Jeffrey Shapack, founder & CEO

Jeff Shapack has been developing real estate for 20 years and is the founder & CEO of Shapack Partners. Founded in Chicago, Shapack Partners was a leader in the creation of Fulton Market district with projects including Soho House Chicago, WeWork Fulton Market, The Parker Fulton Market, Hoxton Hotel and 811 FULTON.

Jeff graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He is a board member of the Chicago Artists Coalition in Fulton Market district and of TPIRC (Translational Pulmonary & Immunology Research Center) in Long Beach, California. Jeff lives in Lincoln Park with his wife and three daughters.

SETH HALPERN, principal & general counsel

Seth Halpern joined Shapack Partners in the summer of 2013 as its General Counsel.  Seth's duties include tending to all legal financial and business matters of the company, including the negotiation, legal due diligence and closing of all real estate acquisitions and dispositions as well as the day to day management, leasing activities and general corporate affairs of the company.  In January 2015, Seth became a Principal of Shapack Partners.

Prior to joining Shapack Partners, Seth practiced law at Horwood, Marcus and Berk Chartered and Timm & Garfinkel, LLC, where he represented clients in the purchase, development, operation, financing, leasing and disposition of real property in Illinois as well as throughout the United States. 

Seth received his Juris Doctor from Chicago-Kent College of Law and a B.A. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He lives in Deerfield with his wife and two children and serves as board member for West Loop Community Organization and the North Suburban Affordable Housing Board.


Paige Hennessy is a Director of Shapack Partners and brings more than ten years of real estate experience. Paige's responsibilities include overseeing the leasing platform and activities of the company, as well as the acquisitions and asset management of all portfolio assets. 

Prior to joining Shapack Partners, Paige worked at Jones Lange LaSalle as an Associate in the Office Investment Sales group focusing on the disposition and recapitalization of office assets located in Chicago and other Midwestern urban downtown submarkets. At JLL she facilitated the pre-marketing of due diligence, underwriting and offering materials production, helping to bring more than 9.5 million square feet and $2.5 billion in value of properties to market. Previously, Paige worked at Cresa, a national real estate brokerage firm focusing solely on tenant representation.

Paige graduated from the University of Notre Dame from the Mendoza College of Business with a B.B.A. in 2009. She is an active member in several Chicago non-profits, and is involved with The Cara Program and the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s Commercial Real Estate Awards Dinner.  Paige is an Illinois Licensed Real Estate Broker and is a native Chicagoan.

Whitney maggio, Project manager

Whitney Maggio joined Shapack Partners in Spring of 2019 as a Project Manager. Whitney brings 8 years of construction management experience along with over 2 years of development experience. Whitney works alongside our construction manager overseeing our entire development portfolio from pre-development to completion. Whitney’s goal is to ensure the project meets Shapack Partner’s design intent while staying within budget and delivering to tenants on time.

Prior to joining Shapack Partners, Whitney worked at Sterling Bay as a Project Manager overseeing the development of 3 million square feet at $500 million in value. Previously, Whitney worked at Clark Construction in the Mid-Atlantic region as a project manager for several new construction projects. 

Whitney graduated from University of Florida with a B.S. in Construction Management. She lives in Old Irving park with her husband and rescue dog, Jolene.

jessica feldman, senior graphic designer

Jessica Feldman joined Shapack Partners in March 2017 as a Senior Graphic Designer, bringing more than 4 years of commercial real estate experience. Prior to joining Shapack Partners, Jessica worked as a graphic designer at CBRE, both in their Chicago office and CBRE New England. In her most recent role, she handled property marketing design for the entire Midwest region, working on everything from HTML email campaigns, brochures and flyers, to offering memorandums, presentations, signage, event materials, and more.

Jessica brings a wide range of experience to Shapack Partners, having also worked in magazine publishing in New York City, for GreenGale Publishing (formerly Niche Media). Jessica has a BS in Communications from Boston University where she majored in Advertising. She grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and lives in Old Irving Park with her husband and son.

Gabriel Escaba, construction Manager

Gabriel Escaba joined Shapack Partners in summer 2017 as a Construction Manager. Gabriel manages all construction activities from pre-development to turnover. His responsibilities include working hand-in-hand with the design team to find creative solutions that meet financial and design objectives, while satisfying the company's budget and schedule requirements. 

Prior to joining Shapack Partners, Gabriel was a Project Manager at LG Construction & Development Group with a focus on hospitality and retail projects. Gabriel also worked for Skanska's Healthcare Division, overseeing the construction of hospitals in New York City. 

Gabriel graduated from Wentworth Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Construction Management. He was born in Mexico City, grew up seaside in San Diego and has lived and worked in Boston and New York before relocating to Chicago. 

Kate Patterson, accounting manager

Kate Patterson joined Shapack Partners in the spring of 2017 as the Accounting Manager. Kate is responsible for overseeing accounting operations. She brings more than 10 years of diverse financial reporting, internal control, and tax experience. Kate is distinguished by her energetic demeanor and knack for improving processes that benefit both internal and external business partners.

Prior to joining Shapack Partners, Kate worked as a Senior Associate for a private family office, overseeing accounting for over 40 entities. Kate also worked at Junction Solutions, a provider of software and consulting solutions, where she led the accounting team, performed multiple HR functions, and assisted in an ERP system transition.

Kate is a native of Chicago and a volunteer with Ladder Up, a provider of free tax return preparation for underserved Chicago-area residents.

Jaron kleiman, associate

Jaron Kleiman joined Shapack Partners in May 2018 as an Associate. Jaron’s role involves acquisition and asset management responsibilities including evaluating investment offerings, coordinating property level due diligence, and performing analysis for the Shapack Partners portfolio assets. 

Prior to joining Shapack Partners, Jaron worked for Barings Real Estate as an Associate Director for the Acquisitions, Asset Management and Core Mortgage Origination Teams covering all property types including office, multifamily, retail, industrial, and senior housing assets located in the major central US markets. 

While at Barings Real Estate, Jaron underwrote acquisition opportunities, analyzed core mortgage offerings, and assisted in dispositions. In addition, he supported the Asset Management Team on property repositions and renovations, quarterly portfolio asset valuations, and lease sensitivity analysis and negotiation. Jaron began his real estate career as a capital markets intern with Ryan Companies US, Inc., a Minneapolis-based real estate services firm.

Jaron graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison with a B.B.A. in Real Estate. Originally from Kewaunee, WI, Jaron resides in Lincoln Park and is an active member in Chicago non-profits including the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation.

Jared rubin, associate

Jared Rubin joined Shapack Partners in February 2017 as an Analyst. Jared’s responsibilities include the evaluation, structuring and due diligence of acquisitions as well as the asset management of Shapack Partners portfolio assets.

Prior to joining Shapack Partners, Jared worked at KPMG as an Associate in the Real Estate Valuation group focusing on the valuation of various property types including retail, hospitality, multifamily, industrial and more. At KPMG he valued over $1 billion of real estate in markets all over the world. Jared began his real estate career as an intern with The NRP Group, a national multifamily developer based in Cleveland, OH.

Jared graduated from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University with a BS in Finance-Real Estate. He is originally from Cleveland, OH and has lived in Chicago since graduating from Indiana University.

Bess colnon, leasing associate

Bess Colnon joined Shapack Partners in summer 2017 as a Leasing Associate. Bess’ responsibilities include marketing and leasing of Shapack Partners’ existing and proposed office portfolio.

Prior to working at Shapack Partners, Bess worked at Four Seasons Hotel Chicago as a Group Sales Coordinator. In her most recent role, she focused on securing group business by conducting site inspections and client entertainment with prospective and existing clients. In addition, she assisted the Director of Public Relations with press releases, photo shoots, marketing collateral and media outreach.

Bess graduated from College of Charleston with a BS in Business Administration and Science in Hospitality and Tourism. She is an Illinois Licensed Real Estate Broker who was born and raised in Chicago.

Fiona darmali, Bookkeeper

Fiona Darmali joined Shapack Partners in the spring of 2018 as a Bookkeeper. Fiona is responsible for assisting across all accounting functions.

Prior to joining Shapack Partners, Fiona worked as a Human Resources Coordinator at Fortitude Systems. Her territory included the Chicago and Dallas markets. In her most recent role, she focused on multiple back office responsibilities including billing, benefits administration, and client relations. In addition, she assisted the Director of Business Operations on all administrative matters.

Fiona graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Communication. She was born and raised in Chicago’s northern suburbs and now resides in Roscoe Village.