Alex SamekPrincipalAlex is Principal and Co-Founder of Proper Hospitality and is also a Partner at The Kor Group. As Principal at The Kor Group, Alex Samek is responsible for creating and executing strategies for commercial investment, acquisition and development. This includes optimizing the value of The Kor Group’s current property portfolio, and identifying and securing future acquisitions and business development opportunities. Since joining The Kor Group in 2004, Alex has overseen more than $600 million in acquisitions and development for the company, including hospitality, multi-family and residential projects in the US and the Caribbean. Prior to joining The Kor Group, Alex invested more than $100 million in equity to acquire and integrate six companies while at North Castle Partners, a private equity firm with more than $500 million under management. While in the Technology Corporate Finance Group at NationsBank/Bank of America, Alex raised more than $600 million of capital to finance highly leveraged transactions for financial sponsors and provided more than $1 billion of debt financing for technology companies. Alex earned a BSBA from Washington University and an MBA from Columbia Business School. Alex is based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Brian De LowePresidentBrian De Lowe is President and Co-Founder of Proper Hospitality and is also a Partner at The Kor Group. As President at Proper Hospitality, Brian De Lowe is responsible for overall corporate strategy and the conceptualization and development of the Proper brand. He also leads the sourcing and execution of new business / strategic partnerships and provides leadership regarding all operational aspects of the Company. At Kor, Brian leads corporate strategy and the sourcing and execution of all real estate acquisitions / financing / dispositions / partnerships, having successfully closed over $1 billion of transactions since joining in 2004. Prior to founding Proper Hospitality, Brian was the Vice President of Business Development for Viceroy Hotel Group, where he oversaw all aspects of the company's acquisition and business development activities in the Americas. He also served as Development Director at Kor, leading the acquisition, development and redevelopment of urban multifamily, adaptive reuse, and hotel projects in the U.S. and Latin America. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business, where he graduated magna cum laude.