MICHAEL CANNON

Michael joined Bradford Allen in 2023 as the Senior Managing Director of Development, bringing with him nearly three decades of experience in developments, including adaptive reuse, high-rise office and residential buildings, and industrial projects. At Bradford Allen, he will spearhead development efforts for new construction projects and oversee major enhancements to existing assets.

While studying at the University of Texas, Michael embarked on his professional journey as a carpenter. This hands-on experience led him to establish a construction firm in Chicago. After building a foundation in the construction world, he pursued law school and transitioned into a legal career, predominantly focusing on construction transactions and litigation. Moving back to development, he supervised the construction of a power plant in Kuwait. Later, he spent several years as an owner’s representative, managing the development of luxury senior living campuses nationwide. Michael’s accomplishments also encompass the ground-up development of a high-rise apartment building in downtown Chicago and the adaptive reuse of Chicago’s iconic Tribune Tower, converting it from office spaces to luxury condominiums and upscale retail establishments on the Magnificent Mile. Before joining Bradford Allen, he was with Sterling Bay, where he managed the development of life science, commercial office, and multi-family residential projects in Chicago and other major US cities.

Michael currently resides in Chicago with his wife and their two teenagers. He dedicates the majority of his down time to transporting his children to their several sports practices and matches.

 

MEGAN FERNS

Megan joined the acquisitions group of Bradford Allen’s investment advisory in 2022. Her primary focus at the firm is the placement and oversight of debt for Bradford Allen’s real estate portfolio. Before joining BA, Megan was employed at Brookfield, where she served as a lease accountant. In this role, she was responsible for analyzing and administering all leases for a diverse property portfolio.

Megan is currently pursuing a master of business administration at Wayne State University, having earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in finance from Grand Valley State University. Outside of her professional life, Megan is deeply involved in motorsports. Her older sister is a professional racecar driver, and the majority of Megan’s time is spent at the racetrack, supporting her sister’s racing team. She also attends various events advocating for women in motorsports.

 

CRAIG DeFEO

Craig works alongside both BA Asset Management and BA Development with the primary role of managing and overseeing new and existing properties across various different asset classes. After graduating from the University of Colorado in 2020, Craig started off his career in real estate as a property manager which enabled him to learn the industry from the ground up and exposed him to a broad range of challenges. Over the last several years, Craig has transitioned into asset and development management, working to enhance the Bradford Allen portfolio and maximize every investment on a daily basis. In his free time, Craig enjoys playing the guitar, lifting weights, and snowboarding.

Professional Affiliations

Licensed Real Estate Broker in the State of Illinois

Licensed Real Estate Sales Associate in the State of Florida

 

JOSEPH DONINI

After a brief internship with the firm, Joseph officially joined Bradford Allen Investment Advisors as a Financial Analyst in 2021, where he is a member of the Debt Originations & Acquisitions team. Joseph primarily focuses on the underwriting of potential debt and equity investments. A recent graduate of the University of Michigan, he received a Bachelor of Arts in economics.

Joseph is originally from New Jersey, where he grew up in a family of seven. In his free time, he enjoys golf, fishing, and playing guitar.

 

BRIAN E. CARLEY

Brian is responsible for developing new business and performing outreach initiatives. In combination with his outgoing personality, his firsthand knowledge of the real estate development business and creative financing strategies helps him connect with clients and understand their specific needs.

Prior to joining the firm, Brian was the vice president of The Fordham Company for twenty years. During his tenure, Fordham developed nearly one thousand luxury residential units and high-end hotels in downtown Chicago with a market value of approximately $1 billion. Brian’s first-hand experience with deal structuring and capital formation is invaluable to the firm.

Brian lives in Winnetka, Illinois, with his two teenage children. In his free time, he is an avid board-sports enthusiast that enjoys snowboarding, skateboarding, surfing, and stand-up paddling, as well as mountain biking and yoga. Brian attended the University of Denver and earned a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.

Professional Affiliations
Member, Urban Land Institute

 

JAKE BLESI

Jake joined Bradford Allen in 2021; he is a member of the firm’s suburban brokerage, specializing in landlord representation for Tri State Office Center, supporting leasing efforts, guiding property tours, and assisting with strategic planning and property marketing.

Prior to joining Bradford Allen, Jake was at Chime, working as an analyst in the neobank’s fraud department. He also spent a year and a half with @properties as an intern in their commercial real estate division.

A native of the Chicago suburbs, Jake grew up in Winnetka. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Jake is a Chicago sports fan (Cubs, Bears, Blackhawks) and remains an avid supporter of Ohio State football. In his free time, he likes to golf, ski, and play softball.

Professional Affiliations
Licensed Real Estate Broker in the State of Illinois