Russell “Russ” Flicker started his career working for some of the biggest names in commercial real estate (and the world). The co-founder and managing partner of AWH Partners is an alum of The Blackstone Group and The Trump Organization, as well as the former CIO for Ian Schrager Company. An entrepreneur at heart, Russ took his years of institutional experience and struck out on his own when he and two colleagues started their own firm on the heels of the Great Recession.
AWH Partners is a privately held real estate investment firm focused on value-add and distressed opportunities in the hospitality space. Formed by alumni of The Blackstone Group and The Related Companies, AWH Partners currently manages a portfolio in excess of $2 billion. Russ oversees all executive aspects of AWH Partners, including strategy, investment, development, and management of their vertically integrated team.
Russ received his J.D. from the Duke University School of Law where he is a current member of the Board of Visitors. He received his B.A. in Business Administration from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis where he is the current president of the Alumni Board.
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