Our Team - Pioneer Acquisitions
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Our Team

Company Founders


L. Jayson Lemberg


L. Jayson Lemberg co-founded Pioneer Acquisitions in early 2009 and has helped drive the company’s growth to new heights. Previously, Jayson was a Vice President and Head of Deal Origination for Thor Equities, a global real estate investment and development firm.


Mr. Lemberg was responsible for identifying acquisition/development opportunities primarily in the New York Metropolitan area and investing capital for the firm’s funds. He personally originated over $2 billion in potential deal volume, over 50% of which was off-market or direct to owner. Prior to joining Thor, Mr. Lemberg worked in the acquisitions group at The City Investment Fund, a real estate opportunity fund in Manhattan co-sponsored by Fisher Brothers and Morgan Stanley. He also covered the freight transportation industry as an Associate Analyst in equity research at JP Morgan.


Mr. Lemberg earned a Master of Business Administration at the New York University Stern School of Business and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Roberto C. Goizueta Business School at Emory University.


James B. Peterson, Jr.


James B. Peterson, Jr. has been active in the real estate industry for over fifteen years. As a Principal at Pioneer Acquisitions, James has overseen the acquisition of over 2,000 residential units and multiple retail assets across dozens of transactions.


From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Peterson was responsible for deal origination, transactions, and asset management at Thor Equities, a global real estate investment and development firm. On the transaction side, he closed over $180 million in urban retail and mixed-use acquisitions.


In addition to his experience with real estate finance and management, James spent five years as a project manager with a design / build firm in Chicago focusing on significant construction and development projects.


James earned a Masters of Business Administration at the New York University Stern School of Business and a Bachelor of Science, Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Our Team


Nick Hollenkamp

Director of Acquisitions & Asset Management

As Director of Acquisitions & Asset Management, Nick oversees the financial reporting to lenders and investors, underwrites potential acquisitions, and is involved with the renovation and redevelopment planning for current assets. His other responsibilities include sourcing off-market deals and devising future growth strategies for the firm. Nick holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Chicago.


Amanda Tabankin

Director of Human Resources

As Human Resources Manager, Amanda is responsible for the administration and coordination of recruitment, training, development, policy implementation and employee relations. She brings over ten years of educational experience in business and event management to Pioneer Acquisitions. Amanda holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing and a Master of Business Administration degree in Management from Iona College.


Nichole Granquist

Senior Director

An Illinois licensed Broker, Nichole has been tasked with overseeing the marketing, leasing, and revenue generation efforts for Pioneer Acquisitions.  Her background includes property management positions with Atlantic Realty Partners, Golub & Company, and Village Green.  She has experience completing successful lease-ups of high profile properties, rebranding initiatives, and implementation of ancillary income programs.  Nichole holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Trinity Christian College.


Faith Barker

Director of Leasing & Marketing

As marketing manager, Faith strategically and creatively spearheads Pioneer’s marketing efforts. From generating and gathering enticing content for social media accounts to designing all company marketing materials, Faith provides our team with the promotional tools needed to create a strong brand presence. She comes to Pioneer having worked in both the business technology and nonprofit industries. Faith obtained two Bachelors of Arts from Bradley University.


James McDonald


James McDonald is an accounting and finance professional with over twenty years’ experience in the real estate industry.  During his career, he has worked in all facets of accounting from entry-level accountant to CFO at real estate development, property and asset management companies.  He also has operational experience as a Property Manager, which enables him to understand the needs and issues with field employees, residents and tenants.

Mr. McDonald is experienced with various asset types including condominiums, luxury and work force apartment buildings, commercial office buildings, retail, medical offices, parking garages, restaurants and movie theaters. 

James earned a Master’s Degree in Real Estate Finance from New York University and holds the Certified Property Manager designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management.


Wendy Davidson

Property Accountant

Wendy has over 10 years of hands-on real estate experience ranging from compliance to property accounting. She joined Pioneer’s accounting team in 2017 as the Property Accountant for a diverse mix of portfolio assets. Wendy holds a Master’s Degree in Accounting and Financial Management from Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University.