Brian Katz

Co-Founder & President

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Brian, along with colleague Doug Fleit, founded AREP in 2003 with the principal mission to acquire, develop, and invest in commercial real estate assets. Since co-founding AREP, Brian together with Doug Fleit, has acquired more than $3.5 billion in real estate assets representing approximately 16 million square feet throughout the East Coast of the US.

As President, Brian is intimately involved in all of the day-to-day operations of the Firm and is focused on the sourcing, acquiring, financing, capitalization and disposition of the firm’s Assets as well as the formation and day to day oversight of the firm’s discretionary fund business.

Prior to founding AREP, Brian spent 11 years with Cushman & Wakefield’s ("C&W") Commercial Brokerage Group based in Northern Virginia. There he leased and sold over 15 million SF of space in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area, aided in growing and establishing C&W’s corporate and institutional practices, and was consistently recognized as one of the top brokers in the US. Prior to Cushman & Wakefield Brian spent several years at the Evans Company, a regional development firm, where he was responsible for various portions of their portfolio of 2.5 million SF office portfolio. Brian started his career in 1987 as a broker at Julien J Studley’s Virginia office.

Brian is also involved in numerous charitable organizations including Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center where he spent 7 years co-chairing their annual Gala.

Brian holds a Master of Science in Real Estate from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Maryland.