Executive Vice President / Chief Investment Officer
Don’t get too deep in the weeds. It’s a saying we’ve all heard—a warning to keep our eyes on the big picture rather than getting bogged down in the minutia.
But Scott Ozymy likes being deep in the weeds. That’s where all the interesting stuff happens, he says.
As KDC’s chief investment officer, he digs through the details of the company’s investment activity including development, acquisition, financing, investment management, partner relations, and asset dispositions. He also serves on the company’s investment committee.
My job is transaction-focused, and I have to be detail-oriented and disciplined to do it well.
Scott has more than 35 years of experience in the commercial real estate world. He grew up in Irving, a suburb of Dallas, and after earning his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance at Midwestern State University, he ended up working for the legendary Carpenter family, which developed Las Colinas, one of the top corporate addresses in the Metroplex. Over the next five years, he would survive one of the worst real estate recessions in history, experience a leveraged buyout, and manage a portfolio of office and retail real estate assets worth nearly $1 billion.
In 2000, Scott joined KDC to help the firm’s executive team evaluate investments. On a daily basis, he spends most of his time with KDC’s legal team, working through the details of every deal and solving problems.
“When KDC makes an investment decision, I review it to make sure it’s consistent with how we do business,” Scott says. “My job is transaction-focused, and I have to be detail-oriented and disciplined to do it well.”
Scott insists that every deal he works on is interesting, yet he admits that some are more interesting than others. The deals with Pioneer Resources, for example, which took three years to negotiate when most deals take fewer than 12 months. And then there’s the Liberty Mutual deal, which involved a 1031 exchange and six-months of complicated legal documentation.
Outside the office, Scott stays fit by running and riding his mountain bike. He also enjoys spending time with his wife of nearly 25 years and his two adult children.