Our Team

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Michael Poulakidas

Project Development & Strategy

Michael has been a practicing attorney since 1998 and possesses a multitude of knowledge in contract law and business expertise. He has more than 20 years of experience in business, contract and real estate law, and in asset management overseeing all aspects of real estate including development, construction, management, and leasing.

In addition to his legal practice, Michael owns several area businesses that range from restaurant hospitality to real estate development and management.

Michael is the founder and CEO of JTE Real Estate Services, LLC. – a full service real estate development and investment company. JTE Real Estate Services provides end-to-end property and asset management services to support its own projects and those of third parties. JTE’s mission is to create dynamic residential and mixed-use developments that provide positive impacts to communities, while utilizing designs that incorporate green building practices and sustainable materials.

As CEO of JTE, Michael is partners in and manages several commercial buildings and residential units in Aurora. Michael led the team that redeveloped EsserLofts & Apartments overlooking the Fox River. Michael owns Spartan Ale House in Aurora, Spartan Ale House in Naperville, and Dixie’s Bistro in Aurora.

For the past 13 years, Michael has been part of a fundraiser that raised over $100,000 per year for local charities and has been awarded “Humanitarian of The Year” by Hesed House in Aurora. In 2021, Michael was a part of the team that helped to bring the Boys and Girls Club to Aurora and raised in excess of $115,000.