Our Team

Elzie L. Higginbottom

CEO, Chairman

Elzie L. Higginbottom has been involved in real estate financing, development and management of single and multifamily, and commercial real estate for more than forty-five years.  Mr. Higginbottom is the Chairman of East Lake Management Group, Inc. 

Mr. Higginbottom has been principal developer of several thousand units of housing on scattered sites and neighborhoods around the Midwest as well as serving as principal developer or co-principal developer of several highly recognized ventures within Chicago’s Loop and River North Area, including 200 North Dearborn, a 47 story, 309 unit luxury residential/commercial development; The Hermitage on Huron, a 26 story, 241 unit luxury residential development; and 1250 North LaSalle Street, a 17 story, 202 unit luxury residential development, including rehabilitation of the adjacent Swedish Club.

Mr. Higginbottom has also been committed to revitalization of Chicago’s underserved communities. In particular, he has been instrumental in catalyzing the renaissance of the historic Bronzeville neighborhood. Developments of distinction include:

In addition to his real estate work, Mr. Higginbottom is a Trustee at Illinois Institute of Technology, and a Member of the After School Matters Board.  He was past chairman of Governor’s Workforce Investment Board.  His philanthropic efforts include support for Mercy Hospital, Children’s Memorial Hospital, Boys Town Chicago, and Operation PUSH, among many others.

Eileen Rhodes, President

Ms. Rhodes is East Lake’s President.  She is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the property management company.  The Project Executive for the CHA portfolio reports directly to Ms. Rhodes as do the CFO and the management team for East Lake’s conventional portfolio.  Ms. Rhodes has been acting in an asset management and property management capacity for over 15 years.

Ms. Rhodes received her BA from Georgetown University and her MA from Erikson Institute.  At Erikson Institute, Ms. Rhodes completed a nine-month internship with a well-respected welfare-to-work program and has extensive volunteer experience working with inner city youth and advocacy groups.  Ms. Rhodes has her real estate broker’s license from the state of Illinois.

David A. Turner, Chief Financial Officer

David A. Turner, MSA CPA joined East Lake in January 2012 and serves as East Lake’s Chief Financial Officer, overseeing the accounting and IT departments.   David is a Licensed Certified Public Accountant.  He holds a Master’s degree in Accounting and an Executive Certificate in Management, from Bradley University.  He is responsible for all aspects of accounting including financial reporting, accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll and benefits. 


Development Team

John Higgins

John B Higgins is a Development Manager at East Lake Management and Development Corp.  Mr. Higgins is involved in all aspects of the company’s development business including design/planning, financing, entitlements, project management, and leasing. 

Tyler R. Holland

Tyler R. Holland is a Real Estate Development Manager at East Lake. In coordination with East Lake’s in-house development team, his responsibilities include site planning, financial modeling and strategy, entitlement work, construction management, and community engagement. Property types include affordable, market-rate, mixed-income senior and family residential and commercial, retail, and mixed-use.


Property Management Team

Juana R. Pollard, Project Executive

Juana Pollard has been a member of East Lake’s Residential Property Management Team for twenty years.  She currently is responsible for over 3,000 family and senior units that are either federally subsidized, tax credit, mixed-financed or market rate.  Ms. Pollard’s primary responsibility is to manage the $20 million of owners assets, provide direction for the management of human and physical capital,  evaluate the operational systems and processes, analyze policies, procedures and practices, monitor property performance and supervise the administrative, financial, and procurement compliance requirements of each owner.