Government Investment Partners is based in Deer Park, Illinois with key strategic regional offices in Washington D.C., Atlanta, Georgia, Indianapolis, Indiana, and Sacramento, California. Government Investment Partners has a national reach allowing it to acquire, operate, and reposition properties throughout the country.
Learn more about GIP and our management team below.
Kris Jankowski is based in Deer Park, Illinois and founded Government Investments Partners (GIP) in 2017 and is responsible for the overall strategy and direction of the firm. Prior to starting GIP, Mr. Jankowski oversaw the acquisition of approximately 100 government-leased properties totaling over $1 billion during his five-plus year tenure at Boyd Watterson Asset Management (formerly Titanium Real Estate Advisors). During that time, the company developed a reputation as the most prolific buyer in government real estate. Mr. Jankowski has experience in both institutional and corporate real estate. Prior to his time at Boyd Watterson, Mr. Jankowski was with Whirlpool Corporation as a Senior Real Estate Manager overseeing global real estate dispositions. He also worked for First Industrial Realty Trust (NYSE: FR) in various positions in acquisitions, dispositions and accounting. In total, Kris has worked on nearly $3 billion of commercial property transactions. Mr. Jankowski graduated from Miami University with a B.S. in Accounting.
Bob Cottle is based in Atlanta, Georgia and serves as a Principal of GIP focused on acquisitions. Prior to joining GIP, Mr. Cottle was a co-founder of Colliers GSAXCHANGE, the investment sales component of Colliers International’s Government Solutions national practice group. Mr. Cottle has completed over$400 million of government-leased sale transactions over the past eight years. Mr. Cottle joined Colliers International in 2000 and has nearly 30 years of experience in commercial real estate, with over 25 years in the commercial property sale transactions arena. Prior to joining Colliers, Mr. Cottle was the Chief Underwriter for DECK Realty Group in Atlanta, and has been involved in development, acquisition, disposition, financing, and brokerage during his career. Mr. Cottle graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with an M.B.A. in Finance, and the University of South Florida with a B.A. in Accounting. Mr. Cottle holds a CCIM certification and a Georgia real estate license.
Dan Wyatt is based in Sacramento, California and serves as a Principal of GIP focused on asset management. Prior to joining GIP, Mr. Wyatt spent approximately five years with Buzz Oates, a leading West Coast development and investment company, where he performed asset management duties for 3.2 million square feet of industrial, office, and retail space in California and Texas, approximately 410,000 square feet of which is leased to State or Federal Government tenants. Dan brings 20 years of institutional and private commercial real estate experience to the team, having worked with First Industrial Realty Trust, Credit Suisse, and Colliers International. He has extensive experience in acquisitions and dispositions, and has been a key component of the purchase of over 10 million of square feet of property, along with the origination and funding of hundreds of millions of dollars in commercial loans. Mr. Wyatt holds an M.B.A. in Real Estate Finance and Investment from DePaul University, a CCIM certification, and is a Licensed Broker in the State of California.
Jocelyn Ford serves as a Senior Investment Associate focused on acquisitions, and is based in Deer Park, IL. Prior to joining GIP, Ms. Ford was a Vice President at Lake Forest Real Estate Capital, a capital markets advisory that arranges debt and equity financing for commercial real estate. Ms. Ford brings over 15 years of professional experience having also worked with First Industrial Realty Trust and Baird & Warner Real Estate Capital. She has extensive experience underwriting and closing high value transactions across the US for both dispositions and debt investments. Jocelyn holds a MA in Mathematics Education and a BS in Finance from DePaul University.
Laura Artus is based in Deer Park, Illinois, and serves as a Senior Vice President focused on the company’s operations. Prior to joining GIP, Ms. Artus founded Artus Property Services a consulting firm assisting clients on real estate transactions primarily in the areas of physical and environmental due diligence. Ms. Artus also served as a Senior Vice President for CenterPoint Properties for 20+ years in various roles since its inception including Due Diligence and Risk Management. She provided due diligence, environmental, deal structuring, and negotiating advice for over $931M Acquisitions/Re-Developments, $70M Dispositions, and over $5M Vertical Development and Business Parks for the Company, CalPERS, Wispark, and UBS. Ms. Artus holds an Environmental Risk Management designation from the University of Houston, Environmental Risk Strategies Institute.
Ralph Gilbertsen is based in Deer Park, Illinois, and oversees the firm’s property management business as well as overall corporate operations and strategic initiatives relating to investor relations and fundraising. Mr. Gilbertsen joined GIP from CBRE, Inc, where he was a long-time member of that firm’s Global Corporate Services group, which provided comprehensive real estate transaction management services to numerous multi-national corporate clients. He was involved in over $1 billion in real estate transactions. Prior to that, he also worked in property management and construction management with JLL, Inc and Walgreens corporation. Mr. Gilbertsen graduated with a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois and received his MBA from Roosevelt University.
Matt Johnston is based out of Deer Park, Illinois, and serves as an Analyst for GIP focused on asset management, acquisitions, investor relations, and marketing. Mr. Johnston diligently assists with a wide variety of company projects. Prior to joining GIP, Mr. Johnston worked in software sales and for a Chicago based logistics company acting as a liaison to UPS. Mr. Johnston holds a B.S. in Sport Business with minors in Business Management and Entrepreneurship from Miami University.
Cindy Pedersen is based in Deer Park, Illinois, and serves as an Office Manager and Executive Assistant in a variety of fields. Ms. Pedersen has over 20 years working as an executive assistant. Most recently she worked to provide assistance to the Executive Director of a 240-bed skilled nursing facility. Ms. Pedersen’s strengths are adaptability, strong attention to detail, high level of discretion, as well as experience in managing and prioritizing complex schedules for senior level executives. She was recently recognized by her previous employer as Employee of the Year.
Abbie Deluso serves as Human Resources Manager. Her over ten years of experience in commercial real estate and healthcare investment opportunities have led her to also assist with coordinating closings for GIP. Abbie creates systems and processes to streamline transitions within the companies she has worked for. She prides herself on employee relations, recruiting, and onboarding new employees as well as creative problem-solving.
Amy Prochot is based in Deer Park, Illinois and serves as a Property Manager in the GIP Property Management division. She is focused on transitioning acquired assets to the GMP management platform and overseeing the building operations of a national portfolio. Ms. Prochot has 10 years of experience in facilities, operations, and property management roles where she was responsible for commercial properties in both the public and private sectors. Ms. Prochot holds a B.A. in Psychology, is a Licensed IL Real Estate Broker, and is pursuing her RPA designation through the Building Owners and Managers Association.
Debra Leonard is based in Deer Park, Illinois, and serves as an Assistant Property Manager, in the GIP Property Management division. She joins us with an extensive background in Commercial Property Management. She brings over 30 years of experience in the industry and has been a licensed Real Estate Broker in Illinois and Georgia. Her industry experience and management responsibilities include office, medical, industrial, retail, and residential properties of more than 435,000 square feet, as well as responsibility for two Business Parks totaling 586 acres, respectively. Throughout her career, she has worked in all capacities of management including sales, marketing, business development, and customer service, while maintaining large portfolios of business for multiple high-profile Property Management firms in the industry. Her experience as a District Manager with a national janitorial firm, allowed her to achieve Presidents Club status for successfully growing and managing her portfolio for over 16 years. As a Senior Manager, she has supervised administrative staff, Area Managers, Building Engineers, and Property Managers, and enjoyed mentoring them toward developing their skills to achieve promotions in their field. She is a past member of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) and has served on committees within the organization, throughout the years.
Glen Nielsen is based out of Deer Park, Illinois, and serves as a Project manager. He is focused on the Repair and Maintenance of the buildings owned and managed in the GIP portfolio. Prior to joining GIP Mr. Nielsen worked at Jewel Osco for 42 Years, he worked in many different capacities including Store manager, District manager, and Facilities manager for 187 stores. Mr. Nielsen also worked at Tech Servicers as a Reginal Vice President of operations for 2 years.
Michael Mazur is based in Deer Park, Illinois, and serves as Lease Administrator for the Property Management Division of GIP. He is focused on overseeing all lease administration activities, including abstracting key data from lease documents, maintaining and updating the Company’s lease administration database, and managing accounts receivable. Before joining GIP, Mr. Mazur worked for Cresa Global as a Lease Administrator, working with various clients mainly in the healthcare sector. Previously, he was employed as an office manager for a homeowner association and a bookkeeper for a consumer goods wholesale company.
Diane Jones is based out of Deer Park, Illinois and serves as Accounting Manager for the Property Management Division of GIP. She is focused on overseeing all financial reporting activities of the managed property portfolio. Prior to joining GIP, Ms. Jones was employed with a property management company that specialized in rental apartment communities. Previously, she worked for Cushman & Wakefield as an Accounting Manager for the Property Management Division. Included in her responsibilities was overseeing all accounting functions for the management of the 1 million square foot Kemper Insurance HQ. Ms. Jones brings 25+ years’ experience in property management accounting having also worked for CAMCO, a division of Capital Associates group. Ms. Jones holds a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Illinois-Chicago.
Iryna Klymkiv is based out of Deer Park, IL, and serves as Property Accountant for the Property Management Division Of GIP. She is focused on preparing Financial Reports, maintaining records of company assets, preparing and ensuring the accuracy of all ledgers, accounts, and balance sheets. Prior to joining GIP, Ms. Klymkiv was employed with a property management company that specialized in residential and commercial property management. Previously she worked for an international food distribution company as a bookkeeper and office manager. Ms. Klymkiv holds a bachelor’s degree in International Economy from the National University of Ukraine and is a Certified Bookkeeper.
Doreen Bailer is based out of Deer Park, Illinois, and serves as an AP Specialist for the Accounting division of GIP. She is focused on overseeing all accounts payable activities of the managed property portfolio. Prior to joining GIP, Ms. Bailer was employed with a manufacturing company that specializes in x-ray equipment for humans and animals. She brings 10+ years of experience in accounts payable.
Dan Koob, based out of Chicago, is a Principal for Government Construction Partners (GCon). GCon is the General Contracting/Project Management division of Government Investment Partners (GIP). Mr. Koob is also the Director of Business Development and Project Management at Quincy Construction & Development, a commercial/office General Contractor/Construction Manager in the Chicagoland area. Mr. Koob has over 10 years’ experience in the construction industry where has performed multiple roles including project management, estimating, onsite project supervision, business development and specification writing. Mr. Koob received his B.G.S. degree from University of Kansas (Rock Chalk!)
Travis Wiersma, based out of Chicago, is a Principal in the newly created entity, Government Construction Partners (GCon). GCon is the General Contracting/Project Management division of Government Investment Partners (GIP). Travis is also the Owner/Founder of Quincy Construction & Development, a commercial/office General Contractor/Construction Manager in the Chicagoland area, started in 2010. In addition to his role in GCon and Quincy, Travis serves as a real estate consultant for a nationwide 3PL company, overseeing leasing transactions and new development projects. Prior to Quincy, Mr. Wiersma was a Partner at Platford Corporation, a developer of multi-tenant, office/warehouse buildings. During Travis’ 20+ years in the construction and real estate industry, he has been involved in all aspects of projects: property searches, land purchases, entitlements, design, budgeting/estimating, project management and onsite project supervision. Travis Wiersma received his B.S. in Business Administration from Hope College in Holland, MI. He also holds an Illinois real estate license.
Isabella McPherrin serves as our Office and Accounting Manager, focused on GIP’s accounting, HR, and day-to-day operations. Isabella’s passion for process improvement and organization drives the approach she uses to manage and streamline operations, which, in turn, supports our business structure and progressive team. Her strong professional background of 20+ years includes experience in office management, accounting, HR, and banking, in both private and non-profit sectors.
Todd Sprague is based out of Deer Park, Illinois, and serves as a Project Manager focused on facility and construction management projects. Prior to joining GIP/GCP, Mr. Sprague worked in supply chain operations and facilities management capacities for ADP, Hewitt, Briggs Healthcare, Maclean Fogg, Learning Resources, and Ikonix USA. Mr. Sprague graduated from Western Michigan University with a B.A. in Business Communications and participated on the WMU track team as Mid-American and Central Collegiate conference champion(s).