Being in real estate my entire career has been fantastic as I’ve worked with so many great people and have been involved in many amazing projects. My friends and family refer to me as a workaholic as I can’t bring myself to leave the office until I’m at a “good stopping point”. I just smile when I hear this as I have always taken great pride in my career and have a passion for what I do. My favorite accomplishments stem from the teams I’ve developed over the years as well as providing high quality work product and superior service to both internal and external clients. I love to lead training classes, mentor team members and implement efficiencies and cost savings. I also tend to be a perfectionist and work with a high level of integrity, which is very compatible with the accounting field as accounting is an exact science.
My #1 job outside of Hiffman is being mom to my three boys. When I’m not at the office you’ll most likely find me at one of their games cheering them on – you name it football, baseball, basketball and hockey. I’m very competitive and my son are as well. They have a passion for sports and work hard to excel in their positions. Above all, my goal for them is to be the best teammates they can, lead by example and be respectful. On the rare occasion when we don’t have a weekend full of sports, we like to head to northern Wisconsin and fish for Musky, Northern, Bass or whatever might bite our line (yes I bait my own hook and am the queen of untangling fishing line AND I love to win the fishing contest). The boys also enjoy golfing so you might find us on a course in the area – I typically drive the cart and watch them with a choice beverage. I also love to travel with my family OR with my best girlfriends (when I truly need to get away from it all).
“Leadership is not a position or a title, it is action and example.”
Professional Background & Experience
Annette Kastner joined NAI Hiffman as Chief Financial Officer and Director of Accounting Services in June 2019 bringing more than 25 years of real estate accounting experience to the expanding NAI Hiffman platform. She will also hold positions on the firm’s Operating Board and Board of Directors as part of her Chief Financial Officer responsibilities.
Annette spent the last 10 years at Lincoln Property Company as Vice President and Controller leading its Midwest residential accounting team as well as handling financial reporting for the Midwest and Northwest region’s property management and development companies. In addition she was involved in several national initiatives including rolling out financial, CAM and budget training for property managers. Prior to her tenure at Lincoln Property Company, Kastner spent five years working for Green Courte Partners, a Private Equity Real Estate firm where she was responsible for its real estate investment fund investor and tax reporting, human resources and insurance placement for two of their real estate investment funds. Prior to Green Courte , Kastner was the Director of Client Accounting for CBRE’s Chicago accounting office leading a team of over 60 accounting professionals.
Professional Affiliations & Designations
- Member of the Illinois CPA Society and AICPA