Who we are

Who we are

Owned and operated by seasoned Chicago real estate professionals, we have an intimate understanding of Chicago’s neighborhoods, market trends, and property conditions. Founded in 2010, owner John McGeown brings his Navy background into the leadership and operations of the company, which has grown into more than 600 units, mainly through referrals. We’re constantly creating new roles and promoting from within, adding more in-house staff to eliminate third party vendors, which provides more operational and cost control. We have legal counsel, janitorial services, on-call maintenance technicians and a dedicated leasing team – all in house.

TEAM

John McGeown

Owner

John McGeown entered the industry in 2004 as a listing agent for Chicago Apartment Finders. He paid his dues by cold-calling thousands of landlords each week, listing over 2,500 rental properties in three years, before working his way up to account manager, and then listing and marketing director.

Over 1,500 transactions later, John wanted to learn more about the operational and sales side of real estate and became an agent with Jameson|Sotheby’s International Realty in 2008. In order to meet the increasing demand for property management services from his clients, John started High Fidelity Property Management in 2010. Since then, his knowledge of and enthusiasm for Chicago real estate have only grown. John has helped hundreds of clients buy, sell, rent, lease and manage properties all over the city.

Born and raised on Chicago’s north side, John has also been a resident of California and Scotland. He served in South America and the Middle East (Operation Iraqi Freedom) as an Operations Specialist with the United States Navy. He credits much of his success to the support of his family and to his life philosophy: Be a leader. Never stop learning, and try your best to think outside of the box.

Mark Perres

Managing Broker

Mark Perres joined High Fidelity in 2013 as its Managing Broker, bringing numerous legal and transactional skills to the team. He possesses a strong entrepreneurial mind, having owned and managed several successful businesses in the Hospitality and Entertainment industries.

As a graduate of John Marshall Law School, Mark was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 2009 and has extensive experience in a variety of areas that includes reviewing and negotiating real estate transactions. Mark’s wide-ranging skill set includes commercial leases, corporate structures, and partnerships and operating agreements.

In his spare time, Mark loves to cook, read, stay active in sports, and he tries to spend as much quality time with his family as possible.

Tim Davison

Controller

Tim Davison is responsible for the financial strategy, planning and reporting at High Fidelity. His professional background includes more than twenty years of experience in financial restructuring, strategic planning and financial due diligence. Tim received his B.A. of Arts from the University of Cincinnati, he holds a Master of Science in Accounting from the University of Illinois, he’s a Certified Fraud Examiner, has a Data Science Specialization from Johns Hopkins, and is a certified public accountant (C.P.A.) in the state of Illinois.

In his spare time, Tim enjoys spending time with his family, playing guitar and brewing his own specialty beers.

Brett Murphy

Chief Marketing Officer

Brett Murphy’s extensive Marketing, Sales and Operational management experience in the Media industry, and in the Real Estate category in particular, bring a fresh, unique perspective on how to best achieve measurable ROI for property owners and real estate investment clients, both large and small.

Brett joined High Fidelity in 2013 after working in a local and corporate sales and marketing managerial capacity over the past several years, and on many real estate partnership initiatives with John McGeown. Since joining High Fidelity, Brett has implemented numerous operational system improvements related to customer relations management and repair/maintenance protocols.

He is presently working on new sales-investment strategies for investors and marketing projects for High Fidelity with a strong focus on stream-lined, intuitive and process-driven digital systems. With a creative, varied skill-set based on research and analytics, Brett applies sound strategic thinking to all aspects of the real estate business to best serve ownership, tenants and clients alike.

Brett was born and raised in the city of Chicago and the western suburb of La Grange and has lived with his wife and three boisterous rescue dogs for many years in Chicago’s North Center/Lincoln Square neighborhood. He is also a proud Kansas Jayhawk alum.

Amalia ramos

Senior Property Manager

Amalia Ramos leads the Property Management team where she oversees an in-house maintenance and janitorial staff of five. Her responsibilities include the oversight of both small/large repair and Cap X projects via internal staff and third-party vendors to provide the best cost savings and value for property owners. Clear and effective communication with ownership and tenants is a top priority. Previously an Assistant Property Manager and Leasing Coordinator at High Fidelity, her exemplary leadership, organizational and communication skills led her to quickly rise through the ranks at the company. Amalia's previous professional background includes experience in property management via the Operations, Leasing and Administration departments. She attended DePaul University where she studied Organizational Development and Change.

In her free time, Amalia spends time volunteering at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, playing guitar and frequenting Chicago’s many live-music and restaurant establishments. A constant traveler, she especially loves visiting the many aquariums throughout the world and viewing the northern lights from Iceland.