Born and raised in Chicago, Barry Millman received his BA in Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Masters in Health Care Administration & Law from Saint Louis University.
Barry entered the Hospital Administration practice and rose to COO of Chicago’s Saint Mary of Nazareth Health Center. His responsibilities included the development of a 473-bed hospital. In 1981, Barry and his wife opened a high-end retail Boutique in Glencoe, IL which eventually grew to 7,000 sf. The store was quite successful and during that time Barry became friendly with many local shopping center developers. After selling the boutique in 1991, Barry joined Craig Steven Development as a North Shore leasing agent. He then joined Childs Realty Group in Arlington Heights as a Senior Broker for a large number of third party Managed/Leased properties. In 2000 he and his partner Stuart Lenhoff purhased the company and became Principals of the newly named Horizon Realty Services. Barry is now responsible directly or indirectly for the leasing of over 100 properties (both multi- and single-tenant) and the management of more than 2,500,000 sf of retail space consisting of over 50 properties.
Barry is actively involved with the Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation, where he resides on the Executive Committee and is Chairman of the Speakers Program coordinating over 40 professionals to volunteer their time speaking to University Real Estate Programs throughout the Midwest. He lectures extensively at many of the local universities.
Executive Vice President
Ilija Pod received his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration. In 2007, while a full-time student, Ilija started his career at Horizon as the Database Manager and thus began his climb into the Commercial Real Estate field.
Ilija continued to expand the basic role of the Database Manager duties into what became much more of a marketing approach for the properties that the company represented. As the years went on and as Horizons Management portfolio began to expand at a rapid pace, the Horizon Principals promoted Ilija to the position of Property Manager due to his dedication to the industry and his work ethic. As he progressed, he became the Senior Property Manager for the Management Division at Horizon Realty Services, Inc. where he serves as the liaison between all Landlords and his 3 Assistant Property Managers, and the operations of the entire portfolio.
Ilija focuses on the importance of tenant and owner relations for all property classes. He firmly believes the importance of relationships between all parties involved in the Landlord/Tenant agreement, and works diligently to serve all parties interests while performing his fiduciary responsibilities as an Agent for Owner.
In addition to Property Management, Ilija is also well versed in all construction related matters and personally oversaw many different types of large construction projects, large scale maintenance repairs, and Landlord/Tenant specific build outs per the terms of the Lease. Ilija also handles all negotiations on Lease renewals for current Tenants.
The continuation of ranks eventually led Ilija to his current role as Vice President and Principal of the company.
Senior Vice President
Born and raised in Chicago, Gary Litvin received a BA in Communications from The University of Colorado.
While attending college, Mr. Litvin began working at a retail electronics store, and ultimately, at the age of 24, opened his first retail venture, Profound Sound, which grew to 3 retail outlets in the greater Denver, Colorado market. In 1984, he returned to the Chicago area and began a new, but related career in Retail Commercial Real Estate. Mr. Litvin immediately sensed a common bond working with retailers from his many years as a retailer, and began a long career working with retail tenants in their expansion efforts throughout the greater Chicagoland area, as well as other markets throughout the country.
He began his first real estate brokerage firm – Litvin, LaRue, Greenfield Commercial Real Estate – in 1995, the same year that he was honored as a finalist in the annual Chicago Sun-Times Broker of the Year awards. In 1999, he created a new firm, Landtrack, Inc., focusing on the land acquisition requirements of big box retailers, including a 52 store roll-out of Menards Home Improvement Centers throughout the greater Chicago markets, and other targeted trade areas in the Midwest US.
Gary is a mentor for the Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation and recently was the advisor for the winning team of university students in the first Eisenberg Real Estate Challenge Competition.
As Managing Director of Horizon’s Tenant Representation Division, Gary spearheads major expansion efforts with retail and restaurant clients in Chicago and throughout the US.
John L. Thompson
Senior Vice President
John L. Thompson / “JT”, recently joined Horizon Realty Services team in January 2020 and is the Senior Vice President in the newly created Investment Division. John will also be spearheading an Industrial Group, a first for a Horizon. His career spans 30 years in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and California and has specialized in product and tenant representation in addition to investment acquisitions for his clients.
John’s unique background is also well supported in the fields of retail-industrial development as a Partner/Vice President with several well respected developers in the Chicago market including TBS Development and McVickers Development. He is an accomplished developer/owner and brings his vast experience and knowledge of power centers, grocery anchored centers, outlots, land development and industrial parks to the Horizon team. The ability to understand multiple specialties is a great asset in representing the firm’s clients. John has a reputation for understanding complex situations and focusing on problem solving.
He is an active member in the International Council of shopping centers for 30 years and a licensed Real Estate Managing Broker in Illinois and Indiana. John received a Bachelor’s degree from Florida International University in Miami, FL