Teo Nicolais, AB

President, Nicolais, LLC
Teo Nicolais is a real estate entrepreneur who loves to teach. Nicolais lives and breathes real estate as president of his real estate investment company, Nicolais, LLC, which invests in multi-family rental properties in the Denver metro area. Nicolais has twice served as vice president of the Apartment Association of Metro Denver (AAMD), which represents over 237,000 apartment units, and is a board member of the Colorado Apartment Association. He was also named the Apartment Association of Metro Denver's Person of the Year. Prior to starting his own investment company, Nicolais served as the director of finance and acquisitions for a $500 million real estate investment company in Illinois active in the development and management of apartments, condominiums, single-family homes, office, and retail properties. Nicolais personally identified and negotiated the purchase of new investments and arranged financing using equity, taxable and tax-exempt bonds, institutional debt, and conventional bank loans. Nicolais also managed the due diligence process for new acquisitions and worked directly with the firms' principals on capital allocation strategies. Nicolais recently taught his eighty-first course at the Harvard Division of Continuing Education, including his own real estate courses. To date, over 3,800 students have taken his real estate courses. The Harvard Extension School awarded Nicolais the Joanna Fussa Distinguished Teaching Award. Nicolais has received the Harvard Extension Student Association's Student Choice Award twice. He 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 and accounting at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


  • AB Harvard University