Our Team

 Jim Louthen

Jim Louthen,
President & Managing Director

Jim’s 25-year career has given him vast experience across all disciplines of commercial, industrial, and residential real estate development, including master planning, design, finance, policy, land assembly, landscape architecture, civil engineering, site acquisition, and construction. He has supervised project managers, financial analysts, planners, landscape architects, civil engineers, surveyors, and builders.

His portfolio of projects includes market-rate housing, affordable housing for families and seniors, and skilled nursing facilities. Jim has expertise in private and public financing, and has successfully negotiated TIF redevelopment agreements and secured grants and tax credits. Jim was the innovator and Director of the Chicago Design Studio at URS Corporation, a leading international provider of engineering, construction and technical services.

As Project Manager for DLK Architecture, Jim supervised large infrastructure projects including the Black River Station in Lorain, Ohio, and Wacker Drive Rehabilitation in Chicago, Illinois. From 1993 to 1995, Jim was a landscape architect for the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, Illinois, working on multi-use trails, ecosystem restoration, and grant stewardship to fund new projects. Jim also worked as Policy Coordinator for Friends of The Chicago River, funded through a grant from the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. His effort aided the adoption of the “Chicago River Urban Design Guidelines.”

Sean Gaffney

As Retown’s Director of Marketing & Public Relations, Sean is acutely focused on ensuring that all branded content reflects the care with which Retown treats its clients. Sean is a media relations and content marketing specialist with a strong focus on building cost-effective Internet marketing programs for growing businesses. Sean’s expertise lies within SEO, PPC and business research development for companies looking to get a competitive edge. Sean’s extensive research in marketing trends, website data analysis and consumer behavior patterns on websites allows him to bring attention as to how clients are viewing a company throughout the Internet, and determine the best approach to convey the whole meaning of a company’s vision, mission statement and purpose.

Simona Rasocha

Office Manager  Retown  150 S Wacker Ste 2400 | Chicago, IL 60606

P: 708-442-4545 | E: office@retown.com

Hey there!  My name is Simona and I am the Office Manager for Retown. I’ve been with the company the past 7+ years and have worn many hats throughout this time!  From the bottom up, I started with the company as a receptionist, then on to client support services and finally to management.  It helps to manage and build the right team when you’ve walked in everyone’s shoes!  That being said, I love coming to work with this amazing Retown team; everyone is super friendly, supportive and willing to get their hands dirty.

We do whatever it takes to provide our clients with the best support possible! When I am not at work, I am absolutely loving life at home with my growing family.  Our “always on the go” family has recently added another two feet and becoming a mother has truly been the best thing that has ever happened to me.  From snowmobiling and camping up north in WI, to swimming, walking the beaches and blueberry picking in MI, this family is always on the move!  In my free time I used to read, experiment with new recipes, attend wine tastings, take long quiet baths and watch anything and everything on Netflix.  Today?  I am a slave to a 1 year old.  Enough said.  Hopefully the books, recipes and wine will only get better by the time I get back to them!

Grant Drager

A Transplant to Chicago, I am originally from southeastern MI growing up in a small town called Erie. I attended Oakland University north of Detroit where I obtained my Bachelor of Fine arts in Musical Theatre while working for the University in the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

After Graduating I worked in Summer-stock theatre in rural Illinois. It was then that I fell in love with Chicago and chose to ditch my NY plans and make Chicago my home.

I worked in High-End retail and Sales for my first 3 years in Chicago, but wanted to get to the work I enjoyed in College and back into the office setting. After working for many months as a temp with Amata and traveling through the 6 centers I officially joined the Amata family permanently in November.

In the Evenings you will find me in rehearsals for stage performances and most weekends on a stage somewhere in the city of Chicago. I am currently an ensemble member with “New American Folk Theatre” –a new up and coming theatre company as well as “Hell in a Handbag” a company with over 20 years in Chicago that focuses on the Art of Camp theatre.

In my spare time, If I find some in the mix, I enjoy crocheting, watching television, and checking out performances in this incredible city from small storefront art performances to the Broadway in Chicago theatres in the loop.

Ana Munoz

Hi, my name is Ana Munoz and I am an Admin at our 150 S Wacker Dr. Office. I previously worked for a luxury hotel in downtown Chicago for 9 years. I’m so excited and thrilled to be here! I’m a proud mother of a lovely boy name Maximiliano. I love spending time with my family and boyfriend Brian. When I’m not at work, I enjoy working out, eating, traveling, reading, shopping and enjoying life to the fullest! I feel one of the best gifts life has to offer is the ability to learn. In the words of John C Maxwell, I believe “a man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.

Kirsten Mayfield

Hi, my name is Kirsten Mayfield and I am an Admin at 150 S Wacker Dr. Office. A Metro-Detroit native, I graduated from Michigan State University in 2014 and moved to Oak Park a year later with my boyfriend, Michael. My past work experience is a muddle of neuroscience research, admin work, and a hard 2 years of physical labor at a greenhouse. I now have a great environment to roll up my sleeves and work hard, minus the dirt. The space is beautiful, the staff is welcoming, and the clients make for great conversation. Plus the paycheck is helping me save up for the Triumph motorcycle I have always wanted.

If you catch me during lunch I am usually writing short stories or editing a friend’s work, while vacations find me backpacking with my family and visiting friends. I enjoy the simplicity of a decent rye whiskey, a cool night, good music and great people