Justin Pelej

Executive Vice President, Development + Principal

Industry Start: 2000

Focus Start: 2005

As Executive Vice President, Development + Principal

Since joining Focus, Justin has help deliver over $1.9B in real estate value to the Chicago and surrounding suburban markets. Additionally, Justin has assembled a truly diverse development team that executes a variety of complex real estate development matters including entitlements and public policy, detailed budgeting and proformas, architectural design coordination and construction oversight. Justin's 20 years of experience pursuing unique infill development opportunities in markets with high barriers of entry has help Focus secure a reputation for delivering impactful real estate which retains its value.

  • Lead all real estate development activities.
  • Identify development opportunities and lead initial development efforts.
  • Collaborate with finance groups to secure equity and loans for projects.
  • Communicate with all partners, investors and development service clients.
  • Oversee all operational properties and investments.

Industry Expertise

  • Commercial architecture
  • Qualification of real estate opportunities based on architectural and business merits
  • Manage tough approval processes in markets with high barriers to entry

Prior Experience

  • The Redmond Company, Architectural Project Manager

Education + Certifications

  • Masters of Project Management, Keller Graduate School of Management
  • BS in Architecture, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee


  • Ely Chapter of Lambda Alpha International: The Honorary Society for the Advancement of Land Economics, Board Member

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