Monday, October 18, 2010


· SVN Forges Strategic Alliance with GreenPoint Partners to Deliver Sustainability Solutions For Commercial Real Estate Owners and Users

IRVINE, CA – OCTOBER 14, 2010. Sperry Van Ness International has joined the GreenPoint Network, an alliance of real estate firms dedicated to helping clients achieve profitable sustainability. SVN Advisors in over 150 offices nationwide will receive training and resources to help clients identify energy initiatives that reduce operating expenses, increase building values, and capture financial incentives. GreenPoint’s engineers will perform energy audits and implement energy efficiency projects and solar installations.

“In the U.S., commercial buildings account for nearly 40 percent of total energy consumption and over two-thirds of electricity consumption,” said Sperry Van Ness CEO Kevin Maggiacomo. “And over the next decade, energy costs will likely be the fastest-growing component of building operating expenses. If a building consumes more energy than its peers, it will attract fewer tenants and trade at lower valuations. Through our partnership with GreenPoint, SVN Advisors can make an impact that not only increases a client’s bottom line, but is also good for the planet.”

Said GreenPoint CEO Dustin Gellman, “Energy efficiency and renewable energy are a real estate play. Green building retrofits impact cash flows, and real estate professionals can help property owners better understand the financial impact of energy initiatives on asset performance. We are delighted to work with Sperry Van Ness, an organization with a legacy of progressive thinking and innovation in the real estate industry.”

Sperry Van Ness Advisors will begin offering sustainability services beginning October 2010. The suite of services includes energy audits, competitive procurement, project management, incentives acquisition, and LEED certification. For more information, visit:

About Sperry Van Ness International

Founded in 1987, Sperry Van Ness is has approximately 900 advisors in more than 150 locations throughout the U.S. Sperry Van Ness delivers results for clients through a proven business model that provides advanced marketing and technology tools. Based in Irvine, Calif., the firm provides brokerage, consultation, asset management, property management, leasing, accelerated marketing, and auction services. Sperry Van Ness transactions total more than $11 billion annually in office, multifamily, retail, industrial, self-storage, hospitality and land transactions. For more information, please visit

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Midland States Bank is on the Grow!

Leon J. Holschbach serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the bank and its holding company Midland States Bancorp, Inc. and is Vice Chairman of both the bank and holding company boards. He serves on the bank’s Asset / Liability Committee, Trust, and Loan Committees. Mr. Holschbach shares his vision and values in this unique and interesting interview. Since taking the helm at Midland he has overseen the growth of the bank from assest of just under 400 million to aproximately 1.7 Billion. Not a bad record considering that it all happened in less than three years! Prior to joining Midland States Bank in August 2007, Mr. Holschbach held the positions of: Regional Market President, Community Bank Group at AMCORE Bank from 2000-2007; President/CEO/Director AMCORE Bank North Central N.A. from 1997-2000; and President/Director Citizen’s State Bank from 1979-1997. He received his B.A. in Economics from University of Wisconsin in 1975. To watch the entire TV interview with Leon J. Holschbach CLICK HERE