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MZ Capital Partners is a well-capitalized entrepreneurial firm with the ability to act quickly and execute on transactions.

Michael H. Zaransky

Michael is the founder and managing principal of MZ Capital Partners (an INC 500 Company).

Michael H. Zaransky founder and managing principal of the real estate development and investment firm, MZ Capital Partners. MZ Capital Partners has been recognized by INC Magazine as one of the fastest growing private companies in America by placement on the INC 500 list as well as the Best Place to Work in Multifamily by the National Apartment Association. Michael has a wide range of real estate, banking, and financial experience and has been a licensed Illinois real estate broker since 1979. Michael is a member of the Forbes Real Estate Council, the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO-Gold), the National Apartment Association, and the Urban Land Institute.

Michael is a past Chair of the Chicago Association of Realtors Commercial Division as well as the Realtor Association’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Zaransky’s firm, MZ Capital Partners multifamily developments have received numerous industry awards and recognition including the NAIOP Multifamily Development of the Year Award.

He is a James Scholar graduate of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and earned his J.D. at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. Michael has published numerous articles and lectured nationally on the subject of real estate investment. His real estate investment books “Profit by Investing in Student Housing” and “Purchase Rehab, and Reposition Commercial Investment Property,” real estate category best sellers, were published by Kaplan Publishing and are sold in major bookstores and online booksellers.

Active in numerous trade, civic, and professional associations, Michael serves on the Board of Directors of the Crown Family Foundation and, as a past Chairman of the Board, on the Board of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago/Jewish United Fund, one of the largest philanthropic organizations in the nation.

Brad Zaransky

Brad Zaransky is a principal of MZ Capital Partners (an INC 500 company).

Brad Zaransky has a wide range of real estate investment and operational experience and has been a licensed real estate broker since 2005. He plays an integral role in day-to-day operations for MZ Capital Partners, which concentrates on institutional quality investment property acquisition and development with an emphasis on innovative multifamily projects nationwide. Brad is involved in all aspects of acquisitions, dispositions, underwriting, valuation, construction, operations, revenue enhancement and property repositioning.

A fourth-generation real estate entrepreneur, Brad is a graduate of the University of Iowa. He began his real estate career in college as an intern in the private client group of CBRE. Brad has been involved with a broad range of real estate activities including: leasing and management of over 5,000 apartment units; oversight of on-site property management teams; implementation and execution of large-scale construction and value-add programs; and as a portfolio asset manager for the national student housing and conventional multifamily portfolios of Prime Property Investors, Ltd.

Brad serves as a Commissioner on the City of Highland Park, Illinois Zoning Board of Appeals and is a member of the National Apartment Association (NAA) and a board member of the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC).