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Joel Kogen, Daniel Zivin, Suzy Kogen-Friedman and Steven Friedman

by Chicago Agent

Kogen-Zivin-Friedman Development Inc. (KZF)

Background:
Suzy Kogen-Friedman and Joel Kogen- Founding co-principal of KZF, Kogen-Friedman attended Drake University and is the fourth generation to operate the building, construction and property management company originally started by her great grandfather. Over the decades, Kogen-Friedman worked in the
family’s offices handling duties ranging from answering phones to inputting
collected rental income. Joel Kogen, her brother, assisted his father and uncles in their family construction business. In 1985, Kogen-Friedman and Kogen built their first “spec” house together.

As J & S Development, they built 12 semi-custom homes from 1985 to 1988 throughout the North Shore.

Daniel Zivin- In 1988, the Kogens partnered with Zivin, a graduate of Northern Illinois University with a background in accounting and finance. Zivin’s desire to learn the construction business and his expertise in sales helped the company move forward. During this time they renamed the company Kogen-Zivin Development, and the new team developed parcels of real estate in Northbrook.

Steve Friedman- In the late 1990s, Friedman, with his extensive background in business, finance and accounting, joined the partnership. A graduate of University of Southern California and DePaul University, Friedman added yet another valuable expertise in finance, analysis of performance and prior experience in the intricacies of owning and managing a large family-run business. Suzy Kogen and Friedman married in 1997.

Current Projects:
Meadow Ridge- A 164-unit gated duplex and townhome community now under construction on the southeast corner of Techney and Waukegan roads in Northbrook. Residences include luxury townhomes and duplexes with 2,200 square feet to more than 3,500 square feet of living space. When completed, the community will feature residences clustered on the lushly-landscaped and gently sloping site overlooking waterfalls, meandering waterways and man-made lakes.

River Park- A development that features office condominiums located on seven landscaped acres on the Techney site in Northbrook. The development has added more than 52,500 square feet of luxury single-story condominium office space to the East Techny Road office corridor.

Recently Completed Projects:
Oliver Lane- This is a single-family home subdivision in Northbrook that has 10 custom homes priced from $900,000- $1,300,000.

Northbrook Greens- A 21-acre residential development in Northbrook with 160 units priced from $250,000- $400,000.

Royal Ridge- A planned-unit development in Northbrook that has 151 single-family homes priced from $350,000- $700,000.

Community Involvement:
Friedman is a member of Northbrook Rotary Club, while Zivin is a board member of the Northbrook Chamber of Commerce. Kogen is a member of Autism Society of America, and Kogen-Friedman supports Ovarian Cancer Awareness, the Autism Society of America and various charities targeted to assisting people with disabilities.

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