“When we are faced with a problem, chances are that someone on our team can solve it. This has always been at the core of what we do.”
I grew up in Baltimore, where my dad was a city planner for the Community Redevelopment Agency. He was a key part of the redevelopment of the Inner Harbor and the transformation of Downtown Baltimore. I remember seeing models of buildings my dad was working on from an early age. In his spare time, he would buy and rehab houses, and I was fascinated by how he added value to these projects, sparking my interest in real estate early on.
After graduating from UCLA, I joined Merrill Lynch as a banker, but after a couple of years I knew I wanted to go back to school to get into real estate. I did my MBA at Wharton to sharpen my technical skills and got a job at Tishman in 1991; I have been here ever since.
At Tishman, I was thrown into the fire immediately and worked on everything from advisory assignments to hotel development deals in Poland and Puerto Rico. I was exposed to every aspect of the development process, from pre-development through asset management, and learned a ton about how to solve complex problems through an organized and systematic approach.
I later worked on many financings and eventually took the lead on this key aspect of the business. We were working on cutting-edge projects – the first single-asset hotel CMBS securitization, bifurcating fee and leasehold positions, and many more creative deals. I built long lasting relationships with lenders, brokers, and lawyers and we developed a sophisticated process for all our capital market needs.
Looking back at my time here, I value the wide range of work I get to do here every day. Even though I lead our financing process, I am not limited to just that. Tishman takes a team approach to everything we do, and roles are blended across disciplines; I believe this is what separates us from other companies.
Obaid (“Obi”) Khan is Chief Financial Officer for Tishman. Prior to joining Tishman in 1991, Mr. Khan was a member of the Capital Markets Group at Merrill Lynch. Mr. Khan's professional affiliations include the Urban Land Institute, the Real Estate Roundtable and the New York Hospitality Council. Mr. Khan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Cybernetics from U.C.L.A. and a Masters of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Finance and Real Estate from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.