David H. Galowich
Dave’s success in business has been attributed to his ability to lead people toward the achievement of a common goal. For over 20 years Dave has been the driving force behind the success of Madison Realty Group as well as numerous other ventures. Dave is also a Georgetown University trained Leadership Coach, a Vistage CEO Chair and his passion includes being a catalyst in the professional and personal development of the people he interacts with.
Dave Galowich is President of Madison Realty Group, Inc., and has primary responsibility for all company operations including evaluation, acquisition, development, construction financing, management and disposition of real estate assets. Since joining Madison in 1993, the projects Dave has worked on have yielded development rights for approximately 4,500 dwelling units and the construction of 500,000 square feet of retail development. Currently, Dave recently concluded the management of a portfolio of assets on behalf of a group of private equity firms that purchased approximately $450 million of non-performing and distressed commercial mortgage loans in 2010.
Dave commenced his legal career at the Chicago law firm of Clausen, Miller, Gorman, Caffrey & Witous, P.C. Upon leaving Clausen Miller, Dave formed and managed his own law practice in downtown Chicago, where he concentrated in real estate and aviation transactional matters, business and real estate litigation, and general corporate matters.
As an attorney, Dave successfully handled complex issues surrounding real estate acquisition, development, leasing and disposition. These included the representation of clients in the acquisition and development of large parcels of vacant land; the acquisition, management and disposition of income-producing multi-family, retail, commercial and farm properties; the negotiation of title claims, mechanics liens and eminent domain proceedings; and the negotiation and representation of tenants in commercial lease negotiations.
Prior to joining Madison, Dave was a co-founder of Burton Realty Partners, Ltd. During his tenure, Burton acted as a mortgage broker in procuring financing for large industrial and office properties; represented office tenants in commercial lease negotiations; represented a developer in the pre-construction sale/leaseback of an international headquarters office building; and acted as broker on behalf of purchasers seeking vacant land for retail development.
Dave is a member of the Urban Land Institute and has served ULI in many national and local level capacities. This included being Chairman of the ULI Chicago Product Council and he previously served as a member of the Executive Committee of ULI Chicago for 15 years. As a representative of the ULI Chicago District Council, Dave also served as Vice-Chairman of the Land Use Committee of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. He is a frequent speaker on topics involving real estate development and leadership development.
Dave is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and the Illinois State Bar Association. David is an active Commercial Pilot qualified in everything from gliders and seaplanes to Cessna Citation business jets. David received a Juris Doctor degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, a B.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University.