2009–2021 Top Producer, Awarded by the Chicago Association of Realtors
As founder of the RG Group at Dream Town, Riz brings to the table a wealth of real estate experience coupled with a great knowledge of Chicago’s various neighborhoods. Shortly after graduating college in Texas, Riz agreed to move to Chicago on a friend's suggestion, even though he had never been to the city previously. Things couldn't have worked out more perfectly and Riz has now called Chicago home for nearly thirty years.
After working in and around the Chicago real estate industry for many years, transitioning to a career in residential sales in late 2005 was not only a natural progression for Riz, but also a great fit. In 2006, his first full year in the business, Riz was recognized for his sales volume by his prior brokerage. In 2009, he was designated as a "Top Producer" by the Chicago Association of Realtors and has been in the top 10% of Chicagoland Realtors ever since, earning a top 1% designation in 2020 and 2021.
Riz has lived in several different areas in Chicago and has a first-hand knowledge of the unique qualities and diversity of the city’s many great neighborhoods. Riz combines his expertise of the city and his sales success with a keen ability to relate to his clients. It's this combination that allows Riz to be a truly great Realtor. Riz is extremely focused on providing unrivaled customer service to his clients—day or night, he is truly available to his clients, not just during a transaction, but long after.
Riz’s business runs the gamut from single-unit investors to high-end luxury buyers and sellers. Still, he holds a special affinity for first-time buyers. Riz loves walking a first-time buyer through every step of the often-complex process of becoming a homeowner. Seeing the smile on a new homeowner's face after closing is truly a rewarding end to a long journey. Riz maintains a very loyal client base and over the last several years, over 95% of his business has come from prior clients and their referrals. He truly appreciates the faith his clients put in him and treats all referrals with the utmost level of service.
Riz resides in the vibrant neighborhood of Andersonville. In his free time, he loves to cook and enjoys dining out at Chicago's many amazing restaurants. Chicago is a first-class food city and Riz likes to take full advantage of it!
As the daughter of a contractor and the sister of a lender, becoming a real estate broker was a natural progression for Tessa Dargis. She brings a wealth of knowledge to her work as a broker including her own background in marketing and her experiences as a property manager. Her degree in Advertising and Public Relations from Loyola University Chicago has provided her with a sharp sense of how to market a listing. She specializes in residential real estate and has a particular understanding of rehab properties, as well as how to gain a return on investment with home improvements.
When it comes to guiding a transaction through the process, Tessa prides herself on her efficiency, honesty, and dedication to serving her clients’ best interests. She tries to bring a fresh perspective to the table and is not shy about having difficult conversations. She works hard to answer every question her clients have.
Tessa is especially grateful for the opportunities she has at Dream Town: “The support we receive as brokers is outstanding, and the technology we have access to is unrivaled. I could not ask for a better organization to grow alongside.” I especially appreciate having my fantastic team to call on when I run into specific, difficult situations. There is not much in this business that my team lead, Riz Gilani, hasn’t seen- so that support is invaluable.
Tessa grew up in Palos Hills, a south suburb of Chicago. She currently lives in Westchester, IL with her husband Matt, and their two sons, Charlie & Jamie. Outside of work, she enjoys cooking, exercising, and spending time with her extended family.
Randy arrives at Dream Town after a successful career in retail sales on Michigan Avenue. Always up for a challenge, Randy decided it was time for a career change and made the switch to real estate. His previous experience made him well-versed in successfully understanding the needs of people from many different backgrounds, making him the ideal agent to help find your next home.
Born and raised in New York, Randy spent time in Florida before calling Chicago his home and has fully immersed himself in the city. Randy lives in the Uptown neighborhood and considers himself a full-blown Chicagoan. He enjoys the close proximity to Lake Michigan and the diversity that the community offers. If he's not showing properties, you will can find Randy at Uptown spots like The Baton, Aragon Ballroom or The Riviera. He spends most of his free time reading and writing literature, renovating his condo one room at a time, and is part of the Volunteer Board at StoryStudio Chicago in Ravenswood. Randy received his BA in English from Queens College/CUNY and received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Florida. He has written copy for weekly newspapers and has published both fiction and non-fiction in the past.
Randy's constant development and follow up has produced an intensely loyal client base, which led to those who started out as clients becoming friends. He does his best to make his clients feel comfortable and to embrace the process of home buying. Whether he is being goofy or serious, making a joke or relaying important information, there is a special connection and trustworthiness he brings to every client, letting them know that no matter what happens, he has their best interests in mind and heart.
Offering a client-focused approach, Marissa helps her clients successfully navigate their real estate journey with ease. She began her real estate career working behind the scenes in administration, where she learned the intricacies of the buying and selling process before pursuing her real estate brokers' license. As an advocate for her clients, Marissa works tirelessly to guarantee her clients a smooth, stress-free transaction. Prior to becoming a licensed real estate broker, Marissa also worked in the non-profit sector and event sales where she honed her communication and problem-solving skills.
Marissa relies on tried and true strategies and cutting-edge technologies to ensure real estate success for her clients. She knows that the perfect investment property or dream home is out there, and she goes the extra mile to ensure her clients homeownership goals are met. Meticulous and driven, Marissa believes in forming long-lasting relationships with her clients in order to better serve their needs. Marissa is fluent in Spanish, allowing her to better serve the area’s diverse community.
In her free time, Marissa loves to stay active—her proudest accomplishment was completing her first half marathon in 2018. Marissa enjoys living in the Chicagoland area, and can often be found exploring new neighborhoods or wandering the lakefront’s paths.
Following more than two decades in the hospitality industry, Ben Myers brings a strong record of success and a wealth of customer service experience to his real estate career. In fact, he credits one of his early mentors for a bit of advice that has guided him throughout his professional life: Speaking about the restaurant industry where the food is usually the focus, a boss once reminded him that at the end of the day, “It’s a people business.” Bringing this same attitude to both his buyers and sellers, Ben knows that his success is based upon helping people achieve their goals.
Ben also understands that successful relationships require absolute integrity and the ability to listen and communicate effectively. From his years in the restaurant business, he also brings sharp negotiating skills, the confidence to thrive under pressure, and the ability to deliver results even under challenging circumstances. He is a loyal partner – consistently advocating on behalf of his clients and always striving to provide a seamless and stress-free experience.
Inspired to pursue a real estate career after his own very positive, home-buying experiences, Ben is determined to give his clients the same level of complete satisfaction that he enjoyed. He loves having the opportunity to work with so many different people and is honored to play a role in such a momentous event in his clients’ lives – whether that’s buying or selling their home.
When he’s not working, Ben is an accomplished cook and baker, an avid reader, and a proud member of the Scottish Terrier Club of Chicago. After having lived in various Chicago neighborhoods from Andersonville to Uptown and Edgewater, he and his husband recently moved into a new home in Skokie where he is happily applying his expertise and passion for landscape and interior design.