Teo Nicolais

Owner, Nicolais, LLC

Teo Nicolais is a real estate entrepreneur who loves to teach.

Nicolais lived and breathed real estate as the director of finance and acquisitions for a $500 million real estate investment company in Illinois, which specialized in apartment communities and single-family home developments. In addition to developing cash flow forecasts and performing financial due diligence, Nicolais personally identified and negotiated the purchase of new investments and arranged project financing using equity, taxable and tax-exempt bonds, institutional debt, and conventional bank loans.

Nicolais currently lives in Denver where he runs his own real estate investment company, Nicolais, LLC. With the help of his employees, Nicolais invests in multi-family rental properties in the Denver metro area and is active in the city's fix-and-flip market. Nicolais is the chair of the Apartment Association of Metro Denver's Independent Rental Owner's Council, a member of the Urban Land Institute, and served as a director of the US Fund for UNICEF.

Throughout his professional life, Nicolais has always made time to teach. Alongside Bruce Watson, Nicolais recently taught his forty-first course at the Harvard Extension School with a cumulative enrollment of over 7,000 students since he starting teaching.

His students awarded him the Harvard Extension Student Association's Student Choice Award for 2012 and 2013. He was also the recipient of the Harvard Extension School's first Dean Michael Shinagel Exceptional Teaching Assistant Award.

He earned his bachelor's degree from Harvard College with a concentration in economics. As part of his undergraduate academic work, he studied advanced real estate finance at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and leadership at the Harvard Business School.

AB, Harvard University