Bharat Puri

Director of Finance & Commercial Development Puri has been with First Midwest Group since 1998.  His responsibilities include marketing and leasing First Midwest Group’s office and industrial properties; managing its financial arrangements and developing resources; and evaluating the acquisition and disposition of income-producing assets.  He holds a B.S. in Finance and Economics from Rockford University and served as a senior commercial credit analyst with First of America Bank in Chicago prior to joining First Midwest Group.

Mr. Puri is a member of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), and is currently a board member of Rockford Area Economic Development Council.

In October 2007, Mr. Puri completed Harvard Business School’s Executive Real Estate program and during that same time began serving a two-year term on the Financial Advisory Committee of the Rockford Park District.

Fred Heichman

Fred Heichman has been a shopping center deal maker working on the Landlord side since 1987 when Urban Investment Development Company (later acquired by JMB) elevated his role as the Asst. Property Manager at Old Orchard Center in Skokie, IL to Retail Leasing Rep of regional malls and community centers. He has been a leader at the international Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) since 1997 where he has services as Illinois State Director and the current Illinois Operations Chair. Fred has personally completed over 350 transactions and has a collective portfolio of over 26 million square feet throughout the Midwest.