Mr. Leon Walker, Esq.
Leon I. Walker is driven by a mission to develop commercial real estate projects which help to improve and sustain neighborhood life in urban communities. For the past 12 years, he has served as the managing partner of DL3 Realty. Mr. Walker brings a diverse body of professional experience, training, and education to his role as one of Chicago’s most active community developers. At Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) in Los Angeles, he represented Fortune 500 clients in the leasing and development of over one million square feet of office space. Prior to JLL, he worked at Citicorp Securities in the Real Estate Capital Markets Group structuring market debt securities for REITs with market capitalizations in excess of $500 million. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago’s Law School and Booth Graduate School of Business, and he received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan School of Business. He is an avid reader, accomplished bass player, experienced traveler, and serves on numerous community boards. Past and current boards include the Far South CDC, DuSable Museum, Better Boys Foundation, and University of Chicago Court Theatre.
Since 2005, Albert Cornejo has served as the controller for both DL3 Realty, LP and Children’s Development Institute. Albert supervises and implements all accounting policies and procedures for the grocery stores managed by Saver’s Fresh Market, L3C, including the Save-A-Lot Market at 10700 South Halsted. Albert earned his BS in Accounting from DePaul University with a minor in Commercial Spanish.
Director of Operations
Bill Smith manages all third party facility maintenance and equipment contracts, capital budgets, security, computers and technology implementation. Since joining DL3 Realty in 2003 as Director of Operations, Mr. Smith has been responsible for managing over 100,000 square feet of facilities, including two medical centers, two preschool centers and an administrative warehouse. He is primarily responsible for managing maintenance budgets, tenant and vendor relations, security as well as building computers and technology. Mr. Smith has a Bachelor’s in Business Operations from DeVry University, and a Master’s in Human Service Administration from Spertus Institute.
Alex Sparhawk, ESQ.
Director of acquisitionS & Development
Alex joined DL3 in 2015 and is involved in the financial structuring, design, entitlement, construction, marketing and disposition of all DL3 projects. Alex is currently overseeing in excess of $100 million of DL3 Realty’s strategic investments, which are designed to revitalize underserved urban communities and provide economic opportunities for local residents and legacy businesses. Alex is responsible for evaluating potential real estate development projects and works with community partners and service providers to source new opportunities. Alex received his Juris Doctor degree from DePaul University College of Law and Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs and Urban Planning from San Diego State University. In his free time, Alex enjoys rock climbing, biking and playing beach and indoor volleyball.
Project Management Associate
Danielle DeOrsey joined DL3 Realty in 2018 as a Project Management Associate. Danielle is an experienced Project Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the public sector, most recently with the New York City Department of Transportation. Danielle received her Master’s in Landscape Architecture from Kansas State University, with a focus in urban planning and development. Danielle is involved in the planning, design and construction coordination of all DL3 projects. In her free time, she enjoys reading, boxing, walking her dog in Lincoln Park, and making pottery.
Asset Management Associate
Chirayu Patel joined DL3 Realty in 2019 as an Asset Manager Associate. Chirayu is responsible for overseeing financial performance of portfolio of commercial, retail, and mixed-use properties. In this capacity, Chirayu is involved in drafting of investment packages, accounting, financial analysis, brokerage activities, investor reporting, and compliance activities for all DL3 projects. Chirayu is a graduate of University of Illinois at Chicago and a CCIM candidate. In his free time, he enjoys checking out the city food scene and sailing in Lake Michigan.
Manisha Virupannavar joined DL3 Realty in 2019 as an Accounting Associate. She recently graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in in Finance from Roosevelt University. During her time at Roosevelt University, she was also working full time as an Accounts Payable Coordinator. Manisha is involved in the accounting of the company and is a CPA candidate. In her free time, she loves exploring the city, reading, volunteering, and traveling.