Mitchell Bleznak is the Chairman of the Board of the Bleznak Real Estate Investment Group and oversees daily operations. Mitchell has been involved in real estate management and investment for over 30 years and has raised over $170 million of private equity for investment in multifamily and retail properties. Mitchell has been retained as a consultant on real estate matters by banking institutions, legal and accounting firms as well as private owners.
Adam Bleznak is the Chief Operating Officer of Woodbury Management and is directly responsible for the operations and performance of the company’s multifamily communities. Adam has gained experience by leading renovation projects such as the clubhouse renovation at the company’s cornerstone property, Woodbury Gardens Apartments in Ann Arbor, MI. Adam also assists with the acquisition and development of new projects.
David Bleznak is the Director of Business Development for the Bleznak Group and is responsible for repositioning newly acquired assets. Following graduation from the Ross School of Business, David gained experience in the commercial real estate field from his tenure working at Tucker Development in Chicago. His entrepreneurial skills have enabled him to participate as a leader in the acquisition, development, and management of commercial properties.
Jonathan Podolsky is the Chief Financial Officer for both Woodbury Management and Bleznak Real Estate Investment Group. Jon is responsible for overseeing all accounting operations, growth and infrastructure development of the organization and is actively involved in decisions made by the Bleznak Group. Jon has successfully led building and renovation projects including senior housing developments, multifamily communities and commercial properties.
Stephen Pyett is the Director of Acquisitions for the Bleznak Group. Steve has over 20 years of experience in the commercial real estate mortgage banking industry. He is responsible for reviewing and executing acquisition opportunities as well as handling financing transactions. Steve has also successfully overseen the procurement and management of several commercial properties.
The Bleznak Group is a full service real estate development and management company headquartered in Birmingham, Michigan. For over 50 years, the Bleznak Group has been developing, acquiring and managing real estate across the country. With a concentration on Multifamily, the group also specializes as an owner-operator of Seniors Housing, Retail, Flex Office and Industrial assets. Woodbury Management Inc. is Bleznak Group's wholly owned property management company and currently manages $170,000,000 real estate portfolio comprising Multifamily, Retail, Flex Office and Industrial property. The Bleznak Group developed a portfolio of Seniors Housing properties, which it sold to an institutional investor in 2005. The group has since invested its capital into core holding and distressed assets. Opportunities have been found through purchasing defaulted or non-performing notes at auction, lender REO/foreclosed properties and reorganizing fractured condo projects. With diligent attention to detail, the Bleznak Group has consistently generated high relative returns from its real estate investments.
In April 2010, Bleznak Group bid for at auction and won a $2.2 million non-performing HUD loan on Newport Woods Apartments. Price paid was $720,000 cash with a 10 day closing period. Bleznak Group obtained title to Newport Woods via the foreclosure process and overcame the owners attempt to reorganize under Chapter 11 bankruptcy. When Bleznak Group assumed management of Newport Woods, the property was 48% occupied, and half of the units were in untenable condition.
Bleznak Group invested over $500,000 in new HVAC units, clubhouse renovations, new roofs and more. All down units were renovated back to rentable condition. Woodbury Management brought occupancy at Newport Woods back above 95%. In December of 2011, Bleznak Group obtained a new first mortgage on Newport Woods for $2,400,000, effectively returning all original capital invested plus an amount equal to the original investment. Newport Woods was sold in December 2012 for $3,500,000.
In December 2010, Bleznak Group (along with a 50% partner) purchased Woodland Mews from Bank of America for $11,600,000 via an all cash purchase. Woodland Mews was a fractured condominium project. When Woodbury Management assumed management, there were over 30 down/untenable units, rents were substantially below market and the condominium association was non-functioning. Occupancy at the time of purchase was 85%.
Woodbury Management brought all down units on line, increased rental income substantially, and completely overhauled the condominium association into a fully functioning and active entity. In June of 2011, Woodland Mews was 100% leased with a waiting list. In August 2011, less than one year after purchase, Woodland Mews was sold for $19,700,000.
On October 1, 2011, Bleznak Group purchased Eagle Pond Apartments for $7,750,000 on an all cash basis. The purchase allowed for a 1031 tax free exchange for most of the proceeds of the sale of Woodland Mews (above). At the time of purchase, due diligence indicated that Eagle Pond was generating Net Operating Income after reserves of approximately $650,000, indicating a purchase cap rate of approximately 8.4%. Since purchasing the property, Woodbury Management has completed construction of 9 additional apartments at Eagle Pond, has increased rents and net collections and implemented operational efficiencies at the property. On March 19, 2012, Bleznak Group closed a $5,200,000 loan on Eagle Pond with AVIVA Investors with a 15 year term at a fixed interest rate of 4.50% on a 25 year amortization schedule.
2012 actual NOI exceeded $900,000 and resulted in a leveraged return of over 19% for 2012.
On December 27, 2012, Bleznak Group purchased The Shoppes at Romence Village, a 70,000 square foot shopping center in Portage (Kalamazoo), Michigan for $3,275,000. Romence Village contained 54,000 square feet of in-line retail space and two 8,000 square foot outlet buildings. Immediately after closing, Bleznak Group sold one of the 8,000 square foot outlot buildings for $1,485,000, reducing Bleznak Group’s net investment in Romence Village to $1,790,000.
The 62,000 square feet owned by Bleznak Group was 65% occupied at the time of purchase. As of November 2013, Romence Village is 86% leased and 2013 operating cash flow will exceed $400,000. Based on leases in place, full year 2014 cash flow is expected to exceed $525,000. Romence Village was recently appraised for financing purposes at $6,000,000. In July of 2014, The Bleznak Group obtained a $4,100,000 loan on the asset.
On April 3, 2014, Bleznak Group purchased a note secured by a light industrial/retail center from C-III Asset Management, a loan servicer out of Irving, TX, for $1,800,000. Woodbury Management, the property management division of the Bleznak Group, was named the court appointed receiver for the property on May 1, 2014. Upon taking control of the property through foreclosure, new signs, new HVAC units, exterior painting and parking lot improvements were implemented immediately. Over $350,000 were allocated to perform these updates to the property. In April 2014, the center was 50% occupied due to a lack of investment by the lender over the previous two years.
By November 2014, Bleznak Group brought the property above 80% occupancy through significant capital improvement projects and hands on management. Airport Shopping and Commerce Center was recently appraised for financing purposes at $4,800,000.
Woodbury Commerce Park is the Bleznak Groups' most recent commercial turnaround project. Purchased in December of 2014, this property consists of three single story office buildings located in Novi, Michigan. The Bleznak Group purchased Woodbury Commerce Park at auction from the lender that had previously foreclosed on the property. The park was 33% occupied upon acquisition, leaving significant upside in renovating and releasing vacant space. The Bleznak Group has received a $2 million loan commitment from a local bank to fund property renovations and tenant improvements. The objective is to achieve 90% occupancy at Woodbury Commerce Park in 18-24 months.