Mr. Ferdinand Seefried founded Seefried Properties in 1984 to develop industrial real estate, focusing on locations near airports and targeting international freight forwarding and transportation companies.
With Mr. Seefriedís close ties to European financial institutions, leading international freight forwarders, and e-commerce retailers, the company quickly emerged as a leader in warehouse development in the Sunbelt.
Since 2000, Mr. Seefried expanded his successful business to Orlando, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Reno, Pennsylvania and the Central Valley of California. Seefried Properties is now actively developing bulk distribution and business distribution warehouses in all these markets.
Mr. Seefriedís vision for the company is to grow a significant presence in all major U.S. distribution markets and focus on build-to-suit requirements for its corporate clients from the U.S. and Europe. Since 1984 the company has built over $9 billion in development volume in 25+ markets and is managing 50 million square feet of warehouses.
Prior to starting Seefried Properties, Mr. Seefried served as an executive for Transatlantic Group, a European based real estate advisory group. He was responsible for the acquisition and property management of a commercial real estate portfolio in excess of $450 million.
Mr. Seefried has served as a diplomat for his native Austria since 1989. He is Honorary Consul General of Austria for Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee. He is a member of the Capital City Club Atlanta, the US Austria Chamber of Commerce New York and holds a Director position in the Stonebranch Software Company. Mr. Seefried is also a member of the Advisory Council of Emory University, Department of German Studies.