Co-Founder & President


Brian co-founded AREP in 2003 with the principal mission to acquire, develop, and invest in data center, residential, industrial and office real estate across strategic U.S. metropolitan markets. Since co-founding AREP, Brian together with Doug Fleit, has deployed more than $7 billion across targeted geographies and acquired over 25 million square feet of prime real estate.

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.

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American Real Estate Partners (AREP) is an institutional fund manager and innovative operating partner focused on data center, office, and residential/mixed-use development and repositioning throughout the East Coast. AREP has had a number of high-profile successes in the Ashburn data center market, including the 1.8 million square foot acquisition of Quantum Park and the development of a 445,000 square foot headquarters for the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Agency.