TEAM

James Solomon
Managing Partner / 30 Years Experience

jsolomon@raviniagroup.com | Phone: 312-620-0417

  • Mr. Solomon is founder of Ravinia and responsible for directing all aspects of the firm

  • With 30 years of public and private market real estate experience, Mr. Solomon has been responsible for the investment, financing or sale of more than $5 billion of office, industrial, retail and multi-family real estate. 

  • Prior to 2013, Mr. Solomon had founded one real estate investment firm and held top investment positions at Trizec Properties, Inc., Heico Realty Capital (family office) and Soros Fund Real Estate.  

  • During 2010-2012, Mr. Solomon co-founded the U.S. Capital Markets Group of Avison Young, at which time the firm tripled in size within the US and Canada.  

  • Mr. Solomon is an MBA graduate of University of Pennsylvania’s The Wharton School and a Foreign Service School graduate of Georgetown University.

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Antonio Bismonte
Managing Director / 35 Years Experience

abismonte@raviniagroup.com | Phone: 312-741-8130

  • Mr. Bismonte has 35 years of public and private market real estate experience and has been responsible for acquisition, financing, development, management, leasing and disposition of office, industrial, retail and multi-family real estate assets located throughout the United States, Canada and France. 

  • Mr. Bismonte is responsible for portfolio management. His daily responsibilities include interaction with the company’s leasing / management teams, budgeting, financial reporting, compliance, overall operational oversight, and relationships with joint venture partners. As a member of the firm’s investment committee, he is also involved in new investment due diligence as well as new investment financing.

  • Prior to joining Ravinia in 2016, he served an interim COO / CFO for Next Generation Development, a Chicago area residential developer, and has cultivated his real estate experience through 18 years of combined tenure at Trizec Office Properties, Inc. (NYSE: TRZ), Jones Lang LaSalle (formerly LaSalle Partners) and JMB Realty.

  • Mr. Bismonte possesses a Masters in Management from the Executive Masters Program at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Michigan State University, and is a CPA in the State of Illinois.

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Lee Norman
Managing Director / 30 Years Experience

lnorman@raviniagroup.com | Phone: 310-880-0298

  • Mr. Norman, with 30 years of real estate financial services experience, focuses on acquisitions, partner relationships, and business strategy.

  • Prior to joining Ravinia, Mr. Norman held Managing Director positions at Ackman Ziff Real Estate Capital Advisors, Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP (now JLL Capital Markets), and Principal at George Smith Partners, Inc. in Los Angeles.

  • Mr. Norman is an MBA graduate from Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business and a BS graduate in Finance from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business.

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Kyle Schaftel
Assistant Vice President / 6 Years Experience

kschaftel@raviniagroup.com | Phone: 312-476-9480

  • Mr. Schaftel, with six years of real estate experience, is responsible for acquisitions, asset management, and financial analysis.

  • Prior to joining Ravinia, Mr. Schaftel was a Financial Analyst with Wells Fargo Bank’s Commercial Real Estate Group in Chicago responsible for underwriting real estate financing for owners and developers, managing borrower relationships, and co-origination of over $500 million of loan transactions.

  • Mr. Schaftel received both his MBA (concentration in Finance) and BSBA, majoring in Real Estate and Construction Management, from the University of Denver. 

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Lori Miles
Executive Assistant

admin@raviniagroup.com | Phone: 312-741-8134

  • Mrs. Miles, with 20+ years of experience is responsible for investor relations, human resources, database management, and administration.

  • Prior to joining Ravinia, Mrs. Miles was the full-time owner/operator of Tummy Ticklers by Dylan & Jake, a catering company serving the Chicagoland area for over two decades.

  • Over the span of her career, she was the owner of two thriving food-service companies. She has also worked as an Event Planner, Paralegal, and Project Manager within the food, legal, and marketing industries.   

  • Mrs. Miles received her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Marketing from the Illinois Institute of Technology.