CHARLES G. ARGIANAS, President, MAI, J.D.
Charles G. Argianas, President of Argianas & Associates, has spent over 30 years appraising and consulting on real estate properties throughout the United States. Before founding Argianas & Associates, he held various positions with The First National Bank of Chicago (now JP Morgan Chase), Deloitte & Touche Consulting, and American Appraisal Associates. In those capacities, he has created and managed entire real estate appraisal/consultant staffs with a focus on income producing and special-purpose properties.
Charles is nationally recognized for his expertise in appraising large institutional, industrial, and special purpose properties. Major properties appraised include: Chicago's mixed-use retail/office Water Tower Place; the 1,250,000sf Chicago Mercantile Exchange Building; Chicago's 845,000sf Quaker Tower; Oakbrook Center Mall in Oak Brook, IL; the 4,600,000sf ARCO Towers Plaza in Los Angeles; the 700,000sf Chase Plaza in Los Angeles; the 1,100,000sf Wanamaker Building in Philadelphia; the ABC Headquarters Tower in New York and the 1,000,000sf Trammel Crow Center in Dallas.
Special purpose properties appraised by Charles have included: automobile, RV vehicle, and truck dealership facilities; USDA rendering plants, dairy processing facilities, food processing plants, and commercial bakeries; chemical processing plants and paper mills; radio and television broadcasting studios; mobile home and recreational vehicle parks; funeral homes and entire cemeteries; gas stations and convenience stores; daycare properties, grade schools, high schools and entire college/university campuses. He also appraised equestrian centers; entire campgrounds; budget, business class and luxury resort hotels/hospitality facilities; sit down and fast food restaurants; banquet halls; golf courses, bowling facilities, amusement parks, and miniature golf/go cart facilities; baseball stadiums and racetracks; ice skating centers, health clubs, and institutional quality fitness centers; multi-screen cinemas and live performing arts centers; museums; churches, synagogues, monasteries, and convents; marinas; entire hospital campuses, and outpatient surgical facilities; bank headquarters and convenience banking facilities; post offices; self storage facilities; nursing homes; truck terminals; deepwater and river barge shipping centers; coal-fired/fossil fuel/natural gas and nuclear power plants and maximum security prisons. Charles, an ARGUS discounted cash flow analyst, is also accomplished in appraising entire subdivisions and condominium developments using the wholesale/bulk value premise.
Legal appraised positions have included fee simple, leased fee, leasehold and partial interests for domestic/international financing, purchase price allocation, condemnation, ad valorem tax, estate planning, sale/leasebacks, buy/sell negotiations, portfolio reviews and syndication due diligence. In addition, he has performed market/feasibility studies, highest and best use studies and investment analysis cash flow studies for a variety of special purpose facilities.
Charles Argianas has furnished expert courtroom testimony in cases involving a variety of real estate valuation issues before federal and state courts in Arizona, California, Indiana, Michigan, Nevada and Ohio.
DIANE DiBERNARDO, MAI, Vice President
Diane DiBernardo brings an impressive spectrum of experience to the Argianas team with almost 20 years as a commercial real estate appraiser. Joining the Argianas team in 2010, Diane is responsible for training, reviewing and coordinating appraisal assignments for certain clients. She is an expert in ARGUS discounted cash flow software.
Diane's extensive experience includes the valuation of fee simple, leased fee and leasehold interests for a wide range of purposes including bank financing, internal asset management, estate planning, and litigation support. Her assignments have included all property types throughout the Midwest including existing and proposed single and multi-tenant office, retail, industrial and residential developments. Diane's familiarity with real estate income analysis is apparent in her appraisal work involving downtown office buildings, community retail centers, and entire residential subdivisions. Special purpose valuation and/or consulting assignments have included easements, billboard signage, self-storage facilities, barge terminals, hotels, golf courses, automotive service stations, and car washes. She is also familiar with the analysis of affordable and low-income housing with special financing and/or income tax credits.
FRANCISCO GONZALEZ, Managing Director
Francisco Gonzalez has been a vital part of the Argianas & Associates team for many years. His professional real estate appraisal and consulting experiences cover expansive property types nationally, as well as in Puerto Rico. Clients especially appreciate Francisco’s multi-lingual abilities (English/Spanish), as well as his relationship management skills.
Francisco’s appraisal experience with special-purpose properties includes luxury hotels, downtown Chicago mixed-use apartment and office complexes, suburban office buildings, barge shipping facilities, industrial warehouses, manufacturing facilities, multi-story lofts, cold storage facilities, truck terminals, chemical plants, car dealerships, churches, fast food and sit-down restaurants, vacant land, and variety of other property types.
Francisco is skilled in the appraisal of both owner-user as well as investment properties, with proficiency in the usage of ARGUS discounted cash flow software. Legal interests he has appraised have included fee simple, leased fee and leasehold positions for a variety of uses including financing, internal asset management, estate planning and litigation support.
Education & Professional Affiliations
RICHARD deVERDIER, SRA, Senior Appraiser
Richard deVerdier started his appraisal career in early 2004 as a residential appraiser where he received an extensive amount of training and a wide variety of appraisal experience including: single and multi-family property appraisals, vacant land appraisals, rent surveys, operating income statements, final inspections and consulting projects. Since joining Argianas & Associates in 2008, Rich has been involved in appraisal and consulting assignments for international, national and local lending institutions. Legal positions he has appraised have included fee simple interests, leased fee interests, and leasehold estates for financing along with property acquisition and disposition, litigation support, foreclosure and purchase price allocation.
Special-purpose properties appraised by Rich have included airport hangers, automobile dealerships, banquet halls, car service and car wash facilities, condominiums, entitlement rights, financial institutions, industrial facilities, libraries, medical and substance abuse rehabilitation offices, mixed use commercial/residential facilities, multi-family complexes, office buildings, religious facilities, railroad yard/repair facilities, residential properties, restaurants, residential subdivision analysis, retail properties, self-storage facilities, USDA cold storage facilities, hotels and vacant land for agricultural, commercial, industrial and residential.
He has earned the SRA Designation from the Appraisal Institute, which is awarded only to those appraisers who successfully pass rigorous education requirements. Rich is a candidate for the Appraisal Institute's prestigious MAI designation.
Rich is an active member of the Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute. His dedication includes serving on the Scholarship Committee as well as past positions on the Government Relations Committee, the Membership Development and Retention Committee, and the Website Committee.
His peers strongly believe that one day he will be an important appraisal industry leader and policy contributor. As an example, Rich recently helped represent the appraisal profession in addressing the United States Congress. As a result of his membership on The Appraisal Institute's Leadership Development & Advisory Council (LDAC), this group helped pass the appraisal provisions included in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
Rich is also on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Coalition of Appraisal Professionals (ICAP), the nation's largest political action organization for professional appraisers, where he serves on the Seminar and Public Relations committees.Back to Top
MIKE ROTH, Senior Appraiser
Mike Roth, a Senior Appraiser with Argianas & Associates since 2006, has been engaged with real estate appraisal and consulting engagements involving properties located in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin.
Mike's real estate appraisal experience has included apartment complexes, automotive dealerships, car wash facilities, residential condominium developments, commercial facilities, office space, healthcare, vacant land, industrial and manufacturing facilities, trucking terminals, cold storage facilities, USDA food-processing facilities, golf courses, gas stations, marinas, religious facilities, funeral homes, residential and commercial subdivisions and restaurants.
Representative clients have included national and local lenders as well as law firms and not-for-profit organizations.
Legal positions Mike has appraised includes fee simple, leased fee and leasehold interests for a variety of purposes associated with internal asset management, estate planning, litigation support and financing.
Mike is very detail and research orientated. He is one of Argianas & Associates more analytical real estate appraisers making him an especially valuable colleague for special-purpose/unusual real estate assets.
He has successfully completed numerous Appraisal Institute courses including Appraisal Principles, Appraisal Procedures, The Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice, Real Estate Finance, Statistics and Valuation Modeling, and Business Practices and Ethics. Other General Appraiser courses include Site Valuation and Cost Approach, Sales Comparison Approach, Income Approach Parts I and II, Market Analysis and Highest and Best Use and Report Writing and Case Studies. Mike has also completed the Salesperson Licensing course offered by the Real Estate Education Company.Back to Top
ULYANA SMOLYAK, Senior Appraiser
Argianas & Associates Senior Appraiser, Ulyana Smolyak, a multi-lingual professional, joined the Argianas team in 2007 after working in banking and finance. Ulyana's diverse appraisal portfolio includes premium residential properties including entire subdivisions, automobile dealerships throughout the Midwest, substance abuse rehabilitation facilities, religious organizations, health and fitness clubs, USDA food processing properties, television broadcasting facilities, investment properties, full service hotels and entire industrial complexes.
Legal positions valued have included fee simple, leased fee and leasehold interests for finance, liquidation, purchase price allocation, and litigation support purposes. She has appraised many special-purpose properties including a portfolio of large commercial bakeries, entire hospital and university campuses, a portfolio of industrial manufacturing plants, billboard signage, restaurant and convenience banking portfolios and large institutional-grade fitness centers.
Ulyana has appraised properties in the following states: Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.
Recognized throughout the Argianas organization for exceptional client service, Ulyana is often sought after by her peers as a problem solver, and serves as a mentor to new appraisers. Her language skills (both reading and writing) include conversancy in Ukrainian, Russian and Polish languages.
Ulyana completed the salesperson licensing course from the Real Estate Education Company and broker licensing classes from the College of DuPage.
MAYRA AMBRIZ, Associate Appraiser
Mayra Ambriz, fluent in Spanish, joined the Argianas team in 2009. She has performed real estate appraisals of various properties throughout Illinois and Wisconsin. Some of these appraisals include vacant land, entire subdivisions, multi-family residential properties, industrial, retail and commercial condominiums, fast food and sit-down restaurants and industrial facilities. She has also appraised many special use properties including maximum security detention/prison facilities, USDA food processing and rendering facilities, movie theaters, funeral homes, vacated right of ways and equestrian estates.
Unusual properties Mayra has appraised include Chicago's Aragon Ballroom, an old movie palace located in Western DuPage County Illinois, a large fee-based operated airplane servicing facility located at the Rockford Airport, a large-scale tree nursery and hotel-condominium suites located in downtown Chicago's "Trump Tower".