Who are we?
AthenianRazak is the result of a merger between two successful Philadelphia-based real estate companies—Athenian Properties, founded by Jacqueline Buhn, and Razak Company, founded by Alan Razak— that have collaborated on many joint projects. With combined resources and an integrated understanding of all aspects of real estate, AthenianRazak offers guidance and solutions for a range of property issues. Our team’s vision and expertise in hands-on construction and management along with financial structuring and strategic planning sets us apart. As consultants, we support institutions, corporations, and investors with the development and management of real estate, including mission critical space. As developers, we create enjoyable, intelligently designed, culturally significant, and environmentally responsible projects. We see the big picture up front, which saves money for our clients in the long run. Both companies are also proud of our long-term efforts toward sustainability. Stewardship of the environment has always been a priority for us, both in terms of our business ethos—promoting viable and exciting urban density, reusing existing buildings, and providing attractive cityscapes—and our personal practices, like biking, walking, or taking public transportation to work. The same culture, pride and creativity that distinguished Athenian and Razak individually are still the core values of AthenianRazak.
If you have a project to get off the ground or a property that’s not performing, we hope you’ll get to know us.
Principal & CEO
Jackie, a seasoned real estate veteran, is Principal & CEO of AthenianRazak LLC, a Philadelphia-based real estate services company that consults on, creates, and manages real property. Prior to the 2011 merger between Athenian Properties and Razak Company to form AthenianRazak, Jackie was the president of Athenian Properties, which she founded in 2001. Before forming Athenian, Jackie was a founder and principal of Renaissance Properties, which she led for 10 years, and before that she was a senior staff member at the development firm Growth Properties. Jackie’s expertise includes real estate consulting and planning, historic redevelopment, financial structuring, data center construction and management, and real estate operations. She has completed projects as diverse as repositioning 700 distressed apartment units to the simultaneous construction of five data centers in an historic Chicago building, 8% under budget.
At Athenian Properties, Jackie oversaw repositioning, redevelopment, management, or consulting for more than 8 million sf of commercial properties and 2,800 residential units, as well as leading 2 master plans for the 200-school Philadelphia School District. At Renaissance and Growth Properties she led development, consulting, and management projects for more than 3 million commercial sf and 3,000 residential units.
Jackie speaks regularly on real estate and economic topics including urban redevelopment, sustainability, leasing, and management. She is a Board member of the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, a member of the Counselors of Real Estate, where she leads the Land Use and Sustainability Network, a member of the Council of Philadelphia Yale Club, and a member of the Forum of Executive Women. She has served as President of CREW Philadelphia and Board member of the CREW National Network. Jackie holds a B.A. from Yale University and a Master of Architecture from University of Washington.
Alan Razak is Principal of AthenianRazak LLC, a Philadelphia-based real estate services company that consults on, creates, and manages real property. Alan has more than 35 years of commercial real estate experience, encompassing development and project management, finance, architectural design, and consulting. His diverse real estate background includes managing the development process, both as owner and on a consulting basis as owner’s representative, and project types including residential, office and commercial, as well as specialized expertise in data centers and other highly technical facilities.
Prior to merging with Athenian Properties in 2011 to form AthenianRazak, Alan founded and led Razak Company, which was responsible for the development of projects such as Main Line Jaguar Land Rover, Pembroke North Condominium, 5035 Ritter Road for the AOPC, and the Curtis Institute of Music’s Lenfest Hall. Razak Company also performed real estate consulting assignments for clients including Swarthmore College, the Rock School of Dance, Vanguard Group of Mutual Funds, and many others.
Prior to forming Razak Company in 2003, Alan was a Principal with Radnor Advisors, Inc., which was subsequently purchased by Insignia/ESG. In this role, he coordinated the marketing and service delivery to data center and high technology clients worldwide and managed the Philadelphia office’s real estate consulting group. During the early 1990s, Alan focused on international real estate and technical consulting services for government and domestic financial institutions. For much of the 1980s, he was a Partner at Rouse and Associates (now Liberty Property Trust), where he managed development of a 400,000 sf Washington, D.C. office building project and Rouse’s 20-acre Penn’s Landing urban multiuse project on Philadelphia’s waterfront
Alan began his career as an architect, and for purely sentimental reasons maintains his status as a registered architect in Pennsylvania. Alan has served on the Central Philadelphia Development Corporation’s Board of Directors, and is a member of the Urban Land Institute, where he wrote and currently teaches several workshops for real estate practitioners internationally. He holds a B.S. in Arts and Design from MIT, a Master of Architecture from the University of Washington, and an MBA with a concentration in real estate from Wharton.
Senior Project Manager
During her 30 year career, Sara has led all facets of project delivery—from branding and design to project planning, project management, schedule, budgeting, and business development. AthenianRazak is proud to have her on the team, where she serves as Senior Project Manager for significant construction and consulting projects.
Sara’s accomplishments include identifying and analyzing prospective sites, buildings, and/or facilities in multiple cities as well as managing the design and delivery of ten million sq. ft. of space for a wide range of clients. She has held leadership positions at national and international design firms in Houston, Dallas and Washington, DC. As the first Vice President of Marketing for the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation, her strategy and vision helped attract 18,000 new jobs and an estimated $1 billion in economic benefit for the region.
Sara ran her own highly-successful consulting practice, Space Strategy Design, and for 10 years worked with clients such as Roswell Park Cancer Institute, where she identified and documented 50,000 sf of underutilized space, University at Buffalo’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, where she designed the lobby, tour route and art program, HSBC Bank, where she identified alternate workplace strategies, and Hodgson Russ, one of Buffalo’s largest law firms, where she developed a comprehensive space program, building analysis and move strategy.
Prior to joining AthenianRazak, Sara was Senior Manager, Design & Space Planning, at QVC, charged with directing and establishing consensus on a Workplace Branding Strategy for QVC’s Studio Park and Founder’s Park buildings while overseeing the implementation of numerous facility moves and planning a complete renovation of the campus. She was formerly Vice President Facilities Project Manager for First Niagara Bank, responsible for overseeing the design, renovation and construction needs for all their Eastern Pennsylvania properties and branch banks.
Sara is actively involved in many industry and community groups including CoreNet, CREW, Chester County Fund for Women & Girls, Fresh Artists and was a Big Sister for BBBS Beyond School Walls Program. Sara is an NCIDQ Certified Interior Designer and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the University of Massachusetts, and has studied toward a Master’s Degree on Human Ecology and Workplace.
Senior Project Manager
Michael has 25 years of real estate experience as a development manager and architect. He’s responsible for more than 16 million sf of construction across a wide range of project types, including educational, cultural, multi-family, hospitality, office, retail, and institutional, with a total development cost of more than $7 billion. He has particular expertise in directing complex, fast-paced, large-scale projects utilizing a combination of public funding and private debt and equity financing.
At Razak Company, Michael was Senior Project Manager for the Curtis Institute of Music’s Lenfest Hall, directing the project from entitlements through construction and occupancy, including coordination of the application and reimbursement process to secure a $15 million RACP grant. He also led design and construction budgeting for a $2 million renovation at the Rock School for Dance Education, funded in part with a $1 million RACP grant, and managed the CM and architect during construction of the Pembroke North condominium project. Prior to joining Razak Company in 2007, Michael completed a 409-bed Student Residence at Lincoln University and the LEED-certified Stayer Hall for the School of Education at Millersville University. He led a joint venture of two Philadelphia architectural firms for the $400 million, 40-story Water Club resort hotel at the Borgata in Atlantic City. Previously, Michael held leadership positions with three global architectural firms in Los Angeles. Highlights include: leading an 18-person team responsible for all aspects of interior design for the $1 billion, 1.2 million sf Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, with Perkins & Will; directing HOK’s strategic occupancy consulting engagement with Fortune #35 WellPoint Health Networks to consolidate 135 office properties across the United States into 20 key cities following two rounds of acquisition; and the start-up, development, and marketing of Gensler Information Solutions, an occupancy-tracking facilities management software practice which continues as a successful business unit for the firm. Michael holds an M.S. in Real Estate from New York University, undergraduate degrees in both Architecture and Finance from Kansas State University, and maintains architectural registration in California.
Director of Accounting
Robyn oversees accounting for AthenianRazak and our clients. For clients, she oversees everything from complex CAM accounting on large office projects to the rapid set-up of accounting needed for REO properties, including abstracting leases and setting up custom charts of accounts. Robyn is experienced in accounting for residential and commercial properties, as well as in construction accounting using Yardi’s construction module. She oversees and performs monthly and annual closings of the books, reconciliations, and financial reporting including variance analyses. She understands legal, banking, and tax requirements of our many customers, and provides Excel analyses to explain complex issues. Among other projects, Robyn helped develop accounting standards for managing data center cabinet customers, and then trained AthenianRazak’s client in her methods. She understands and provides the impeccable record keeping expected by our customers.
For AthenianRazak, Robyn helps develop and maintain accounting policies and procedures, assists in company strategic planning, preparing budgets and tracking performance on a number of measures. She has taken a leadership role in company adminstration, working toward the continuous improvement of systems to get the job done better and faster. She also helps hire and train new staff members. In her spare time, Robyn volunteers, offering tutoring and homework assistance in math at the United Way and Olivet Baptist Church. She teaches SAT prep classes and holds a Real Estate Sales license. Robyn has a B.B.A. in Accounting from Temple University and an MBA from Drexel University
Senior Construction Manager
Bernie has more than 25 years of experience in construction management for office, residential, and retail projects. He has worked with Jackie both at Athenian and at Renaissance Properties. Among his many projects, Bernie headed construction for the $42 million renovation of 833 Chestnut Street, handling this continuously occupied multi-prime project without missing a deadline. He was responsible for the installation of electrical and mechanical systems for telecom tenants in both 833 Chestnut Street and at 440 North Broad Street during its renovation as a carrier hotel, and supervised the conversion of a 300 watt per square foot data center at 111 8th Avenue in New York. Most recently, Bernie led the construction site team for Lenfest Hall for the Curtis Institute of Music, a $65 million project.
At Renaissance Properties, Bernie led the construction team for the Moravian, a $17 million 20-unit, extremely complex renovation and new construction project. He has handled pre-development construction planning for a number of projects in the Philadelphia region, including a $15 million renovation of a former hospital building, a $32 million grocery /retail / parking garage project, and a $45 million conversion of a historic commercial property to residential and retail. Prior to joining Athenian and Renaissance, Bernie was Director of Construction for Hillary’s Gourmet Ice Cream stores and the Windsor Shirt Company. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Penn State University.
Assistant Property & Project Management
Sylvia Kline is using her diverse abilities to work in both Project and Property Management at AthenianRazak, including work on the City of Philadelphia Sequestration project, managing multifamily and commercial properties, researching properties for acquisition, preparing operating budgets, performing property inspections, and assisting with construction management projects. She has experience analyzing and documenting vacant land, tracking the connection between vacant lots and local amenities in Philadelphia’s Brewerytown neighborhood. She also has experience as a Lean Process Diagnostics Team Member at the University of Pennsylvania, focusing on presenting plans and schematics for a renovation project, updating progress reports, and creating web-based surveys.
During her time working for University of Pennsylvania Facilities and Real Estate Division, Sylvia assisted in the management and development of specifications for the Singh Center for NanoTechnology. The development of these specifications includes analysis of appropriate FTEs, creating cleaning specifications according to APPA standards, and creating preventative maintenance and cleaning schedules. She was an integrated part of the Smart Inspect start-up process for the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Hospital, utilized to develop an integrated digital tracking and reporting interface for monitoring performance and deficiencies. The use of the Smart Inspect Inspection program increased cleaning efficiency and reduced reoccurring deficiencies from 70% to 50% in six months.
She is a skilled BIM designer, utilizing both REVIT and AutoCAD for architectural drafting and design. She excels at Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and Indesign for use in presentations, marketing, and renderings. Along with her Architectural drafting and design skills, Sylvia has also utilized ArcGIS and online GIS interfaces for analytical development and urban design. Sylvia is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a Masters of Urban Spatial Analytics and Philadelphia University with a Bachelor of Architecture.
Justin supports AthenianRazak in project management and strategic consulting assignments. Justin is currently acting as the Assistant Project Manager for the 120,000sf state of the art Philadelphia 76ers Practice Facility and Headquarters. He also supported AthenianRazak’s efforts during Phase 5 of the Bryn Mawr Film Institute’s historic redevelopment and theater expansion project and on a 50,000 sf clinical and office build-out across three floors at 833 Chestnut. His responsibilities include project management on full scale development projects as well as interior tenant improvement fit-outs, including strategic planning, schedule development and management, and budget tracking and analysis. Prior to joining AthenianRazak, Justin was a field organizer for several city and state-wide political campaigns. In this role, he recruited, trained, and supervised over a hundred volunteers. Justin is an active member of the Urban Land Institute for which he serves on the Young Leaders Council and Delaware Valley Green Building Council. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from West Chester University and is a MBA candidate at Villanova University with specializations in Real Estate and Strategic Management.
Director of Project Development
Christopher Strom, Director of Project Development at AthenianRazak, is responsible for data center client services, development financing, and project development.
Chris has more than two decades of experience in real estate and development specializing in complex technical buildings. He has a unique skill set that encompasses real estate development, architectural design, construction and financing strategies that position him as a creative solution provider. This unique combination of skills allows him to address mission critical development projects from a variety of perspectives, providing expert guidance to clients that results in comprehensive and viable project strategies.
He has worked on transactions worth more than $3 billion and has been on multiple sides of real estate deals. Prior to joining AthenianRazak, Chris led project development for some of the most innovative data center projects in North America. As a senior member of Skanska’s Mission Critical leadership team, he was instrumental in developing real estate solutions to support the specific IT needs of clients, including a modular data center program for TELUS where the energy performance was guaranteed by the builder. Chris has served as Vice President for APC Realty Advisors, where he raised equity and structured debt for real estate developments across the country and he was also Director of Development for Educational Housing Services, New York City’s largest independent owner-operator of student housing.
Chris is a member of the Urban Land Institute and currently chairs the Information and Communication Technology Subcommittee of the New York Infrastructure Council. He has an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BS in Physics and Art History from the University of Wisconsin.
Broker of Record
Jason Winig, a licensed real estate broker in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, has more than fifteen years of experience in commercial real estate development, brokerage, and property management. His in-depth knowledge of financial modeling, proforma and investment analysis, debt and equity financing, and legal issues render him an expert in his field. Jason’s expert knowledge of real estate markets and sub-markets present an ability to understand and predict future trends. He has extensive experience in commercial brokerage, working in both landlord/tenant representation, as well as investment sales and property management. In addition to his role at AthenianRazak, Jason is the President and Broker of Record for HW & Associates Realty Corp. His previous posts include Development Associate for Grasso Holdings and Associate Broker for Legend Properties. Jason earned a BA in History from the University of Pennsylvania.
Eric is a Development Manager supporting AthenianRazak with financial analysis, project management, and strategic consulting projects. Eric has over 7 years of experience in the real estate, construction and development industry. At AthenianRazak, Eric is responsible for supporting senior staff in many aspects of the development process including financial analysis and feasibility, managing the documentation of New Markets and Historic Tax credits, researching multi-family rehabilitation opportunities, and supporting pre-development processes. Prior to joining AthenianRazak, Eric worked with full-service real estate firm Blake Real Estate as an Assistant Project Manager, and with multi-family developer Urban Atlantic as a Development Associate while pursuing his MBA full-time at the University of Maryland, which he has since completed. Eric is LEED Green Associate credentialed, is a member of NAIOP’s Developing Leaders, and a member of the Urban Land Institute. Eric graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies and Political Science.
What People Are Saying
Glad to have below-budget costs with above-expectation results.-Juliet Goodfriend, President of the Bryn Mawr Film Institute
Your turn-around time is phenomenal and your estimate is within $625 of independent estimates.-Annette Gianini of the US General Services Administration, East Philadelphia Office