Wendy Berger is principal of WBS Equities, LLC. WBS Equities specializes in ground-up construction, renovation, development, sale lease back transactions and acquisition of industrial buildings for food and beverage manufacturers and distributors.
Over the last 28 years she has been involved in the real estate business as a lender, property manager, broker and consultant, as well as an investor. Wendy began her career at American National Bank and Trust Company of Chicago (a subsidiary of First Chicago, now JP Morgan Chase) in Commercial Lending. Wendy spent several years as a principal with Berger Realty Group, an 80-year- old family owned Real Estate business where she focused on residential and industrial property management and development. She was responsible for managing 3,000 apartment units, 200,000 square feet of commercial space and 250,000 square feet of industrial space.
Aside from her experience in the real estate field, Wendy spent 10 years working with technology startups. Wendy was employee number 11 at Orbitz, the Travel web site founded in 2000 by American, Continental, Delta, Northwest and United Airlines. Wendy was Director of the Enterprise Planning at Orbitz and focused on strategic planning. Prior to Orbitz, Wendy co-founded and was COO of Neoglyphics Media Corporation, one of the country’s first web site development firms. Neoglyphics grew from a small start-up to a corporation with a staff of more than 150 employees before it was sold in March 1998 for $65 million.
Wendy earned her MBA in Finance and Real Estate from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business. She received a B.S., cum laude, in Finance and Marketing from Syracuse University.
In her spare time Wendy is an avid triathlete and runner, having completed 30 Olympic Distance triathlons and three half-marathons.
Wendy serves on the Board of directors of the Chicago Public Library Foundation (2016 – present), the Board of directors of the Jewish Federation/Jewish United Fund of Chicago (2001 – 2007, and 2009 – 2017). Among her responsibilities as a Board Member of JF/JUF, Wendy helped to develop and led the first two classes of the Jewish Leaders Institute. Wendy was a participant in the 2011 class of Leadership Greater Chicago. Wendy is a graduate of the Wexner Heritage Program, a two-year study program founded and funded by Les Wexner, Founder and CEO of Limited Brands. Wendy was a member of the United Jewish Communities National Young Leadership Cabinet (1998 – 2004), The Hillel Governing Commission (1996 – 2014), and was the Chair of the JUF High Tech Committee (2000 – 2003). Wendy has volunteered for TimeLine Theater, The Marwen Foundation, Chicago Run and the Uptown Cafe. Wendy served until 2004 as Vice-President and Membership Chair at The Standard Club of Chicago and as a member of the Board of Directors (1994 – 2004). Wendy is also a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and served as the chair of the Real Estate Membership Committee. Wendy served two years on the Board of Directors of TEDxMidwest, the locally and independently organized TED event. TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Wendy co-founded Illinois Women in Cannabis in 2014. Wendy is an active mentor, a role she takes very seriously, usually mentoring 4 – 5 young women at any given time. Most recently, Wendy is proud to now call herself a TED speaker, her talk is available on the TED web site.
Ben joined WBS Equities in 2014 with an extensive accounting background. Prior to joining, Ben spent four years as a public accountant, most recently with Ernst & Young, LLP. At Ernst & Young, Ben served multiple manufacturing and transportation clients, both public and private. He focused on analyzing companies’ financial statements, accounting strategies, estimates and processes. At WBS Equities, Ben is responsible for underwriting, project management and investor relations.
Ben earned his Master of Accountancy and B.S., in Business, Accountancy from Miami University.
Working with start-ups and partnership-based organizations, Heather has over fifteen years of experience across a broad spectrum of development ventures. Beginning first in San Francisco in the real estate and pharma industries, she now lives in Evanston.
She earned a BS in Finance from San Jose State University and her CPA in Illinois.
She volunteers at the Woman’s Club of Evanston where she has served in several capacities including Board Member, Treasurer and Business Manager.
Founder and Managing Principal – Dayton Street Partners LLC
Howard Wedren has been working in the Chicagoland real estate community for the last 21 years. He has been involved with the development and leasing of a variety of real estate including office, industrial, parking and retail properties.
Howard began his commercial real estate career in 1994 after joining Fifield Realty Corporation as an associate. Within two years was promoted to Vice President and Principal of the organization. During that time he was actively involved the development and leasing of over 2,000,000 square feet of class A office buildings in the Chicago Metropolitan Area, including: the build to suit of the Quaker Oats headquarters building, 550 West Washington, Windy Point of Schaumburg and The Civic Opera Building.
Prior to founding Dayton Street Partners, Howard was principal with Chicago based Montero Partners, Ltd., a commercial real estate investment firm. Howard’s primary focus at Montero included identifying and underwriting value-add acquisitions as well as fostering broker relationships.
In November of 2006 Howard founded Dayton Street Partners LLC, a commercial real estate investment and development firm based in Chicago, Illinois. The firm is focused on the acquisition and development of key infill industrial and office projects throughout the City of Chicago.
Since its inception, Dayton Street has developed projects such as Chicago’s first speculative 100,000 square foot industrial building at 815 West Pershing Road and the redevelopment of the 50,000 square foot, 920 West Pershing Road.
Howard is also an active board member of the Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, Commissioner of the City of Chicago Special Service Area (Stockyards Industrial Park). He lives in the City of Chicago with his wife and two children.
Howard holds a bachelor degree in Regional Development from the University of Arizona.