Born in Istanbul in 1971, Ahmet Akbalık started his professional work life as sale manager at Özak Tekstil Konf. San. ve Tic. A.Ş. (Özak Textile Ready-Wear Read-Wear Ind. And Trade Inc.), which was founded in 1988 as a family business. He became the Company's General Manager in 1991 and Chairman in 1995. Presently, he also acts as the founding partner and chairman of Özak GYO (Özak REIT), İnt-Er Yapı İnşaat A.Ş (İnt-Er Building Construction Inc.), Aktay Turizm A.Ş. (Aktay Tourism Inc.), Özak Enerji A.Ş. (Özak Energy Inc.), and Akyön Tesis Yönetim Şirketi (Akyön Facility Management Co.)
He made Özak Tekstil, where he is shareholder, one of the leading companies of its industry, after leading his company's export drive back in 1991 which reserved a prominent and preferred place for Özak Tekstil in terms of both production and export business in Turkey. Özak Tekstil was listed among the Top 500 industrial Enterprises of Turkey between 1995 and 2000. Özak Tekstil is presently the leading denim producer of Turkey with its production of more than 7 million pieces per annum, and is the preferred partner of many global brands due to its pioneering character in in its industry.
İn-ter Yapı İnşaat, which started its activities in 1995, is the construction arm of the Group and has so far built a considerable number of houses, shopping centers, hotels, etc. both as investor and contractor.
The Group decided to enter the tourism industry in 2004 by establishing Aktay Turizm A.Ş. (Aktay Tourism Inc.). With the 5-star Ela Quality Resort Hotel inaugurated at Belek, Antalya in 2007 as an exclusive hotel concept embracing the families and children and having 600 rooms and villas with a total number of 1200 beds, Aktay Turizm introduced a new perspective to our country's tourism industry. The company currently develops projects for new tourism investments on the existing lands of the company in Didim, Demre and Istanbul.
ÖZAK GYO, which was founded by the Group under Ahmet Akbalık's leadership in 2008, is presently the fifth biggest real estate company of Turkey. Özak GYO's projects have a distinctive character which the company develops thanks to its mastery of its business as well as close examination of the architectural and ecological changes in the world. With a portfolio size of TL 2.4 billion, Özak GYO went public in 2012.
Ahmet Akbalık founded Özak Enerji (Özak Energy) in 2009 and is currently working on environmentally-friendly power plant projects using domestic and global Renewable Energy Resources.
After collecting all its companies under the roof of ÖZAK GLOBAL HOLDİNG A.Ş. in late 2009, Ahmet Akbalık increased its efforts to create domestic and international projects that will be distinguished globally owing to the right moves of the Group on the right time by closely monitoring the latest technologies and trends in the global tourism, textile and construction industries.
He founded Akyön Facility Management Co. in 2009 for the operation and lease of its real estate projects including plazas, houses, and shopping centers developed by ÖZAK GYO. The