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Marc Rutzen Joins Kiser Institutional Group as Data Analytics Officer

April 22, 2015

KIG, Chicago’s leading commercial real estate brokerage firm specializing in institutional multifamily properties throughout the Midwest, has announced Marc Rutzen, 27, has joined the firm as its Data Analytics Officer.

Most recently, Rutzen was an associate project manager for Chicago-based SB Friedman Development Advisors. Prior to that, he managed the Chicago Housing Authority’s Scattered Sites Program as a member of its Capital Construction team.

“Bringing Rutzen to KIG furthers our goal of being predictive rather than reactive,” said Susan Tjarksen, principal and managing broker at KIG. “He is building cutting-edge applications for us. From the development of our mobile website and proprietary customer relationship management system to the use of regression analysis and machine learning to predict rental market trends, Rutzen is helping set KIG apart as an innovative real estate partner.”

In his most recent position at SB Friedman, Rutzen developed market analyses across asset classes and conducted TIF feasibility studies for multiple developments throughout the Midwest. As part of the Gilbane Team with the Chicago Housing Authority’s Capital Construction Department, Rutzen directed planning and construction activities for more than 60 active rehab projects in the CHA’s 2,100+ unit scattered sites portfolio and managed the construction of life safety improvements in eight public housing developments. He also served as development manager for Three Corners Development, where he managed pre-development and design activities for a 15.5-acre master-planned community development in Moline, Ill.

Rutzen developed his unique experience in real estate technology and data analytics as the president of MAR Development Group, where he designed and developed various mobile applications and web-based project management technologies for real estate developers and consultants throughout Chicago.

“My position at KIG offers me the opportunity to apply the wide array of analytical and technological skills I’ve developed as a real estate developer and technologist,” Rutzen said. “I’m tailoring KIG’s customer relationship management system and property database to optimize the company’s interactions with current and future clients. The wealth of real estate data we have accumulated will help us determine the key drivers of value in the multifamily market, and, with this insight, we can tailor our sales and marketing efforts to the specific goals of our institutional investors.”

Rutzen added that his work with machine learning also provides institutional investors a service that is unique in the industry. Clients will be able to weigh statistical facts in their value estimation processes, as well as model and analyze the numerous factors that drive above-market returns in the real estate development process.

“Rutzen’s experience transforming big data into actionable insight fits perfectly with the goals of KIG as a company,” Tjarksen said.

Rutzen has a master’s degree in real estate development from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in architectural studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a licensed Illinois real estate managing broker.

Marc Rutzen has joined Kiser Institutional Group as data analytics officer.

Marc Rutzen has joined Kiser Institutional Group as data analytics officer.