The Partners

Jim Hughes, Jr. / CEO 

Next Generation lays claim to decades of experience in site selection, land development and market research in the Chicagoland suburban marketplace. With over 30 years of real estate experience, Mr. Hughes, Jr. has been involved with all aspects of real estate development, design, procurement, entitlement, planning, and sales and marketing.

Mr. Hughes, Jr. has an extensive history of overseeing the planning, development and consulting of land portfolios after the company’s predecessor organization, Wiseman-Hughes. Mr. Hughes, Jr. has been responsible for providing some of the Chicago area city managers with award-winning and best-use developments. Mr. Hughes currently serves on the board for Rush-Copley Board of Directors.

The Executive Team

  • Gail Payonk / Director 
  • Don Zierer / Director of Construction
  • Melanie Smith / Controller