Mario Greco, Founder
Haakon Knutson, Director of Sales
Sam Stewart, Senior Sales Consultant
Laura de Luna, New Business Manager
Andy Bishop, Contracts and Closings Manager
From the time she turned 21, Laura de Luna’s father, a Denver Realtor, encouraged her to earn a real estate license, even though she worked in hospitality. Thirteen years later, after she moved to Chicago with her husband and purchased a home through Mario Greco, founder of The MG Group, she took her father’s advice and then some. “I asked Mario for advice about the industry, and he sold me on joining his group,” says New Business Manager de Luna.
The team has varied backgrounds, which Greco credits as a key to its strength. Greco has worked as an attorney and an engineer, while Director of Sales Haakon Knutson, also an attorney, worked in marketing and advertising. “I find the tangible and personal nature of real estate to be very satisfying,” Knutson says. Contracts and Closings Manager Andy Bishop first honed his customer service skills working at a luxury salon. “Strong communication and organizational skills are required for smooth closings,” Bishop says.
The only teammate who has always worked in real estate is Senior Sales Consultant Sam Stewart. “I think any time you get to know your client and what makes them tick, it makes your job easier,” Stewart says.
The backgrounds and talents of the team members have combined to make Greco and The MG Group the city’s top team in various areas, from Lakeview to Bucktown and throughout more than a dozen neighborhoods over the years. Since 2002, Greco has ranked in the top 1 percent of Chicago Realtors. “Our clients love the attention to detail and responsiveness we provide,” he says. “They often describe us as a ‘well-oiled machine.’”
Despite a declining market, his group increased its average sale price in 2018 and ended the year as the top full-service team in Chicago in number of listings sold. Extremely organized and able to quickly prioritize and delegate, Greco has an innate ability to read people and swiftly adapt. “That’s an underrated skill that all successful business owners possess,” he says.