Founded in 1879, Van Vlissingen and Co., Lincolnshire, Illinois is the oldest commercial real estate brokerage, development, and management firm in the Chicago area. With a reputation for innovation, client service, consistent quality, extensive well-leased holdings, and a strong financial track record (no defaults, foreclosures, or givebacks), Van Vlissingen is indeed a unique example in the real estate industry.

Van Vlissingen and Co. employs a dedicated staff of 31 including commercial real estate developers, brokers, property managers, clerical and maintenance personnel. Depth and experience throughout the organization help ensure the very best level of service in commercial and industrial real estate brokerage, development, asset management, construction consulting, property management, and build to suit services.

Van Vlissingen and Co. specializes in office space, land sites, industrial, and commercial real estate located in Lake County, Illinois and Chicago's north and northwest suburbs where the firm is the market leader. The firm's current developments include: Lincolnshire Corporate Center (Lincolnshire, Illinois), The Corporate Grove (Buffalo Grove, Illinois), The Corporate Woods (Vernon Hills, Illinois), Northgate Industrial Park (Wheeling, Illinois) and Oak Forest Industrial Park (Oak Forest, Illinois) and the proposed Brier Hill Crossing Development in Hampshire, Illinois.


Recent Van Vlissingen awards include the Real Estate Achievers Award for Leasing, Real Estate Achievers Award for Business Parks, the Chicago Sun Times Suburban Development of the Year Award (twice), and from NAIOP - the Association for Commercial Real Estate, the Award of Excellence for the Industrial Build-to-Suit of the Year. A specially created award entitled, "Contributions to an Enhanced Illinois Landscape" from the Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects in recognition of the superior quality in the landscape and outdoor spaces within Van Vlissingen and Co.'s parks.


Charles R. (Chuck) Lamphere
Chuck leads Van Vlissingen and Co.'s commercial real estate development, management, and brokerage business as the company's president. He has extensive experience working with companies in build-to-suits, leases, purchases, property management and relocation over the past thirty years with over eight million square feet of space developed in Van Vlissingen campuses, and over one billion dollars in commercial real estate transactions. Chuck holds a Masters Degree in Management (with honors) from the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, and is an honors graduate of Stanford University (Phi Beta Kappa). He has broad experience in real estate and in depth knowledge of the north suburban Chicago office and industrial market. He is a member of the National Association of Office and Industrial Parks (NAIOP), the Urban Land Institute, NICAR (Northern Illinois Commercial Association of Realtors), a director of the Lake-Cook TMA, and is a licensed Illinois Real Estate Broker. Chuck is also a Trustee of the University Center of Lake County and Chairman of Lake County Partners (Lake County's public /private economic development partnership).
Nicholas D. (Nick) Panarese III, CPM, RPA
Vice President
Nick leads Van Vlissingen and Co.'s office and industrial real estate leasing and sales efforts. His twenty-three years of experience at Van Vlissingen and Co. have been in the Lake County and north suburban commercial and industrial real estate market. A Northern Illinois University graduate, he is a Certified Property Manager (CPM), Real Property Administrator (RPA) and licensed Illinois Real Estate Broker. He is also a member of IREM (Institute of Real Estate Management), NICAR (Northern Illinois Commercial Association of Realtors) and AIRE (Association of Industrial Real Estate Brokers).
Sarah K. Lamphere, CPM, RPA
Vice President
As chief administrative officer of Van Vlissingen and Co., Sarah directs the property management team in the coordination of a $400 million office and industrial real estate portfolio. She has also had extensive commercial real estate brokerage experience in her seventeen years with Van Vlissingen and Co. Sarah holds a degree in Economics from Stanford University and previously was a research economist at Lexecon, Inc. in Chicago. She is a Certified Property Manager, Real Property Administrator and licensed Illinois Real Estate Broker. She is past-president of the Greater Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce.
John Nawrocki, CPA
Vice President
A CPA with a degree in Accounting from Southern Illinois University, John oversees the financial reporting, analysis, budgeting and cash management for the Van Vlissingen and Co. portfolio. In addition he is responsible for MIS and office administration. John has worked in Real Estate Development and Finance for over 30 years, 23 of which have been at Van Vlissingen and Co. John has served on numerous charitable boards and currently serves on the Executive Committee and is Treasurer for an intentional relief agency. John is a member of the Illinois CPA Society and the American Institute of Certified Accountants.
Gordon Lamphere
Vice President
Gordon is a licensed Illinois Real Estate Broker, who works in both the firm’s office and industrial brokerage practices and leads Van Vlissingen’s media marketeering team. He is an honors graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland and holds a Juris Doctorate from Tulane University Law School.
Linda A. Sertic, RPA
Property Manager
Linda has over 20 years of commercial property management experience. She is a Real Property Administrator (RPA), and is an Illinois Licensed Real Estate Broker.



The Development Division possesses a broad depth of experience for the development, redevelopment and acquisition of a wide range of projects including large scale land development, office, industrial, mixed-used, retail and research and development. Our in-house, technical staff provides a full compliment of services including:

  • Project Management
  • Budgeting and Estimating
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Scheduling
  • Tenant Coordination
  • Project Approval and Entitlements
  • Third Party Consulting
  • Field Supervision

Our total involvement in every phase of development enables us to proactively manage diverse issues unique to each project and goal. To date the Development Division has successfully completed projects totaling over 6 million square feet.

Development Contact
Charles R. Lamphere
One Overlook Point
Lincolnshire, Illinois 60069
(847) 634-2300

Asset Management

The Asset Management Division has an outstanding reputation for managing a portfolio of properties that include office buildings, business parks, mixed-use developments, and other commercial developments. This Division provides services to private partnerships, corporations, financial institutions, insurance companies and pensions funds.

Asset Management Contact
Sarah Lamphere
One Overlook Point
Lincolnshire, Illinois 60069
(847) 634-2300

Tenant / Buyer Representation

With a diverse client base that includes publicly traded corporations, consulting firms, accounting firms, technology companies, banks and investment partnerships, Van Vlissingen and Company helps customers identify and balance their real estate requirements with strategic business, financial and operational issues. We specialize in relocations, space expansions and land acquisitions and investment properties.

Our team of leasing professionals will take the time to learn the needs of your business and suggest the location, building features, amenities and tenant services that will not just meet your requirements, but exceed your expectations.

That is why Van Vlissingen and Company has earned its reputation as a well-established, strong tenant representative and corporate real estate advisor. We explore every viable alternative with you and take pride in our ability to present your company with every suitable opportunity within the market that meets your economic objectives, geographic requirements and space standards.

Tenant / Buyer Representation Contact
Charles Lamphere
One Overlook Point
Lincolnshire, Illinois 60069
(847) 634-2300

Property Management

From trophy office properties to warehouse facilities, to specialized research and development complexes, from small office buildings to medical office condominiums and industrial parks, we do it all. Through decades of expansion Van Vlissingen and Company, through its management branch, services the needs of institutional owners, absentee landlords, passive investors, and owners of single properties. Each property, whether part of a large portfolio or an individual investment, receives personal daily attention. Our state of the art computer system and full-time supervisory 24 hour per day staff allows us to anticipate problems, recognize opportunities, and implement efficient, trouble-free operations and maximize ROI.

Property Management Contact
Nicholas Panarese
One Overlook Point
Lincolnshire, Illinois 60069
(847) 634-2300