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BOARD CHAIR
Alfonso Costa Jr., J.D.,
Executive Vice President,
Falcone Group LLC

Alfonso Costa Jr. serves as Executive Vice President and Head of Public-Private Partnerships (P3) for the Falcone Group, where he is responsible for leading the company’s workforce housing division and P3 opportunities. Headquartered in South Florida, the Falcone Group is a real estate development & investment firm that has developed and acquired more than 30,000 multifamily apartments, 15 million square feet of commercial space, and 30,000 single-family homes throughout the country.

Costa previously served in the Federal Government as Deputy Chief of Staff and Opportunity Zones lead for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In this public service role, Mr. Costa was responsible for overseeing policy for the $50 billion annually-budgeted Cabinet agency, which maintains a wide range of housing and community development programs, a $1.3 trillion mortgage insurance portfolio, and approximately 7,000 employees across 57 offices nationwide.

As an expert on the bi-partisan Opportunity Zones (OZ) program, Mr. Costa held the title of Chairman’s delegate and HUD’s lead representative on the Federal Government's inter-agency Opportunity and Revitalization Council, and for his efforts has been recognized as the Opportunity Zone Magazine’s “Top 25 OZ Influencers” list for both 2020 and 2021.

A former 5th-grade teacher with Teach for America, Mr. Costa is now an active social advocate through philanthropic and academic volunteer work at the national and local levels.
Nationally, he serves as an Ambassador for the Fitwel® Certification System, Public Sector Fellow of the Harvard Alumni Real Estate Board, Housing Advisory Council Member of the Bipartisan Policy Center, Full Member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), and Emerging Leaders Council Member and basketball alumnus of New Heights Youth (New York City).

In his home State of Florida, Mr. Costa is the Program Chair of ULI Florida’s Affordable & Workforce Housing Council (AWHC) and recent Member of the City of West Palm Beach Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC).

Mr. Costa earned his law degree from Harvard University, master's degree (MSc) from the University of Oxford (United Kingdom), and bachelor's degree (BA) from Yale University. At Yale, he played both Division-I basketball and Division-I lacrosse while serving as Chair of the Yale Athletic Department’s Thomas W. Ford Community Outreach Committee.

Mark Peterson

VICE-CHAIR
Mark Peterson
Senior Vice President – Senior Relationship Manager,
Commercial Real Estate, Fifth Third Bank

Mark Peterson began his banking career in 1982 in Fort Worth, Texas after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin. He was a senior client manager in commercial real estate with Bank of America starting in 1983, working out of the Fort Worth, San Antonio, Dallas, Washington, DC, and South Florida offices. He spent over 7 years in DFW and DC in the real estate special asset group.

He has been based in Broward County since 1993. In July 2014, he joined Fifth Third Bank in his current role. He is responsible for helping grow Fifth Third's brand in the real estate sector by delivering the full range of financial services to real estate developers.

He is the current past chair of Urban Land Institute (ULI) Southeast Florida/Caribbean District Council and is presently chair of the Governance Committee. He is a past board member and is still actively involved with the Greater Ft Lauderdale Alliance. He serves on the Broward County Water Advisory Board representing the Alliance.

He is on the board of Jack & Jill's Children Center. He is a past board member of the Museum of Discovery and Science, Make A Wish Foundation of Southern Florida, and Community Financing Consortium.

Jessica Abramson

Jessica Abramson
Senior Development Manager, Stiles Corporation

Jessica Abramson is a Development Manager for Stiles, where she is an owner representative for retail real estate development projects. Her responsibilities include project planning and coordination, due diligence, obtaining government approvals, budgeting, and scheduling. Jessica has worked with clients including Publix, The Fresh Market, Trader Joe's, Rooms to Go, Chase Bank, SunTrust Bank, and Starbucks.

Abramson holds a Master's in Real Estate Development, where she graduated Alpha Sigma Gamma, and a bachelor's degree from the University of New Orleans in Marketing and Business Administration. She is active on the Advisory Board for the NSU MSRED program and previously served as chair of the program's Alumni Association from 2012 — 2016. She is a graduate of Leadership Broward Class XXXVI.

Doron Broman

Doron Broman
Managing Partner, 
Moderno Development Group

 

Doron Broman is an Israeli American entrepreneur with a degree in Economics from Brandeis University. Doron served in the Israeli Defense Force for three years.

In 2009, with 10+ years of experience in financial markets, he began investing in the real estate opportunities in southern Florida by buying distressed properties. In 2011, Doron moved to Miami to further maximize the potential of that market.

Doron is also an advisory board member of The Children of Haiti and Refugee Projects charity organization.

 

Gloria FernandezGloria Fernandez
Chief Operating Officer, HB Capital

Gloria Fernandez is Chief Operating Officer for HB Capital, a privately-held, real estate owner, investor, and developer based in Miami, Florida. The firm focuses on the acquisition, asset management, and development of value-add real estate assets in primary and secondary markets in various markets throughout the United States

Previously Gloria served as Managing Director of Asset Management for Elion Partners, a real estate investment firm headquartered in Aventura, Florida. Elion provides real estate equity for best-in-class developers and experienced operators in various strategic markets throughout the United States. Gloria oversaw Elion's asset management activities and administered strategies to enhance yields and reduce risks. Her responsibilities encompassed overseeing all aspects of the management process for the Elion portfolio, including qualifying assets with the acquisitions group, executing asset performance plans, and managing leasing and property management teams.

Gloria also served as Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Finance at Ross Realty Investments, a South Florida-based commercial real estate developer and owner. In that role, she was active in the management, acquisitions, financial, and development operations of the company. She represented ownership interests before municipalities and community organizations.

Before Ross Realty Investments, she worked for Swerdlow Real Estate Group in a financial capacity. During her tenure, she was part of the team that established a private Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) and was responsible for financial projections and asset performance for a large retail portfolio.

Gloria earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Miami and is currently a Trustee of Broward College, and was past chair for Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory School. She is a member of various professional organizations including the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and is licensed by the State of Florida as a Broker.

Evans Gedeon

Evans Gedeon
Director of Finance,
Codina Partners

Evans Gedeon is Director of Finance for Codina Partners LLC, a real estate investment and development firm based in Coral Gables, Florida. He is responsible for financial underwriting, property valuation, and market analysis for acquisition and development opportunities for the company.

Previously, Gedeon was a consultant at Eden Multifamily where he developed property and portfolio level operational strategies. Prior to that, he was a Senior Associate at Trez Forman Capital where he focused on originating acquisition and construction real estate loans.

Evans has successfully structured, underwritten, and managed acquisitions with various complexities and capital structures for office, retail, multi-family, apartments, hotels, and mixed-use properties totaling over $350 million dollars in several cities across the state of Florida. He has assisted in the acquisition, asset management, and disposition of office, industrial, and retail assets totaling over 2 million square feet on behalf of developers and other real estate investors.

Gedeon holds a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Florida Atlantic University and a Master’s in real estate development from Nova Southeastern University. He is a licensed real estate agent, licensed mortgage loan originator, and Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) candidate.

Kona A. Gray

Kona A. Gray, FASLA
Principal, EDSA


Principal of EDSA, with 24+ years of experience, Kona Gray has been involved in many planning and landscape architectural projects, ranging from large-scale master planning to detail site design with emphasis on hotels/resorts, government, healthcare, and campus planning since he joined EDSA in 1997.

Site heritage, history, community interface, implementation, and sensitivity to each property’s unique cultural, physical and environmental characteristics factor strongly into his work. Kona's team of design professionals have worked on projects in Florida, Virginia, China, The Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, and Egypt.

In addition to leading a design studio, he has contributed his time and expertise to organizations such as the American Society of Landscape Architects, The Landscape Architecture Foundation, and the Urban Land Institute.

Kona’s leadership involvement with ASLA has included the Professional Awards Jury, chairing the Student Awards Jury, and participating in the Diversity Summit. He is the past president of the Landscape Architecture Foundation. Kona studied architecture at the Boston Architectural College, Savannah College of Art and Design, and received a BLA degree from the University of Georgia School of Environmental Design in 1997.

Steven Guasch

Steven Guasch
Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Defined Companies

 

Steven Guasch is the Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Defined Companies, a full-service real estate investment and development company. He is responsible for the financial feasibility and management of the overall development process of residential communities and mixed-use projects throughout South Florida.

Steven received his B.A. at Florida Atlantic University, where he majored in both Finance and International Business & Trade, graduating Cum Laude.

In 2013 Steven joined a Class-A multifamily developer, Altman Development, as a Financial Analyst and quickly expanded into his role of Development Manager. He was responsible for managing the financial feasibility, entitlement, design, acquisition, construction, and disposition of multiple apartment developments across South Florida, Orlando, and Texas, representing a capital investment in excess of $350 million. His involvement ensured the projects stayed on schedule, on budget and reached the investors' expectations.

Steven holds a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from 
Nova Southeastern University (NSU) where he was inducted into the International Honor Society, Sigma Beta Delta. During his experience at NSU, Steven received mentorship from Terry Stiles and met his business partner, Noah Leon. Steven is actively involved with students by participating in the classroom setting.

Glenn Mowatt

Glen Mowatt
Co-Owner, Up, Up & Away ABA Therapy LLC

Glen Mowatt is the Co-Owner of Up, Up & Away ABA Therapy, a behavioral consulting agency that provides in-home & clinic-based applied behavior analysis (ABA) services for young children (15 months to 10 years of age) on the autism spectrum and related disabilities.

Before Up, Up & Away ABA Therapy, Glen was the Director of Acquisitions for Altis Cardinal LLC, a full-service real estate investment, development, and management firm based in Miami, Florida with $1.4+ billion in real estate assets. At Altis Cardinal LLC, he played a vital role in the acquisition, development, asset management, and disposition of the Altis Cardinal real estate portfolio. Mowatt's acquisition responsibilities were to perform financial analyses, prepare debt/equity memorandums, oversee the due diligence process and assist in the closing of potential development and acquisition opportunities. He was also responsible for working with property managers, leasing brokers, and lenders to maximize returns for the portfolio.

Prior to joining Altis Cardinal, Mr. Mowatt was the Director of Acquisitions for TMSA Florida, a Canadian-based real estate private equity fund. In this role, Mr. Mowatt was responsible for sourcing and evaluating new real estate investment opportunities in the Florida market providing market research analyses, investment underwriting, and performing due diligence and asset management of the company's portfolio.

Prior to joining TMSA Florida, Glen worked as a senior analyst and market consultant at Integra Realty Resources. In this role, he provided research, analysis, and reporting to real estate investors and developers of various property types on market trends, opportunities, marketability of development projects. Glen's experience includes assessing the market drivers, economic and demographic trends, supply and demand, and financial feasibility in South Florida. Other responsibilities involved conducting feasibility analyses and providing litigation support for a variety of clients and property types.

Mowatt earned a Bachelor's Degree in Real Estate from Florida State University and a Master's Degree in Real Estate Development from Nova Southeastern University. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), a member of the Economic Roundtable for the Miami-Dade Beacon Council, and has been appointed to serve as co-chair of the NSU MSRED Alumni Association.

Debbie M. Orshefsky

Debbie Orshefsky, J.D.
Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, and Partner, Holland & Knight

Debbie M. Orshefsky is a shareholder in Greenberg Traurig, and a partner with Holland & Knight, operating out of offices in Fort Lauderdale and Washington, D.C. She practices in the areas of land development and environmental law with specific experience in planning, infrastructure planning, and financing, zoning, subdivision controls, and community redevelopment, as well as state, regional and local roles in land use decision-making.

Debbie has represented private developers and government agencies as special counsel and has intimate knowledge of the land use planning process. In addition, she is a frequent speaker at state and national seminars on the land development process, as well as infrastructure planning and funding.

Craig Perry

Craig S. Perry
President, 
Centerline Capital Advisors

Craig Perry is President and Founder of Centerline Capital Advisors, a diversified real estate investment company specializing in land and income-producing assets.

As President and Founder of Centerline Homes, Inc., Perry's initial focus was on single-family residential properties. This was the core strategy until 1995 when the focus shifted to high-profile residential locations, custom home building, and commercial development.

Under Craig's direction, Centerline became one of the premier land development and construction companies in the southeastern United States. With its status of a top 100 Home Builder and over 5,000 units completed, the company was acquired by Standard Pacific in June 2013.

Perry was President and Founder of Carifone Cellular, a cellular phone rental company. He managed this start-up company through its early stages and growth into a national organization. In May 1992, he sold the company to a public telecommunications company.

As Controller of GL Homes in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Perry was responsible for supervising a team in charge of fifteen corporate entities and their financial statements, consolidations, cash flow, soft and hard cost budgeting, and forecasting. He served as a key person in the development of a cost control system, computer network, and construction department. He also coordinated land acquisition, development issues, legal matters, loan closings, bank relationships and insurance. In addition, Craig was a Staff Auditor for Peat Marwick Main & Company in Miami, Florida, where he served in various assignments with increasing responsibility.

Perry earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance from Florida State University and became a Certified Public Accountant that same year.

Harry Posin
Founder and President, 
Label & Co. Developments, Inc.

Harry Posin is the Founder and President of Label & Co. Developments, Inc. Prior to forming Label & Co. Developments, Inc., Mr. Posin served as President and Executive Vice President of Minto Communities, one of Florida’s largest private builders. He was also on the Canadian-based parent company’s Board of Directors.

Harry’s vision has been responsible for the development and building of over 20,000 units in every imaginable residential format including large-scale master-planned communities, recreational/resort communities, high-rise, and rental.

He was also Senior Vice President at Goodkin Research, a leading real estate research firm where he provided market consultation services to developers, builders, and lenders throughout America.

Harry is an insightful industry leader with a lengthy record of successful projects over the past 35 years. He is a frequent guest lecturer at industry panels and universities. He holds a degree in Construction Management from Pratt Institute.

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Andrew Remick
Principal, Highline Real Estate Capital

Andrew Remick is a Principal at Highline Real Estate Capital which is a Florida based, value-focused real estate investment company that acquires and operates office and retail properties throughout the Southeast. Andrew is responsible for acquisitions and asset management of properties owned by Highline and its Joint Venture partners. In this role Andrew formulates and executes Highline's strategic initiatives including sourcing, underwriting, capital market activities, dispositions and asset management. Remick has executed on more than $350,000,000 of acquisitions, representing more than 1.6 million square feet of office and retail assets during his career.

Prior to joining Highline, Remick was Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Asset Management at Continental Real Estate Companies (CREC) where he focused on sourcing acquisitions and overseeing the asset management of CREC’s portfolio. Andrew originally started at CREC in the brokerage department where he supported CREC’s third party brokerage department, specializing in multifamily and land. During this tenure Andrew worked with the firm’s clients including Lubert Adler Real Estate Funds, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, 13th Floor, Melo Development and Bank United among others, and closed on more than $375 million of brokerage and financing assignments.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration of Finance from St. John’s University, and a Master of Science in Real Estate Development (MSRED) from Nova Southeastern University.

Kenneth Stiles

Kenneth Stiles
Chief Executive Officer, 
Stiles Corporation

Kenneth Stiles took the helm as CEO of Stiles Corporation in 2017 as Terry Stiles transitioned to Chairman. The move followed the company’s long-established leadership succession plan that paved the road for its long-term growth and sustainability. Prior to becoming CEO, Ken served for two years as Co-CEO with Terry.

As CEO, Mr. Stiles serves on the company's board of directors, executive committee, investment review committee, and business development committee. As part of his chief responsibilities, he manages the company's ongoing communication with financial services partners and works directly with the investment team to identify new business opportunities. As a board member, he works closely with the family and fellow members in the development and implementation of the company's 50-year sustainability and growth plans. In addition, Mr. Stiles oversees the Stiles family office.

Mr. Stiles' passion for real estate began at an early age through years of watching his father Terry build the corporation from only two employees in 1951 to more than 300 today. With a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Elon University in North Carolina, Mr. Stiles began his career as an assistant development manager gaining experience on many of Stiles' most prominent office projects, including Lake Shore Plaza I in Sunrise. After advancing through several projects, he then shifted his focus toward the financial services and investments division.

An active participant in local charity, Mr. Stiles is Board Chair of the Museum of Discovery and Science and serves as an advisory board member of the NSU School of Real Estate. He is a graduate of the Leadership Broward Class XXXI and maintains an extensive history of involvement with the Broward Alliance and Young Presidents Organization, amongst others.

Mr. Stiles is a native of Fort Lauderdale and currently resides in the Las Olas area with his wife Brittany and two sons. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, and golfing.

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