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The Yazlee team at George Smith Partners, led by Jonathan Lee and Shahin Yazdi was formed over three years ago. Since then, they have closed more than $250 million year-to-date in financings, despite economic volatility.

In one of the most historically difficult years in CRE, both individuals have shown a magnitude of class and talent, said one co-worker, and they are definitely ones to watch in the industry. “Recessions, no matter the cause, often act as a torrent of filtration- dictating who and who isn’t – fit to survive into the next upswing. Jonathan and Shahin’s tenacity to keep their team intact and look for creative innovation has been their bellwether of future of success.”

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