For the past 30 years, Jess R. Gift has been involved in all aspects of real estate development, property sales and market-ing, and project finance for some of the most prominent real estate companies in the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean. His varied project experience encompasses real estate assets within more than 30 different markets and across multiple states. Mr. Gift has been responsible for all aspects of project design, competitive positioning, govern-mental approvals, project budgeting, project financing, construction management and asset disposition. Mr. Gift is known for moving promptly and generating productive results. He has the ability to effectively communicate with developers, lenders, project employees and community leaders. Mr. Gift received a B.S. degree in Finance (cum laude) from the University of Illinois and his M.S. degree in Finance (magna cum laude) from DePaul Graduate School in Chicago.