AKI is an award-winning vertically integrated real estate investment, development and construction firm headquartered in Astoria, NY
AKI owns and operates more than 15 real estate service businesses, all providing strategic support for the acquisition and development of luxury residential and mixed-use properties. This multi-platform structure promotes in-house acquisition, design, development, construction, capital, asset management and property management divisions.
AKI’s competitive advantage lies in the firm's ability to recognize opportunities in improbable places. Known as a pioneer in the real estate community, AKI incorporates theme-based concepts in every property constructed, meaning that no two properties are alike and each has an exclusive design, interior finishes, branding and marketing separating itself from competitors.
The AKI team has over 120 years of combined real estate experience and has participated in the development of over $2 billion in real estate projects. AKI is extensively involved in real estate and agriculture in Europe, in addition to over a dozen active development sites in Astoria, Brooklyn & New Jersey.
AKI TODIC - Chairman
Aki Todic is the Chairman of AKI, a diversified multinational holding company that operates a group of affiliated real estate service businesses. Mr. Todic manages over a dozen firms, supervises all aspects of construction, and is responsible for deal sourcing and business development.
The definition of an American success story, Mr. Todic immigrated to the United States as a young child to escape war-torn Yugoslavia and in quick succession established a vertically-integrated real estate conglomerate.
Mr. Todic has lived in Astoria his entire adult life and is involved with numerous charitable organizations.
BRETT HARRIS - Chief Executive Officer
Brett Harris is the CEO of AKI and Managing Partner of AKI Development. He has over 13 years of experience in real estate development including land acquisition, finance, construction, project management, asset management and marketing/sales. Mr. Harris previously worked at Stone Street Properties, a real estate investment and development firm with a portfolio valued in excess of $400 million, the LeFrak Organization, one of the largest private developers in the United States, and Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group, the industry leader in the predevelopment planning, marketing, and sales of luxury residential development.
In addition to studying commercial real estate acquisitions and due diligence at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, Mr. Harris graduated from Boston University with a B.S. in Business Administration and Management with a concentration in Law, and from New York University with a Masters in Real Estate Development. He was a finalist in the 2011 NYU Entrepreneurship in Real Estate Development competition, was three-time recipient of the NYU Dean’s Graduate Fellowship for Academic Excellence and was a recipient of Boston University’s Questrom School of Business “Most Likely to Succeed” Business Plan award.
Mr. Harris is an Advisory Board Member of Sussex Bank (NASDAQ: SBBX), a Managing Board Member of the Old Astoria Neighborhood Association (501(c)(3) non-profit, an Advisory Board Member of the Friends of Whitey Ford Field, an honorary Grant Panelist for the Queens Council on the Arts, and a Real Estate Committee Member on the Queens Chamber of Commerce. He is a frequent guest lecturer at the Schack Institute of Real Estate at NYU and has been quoted as an expert on real estate development in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Post, and ABC News.