Born and raised in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, at the age of 19, Bek decided to pursue his university education in the United States. Fluent in Uzbek, Russian, and English, Bek enrolled in George Mason University, majoring in Finance and minoring in International Business. While at the university, he developed a strong interest in real estate development, which led him to pursue an internship with Peterson Companies at National Harbor.

 As an intern, Bek reported directly to the Vice President of National Harbor, Kent Digby, and the Assistant Vice President of National Harbor, Christopher J. Borgal. His role there involved assisting in the management of the company’s National Harbor portfolio, which included a mixed-use real estate development portfolio spanning more than 425,544 square feet of retail, 410,251 square feet of office space, eight hotels, and 1,404 residential units. During his internship, he created, monitored, and oversaw 37 distinct budgets across all asset types. Bek worked closely with the operations, marketing, accounting, and property management teams to ensure coordinated efforts across departments and drive systematic improvements across the company.

One of his proudest achievements during his internship was being involved in the construction and grand opening of Spirit Park at National Harbor, which boasts one of the tallest flagpoles in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Having been there from day one of construction until the completion and grand opening, it was a thrilling experience for Bek to see the project come to life.

In his free time, Bek enjoys indulging in his passion for building Legos and watching documentaries or movies based on true stories.

Bachelors in Finance and Minor in International Business | George Mason University