Becoming Crown Community Development
FOUNDED ON A VISION
Investing in the Future
Crown Community Development was founded in 1988 to invest in, and later to manage, a 3,500-acre expanse of property in Aurora on the western edge of suburban Chicago. As the country’s suburbs around great cities expanded, Crown Community Development invested in and developed communities that are models for excellence in land stewardship and neighborhood development. In addition to the original markets of Chicago and Tampa, today Crown is positioned in highly desirable locations that include Seattle, Denver, Nashville, Indianapolis, Austin, and San Antonio.
Active Communities Across the Nation.
Lots in Current Pipeline.
States with Active Projects.
Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Teri Frankiewicz serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Crown Community Development. Teri has worked in the real estate development industry for over 35 years, with primary professional experience in developing large-scale master plan communities. She specializes in land acquisition, market analysis and entitlement, and overall project development and asset management. Teri is a former District Council Chair for the Urban Land Institute (“ULI”) in Chicago and is past Chair of the national Community Development Council. She also remains a national Governing Trustee for ULI. Additional Board commitments include Trustee and Governance Chair responsibilities for PBS WTTW, Chicago, Board Member YWCA Chicago, and service on the Corporate Advisory Board for The Darden School, University of Virginia. Teri Co-Chairs the ULI/LISC initiative, YIELD 2020, striving to bring committed, emerging developers of color and experienced developers to the South and near-west side of Chicago. Teri received her B.A. in Economics and Communications from the University of Virginia, as well as her M.B.A. from the University’s Darden School of Business.
General Manager- Florida
Craig Weber brings thirty years’ illustrious experience in all aspects of land development to his longstanding role as General Manager. He’s consistently moved mountains, taking critical projects to the highest levels of success for Crown Community Development. With decades of direct successes in zoning, entitlement, construction projects, planning, engineering, acquisition, sales, CDD/HOA management, and all aspects of land development under his belt, Craig is truly a multi-faceted expert in his field.
A graduate of George Washington University, Craig hailed from Ohio before moving to D.C. and finally Florida. He has served as Builders Association member for twenty-five years and has achieved Life Director and 1996 Associate Member of the Year status.
In his career, Craig has managed four DRI projects and three sub-DRI projects totaling over 10,350 acres. He has developed over 15,000 residential lots and four million square feet of commercial/office property. Craig is particularly proud of his work as staffer for trailblazing astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn — including work on Senator Glenn’s 1984 presidential campaign.
Director of Engineering
Daniel Olsem is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois with over 31 years of experience in Engineering, Construction, and Land Development. He earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Iowa. He is experienced in entitlement, engineering, land development, and general contracting across multiple U.S. markets. He is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Kane County Stormwater Technical Advisory Committee, Kane County Impact Fee Advisory Committee, Elgin Area Chamber President’s Council, and Elgin Development Group Transportation Committee.
Director of Financial Services/Controller
Kimberly Dunne is an Illinois Registered Certified Public Accountant with over 30 years of experience in the real estate industry. After earning a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Loyola University in Chicago, Kimberly worked for a Real Estate Investment Company for four years, specializing in asset analysis before moving on to Crown Community Development. She went on to earn her MBA from DePaul University in Chicago and has been a part of the Crown team for nearly 30 years. Although hired as an entry-level accountant, Kimberly has grown to take over the financial responsibilities for over $400M in investment assets, adding Human Resource, Payroll, IT, and Office Management at the local level to her list of responsibilities. During her time with Crown, she has also taken over the management responsibilities of the Property Management Division, becoming a Certified Community Association Manager in the State of Illinois, as well as her Illinois Real Estate Broker’s License, which is currently active with Charles Rutenberg Realty. She is currently the President of two Homeowners’ Associations, having been a board member of over ten Homeowners’ Associations throughout her career. She was active in her local grade school and Cub Scouts group and is currently a member of both the AICPA Society and ICPA Society, as well as the Institute of Real Estate Management, Main Street Organization of Realtors, and the MLS.
Director of Sales & Strategy
Chris Naatz has a passion for the new home and development industry that has spanned more than 25 years. Chris’ unique, cross-functional career experience includes operations, sales, marketing, land acquisition, asset underwriting, land planning, entitlements and product development. He has been a strategic leader in the start-up and ongoing operations of communities that serve everything from first time buyers to large scale active adult communities. He earned a MA in Integrated Marketing Communications from Roosevelt University and a BA in Journalism and Spanish from Indiana University. Chris is a member of the Home Builders Association of Illinois, Urban Land Institute and past president of the Sales & Marketing Council of the Chicago Home Builders Association. Chris is also a member of the Mainstreet Organization of Realtors and has served on dozens of developer HOA boards.
Director of Community Development
Jennifer Cowan is a licensed Professional Engineer with over 20 years industry experience. She earned an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree from Michigan State University. She is experienced in operations management, asset underwriting and investment management across multiple U.S. markets, is an expert in public finance, and has a strong background in Civil engineering, zoning, entitlements, permitting and construction. She’s an active member of Urban Land Institute and currently serves on a ULI Community Development Council. She’s also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and serves on multiple HOA boards.
“I have the pleasure of working closely with the Team at Crown and have for over 20 years. During that time, I have witnessed the professionalism and fairness that Crown exemplifies in their interactions with consultants, contractors and community representatives during each of their Projects. Crown has evolved and diversified to meet the ever-changing needs of the residential markets and remains a First-Class Organization to work with.”
Eric S. Mancke, President
ESM Civil Solutions, LLC
“Crown Community Development has been a great partner for us. The Crown team is a group of professionals that understands the importance of delivering a quality product and an outstanding community. We appreciate the working relationships we have formed throughout the organization. They continue to deliver for us and we are grateful for the partnership.”
“We were very glad to be able to bring Crown Community Development on as a customer in 2020 and help them shift their lot and home sales tracking processes to our online portal. It's clear to us that Crown is a forward-thinking company that has embraced the many benefits of going digital, especially in the midst of the pandemic. Based on all our interactions with them, Crown also seems to have placed an emphasis on hiring friendly people and good communicators. We look forward to a long and prosperous partnership with them.”
Garth Kennedy, CTO
“The studio is delighted to work alongside such a passionate team who appreciate the significance of the interior design and architectural process, which in turn allow us to create truly captivating spaces, unmatched in quality and style. Working alongside the incredible team at Crown Community Development has been a superb undertaking. Their attention to detail and most importantly, the end-user, is commendable. Crown brings years of experience to the table and demonstrates the highest level of integrity whilst building the finest community around.”