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Management Team

The Leader in Real Estate

Since 1932, Union Real Estate has professionally managed office, retail, and apartment properties in the greater Western Pennsylvania region.

Jan Levinson
President, Broker of Record

Jan has been President of Union Real Estate for over 25 years. He has coordinated the growth of the Aberman family’s real estate holdings through the purchase of shopping centers, office buildings, and apartment buildings. He is an attorney and real estate broker. He belongs to the International Council of Shopping Centers, Building Owners and Managers Association, and Allegheny County Bar Association.

 

Edward Kernisky
Vice President & Associate Broker

Ed is a licensed real estate broker who has been in the real estate business, leasing and managing commercial properties since 1978. He joined Union Real Estate in 1984 and was appointed Vice President in 1994. Prior to that time, Ed was with Kossman Development Company, Interstate Properties, and began his career in the shopping center industry with the Cafaro Company. He belongs to the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), and Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA).

Email: ekernisky@unionreal.com

 

Mary Scherer, CPM
Director of Residential Management

Mary is a licensed real estate salesperson with 30 years experience in the residential real estate industry and has been with Union Real Estate since 1989. She earned the Certified Property Manager (CPM) designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM). She serves on the board of directors for the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors and is currently President of the Apartment Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh. She has served the local IREM chapter in many roles, including several terms as President, and currently as the Vice-President of Legislation. She is a member of the Realtors Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh.

 

Michele Slater
Director of Accounting and Finance

Michele is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Insititute of Certified Public Accountants, as well as the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Pennsylvania Institute of CPA’s. She has been with the company for 20 years and has worked in the real estate management industry since 1987. Prior to joining Union Real Estate, she was an assistant property controller for Kravco Company, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, and worked two and one-half years in public accounting for Laventhol & Horwath in Philadelphia.

 

Joe Hodson
Senior Leasing Representative

Joe is a licensed real estate salesperson with 25 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry from the landlord and tenant points of view. He worked at Union Real Estate for 6 years, and returned in 2000. In the interim, he worked as a real estate leasing representative for American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. and General Nutrition Centers finding new retail sites and negotiating leases with strip center and mall developers throughout the United States. Joe has experience in mall leasing with Crown American Properties and brokerage with The Galbreath Company. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.
 

Email: jbhodson@unionreal.com

 

Gary Baacke
Director of Operations

Gary joined Union Real Estate in 2000 as a director of operations. Gary has a wealth of experience as a skilled and knowledge private contractor. His leadership at Union Real Estate has given him the opportunity to oversee various large construction and capital-improvement projects such as canopy renovations, culvert reconstruction, and tenant building-outs. Gary has nearly 20 years of experience operating a retail business and is a licensed real estate salesperson in the State of Pennsylvania.

Email: gbaacke@unionreal.com

 

David Koltash
Operations Manager

David joined Union in 2001, and serves as the Operations Manager. Dave started his career as the Executive Director of a Chamber of Commerce. His background includes over 25 years in the Shopping Center industry both as a Mall Manager and as a Regional Marketing Manager and a Regional Manager.  Dave has a diverse background in project management and tenant relations. He is a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson in the State of Pennsylvania and a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Email: dkoltash@unionreal.com

 

David Levinson
Associate Broker

David joined Union Real Estate in 2011. He began his career as an apartment property manager and moved on to his current role as a retail and office leasing agent in 2012. David graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in Mathematics and the Geophysical Sciences. He also holds a Master of Public Policy & Management from CMU’s Heinz College and a Master’s of Science from the School of Geography & Geosciences from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. David is a licensed real estate salesperson for the state of Pennsylvania, an IREM Certified Property Manager candidate, and member of ICSC.