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Charlie Abdi

CEO AND PRINCIPAL, FINEST CITY REALTY ADVISORS INC..

San Diego developer Charlie Abdi founded Finest City Realty Advisors Inc. in 2002 after 17 years at Koll Development Co., where as a partner he helped develop and acquire more than 10 million square feet of property. At Finest City, he buys and manages properties and structures development opportunities across Southern California. Also active in Arizona and Washington, Finest City has focused on commercial projects including medical offices and industrial space.

ALMA MATER: University of San Diego

TRUE TO HIS SCHOOL: Abdi continues to be active at USD, serving as real estate committee chairman of the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate.