Where once there were thousands of acres of vacant land, decades later stand townships where tens of thousands of people live, learn, work, and play. We’ve created, cared for, and curated thriving ecosystems of business and living that have grown from strength to strength. We realised a vision for a healthy community and utilized the knowledge to see it through.
We’ve taken the same approach to the larger community of our portfolio. When we invest and help companies grow, we think of them as a part of an ecosystem that they have to exist within. In other words, all our companies have a mandate to provide real value, cultivate genuine partnership, and incorporate sustainable business models for the long term.
The Chairman of Avalon Park Investments, Beat Kähli, is our resident big picture guru and oversees overall strategy of the group. He serves as CEO of two specialized and strongly performing real estate companies, namely Avalon Park Group in Florida (USA) and sitEX Properties Holding AG in Lachen (Switzerland).
Beat founded Avalon Park in 1995, when it was nearly two thousand acres of unutilized land and developed it into the thriving township it is today. Avalon Park was the top selling development in the Orlando area for several years with a total gross development value of USD 1.5 bn. As CEO of Avalon Park Group, he brings over 25 years of experience in real estate, investment banking, and consulting to the table. He has been recognized by the Orlando Business Journal as one of the Top Ten Most Influential Businessmen and Reader’s Choice, Most Respected CEO in Central Florida.
Beat has also found success in the concrete industry. His company Prestige became the largest independent concrete producer in the State of Florida. In 2007, the Prestige group of companies was sold to a foreign concrete manufacturer. Beat currently serves on the board of various companies and organizations in Switzerland and USA, and is the controlling shareholder, partner, and CEO in a wide range of corporations spanning multiple industries.
As partner of Avalon Park Investments, Ravi Kumar is responsible for managing the group’s investments globally and growing the portfolio companies. He is an experienced investment professional, having worked as an associate at Momentum Ventures, a Singapore corporate venture capital and Sienna Enterprises, a boutique corporate finance and investment advisory firm. He has worked on numerous cross border transactions in the real estate and project financing space.
He is currently CEO of Nought Labs, a growth strategy agency that aims to supercharge brands and business models through data and design. He has also co-founded and successfully exited a chain of F&B outlets in Singapore and has extensive experience in business operations and business management.
He graduated from the National University of Singapore with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and completed an exchange program at the Technical University of Eindhoven, Netherlands. He is a two-time recipient of the ASEAN Scholarship and a national athlete for Malaysia having competed at several international competitions in the sport of Floorball.
As partner, Andreas Derzsi is responsible for international business development. He is the director of Amber Capital Pte. Ltd., a consulting and advisory company with a focus on real estate and finance. Through his company, he mainly consults and advises sitEX Properties Holding AG, which he also serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors since July 2013. With his support, the company has grown to be one of Switzerland’s best-performing publicly-traded real estate companies, with a 10-year average IRR of 19%. While helping sitEX grow, he has also focused on optimizing business processes and financial structures within the company, bringing down operating expenses by 60% while lowering its debt-to-equity ratio by half.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration at University of St. Gallen in Switzerland and underwent an exchange program at Singapore Management University. He also received his master’s degree in investment management at Cass Business School in London UK. Upon completing his education, he gained valuable experience in an international business consultancy, the Swiss embassy in Singapore, as well as in a multifamily office with a focus on private equity transactions.
Based in Basel, Switzerland, Dr. Christoph Stutz oversees business strategy of the group in Europe. He graduated as a lawyer from the University of Basel, specializing in building and planning law, in particular, district and development planning for the rezoning of large land plots. His firm, Büro Dr. Stutz, a project management and real estate development company has been active since 1997. He began his career in Basler Verkehrs-Betriebe (BVB), the city’s public transport operator, later becoming Deputy Director. In 1988, he was elected to the Grand Council of Basel-Stadt, serving for 8 years.
Presently, he is the Chairman of sitEX Properties Holding AG (sitEX) and serves as board member of various companies in the real estate, ancillary construction and energy sectors.
He is also a member of the steering committee for urban development at the Klybeck plus site (260,000 m²) in Basel with the three partners Novartis – BASF – Canton Basel-Stadt. As a member of the Foundation Board committee of the Fondation Beyeler Basel/Riehen, he continues to serve the Basel community.
His former involvement in public transport, health care and as a member of the cantonal government of Basel-Stadt has provided him with a broad field of knowledge and experience. Among his larger projects are the overall management of the “Bahnhof Ost, Peter Merian Haus and Jacob Burckhardt Haus” development next to the Basel main train station with an investment volume of CHF 700 mn and a gross floor area of more than 100’000 m². He was also jointly responsible for the construction of several condominium and rental apartment buildings in the greater Basel and Zurich area with investment volumes of between CHF 10 mn-75 mn.