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Our Team

Agman team members are highly ethical and pragmatic. While we expect individual excellence we celebrate our collective success.

Scott Silverman

Scott Silverman

Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer

H. Scott Silverman is a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Agman. Agman practices an entrepreneurial and collaborative approach to value investing, with an emphasis on high conviction and long duration positions.

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At Agman, Scott has accumulated an international real estate portfolio, through the development, acquisition and management of residential, retail, office and hospitality properties. Scott has also served an instrumental role in many private enterprises, including as a founder, initial investor and Chairman of the Board of Directors. A number of these businesses have been acquired or publicly listed, created billions of dollars in value for shareholders, generated thousands of jobs and developed products that have improved countless lives.

In both his business and philanthropic pursuits, Scott has sponsored numerous initiatives focused on diversity, sustainability, community, and health. In companies under Agman’s control, for instance, more than half of the team members and nearly a third of leadership includes women, minorities and veterans. Scott considers these initiatives fundamental to Agman’s success.

Scott received a doctorate from the University of Oxford as a Keasbey Memorial Scholar. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with High Honors from Dartmouth College and was first in his class at The Latin School of Chicago.

Scott currently resides in Chicago with his wife and two children. He is a member of YPO and the Economic Club of Chicago.

Jeff Silverman

Jeff Silverman

Co-Founder, Chairman

Jeff Silverman is a co-founder and Chairman of Agman. After reading all the biographies he recognized, a 12 year old Jeff started over at 'A' before being inspired by Bernard Baruch – a financier, arbitrageur and advisor to Presidents.

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In the more than 45 years since graduating from MIT with a degree in Management, Jeff has applied value-investing principles to interests in commodity futures, real estate and private equity. Opportunity created by the recent financial crisis have focused his activities on the acquisition, development and management of an international real estate portfolio, as well as on operating businesses that leverage his expertise in interest rates and risk management.

Jeff applies the same intensity and creative synthesis that made him successful as an investor to his civic and philanthropic pursuits. Jeffrey currently serves as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Israel’s premier think tank, the Institute for National Securities Studies (INSS). He recently joined the Advisory Committee for MIT’s Center for International Studies and is a member of both the Political Science and Economics Visiting Committees at MIT.

Jeff is especially proud of his support for both an international competition envisioning peace The Jerusalem 2050 Project, and an effort he spearheaded to enhance global energy savings through the Silverman Evergreen Energy Fund. This fund has generated a projected 10 year savings of $50 million at MIT and has the potential to generate far greater savings when extended to other institutions. Jeff also currently serves as an advisor and mentor to PhD students at MIT President Rafael Reif’s new Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative. Previously, Jeff served on the Board of Directors of the CME (Nasdaq: CME) as a popularly elected Director from the Exchange Community and also chaired various committees, including Technology Oversight and Strategic Planning.

For his many contributions to Israel and the Friends of the IDF, Jeff was recognized as the Chicago FIDF “Man-of-the-Year” with the 2009 Binyamin Netanyahu Award.

He currently resides in Miami Beach and regularly travels to Israel and Europe.

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Chris Kauffman

Chris Kauffman

Principal

Chris oversees Agman’s public equity and fund partnership practice areas. Prior to joining Agman, he was Executive Vice President of Operations & Finance at World Group Commercial Real Estate, where he provided strategic oversight to the firm’s commercial property management, construction/facilities management, and finance divisions.

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Before World Group, Chris was Internal Audit Manager at Lozier Corporation, a national manufacturer and distributor of store fixtures. Chris began his career at national CPA and advisory firm BKD, LLP, where he specialized in providing assurance services to mid-sized manufacturers and distributors with international footprints.

Chris is a board member and officer of Brook Furniture Rental, a nationwide leader in high-quality rental furnishings based in Lake Forest, Illinois.

Acclaims

  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Certified Fraud Examiner
  • Cedarville University – B.A., Accounting, Finance
Jeremy Smith

Jeremy Smith

Principal

Jeremy T. Smith is a Principal of Agman, he oversees the firm’s real estate and private capital practice areas. Prior to joining Agman, Jeremy was a Principal at Metonic Real Estate Solutions, where he directed all commercial asset management activities and managed the diligence phase of commercial acquisitions.

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Before Metonic, Jeremy was Director of Real Estate for Al Shankle Construction Company, where he managed all aspects of a large commercial portfolio and developed key operational strategy for the construction division. Jeremy began his career as an Asset Manager at California-based Security National Properties, where he was responsible for all commercial assets in the Midwest region before playing a crucial role in crafting and executing an organized disposition program.

During his tenure at Agman and Metonic, Jeremy has participated in more than $500 million of transaction and development related activities, ranging from commercial acquisition to adaptive reuse hospitality projects with historic components.

Acclaims

  • Humboldt State University – Master in Business Administration (Honors)
  • Humboldt State University – Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
Hans Pusch

Hans Pusch

Principal

Hans is a Principal of Agman where he oversees the firm’s private capital practice. Prior to joining Agman, Hans was an investment manager at DRW Holdings LLC. (DRW), where he managed a family office fund focused on opportunistic investments in private equity, venture, real estate and high yield credit. Hans co-founded the firm’s real estate business and focused on hospitality and retail development.

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Previous to DRW Hans was a credit analyst at 3V Capital Management where he invested in high yield and distressed debt opportunities. Hans began his career as an analyst at Deloitte Consulting.

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  • University of Chicago Booth School of Business – Master in Business Administration
  • Boston College – Bachelor of Science in Management
  • Boston College – Sailing Team Captain