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John Wozniak and James Chittaro

by Chicago Agent

President and Chief Financial Officer – J. Lawrence Homes
Education/Background:
Wozniak graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in administration of justice (pre-law).

Chittaro graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Arts in economics.

Work Experience:
Wozniak, a 25-year veteran of the housing industry, began his career with a high school-sponsored homebuilding project. Upon graduating from college, he started his professional career as a field laborer and quickly rose through the ranks, eventually holding the title of division president with two large Chicago-area builders. Along the way, Wozniak performed virtually every job on the operations side of the business. Today, that experience has given him a true appreciation for quality, value, design and service.

Chittaro, meanwhile, parlayed his talent for building relationships into a successful career in commercial banking. Hired out of college by a prominent local business bank, he quickly gravitated to the real estate department, where many of his early clients were among the most respected names in Chicago homebuilding. An expert in structured finance for commercial and residential real estate, Chittaro went on to establish the homebuilder- finance divisions for two of the largest banks in North America, conducting more than $1.5 billion in loan transactions during his tenure.

Current Projects:
Silver Leaf in Joliet – Located on Houbolt Road, just south of Route 52, Silver Leaf offers five floor plans measuring from 2,019 to 2,674 square feet with two to four bedrooms, two to two and one-half bathrooms and attached two-car garages. They are base-priced from the $230,000s to the $260,000s. Amenities include several ponds, a park and a walking trail that connects to Troy Heritage Trail Elementary School.

Midlane Country Club – Located off Yorkhouse Road, east of Interstate 94, Midlane Club offers eight floor plans in ranch and two-story designs. Homes range from 2,019 to 3,354 square feet and have two to four bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, attached two- or three-car garages and basements. They are priced from the $280,000s to the $370,000s. The community is located on the site of the Midlane Country Club and includes amenities such as an 18-hole golf course winding through the community, a driving range, tennis courts and a clubhouse with a swimming pool, fitness center and lounge areas.

Community Involvement:
Wozniak is a member of the executive committee for the Residential Construction Employers’ Council (RCEC), which is within Cook, Lake, DuPage, Will, Kendall, Kane and McHenry Counties. He is also the immediate past president of HomeAid Chicago, a position he held from 2001 through 2007. Wozniak still serves on the board.

Chittaro is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Residential Production Council of the RCEC and a former member of the founding board of directors for the Metropolis Youth Symphony in Arlington Heights. He is a current board member of the city chapter of the Home Builders’ Association and is active with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life fundraising event.

Interests/Activities:
Wozniak enjoys coaching his middle son’s basketball team and spending time with his children and wife, Lisa.

Chittaro enjoys golfing, swimming and playing basketball, as well as traveling and spending time with his family.

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