Teo Nicolais, AB

President, Nicolais, LLC
Teo Nicolais is a real estate entrepreneur who loves to teach. He is the president and founder of Nicolais, LLC, a Denver-based real estate investment company which focuses on apartments and fix-and-flip projects. Nicolais served as vice president of the Apartment Association of Metro Denver (AAMD) which represents over 200,000 multifamily units in the city, as chair of the AAMD's Independent Rental Owner's Council, and as a director of the US Fund for UNICEF. He is also a member of the Urban Land Institute. Nicolais lived and breathed real estate as the director of finance and acquisitions for a $500 million real estate investment company in Illinois that specializes in apartment communities and single-family home developments. In addition to developing cash flow forecasts and performing financial due diligence, Nicolais personally identified and negotiated the purchase of new investments and arranged project financing using equity, taxable and tax-exempt bonds, institutional debt, and conventional bank loans. Throughout his professional life, Nicolais has always made time to teach. He has taught over 1,200 students about real estate investing through his various courses at the Harvard Extension School and Harvard Summer School. Nicolais received Harvard Extension School's 2016 Distinguished Teaching Award, Harvard's university-wide 2015 Teaching Innovator Prize for his work in online education, and has twice received Students' Choice Awards from the Harvard Extension School Student's Association. He was also the recipient of the Harvard Extension School's First Annual Dean Michael Shinagel Award in 2014. Nicolais earned his bachelor's degree from Harvard College with a concentration in economics. As part of his undergraduate academic work, he studied advanced real estate finance at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.


  • AB Harvard University