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 of 46 retail, office and industrial properties while continuing to evaluate and invest in new real estate opportunities.
Michael graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Tulane University where he was selected for the Tulane Scholars program. He received an MBA from Tulane with a focus in accounting and a J.D. from the University of Georgia Law School where he was a Senior Editor of the Georgia Law Review.
He 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 teamed with his father, Morris, to purchase Michael’s first commercial property and joined Morris at APD Transmission Parts, a packager and distributor of automotive transmission parts started by Morris in 1959. 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 that merged APD into Transtar Industries (currently the largest distributor of transmission parts in the U.S.). After the sale of APD, Michael and Morris focused their efforts on expanding Habif Properties.
Michael is a 40 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, served two terms on the Board of Zoo Atlanta, and served on the Oakland Cemetery Board of Trustees. He served three terms on the Board of Ahavath Achim Synagogue where he co-chaired the committee that oversaw improvements to the synagogue’s 91,000 square foot structure including construction of a new preschool. Michael's passions include boating and enjoying time with his 5 grandchildren.