With an extensive experience in leading and directing major domestic and international infrastructure as well as real estate development projects, Mike Sarimsakci is responsible for ﬁnancial and real estate development activities for Alterra Worldwide, LLC located in Dallas, TX.
Over the past 20 years, Mr. Sarimsakci has worked on real estate projects worldwide with a strong track record of completing infrastructure and real estate development projects on time and on budget. Currently, as the Founder & President of Alterra Worldwide, LLC. Mr. Sarimsakci is responsible for development and construction of projects that oﬀers superior returns to investors. His formula is simple “$1 million to $5 million in 5 years. He has been able to deliver on this premise.
His latest project is a 65,000 square meters of mixed use development which consists of 238 residences, 274 key Marriott dual branded hotel and retail space in the heart of downtown Dallas slated to open in June 2018. Another recently completed project, Alto 211 is an 18 story oﬃce tower, known as the “Tech Mecca” of Downtown Dallas is set in the vibrant city center district and brings urban lifestyle and modern business culture to the entrepreneurial community. Alto 211 is the headquarters to such renowned tech companies such as Tech Wildcatters, Health Wildcatters, Traxo, Velocis, Launch DFW and Fort Work co-working space.
Currently, Mr. Sarimsakci is working on a 50,000 square meter mixed used project with 225 key residence and 225 key AC Marriott Hotel located in Downtown St. Louis. Concurrently, Mr. Sarimsakci is working on a 325 key residential project located in Downtown San Jose, California.
Throughout his career, Mr. Sarimsakci has been actively involved in development projects on an international level. Most recently, Mr. Sarimsakci was the guest of the Panamanian government to explore public private joint venture development opportunities in Panama. He advised to President of Niger to increase FDI into real estate projects in the region. Before joining Alterra Worldwide, LLC, Mr. Sarimsakci was the Managing Director of Polidev International, LLC. With Polidev, Mr Sarimsakci was responsible for real estate development projects in the Americas.
Prior to his re-development activities in the Americas, Mr. Sarimsakci was with AECOM as Vice President in Saudi Arabia and later became a Board Member with Ibra Holding in Azarbaijan. With Ibra Holding, Mr. Sarimsakci has established corporate policies and procedures while successfully managing 1.5 billion dollar Baku Yoo Real Estate Mixed use development in addition to managing 100 hectars of industrial development project in Romania.
Mr. Sarimsakci started his career with Bechtel in San Francisco where he was a Construction Manager and a Civil Engineer for two massive park projects in Dubai and Euro Disney. During his time with Bechtel, he was in charge of design and site development of projects and was awarded for his outstanding performance.
Mr. Sarimsakci holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University and a Certiﬁcate of Pre-Law from UCLA. He is a graduate of Stanford University with a Master of Science in Construction Engineering and Management Mr. Sarimsakci has completed his executive degree for Advanced Management Development Program in Real Estate (AMDP) at Harvard University in 2017 and is a Harvard Real Estate Alumni Board Member.
A Turkish national, Aras is licensed in the Istanbul Bar and registered as a foreign lawyer with the Law Society of England and Wales.
Tonay has valuable real estate practice expertise covering structuring of real estate developments, including residential, commercial property and hotel development, drafting and negotiating relevant project agreements for developers and investors, as well carrying out legal land due diligence to determine whether the property meets specified requirements.
Throughout his career, Aras had the privilege to contribute and lead multiple renowned project. Notably, his report exploring the many investment agreements among countries was submitted to the United Nations. His team made it to the top 98th percentile as part of the United Nations Bilateral Investment Agreements project.
Moreover, he was offered to work as a direct advisor to the consul-general on legal matters at the Turkish Consulate of Chicago. This valuable role broadened his understanding of US and international law and granted him a valuable network as he accompanied the consul to various official visits across America.
Following a highly competitive admission process, Aras was welcomed at Gün Partners, a top-tier law firm in Turkey. He worked with foreign and domestic clients across a wide range of sectors, including intellectual property, both contentious and non-contentious matters relating to trademarks, copyrights, industrial designs, domain names and unfair competition.
Aras’ penultimate role before Alterra was at Schinner & Shain, LLP, a US law firm in California. As a foreign associate, he acted for multinational clients. He performed active duty in due diligence reviews, drafting and negotiation of shares and assets sales and purchase agreements, joint venture and shareholders agreements, and other ancillary documents relevant to acquisitions or foreign investments.
tonay Aras is a graduate of Law Faculty of Bilgi University, located in Istanbul. Furthermore, he achieved his LLM on a merit scholarship at Golden Gate University in San Francisco.
Mr. Haddad has over 10 years of experience in civil engineering and real estate development and construction. Mr. Haddad has managed nearly $200 million in real estate developments and construction across the southwest region of the United States including Mixed-Use, Residential, Multifamily, Retail, Office, and Hospitality. As Senior Development Manager his responsibilities include the construction of the Butler Brothers Building in Dallas TX, a $90mm conversion of a nine-story 650,000 SF building into 238 unit apartments (Phase I), 274 room dual-branded Marriott hotel (Phase II), and leasable ground floor retail located at 500 S. Ervay Street, Dallas TX 75201 Also responsible for entitlement processes, plan review, and all pre-construction activities for Tower 27WEST in San Jose CA, a $140mm ground up construction of a 24 story 511,152 SF tower to replace existing structure on a .57 acre site. The tower contains 374 apartment units, indoor amenity space, 3 levels of underground parking, and leasable ground floor retail located at 27 S. 1st Street, San Jose CA.
Recently, Mr. Haddad was a Development Manager and a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson at City View Ventures where he partnered with landlords and brokers to confirm economic and financial viability of development projects and transactions. Conducted due diligence and feasibility study on built-to-suit projects across the southwest region some for large tenants such as AT&T. Created financial analysis/budgets for build-to-suit projects that served as a model for all future transactions. Analyzed impacts of various scenarios on equity returns using cash flow projections, NPV, and IRR. Managed competitive bidding, maintained budgets and revenue goals on multiple projects. Researched and interpreted city codes and ordinances, entitlements, re-zoning and permitting process. Administered project initiation and scope definition, prioritization of development timelines. Negotiated and prepared LOI agreements, contract documents, and financial reports.
Prior to Alterra Worldwide and City View Ventures, Mr. Haddad was Project Manager at Dunaway Associates, a civil engineering consulting firm in Fort Worth TX, where he was responsible for design and pre-construction activities and entitlement processes including platting, land surveys, and infrastructure planning. Led the design for a 7,200-acre master planned community, including 15,000 lots, 10 miles of roadways, landscaping, streetscaping, 2 bridges, and 32 miles of trails located at Walsh Ranch community east of Fort Worth, TX. Managed $11 million infrastructure design budget for 12 miles of neighborhood streets in Fort Worth, TX. Managed design to produce a 6 story, 227 unit, multi-family building with a multi-level, 332 space parking garage with a lot totaling more than 95,000 square feet, located on South Main Street, Fort Worth, TX.
Prior to Dunaway Associates, Mr. Haddad was a project engineer at Graham Associates, a civil engineering consulting firm in Arlington TX, where he was responsible for design and engineering some world-class projects, some of great size, including I-30 Three Bridges and Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX. Also as part of the transportation engineering group he was responsible for planning, estimating and design of Stadium Drive, Roger Street and F.M. 1938
Mr. Haddad holds a BS in Civil Engineering from University of Texas at Arlington and an MBA from Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business.
Murat Özer has joined the team very recently and is in charge of financial affairs of İstanbul team.
Murat is gratuated from İstanbul University Economics department. He is used to be the Executive Vice President in charge of Treasury Department in a medium size bank in Turkey. Murat is one of the pioneers of Turkish security markets. He contributed to the establishment of Turkish Securities Markets in İstanbul Stock Exchange. Following his treasury experience Murat has been appointed as the head of Human Resources , Organization and Business Development of the bank . The new job has added a lot of new experiences to Murat.
Murat left the bank at 2016 to establish his own company Mkare Consultancy . MKare Consultancy could be able towork with the biggest and multinational companies of Turkey in the last five years and this success opened the way to open a sister company in UK namely Momento Coaching and Teaching UK Ltd.
Murat joined Alterra team believing the vision of Alterra and the dedication of the company to new technologies.
Mr. Tüzmen is the Project Manager of Tower 27 Project and leads the process of Token marketing. For many years, he worked as a senior manager in multinational companies and successfully managed international teams.
He started his professional life in Lafarge, a French origin company, world leader in the cement industry. He spent the first 4 years of his working life at Lafarge in France and Spain, respectively. He worked as Quality Manager in charge of the nine plants in Turkey in the last 3 years. Later, he started working as Assistant General Manager in a family-owned company, operating in the glass industry. In addition to contributing to the extraordinary growth rate at the highest level, it led the goal of institutionalization. The company, which rose to the second place in the European market in 3 years, was acquired by the German company Schott, the largest in the sector. Ali Tüzmen, who took an important leadership role in the preparation for sales, continued to work as a senior manager within Schott after the merger and was appointed as the European Marketing and Sales Director. Then, he has been appointed as General Manager of Turkey. During his general management period, the continuous improvement process was chosen as the best practice, and company teams won awards in national competitions. His tactical and intensive communication-based crisis management during the 2008 crisis was shown as example within the Group. With its human resources, vision, business models and processes, the company has successfully completed its transformation from a family-owned business into the identity of an international company.
In recent years, he has been carrying out independent board membership and consultancy business together: He provides consultancy services in preparing companies for strategic partnerships, process improvement and development, crisis management, lean manufacturing, 6 sigma and employee engagement. He is the leader of the Digital Transformation Task Force within the consultancy platform BCB Network (Boğaziçi Consultants for Business – https://www.bcbnetwork.com.tr), which was established as an initiative of Boğaziçi University graduates.
Following Galatasaray High School, Mr. Tüzmen graduated from Boğaziçi University Chemical Engineering. After 5 years of work experience, he completed the Executive MBA program on finance and marketing at Boğaziçi University.
Fehmi Ashaboglu is a Board Advisor at Alterra Worldwide and serves as Chief Financial Officer at BPN Payments. Prior to BPN, Mr. Ashaboglu worked in the real estate industry for Alterra and Alto Partners as their CFO. Before joining Alterra, Mr. Ashaboglu was the General Manager and Chief Financial Officer of a privately held Aerospace & Avionics corporation in Los Angeles, where he was responsible for finance, strategy, supply-chain, and production. Previously, he worked in the biodiesel industry, first with Imperium Renewables in Seattle as Vice President of Trading, and later with Renewable Biofuels in Houston as Director of Risk Management, where he actively hedged and traded energy and agricultural commodities. Prior to working in the biofuels industry, Mr. Ashaboglu held the Director of Research and Assistant Portfolio Manager positions at Glocap Partners, where he was instrumental in developing and launching a fund of funds with a unique commodity and hedge component. Earlier in his career, he held various consulting and business development positions mainly in the high-tech industry, and was an active private investor in seed rounds of companies. While at Stanford University, Mr. Ashaboglu researched resource acquisitions for new ventures focusing on venture capital and private equity finance.
Mr. Ashaboglu holds a PhD (ABD) and a Master’s degree in Engineering Economic Systems and Operations Research from Stanford University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is an alumnus of the Deutsche Schule Istanbul and is fluent in English and German.
Mr. Gol has over 25 years of experience leading delivery, construction and asset management of large scale (1 billion USD+) projects in USA, Asia, and the MENA countries. He has managed infrastructure, oil and gas industry, subtle architectural superstructures, industrial plant, and P3 projects. He combines his financial, technical, and commercial skills with a continual view towards the TQM and HSE in construction facet of the projects through his engineering background with construction designation and business management skills. Mr. Gol has been directed design and construction of various projects from conception to completion. He is also experienced in complex stakeholder networking systems and developing strong relationships with key constituencies.
Mr. Gol has been managing Alterra Worldwide’s worldwide development, contracting, procurement, construction and commissioning activities over four continents since 2011. His core roles and responsibilities includes activity and resource planning, analyzing and managing project risks, cost estimating and developing the budgets, time management, design and full construction management, monitoring progress, ensuring full customer satisfaction, managing report and necessary documents for the stake-holders and related parties on various EPCM projects and on A to Z real estate developments.
His completed key projects in Alterra Worldwide include: Fabrication and erection of piping and erection of steel and equipment installation work in AGPP (Amur Gas Power Plant) in Russia and in Sibur Zabsib-2 Ethylene Cracker and Hydrogen plant in Tobolsk Russia, tunnel works on Istanbul-Ankara (Turkey) Fast Train Link Project, tunnel works for Dogus-Tekfen JV on Izmir-Ankara (Turkey) Fast Train Link Project, Astana-Nur Sultan City (Kazakhstan) Road Construction Project, construction of Serena Hotel in Dushanbe (Tajikistan), Danone 3P’s Erbil Dairy Plant near the Erbil-Kirkuk highway in Northern Iraq, design and fit out works of the high-end shops Esentai Shopping Mall in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Butler Brothers Building in Dallas, USA, John Hartness Brown Building in Cleveland, USA.
Alp Gol began his career in Bechtel Enka JV (Joint venture between USA’s leading construction company Bechtel and Turkey’s leading construction company ENKA) in 1993 as a Design and Construction Engineer. He continued his career in the same company as Engineering Manager between 1997-1999 and as General Manager and Member of the Board in charge of construction between 1999-2005. His responsibilities included programming (pro forma modeling), estimating, scheduling, risk management, construction management, monitoring, projecting and reporting (to JV board) of all aspects of projects through design development, to procurement, site works, commissioning/start-up and post completion duties.
Some of the major projects completed in Bechtel Enka JV include: SGP (Second Generation Plant) Project which is the main component of the TengizChevroil’s Asset Development Project, one of the largest and most complex projects undertaken in the oil & gas industry where the total installed cost of facilities was USD 1.8B. The Sour Gas Injection (SGI) Project was one of the two main components of TengizChevroil’s Asset Development Project, a world-scale program to significantly expand the crude oil production capacity of the Tengiz field. Crude Stabilization and Gas Processing Multi-discipline Package including facilities for inlet separation, crude desalting, crude stabilization, gas compression, and condensate stabilization with USD 80M contract value. Project Power Generation and On-plot Utilities Multi-discipline Package Major facilities in the power generation area included a gas turbine hall with two GE Frame 9E gas turbine generators and USD 220M contract valued sulfur cracking and degassing projects.
Between the years 2004-2009 Mr. Gol has worked in Almaty, Kazakhstan as the General Manager of Development and Construction in Capital Partners. He was in charge of real estate development projects fully accountable and responsible, from initial idea and/or mandate to full development, design, construction and asset management of projects with aggregate value over USD 8B. His position required exceptional stakeholder management skills due to 3 different cultures in partnership. He assessed project and working environment related risks, performed technical and financial due diligence, developed business plans including budget, funding requirements, schedule, resource plan, procurement plan, communicate the product and its developments to prospective customers, working out leasing strategies, soliciting, liaison and coordination of multi-disciplined and multi-national design, engineering, consultant and local teams for the development and entitlement of the project, developing construction plan and monitoring execution on time and budget, prepared progress reports, tracked changes and justify the reasons to stakeholders.
Key projects completed include: Esentai Park which is USD 1.2B valued mixed-use development project in Almaty, Kazakhstan with the total construction area of the project is 3,000,000 sf. It comprises of 40 story tower with Ritz Carlton Hotel, serviced apartments, Class A offices, three residential blocks, a luxury shopping mall and fitness center. Almaty Financial District Class A Offices comprised of 4 buildings with a total area of 4,700,000 sf for USD 770M. Almaty Logistics Park, First Class A warehouse facilities in Kazakhstan which has completed for USD 70M. Haileybury English School that is the first UK origin school in Kazakhstan. Marriott Executive Apartment in Atyrau, Kazakhstan. 22-storey, art of engineering building designed by two times Pritzker award winner SOM. Renaissance Hotels in Aktau and Atyrau, Kazakhstan. Five star 120 and 202 suite branded hotels were the first high-end hotels in Western Kazakhstan and managed by Marriott International.
Between years 2009 and 2011 Mr. Gol has worked as the Assistant to General Manager and Project Manager in Polimeks. (Istanbul, Turkey) He was responsible as a Project Manager and Coordinator in charge of EPC projects, with total installed costs from USD 50M up to USD 1 billion with an aggregate value of USD 6B with direct manpower around 8,000 at the peak times of the projects. His responsibilities included design development, coordination and management of the technical team for budgeting, scheduling, tendering, local adaptation and soliciting permit approvals to build, procurement, staffing and site execution of as well as the commissioning, final handover and completion documentation of projects. Also, took active role and showed initiative for the restructuring and process evaluation of the company as a part of the strategic management team. He implemented SAP program services for procurement and inventory maintenance.
Key projects in Polimeks include: The Ashgabat Olympic Complex Project in Turkmenistan which is a multi-phase, turnkey EPC contract with contract value of USD 5 billion. The complex comprised of a velodrome, combat sports arena (5,000 spectators), team sports arena (15,000 spectators), open sports fields (20,000m2), athletics arena (5,000 spectators), swimming arena (5,000 spectators), tennis arena (4,000 people), main stadium (45,000 spectator), 450 bed capacity VVIP Hotel, 800 bed capacity Press Centered Hotel, 12,000 bed capacity Athletes Village, Multi Storied Car Parks, Dining Facility, International Broadcast Center, Business Center, Health Center, Doping Center, Athletes Village Operations Center, Athletes Recreation Center, 1,000 seat Restaurant Building, Monorail Track, Stations and Maintenance Center and Logistics Center. 200,000 m3/year capacity, autoclaved concrete block factory in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. The TV tower in Ashgabat Turkmenistan at 211 meters tall which was registered to the World Records; the project completed for of USD 185M. The Neutrality Monument in Ashgabat with an installation cost of USD124M. The Lebap Cement Factory in Turkmenabad region, Turkmenistan which has production capacity of 1,000,000 tons. The Turkmenbashi International Airport, in Turkmenbashi Region, Turkmenistan with USD 220M project cost. The airport conforms to international standards and is equipped with state-of-the-art technologies, and the terminal building provides services to international and local airline companies. The Cotton seed Oil Plant in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan completed for a contract value of USD 54M. Turkmenbashi Desalination Plant in Turkmenbashi Region, Turkmenistan completed for USD 65M. The Awaza man-made canal Project in Turkmenbashi Region, Turkmenistan. Project includes the construction of seven road bridges and two pedestrian bridges as well as various docks and beach areas. Total installed cost of the project was USD 113M.
Alp Gol holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Bogazici University (Istanbul, Turkey), MD in Structural Engineering, High Rise Buildings from University of Wisconsin and MBA from Southern New Hampshire University.
Mr. Gol’s language skills include Kazakh, Russian and Turkish, with beginners’ level of exposure to German and French.
Professional designations and trainings of Mr. Gol include:
CPDEP (Chevron Project Development and Execution Process) Certificate (TCO-TengizChevroil)
TCO IFF (TengizChevroil Injury and Incident Free) Masters Certificate
B Level Occupational Safety Expert Certificate (Ministry of Labour, Republic of Kazakhstan)
ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management System Series Auditor (Bureau Veritas)
Supervisor Safety Leadership (Risk Assessment, Toolbox Talks, Job Safety Analysis, Task Observation) Certificate (Bureau Veritas)
Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate Program (BSI)
Risk Analysis and Assessment (BSI)
Construction Management Tools (BSI)
Incident Investigation and Root Cause Analysis (by Danusen Adam the exclusive representative of ‘’Connaught Compliance Service’’ in Turkey)
FIDIC Contract Management (Green, Yellow and Red book) (BSI)
PMP (Project Management Professional) (BSI)
Kaizen versus Innovaton in Construction Management (BSI)
5S of Lean Construction Applications (BSI)
Training in LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) programme (BSI)
Time Management (BSI)
Building Resilience (Third Factor)
Performance Management Learning and Career Development (IO)
Challenging Conversations (Third Factor)
Emre Terazi is the Director of Construction for Alterra Worldwide Holdings. He is overseeing the preconstruction and construction operations in Dallas for Butler Brothers Building, a 635,000 square-feet mixed-used development consisting of 238 residences, 278-key Marriott Hotel and retail space as well as Alto 211 Project, a 180,000 square-feet oﬃce re-development transforming a Dallas historic landmark to a new hub for hightech tenants. Emre brings 15 years of experience in construction industry with recent experience in high-rise residential, hospitality, large-scale capital projects and design/build private projects. Prior to joining Alterra Worldwide Holdings, Emre had been a shareholder and part of the upper management team at Swinerton Builders, one of the largest General Contractors in United States since 1888, where he successfully managed average of $220 million worth of public and private projects annually for over 11 years.
Emre has been rewarded by a steep career growth in United States by turning low margin competitively bid public projects into enhanced proﬁt centers for his Company. As a result, Emre became the youngest shareholder of Swinerton Builders among 1400+ employees at age 28.
Emre is particularly skilled in his thorough knowledge of construction practices, risk and claims management, building codes, scheduling, budget preparation, contract negotiation, cost control, value engineering and several project delivery methods including design-build and lease back. Some of his projects include Metropolitan Lofts in Los Angeles, a high end 264-unit apartment complex across the street from Staples Center. $120MM Cedars Sinai Hospital expansion, Southwest Airlines Terminal 1 build out at Los Angeles Airport, 10000 Santa Monica $176MM 44story high-rise building in Century City. Emre Terazi holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Yildiz Technical University and an MS in Construction Engineering and Management from Stanford University.
Mr. Quesada has over 20 years of experience in ﬁnance and real estate, having executed and managed nearly $2.0 billion in real estate transactions across all asset classes including Mixed-Use, For-Sale Residential, Multifamily, Retail, Office, and Hospitality. As Director of Investments and Development, his responsibilities include the oversight of acquisition, development, ﬁnancing, and asset management for all of Alterra Worldwide’s investment activities.
Recently, Mr. Quesada was Principal at Fides Capital Management where he established a real estate investment fund focused on making direct investments in distressed real estate and senior loan portfolios, providing high yielding senior loans to quality sponsors for real estate acquisitions, re-ﬁnancing, and re-capitalizations.
Prior to Fides Capital Management, Mr. Quesada was Vice President at Canyon Partners where he was responsible for sourcing and managing new equity and debt investment opportunities. He also oversaw existing investments in the west coast and Florida urban markets for the Canyon-Johnson Urban Fund.
Prior to joining the Canyon Partners, Mr. Quesada was in the investments division at CIM Group. While at CIM Group, Mr. Quesada executed development and third-party equity and debt joint venture investments for the CIM Urban Fund and acquisitions for the CIM Urban REIT across all real estate asset classes throughout the USA. Additionally, he managed third-party sponsors and internal project managers to ensure that best practices were employed and each investment progressed in accordance with its business plan.
Prior to CIM Group, Mr. Quesada was in the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs and Co. While at Goldman Sachs, Mr. Quesada analyzed the strategic rationale for potential acquisition opportunities in the biotech and telecom industries and developed ﬁnancial models to value acquisition targets.
Mr. Quesada began his career in the Finance Division at The Walt Disney Company. Mr. Quesada is a graduate of The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania (BS in Economics) and the Stanford Graduate School of Business (MBA).