Peter Colovos has a favorite credo-it’s IBM’s Watson, “Think.” This mantra exists in every real estate project Peter and his team is involved.
Founding Prairie Real Estate Group in Chicago, IL in 1994 was a culmination of transforming Peter’s passion of architecture construction and real estate experience into a career. Matching the right business with the optimal space is essential and what Peter has been doing in real estate since 1980. Creating the optimal combination/blend of good architecture and design product that enhances their tenants’ quality of life is the keystone of The Prairie Real Estate Group.
Born in Chicago, Peter’s fortitude and strong desire to learn afforded him exposure to all facets of real estate ranging from complex construction to investments and acquisition. Peter has a keen sense of creative adaptive re-use of existing properties as well as rehabilitation and revitalization. Using his experience from Chicago and other large and small vibrant urban centers, Peter offers a smart and innovative urban twist to his properties which is reflected in the design and construction of each unique space.
Working with a team of like-minded professionals, Peter and his group strategically seek out properties in areas where perhaps others may not realize the potential. Prairie Real Estate Group has commercial and residential real estate investments throughout the Midwest.
As Operations Coordinator for Prairie Real Estate Group, Christine Wilke is responsible for managing the Benton Harbor office. She also has several other roles within the organization including tenant development and marketing of Prairie Real Estate Group’s properties. Christine also manages broker relationships as well as public affairs.
Thriving in a fast moving and ever changing atmosphere, Christine’s 20 plus year background in office administration, sales forecasting, special event planning and facilities management is a perfect fit for Prairie Real Estate Group. Her sense of urgency and ability to accurately assess situations is essential in quick resolutions. Christine’s skillful way of working with people and building strong professional relationships contributes to Prairie Real Estate Group’s over arching goals and growth.
Throughout her career, Christine has supported executive teams and CEOs of local organizations. Christine is adept at making certain that the smallest of details are given attention and anticipates needs before they arise. As a member of the Prairie Real Estate Group team, Christine’s insights and experience are important to the overall strategy of revitalization through commercial and residential real estate investments.
Cynthia Brown Colovos
Until June, 2013, Cynthia Brown Colovos spent 20 years helping to grow Mickey’s Linen, the family business that her father built, and she ran with her three brothers. After retiring, Cynthia took on the role of assisting her husband, Peter Colovos, at Prairie Real Estate Group. Cynthia brings to Prairie a unique skill set of knowing what data is needed to run a successful business and how to apply technology to capture it and measure it.
Aside from her business and technology skill set, Cynthia is all about helping create a collaborative work environment that is organized, efficient and productive while never losing focus on making an impact on the community and the environment.
As the architect at Prairie Real Estate Group, Michael provides a complete array of services including project programming, design, construction documents, interior finish selection, and construction administration for all Prairie Real Estate Group projects. Michael draws upon his knowledge, creativity and experience to plan the renovation of Prairie properties as well as to assist potential tenants when designing their spaces.
Prior to joining the Prairie team, Michael worked at an architecture firm in Grand Rapids where he specialized in high performance academic and corporate facilities. Included among those projects were the former Saranac Machine Company building (circa 1920) at 376 W. Main, now known as “Saranac Flats”; and the former I&M building (circa 1928) at 330 W. Main for Prairie Real Estate Group.
Through this work it became evident that Michael had a like-minded vision of design aesthetic and a shared passion for historic renovation, so when it came time for Prairie to expand and create an in-house architecture department, it was clear that Michael was the right person for the job.
Michael holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture from North Carolina State University, a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Lawrence Technological University, and has received numerous awards for his design work throughout the country. He is also a LEED Accredited Professional and was the sustainable design manager on the first Silver Certified collegiate residence hall in the nation.
As the Accounting Specialist at Prairie Real Estate Group Sonia manages all aspects of the accounts receivable and payable functions to ensure promptness and accuracy in all financial transactions for our customers and suppliers. With more than 20 years of administrative experience, Sonia’s proficiency in executive support and accounting functionality makes her an ideal member of the Prairie Team.
Prior to joining Prairie, Sonia was the Administrative/Accounting Assistant at Harbor Shores Golf Course where she provided administrative support to the executive staff with responsibilities including inventory control, vendor maintenance, software support and accounting.
Sonia has deep ties to Southwest Michigan and is excited to become a part of the community revitalization efforts that Prairie is known to champion.