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Frank B. Bazzel is Executive Vice President – Special Projects for Sealy & Company serving as an advisor to the Chairman and the Investment Services Team. Frank provides strategic direction and insight to acquisitions strategies and investment structures in regard to risk, business strategy, corporate opportunity, and exposure. Mr. Bazzel is also actively involved in the firm’s investment fund structuring and planning, as well as, a participant in Executive Team meetings.
Mr. Bazzel is a Retired Partner of the Real Estate Development and Finance and Funds & Alternative Investments practices of Morris, Manning, and Martin, LLP. Frank’s practice predominately involved the representation of real estate developers, owners, and investors in the financings of their real estate transactions. He has over 37 years of experience in all kinds of commercial real estate transactions, including acquiring, selling, developing, leasing, and financing transactions for office buildings, multi-family projects, industrial buildings, shopping centers, and hotels throughout the U.S.
Frank received a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from Washington and Lee University then went on to receive his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Emory University. Mr. Bazzel’s success has been widely recognized during his career including earning the honors of being: Named, The Best Lawyers in America® in Real Estate Law (2007 – 2016), Selected, Georgia’s Best Lawyers (2009), Recommended, The Legal 500 as a Leader in Real Estate & Construction (2009 and 2013), Selected, Georgia Super Lawyer (2011 – 2013), and a Lifetime Achievement Award.
John A. Nida joined the firm in 2021. His primary responsibilities are sourcing, underwriting, and closing acquisition and development opportunities consistent with the firm’s investment parameters throughout the Southeast region of the United States. Mr. Nida brings over 20 years of senior operations and business development with a seasoned track record of opportunity identification, business development, networking experience, and leadership success to Sealy & Company. Driven by the same entrepreneurial spirit found deeply embedded in the culture at Sealy, Mr. Nida’s experience and approach to real estate portfolio management and business operations are an ideal complement to Sealy’s goals for expansion in the Southeast.
John received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Shorter University in Rome, Georgia, where he also completed additional courses in Accounting Studies at Kennesaw State Unversity. Mr. Nida has served as Chairman of fundraising for Mercy Senior Care (non-profit providing leadership, advocacy, and care for aging adults, Co-Chair for Group for the East End (non-profit focused on protecting and restoring the environment of Eastern Long Island), and Advisory Board of Directors for the Center for Therapeutic Riding of the East End, New York.
Jennifer Sanford is Vice President of Operations of Sealy & Company and is responsible for maximizing property operations, mitigating risk, and executing process improvement across Sealy & Company’s portfolio. Ms. Sanford joined the firm in 2017 and oversees property operations, risk management, and tax administration.
Prior to joining Sealy & Company, Ms. Sanford spent seven years as Area Director at The RMR Group LLC, an asset management company providing management services to five publicly owned REITs. Preceding her work at The RMR Group LLC, Ms. Sanford worked five years at CB Richard Ellis, where she was a Senior Property Manager for clients such as Invesco, MassMutual and Argus Realty Investors. Ms. Sanford began her real estate career at iStar Real Estate Services and later joined Wells Real Estate Funds.