After serving in the Korean War, Alfred (fondly known as “Al”) was desperate to find work. One day he saw some women trying to move refrigerators into a store and offered to help. They couldn’t pay him with money but they helped him find a position as a kitchen cabinet salesman where he quickly learned the building trade. He built his first house on a 25 ft lot and soon after started his own company building homes throughout the western suburbs. It wasn’t until he met his future wife Jean that his business really took off. With no formal training except the resources at the local library, Jean studied design. Once Jean took over the design function, Al’s homes began to sell as soon as they went up. Together they built over 300 homes and apartments. Armed with Al’s business acumen and Jean’s design talent they began construction in 1966 of the numerous buildings that today comprise the Hinsdale Management Corporation portfolio of properties.
Throughout the 1960s Al and Jean Koplin took their young daughter Caroline to every job site and open house. Throughout her childhood she watched her father’s buildings go up and fill with tenants. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame in the early 1980s, Caroline went on to receive her law degree from Loyola University of Chicago. Caroline began her career as a Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney but was drawn back to the family business and joined Hinsdale Management in 1988. As Vice President and General Counsel, Caroline currently leads the Hinsdale Management team in serving over 700 tenants, large and small.
Just like his mother before him, John grew up around the family company following his Grandfather around building sites at an early age. John worked in the Hinsdale Management maintenance department while still in high school. John then went on to earn a business degree from the Farmer School of Business at Miami University. After college, John joined Jones Lang LaSalle, a global commercial real estate company and helped manage a one million square foot office tower in Chicago. After gaining some experience in a large real estate company, John returned to the company his Grandfather started over 50 years earlier as Assistant Vice President in charge of innovation and development.
Brian joined Hinsdale Management in 2016 and is responsible for overseeing the accounting, finances, payroll and human resources of the company. Brian spent the first ten years of his career at RSM US LLP in various audit and assurance roles including audit manager. Subsequent to RSM Brian held roles as an assistant controller at Roscor Corporation; an audio visual systems integrator and as a controller at Senior Lifestyle Corporation; a national operator of senior living facilities. Brian holds a BS in Accounting from Tulane University and is a certified public accountant licensed in the State of Illinois.
Margaret A. Leach is the Director of Leasing for Hinsdale Management Corporation. She is an 18 year veteran in sales and leasing commercial/residential/retail properties throughout the Chicago area suburbs. Regulations, protocol, and processes are ever-changing, so Margaret regularly attends training sessions and continuing education classes in her quest to provide you with the best and most professional service and advice available. Whether you are expanding, contracting or relocating, she is committed to making the experience as enjoyable and stress free as possible for you. Margaret loves what she does and looks forward to earning not only your trust, but your friendship.
James has been the accounts payable manager at Hinsdale Management since 2015. Previously, James enjoyed a twenty year career on the trading floor of the Chicago Board Options Exchange. Born and raised in the south suburbs of Chicago, one of four kids, he graduated from Mt. Carmel High School and received a degree in Political Science from Loyola University Chicago. James enjoys music, traveling and spending time with his family, especially his young daughter.
As the newest member of our staff, Tom recently joined Hinsdale Management. Tom serves as Manager of Spinning Wheel Apartments, overseeing leasing and tenant relations. Prior to joining Hinsdale Management, Tom worked in sales positions in various industries including providing communications equipment to the Chicago Public Schools. He also hosted a college radio show at Saint Xavier University and continues to love entertainment and comedy. Tom enjoys building long lasting relationships with customers and looks forward to providing superior customer service to our tenants. Outside of the office, Tom is a busy husband and father of three children.