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Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer


Doug, along with colleague Brian Katz, 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 he co-founded AREP, Doug, together with Brian Katz, has acquired more than $6 billion across targeted geographies and acquired over 22 million square feet of prime real estate. Doug has a diverse and extensive background spanning a multitude of areas including development, acquisition, disposition, financing and leasing, totaling more than 40 million square feet of transactions throughout his career.

Prior to founding AREP, Doug spent 22 years with Cushman & Wakefield’s (C&W), co-founding its Washington DC operation in 1981 and serving in various senior roles as an Executive Vice President, growing the C&W regional operation to $50M in annual revenues. While at C&W, he was consistently recognized as one of the company’s top brokers in Nation, was a member of the National Board of Advisors and served on the National Arbitration Committee for the Eastern United States. Prior to 1981, Doug worked for a Netherlands funded DC based development firm, Savage Fogarty, on their development of office and mixed-use properties.

Doug holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology/Neurochemistry from the University of New Hampshire.

Doug has served on both institutional boards for local companies in Washington DC as well as local charities. He has been a frequent speaker on real estate topics and has given classes to real estate business schools. He currently serves on the Advisory Council to the Korean International Trade Association advising on real estate investment matters for the association.

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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.