Shai Wolkowicki


Shai is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and gained his initial work experience at Merrill Lynch working on the Emerging Markets Fixed Income department focusing on trading strategies for both debt and credit derivatives. He later moved on to work as a Credit Risk Associate at TIAA-CREF analyzing debt, equities and real estate portfolios for the $400+ billion retirement fund. In 2008, he left to form Shai Town Realty Group Inc, a full service real estate brokerage and management firm that grew to over 40 agents. At the same time, he began developing single tenant assets and strip centers for national tenants across the Chicagoland area. He quickly realized that development was both his true passion and a better use of his skills and previous experiences. After working with Mitch on several projects, they recognized the tremendous synergies between the two of them and decided to join forces to create a boutique real estate firm that’s now GW Properties.