NORTHBROOK, IL-Op2mize has brought on Richard Antczak as EVP and principal to manage its sales staff and oversee growth of its local commercial brokerage business. Antczak comes to the commercial real estate brokerage and advisory firm from more than a decade of work as managing director at Champion Realty Advisors. His work will also entail support of the firm’s building innovation and green building consulting services.

“When I decided to make a move, I evaluated several alternatives including starting my own business,” Antczak says. “But when I scrutinized Op2mize’s forward-looking business plan and extensive client base, it made the decision pretty easy.”

Prior to work with Champion, Antczak served as Office Max’s director of central region operations for four years and American Stores/Jewel-Osco’s director of logistics for 15 years. Clients include ProLogis, First Industrial, Kellogg’s USA, HPI, US Precision Glass, DP Partners, IFCO, Office Max and Zenit Tool. Licensed in Florida as well as Illinois and holding the real estate commercial specialist designation, Antczak is a member of the Association of Industrial Real Estate Brokers and founding member of the Chicagoland Business Consortium.

“I have been after Rich for some time now,” says Geoffrey Kasselman, Op2mize president. “His background in corporate real estate and commercial brokerage is a perfect fit for our growing platform.”

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