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Next Generation Honoree: Post Brothers’ Klinvex Sees Value That Others Miss

Over the past five years, every project that Post Brothers has acquired bears the fingerprints of the company’s director of acquisitions, Zak Klinvex. Colleagues say he has developed an uncanny ability to discern value in real estate overlooked by others, and is continuing to develop an intuitive understanding of opportunistic real estate investing.

That’s just one of the reasons we chose Klinvex to be one of the National 2018 Next Generation Award winners. Connect Media’s second annual Next Generation Awards recognize young leaders in the commercial real estate industry who are likely to be influential for years to come.

Klinvex’s potential was evident early in his real estate career, and over the past couple of years it has bloomed as he has gotten to the closing table on $133 million in construction financing for The Atlantic, a historic building in Philadelphia’s Center City neighborhood. Post Brothers engaged architect Rafael Viñoly to reimagine the property and turn the high-rise into a mixed-use retail/residential space that could achieve rents 15% above the existing top-of-market ceiling.

After several appraisal rebuttals, Klinvex eventually got the necessary buy-in on rents and value the project needed to succeed. He worked diligently to manage two lenders through the complexities of a construction loan closing, at a time when lenders had begun pulling back and had concerns about multifamily supply across the entire city.

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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).