Thomas M. Bretz is the CEO of Century 21 Affiliated’s Chicago office. Along with CFO Adam Freeman, Tom built the successful Chicago branch that has experienced significant growth over the past few years. The Chicago office focuses on properties in the Chicago Metro area, northern Illinois, and southeastern Wisconsin.
After Tom received both a Masters and a Juris Doctorate from University of Wisconsin–Madison, he began working in the real estate industry for Compass Properties where he devised long-term business opportunities through real estate acquisitions and created customized services for real estate owners and tenants.
After thoroughly getting his feet wet in the world of real estate, Tom became the Executive Vice President of The Cloverleaf Group and oversaw the acquisition, syndication, and management of real estate properties in Illinois and Wisconsin. In 2010, Tom began to include the Chicago area on his radar and started building two exciting ventures, Elmdale Partners, LLC. and the Chicago office of Century 21 Affiliated. As a Principal of Elmdale, a real estate acquisition firm focused on acquiring and managing commercial properties on behalf of outside investors and Elmdale Partners, Tom has been able to acquire or invest in over $350 million of commercial real estate assets. With Century 21 Affiliated, Tom has leveraged his experience and market insights to create movement in the industry, solidify strategic partnerships among reputable, longstanding agencies in the city and suburbs, and grow the Century 21 brand significantly in the Metro area.
Tom has a knack for vetting out real estate gems and, through his vast network of brokers, investors, sellers, and managers, making the synergistic connections that create the best possible outcomes for all involved. He is an avid proponent of social media and online tools, but is also the kind of guy who can do business face-to-face over a good cup of coffee.