CREATE VALUE. MITIGATE RISK.

AION Partners has a proven track record of creating value and mitigating risk by redeveloping, repositioning, leasing up, and managing assets in order to maximize return to its investors.

WHAT WE DO

Led by Michael Betancourt and Siraj Dadabhoy, AION Partners acts as Operating Partner on core-plus, value-add, and opportunistic real estate investments across the U.S. AION operates a $1.3 billion portfolio of office, retail, and multifamily assets located primarily in the New York – Washington D.C. corridor and across the Sunbelt. Our office and retail properties are well-located in major gateway markets, while our multifamily assets occupy the suburban infill locations surrounding them. The Team identifies and capitalizes acquisitions on a deal-by-deal basis, tapping an exclusive, established network of high net worth individuals and institutional partners for equity. 

Our primary focus is to deliver superior, risk-adjusted returns to an exclusive investor group. We do so by surveying the macro-level real estate market, identifying undervalued and undercapitalized sectors with strong growth dynamics, and aggressively pursuing market- specific acquisitions. We then get to work creating value while preserving yield; efficiently executing on our business plans by utilizing active management techniques and favorable access to the capital markets.

AION Partners sources investments through a wide network of industry contacts, and co-invests equity alongside its partners on every transaction. Tapping over 50 years of collective industry experience, the Team has identifiable, hands-on operational strategies for each asset within the portfolio, executing complex transactions and assembling unique structures while actively managing the properties to maximize value.

6,750 units
1. 5 million square feet
136,000 square feet

Meet the Team

Michael Betancourt

Michael Betancourt is a founding partner and Managing Director of AION Partners. Michael heads the Investment Committee of AION and oversees underwriting of all new transactions. He also dedicates his time to AION’s institutional equity relationships and private investors. At AION, he has purchased over $1.5 billion in real estate across multifamily, office and development deals.

Michael began his real estate career with DCD America in 2001. He has also held positions with Prudential Securities and Shearson Lehman Brothers.

Mr. Betancourt is a graduate of Saint Joseph's University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance.

Michael Betancourt

Managing Director

Michael Betancourt is a founding partner and Managing Director of AION Partners. Michael heads the Investment Committee of AION and oversees underwriting of all new transactions. He also dedicates his time to AION’s institutional equity relationships and private investors. At AION, he has purchased over $1.5 billion in real estate across multifamily, office and development deals.

Michael began his real estate career with DCD America in 2001. He has also held positions with Prudential Securities and Shearson Lehman Brothers.
Mr. Betancourt is a graduate of Saint Joseph's University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance.

Victor Cole

Principal

Victor Cole is a Principal of AION Partners. Victor heads the Investment Team at AION, focusing on new acquisitions and asset management. He personally oversees several of AION’s large assets in the firm’s portfolio. At AION, Victor has purchased close to $1 billion of real estate in office and multifamily deals.

Prior to joining AION, Victor was a member of JPMorgan's Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities group. He previously worked for NorthMarq Capital where he was involved in debt and equity placement on behalf of real estate investor and developer clients.

Victor received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bucknell University and a Graduate Certificate in Real Estate from New York University's Real Estate Institute.

Sean J. Belfi, CFA

Vice President

Sean Belfi is a Vice President of AION Partners. Sean focuses on new acquisitions and asset management responsibilities across AION’s portfolio. He also structures and oversees equity and debt partnerships.

Prior to joining AION, Sean was a Vice President at Citi Private Bank. At Citi, he worked with High Net Worth clients and Institutional clients investing in real estate development projects and real estate funds. Prior to Citi, Sean practiced law in New York.

Sean received a Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School and a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University. He received a Professional Certificate in Real Estate Investment and Finance from New York University Schack Institute of Real Estate. He also holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Michael A. Roth

Associate

Michael A. Roth is an Associate of AION Partners. His focus is on asset management of the firm’s portfolio through managing the day-to-day activities of a number of AION’s assets as well as originating and underwriting new acquisitions. Mr. Roth also supports the upper management team with interacting with current and future investors.

Prior to joining AION Partners, Mr. Roth was an Underwriter of multifamily transactions in Freddie Mac’s Northeast Regional office where he underwrote $1B of multifamily transactions over his tenure there.

Mr. Roth received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Business School at University of Wisconsin – Madison, majoring in Real Estate and Urban Land Economics. He is also in the process of completing a Professional Certificate in Real Estate Investment and Finance from New York University.

Kevin T. Pleasant

Senior Associate

Kevin T. Pleasant is a Senior Associate at AION Partners, where he focuses on identifying and sourcing new acquisitions and asset management of many of the properties within the firm’s portfolio.

Prior to joining AION Partners, Mr. Pleasant served as Senior Associate at Beekman REIM. At Beekman REIM, Mr. Pleasant was responsible for all aspects of acquisitions and asset management of the Beekman REIM’s portfolio.

Mr. Pleasant received a Master of Science in Real Estate Finance and Investment from New York University's Shack Institute of Real Estate and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Caldwell College.

Brendan Glavin

Associate

Brendan Glavin is an Associate at AION Partners where he focuses on acquisitions and asset management across the firm's portfolio. His primary responsibilities include underwriting and originating new investment opportunities as well as managing the day-to-day activities for several of AION's assets. Mr. Glavin also supports the team with business development by interfacing with current and future stakeholders.

Prior to joining AION Partners, Mr. Glavin was a Credit Analyst in M&T Bank's New York City Commercial Real Estate office where he helped to structure and underwrite over $500MM of retail, office, and multifamily transactions.

Mr. Glavin graduated from McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Science in Business in Finance with a minor in Economics.

Michael Zazzaro

Associate

Michael Zazzaro is an Associate of AION Partners. His focus is on asset management of the firm’s portfolio through managing the day-to-day activities of a number of AION’s assets as well as underwriting and originating new acquisitions. Mr. Zazzaro also focuses on business development with potential debt, equity and development partners and interacts with current and future investors.

Prior to joining AION Partners, Mr. Zazzaro was an Assistant Vice President at Citi Private Bank. At Citi, he worked with High Net Worth and Institutional clients investing in real estate private equity transactions. He previously graduated from Citi’s Analyst Rotational Program, focusing on capital markets and alternative investments.

Mr. Zazzaro graduated with honors from Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Social Studies.

Siraj Dadabhoy

Chairman

Siraj Dadabhoy is a founding partner and Chairman of AION Partners. In addition to his responsibilities with AION, he also serves on the investment and executive committees of the U.K. based DCD Group.

Prior to his work at AION Partners and DCD Group, in 1995, Siraj founded and ran The Vitesse Group, an international trading company specializing in textiles and commodities. Before starting The Vitesse Group, Siraj worked as a staff accountant at Price Waterhouse in New York City.

Siraj holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance from Indiana University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant. Siraj serves on the Board of Directors of several companies and is an active member of the Young Presidents Organization and is a supporter of the Acumen Fund and The Citizens Foundation.

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