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Meet Our Team

Mark Ainley

Mark Ainley is the co-founder of GC Realty Investments (GCRI).  Mark started GCRI because there was a need for high quality investment properties that investors could buy for cash flow.  Mark recognized this need from traveling across the United States talking to other investors that wanted to buy property but were unable to find good returns in their local market.

Prior to starting GCRI, Mark had been an investor since 2003.  He started by flipping condos and by 2009 Mark and his team were purchasing 2-3 properties a month.  Mark has successfully renovated and stabilized over 200 properties since 2003, all while managing his full service real estate brokerage company.

Mark has been invited to speak at many events, most recently as a panelist at an unofficial Bigger Pockets event in November 2014.  He has been on several radio interviews and podcasts to discuss his extensive knowledge about property management and investing.

Mark interests don’t stop with real estate.  He is President of the Board of Directors for Well Child Center, a nonprofit that focuses on providing uninsured children with primary and preventative medical care.  He is also a board member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dundee Township.  He is always looking for an opportunity to give back!

Bryan Sonn – National Account Manger

Bryan Sonn is the co-founder of GC Realty Investments (GCRI).  Bryan is what you would call a serial entrepreneur.  He has started and successfully ran many businesses ranging from a bowling alley to a trucking company.  In 2006 Bryan started in real estate and never looked back.

In the beginning of Bryan’s real estate career he focused his efforts on construction and property maintenance.  His outside-the-box approach to maintenance has saved his investors and clients a tremendous amount of money.  Because of this approach, Bryan became the go-to guy.  More and more of his time was being spent on the phone with clients so it was a natural transition for Bryan to spend most of his time working directly with them and to hire a project manager.  Both he and our clients have never been happier.

When Bryan isn’t overseeing projects, you’ll find him grilling out with family and friends, out on his boat or glued to the TV watching his Chicago Blackhawks.  If you ever desire a passionate conversation outside of real estate, just mention hockey; he’ll take it from there.

Gerardo Ulloa – Project Manager

Gerardo has recently joined GC Realty Investments as a Project Manager. He studied at Ball State University getting a strong theoretical foundation in Architectural History and Design. He coupled that with a nuts-and-bolts practical architectural education from the University of Illinois, Chicago. This combination of theory and practical has served him well, as he worked his way up from entry level draftsman to Project Architectural Lead.
It was during a temporary field assignment that he discovered the excitement and challenge of Construction Project Management. Gerardo made it his permanent career path when he joined with the McDonald’s Indianapolis Region.
Being a part of GC Realty Investments and the residential rehabs that are the focus of the company, provide a valuable product to all future residents and their neighborhood, while preserving the City of Chicago’s varied and historical building stock.


Bill “Willy” Palmer – Maintenance Manager

Bill caught the real estate bug back in 2009 when he was operations manager for a motor company.  He transitioned to a property manager and has been with GC Realty ever since.  Bill’s role has continued to grow over the years because his growing knowledge and determination. He is now in charge of overseeing our entire maintenance team.  Bill is an avid sports fan, where his favorite teams are the teams his sons play on.

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