The NorthStar Experts

Our experts have the experience and credentials to assist you in your commercial real estate needs.

Steve Millman

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Steve Millman brings over 14 years of real estate experience with a vast knowledge of commercial real estate.  Steve is a graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelors Degree in business Administration with an emphasis in Finance.

  • 2009 to present Northstar Commercial, Grand Rapids, MI – Principal
  • 2008 to 2009 Encore Market Realty Advisors, Grand Rapids, MI – Vice President of Retail Real Estate.
  • 2005 to 2008 Grubb & Ellis – Grand Rapids, MI – Retail Division specializing in the sale and leasing of commercial retail space.  Overseeing property management, Investment portfolio management and property entitlement and acquisition.
  • 1999 to 2005 S & R Investments – Principal and Manager –1995 to 1999 Atlas Realty Company, Chicago, IL – Specializing in property management, Office leasing and tax sale research and organization.

Community Involvement

  • Board Member: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • Board Member: Julian B. Boivin Courage for Cures Foundation

Steve Wilson

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  •  2011 – Present NorthStar Commercial, Principal/ Partner, focusing on all areas of commercial real estate and client services.
  • 2010- Encore Lakeshore, Owner commercial real estate company.
  • 2009 Encore Market Realty Advisors, Managing Director – Lakeshore office, focusing in all areas of commercial real estate.
  • 2007 to 2009 Grubb & Ellis, Lakeshore Managing Director, focusing on all areas of commercial real estate
  • 2006 – Present owner of B Squared Development, focusing on commercial real estate development and investment and property management.
  • 2001 to 2006 Commerce Realty, Lakeshore Manager focusing in all areas of commercial real estate.
  • 10 years in Financial services industry, stock, bond, portfolio management and Insurance.
  • 11 years of Commercial real estate experience, with a focus on Industrial, retail, investment and development.
  • Steve is a Grand Valley State University graduate with a BBA in Marketing.
  • 10 years as a Baseball coach for Grand Haven High School, JV & Varsity program.

John Rubie

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John Rubie is a 28-year veteran of the commercial and residential real estate industry with specific expertise in management, development, site acquisition and brokerage. With his extensive business background and combined real state expertise, John has the skills necessary to consult for our clients in numerous areas including residential and commercial land developments and investment properties.

Professional Accomplishments

25 Year service award as member of Grand Rapids Real Estate Board.

Community Involvement

Board of Directors and Past President of Jellema House
Board of Directors for Natural Areas Conservancy of West Michigan (NACOWM)
Board of Directors and Member of Cascade Hills Country Club
Member of United Way Allocations Committee
Member of Ada Township Planning Commission
Committee Chair Member for Greater Grand Rapids Home builders Association (GGRHBA)
Member of the Rotary Club of Grand Rapids

Pamela Collins

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With over seven years as a sales and leasing agent for Robert Grooters Development Company, Pamela’s background provides an extensive knowledge of the commercial real estate industry, specializing in the industrial and office real estate market. Her business background includes: New business development, Property management, Marketing approximately 1 million square feet of industrial real estate, Site selections for new construction, Securing tax abatements, & Lease negotiations. 

Pamela has a proven track record for innovative business development, with a focus on long-term relationship building. Her ability to bring clients together in mutually profitable solutions is unsurpassed in today’s real estate market.

Professional Experience

April 2014-Present: Vice President, NorthStar Commercial
2009-2014: Real Estate Advisor, Callander Commercial Real Estate
2001-2009: Industrial/Office Sales & Leasing, Robert Grooters Development Co
1998-2001: Account Executive, TDI (Currently known as Yellow Book USA)

Adam Vranian

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Prior to joining NorthStar Commercial, Adam worked for the Gilmore Collection, a Grand Rapids based restaurant and hospitality company, where he served in various sales and customer service positions for over ten years. He excelled in providing a exceptional customer experience for Gilmore customers. Prior to working for the Gilmore Collection, he served as District Service Manager for Domestic Uniform, a linen and uniform supply company supervising operations in 12 countries. Adam is a graduate of Grand Valley State University, and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. He has strong analytical and financial skills. Adam was raised in West Michigan and currently lives in Rockford with his wife Rhiannon, and their three children.

Lars Anderson

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Lars Anderson is a seasoned commercial real estate executive who has distinguished himself as a retail shopping center specialist over the past 25 years. He has established a track record of consistency and performance in virtually every facet of commercial real estate leasing and project development.

Lars began his commercial real estate career with Horizon Group, a Kerr Real Estate affiliate in 1985. He has since held increasingly responsible positions at Equity Properties, General Growth Properties and Schostak Brothers & Company.

Lars’ experience includes acting at New Project Development Manager with overall responsibility for the development and oversight of all lease activity for several Midwest mall projects. He has successfully managed as many as 5 developments concurrently having negotiated and closed hundreds of leasing transactions totaling more than 3 million sq ft throughout his career.

As a specialist in regional mall and big box retail, Lars has established and developed important relationships with dozens of key tenants ranging from retail giants JC Penny, Kohl’s, Target and Wal- Mart to nationally recognized restaurant chains such as Taco Bell and Ruby Tuesday.

Jack VanGessel

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Jack VanGessel joined Northstar Commercial in 2018 as a real estate advisor to help and advise business owners and investors to grow their business and assets. Jack spent several years building his own marketing consulting business working with known clients like Walmart and Spectrum Health. Prior to launching his marketing company, Jack spent several years working for a well known real estate development and management company in West Michigan assisting in property management, leasing, and other marketing activities.

Since then Jack has taken an active role in helping Northstar’s clients and investors find industrial and mixed-use development projects, value-add multifamily and retail investments, and assisting banks and asset managers with commercial and residential foreclosures.

Mike Johnson

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Mike Johnson has over 20 years of experience with Real Estate, Property Management, and Facilities Management in multiple industries including Health Care, Food/Beverage, and Insurance. With his diverse background, Mike has the skills and the professional network required to help our clients in multiple areas of Real Estate including Medical, Medical Office, Retail, and Industrial.

Mike is a past Boardmember with The West Michigan Chapter of IFMA. He’s a graduate of both leadership West Michigan and Leadership Michigan. At Leadership West Michigan he also served as an Executive Committee Member and Day Chair on Land Use with Leadership West Michigan. Mike has also been a member of the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council, where he created and led their first Project One focused on creating strategic relationships with Minority-Owned Businesses with Corporations throughout West Michigan.

Mike is a graduate of The Eli Broad School of Business at Michigan State University where he majored in Marketing and Supply Chain Management. Mike lives in Grand Rapids Township with his wife Jill, their three daughters Ava (15), Addie (12), Lainey(8), and their dog Junie.

Jason Bergeron

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Jason Bergeron joined Northstar Commercial in 2020. Jason began his real estate career at Coldwell Banker after graduating from Hope College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. With hopes to help small businesses grow and expand, Jason made the switch to the commercial real estate world.

Jason is a proud Michigan native, currently living in Grand Rapids.

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Amy Malone

Executive Assistant

Daniel Segura-Aguilar

Property Management and Maintenance