As a serial entrepreneur, AZ began his entrepreneurial career at the age of seventeen. While in college he began a property management company master leasing from landlords and subletting to students. The success of this business led him to his first million dollars in revenue before the age of twenty-one.
Since his first venture at age seventeen, AZ has been able to start multiple successful businesses and has received a couple of recognitions.
In 2013 his development company, UIG, was named one of the five fastest-growing real estate firms in DC by Inc. Magazine, a phenomenal feat for any young entrepreneur.
In 2015, Blackbusiness.org, an independent non-profit organization, named AZ’s company as a top 5 Black-owned company on its “Fastest-Growing Companies in America” list.
In 2016 AZ’s new venture, Acumen Capital, ranked number two on INC. 5000 fastest-growing companies in DC. In the same year, Inc. Magazine once again named AZ, first place in the top 10 fastest-growing companies led by an African-American nationwide. AZ has now taken the number one place from his previous number four place held in 2013, while he was CEO of Urban Investment Group.
In 2017, the DC Chamber named him Young Entrepreneur of the Year. As principal of Acumen, AZ led the company to 7th place on Washington Business Journal list of DC’s 50 fastest-growing companies of 2017.
In 2018, Washington Business Journal listed AZ, as Chairman of Acumen Companies, as a 40 Under 40 Honoree. Also in 2018, under AZ’s leadership, Washington Business Journal listed Acumen Companies as one of the region’s fastest growing companies for the second year in a row.
In 2019, New York City’s The Network Journal listed AZ, Chairman of Acumen Companies, as a 40 Under 40 Honoree.
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
11:45 AM – 12:30 PM
Learn how developers and communities are benefiting from including lower-income residents in their market-rate housing developments.