About Us

Founded in 1991 by Steve Ziff and Tim Walter, Ziff Real Estate Partners is led by a core team of principals with more than 150 years of real estate investment management and operating experience.

Headquartered in Charleston, SC we invest in neighborhood retail, self-storage, office, and small bay warehouse properties and manage all aspects of the investment process with an in-house team of property managers, maintenance and construction professionals and leasing agents.


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Ownership mentality - Our management and employees take a significant stake in every transaction.

Process driven - Our disciplined investment and management process has produced consistently superior returns for three decades.

Vertical Integration - Through in-house leasing, construction, and property management we ensure superior service to our tenants while maximizing profitability.


Our mission is to create value for our investors and owners through acquiring, improving and when optimized, selling commercial real estate properties.


To earn a superior risk adjusted return for our investors

To make decisions in an honest, ethical, moral and legal manner

To pursue excellence in everything we do

To challenge all of our staff to think and act like an owner


To earn a superior risk adjusted return for our investors

To make decisions in an honest, ethical, moral and legal manner

To pursue excellence in everything we do

To challenge all of our staff to think and act like an owner


Stephen Ziff

Founder & Chairman Emeritus

Office: 843.724.3431

Fax: 843.724.3400


A Charleston resident since 1991, Stephen has a long association with corporate leadership and real estate development. With his lifelong business experience, Stephen provides oversight to capital and other major transactions.  He was formerly general partner in Ziff-Button properties in Dallas, Texas, and was managing partner in Lower East Redevelopment, Inc.  in New York City.  He served as chairman and CEO of Dual Lite, Inc.  of Newtown, Connecticut, a publicly owned business, and was a founder and director of Tokyo Electron Ltd.  of Tokyo, Japan. Stephen is a 1962 graduate of the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and received a Master of Arts in Art History from Columbia University in 1989.  He has been very active in Charleston, having organized and chaired a task force to modernize city government and with Beth Elohim, Charleston’s Reform Jewish Congregation, as well as with the American College of the Building Arts.  Most recently, Stephen is Founder & Chairman of the Charleston World Heritage Coalition, a newly formed non-profit whose mission is to have Charleston’s Historic City Center designated as the first urban World Heritage Site in the United States.

Tim Walter

Managing Partner, Chairman

Office: 843.724.3405

Mobile: 843.270.4334

Fax: 843.724.3400


As Managing Partner and Chairman, Tim is responsible for all operations of ZRP.  Tim has been a principal since the company started and has been intimately involved with every aspect of the commercial real estate business.  He served as CFO prior to becoming CEO in 2006.  Tim relocated from New York to Charleston in 1992 and has an extensive background in finance, management, and real estate.  After building a solid analytical foundation at Touche Ross, he joined forces with Stephen Ziff to own and manage Lower East Redevelopment, Inc. in New York City.  Tim received his bachelor's degree in Finance and Accounting from The Kelley School at Indiana University in 1983 and a Master’s in Architecture and Real Estate Development from Columbia University in 1989.  He is a certified financial planner, a South Carolina real estate broker, and has served on the boards of several non-profit corporations.

Curt Schade

Managing Partner

Mobile: 973.985.1009


Curt has been a co-investor and advisor to Ziff for more than a decade. After joining the company full-time in 2017, he became a Managing Partner and Co-CEO in 2019. Curt focuses on the company’s self-storage and small bay industrial business as well as asset management and financial strategy. He is a member of the Investment Committee and is involved in discussions related to acquisitions and dispositions as well as financing, market research, and overall strategy. Curt brings extensive finance and real estate experience to ZRP including partner-level positions at Bear Stearns and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. He also co-founded and was President and COO of Pretium Partners, a private equity investment manager with $2.5 billion AUM. Pretium controls Progress Residential, an owner operator of over 30,000 single-family rental homes. Curt is a graduate of the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia and currently serves on the school’s Foundation Board and chairs the Finance Committee; he is also the Chairman of the Thomas Moran Trust in East Hampton, NY.

Christian Chamblee, CCIM

Partner, Capital Transactions & Asset Management

Office: 843.724.3410

Fax: 843.724.3400


Christian serves as Partner, Capital Transactions and Asset Management where he directs all of ZRP’s acquisition and disposition activity. Christian is a career real estate professional who has been involved in the acquisition and disposition of over $750,000,000 worth of multi-tenant retail, small-bay warehouse, and self storage properties. He has also sourced and negotiated both small-shop and anchor leases and spearheaded the development of multiple low income housing tax credit projects. In the last 10 years with ZRP, Christian has sourced 53 investments for the firm and taken the firm into 6 additional states. He maintains relationships with national retailers, real estate investments trusts, and brokerage firms. Christian serves on the Leadership Team of the Leukemia Lymphoma Society of the Lowcountry and received recognition by the Charleston Regional Business Journal in their 2015 “40 under 40”. He received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science from College of Charleston and became a  member of the CCIM Institute in 2017.

Michael Pigg, CCIM

Partner, Chief Operating Officer

Office: 843.724.3465

Fax: 843.724.3400


Michael is Partner, Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for successfully leading the growth and financial performance of Ziff Real Estate Partners by managing the day-to-day operations, company personnel, investment process, and strategic decisions of the company. Within that scope, he also has an integral role in the management of the firm’s capital transactions, financial initiatives, and relationships with leading financial institutions. Michael originally joined the company in 2012 as an Acquisitions Associate and Analyst, and has since held the positions of Controller, Chief Investment Officer, and Chief Financial Officer before becoming COO in 2022. Prior to joining ZRP, Michael worked in various aspects of commercial real estate for 5 years with The Beach Company. He is a 2006 graduate of the University of South Carolina Honors College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Real Estate, and he received his Master of Business Administration from The Citadel Graduate College in 2012. Michael is also a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, and he achieved the CCIM designation in 2019.

Michael Mansson, CCIM

Partner, Development & Property Management

Office: 843.724.3460

Fax: 843.724.3400


Mike is a Partner, Development and Property Management, and is responsible for  these functions as it pertains to ZRP’s retail, flex and self-storage portfolio. With a Bachelor of Arts from Plymouth State University, a LEED AP accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Council, and a 2019 CCIM designation, his extensive industry experience is relied upon to strengthen the operations of the current and future ZRP portfolio. Mike ensures that all development and capex projects are completed within budget and that all property management services are meeting the goals of the properties and tenants alike. Since beginning his career in 2005, Mike has overseen over $300 million of development and construction projects in the retail, office, multi-family and self-storage sectors throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic region. He developed the first LEED GOLD Certified Multi-Family project in South Carolina, which was awarded the Housing Development of the Year. Mike was recognized in the “40 Under 40” through a national publication, Building Design + Construction, and again from the Charleston Business Journal. Mike currently sits on the Board of Directors and is the Chair of the Housing Loan Committee for the South Carolina Community Loan Fund.

Gustavo Daza, CCIM

Partner, Self-Storage

Office: 843.724.3404

Fax: 843.724.3400


Gustavo is Partner, Self-Storage and oversees the day-to-day operations for ZRP’s rapidly growing self-storage portfolio. After studying hotel management and Business Administration at Middlesex college, Gustavo began his career in hospitality and worked in the industry for 12 years while living in New York metro area. He worked for 10 years with Edison Properties, first as a General Manager of Manhattan Mini Storage and then as a Regional Vice President of Parking Operations for Edison Parkfast. After relocating to Charleston, Gustavo managed a portfolio of CubeSmart self-storage locations in the South and North Carolina markets. Gustavo currently sits on the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Self Storage Association, where he served as past President from 2020-2021 and currently holds the Vice President position. He also achieved the CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) designation in 2022.

Lance Hagaman

Partner, Leasing

Office: 843.724.3485

Fax: 843.724.3400


Lance is Partner, Leasing at Ziff Real Estate Partners. Prior to this, Lance acted as the Chief Operating Officer at Hendon Properties in Atlanta, GA. At Hendon, Lance managed the revenue side of the business, including leasing and acquisitions. Preceding his role at Hendon, Lance was VP of Leasing for the southern region at Brixmor Property group and the legacy companies of Centro and New Plan. Lance Managed a $1 billion real estate portfolio with teams and assets throughout the Southeast. Lance graduated from the College of Charleston with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2005.

Brad Sheppard

Partner, Chief Financial Officer

Office: 843.724.3469

Fax: 843.724.3400


As Partner, Chief Financial Officer, Brad is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day activities of the accounting department and the company financial controls, including financial reporting, annual budgeting processes, tax return preparation, and management of banking relationships. He also oversees ZRP’s insurance and risk management functions, human resource and IT processes, and is involved in capital transactions including acquisitions, dispositions, and financings. Brad originally joined Ziff in 2019 as Controller before becoming CFO in 2022. He previously worked in international resort and real estate development with Kiawah Partners & Kiawah Management Group for over 15 years, starting as Staff Accountant and ending as Corporate Controller. While there, he was involved in the company’s financial initiatives, development and operations of Kiawah Island, Doonbeg Golf Club in Ireland, and Christophe Harbour in St. Kitts. Brad is a 2002 graduate of the College of Charleston with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, a 2004 graduate of the University of Charleston with a Master of Accountancy and became a Certified Public Accountant in 2005 by the State of South Carolina.

Mary Elizabeth Austin


Office: 843.724.3468

Fax: 832.724.3400


A Charleston resident since 2015, Mary Elizabeth has spent the past seven years working in the real estate development industry.  As Controller, Mary Elizabeth is responsible for the preparation and distribution of ZRP's retail property financial statements.  She also works closely with the CFO in planning and forecasting the annual budgets within the retail portfolio. Prior to working at ZRP, Mary Elizabeth started her career as an auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Spartanburg.  She moved to Charleston and joined Greystar overseeing the accounting for $100 million multi-family properties located in Texas, California, and Washington. Mary Elizabeth has volunteered with Big Brothers & Big Sisters of the Upstate, Junior Achievement, and the American Heart Association. She is a 2011 graduate from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and received a Master of Accountancy from the University of South Carolina in 2012.

Sarah Brantley, CCIM

Partner, Finance & Investments

Office: 843.724.3401

Fax: 843.724.3400


Sarah is Partner, Finance and Investments and is responsible for supporting the financial aspects and investments of Ziff Real Estate Partners. She has an integral role in analytical reporting, financial modeling and projections, and capital market interactions to support the company’s strategies that drive financial and operational performance. Sarah originally joined Ziff in 2018 as a Capital Management & Investment Associate before stepping into her current role. She has been involved in over $75 million capital transactions which include acquisitions, dispositions, and financings. Prior to joining Ziff, Sarah worked in the retail mortgage industry as an FP&A analyst, driving key information for major operational, financial and strategic decisions for SWBC Mortgage, headquartered in San Antonio, TX. She is a 2013 graduate of the University of South Carolina with a BS in Sport & Entertainment Management, and she received her MBA in Finance from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2018. Sarah achieved the CCIM designation in 2022 and is a member of the Charleston Junior Women’s Club.

Nielle Lott

Director, Lease Administration

Office: 843.724.3403

Fax: 843.724.3400


Nielle is Director, Lease Administration and is responsible for tenant relations, construction allowances, office/flex property lease negotiation as well as support for leasing associates and property managers. Nielle was a navy brat, born in Connecticut. She fell in love with Charleston in high school and has lived here since. Nielle’s background in multi-family construction and investment provided an ideal basis for her career at Ziff. She started with the company in 2006 as an Executive Assistant and has climbed the ranks through the years to achieve her current position. Nielle was a past president and charter member of the former Lowcountry Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction and she is currently a charter member of CREW Charleston.

Josh Owens, CCIM

Director, Leasing

Office: 843.724.3505

Fax: 843.724.3400


Josh is Director, Leasing and is responsible for the implementation of the portfolio strategy and asset management functions of all retail assets. Josh began his real estate career in 2012 working in leasing and development for Graham Corporation in Knoxville, TN before joining Ziff in 2014. He has completed over $14 million in lease transactions, including leases with national and regional tenants, such as Five Guy’s Burgers and Fries, Starbucks Coffee Co, and Freddy’s Steakburgers and Frozen Custard. Josh received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Economics from the University of Tennessee. He has been a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers since 2012 and completed his CCIM designation in 2022. Outside of work, Josh serves as the Parade Director for the annual Charleston Jazz Crawl for Charity.

Bryce Shipman

Director, Property Management

Office: 843.724.3470

Fax: 843.724.3400


Bryce, the Director of Property Management at Ziff Properties, brings extensive experience and expertise to his role. With a responsibility encompassing budgets, contract negotiations, and day-to-day operations of over 1 million square feet of diverse properties including retail, office, and light industrial flex spaces, Bryce plays a vital role in ensuring the success of the organization. Prior to joining Ziff Properties in 2018, Bryce served as the property manager for Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim, the oldest synagogue in the country and a National Historic Landmark located in Charleston, SC. His background includes a degree from the Moore School of Business at The University of South Carolina, emphasizing his commitment to leveraging strategic vendor relationships to optimize profit margins while delivering exceptional value to both properties and tenants. Bryce's dedication and expertise contribute significantly to the overall success and growth of Ziff Properties.

Ben Hallett

Senior Associate, Development

Office: 843.724.3451

Fax: 843.724.3400


Ben is a Senior Associate, Development and is responsible for managing the company's development of assets under construction. Ben contributes in all phases of the development process including site selection, due diligence, planning and design, permitting, and construction management. He oversees budgets and timelines to ensure that company goals are achieved. Prior to joining Ziff, Ben worked in the civil engineering field as a design engineer for Sandis Civil Engineers. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a BS in Civil Engineering and a minor in Construction Engineering.

Devin Wilson

Senior Associate, Property Management

Office: 843.805.6778

Fax: 843.724.3400


Devin is a Senior Associate, Property Management and is responsible for managing over 700K SF of flex, office, and retail space owned by ZRP. He generates annual budgets to maintain and improve the value of the company's portfolio and works with the leasing team to ensure success for tenants. Devin started his career at Ziff in 2018 as a Project Management and Operations Associate where he managed over $500K of capital expenditure projects for multiple properties. Prior to Ziff, he worked at Nolan Transportation Group as a Carrier Sales Representative and as a Leasing and Marketing Associate at 144 Earle. Devin has a BS in Financial Management with a Real Estate focus from Clemson University. He has completed the Property Management Certification from Charleston Trident Association of Realtors and a Construction Project Management Certification from Columbia University.

Luke Westbrooks

Senior Associate, Self-Storage Operations

Office: 843.805.6781

Fax: 843.724.3400


Luke is a Senior Associate, Self-Storage Operations and is responsible for ZRP's national storage portfolio, and works closely with the Development and Operations team to facilitate the success of each facility. Luke began his self-storage career in 2013 and has accumulated extensive management experience across multiple positions within the industry. Luke studied Psychology and English at the University of South Carolina Upstate, and currently lives in Charleston with his wife Jessica and their 3 dogs.

Brooke Frey

Analyst, Investments

Office: 843.805.6779

Fax: 843.724.3400


Brooke started at ZRP following her graduation from the College of Charleston graduate school where she attained her MBA with a focus in Business Analytics. Brooke is on the Acquisitions team, as an Investments Analyst and supports the company’s daily pursuit of value-add retail, office, self-storage, and small bay industrial opportunities. Prior to living in Charleston, Brooke attended Old Dominion University where she studied Business Administration and Real Estate, while playing Division 1 lacrosse. She found her passion for Commercial Real Estate through mentorship, which she later pursued by becoming a member of both CREW and ICSC.

Jack Jardina

Analyst, Investments


Jack is an Analyst, Investments and is responsible for underwriting, due diligence, asset management, and financial analysis in the company’s pursuit of value-add retail, office, and self-storage properties. Prior to joining ZRP, Jack worked at his family’s produce distribution company in sales and overseeing warehouse operations. Additionally, he completed a six-month internship as an Analyst with Dollar General where he developed a strong financial modeling and reporting skill set. Originally from Atlanta, GA, Jack attended Auburn University, where he graduated in 2022 with degrees in Finance and Supply Chain Management.

Kayla Meier

Analyst, Investments

Office: 843.724.3500

Fax: 843.724.3400


Kayla is an Analyst, Investments and has an integral role in the analysis of acquisitions, dispositions, and financings. Privy to knowledge gained from her experience in the accounting and auditing industry, Kayla assists in providing financial reporting, modeling, and analytical support related to an investment portfolio of over 30 properties. Kayla received her undergraduate degree in Accounting from the College of Charleston in 2018, and her MBA with an emphasis in Accounting from Charleston Southern University in 2019.

Sarah Bauerlin

Associate, Corporate Accounting

Office: 843.724.3468

Fax: 843.724.3400


A Charleston resident since 2015, Sarah is an Associate, Corporate Accounting at Ziff Real Estate Partners. Sarah performs daily accounting functions for a select portfolio of properties. She works closely with the Controller and Assistant Controller by assisting with financial reporting, variance analysis, and the preparation of budgets. She also provides support to additional members of the accounting team.  Sarah attended the College of Charleston and graduated cum laude with a degree in accounting in 2019.

Alec Boyle, CCIM

Associate, Leasing

Office: 843.724.3473

Fax: 843.724.3400


Alec is an Associate, Leasing and is the main contact for sourcing nationwide investment opportunities for the company's growing portfolio. Through relationships with national brokerage firms, landlords, and REITs; Alec works to find multi-tenant retail, small-bay warehouse, and self-storage opportunities that align with ZRP's investment criteria. Alec began his real estate career in 2014 working in project management for JLL in Washington, DC prior to joining Ziff in 2017. While at ZRP, Alec has worked as a Project Manager & Operations Associate and Leasing Associate prior to his move to the Acquisitions team in 2019. Alec received his degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has been a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers since 2018 and is currently working to complete his CCIM designation.

Joe Corsi

Associate, Property Management

Office: 843.724.3500

Fax: 843.724.3400


Joe is an Associate, Property Management and works closely with the property management team to assist with the daily operation of retail, office, and light industrial flex properties. He also assists with all annual capital expenditure projects. Prior to joining Ziff, Joe worked as an Assistant Property Manager for Ralph Lauren’s private estate in Bedford, NY. He is a graduate of the College of Charleston with a degree in Business Administration and moved back to Charleston in Fall 2020.

Kelley Hall

Associate, Corporate Accounting

Office: 843.805.6789

Fax: 843.724.3400


Kelley was born and raised in the Charleston area and is an Associate, Corporate Accounting at Ziff Real Estate Partners. She is a key member of the accounting team and works closely with the Controller and Assistant Controller. She began her accounting career in 2015 in public accounting and was promoted to Controller at Holy City Heating & Air, LLC. As a graduate from Charleston Southern University, Kelley obtained her BS in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting as well as a MBA. Kelley's  experience and personality make her a successful member of the accounting team.

Isaac Hutchinson

Associate, Maintenance

Office: 843.270.4339

Fax: 843.724.3400


Nikki Judy

Associate, Lease Administration

Office: 843.724.3466

Fax: 843.724.3400


Nikki is an Associate, Lease Administration and supports the Leasing and Property Management departments. She began working at Ziff in 2019 as a Corporate Office Assistant and was promoted in 2020 to her current position. In this role, she prepares and processes all leases and related documents, assists Property Managers and Leasing Associates and excels at tenant relations. After attending both Lander University and College of Charleston, Nikki was employed in the international transportation industry where she worked for 10 years at a Fortune 500 company and was both a licensed customs broker and operations manager. She also served as the Education Chair of the Charleston Brokers & Freight Forwarders Association and was a member of Charleston Women in International Transportation. Nikki has served as a Volunteer Coordinator for the Charleston Wine + Food Festival.

Terri McMillan

Associate, Corporate Accounting

Office: 843.724.3581

Fax: 843.724.3400


Caren Robbins

Associate, Accounts Receivable

Office: 843.724.3462

Fax: 843.724.3400


A resident of Charleston since 2015, Caren is an Accounts Receivable Associate at Ziff Real Estate Partners. She handles daily cash receipts, processes rent payments, and works closely with tenants regarding their accounts. Prior to working at ZRP, Caren worked in the accounting department at Greystar. She also runs a small custom cookie business and enjoys the beach, music, reading and yoga.

Shahida Williams

Associate, Development


Shahida is an Associate, Development and is responsible for managing and tracking development of construction projects of self-storage and retail development projects. Prior to joining ZRP, Shahida worked with the design and project management group at QuikTrip Corporation. Shahida also works as a Civil Engineering Project Manager in the United States Air Force Reserves. She is a graduate of the University of Tulsa with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Physics.

James Bristol

Building Manager, Savannah

Office: 912.232.9050


Nancy Sabol

Corporate Executive Assistant

Office: 843.724.3500

Fax: 843.724.3400


Nancy is the Corporate Executive Assistant at ZRP that keeps the office running smoothly while providing assistance to the Founder, CEO and Controller.  She works closely with the accounting department handling collections, utilities, and accounts receivables.  She lived in Kentucky for 37 years before moving to Charleston to work at the Forbes 5 Star Spa at The Sanctuary Hotel on Kiawah Island.  She brings with her 35 years of office management experience in the corporate world, as well as with non-profits.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree (cum laude) from Georgetown College in Kentucky and was the Executive Director of a grassroots organization called Blue Grass Farms Chaplaincy.  She is an advocate for Habitat for Humanity, as well as for the American Red Cross.