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Alden R. (A.J.) Edwards, Jr.

A.J. joins MIT/CRE from Huntsville, Alabama where he founded a thriving speculative homebuilding company in 2008. His intuition for finding value in, and capitalizing on, more obscure land opportunities often stigmatized by developmental challenges, coupled with his creative and cost-effective design solutions, created a competitive advantage over the larger regional and national builders in his market. He built more than 100 homes in the first five years as well as diversified into acquiring and managing income-producing property and bank notes.

From 2006 to 2008 A.J. worked for a real estate development company in Huntsville. There he managed all aspects of a development project—from analysis for site acquisitions, through construction, to the closing table. This comprehensive experience allowed him to recognize, and gave him the confidence to seize the opportunity to start a homebuilding company in the midst of the housing recession.

He has enrolled in the MSRED program in order to deepen his understanding of real estate economics and financial analysis as they relate to development and investment. He anticipates utilizing this degree to become an asset to a global private equity or development firm.

A.J. graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama in 2006. He enjoys salt water fishing and hunting.