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Led by a seasoned, mature team and industry experts, and former students of Dr. Peter Linneman, AOZA pursues primarily off-market engagement of high profile investments. AOZA strives to generate attractive returns for our investors. By combining our powerful research and transactional expertise, AOZA will carry on the Linneman legacy of delivering transparent and honest asset management as a committed fiduciary to our investors.
Peter Linneman, PhD.
With over 40 years of active involvement in real estate investments, strategy, and operation, Dr. Peter Linneman is a partner of AOZA. He is also Founder and CEO of Linneman Associates, Linneman ARPA, KL Realty, and American Land Fund Management. He is the author of Real Estate Finance and Investments: Risks and Opportunities, the quarterly publication, The Linneman Letter, and more than 100 scholarly publications.
Dr. Linneman previously served as senior managing director of Equity International Properties, Vice Chairman of Amerimar Realty, and Chairman of the board of Rockefeller Center Properties. He currently serves on the board of directors and acts as an advisor for numerous national and international real estate companies.
He was the Emeritus Albert Sussman Professor of Real Estate, Finance, and Public Policy at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and founder of the Zell Lurie Real Estate Center. He has served over 32 years as a professor at the Wharton School, and was co-editor of The Wharton Real Estate Review.
Dr. Linneman holds both masters and doctorate degrees in economics from the University of Chicago, and a bachelor’s degree from Ashland University.
Christine Kwak has over 25 years of experience in the real estate industry with expertise ranging from acquisitions and dispositions to debt originations of more than $4 billion. In her current role, Christine is a partner of AOZA and Linneman ARPA, and senior asset advisor at American Land Fund Management, responsible for all capital transactions activities. She is also co-founder and president of KL Realty, a private real estate investment firm launched in 2010 in partnership with Dr. Linneman, and founder of Aris Real Estate Ventures, a coast based investment firm.
Prior to co-founding KL Realty with Dr. Peter Linneman, Christine was a managing director at Shorenstein Properties
in San Francisco, responsible for sourcing, evaluating, negotiating, and closing capital transactions in the Western United States. Before that, she was a vice president in the Investment Banking Group at Goldman Sachs in New York, and a Senior Consultant with Ernst & Young/Kenneth Leventhal Real Estate Practice.
A graduate from the University of California at Berkeley with a BA in Architecture, Christine went on to earn her MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. She serves as a full member of the Urban Land Institute, and has served as a board member of the San Francisco chapter of NAIOP, as well as an advisory member of the California Alumni Association Finance Committee at UC Berkeley.
Jared is a real estate development, investment, and financing specialist with over 25 years of experience. Jared is a partner of AOZA and Linneman ARPA. He was a Vice President and loan manager at Citibank; ran transactions and asset management for Argent Ventures, an equity nvestment affiliate of Lehman Brothers; and worked on the Private Equity team at Marathon Asset Management. He has advised ultra-high net worth family offices on their real estate activities and put together large urban development deals in Philadelphia, New York, Florida, and Paris where he oversaw structuring debt and equity, assembling teams and partnerships, working on design, and devising strategy.
Jared’s background in development and finance has allowed him to build up several property platforms with a focus on pioneering neighborhoods. Jared holds a BA from Johns Hopkins and MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Jared serves on several real estate and finance boards. Jared also works with the Robin Hood Foundation.
Kelley Brasfield has over 20 years of real estate industry experience and is a partner of AOZA and Linneman ARPA. Focusing on economic forecasting and research, Kelley began her career working for Dr. Peter Linneman at Linneman Associates. Kelley joined American Land Fund Management in 2006 as a senior vice president responsible for overseeing asset management and reporting.
Prior to joining American Land Fund Management, Kelley was an associate director at MetLife in the Real Estate Investments Group, and a portfolio manager for the commercial mortgage holdings of MetLife Bank and other
MetLife affiliate companies. Kelley has a background in real estate development from her time at Roseland Property Company and SK Affiliates, underwriting and financing numerous multifamily and office properties. She also worked for AIG in the real estate strategy group and had involvement in the disposition of a $22 million leasehold asset. Kelley holds a BA in English from Miami University, and MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Christine Burk joined American Land Fund Management in 2009 as a cost analyst responsible for supporting the acquisition and disposition activity and asset management functions. Christine has over 10 years of project management and controls experience.
Prior to joining American Land Fund, Christine was a Project Manager and Master Scheduler for FLSmidth Inc. where she served as the focal point for creating and maintaining engineering and delivery schedules on multiple projects. Christine received a BS in Civil Engineering and Business Management from Widener University.