Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Rafael Nadal's Grand Slam History

The former president of a convenience store and gas station construction company, Amin Andy Lakha serves as CEO and director of real estate for Lakha Investments. In his free time, Amin Andy Lakha enjoys traveling to watch tennis matches. His favorite player is Rafael Nadal

One of the best players of his generation, Nadal turned pro at 15 years old and, four years later, won his first of nine French Open titles. He won a total of 11 tournaments that year and rose to No. 3 in the world rankings. Dubbed the "King of Clay" for his success on the surface, Nadal won the next eight of nine French Open tournaments, only failing to win in 2009. 

Beyond his success at the French Open, Nadal completed the career Grand Slam, having won all four major tournaments. He won his first of two Wimbledon championships in 2008, secured the Australian Open title in 2009, and the following year earned his first of two US Open titles. The Spaniard has won 14 Grand Slams throughout his career and appeared in 21 Grand Slam finals. Sixteen of those 21 finals matches have been against Roger Federer.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Punta del Este - A Hub of Surf, Sand, and Boutiques in Uruguay

Amin Andy Lakha is a respected entrepreneurial presence in the Bellevue, Washington, community and leads Lakha Investment Company, LLC. An avid traveler, Amin Andy Lakha enjoys visiting international destinations such as London, Cannes, and Rio De Janeiro. He is also a fan of Punta del Este, an Uruguayan seaside resort that combines boutique shops, “simple-chic” eateries, and white sand beaches.

The most popular neighborhood is La Barra, which encompasses stretches of beach such as surfer-friendly Montoya and sunbather filled Bikini. Jose Ignacio Beach is a hub for chill out sunset DJ sessions favored by locals and tourists alike. As the evening falls, tiki torches come out and create a vibrant, festive atmosphere. 

Punta del Este also offers a host of recreational offerings, such as horseback rides with a baqueano guide in the lush, hilly environs of Garzón, a birdwatcher’s paradise. For those seeking local handicrafts, Avenida Gorlero offers a full selection of items at the “hippy market.” The work of noted designers is also on display in many shops. Those tired on their feet can enjoy sipping yerba mate at one of the many relaxed cafes lining the street.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Types of Commercial Real Estate Property

Amin Andy Lakha is an accomplished real estate executive that holds a degree from the the University of Illinois. An avid golfer in his free time, Amin Andy Lakha currently serves as the CEO of Lakha Investments and the president of Premier Center Management, a real estate investment firm that specializes in commercial property.

Commercial real estate is defined as any form of non-residential property that is used for business purposes to make a profit. Although there are numerous forms of commercial real estate property, the most common four types can be broken down into office, industrial, retail and multi-family.

Office properties include low, mid, and high-rise buildings that are used by firms for office space and can often be found in central business districts. Alternatively, industrial properties are almost never part of central business districts due to the large amount of space they require. Industrial properties include buildings used for manufacturing, warehousing, and research and development activities. Retail properties, which include any space engaged in direct consumer sale, are typically found at ground level. There are a wide variety of retail buildings, ranging from large malls and outlets to small single stores. Lastly, multi-family housing includes apartment complexes and other low, mid, and high-rise buildings that include more than one unit to house multiple tenants.

Monday, March 27, 2017

The Alinea Restaurant's Awards and Recognition

Amin Andy Lakha is a graduate of the University of Illinois who applies his expertise in the tea estate and investment sectors. Currently, Amin Andy Lakha serves as the CEO and principal at Lakha Investments Company in Bellevue, Washington. Outside of his professional responsibilities, Mr. Lakha enjoys micro gastronomy and the Alinea restaurant.

The Alinea restaurant is a renowned eatery located on North Halsted in Chicago, Illinois. Recently renovated in 2016, the restaurant has 64 total seats and can accommodate tables of two, four, or six people. Patrons have the choice of sitting in three different settings; the Gallery, the Salons, or the Kitchen Table.

Alinea specializes in modernist cuisine and has been awarded with numerous accolades under chef and co-owner Grant Achatz. In addition to recognition as a Michelin Guide three start restaurant, Alinea was ranked number 15 in the San Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants in 2016. Moreover, the James Beard Foundation named Alinea an Outstanding Restaurant in The United States in 2016. Other accolades include honors and awards from Food and Wine, Restaurant Magazine, Chicago Reader, Zagat Guide and Forbes among many others.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Shadow Creek - A Golf Oasis

The CEO of Lakha Investments LLC, in Bellevue, Washington, Amin Andy Lakha enjoys playing golf in his free time. Amin Andy Lakha’s favorite courses include Shadow Creek, located not far north of Las Vegas.

A world-class golf oasis in the middle of a barren desert, Shadow Creek made major waves at the time of construction. Today, this brainchild of casino developer Steve Wynn continues to attract players from around the world. 

In some ways, Shadow Creek is the perfect extension of the madness that characterizes Las Vegas. Wynn decided to build it in the mid-1980s, purportedly after a Japanese businessman lost several million dollars at the Mirage. He chose a 350-acre site and hired Tom Fazio to design the layout.

According to rumors, Wynn told Fazio that he wanted waterfalls, lakes, exotic birds, and hundreds of types of trees on the course. The final product is not far off from these lofty demands, though it remains heavily guarded by a tall fence that blocks any views until players come inside. Photography is forbidden among players, and even the airspace above is protected by the presence of a nearby military base. Despite the mystery, the course ranked among the top 10 in the world within years of the completion of construction.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Pebble Beach Experiences “Crosby Weather” in Early 2017

Based in Bellevue, Washington, Amin Andy Lakha heads the Lakha Investment Company, LLC, and oversees coordinated development and commercial property management activities. Passionate about golf, Amin Andy Lakha enjoys teeing off at premier courses such as Shadow Creek in Las Vegas and the Pebble Beach Golf Links. 

With much of California getting pummeled by major storms in early 2017, Pebble Beach on the Monterey Peninsula was no exception. The coastal course experienced the brunt of an “atmospheric river event” that created major headaches for groundskeepers and ensured that only the hardiest braved the elements. 

Inclement weather is a longstanding part of Pebble Beach lore and according to Golf Digest even has a unique name, “Crosby weather.” This monicker recalls the dicey conditions in which the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am (currently the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am) was played on numerous occasions. 

The top class tournament takes place each February at Pebble Beach, as well as nearby Shore Course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club and Spyglass Hill Golf Course. With charity a major tournament element, regular participants include comedian Bill Murray, as well as San Francisco Giants and 49ers athletes.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Seismic Solutions for Earthquake-Prone Schools in Tajikistan


A longtime Bellevue, Washington, entrepreneur, Amin Andy Lakha guides all aspects of complex development projects, from property acquisition to lease management. Amin Andy Lakha is also involved in philanthropic efforts that benefit the less fortunate and contributes to nonprofits such as the Aga Khan Development Network.

The charitable organization supports a wide range of humanitarian efforts in areas from education to health. One signature project involves a school safety initiative in Tajikistan, which is on the World Bank’s list of “disaster hot spot” nations. From 1980 to 2010, more than 6 million people in the country were affected by earthquakes and other natural disasters.

The current program was piloted in 2009 in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Tajikistan government, and involved the retrofitting of a dozen schools across an earthquake-prone region. The schools had been constructed through shared community labor three decades ago and were in a state of deterioration. Interventions completed included the strengthening of foundations, seismic netting for walls, and new pillars to help hold up roofs. Shortly after completion, the schools successfully withstood major tremblors that hit the region.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Pacific Northwest Ballet School Divisions

Amin Andy Lakha has decades of experience in the real estate industry, beginning with his role as Puget Sound Stations in 1991, and currently serves as the CEO of Lakha Investments, where he has packaged more than $1 billion in loans. In addition to his real estate work, Amin Andy Lakha is involved in the support of a variety of community organizations, including the Pacific Northwest Ballet.

Founded in 1972, the Pacific Northwest Ballet maintains about 50 dancers and performs more than 100 times each year. The ballet’s primary location is Marion Oliver McCaw Hall in Seattle, but the group has toured across the world to locations such as Europe and Taiwan. In addition to its ongoing performances, the ballet operates a school.

The Pacific Northwest Ballet School was founded in 1974, two years after the ballet itself came into existence. The school, which can accommodate more than 1,000 students, is structured with three age divisions: the children's division, student division, and professional division. The children's division introduces music and movement to pre-kindergarten through age 7. The student division is designed for older children across eight levels of proficiency, as determined by a pre-admission assessment. The professional division is for the oldest and most accomplished students planning a professional career in ballet.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Molecular Gastronomy and the Kitchen of the Future

Amin Andy Lakha serves as CEO of Lakha Investments, where he pursues real estate investments throughout Washington State. With a passion for fine dining, Amin Andy Lakha has a particular interest in molecular gastronomy, which involves using scientific methods to deconstruct food and measure the interactions of ingredients as they are combined and cooked.

This approach to food was pioneered by Hervé This, in the conviction that the “kitchen of the future” will contain component parts of foods, rather than whole ingredients. For example, containers of ingredients for cooking will be arranged as powders and liquids according to their makeup at the molecular level, such as amino acid, sucrose, glucose, and cellulose.

As featured in The Atlantic, This has further refined his approach to “note-by-note recipes,” which utilize chemical compounds as a way of avoiding food waste and ensuring that food can be delivered to the maximum number of people on a crowded planet. Classic cooking techniques such as baking and frying are combined with novel methods such as spherification and dehydration. In addition, ingredients are chosen that fulfill the same function as familiar ones. For example, pasta is replaced by powdered wheat starch, and heavy cream with the seaweed extract carrageenan.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Aga Khan Development Network School Partners with UofT

Based in Bellevue, Washington, Amin Andy Lakha serves as the chief executive officer and principal of Lakha Investments, where over the last 20 years he has acquired and developed more than 40 properties totaling 10 million square feet of retail and office space. Apart from his real estate career, Amin Andy Lakha is a supporter of the Aga Khan Development Network. 

In late 2016, the University of Toronto (UofT) and the University of Central Asia (UCA) announced a partnership that will see the two schools collaborate in various areas, including curriculum, faculty development, and research efforts. 

As the opening initiative of the partnership, UofT will develop leading-edge curriculum for UCA’s undergraduate computer science program. According to a UCA representative, the Central Asian school’s students will benefit from the new curriculum, which comes from an institution in the University of Toronto that boasts one of the 10 best computer science programs in the world.

In addition to computer science, UCA plans to offer undergraduate majors in engineering sciences, economics, business and management, Earth and environmental sciences, and communications and media.

UCA is an academic partner of the Aga Khan Development Network. The school was founded in 2000 with the signing of the International Treaty and Charter by the presidents of Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, and Kazakhstan, alongside His Highness the Aga Khan.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Seahawks Quarterback Partners with SAG to Help Build Arena in Seattle

As the CEO of Bellevue, Washington-based Lakha Investments, Amin Andy Lakha oversees management of the property management company’s real estate portfolio and day-to-day operations and negotiates new leases while dispatching numerous additional professional obligations. An avid professional football fan during his free time, Amin Andy Lakha pays particularly close attention to the Seattle Seahawks and Russell Wilson, who is his favorite quarterback.

Russell Wilson recently figured in the headlines when he publicly announced his partnership with the Sonics Arena Group (SAG). An arena investment group, SAG has been eyeing Seattle as a possible location for its next big-scale project: an arena that will house an NBA and an NHL franchise.

Mr. Wilson has been always been vocal about his desire to revive the Seattle SuperSonics, but it was only when he confirmed his partnership with SAG that he made his involvement in the effort official. In a statement, Russell Wilson expressed hopes that bringing a world-class arena to the Emerald City will have a positive impact on today’s youth and for many generations to come.