Our Professionals

Kurt Bender



Kurt founded Bender Companies in 2011. He has more than 14 years of experience in commercial real estate investing, operations, project management, and finance.

As Principal, Kurt oversees all operations and financial responsibilities of the companies multi-family assets. He is directly responsible for overseeing and leading the team of area managers. With over $50 million of investment experiences, he directs the firm’s investment strategy. He leads the team on sourcing potential acquisitions, analyzing investment proformas, and deal negotiation.

Prior to Bender Companies, Kurt spent seven years working alongside his grandfather in his commercial real estate business. He started by learning the fundamentals of property management and maintenance. As a result, Kurt’s attention to detail and hands-on experience has proven to be a strong foundation for Bender Companies’ successful operations.

Kurt’s success is driven by his motivation to always improve and by developing strategic partnerships. His respected experience has led to a seat as board president of two Chicago area real estate associations. He is also an emerging leader in various networking groups and REIA’s. His interests include basketball, traveling, and trying new restaurants.

Chris Sanfilippo



Chris started as a commercial real estate intern at Bender Companies, which led to his full time hire in 2016.

Chris is directly responsible for managing and overseeing cap ex projects and vendor relations. As an Analyst, Chris assists with market research, underwriting potential acquisitions, brand development, web marketing, and asset advertising. He provides analysis to guide the firm’s investment strategy and increase portfolio efficiency.

Prior to Bender Companies, Chris spent his early years learning his father’s general contracting business, assisting with contract negotiations, bids, and overseeing budgets on development projects.

Chris earned his Bachelor’s degree in economics from Indiana University. Chris is a member of the Chicago-land apartment association, a CPM candidate member with IREM, and an active member of the real estate investment association.

In his free time, he enjoys reading, going to the gym, and spending time with friends and family.

Erica Bender



Erica joined Bender Companies in 2012 and has over nine years of commercial real estate experience.

Erica monitors the day-to-day operations of a scattered portfolio of Chicago-land assets and ensures company policies and procedures are being followed throughout all properties.

As accounting director, Erica oversees the accounts payable & receivable process, including month end accounting. She on-boards new vendors to ensure all insurance requirements are met. Erica also assists during the new acquisition due diligence period by conducting lease audits and reviewing and inputting data.

Erica is a Director for a local Chicago-land real estate association.

Prior to Bender Companies, Erica worked at a privately held real estate company in Arizona as a marketing and sales consultant where she received awards for being in the top 3% of the company sales.

In her free time, she enjoys yoga, reading and experiencing different cultures through traveling.

Kelsey Geraghty



Kelsey joined Bender Companies in 2019. Coming from both customer relations and HR background.

Kelsey has prior human resource experience working for a large clothing company.

As marketing coordinator, Kelsey’s main focus is on web marketing, brand development, and asset advertising.

Kelsey earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Lawrence University.  At school, Kelsey was VP of Programming for her school’s chapter of Delta Gamma Fraternity.

In her free time, she enjoys yoga, traveling, music, and walks with her Shiba Inu puppy.