BKV Group Hires Nick Ramirez as Director of Business Development for Firm’s Chicago Practice Site

Industry veteran brings over 15 years of sales and marketing experience to the role where he help lead the Chicago office in regionally building a diverse studio focused on the housing, commercial, and hospitality sectors.

BKV Group announced today that Nick Ramirez has joined the firm as director of business development in the company’s Chicago practice site. In this role, he will lead the firm’s business cultivation and growth strategies in Chicago, surrounding region, and the broader Midwest markets, working across BKV Group’s market sectors including commercial office, multifamily, student, senior, and affordable housing, and hospitality.

“Nick is a welcome addition to our Chicago team as we continue to expand our footprint in the Midwest. His wealth of experience in the hospitality industry will be invaluable as we take on higher-profile hotel projects – including standalone properties and mixed-use developments – while exploring how those design principles can inform our work in other property sectors, including housing and commercial office.”

Rob Muller, Senior Design and Managing Partner (Chicago)

Prior to joining BKV Group, Ramirez was director of business development for WTS International/Lifestart Wellness Network, where he managed a portfolio of over 200 existing client accounts within the company’s hospitality, residential, and commercial real estate divisions. He previously worked for nearly 14 years in Chicago and San Diego for some of the hospitality industry’s leading hotel companies including Pivot, Starwood and Hyatt. He was recognized multiple times with Hyatt’s top sales distinction of Elite Performer and nominated in 2018 by HSMAI Illinois as Chicago’s Best New Director of Sales.

Ramirez first became familiar with BKV Group through the firm’s design work on the City Club Apartments projects in his Midwest hometown of Detroit.

“I recall the buzz that the architectural design of CCA CBD Detroit generated throughout the city, and it opened my eyes to the great work that BKV was doing across the country,” said Ramirez. “I am excited to join the BKV team and collaborate across sectors to bring more projects like this to fruition. There are endless possibilities in Chicago and other Midwest markets to work with developers who share our passion and vision for design and creating great spaces, and I look forward to the opportunity to further build upon those relationships.”

Ramirez holds a B.A. in hospitality business from Michigan State University.