Read more about Taylor and his interests beyond real estate below.
Who are you and what do you do?
Taylor Ott, Real Estate Investments and Development. We have $300M of assets under management including multifamily units, a hotel in upstate NY, a social club in Richmond (Common House) and a Restaurant (Birdie’s). I lead our small team of six with our acquisition pursuits and development project business plan creation and management.
What’s something we don’t know about you?
I am a trained architect who also has a Columbia MBA. I also grew up in a restaurant with a chef father.
What inspires or motivates you to get out of bed?
Creating space and projects that people love to inhabit and interact with. I am deﬁnitely a real estate nerd. When I am in a building, oﬃce, space, etc, I am always paying attention to the design and how people use the space. Additionally, I am deﬁnitely a deal guy. I think the balance between the two is helpful and important.
What is one thing you can’t live without?
Music and competitive outlets. I have been to probably over 600 live concerts. I played lacrosse in college and have shifted my focus to tennis, which I play at least once a week.
Where do your brightest ideas come from?
Drawing or working with music on. I also really love group strategy sessions. We love the concept of “dare-to-suck” ideas which is motivating people to come up with ideas where no idea is “too dumb” to share.
How do you spark your creativity when you’re feeling in a rut?
Honestly, taking a mental break, traveling, changing something up and then feeling refreshed going back into a routine.
Where is your favorite place to decompress & unwind?
On a long run or in a super comfy Eames chair reading or listening to music.
When do you feel your best, and what do you do to stay in good vibrations?
A good mix of in person, group meetings and quiet focused work time.
Why did you choose Ampersand Studios as your workspace?
Casual yet thoughtfully designed space with a focus on community. The space felt right.
Thank you for joining us for this month’s &Member Spotlight, Taylor!