Who are we?

AthenianRazak is the result of the 2011 merger between two successful Philadelphia-based real estate companies—Athenian Properties, founded by Jacqueline Buhn, and Razak Company, founded by Alan Razak. 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. We 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 remain the core values of AthenianRazak.

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Our Team

Jackie once built and lived in a teepee.

Jacqueline Buhn
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 can play “Wipeout” with his thumbs.

Alan Razak

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.

Lindsay is an avid longboard surfer and teaches anyone curious to try.

Lindsay Bodin
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.

Robyn is actually able to get our entire company to deliver timesheets on time!

Robyn Chin
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

Bernie not only excels at construction, but is also a competitive griller whose ribs have won contests.

Bernard Coogan
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 is a cellist and once played in the ancient Roman amphitheater in Jerash, Jordan.

Alexis Hilinski
Development Manager

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.

Philip has been performing in Greek folk dance groups since the age of 10

Philip Voutsakis
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.

Jason Winig
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

Client comment upon completion of phased historic restoration, where Athenian’s fee was billed on an hourly basis and was 20% lower than the agreed upon Not to Exceed Fee.

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

Tenant comment upon completion of an interior fit-up estimate prepared by Athenian.

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