Kari joined Innovation Properties Group in February of 2018 guiding tenants and landlords on their commercial lease and sublease needs. Upon joining IPG, Kari quickly leveraged her talents in expanding IPG’s initiatives of launching FOCUS Innovation Studio – a comprehensive co-working space for budding start-ups and established entrepreneurs. Kari brings enormous energy and endurance to her profession – no detail is overlooked. Every choice she makes in showcasing a space or in search of a new place of work is done with the goal of adding value.
Being a highly articulate and effective communicator, Kari consistently gains support for her clients’ agendas from local and state political leaders. She believes in an honest and transparent approach. Kari is a collaborative negotiator who has successfully secured and facilitated the administration of cash grants, tax abatements, PILOT agreements, sales tax sharing agreements, employee training grants, payroll rebates, sales and use tax refunds, utility benefits and other economic incentives that have a positive and direct impact upon the client’s bottom line.
Kari Sims has provided state and local tax and incentives consulting throughout the United States to companies in a wide range of industries for various project types, including distribution facilities, research centers, manufacturing operations, call centers, back offices, headquarter relocations and retail operations. Kari works diligently to improve a client’s return on their investment while ensuring any benefits offered will be fully utilized. She works with the utmost integrity, while applying her extensive technical expertise to fully maximize clients’ economic incentives.
Before transitioning into Commercial Real Estate, Kari came from a background in altruistic ventures and environmental tech. She earned her Bachelor’s from a private art school in Chicago in Media Management, a program focused on forward-thinking and training for the evolving industry of visual and audio storytelling. Her training and studies have paved a path for her to optimize consultation services, lease audits, site selections, and project management in commercial leasing. Her business is built on communication, dedication, and determination with adaptability to support every client’s Real Estate needs.
Kari finds balance by spending time reading, volunteering for the SPCA foster program, and traveling.