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distribution and fabrication of countertops and tiles, made with
everything from limestone to granite."

Project Partners
Aki and Harris are both longtime veterans of the construction
and development industries. Aki is the definition of an American
success story, having immigrated to the United States as a young
child to escape war-torn Yugoslavia. 
He became interested in construction early on as he watched
his brother work as a building repairman. Aki used that experience as a springboard for his career, eventually working on
behalf of NYC's most distinguished real-estate companies. As his
business continued to grow, he diversified his services and in a
short period of time he successfully created a vertically integrated real estate conglomerate that employs hundreds of highly
skilled workers. 
Initially, he focused on plumbing and mechanical work and
then moved into cabinets and millwork. "These trades play
significant roles in development and construction," he recalls,
noting that multiple proficiencies across the trade spectrum
provided him with the tools to transition into larger projects.
Brett Harris honed his expertise rising through the ranks of
some of Manhattan's most successful real estate development
firms. Building off his extensive experience at institutional NYC
firms such as the LeFrak Organization and Stone Street Properties, Harris leverages his knowledge in operations and execution,
strategic direction, project management, and predevelopment
planning and marketing to provide AKI Development with the
operational know-how to play ball with industry leaders.
Harris recalls meeting Aki in Manhattan, when he worked for
a New York City-based real estate investment and development
firm. At the time, Aki helped the company with a myriad of
construction difficulties it was experiencing with projects.
Afterwards, the two men became close friends, and formed
AKI Development together. "Aki and I had separate career goals
of becoming developers," he says. "We took different paths to get
there, but we came together in an enlightened moment."
The partnership has worked seamlessly, Harris asserts. "We're
best friends," he says, noting that the combination of their talents
keeps AKI Development well-managed. "We provide very complementary skills to each other and handle very separate and
distinct aspects of the business.
"He's more of a construction guy and can push his workers to
get the job done as quickly as possible," Harris says. "I'm more of
a quarterback, handling the day-to-day operations and overseeing the entire value chain from start to finish."
Harris also praises Aki for his ethics, which has enabled the
company to earn a strong reputation in its industry. "Aki is

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