James is the founder and team leader of Moda Group at Compass. Hailing from the world of fine dining, hospitality is the foundation upon which James has built a thriving real estate career over the last decade. Spend an hour with him and you'll understand why his clients and peers rave about his authenticity, knowledge, and dedication to making the process of buying or selling a home as seamless as possible. Spend two hours with him and you’ll walk away with a list of where to get the best dishes in the best restaurants in Chicago.
James’ success as an agent is rooted in his commitment to providing each of his clients - from the first-time homebuyer to the seasoned real estate investor - with the highest level of service and attention to detail at every step in the process. By taking the time to listen to his clients and truly understand what they want and need, James is able to apply his deep knowledge of the Chicago real estate market to get them the best results possible.
James knows that it takes more than just experience to provide his clients with the highest level of service for which he has become known. And that is why he founded the Moda Group, a full-service real estate team dedicated to continually improving the client experience while leveraging the industry’s best tools to maximize the value of every real estate transaction - an approach he likes to call housepitality.
James received his BA in Marketing & Advertising from Columbia College Chicago and was recently recognized as a top producer by the Chicago Association of REALTORS® in 2018.
James lives with his wife, Agnes, and their cat, Wrigley, in Chicago’s Noble Square neighborhood. When he’s not meeting with clients or mentoring his talented team, he’s off on a culinary adventure somewhere in Chicago or halfway around the world.
Agnes brings a unique combination of academic and real world experience to Moda Group that positions her perfectly for her role as the team’s listing and showing specialist.
Before entering the world of real estate, Agnes earned a BA in marketing from St. Xavier University. She spent years in Chicago’s top fine dining establishments and as a spokesperson representing clients like PepsiCo, Hershey’s, KitchenAid and ESPN at trade shows. A natural communicator, Agnes loves the listing process and the opportunity to support her clients during a pivotal moment in their lives.
After a decade in the industry, Agnes has the experience to successfully guide our clients through the stressful process of staging and selling their homes. With a keen eye for detail and breadth of market experience, Agnes ensures that the preparations her clients make will garner the greatest return on investment for their sale. When she bought her first home, she had no idea what she was doing, and it felt like a soulless transaction. At Moda Group, Agnes is dedicated to making sure her clients never have the same experience!
First time home buyer and investment property specialist, Patrick Dodd, prides himself on market knowledge, streamlined workflows, and emotional care during one of life’s biggest moments. Whether it’s the first home for a family or someone buying an investment property and taking steps toward financial freedom, he’s proud to be a part of that story.
While hailing from Michigan, he has always felt most at home in Chicago. The unbelievable culture, warmth, and opportunity immediately drew him in. Discovering all of the niche things that come along with different neighborhoods and property types helps keep every day a new adventure and his job from ever feeling like work.
The home buying process can sometimes be stressful but Patrick understands how to keep his clients at ease. Knowing how to strategize with all personality types and empathizing with people’s “why” is key to all parties having a great experience. After spending years in hospitality, Patrick makes sure you have fun along the way. With Patrick’s expertise and a team of support, his clients are positioned for success in even the most competitive markets.
When it is time to unplug, escaping the city is his absolute favorite thing to do. Travel is one of his greatest loves and he and his wife take every opportunity they can to go experience something new. Having both met in hospitality (the same place her parents met, ironically) they love to explore all of the different cuisines and cocktails their travels offer. After all, food is one of the things that tends to bring everyone together!
What do you get when you combine a teacher, a comedian and a COO?
Either the start of a really bad joke or an attentive, knowledgeable, detail-oriented, and entertaining real estate agent. In this case, we’ve got the latter. Lauren Herskovic, founding member of Moda Group at Compass and creator of the popular “Who Wants to be a Homebuyer” Trivia Night, specializes in helping first time homebuyers in Chicago.
The home-buying process is opaque, and the investment is huge, making it scary and overwhelming for first time homebuyers. But Lauren’s focus on educating her clients, constant communication, and utilizing tried and true systems, make for a seamless and (dare we say it?!) fun experience for her clients.
“Lauren was hands down the best resource we could have asked for in looking for our first condo. Not only did she guide us through the whole process smoothly, but every other resource she recommended, from inspectors to lenders to attorneys, was incredible.” - Kelly, First Time Homebuyer in Chicago
“As first time homebuyers, we really enjoyed working with Lauren. She guided us through each step of the process seamlessly, and ensured that we were comfortable and knowledgeable all along the way. Lauren was always available to answer our (many) questions and give great advice. She was also proactive in reaching out to us, rather than waiting for us to come to her, which we really appreciated.” - Kimmie, First Time Homebuyer in Chicago
Lauren grew up in suburban Detroit and now lives in Logan Square. She got a BA in English and Secondary Education from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!). She then served as Editor in Chief for an online women’s magazine in NYC before working as COO for a consulting company based in Chicago, taking the company from a 3-person operation to a team of 100+ with offices in the US and China. In her free time, she plays tennis, takes pictures of her food and binge-watches Bravo withher Toy Poodle, Harvey. If you’re looking for help in finding your next home - whether you’re a first time homebuyer in Chicago or a seasoned real estate investor - call/text/email/send an owl and Lauren will help get you set on that home-buying journey!
Julia has a PhD in perseverance (or she would, if those were a thing). After graduating with a double major in Psychology and Women & Gender Studies from Ohio University, she took her passion for people and went to work as a full-time caregiver and house manager in Lincoln Park. Over the course of her five years of caring for 3 children and managing the household for their parents, Julia honed her skills in patience, organization, communication, and, most of all, negotiation. (Have you tried to negotiate with a toddler?)
All of that juggling, organizing, planning and kid-herding has positioned her perfectly for her career in Real Estate and her role on the Moda Group team.
Julia’s professionalism, her commitment to helping others, and her uncanny ability to manage multiple tasks at once are a huge asset to the clients that she serves. But it is her ability to connect with people that really sets her apart. She digs deep with her clients, really understanding their needs, wants and goals, and then works tirelessly to help them get there.
Julia is in love with the Chicago food scene and is quite possibly Sweet Mandy B’s biggest supporter. When she’s not chowing down on those cupcakes, she’s playing with her puppy, Porter.
When Abby isn’t spending time eating her weight in Italian food, biking on the lake or shopping at local farmers markets, she’s sipping on a double espresso (or 2) while she helps her clients navigate the Chicago real estate market.
Abby’s diverse professional background in hospitality and nonprofit marketing - paired with a nomadic life moving to various cities across the country (and around the world!) - has prepared her for her dream job: helping people buy and sell their own piece of Chicago. Terrible move-in experiences, complex buying and selling situations, disorganized vendors... you name it, she’s waded through it and proactively helps her clients do the same.
For nearly a decade, Abby and her family lived in the Chicagoland area, but eventually traded in their snow boots for sandals and made their way to Winter Park, Florida. Abby returned to the Midwest for college, graduating from Indiana University, but didn’t stick around for long. After a stint in Indianapolis, she ventured to Italy as an Au Pair, logged miles for a nonprofit in Dallas, before eventually coming back to the city that always felt like home, Chicago.
It’s not hard to recognize Abby’s operational talent, competitive energy, or propensity for strategic thinking - all qualities that work to her clients’ advantage in the real estate journey (and her advantage on the marathon course!) Whether you’re looking for your first home, your dream home, or you’re a numbers person looking for the perfect investment, Abby will bring balance, understanding, and organization as she guides you across the finish line.
Born & raised in the Western Suburbs of Chicago, Tiffany spent over a decade living in Bucktown and Logan Square before investing in and rehabbing a multi-unit in Humboldt Park. It was that experience - opening up walls, learning about the bones of a home and managing a property - that hooked her, drawing her away from the hospitality industry and into the clutches of Real Estate.
Tiffany’s passion is and has always been hospitality. After graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with degrees in Hospitality Management and Business, she went on to work for some of Chicago’s best known restaurants, such as Next and Big Star. She thrived in every position she held thanks to her unparalleled attention to detail and warm personality. These experiences also allowed her to hone the skills that are central to a Real Estate professional and an asset to every client with whom she partners: she’s the queen of multitasking in stressful situations, she has an innate understanding of what people want and need and, possibly most important, she’s an absolute pro at staying calm under pressure.
While Tiffany is fascinated with the design and architectural aspects of Chicago real estate, her joy comes from helping others, especially first-time homebuyers, find their dream homes and investment properties. Her clients quickly and fully trust that she will provide her honest opinion at every stage in the process - from their initial meeting, to their home tours, the closing table and beyond.
When Tiffany’s not advising clients on building construction and pricing strategy, she loves to travel. She strongly believes that one of the most important ways to grow as a person is by experiencing new cultures. Tiffany spent time living in Costa Rica, studying the language and culture, while also volunteering as an English teacher at an elementary school. There, she soaked in their nation’s motto, “pura vida”, which means that life is beautiful and should be lived to the fullest. She continues to adhere to that every day, and inspires those around her to do the same.
Karla is the multi-family expert in Chicago, having sold $25M in the past two years alone, and brings that expertise to the Moda Group.
Born in Guatemala, Karla came to the US at the age of 7, and grew up in Bridgeport. Moving to a new country and not knowing the language was a challenge, and she knew at a young age that she wanted to make a better life for herself and her family. After spending many years in the hospitality industry, Karla moved into construction, working alongside the owner of a project management and general contracting company, which ultimately piqued her interest and led her to a career in real estate in 2014. And it was here that she realized she could not only achieve that better life for herself and her family, but for her community as well.
With Karla’s unique mix of skills - hospitality, construction, a deep knowledge of the multi-family market, and fluency in both English and Spanish - it is no wonder she is a top seller of 2-4 unit properties in the Chicagoland area. She understands deeply what goes into maintaining and developing a property and has an unparalleled ability to articulate wealth creation opportunities, all of which she uses to advise her many multi-unit owners, sellers and buyers to achieve their financial goals.
Outside of real estate, Karla is an avid supporter of The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, the American Diabetes Association, and the American Cancer Society. In her (limited!) personal time, she enjoys reading, hiking, cooking and spending as much time as she can with her family. She also happens to make a mean cocktail (thanks to years spent as a mixologist!), something the rest of Moda Group takes advantage of whenever they can.
Born and raised in Chicago, Claudia can’t get enough of this beautiful, vibrant city: the food, the people, the distinct neighborhoods and (did we mention?) the food. Ever since she was a child, one of her favorite hobbies has always been walking around the neighborhoods, hunting for “For Sale” signs, then running home to look up the properties online. Lucky for her, she was able to turn that hobby into a career in Real Estate. Lucky for her clients, she knows a lot about a lot of properties across the city.<
Claudia has a BA in Kinesiology from University of Illinois. Prior to getting her Real Estate license, she worked in healthcare as a wellness coach, and in production on NBC’s Chicago Med. While those jobs were quite different, they both offered her something that she loved. As a wellness coach, it was the opportunity to help people; in the TV world, it was the exciting, fast paced environment in which she could meet new people every day.
As a Real Estate Broker, Claudia has finally found a role that combines all of her passions and skills, and her clients can attest. The daughter of an Italian restaurant owner, hospitality is in her blood. Claudia is focused on helping her clients buy, sell and rent homes - of course - but it’s creating a positive and enjoyable experience that really sets her apart.
Well, that and her always-spot-on restaurant recommendations. Seriously, Claudia can’t not talk about food. Or eat it. Or recommend it. When she’s not hunting for “For Sale” signs, she’s scouring the city for the latest and greatest dishes. Lucky for her, she doesn’t have to wait to run home to dig into ‘em.
Greg grew up on the North Shore of Chicago before heading off to the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he graduated with a BS in Financial Planning and minors in Business and Spanish. Upon graduating Greg moved to the city and began his career in commercial real estate, working for one of the top multifamily teams in the country.
After learning the nitty gritty investment side of real estate, Greg realized he derived the most joy from working with clients face-to-face and helping them on a more personal level so he said goodbye to his desk job and “Oh hey!” to residential Real Estate.
Greg has since represented buyers, sellers, investors, and more landlords and tenants than he can begin to count. He combines his love of real estate and relationship-building to make the home-buying or selling process as simple and enjoyable for his clients as possible. By being highly organized, communicative, and ambitious, Greg adapts to his clients’ needs and tailors the process to each individual client.
Whether you are a first-time home buyer or a seasoned investor looking for the best return on your investment, Greg has the experience and the skills to get you from A to B as seamlessly as possible, while getting you the best deal (and a few stops to his favorite restaurants and bars) along the way.
When Greg isn’t eating his way through Chicago’s always-growing food scene or sipping on an espresso martini on one Chicago’s many patios (for those few weeks of good weather we get), you can find him walking his corgi Biscuit on the lakeshore path or binge watching Bravo (even though he’s already seen everything...twice).
Hannah has mastered the Spanish language, hip-hop dance and multi-tasking, and while all three of those things are pretty cool, it’s the last one that brought her to Moda Group as the team’s Director of Operations, and what keeps the team running smoothly. (But it’s the dancing that will keep us entertained during long nights in the office.)
Hailing from Springfield, OH, Hannah moved to Illinois after graduating from Miami University with a degree in Spanish and Women’s Gender & Sexuality Studies. She spent her first few years in Naperville, first in the banking industry and then getting her first taste of Real Estate while working as an Assistant Property Manager for a large apartment complex.
In that role, Hannah was required to juggle many responsibilities (and personalities!), which was a perfect intro into the fast-paced world of a top producing Real Estate team. Hannah’s organizational skills, attention to detail, impeccable handwriting, and creative approach to problem solving benefit not only the agents on the team, but all of the clients we serve.
As Moda Group’s Director of Operations, Hannah handles, well, everything! She’s Oz behind the curtain, executing systems to support the team, allowing Moda Group agents to focus more time on their clients. If our clients have a smooth, seamless transaction, it is because of the work Hannah does both behind the scenes and directly with them. We’re not quite sure how she juggles it all, but we’revery glad she does.
Hannah has recently made her way to Chicago and lives in Logan Square where she’s still getting the hang of parallel parking. While she’s settling in nicely and making her way through the endless list of bars and restaurants the rest of the team recommends, she’s hard pressed to forget her Ohio roots and, much to Lauren’s chagrin, still cheers for the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Natalie is an artist at heart and has been singing and playing guitar for most of her life. She writes her own music, loves collaborating with local artists, and has played shows across Chicago. We’re just hoping she brings that guitar to work so the team can get a private performance.
Todd is a true renaissance man. When we say he can do anything, we mean anything. He knows photography, he knows nature, he knows wine, he knows hospitality, he knows homes… he even knows how to drive a zamboni! And he brings that breadth of experience and knowledge to the Moda Group and his clients as a Real Estate Broker.
Well, everything besides the zamboni part; he hasn’t needed to use that (yet!) in this role.
After graduating from Columbia College, Todd spent 16 years in the wine industry, traveling the country to visit people’s homes and assess and inventory their private cellars. He loved meeting and helping new people every day, but wanted to do something closer to home. So he leaned into another passion - mid-century homes - and got his Home Inspection license. He spent 5 years inspecting homes across the Chicagoland area, getting into every nook, cranny and sewer line. While he loved helping people with a very important step in the home buying process, Todd realized he could use that vast knowledge of home construction to provide even more value as a Real Estate Broker. And he was right! It is that knowledge, paired with his strong work ethic, laser-focused attention to detail, and genuinely caring nature make him an incredible advocate for his clients.
Todd lives in Oak Park with his son, Henry, where he spends his time cooking, shooting and developing black and white film, and buying/selling mid-century furniture. When he’s not there, he’s off on a hiking and camping adventure, probably cooking up something tasty on a campfire.