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. Seefried's close ties to European financial institutions and leading international freight forwarders, the company quickly emerged as the leader in warehouse development around Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Mr. Seefried has expanded from his origins as a European capital investor in Southeastern U.S. commercial real estate to become one of the most active builders of highly functional distribution and warehouse facilities in the United States.
In the 1990s Mr. Seefried expanded his successful business to Orlando, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Phoenix. Seefried Properties is now actively developing bulk distribution and air cargo warehouses in all these markets. Mr. Seefried's vision for the company is to grow a significant presence in all major U.S. distribution markets. The company has developed 25 million square feet of industrial properties and is managing over 12 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 Buckhead Coalition, Atlanta. Mr. Seefried is also a member of the Advisory Council of Emory University, Department of German Studies.
Mr. Seefried holds a master's of business administration from the University of Munich.