Asuka Nakahara is the Associate Director of the Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center. He was a Trammell Crow Company partner and Chief Financial Officer over a 20 year career, retiring in 1999. He has subsequently consulted with investment management, international real estate, private equity, golf course, restaurant, media, and entertainment companies, as well as family offices and nonprofit institutions. In 2009, Mr. Nakahara co-founded Triton Atlantic Partners, a real estate advisory and investment firm.
Mr. Nakahara also teaches an MBA course, "Real Estate Development," at Wharton and over the past 18 years, has received multiple "Excellence in Teaching" awards, presented to the top eight professors in the Wharton MBA Program based on student ratings, and is a past recipient of both the Helen Kardon Moss Anvil Award, the top Wharton teaching honor, and the Class of 1984 Award, accorded to the professor with the highest teaching ratings. He has served as lecturer, panelist or moderator for Harvard Law School, the PGA of America, Wharton's NFL program, National Association of Industrial and Office Parks, Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), CoreNet Global, PREA, ULI, SIOR, ICSC and Young Presidents' Organization.
Asuka received his B.S. in Civil Engineering with honors from Rice University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He serves on the boards of Comcast Corporation and CBRE Clarion Global Real Estate Income Fund. He is a past board member of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the United States Golf Association, The Philadelphia Foundation, the PGA of America, and Merion Golf Club.