AEW is a global real estate investment management firm that invests in all product types. The company serves over 400 clients with close to $76.0 billion in assets under management. Currently, Howard splits his time between acquisitions and asset management. On the acquisitions side, his main focus is assisting the acquisitions director underwrite and close on deals, primarily Denver and west. As a member of the asset management team, his main responsibilities include supporting the asset managers in all facets including reviewing leases, updating financial models (both Excel and Argus), and completing quarterly and annual reports. By doing so, he executes upon the plans and decisions which were made by the acquisitions team.
My chat with Howard left me with a more in-depth view of not only what goes into acquisition and asset management, but the organizational structure of AEW as a whole. Howard’s work ethic and mentality can be portrayed by what he said was one of his favorite quotes “First learn, then remove L.” Howard has achieved such consistent success in his position because he is focused on learning as much as he can and being able to provide the most to whatever team or project he is assigned to. It was truly a pleasure speaking to and learning from Howard.