Michael Habif brings a unique blend of business, legal, accounting and real estate skills to Habif Properties. He is experienced in all phases of commercial real estate ownership including acquisition analysis, financing, management and leasing. At Habif Properties, Michael directs the strategic and day to day activities of a diverse real estate portfolio while continuing to evaluate and invest in new real estate opportunities. Included within Habif Properties’ real estate portfolio are more than 50 retail, office, industrial and flex properties.
Michael graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Tulane University where he was selected for the Tulane Scholars program. He received his MBA from Tulane with a focus in accounting and his J.D. from the University of Georgia Law School where he was a Senior Editor of the Georgia Law Review.
Michael practiced law with Hurt, Richardson, Garner, Todd and Cadenhead for four years. His practice group specialized in representing foreign nationals and foreign entities investing in U.S. businesses and real estate.
In 1984, Michael left the law practice and teamed with Morris Habif to purchase his first commercial property under the newly branded Habif Properties. At the same time, he joined APD Transmission Parts, a packager and distributor of transmission parts for the automotive aftermarket. After rising to APD’s President, Michael led the company to an eight-fold increase in revenue by opening new distribution and sales facilities in Georgia, New York, Florida, North Carolina and Mississippi. In 2006, Michael oversaw the sale of APD to a private equity firm which merged APD into Transtar Industries. Transtar is currently the largest distributor of transmission parts in the U.S. On the completion of the sale, Michael devoted his full time efforts to Habif Properties where he is a principal and managing member.
Michael is a 35 year volunteer with the Atlanta Jewish Federation where positions included Campaign Co-chair of the Young Leadership Division and chair of the Real Estate Division. He co-chaired Zoo Atlanta’s annual fundraiser, the Beastly Feast, and served two terms on the Board of Zoo Atlanta. He served on the Oakland Cemetery Board of Trustees and the Board of Ahavath Achim Synagogue where he currently co-chairs the committee which is overseeing renovation of the synagogue’s 91,000 square foot structure.