ALLEN C. DE OLAZARRA
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Allen C. de Olazarra is the founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Equitable Real Estate Partners ("Equitable"), a vertically integrated private real estate investment company, headquartered in Miami and operating in major markets throughout the eastern and southern United States. Equitable integrates equity placement and capital market access with the ability to identify opportunity, manage risk and create value across the full spectrum of real estate development and investment. Equitable is a full service real estate operating company with industry leading leasing, asset management, construction management and development expertise. Since 1993, Equitable and its predecessor companies have acquired, re developed or developed over two hundred (200) distinct office, residential and commercial real estate properties. These investments have comprised over $4 Billion in real estate asset value in 14 major U.S. markets with outstanding results.
Prior to founding Equitable, Mr. de Olazarra the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of America’s Capital Partners, a fully integrated private real estate investment and operating company active throughout the southeast and mid Atlantic regions of the United States. Between 1998 and 2013, America’s Capital Partners acquired and realized on over $3 Billion in real estate investment and development transactions.
Prior to founding America’s Capital Partners, Mr. de Olazarra was the President of Associated Capital Properties, Inc. one of the leading real estate operating and investment companies in Florida. Between 1993 and 1997, Associated Capital Properties acquired over 80 office properties throughout the state of Florida aggregating over 6,500,000 square feet. On October 1st, 1997 Associated Capital Properties merged with Highwoods Properties, a real estate investment trust, in a transaction valued at $622 million. Mr. de Olazarra remained with Highwoods for eight month after the merger with responsibility for acquisitions and development in Florida and the integration of the two companies.
Mr. de Olazarra started his real estate career at Cushman and Wakefield in 1982 serving as Senior Director until 1993. While at C&W Mr. de Olazarra focused on office leasing, investment sales and workouts and twice earned Cushman and Wakefield’s prestigious “Deal of the Year” award.
Mr. de Olazarra received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Virginia in 1981 and has remained active in the University community. Mr. de Olazarra currently serves as a Trustee of the Foundation for the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia, is a Founding Fellow of the University of Virginia Real Estate Institute and is the Executive in Residence at the Center for Growth Enterprises. Mr. de Olazarra also serves on the Real Estate Advisory Board at Florida State University and is an occasional lecturer at FSU, Columbia and NYU. Mr. de Olazarra is a member of the Urban Land Institute and the Real Estate Roundtable.
Together with his wife Diane, the de Olazarra’s have focused their philanthropic efforts on matters that involve advocacy and educational opportunities for children, the Arts and the environment. Diane and Allen reside in Coconut Grove, Florida and Charlottesville, Virginia. They have three daughters.