UpperCross Development Group LLC

Meet Our Team

  • Robert Harte

    Robert Harte, Principal, has been an entrepreneurial real estate developer for over 20 years, conducting the acquisition, financing, development, management, and disposition of real estate properties with an estimated total development valuation in excess of $2 billion USD.

    In addition to his responsibilities with UDG, Mr. Harte serves as President and co-founder of South Swell Development Group, a nationally focused real estate development company with an environmental focus. Prior to this, he co-founded and served as managing member and president of Chicago based international real estate developer PRM Realty Group, LLC ("PRM") for 17 years, during which time he oversaw all aspects of PRM’s worldwide daily operations. Mr. Harte graduated from Quincy University with a B.S. degree in Business Management and is an active member of the Urban Land institute.

  • Lawrence Frej

    Lawrence Frej, Principal, is a design and real estate professional specializing in high-end resort residential development.

    Formerly, Mr. Frej was a Senior Vice-President with PRM Realty Group of Chicago. In this role, he led the envisioning, design and development of all of PRM’s projects world-wide, including most notably, Maluhia at Wailea, a luxury ocean-front residential development in Maui which broke all price records for similar product type in Hawaii at the time it came to market.

    Earlier in his career, Mr. Frej served as an Objects Conservator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture and City Planning from the University of Illinois and a Master of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design and is an active member of the Urban Land Institute.

  • Randall Hill

    Mr. Hill has worked in the real estate industry for over 35 years specializing in: acquisitions, dispositions, due diligence, underwriting, property management, asset management, portfolio management and private equity investment management. Mr. Hill has extensive experience in all asset types in both acquisitions and ground-up development.

    Prior to joining UDG, Mr. Hill was Senior Vice President & Portfolio Manager at Blue Vista Capital Management, Chicago, IL. His duties included managing the day-to-day operations of Blue Vista Sponsor Equity Fund I & II ($270 million) including investor communications, acquisitions, dispositions, underwriting and closing equity investments. Prior to BVCM, Mr. Hill was Vice President at PRM Realty Group, LLC. Chicago, Illinois where he was responsible for analyzing, structuring and closing property acquisitions and dispositions. Prior to PRM, Mr. Hill was Vice President at RBG Financial, Inc. Chicago, Illinois where he was responsible for sourcing, underwriting, negotiating and closing equity and debt investments in single family and multifamily residential development projects. Prior to RBG, Mr. Hill held acquisition and asset management positions at Ambassador Apartments, Equity Residential Properties Trust, Equity Assets Management, the Zell/Merrill Lynch Opportunity Funds, VMS Realty Partners. Mr. Hill received a B.S. from Kelley School of Business Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

  • Craig Knight

    Craig Knight has worked in an entrepreneurial capacity in public and private real estate development firms as a Principal or Senior Director for thirty-two years. During that tenure, Mr. Knight has been involved in the horizontal and vertical development, including acquisition, entitlement, financing, design, and construction, of diverse asset classes including: land; commercial; retail, resort/hospitality/marina; luxury housing; multi-family; and special purpose. He has developed and/or constructed well in excess of 2 billion dollars of real estate across these many classes. Mr. Knight has also led the operations of both small and mid-sized commercial real estate management firms operating throughout the United States. Mr. Knight is considered an expert in developing strategies for and managing all aspects of complex real estate program management, strategic planning, and team building/personnel leadership.

    Mr. Knight has also provided business management and strategy consulting to small and mid-size firms seeking operational and procedural guidance and outsourced execution. Mr. Knight has served as President and CEO of a National Public Charity that provides education platforms to the public about animal welfare and management. He has a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Merchant Marine Academy and is a Licensed Engineer. In addition to completing numerous Masters level courses in business, finance, and process engineering; he holds an Illinois Real Estate Managing Brokers license.