As Senior Managing Director of Aztec Group, Inc., Howard Taft brings over 40 years and over $4 billion of commercial real estate capital markets and sales experience. Mr. Taft’s primary focus is the origination, analysis and placement of real estate debt and equity throughout the United States. Mr. Taft has closed transactions involving mezzanine, equity, and debt financing for acquisitions, development and refinances for various product types including multifamily, retail, office, note transactions, office new construction condominiums, residential and office condominium conversions, land, and mixed-use properties.
Mr. Taft’s notable closed transactions include: the $162 million construction loan for Emerald Grand Condominium & Hotel, $85 million debt financing of Destin Commons, $105 million bridge financing for Aventura Resort Hotel, $88 million debt and JV equity capitalization of Marina Grande, $52 million sale of Lincoln Road Retail Portfolio, $49 million debt and JV equity capitalization of Civica, $36 million debt financing of the Hillsboro Beach Land Portfolio, $35 million debt financing of One Turnberry, $23 million debt financing of the Bartonsville Retail Center, and $20 million debt financing of the Country Walk Retail Center.
Prior to joining Aztec, Mr. Taft was Senior Managing Director at Cohen Financial, Senior Managing Director at Holliday Fenoglio Fowler (HFF), and a Senior Vice President at CREC in Coral Gables. Mr. Taft established and managed the Miami office of HFF.
Mr. Taft earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Real Estate & Accounting from the University of Florida. He is affiliated with various organizations including National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Executive Committee/Advisory Board of University of Florida Warrington College of Business, former President and Member of the Florida Association of Mortgage Brokers and Mortgage Bankers. Mr. Taft is a Licensed Mortgage Broker and Real Estate Broker in the State of Florida.