Executive Team

Dean Darrus
Managing Broker/ Partner
Dean is a successful entrepreneur whose derived his passion for real estate over the course of three decades. Prior to formulating the launch of APP with his long-time colleagues, Dean co-founded and managed over 75 wireless retail locations throughout the United States as well as wholesale distribution companies. After he and his partners sold their wireless business portfolio, Dean turned his sights squarely on the real estate industry.

His ability to recognize good commercial real estate is an asset that has transferred well to his role at APP.
Dean now oversees leasing and brokerage processes for APP, bringing a strong business and operations acumen that inspires confidence from tenants and owners alike.

Dean is a lifelong resident of the Chicagoland area and possesses an innate understanding of the geographical landscape and maintains a significant pool of resources he draws upon to provide his clients with superior property management and real estate services. Dean holds a managing broker designation in the State of Illinois.
Angel Ramirez
Property Manager
Angel is an adaptable professional who has worn many hats in vital small-business support roles. Her strong knowledge base in both retail and commercial real estate management—along with her resourcefulness and iron work ethic—makes her an indispensable asset.

As the current property manager for Advantage Partner Properties, Angel oversees day-to-day operations and serves as the key point of contact for all tenants.
David Basek
Director of Maintenance
Dave was the first employee of Advantage Partner Properties, where he is responsible for hands-on management of all property maintenance and upkeep.

A former fire department division chief, Dave brings an obsessive attention to detail and total mastery of costs, logistics and safety.
Joe Blankenberger
Director of Finance
Joe has served for nine years with our management group, guiding us through several successful sales and acquisitions.

As a graduate of Miami University’s Richard T. Farmer School of Business, he is a supremely creative analyst who has proven his finance and accounting bona fides by turning over every stone to find the biggest possible ROI for all of our partners and clients.
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