Since he helped found American Real Estate Partners not long ago, Douglas E. Fleit, the company’s chief executive officer, or CEO, has helped set clear goals for the company to be the No. 1 provider on the East Coast of high quality commercial real estate transactions. His experience speaks for itself, with 35 years prior to starting the company with co founder Brian L. Katz, who serves as the company’s president and chief operating officer, or COO. Together, the duo represents decades of experience in all aspects of real estate transactions in the commercial field and over 40 markets too.
In his experience, Douglas E Fleit has handled a range of commercial real estate functions, including but not limited to leasing, sales, development, acquisition and financing of properties. This has totaled over 30 million square feet of space in cities spanning from New York and Philadelphia in the Northeast to Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia encompassing the Delmarva Peninsula to the Raleigh Durham region in the Southeast. The total estimated value of these transactions has exceeded $1.8 billion, spanning from office assets to land.
In particular, Douglas E Fleit has used his expertise in leasing and acquisition to position American Real Estate Partners as a true leader in the real estate field. His experience in helping clients acquire properties and then lease them mostly came from his role at Cushman and Wakefield, where he worked in the commercial brokerage group and even founded the company’s Northern Virginia location more than 30 years ago. Prior to that, Douglas e fleit worked for Savage Fogarty, a merchant developer that was Dutch and where he sold and financed the company’s new and recently renovated developments.
Douglas E Fleit may have earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and neurochemistry from the University of New Hampshire, but any knowledge he used from that degree was applied to his roles in a more indirect way. Since he began working in the real estate field, Douglast E. Fleit has been truly passionate about it and has honed his skills in every possible capacity. If there is one thing Douglas Fleit knows about the world, it is commercial real estate. At his company, this is truly evident just by looking at its regular clients. Over the years, Fleit and his business partner Katz have cultivated strong relationships because they believe in their clients and in their properties.