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 40 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 the company 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.
Assistant Project Manager
Lindsay supports AthenianRazak in project and property management execution. Lindsay has over five years of experience in the architecture and construction industry. At AthenianRazak, Lindsay brings her specialization in building codes and experience in obtaining governmental agency approval to accelerate our process along with her tenacious project management skills.
Prior to joining AthenianRazak, Lindsay worked in New York City as a building code/zoning consultant and Project Director at the expediting firm CODE, LLC. She was a liaison for architects, engineers, developers, contractors, and owners and maneuvered construction projects to obtain approvals and permits through required New York City agencies. Lindsay managed both residential and commercial projects, historic properties, renovations, single family new construction, and up to fifty-two story new mixed-use skyscrapers.
Lindsay passionately contributes her time to make Philadelphia a vibrant city with the Friends of the Rail Park, DesignPhiladelphia, and Our Landlord Cares. Lindsay is a graduate of Philadelphia University with a Bachelor of Architecture.
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.
Alexis supports AthenianRazak in development management, project management, analysis and consulting on a variety of projects. Prior to joining AthenianRazak, Alexis served two years as an Asset Manager for a national owner/investor, handling a portfolio of Class A high-rise office buildings in the eastern US. Before that she worked seven years with a regional development company, where she gained expertise in acquisitions, development, construction, property management, financing, and private equity investment management for multi-family, mixed-use, hospitality and residential healthcare projects. At this company her roles included construction manager, property manager, and marketing head for condominium and apartment developments. She managed the development of the first Assisted Living Residence licensed under new Pennsylvania regulations, and ultimately served as Director of Financial Analysis, overseeing analysis for potential acquisitions, capital stack development, and private equity investment management.
Prior to joining the real estate industry, Alexis conducted post-baccalaureate research in clinical psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, co-founded a non-profit focused on neighborhood stabilization and vacant lot abatement, and managed a therapeutic arts and education program for adults with special needs which also provided neighborhood improvement programs.
Alexis holds an MBA in Finance from Drexel University’s LeBow School of Business, and a B.A. in Women’s Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.
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.
Senior Development Manager
Senior Development Manager Angie Scheidell is a passionate design and development professional, experienced in delivering exceptional results in ground up, retrofit and high-rise construction, interior fit outs and retail development. In Angie’s 20 years of professional real estate, design and construction management experience, she has compiled a track record for the completion of multi-million dollar projects through subcontractor negotiations, developing partnerships and building a positive rapport with clients, local officials, contractors and architects. She has consistently focused on developing and managing a collaborative project team that works together to ensure a successful outcome.
Angie came to AthenianRazak from CBRE, where she led implementation of a 350,000 sq. ft. restack of 11 occupied floors in Two Liberty Place for CIGNA, developing the project scope, budgets and schedules, and leading the procurement process. She had previously worked as construction manager and owner’s representative at Hill International, where she provided management and oversight for a wide range of commercial clients on high profile projects in the Greater Philadelphia area, including PNC Bank, Bloom Energy, the Philadelphia Airport and Comcast. Projects she has completed have twice been awarded the Construction Managers Association of America Project of the Year: Bloom Energy Fuel Cell Factory (Newark, DE) and Comcast (Philadelphia).
Angie graduated with a B.S. in Architectural Studies from Philadelphia University. She is certified by USGBC as a LEED Accredited Professional and by the Project Management Institute as a Project Management Professional.
At AthenianRazak, Justin focuses on project management and strategic consulting assignments. Justin is currently part of the team developing 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 as well as the ground-up development of the Cheslen Preserve Nature Center for Natural Lands Trust, among other projects. His responsibilities include project management on full scale development projects as well as interior tenant improvement fit-outs, including strategic planning, entitlements and approvals, 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 one hundred volunteers. Justin is an active member of the Urban Land Institute for which he serves on the Young Leaders Council, the Villanova DiLella Center for Real Estate for which he serves on the Junior Advisory Board, and the Delaware Valley Green Building Council. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from West Chester University, a MBA from Villanova University with specializations in Real Estate and Finance, and he is currently pursuing his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.
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.
Senior Property Manager
Stephanie is excited to join AthenianRazak as a Senior Project and Property Manager contingent on AthenianRazak’s selection by SEPTA as the Master Lessor of the Suburban Station Concourse. Stephanie has over ten years’ experience with urban transit-oriented retail, handling everything from creating and implementing leasing plans to tenant builds in complex environments to service call systems, financial planning and budgeting, and reporting. She honed these skills managing leased retail space in the transit Concourse at Philadelphia’s Suburban Station. At Suburban Station, Stephanie has achieved:
- Revitalization of the station by attracting an improved mix of retail suited to the location.
- Addition of revenue by finding unused space and converting it to retail.
- Successful construction of tenant spaces, integrating the latest in retail equipment with “historic” systems in the Suburban Station Building.
Prior to her work at Suburban Station, Stephanie worked as a Market Maker and trader for several trading firms at the Philadelphia Stock Exchange.
Stephanie holds a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and is a member of Mensa.
Analyst and Assistant Property Manager
Philip Voutsakis supports AthenianRazak in financial analysis and project management functions. His work at AthenainRazak includes creating pro-forma statement, underwriting new opportunities, and assisting in asset management functions. Prior to joining AthenianRazak, he was an acquisitions analyst at Hayden Real Estate Investments, a regionally-focused real estate private equity investment company focusing on office and industrial property acquisitions. Philip has five years of experience in commercial real estate acquisitions, asset management, and valuation roles and holds a B.A. in Finance from Villanova University’s School of Business.
Philip is a junior board member of the DiLella Center for Real Estate at Villanova University. A strong proponent of community and cultural ties, he is involved with various Greek-American civic organizations, teaches traditional Greek folkdance to youth members of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Media, PA and serves as a board member of both the Greek American Heritage Society of Philadelphia and the Pan-Macedonian Association of Philadelphia.
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.
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