Beyond a Job

For the founders of JSM, property development is more than a job; it’s a family tradition. It started back in 1935 when the family patriarch, Lyon Hartman first went into construction with his brothers. Nearly 40 years later, sons Jeff, Steve and Mike Hartman continued the family legacy, joining various real estate development ventures to form JSM Apartments, JSM Development, and JSM Management.

Today, the brothers own and manage more than 1,500 apartments and 450,000 square-feet of commercial space in Champaign-Urbana and Bloomington-Normal, taking a very personal interest in the properties they maintain and the community they call home. To date, the brothers have refused to manage properties they don’t own, ensuring that all buildings under the JSM banner meet their personal standard for excellence.

As the next generation of Hartmans begins to take part in the family business, the brothers and their staff continue to ensure that JSM tenants enjoy the award-winning amenities, round-the-clock maintenance and friendly property management that have been a family hallmark for three generations.