investment opportunities to his new position.

Jessie Pomper. Before joining Pine Tree as Graphic Designer & Marketing Specialist, Jessie Pomper worked in business development for Guaranteed Rate in Chicago. She looks forward to putting her journalism and graphic design skills to work for Pine Tree, and growing along with the company.

Kaylynn Espinoza. A Columbia College Chicago graduate, Kaylynn brings communication, sales, and marketing experience to her new position as Associate Property Manager. She will handle tenant relations and provide assistance with operations and business development across multiple Illinois properties.

A leader in the development, acquisition, leasing and management of retail properties throughout the United States, and with retail partners ranging from superstores to specialty shops and local chains, Pine Tree currently has $3 billion in assets under management. In February, the company launched a new website to reflect their growing team and expanded portfolio at

About Pine Tree:
Pine Tree, LLC is a Northbrook, Illinois-based full-service real estate company specializing in retail. Founded in 1995, Pine Tree’s current portfolio tops $3 billion in assets under management. The company’s projects are located across the United States.

Press Contact:
Kasia Yuska
(800) 970-7392 or (520) 299-1000