As Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Aztec Group, Inc., Ezra Katz has been described as Florida’s leading real estate dealmaker and financial engineer focusing on initiating innovative strategies for creating joint ventures and solving complex real estate transactions.
Mr. Katz began his real estate career in 1971 after having graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering. After having spent three years in the residential construction business as a Construction Superintendent in Cleveland, Ohio, Mr. Katz joined US Realty Investments, a NYSE equity REIT, where he oversaw development, management and workouts of over 50 properties throughout the US and Puerto Rico.
After liquidating the assets of US Realty Investments in 1980, Mr. Katz formed Aztec Group, Inc. in 1981 to provide commercial real estate and mortgage brokerage services for investment sales, mortgage financing and equity placement. Under his leadership, Aztec Group, Inc. became recognized as the premier real estate investment banking firm in Florida.
Mr. Katz formed Mayan Properties, a merchant bank, in 1993 to invest in real estate transactions as a principal in a variety of partnerships including a diverse portfolio of office buildings, shopping centers, residential land development, hotels, industrial and healthcare/senior housing.
The combination of Aztec Group, Inc. as an investment banker and Mayan Properties as a merchant bank allowed Mr. Katz to be involved in over $12 billion in closed transactions as a principal and as an intermediary/broker.
In addition to his diverse activities as a businessman, Mr. Katz spends a significant amount of his time and financial resources in a variety of philanthropic endeavors by serving on the Board of Directors of several organizations including the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC, Greater Miami Jewish Federation, Lennar Foundation, Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Holocaust Memorial in Miami Beach. His community activism led to his being elected as the President of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation during 2003 and 2004. His philanthropic contributions have been directed to various causes such as the United Way of Miami, University of Miami, Overtown Youth Center among others