About Us

DRG was founded in 2013 as a private industrial real estate company with offices in Chicago, Illinois and Nashville, Tennessee. The firm’s complimentary investment approach blends institutional scale with local entrepreneurial focus. DRG has acquired and developed over 7.6 million square feet of industrial properties with a total market capitalization in excess of $540 million.

Meet the Principals

James Love Managing Partner

James Love is the Founder and Managing Partner of Distribution Realty Group. Since its formation in October of 2013, DRG has developed 4 million square feet of Class A industrial properties and acquired over one million square feet of infill industrial properties in core submarkets. Mr. Love has been involved in the acquisition and disposition of over $1 billion of industrial properties since 2012. Prior to his career as a principal, James was an industrial leasing broker with Colliers International. Mr. Love has served on the national board of NAIOP as well as on its industrial advisory and I-Con committees, and the Montgomery Bell Academy Alumni Board.

Michael Augustine Managing Partner

Michael Augustine is a Managing Partner of Distribution Realty Group where he has acquired and developed over 4 million square feet of industrial properties since 2014. Mr. Augustine was previously at Morgan Stanley and Prologis and most recently at the Charles Hawkins Company where he leased and sold over $150 million of industrial real estate in Nashville, TN. Mr. Augustine holds an SIOR designation, an MBA from Vanderbilt University, and is a member of the national NAIOP Developing Leaders Forum and the Montgomery Bell Academy Alumni Board.

Curran Darling Partner

Curran Darling is a Partner at Distribution Realty Group focused on acquisitions, development and asset management for the Chicago office. Prior to his career as a principal, Mr. Darling was at JLL, where he worked in the Industrial Capital Markets platform, performing investment sales, equity raising and recapitalizations for clients across the country. Mr. Darling graduated from Villanova University and is an active alumni member of the Dan DiLella Center for Real Estate, where he sits on the Nova Next Council board.

Nichole Ocepek Chief Financial Officer

Nichole Ocepek joined the firm in 2019 to manage the firm's financial oversight and day to day operations. Ms. Ocepek began her career in public accounting with RSM McGladrey before moving on to become the CFO of the Arena Football League. Most recently, Nichole was the CFO/Co-Founder of a home e-commerce start up, Loom Decor, which was sold in 2018. Nichole graduated in 2004 from Miami University (Ohio) with a Masters in Accounting. She was also a member of the varsity swim team which won 2 MAC Championships. Additionally, Nichole serves as an advisor for a Nashville area start-up.