KAREN BUTERA INC. Interior Design
It with great pleasure that Karen and I write this letter of recommendation detailing an enjoyable personal
and rewarding professional relationship, between ourselves and our respective companies; Karen Butera
Inc. and TOGON, spanning nearly twenty years.
Little did we know when we first met while we were working with Alarko on the Alkent project, in Istanbul,
that our friendship would lead to spending time together, not only in Istanbul, but trips together to Italy and
time spent in California, over so many years. Continuing business associations have also spanned decades
and the globe.
We have delighted in your special brand of charm and professionalism. We never question recommending
you or your company to our friends or clients. You have proven a talented professional and practical
problem-solver, capable of the highest standard of technical expertise and practical management skill.
Koko, you have always been someone we could rely on. We have taken for granted your positive spirit and
professional attitude. Your willingness to work long hours and endure stress with patience and a smile has
been an asset we often took for granted, but always appreciated. Over the years you have become an
integral part of our extended global operation and an adopted member of our family.
It has always been our pleasure to work with you and spend time together whenever circumstances permit.
Anyone you work with will benefit from your dedication and sincere commitment, not to simply to do the job,
but to do it well!
All the best,
KAREN BUTERA, INC.
Reference for Mr. M. Korkut Zağlı
I have had the pleasure of working with M. Korkut Zagli and his team at Togon for over 18 years on a variety of mixed-use and residential projects. Korkut’s strong business development and management expertise has made him a valuable member of the development team. His ability to interface with all aspects of the development process has resulted in a track record of successful projects and satisfied clients. Korkut’s unique combination of experience in architecture and business allows him to provide his clients and team members with practical and creative solutions to the challenges of the development process. From dealing with the complicated approvals required to the management of construction his talents offer a single source of knowledge that remains consistent throughout the life of the development process. Most importantly M. Korkut Zagli is straight forward and honest in his approach to how he does business and he would be a valuable asset to any development team.
Robert F. Tyler, Architect
Endorsement for M. Korkut Zağlı:
I have known Korkut in a professional capacity since 1998, when we completed numberous projects for Alarko and others at Pelican Hill in Istanbul. Korkut was the lead project coordinator for the development company in Istanbul, while we were the design team based in Orange County, California. The working relationship is one of mutual respect, professionalism and integrity. Our efforts together created projects that were unique in the Istanbul market, with Korkut being the catalyst for achieving excellence and quality in the buildings that were completed. I look forward to the opportunity to work with him again in the future, as it is not often you come in contact with a fellow professional that has the high ethics and standards that Korkut has in all aspects of work and life.
For M. Korkut Zağlı:
It is with great pleasure to write this reference for Mr. Korkut Zagli or affectionately known to some as “Koko”. I have been working with and known Koko for 28 years. He has all the experience, skills, talents and personality to be an asset to any design and development team for a variety of projects. His training and practice as an architect along with his in-depth background in project management, development and construction makes him a valuable person. His breadth of knowledge allows him a complete understanding of the design and development process ranging from initial conceptualization and planning of raw land to final construction, economics, marketing, landscaping and interior design.
Though Koko’s technical knowledge and expertise is superior, I have especially enjoyed knowing and working with Koko as a person who is very easy and enjoyable to work with. In a deadline driven industry that can at times be very stressful, Koko has the personality and demeanor to handle any situation. He is excellent at coordinating with a multitude of people to creatively and effectively find solutions and get the job done on time and under budget. But it doesn’t stop at the professional level. Koko is a kind and giving person outside of the work environment as a friend, husband, father, mentor, professor and humanitarian.
I highly recommend Koko to anyone looking for a well-rounded person that can get the job done. Given the chance, he will not only get the job done, but will more than likely become a life-long friend. He has become my global partner and am privileged to be working with him.
Agora Planning + Design