About Us

AW Properties Global, in conjunction with AuctionWorks (the AW team), offers a full suite of best in class real estate advisory and transactional services. A certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) and 100% Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB), AW has the depth of experience and expertise to provide our clients unparalleled real estate services. Our core services include real estate dispositions, acquisitions, leasing, site selection, receivership and interim property management. Our senior professionals offer our clients creative, strategic solutions that maximize value and reduce cost.


Our team specializes in valuing and selling real estate, including all asset classes of commercial and residential real estate. Optimizing value for our client is always our number one goal. For all of our sales, we aggressively promote our listings to our substantial proprietary database of brokers and investors nationwide.

Whether you have a highly desirable, class A property, a distressed property, or a property being sold with an operating business, our team is poised to help you structure the best disposition approach to optimize your real estate.

The disposition method we may recommend will vary based on the type, location and condition of the asset as well as the client’s specific needs and timing. Below are the types of sale methods we regularly employ:

  • Traditional Sales
  • Accelerated Sales
  • Auction Sales
  • Sealed Bid Sales
  • Call for Offers
  • Confidential Off Market Sales
  • Bulk/Portfolio Sales
  • Sale/Leasebacks
  • 363 Sales

Contact us today to learn how we may assist you with your real estate disposition needs; phone: 847.509.2757; email: info@awproperties.com.

Acquiring real estate? Our team regularly works with buyers seeking access to off market, bankruptcy and portfolio sales of real estate that often are not widely publicized. Our buyer clients typically are highly qualified individuals or funds seeking to acquire real estate that meets their investment criteria. Through our substantial network of lenders, receivers and turnaround, bankruptcy and workout professionals, we can help you source real estate acquisition opportunities of all types, including real estate with a business.

Contact us today to learn how we may assist you with your real estate acquisition needs; phone: 847.509.2757; email: info@awproperties.com.

Need to restructure, reposition or recapitalize your real estate portfolio? The AW team can help you solve even the most complex problems in order to reduce cost and maximize value.

Our team frequently works with lenders, investment funds and other large real estate portfolio owners to provide an in depth analysis of an existing real estate portfolio. Based on your needs, our team can help you determine estimated market value and develop strategies relating to which properties to retain, sell or reposition.

Contact us today to learn how we may assist you with your real estate portfolio needs; phone: 847.509.2757; email: info@awproperties.com.

We offer receivership services for properties in federal bankruptcy court, judicial and non-judicial foreclosure, as well as those in disputed trusts. Our experienced property management team can help you develop a strategic plan including a budget for repairs and construction, a timeline for turn around, and a leasing and/or sales strategy.

Contact us today to learn how we may assist you with your receivership and interim property management needs; phone: 847.509.2757; email: info@awproperties.com.

We create leverage in order to negotiate the best possible terms when assisting clients in selecting a site for their business. We will help you:

  • Develop a strategy aligned with your business
  • Understand the data driving current workforce trends
  • Identify potential locations
  • Identify and potentially secure government incentives
  • Understand the market
  • Provide in depth financial analysis

Contact us today to learn how we may assist you with your site selection needs; phone: 847.509.2757; email: info@awproperties.com.

We provide commercial real estate landlords and tenants comprehensive leasing services. Whether you are a tenant acquiring new space, renewing an existing lease, relocating or consolidating, or a landlord seeking to lease up your building, our experienced team can help you achieve maximum value and flexibility.

Our team will work with you closely to:

  • Develop a strategy aligned with your business;
  • Identify potential locations (if you are a tenant seeking a space to lease);
  • Understand the market;
  • Provide in depth financial analysis; and
  • Create leverage in order to negotiate the best possible terms

Contact us today to learn how we may assist you with your landlord or tenant needs; phone: 847.509.2757; email: info@awproperties.com.

Our team will provide a complementary review of your lease(s) and develop a lease restructuring strategy aligned with your goals. Depending on your circumstances, we may recommend lease termination, lease assignment, sublease, rent reduction, or lease renewal.

If you choose to engage our team, we will negotiate with your landlord to create maximum flexibility, potentially eliminating financial obligations and reducing current occupancy costs.

Contact us today to learn how we may assist you with your lease restructuring needs; phone: 847.509.2757; email: info@awproperties.com.



Our Team


Diana Peterson

Diana M. Peterson
President & CEO
O: 847.509.2757
C: 312-218-6102
dianap@awproperties.com

AW Properties Global
707 Skokie Blvd, Suite 600
Northbrook, IL 60062

Diana M. Peterson, President and CEO of AW Properties Global (AW), has 23+ years of experience in law, real estate brokerage and auctions.

Prior to founding AW, Peterson co-founded AuctionWorks, an online real estate auction platform. Peterson built the auction platform for AuctionWorks utilizing her prior auction expertise and her experience founding and operating a real estate brokerage, PMD Realty, LLC, for over a decade.

In 2001, seeing an opportunity to provide homeowners an alternative disposition strategy, Peterson established PMD Realty. PMD Realty quickly became the leading local provider of flat-fee MLS listing services, dominating the emerging flat-fee market for several years. During that time, Peterson was recognized by the Chicago Association of Realtors as one of the top 5 producing real estate brokers, having closed +$130M in residential sales and negotiated +500,000 SF of commercial lease and sale transactions.

Prior to starting PMD Realty, Peterson worked for U.S. Equities Realty and JLL providing strategic planning, site selection and tenant representation services to office tenants nationwide.

In addition to her client-focused philosophy, Peterson is known for her exceptional negotiation and legal skills, honed during years of practice as an attorney with D'Ancona & Pflaum and Hedlund Hanley & John. Peterson draws on these experiences in upholding her commitment to provide only the highest level of service to her clients.

Peterson earned a law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School, where she served as an editor of the Minnesota Law Review, and before that, acquired a Bachelor of Arts (with honors) from the University of Chicago. In addition to her Illinois law license, she holds an Illinois real estate managing broker's license and an Illinois auction license.

Frequently quoted in the news, Peterson has been featured in DS News, GlobeSt.com, Crain's, Illinois Real Estate Journal, Real Estate Executive magazine, NS Magazine and many other publications. Peterson is often engaged as a speaker and moderator at real estate, workout and turn around management conferences as well.

Peterson is a member of Turnaround Management Association (TMA), American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI), International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC), Illinois CCIM Chapter, Chicago Association of Realtors (CAR) and the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

Active in the community, Peterson devotes time to serving on non-profit boards. Most recently, Peterson has served on the boards of Northwestern University Settlement House, True Mentors, The Goldie B. Wolfe Miller Women Leaders in Real Estate Initiative, The Auxiliary Board of the Art Institute of Chicago, PAWS Chicago, The Poetry Center of Chicago, and The Young Leaders Fund of the Chicago Community Trust.


Rose Lucania

Rose Lucania
Operations Manager
O: 847.509.2757
rosel@awproperties.com

Rose Lucania serves as operations manager for AW Properties Global (AW). In this capacity, Rose works closely with the president and CEO to assist in all aspects of marketing and managing the office operations.

Prior to joining AW, Rose started her career in online auctions with Rick Levin & Associates in 2009. As a senior auction coordinator, she managed hundreds of personal property and real estate auctions serving such clients as the FDIC, US Marshals Service, US Treasury Department, and the US Army. Before entering the auction industry, Rose spent 10 years in real estate working with First Eagle Development/KMA Development as an office manager for both residential and commercial new construction development projects.

In her free time Rose enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and family.

David Makowski

David Makowski
Senior Vice President
O: 847.509.2757
C: 312.927.2757
davem@awproperties.com

David Makowski has 30+ years of experience in sales and marketing management. His primary responsibilities include business development, marketing and providing brokerage services to commercial and residential clients.

Prior to joining AW, David worked in the consumer packaged goods, private equity and start-up sectors. His corporate experience at companies such as Kraft Foods, PepsiCo (Quaker) and Ralston Purina was primarily focused overseeing sales teams and developing annual sales plans, budgets and new, business development opportunities. David's experience in the private equity and start-up sectors included acquiring and turning around distressed businesses, bankruptcy recoveries, and leading successful start-ups of disruptive products in mature spaces.

David draws on his corporate and private equity background to assist AW clients in the sale of assets involved in bankruptcy and turn-around situations as well as in more complex sales involving both a business and real estate.

In addition to the private sector, David has had significant business experience working with the US Government contracting community, specifically the US Army and Special Forces in both domestic and overseas operations.

David Holds a B.S. in Marketing from Fairfield University. He is married and has a daughter. He enjoys golf, hunting, fishing and cooking. He also dedicates personal time to mentoring retired soldiers transitioning from military service.


Michael Bryant

Michael Bryant
Senior Vice President
O: 847.509.2757
C: 847.915.9547
mikeb@awproperties.com

Michael Bryant has 41 years of experience in sales and management. His primary responsibilities include business development and providing commercial real estate brokerage services.

Prior to joining AW Properties, Michael worked in the petroleum industry as a sales manager, operations manager, business development manager, business brokerage consultant and real estate broker. Michael's experience in the petroleum industry was focused on negotiating the sales and mergers of multiple oil companies, including the sale of the companies real estate holdings, supply contracts and business assets. Frequently charged with liquidating the remaining assets and real estate holdings of a company, Michael was responsible for negotiating vendor contracts as well as real estate sales and leases. Additionally, he performed the financial analysis and led the project management teams to help successfully achieve a company merger or sale.

Michael draws on his decades of sales and management experience to assist AW Properties clients in the purchase, sale and leasing of commercial real estate assets and real estate with a business. His prior business brokerage and real estate sales experience in the petroleum industry makes him especially knowledgeable when handling the sale or leasing of commercial real estate involving automotive, trucking and/or oil and gas related uses, as well as properties with potential environmental issues.

In addition to his work in the private sector, Michael has significant teaching experience. As an adjunct professor for National-Louis University and McHenry County Community College, Michael has taught courses in economics, ethics, leadership and business.

Michael holds an MBA from Webster University and a B.S. in Business Administration from Central Michigan University.


Frank Lapasso

Frank Lapasso
Broker
O: 847.509.2757
C: 312.989.0188
frankl@awproperties.com

Frank J. Lapasso obtained his first real estate license in 1991 and currently is licensed in Illinois, Florida & Arizona. At an early age he discovered his passion for real estate which is reflected in the attention to detail and care he brings to each transaction and project he manages today. Frank learned the real estate business as a successful REO broker and auction specialist with Sheldon Good & Company and as an accomplished facilities and property manager of commercial real estate assets for CBRE. He has been providing his clients exceptional investment sales, auction, leasing and property management services for nearly 30 years.

Frank's REO brokerage and auctions experience has included representing multiple lenders for whom he negotiated contracts, ensured property code compliance, oversaw property inspections, and managed vendor enhancements prior to ultimately selling the assets. Frank has also provided brokerage services to all types of owners of commercial and residential real estate throughout his career.

Frank’s extensive property management experience has included commercial property/facility management for operations of 1.1 mm SF of Class A mid & low rise commercial office buildings and flex space in central & south Florida as well as overseeing the operations and leasing of 14 investor owned commercial office, retail & residential facilities in the North Shore of Chicago, Illinois. For these portfolios he was responsible for project management, tenant improvements, tenant relocations, capital projects, implementing annual budgets, providing capital improvement schedules, financial reporting and leasing. As the main point of contact for owners, asset managers and leasing brokers, he addressed property condition and investor concerns and provided lease negotiation services.

Frank is a member of the Chicago Association of Realtors, Illinois Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors.

Frank enjoys cooking and reading.


Janice Mele

Janice Mele
Broker
O: 847.509.2757
C: 708.217.5743
janicem@awproperties.com

Janice Mele is an experienced real estate broker who has successfully provided brokerage services to property owners in Chicago and its surrounding suburban and rural areas for 20+ years. She has extensive experience in residential property sales, rentals, development, and investment sales.Prior to becoming a real estate professional, she worked in sales for 10+ years and pursued education in coaching.

Whether she is working with sellers, buyers, investors or developers, Janice is a trusted advisor who brings close attention to detail and exceptional negotiation and communication skills to each transaction. Her extensive market and sales knowledge also makes her truly stand out among her peers. Her experience, combined with her foresight and strong work ethic, have resulted in her having many loyal clients over the years. This continues to be the hallmark of her success today.

In her free time, Janice enjoys spending time on the Chicago lakefront and with her family.