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 100% woman owned small business (WOSB), AW has the depth of experience and expertise to provide unparalleled real estate advisory, disposition, acquisition and leasing services. Our senior professionals offer our clients creative, strategic solutions that maximize value and reduce cost.

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. If you are acquiring real estate, the AW team can give you access to off market and discounted acquisition opportunities.

If you need a multi-location lease analysis or are seeking to restructure, reposition or recapitalize your real estate portfolio, the AW team can help you solve even the most complex problems in order to optimize your real estate.


Our Clients

At AW Properties Global and AuctionWorks, our clients include individuals, investors, companies, commercial real estate tenants and owner users, trustees, receivers, servicers, lenders, and restructuring professionals seeking to optimize the value of their real estate. As a 100% woman owned small business (WOSB), we also partner with other real estate service providers as a subcontractor to help them win and execute corporate and government real estate service contracts.

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

Our Services


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.

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.

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.

We provide commercial real estate tenants comprehensive tenant representation services. Whether you are acquiring new space for lease, renewing an existing lease, relocating or consolidating, our experienced team can help you reduce the overall cost of the transaction and achieve maximum value and flexibility.

Our team will work with you closely to:

  • Develop a strategy aligned with your business;
  • Identify potential locations;
  • Understand the market;
  • Provide indepth 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 tenant representation 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 frequently works with 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.



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 649
Northbrook, IL 60062

Diana M. Peterson, President & CEO of AW Properties Global (AW), has 20+ years of experience in law, real estate brokerage and auctions. Prior to founding AW, an independently owned and operated franchise, Peterson served as Executive Vice President of Auctions by ATG. Peterson built the auction platform for Auctions by ATG and ran the company, utilizing the expertise she previously acquired launching and operating a real estate brokerage company, PMD Realty, LLC, for over a decade.

In 2001, seeing an opportunity to provide home owners an alternative disposition strategy, Peterson established PMD Realty. As a result, 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 realtors, having closed +$130M in residential sales and negotiated +500,000 SF of commercial lease and sale transactions.

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. Prior to starting PMD Realty, LLC, Peterson worked for U.S. Equities Realty, and Jones Lang LaSalle; she practiced law 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. Apart from 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 and many other publications. Peterson is often engaged as a speaker at real estate conferences as well.

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

Active in the community, Peterson devotes time to serving on local non-profit boards. Peterson currently serves on the board of Northwestern University Settlement House and recently served on the boards of 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.


David Makowski

David Makowski, Senior Vice President of AW Properties Global (AW), 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 of AW Properties Global (AW), 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, 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 company’s 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 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.


Rose Lucania

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