Markwood Enterprises is a private real estate investment, development, and management firm founded by principals James Mehdizadeh and Robert R. Mehdizadeh, based in Beverly Hills with assets in California and New York. Markwood pursues investment opportunities in two primary, strategic categories: repositioning and development projects in established and emerging urban areas; and well-positioned operating properties in transitional and established districts. The firm embraces the responsibility that accompanies all of its investments and takes great pride in striving to make a positive impact in each of the communities in which it operates. Markwood’s portfolio includes a variety of project types, including residential, retail, medical office and parking structures. The company’s broad capabilities and wide range of experience provide a distinct advantage in successfully managing the complex challenges inherent in urban investment and development.
Robert R. Mehdizadeh
MARKWOOD EXECUTIVE TEAM
David Wright, Chief Executive Officer
David Wright is the Chief Executive Officer of Markwood Enterprises. Wright joined Markwood in 2012 and was elevated to the role of CEO in 2016. Prior to joining the Markwood team, Wright spent more than a decade directing growth for multiple private investment groups, developing high-end commercial and residential properties from the ground up throughout Los Angeles and Northern California. He has previously served in a number of property and project management capacities, where he was responsible for streamlining accounting practices, improving investor relations, and substantially increasing productivity. Over the course of his career, Wright also developed and launched a successful technology start-up providing back-end services, e-commerce, database, video streaming and internet hosting capabilities.
He spearheaded the founding of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tucson, Arizona and previously served on the organization’s board of directors, first as secretary-treasurer and then as president. He is a current member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and the Central City Association of Los Angeles.
Wright studied computer science and systems engineering from the University of Arizona and began his career developing control systems for ground- and satellite- based telescopes as a member of the university’s Astronomy Department.
Simon Aftalion, Development Director
Simon Aftalion joined Markwood Enterprises as Development Analyst and Project Manager in 2014 and currently serves as Development Director. His vast experience ranges from real estate private equity–focusing on acquisitions and dispositions–and capital fundraising to ground-up property development and adaptive reuse. Prior to joining Markwood, Aftalion served as Mayoral Liaison for the City of Beverly Hills. He previously held a research position at Boston Properties (NYSE: BXP) and a development associate position with EastBanc in Washington, D.C.
Aftalion is a member of ULI’s Regional Land Use Leadership Institute, NAIOP’s National Multi-Housing Council, and the Central City Association of Los Angeles where he sits on the Housing, Land Use and Development Committee. In 2013, he led a team to win first place in the NAIOP Capital Challenge real estate case study competition. In addition to his real estate and development organization involvement and recognitions, Aftalion is a founding committee member of Looking Beyond Next Generation, a member of the Young Professionals Pro-Israel Political Network and has lobbied on behalf of AIPAC for nearly ten years.
Aftalion earned joint graduate degrees from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and Law Center, with an emphasis on real estate development. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Irvine, and a political economics certificate from the London School of Economics.