Real Estate Professionals Launch New Firm, Panot Capital, to Focus on Expanded Real Estate Investment Management and Development

Panot Capital will manage an extensive real estate portfolio on behalf of a series of trusts; will expand real estate investments and client relationships nationwide

HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#familyoffice–Real estate executives Aaron Iskowitz and Zain Sayed have recently established Panot Capital, a dedicated real estate investment management firm based in Houston with offices in California, New York, Ohio and Rhode Island.

Panot Capital, established in late 2023, was formed to manage an extensive real estate portfolio on behalf of a series of trusts. The firm has plans to expand its investments and client relationships nationwide, focusing on real estate investment management and development.

Panot Capital was formed to create a data-driven institutional-quality investment framework for the management of a family-owned portfolio that develops and owns real estate projects with a focus on multi-family and mixed-use communities. Panot Capital manages properties in 13 cities in eight states, overseeing portfolio management, acquisitions, asset management, and development activities.

About Aaron Iskowitz

Aaron Iskowitz was previously the chief operating officer at Urban Smart Growth (USG), a real estate development and management company. During his decade-long tenure at the company, he managed all of USG’s operations nationwide.

Before joining USG in 2013, Iskowitz was vice president in the capital markets group at Avison Young, a senior associate at The Carlton Group and a project manager / financial analyst at New Jersey-based regional real estate developer Woodmont Properties.

Iskowitz graduated from Union College with a BA in Managerial Economics. He also received an MS in Real Estate, with a concentration in Finance, along with an advanced degree in Cities and Urban Development, from New York University.

About Zain Sayed

Zain Sayed brings deep experience in investing and managing institutional commercial real estate capital. Previously, Sayed served as the Head of Portfolio and Asset Management at Parkway Properties overseeing a $3 billion national office and mixed-use portfolio involving asset performance, investment strategy, recapitalizations, and dispositions. In addition, Sayed managed the development of data-driven investment strategies to enhance investment decisions and asset-level execution.

Prior to Parkway Properties, Sayed was the U.S. West Head of Asset Management at Lionstone Investments overseeing all asset management operations for nearly $6 billion in value-add and core assets located in Texas, Colorado, Washington, Oregon and California.

Sayed was previously an asset manager at MetLife Investment Management, managing over $3.1 billion in joint venture real estate assets. Prior to asset management, he was responsible for the credit risk portfolio management and valuation review for over $20 billion in mortgages within MetLife’s commercial mortgage portfolio.

Sayed holds a M.S. degree in Real Estate from New York University, a M.S. degree in Data Science from Northwestern University, and a B.A. in Economics from Georgetown University.

Sayed is currently a member of the Urban Land Institute and sits on the Technology and Real Estate Council (TREC).


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