Ivan Stern

Ivan Stern

Ivan Stern founded Avir Corporation in 1967 to provide scientific and engineering consulting services to government and industry. Starting in 1973, he changed Avir’s focus to investment and development of commercial and residential real estate. Since then, the firm acquired and developed 22 properties for a total investment of $117 million. Mr. Stern oversaw investment and dispositions strategy and approved construction and development plans, as well as property management. He had 30+ years experience developing commercial and residential property. Formerly, Mr. Stern served as an aerothermodynamics specialist at Martin Marietta Corporation where he directed the aero physics portion of the U.S. Air Force’s PRIME maneuvering re-entry program. A graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, he earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in aeronautical engineering.Ivan passed on in December 2020 at 90 years old. He had a terrific, long life and is a great American success story.


Richard F. Smith, Jr.

Acquisitions, Sales and Leasing

Richard F. Smith, Jr., principal of Avir Realty Group, Inc. of Pennsylvania, has served multi-market corporate clients in the North American marketplace from a base in suburban Philadelphia for 17 years. Recently, Mr. Smith has represented national clients in 23 states with over one million SF of transactions.

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George Gowen

George Gowen went into the commercial real estate business in 1984, starting as an industrial sale and leasing broker at Jackson Cross Company. Since becoming a partner at Avir Corporation in the early 90’s, his roles have included acquisitions dispositions, analysis, debt origination and the full range of asset management, leasing and property management.

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