Our Team

Michael Zietsman

Michael Zietsman is a highly accomplished professional with a successful track record in real estate investment and advisory services. He has held prominent roles in the industry, allowing him to forge deep relationships and to develop a broad understanding of commercial real estate markets.

Career Hightlights

Jones Lang Wootton


Lehman Brothers Global Real Estate Group

Managing Director

Zietsman Realty Partners


Jones Lang LaSalle

International Director

Investment Background

Michael has executed numerous high-profile transactions across various asset classes and markets. His experience spans institutional -quality office, retail, multifamily and industrial properties, providing him with a broad perspective on the intricacies of the real estate market.

Advisory and Negotiation Skills

Michael excels in guiding clients through investment and disposition decisions and negotiations. He has a keen ability to determine strategy, identify opportunities, evaluate risks, and structure deals that align with clients’ goals and objectives.

Global Market Knowledge

Michael has travelled extensively for business throughout Asia and Europe in his previous roles, making him well-equipped to guide investors through the nuances of cross-border transactions. His expertise extends to market trends, economic dynamics, and legal and regulatory considerations.

William Grounds is a seasoned real estate professional with a track record in development, asset and investment management. His extensive experience with public real estate companies contributes to his ability to provide valuable guidance to investors and developers.

Career Hightlights

Lend Lease Property Services

Regional Manager NSW & Western Australia

Investa Property Group

General Manager Private Equity Real Estate

Infinity World Development Corp

President & COO

MGM Resorts International

Board Member

Project and Development Management

William has undertaken numerous high profile developments, from conception to completion, including high rise downtown office towers, regional malls, sports stadia, hotel and casino mixed use projects and housing and multi family residential projects. He has a deep understanding of the complete development and delivery process, from feasibility analysis to financing, permitting and contracting.

Investment Management

Having established a successful private equity real estate investment business William has extensive experience in creating institutional and retail investment products and managing them to achieve their investment goals. This has lead to a deep understanding of the governance and legal aspects of managing third party funds for global investors including large pension and sovereign wealth funds.

Risk Management and Compliance

Having served on several public company boards, William is well-versed in risk management practices and compliance requirements in the real estate industry. He is skilled at implementing strategies to safeguard investments, including, legal and regulatory compliance, and contingency planning. Grounds’ meticulous approach minimizes potential risks and maximizes returns for his clients.


Doug Knaus has an extensive background in the real estate sector driving operational excellence and strategic growth. Throughout his career, he’s been a Senior Executive, President, Chairman or Owner within some of the most prominent private or public national and international companies. 

Career Hightlights

Urban Investments and Development(Subsidiary of Aetna Live & Casualty)

National Director of Leasing/Marketing

Paragon Group/Insignia Financial Group

President of the Commerical Division

Means Knaus Partners

Founding Partner and Chairman

Jones Lang LaSalle

International Director and Board Member of the Global Property Asset Management Board

Investment and Development
Doug has national experience in the acquisition and development of properties with major Financial Institutional Partners and Tenants.
Asset Performance and Operations
Doug has the leadership experience in driving operational excellence and strategic growth in every major city in the nation.
Success in Achieving Client Goals

Doug has achieved client goals by a strategic blend of understanding their objectives,clear and diligent execution,communication and continuous adaptation to ensure alignment and success. 

Jessica Baram is an experienced investment analyst and project manager having spent 5 years at JLL and 3 years at Institutional Property Advisors. Jessica speaks fluent Arabic and French.

Career Hightlights

Jones Lang LaSalle

Senior Analyst

Institutional Property Associates

Vice President

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