After graduating from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in 1980 with a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Planning (BAUP) Kevin Augustyn began his career as a land use planner for the City of Hammond, Indiana. After one year he was elevated to department head and made responsible for a 15-person staff charged with the zoning and planning for the City. During his tenure Kevin established the city’s historic preservation program, drafted a new zoning code, and created the initial plans for the Hammond Marina on Lake Michigan. During this time he also attended the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He completed an MBA in 1984 with a concentration in finance and management policy.
In 1985, Kevin joined Real Estate Research Corporation (RERC), a national real estate investment advisory and appraisal firm. During his tenure there Kevin completed a variety of market research projects, investment analyses, and appraisals for institutional clients across the United States. In 1988 he joined the Balcor Company to provide investment analysis and due diligence services for its mortgage and development businesses. After Balcor, he worked as an investment advisor for two boutique investment companies, LPL Financial Services and First Affirmative Financial Network where he provided investment counsel and real estate advisory services for individual, nonprofit and small institutional investors.
Joining the MCL Companies in 1997, as Vice President of Finance and later promoted to Senior Development and Finance Executive, Kevin led the acquisition effort for the company’s purchase and privatization of the Chicago Dock and Canal Trust, a publicly traded real estate investment trust originally organized by Chicago’s first Mayor, William Ogden. Kevin was responsible for the sourcing and structuring of both equity and debt for the firm’s development projects which consisted primarily of high profile urban infill residential and mixed use developments including the $400 million River East Center project which features an Embassy Suites Hotel, a 21-screen AMC Theatre, 620 luxury condominiums, retail space, and a 1152-car parking garage.
Kevin was also the lead developer for the firm’s retail development projects. These included the redevelopment of Piper’s Alley, the iconic retail/entertainment complex in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood, home to the Second City comedy troupe, and the North Pier/River East Plaza Building now home to the River East Arts Center. Other notable developments include the City of Chicago’s first Costco store and the Dominick’s-anchored shopping center on Division Street which was instrumental in the transformation of the former Cabrini Green neighborhood.
Since 2004 Kevin has served as Director of Retail Development for Opus North Corporation, led the mixed use development practice for the Midwest for Trammell Crow Company, and recently served as a Senior Vice President of Retail development for HSA Commercial Real Estate.
He is a member of the Urban Land Institute, International Council for Shopping Centers, Lambda Land Economics Honor Society, and has been granted CRE designation by the Counselors of Real Estate.