Bradford Korzen - Chief Executive Officer
As the founder of Kor, Brad Korzen has developed a dynamic portfolio of resorts, hotels, multifamily properties and commercial investments while guiding the diverse corporation behind its growth and operations. In just over a decade, Brad has mined his unique understanding of contemporary financial and cultural climates to develop, market and manage real estate assets that are at once traditionally profitable and creatively progressive. Under his direction, Kor has grown from a real estate acquisition and property administration firm to a multi-faceted corporation with fully integrated acquisitions, development, construction, sales, marketing and management capabilities. Recognized in the trade and popular media as a leading force on the contemporary boutique hotel scene, Brad is perhaps best known for his burgeoning collection of Southern California hospitality destinations, including the award-winning hotels Viceroy Palm Springs and Viceroy Santa Monica, and Beverly Hills' famed Avalon Hotel and Maison 140. In 2005, he introduced the company's first international properties, Viceroy Anguilla and the Riviera Maya resort, and announced a partnership with The Related Group of Florida to create two Viceroy destinations in Miami and South Beach. In addition to his success in the hospitality market, Brad has acquired and developed a collection of multifamily properties throughout Southern California. A Chicago native and graduate of the University of Illinois, Brad holds a Juris Doctorate from University of Miami School of Law.
Brian De Lowe - Principal
As Principal, Brian De Lowe leads corporate strategy and the sourcing and execution of acquisitions. Since 2004, Brian has successfully closed over $250 million of acquisitions and $500 million of dispositions with the company. Prior to joining Kor, Brian was the Vice President of Business Development for Viceroy Hotel Group, where he oversaw all aspects of the company's acquisition and business development activities in North America and South America. While with Viceroy and Kor, Brian also served as Development Director, leading the acquisition, development and redevelopment of urban multifamily, adaptive reuse, and hotel projects in the U.S. and Latin America. Prior to Kor and Viceroy, Brian worked in the Debt & Structured Finance group of Buchanan Street Partners in Los Angeles, where he structured and closed over $200 million in debt and equity transactions across various real estate product types. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business, where he graduated magna cum laude.
Alex Samek - Principal
As Principal, Alex Samek is responsible for creating and executing Kor's strategy for commercial investment, acquisition and development. This includes optimizing the value of Kor's current property portfolio, and identifying and securing future acquisitions and business development opportunities. Since joining Kor in 2004, Alex has overseen more than $600 million in acquisitions and development for the company, including hospitality, multi-family and residential projects in the US and the Caribbean. Prior to joining Kor, Alex invested more than $100 million in equity to acquire and integrate six companies while at North Castle Partners, a private equity firm with more than $500 million under management. While in the Technology Corporate Finance Group at NationsBank/Bank of America, Alex raised more than $600 million of capital to finance highly leveraged transactions for financial sponsors and provided more than $1 billion of debt financing for technology companies. Alex earned a BSBA from Washington University and an MBA from Columbia Business School. Alex is based in the San Francisco Bay Area
Tripp DuBois - Vice President, Marketing & Sales
Tripp DuBois directs all aspects of marketing, branding, sales and leasing strategy for Kor's investments. He also co-heads the Advisory Service division and directs all marketing, sales, and branding for third-party client properties. Tripp has been instrumental in the feasibility, planning, design, marketing and sale of Kor's residential product throughout California, Nevada, Mexico and the Caribbean, achieving over $500 million in residential sales. Prior to joining Kor, Tripp was a senior executive with EMI Music in Los Angeles, CA, where he oversaw the sales and marketing of multi-platinum recording artists. The unconventional and cross-promotional platforms he used to market music talent gave rise to many of the innovative concepts he has brought to the world of residential marketing. Tripp received a BS in Finance and Marketing from Syracuse University's Martin J. Whitman School of Management.
Fabian Iobbi - Vice President, Design & Construction
Fabian Iobbi joined Kor in November 2004. His background in both residential and commercial construction soundly complements Kor's real estate development product types. During his tenure at Kor, Fabian has been responsible for the design and construction of over 300 residential units with a combined value of over $175 million and 250 hotel units with a combined value of over $10 million. In his role, he has managed budgeting, schedule, entitlements, master planning, design and construction. Prior to joining Kor, Fabian was a Project Manager for McCarthy Building Companies, managing all aspects of construction projects, including budgeting, procurement, schedule, and quality control. He holds a master's degree in Construction Management from the University of Southern California and a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from California State University.
Serge Arutti - Vice President, Finance & Operations
Serge Arutti manages the overall direction and control of all financial and administrative matters in support of the company's strategic business objectives, including finance and accounting, tax preparation, human resources, and technology. He also supports capital relationship building and relationship management for new and existing equity partners. Serge brings over fourteen years of broad-based accounting experience, of which he spent the last twelve years in real estate accounting. Between his tenure with Kor and his prior employer, Casden Properties, LLC, Serge has successfully managed accounting books for over a billion dollars of various income-producing real estate properties. Serge holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from University of California, Riverside and a Masters in Business Administration degree from California Lutheran University.
Matthew Green - Austin Managing Partner, VP Acquisitions & Development
As the managing partner of the Austin office, Matt sources opportunity, oversees development and asset management for Kor. He identifies acquisitions and creates value through planning, entitlement and strategic partnerships. Prior to joining Kor, Matt was the VP of Development & Finance at Stratus Properties (STRS) where he served as a development manager, analyst and broker. He underwrote over $350 million of closed debt and $175 million of placed equity. Integral to the team, he managed the development of the W Austin Hotel & Residences. This $300 million development is one million square feet and includes a 2,500 capacity music venue anchored by Austin City Limits. He previously served as a legislative analyst in the Texas Senate. Matt is a Texas native and has resided in Austin since 1999. He holds a BS from the University of Texas at Austin as well as an MS in Community & Regional Planning.