Our Advisors

 AAOA Team

 Michael Zangara | Managing Director

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Michael has twelve years of experience handling real estate transactions. Michael has worked with large and small real estate firms throughout St. Louis, and he brings that experience and knowledge to Apartment Advisors of America. Michael has transacted over 2,000 units and continues to be one of the top producing brokers in St. Louis, closing more mid size transactions than his competitors.

He began his career selling and leasing commercial real estate with Coldwell Bank Commercial and then joining Mcbride & Son Homes, one of the largest home builders in the country, handling land acquisitions and development. In 2007, Michael found his niche with investment real estate, specializing in multifamily properties. After several years working with the Marcus & Millichap, Michael saw greater opportunity starting his own firm and founded AAOA.



 Nicholas Smyrniotis | VP Multi-Family Properties

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Nicholas has over 14 years of real estate experience working, starting his real estate career with Realty Exchange. He has represented investors buying or selling over a hundred multifamily properties between two and 176 units. He's provided over 1,500 Broker Price Opinions (B.P.O) for several financial institutions along with private investors. Nick is passionate to provide specific “On” and “Off” market Multifamily Inventory for his clients. He takes a personal interest in his clients and their investment goals.

Nicholas is a native St. Louisan who owns investment property and lives in Richmond Heights. His military experience in the United States Marine Corps provided him with the discipline and integrity that he brings to every deal. 




 Ben Margalski | VP Multi-family Properties

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Ben joined Apartment Advisors of America in the 2014. He is able to leverage his past experience as a small business owner, and is known for his outstanding client service, 24/7 availability, high tech marketing techniques and as a skilled negotiator with the clients interests always paramount. In his short tenure at Apartment Advisors of America, Ben has helped his clients close over $3 million of investment real estate and has also listed and sold over 42 properties.

Following his time as a student-athlete at Missouri State University, Ben was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2001 MLB Draft. Following a six-year professional baseball career, Ben was the owner and operator of two successful businesses in his home town of St. Louis, Missouri before joining the AAOA team.



 Brian Take | VP Multi-family Properties

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Brian is the most recent addition to the Apartment Advisors team. He has an extensive background in the securities industry, structured settlements, and most recently as the CFO of an oil recovery and recycling company based in St. Louis. He has been investing in Real Estate and multi-family properties for the past 7 years.

Brian spends time outside of work with his son, Anderson and is actively involved in the community. He has served as a Board Member of the Epilepsy Foundation of Missouri & Kansas and has held that position since 2009. He also works with several other non-profit organization in the area including Churches on The Streets and the National Kidney Foundation. He is a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish and resides in Brentwood with his son.