Odyssey was formed in 2003, whose principals have over 15 years of experience in the industry and deal volume of over 5,000 units. Originally, Odyssey pursued affordable housing projects comprised of both multifamily and single-family rentals. Odyssey has since moved into mixed-income and market rate properties as well. We work with a range of institutional and private investors, along with regional and national lenders.
Odyssey Residential Holdings Overview
Odyssey Key Team Members
Odyssey’s founding principals had decades of experience in commercial real estate, comprising almost every asset type and asset class. Principals past experience includes multi-family, industrial, retail, hotels and office spanning from urban core landmark assets through secondary and tertiary markets, including Class A+ to Class C assets. Their expertise and relationships in the capital markets, property management, acquisitions, dispositions, development, and construction management formed a strong base from which Odyssey was able to grow.
SALEEM JAFAR SR.
Saleem is President of Odyssey Residential Holdings, LP’s corporate general partner, and an officer of certain of its affiliated development, asset and property management entities and general partnerships. He has over 30 years of experience in commercial and institutional real estate development, acquisitions, financing, asset and property management, and M&A. Additionally, Saleem has experience in private equity, technology venture capital, and capital markets. Saleem has completed hundreds of acquisitions, dispositions, financings and asset management and technology ventures totaling over $6 billion; and acquired, disposed and financed in excess of 60,000 apartment units.
Previously, he served as EVP of Acquisitions, Dispositions and Asset Management for American Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE) and Southmark Funding/Southmark Corporation (NYSE; 30,000 employees); and held management positions with Xerox Corporation, Arthur Andersen & Co., and VMS Realty Partners. He has a BS in Industrial Management/Computer Sciences summa cum laude and MBA in Finance/Economics from the Stuart School of Management & Finance, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago.
Saleem is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the North Texas Housing Coalition; the Texas Association of Affordable Housing, the National Housing and Rehabilitation Association, the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), The World Affairs Council, and the National Apartment Association; and has been a speaker at numerous industry conferences and roundtables. He holds a Second-Degree Black Belt in a combination of mixed martial arts.
SAL JAFAR II
Sal serves as a Director of Odyssey, overseeing acquisitions, asset management, and dispositions. He is involved in each project comprehensively from start to finish, including development, financing, construction, management, and sale. During his tenure, he has been involved in the development of several thousand units. He grew up in Dallas, TX attending St. Mark’s School of Texas prior to moving to Chicago, IL, and then back to Dallas, where he attended Southern Methodist University (SMU), and received his Bachelor’s degree in Markets & Culture, Sociology, and a minor in Spanish.
Sal grew up around his father, Saleem Sr., studying blueprints, pro formas, and contracts shortly after he learned to read. Real Estate is something that flows through his veins. He was fortunate to be involved with the company since shortly after its inception in various capacities. He also co-founded a small technology related company in high school, co-founded a consulting firm after college which is still in operation today whose founders have underwritten or asset managed over $1B in assets , co-founded a hospitality company which has received many accolades, and is an active private equity/venture capital investor. Sal’s primary focus is with Odyssey and multifamily real estate.
Senior Vice President
Laura acts as a controller, and works closely with the asset management, construction, and development teams at Odyssey. She plays an integral role in managing the day to day corporate financial activities, managing property-level cash flow & operations, and managing construction draws.