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Lowell Stahl is Chairman of PFS Financial, LLC, a private equity and structured debt company that invests in real estate and real estate related products providing financing and consulting to select customers. 


A member of the Labe Bank board of directors for 28 years, Lowell Stahl was elected chairman of the board from 1991 - 2006.  Stahl was chairman and CEO of LDF, Inc., the holding company for Labe Bank and other financial assets from 1997 - 2006.  Under his direction, Stahl led a dynamic board of directors who set forth bank policy and helped raise shareholder value from $8.00 to $125.00 per share in less than ten years.


Since beginning his daily involvement with Labe Bank, Stahl helped grow its total assets from $95 million in 1995 to more than $530 million in 2006.  He is also responsible for introducing innovative products to fulfill the needs of immigrants, senior citizens and local businesses in Chicago’s Northwest side community.  Labe Bank was sold in 2006 and the name was changed to First Chicago Bank & Trust. 


Previously, Stahl served as president and chief executive officer of CENTURY 21 Northern Illinois.  In 1973, he pioneered the concept of real estate franchising.  Additionally, Stahl oversaw all activities and support services to more than 700 independently-owned and operated franchised real estate offices throughout seven Midwestern states.  He also served on the International Board of Century 21.  Stahl started his career in real estate in 1955 as a salesman – He purchased a real estate and insurance company in 1958 and increased the value 270% by 1976 when he moved on to concentrate on the operation of Century 21.


Stahl has served as chairman and member of a number of boards and committees including:

Ÿ   St. Patrick High School where he served as chairman and member of the Board of Trustees from 1986 to 2004 and currently as chairman emeritus; Vice chairman and member of the board of directors for the Chicago Academy of Sciences; Director and past president (2002-2006) of the Mid America Club of Chicago; Member of the Economic Club of Chicago and the Executives Club of Chicago; Board member for the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum;  Member of the Board of Trustees, and the College of Business executive advisory board at Lewis University; Chairman of PFS Property Services; Member of the National Association of Realtors since 1960; Past president of the Chicago Association of Realtors, member of the Chicago association of Realtors Hall of Fame, and past chairman of the Real Estate Political Education Committee for the Illinois Association of Realtors; Served as past chairman and on the board of governors for Easter Seals   Metropolitan Chicago;

ŸFormer board member of the Franchise Advisory Board for the State of                 Illinois and a member of the American Management Association, Edward Frederick Sorin Society (University of Notre Dame), and Lions International; and

ŸStahl is a member and former director of Ridgemoor Country Club and serves

on the Club’s Membership Committee. 


In addition to many newspaper and magazine articles, Stahl is featured in the book, Dreams, Money and Ambition: A History of Real Estate in Chicago, where he is described as one of the 25 most prominent real estate men in Chicago history.


Jeff Stahl is a member of the law firm of Stahl Cowen Crowley Addis LLC, concentrating his practice primarily in the areas of commercial real estate and business transactions, and has significant experience in secured lending and development financing. He leads the firm’s team of attorneys in troubled loans and workouts. His clients include financial institutions, commercial real estate developers and investors, home builders and business buyers and sellers.


Areas of Experience

Jeff has represented clients in the acquisition of major flag hotels; retail product from single-tenant triple net to grocery anchored strips to power centers to malls; office buildings; warehouse, industrial, self-storage and tech buildings; apartment complexes; entertainment destination real estate including land based and dockside casinos; and a wide variety of mixed use properties. Jeff has particular expertise in assisting developers of the foregoing property types in the entitlement and construction of these assets.


As counsel to numerous lenders, including tenure as a member of the board of directors and general counsel, and a chair of the loan committee to a Chicago bank, and counsel to equity and debt funds, Jeff has developed an expertise in loan documentation and structuring from a lender’s perspective, as well.

Jeff is a 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Illinois Super Lawyer. Jeff is also a Chambers USA 2009 and 2010 designee, an Illinois Leading Lawyer for 2011, 2012 and 2013, and one of the top 100 Real Estate Lawyers in Illinois, as ranked by Leading Lawyers Network.



Southern Methodist University - J.D., 1983
University of Notre Dame - B.B.A., 1980

Bar Admissions

Illinois (1985)

Texas (1983)


Sue Stahl-Braley is the Vice President of Human Resources for Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago, which is a non-for-profit organization  that offers a wide range of programs in two core service lines - autism and child development in the Chicagoland area, including 10 counties in Illinois and 15 counties in Indiana.


Areas of Experience

Sue has a proven track-record in all areas of the human resources and organizational development arenas.  Her talents include federal and state compliance, policy and procedure management, employee education development, strategic business planning and implementation, benefit and compensation management and sound business solutions. 


Sue provides leadership in developing and executing human resources strategies in support of the overall business plan and strategic direction of the agency, specifically in the overall administration, coordination, and evaluation of the Human Resource functions, including payroll and benefits. Sue is responsible for ensuring the organization’s safety and soundness by overseeing and administering the agency’s risk management, safety, worker’s compensation and compliance.  Sue is also the key lead on all legal matters.



BA in Business Administration from Texas Christian University 


Professional & Civic Activities

Society of Human Resources

CCI/The Greenheart of Cultural Exchange



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