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Mark Graffagnino, Principal

Mark Graffagnino founded The Ashford Group in 1999, to provide construction and development expertise to apartment owners and developers.  Prior to that, he was providing construction management, project management and project estimating services as an independent consultant.

Mark received his Bachelor of Science in Building Construction from the Georgia Institute of Technology.  He is a licensed General Contractor in Georgia and Florida (license currently inactive), and has received industry certifications as a Certified Renovator for lead based paint, as well as the OSHA 30 hour safety course certification.

He has served his owner/developer clients in the capacities of General Contractor, Construction Manager and Owner’s Representative.  His 25 years of experience in the development, construction and renovation of over 5,600 apartment units makes him uniquely qualified to budget, manage and perform value-add renovations to distressed or tired assets.

Mark lives in Atlanta with his wife and two children, and enjoys supporting his alma mater, spending time in the north Georgia mountains, and the occasional round of golf.

Hans Buchhierl, a German citizen and resident, started his US real estate business in 1992 as a consultant for a German Family Office (Bavin Group).  As an industry veteran he is experienced in working closely with partners and on-site management teams. During his career he has created a network consisting of US real estate professionals in selected cities and regions. He has overseen and conducted US investment transactions of approximately $500 Million in total and is serving on several real estate advisory boards.

Hans is a Partner with Coro Real Esate Advisors. He is a graduate of the savings bank business school of the state of Bavaria, where he earned a bachelor of business administration in finance and economy.

Hans Buchhierl, Advisor and Capital Equity Partner