Team

One Team, One Drive, One Focus: Your Success.
At Signature Associates we take a team approach to analyzing your goals and objectives. Using our experience and expertise, we will provide solutions that exceed your expectations.
Our team philosophy is to deliver the highest level of real estate services and the absolute best solutions for our clients.

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CATHERINE BOTTEMA

CATHERINE BOTTEMA

Associate Broker

Direct: (616) 235 6011
Mobile: (616) 262 8395
cbottema@signatureassociates.com

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JEFF CHRYSTAL

JEFF CHRYSTAL

Associate Broker

Direct: (269) 569 8619
Mobile: (269) 207 5431
jchrystal@signatureassociates.com

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THOMAS ELHART

THOMAS ELHART

Associate Broker

Direct: (616) 396 7788
Mobile: (616) 836 1866
telhart@signatureassociates.com

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CAROLINE FOX PAVONE

CAROLINE FOX PAVONE

Sales Associate

Direct: (269) 569 8617
Mobile: (269) 270 8892
cpavone@signatureassociates.com

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TOM HOHM

TOM HOHM

Sales Associate

Direct: (269) 569 8621
Mobile: (269) 352 8462
thohm@signatureassociates.com

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JAMIE HUGHES

JAMIE HUGHES

Sales Associate

Mobile: (231) 327 0255
jhughes@signatureassociates.com

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CHIP HURLEY, SIOR, CCIM

CHIP HURLEY, SIOR, CCIM

Associate Broker

Direct: (616) 235 6012
Mobile: (616) 304 5410
churley@signatureassociates.com

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KARI LAPLAUNT

KARI LAPLAUNT

Administrative Assistant | Marketing Manager

Direct: (616) 235 6029
klaplaunt@signatureassociates.com

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LINDA NEISER

LINDA NEISER

Administrative Assistant

Direct: (231) 799 9900
lneiser@signatureassociates.com

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JIM OLSEN, J.D.

JIM OLSEN, J.D.

Associate Broker

Mobile: (231) 343 4487
jolsen@signatureassociates.com

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JOE RIZQALLAH

JOE RIZQALLAH

Sales Associate

Direct: (616) 235 6007
Mobile: (616) 822 6310
jrizqallah@signatureassociates.com

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LOREN SOUERS

LOREN SOUERS

Sales Associate

Direct: (269) 569 8624
Mobile: (619) 887 1714
lsouers@signatureassociates.com

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DEB WOEHRMYER

DEB WOEHRMYER

Administrative Assistant

Direct: (269) 569 8618
dwoehrmyer@signatureassociates.com

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CATHERINE BOTTEMA

CATHERINE BOTTEMA

Associate Broker

Direct: (616) 235 6011
Mobile: (616) 262 8395
cbottema@signatureassociates.com
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Experience

After 20+ years of experience in the real estate industry, Cathy has compiled a diverse network of satisfied clients by combining a high level of professional service with a strong work ethic.  Currently specializing in the industrial market, past experience includes selling and leasing office, industrial and retail real estate, investment real estate sales, property management and real estate appraisals.

Cathy’s reputation among her fellow Realtors lead to her elected position as a Director and Officer for both the Commercial Alliance of Realtors (CAR), and the Commercial Board of Realtors (CBOR). She has served as Director of the MLS Exchange, Inc and served as Chairman and/or Member of the Membership, Benefits, Professional Standards and Forms Committees within CAR and/or CBOR.

Whatever your real estate needs may be, Cathy will provide the best possible results through dedicated attention to every detail of your transaction.

Affiliations & Education

  • Licensed Michigan Real Estate Associate Broker
  • Licensed Michigan Real Estate Appraiser (20 Years)
  • Member – Commercial Alliance of Realtors [CARWM]
  • Member – Michigan Association of Realtors
  • Member – National Association of Realtors
  • Member – Commercial Board of Realtors [CBOR]
  • Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, (P.O.R.T.), Past President/Director
  • HDVCH Foundation, Butterworth Auxiliary, Bylaw/Policy Chair
  • Volunteer Services Task Force, Spectrum Hospital
  • Plainfield Charter Township Planning Commission
  • Plainfield Charter Township Board of Trustees

Clients

  • Bosch
  • Carmax
  • Carter Lumber
  • Consumers Concrete
  • Contractors Steel
  • Danaher Corporation
  • First Industrial
  • Grand Rapids Label
  • Hackman Capital
  • Honeywell, Inc.
  • Landscape Forms
  • Magna Donnelly Corp
  • Meade Johnson
  • Navistar
  • Plummer’s Septic
  • Red Bull
  • Trane US, Inc.
  • West MI Int’l Truck
JEFF CHRYSTAL

JEFF CHRYSTAL

Associate Broker

Direct: (269) 569 8619
Mobile: (269) 207 5431
jchrystal@signatureassociates.com
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Experience

Jeff began his real estate career in a family-owned business in Muskegon, where he headed up the company’s commercial division in 1977. In 1979, Jeff relocated to Chicago, where he joined the Midwest regional office for Previews, Inc., the largest resort property brokerage firm in the country at that time.  Jeff led the nation in Previews’ Select Sales Program.  In 1989, joined The Hinman Company, a commercial real estate development company located in Kalamazoo, where he became the Director of Marketing and Leasing.  Jeff remained at The Hinman Company for 10 years in that capacity and maintained an average tenant occupancy rate of over 90% during his term with the firm.  Jeff brings with him a diverse background in national tenant representation and office and retail leasing.  Jeff is also very adept in the site selection process, large land assemblage projects and quarterbacking the entire due diligence process, permitting, zoning and closing process. Since joining Signature Associates in 2007, Jeff Chrystal has been a primarily an Industrial specialist. He has been involved with numerous transactions combining over a million square feet of Industrial space.  Some of his former clients have been Kaiser Aluminum, Sterling Industries, Landscape Forms, FBN Sales, Allied Waste, Republic Services, Seneca Medical, Altomec Endoscopy, City Transfer, Stryker, John Tapper Chevrolet, and many others.

Affiliations & Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree from University of Illinois
  • University of Illinois Alumni Association
  • GRI Member
  • ICSC Member
  • NAR Member
  • National Center for Housing Management
  • MAR Member
  • CoStar Group Power Broker 2008-2011, 2013, 2015-2017
  • Top Overall Sales 2009, 2013, 2016
  • World Class Club 2009, 2010, 2012-2017
  • CARWM Biggest Lease 2008

Clients

  • Bronson Methodist Hospital
  • Davenport University
  • Girl Scouts of America
  • Hinman Company
  • Kalamazoo Humane Society
  • Lane Automotive
  • Meijer, Inc.
  • Republic Services
  • SA Morman & Company
  • Stryker
  • The Boji Group
  • Western Michigan University
THOMAS ELHART

THOMAS ELHART

Associate Broker

Direct: (616) 396 7788
Mobile: (616) 836 1866
telhart@signatureassociates.com
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Experience

Tom Elhart is a West Michigan Native.  Originally from Zeeland and a Hope College graduate, Tom now resides in Grand Haven. He has been a principal of Universal Properties located in Holland for 20 plus years.   Tom is very active in the communities he serves. He has been a two time Rotary President and is a Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary’s highest award for community service.  Tom was also recently appointed to a second 6 year term as an Ottawa County Road Commission.  With his knowledge of the local market, Tom has helped many companies  sell and lease commercial, office and Industrial properties, as well as finding properties for companies on the grow throughout the country.

Affiliations & Education

  • Hope College – B.A. Business Administration
  • Holland Chamber of Commerce
  • Zeeland Chamber, President 1992-1993
  • Zeeland Rotary, Secretary, Vice President and President
  • Haven Huis (Senior non-profit housing) Board of Directors
  • Haven Park Christian Housing Board of Directors
  • American Heart Association Board of Directors
  • Ducks Unlimited, Holland Chapter, Chairman
  • Holland Country Club, Former President
  • Ottawa County Road Commission
  • Ottawa County Parks Board of Directors

Clients

  • 2 Fish Marketing
  • Connan
  • Cruise and Travel Experts
  • Gentex
  • Graham Packaging
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • Howard Miller
  • Macatawa Bank
  • Huntington Bank
  • Macatawa Bank
  • McDonald’s
  • Michigan State University
  • Midas
  • Montus
  • Ottawa County
  • Ottawa County Road Commission
  • Pfizer
  • Travel Leaders
  • Universal Forest Products
CAROLINE FOX PAVONE

CAROLINE FOX PAVONE

Sales Associate

Direct: (269) 569 8617
Mobile: (269) 270 8892
cpavone@signatureassociates.com
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Experience

Caroline brings 18 years of Commercial Real Estate experience and a fresh perspective to the Signature team. After a successful career as a tenant and landlord representative in Suburban Detroit, she joined Signature’s West Michigan Team in 2005, further enhancing its strong market presence.  Caroline’s ability in connecting the dots to make creative matches, combined with strong negotiating skills, make her an outstanding advocate for her clients.  Her work ethic, tenacity and enthusiasm are long recognized in the brokerage community.

Affiliations & Education

  • Board of Directors, Community Inclusive Recreation (Treasurer)
  • Southwest Michigan First Council of 100
  • Capital Campaign Committee, Binder Park Zoo
  • Women of Impact of Calhoun County
  • Oaklawn Hospital Annual Auction
  • Bachelor of Science, Marketing/Mass Communications, Miami University
  • Luxembourg, Honors Program, Miami University Dolobois European Centre

Clients

  • AAA
  • Allegan Tubular
  • Cereal City Pediatrics
  • Cottage Inn
  • Educational Community Credit Union
  • Habitat for Humanity, Battle Creek
  • Heritage Chevrolet
  • HUB International
  • Hungry Howie’s
  • Lakeview Ford/Lincoln
  • Michigan Tile & Carpet
  • O’Reilly Auto Parts
  • Popeye’s Chicken
  • Post Community Credit Union
  • The Planning Group
  • The Stanton Group
  • Weight Watchers
TOM HOHM

TOM HOHM

Sales Associate

Direct: (269) 569 8621
Mobile: (269) 352 8462
thohm@signatureassociates.com
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Experience

As a sales associate for Signature Associates Kalamazoo office, Tom Hohm applies an analytical approach when matching clients with the space that best suits their particular needs. Tom’s honesty, integrity, and strong work ethic have contributed to his success and allow him to personally relate to his client’s goals and objectives. This gives Tom the ability to advise clients as though the decision were his own.

Prior to his career in commercial real estate, Tom had over 25 years of experience as a civil engineer working for the county and state government to build and manage transportation networks. Tom’s business relationships in the Kalamazoo marketplace, combined with his civil engineering background, give him the ability to help his clients who are growing or seeking to expand their business in the Southwest Michigan market.

With many years of experience in the Southwest Michigan market, Tom has a keen sense of development trends.  Tom takes a broad approach in applying progressive strategies to real estate transactions to provide solutions for his client’s needs.  He continuously studies the evolving marketplace to deliver practical solutions to the projects that he works on.

Tom strives to provide the most professional, expert, and reliable service, while always serving the client’s needs.

Affiliations & Education

  • Member, Commercial Alliance of Realtors of West Michigan (CARWM)
  • Member, Michigan Association of Realtors
  • Member, National Association of Realtors
  • Licensed Professional Civil Engineer, State of Michigan
  • Former Member, Engineering Committee – Michigan County Road Association
  • Bachelors of Science Civil Engineering – Virginia Tech
  • Masters of Public Administration – Michigan State University

JAMIE HUGHES

JAMIE HUGHES

Sales Associate

Mobile: (231) 327 0255
jhughes@signatureassociates.com
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Experience

Jamie Hughes is a Sales Associate at Signature’s Muskegon office. His prior experience includes over 25 years in commercial construction. During this time, Jamie gained an expert level of knowledge of all aspects of commercial construction. His close collaboration with clients, inspectors, sub-contractors, employees, and management insured quality construction outcomes.

Jamie’s commitment is to achieve, through honesty, hard work and knowledge; a highly successful and friendly experience to each of his clients across every transaction.

Affiliations & Education

  • Member, Commercial Alliance of Realtors (CARWM)
  • Member, National Association of Realtors (NAR)
  • Member, Michigan Association of Realtors (MAR)
CHIP HURLEY, SIOR, CCIM

CHIP HURLEY, SIOR, CCIM

Associate Broker

Direct: (616) 235 6012
Mobile: (616) 304 5410
churley@signatureassociates.com

Experience

Chip Hurley joined Signature Associates in early 2018 working out of the Grand Rapids office, serving all of West Michigan. With his primary focus on healthcare and transportation/rail related transactions, he also works with industrial, REO (real estate-owned – bank or government) and general office properties. He has more than 25 years combined experience in all facets of real estate brokerage, REO management and environmental consulting.

Chip’s experience includes the management of an entire ongoing preservation and disposition process of a local bank’s commercial REO portfolio. The estimated value of the portfolio was approximately $40 million, and involved all commercial property types and some investment properties.

For three years, Chip worked with a national healthcare system and assisted in more than 20 transactions. Their 70 location, 2.7 million square foot portfolio is located in Southwest Michigan.  His team handled all aspects of the real estate process, including dispositions, acquisitions, lease renewals, expansions, and Fair Market Valuations (FMVs) while assuring compliance by following STARK regulatory guidelines.

In 2000, Chip received his CCIM designation and specializes in financial, market, user decision and investment analysis for commercial real estate. In 2006, he received his SIOR designation, a professional symbol of the highest level of knowledge, production and ethics in the real estate industry.  He donates and volunteers for the Elves and More, West Michigan organization.

 

Affiliations & Education

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree, Geology, Albion College
  • Member & Michigan Chapter President (2013-2014), Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR)
  • Member & Former Michigan Chapter Board of Director, Certified Commercial Investment (CCIM)
  • Member, National Association of Realtors (NAR)
  • Member, Michigan Association of Realtors (MAR)
  • Member & Current Board Member, Commercial Alliance of Realtors West Michigan (CARWM)

Clients

  • Ascension Health – Borgess
  • Cognex
  • Coca Cola
  • Corporate Funding Group
  • Century Link
  • Eaton Corporation
  • Stella Jones
  • Stepping Stones Montessori
  • Worksighted Inc.
  • 1-800-GOT-JUNK

*Additional client list available upon request

KARI LAPLAUNT

KARI LAPLAUNT

Administrative Assistant | Marketing Manager

Direct: (616) 235 6029
klaplaunt@signatureassociates.com

Experience

Kari has more than 13 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry.  Work ethic, knowledge and professionalism enable Kari to bring a wide array of skills to her position.  She provides administrative support for the Industrial and Investment teams in the Grand Rapids office. As the Marketing Manager for the West Michigan offices, Kari is responsible for coordinating marketing efforts with Signature’s Marketing Director, overseeing the distribution of marketing materials and enforcing the company’s marketing standards.

Affiliations & Education

  • Ferris State University - Bachelor of Science - Advertising Major
  • 2013 – Present:  Member, CARWM Admin Committee
  • 2014/2015 Fiscal Year:  Vice Chairperson, CARWM Admin Committee
  • 2014 CARWM Company Staff Person of the Year
  • 2015/2016 Fiscal Year:  Chairperson, CARWM Admin Committee
LINDA NEISER

LINDA NEISER

Administrative Assistant

Direct: (231) 799 9900
lneiser@signatureassociates.com
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Experience

Linda has more than 22 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry.  Prior to joining Signature Associates, she was senior lease accountant for a large outlet shopping center development company.  She has been a licensed salesperson since 1999.  She serves as administrative assistant for the Signature Associates Muskegon brokerage team.

Linda provides clerical support and real estate transaction assistance for her agents, as well as all tasks associated with daily operations of the Muskegon office.

Affiliations & Education

  • Licensed Michigan Real Estate Salesperson
  • Member - Commercial Alliance of Realtors (CARWM)
  • Member – West Michigan Association of Realtors (WMLAR)
  • Member - Michigan Association of Realtors
  • Member - National Association of Realtors
  • 2013 – Present:  Member, CARWM Admin Committee
JIM OLSEN, J.D.

JIM OLSEN, J.D.

Associate Broker

Mobile: (231) 343 4487
jolsen@signatureassociates.com
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Experience

Jim Olsen is an Associate Broker and Attorney-at-Law specializing in Real Estate Law and related issues. He has been an attorney since graduating from the University of Michigan Law School in 1979.  Jim was born and raised in Muskegon and has been active in many community organizations including the Child Abuse Council of Muskegon, Family Coordinating Council, Muskegon Public Schools Educational Funds, and the Y’s Club.  Jim has been in the Commercial Real Estate business since 1999 and has experience in selling and leasing all types of commercial properties.  Jim was also the managing broker for Nexcom prior to Nexcom joining the Signature Team.

Affiliations & Education

  • University of Michigan – BGS 1976
  • University of Michigan Law School – J.D. 1979 – Graduated Cum Laude
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Commercial Alliance of Realtors – Prior Director
  • Child Abuse Council of Muskegon – Prior Director
  • Muskegon Public Schools Educational Fund – Director
JOE RIZQALLAH

JOE RIZQALLAH

Sales Associate

Direct: (616) 235 6007
Mobile: (616) 822 6310
jrizqallah@signatureassociates.com
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Experience

A native of Grand Rapids, MI and with over 10 years’ experience selling and leasing retail properties, Joe continues to provide Investors, Landlords and Tenants effective results. His qualifications are well suited to represent clients of all types – Investors, Sellers, Buyers, Landlords and Tenants. Joe is also well versed in investment sales for tax-deferred exchanges and handling receiverships for state and federal courts.  Joe covers the Greater Grand Rapids Metropolitan area, specifically M-44 (East Beltline), M-11 (28th Street), M-37 (Alpine Avenue) and downtown Grand Rapids.

In addition to his experience as a real estate broker, Joe also possesses a wealth of knowledge with his years in senior management at Meijer Inc. and Walmart, WMT (NYSE), providing retailers effective and creative strategies to position their companies for greater market share and drive sales.

Affiliations & Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration– Grand Valley State University
  • Master’s Degree in Management – Aquinas College
  • Member, International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Member, Commercial Association of Realtors of West Michigan
  • Member, Michigan Association of Realtors
  • Member, National Association of Realtors

Clients

  • Aimco REIT
  • Carvana
  • CARite Inc.
  • Cricket Wireless
  • DriveTime
  • Dunham Sports
  • Great Harvest Bread Company
  • GoodFeet Stores
  • Huntington National Bank
  • Olga's Kitchen
  • 7-Eleven
  • State of Michigan

*Additional client list available upon request

LOREN SOUERS

LOREN SOUERS

Sales Associate

Direct: (269) 569 8624
Mobile: (619) 887 1714
lsouers@signatureassociates.com
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Experience

Loren utilizes his customer-oriented background along with comprehensive market analysis to provide clients with the highest level of knowledge and service. He brings a great work ethic combined with current market knowledge to deliver exceptional value to his clients.  In addition to commercial real estate, Loren also focuses on general business brokerage. Prior to his real estate career, Loren has experience in recruitment, sales, and office management as well as transitions and valuations for both medical and dental practices.

Affiliations & Education

  • Member, Commercial Alliance of Realtors of West Michigan (CARWM)
  • Member, Michigan Association of Realtors
  • Member, National Association of Realtors
  • Member, Michigan Business Brokers Association
  • Master of Business Administration from Western Michigan University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Western Michigan University
DEB WOEHRMYER

DEB WOEHRMYER

Administrative Assistant

Direct: (269) 569 8618
dwoehrmyer@signatureassociates.com

Experience

Debbie serves as administrative assistant for the Signature Associates Kalamazoo brokerage team.  She has 16 years of experience working in commercial real estate.

Debbie provides direct support for Jeff Chrystal, Caroline Pavone, Eric Holdorf and Tom Hohm. She performs all clerical duties for the office, as well as, managing the needs of our clients in their real estate transactions.

Affiliations & Education

  • Commercial Alliance of Realtors (CAR)
  • West Michigan Lakeshore Association of Realtors (WMLAR)