LOUIS WOLFSON, III, PARTNER - As a fourth generation Miamian, Louis Wolfson has devoted his professional life working toward the betterment of South Florida. He is highly regarded for his work as a trustee of Miami Dade Community College, where as Chairman of the MDCC Foundation he helped build over $20 million in endowments. After graduating from the Stetson School of Business, Mr. Wolfson was employed in the family business, Wometco, a diversified entertainment conglomerate which included radio, television, cable operations, movie theaters and the Miami Seaquarium.
Mr. Wolfson compiled years of experience and gained an immense passion for affordable housing development, finance, management and community relations before becoming one of the founders of Pinnacle Housing Group. In 1984 Mr. Wolfson became a Board member of Greater Miami Neighborhoods (GMN), which eventually grew into the largest non-profit developer of affordable housing in South Florida. Under Mr. Wolfson's leadership as Board Chairman from 1988 through 1996, over 4,000 units of housing valued at over $200,000,000 serving more than 10,000 residents were completed. Mr. Wolfson engages in public affairs aspects of Pinnacle's development programs, and oversees Pinnacle's landmark Art in Public Places program. In addition to his participation in Pinnacle, Wolfson is also the President and Principal of Wolfpack Group, LLC which undertakes development activities in the State of Texas.
MICHAEL D. WOHL, PARTNER - Mr. Wohl's abilities are enhanced by his in-depth familiarity with real estate and law. He is a second-generation real estate developer, carrying on his family's successful tradition of quality development first started in New York and carried down to South Florida with Mr. Wohl's relocation to the area in 1975. Mr. Wohl had been active in real estate development and management while continuing to practice law until 1990, when he formed his own full-service real estate firm, which has owned and managed over one million square feet of commercial property and 700 apartment units in Florida.
Mr. Wohl has extensive experience in negotiating, documenting and closing acquisitions and sales of residential, industrial and commercial office space. Mr. Wohl is well versed in project financing and leasing and he heads Pinnacle's acquisition and disposition efforts. Mr. Wohl is a recognized industry leader in devising approaches to developing affordable housing in an urban environment. Mr. Wohl is chairman of the distinguished Urban Land Institute's Center for Workforce Housing, which continually works to solve the persistent affordable housing problems in Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. He earned both his B.A. and J.D. Degrees at Syracuse University where he serves the University as a Trustee, and is a Licensed Real Estate Broker and Mortgage Broker.
Mr. Wohl is the President and Principal of Anthem Builders, LLC which builds and develops quality housing in several areas in Texas. In 2013, Mr. Wohl and two other partners formed Ascend Properties. Ascend is a market-rate housing development company with communities in Miami, Boca Raton and Wilton Manors, Florida.
DAVID O. DEUTCH, PARTNER - Mr. Deutch co-founded Pinnacle Housing Group in 1997. He brings a wealth of experience to the rental housing arena, including finance, accounting, asset management, and public policy. Mr. Deutch is involved in the hands-on, day-to-day management of the Pinnaclefamily of companies, and oversees many facets of the business enterprise to ensure performance, sustainability and compliance.
Mr. Deutch began his career in the Corporate Banking Division at Southeast Bank, where he served as Vice President, responsible for a large portfolio of corporate loans as well as new business development. Thereafter, he became Manager of Business Planning at Costa Cruise Lines where he played a role in enhancing the company's various business goals and objectives.
Mr. Deutch received his M.B.A. at the University of Miami Graduate School of Business and B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Deutch was Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Coalition of Affordable Housing Providers, Florida’s statewide housing advocacy organization for the affordable housing industry, from 2011-2015. Mr. Deutch is a Member of the Board of Trustees at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach. Mr. Deutch is the Principal and President of D Squared Development, LLC, a company formed to develop and operate rental communities in Texas.
MITCHELL M. FRIEDMAN, PARTNER - Mr. Friedman brings to Pinnacle Housing Group over 30 years of real estate financing and development experience in South Florida. Mr. Friedman's impressive career began in the public sector, and he tackled a series of increasingly progressive challenges, eventually becoming Assistant City Manager of Miami Beach and subsequently Director of Capital Financing and Development for Miami-Dade County. In 1986, Mr. Friedman transitioned into the private sector, and by 1990, Mr. Friedman had begun a successful consulting firm specializing in all areas for start-up and early growth stage companies in real estate development and property management. Housing for the workforce is a lifelong passion for Mr. Friedman, who founded the non-profit South Dade Redevelopment Corporation and has served as a past Chairman of the state-wide Coalition of Affordable Housing Providers.
Mr. Friedman is responsible for the planning, development and construction for all Pinnacle's communities. Mr. Friedman directs the internal and external development team for each Pinnacle initiative from conception to completion and beyond. He is also the lead partner overseeing the operation of Pinnacle's construction affiliate, PHG Builders, Inc. Mr. Friedman uses his extensive experience to bring both quality and cost control to all Pinnacle developments. Mr. Friedman received both his Bachelor and Master's Degree from the University of Florida. He also holds a Florida Real Estate Commission License. Mr. Friedman is also the President and Principal of Zenstar Development, LLC, a company which develops and operates rental communities in Texas.
FELIX BRAVERMAN, P.E., VICE PRESIDENT OF CONSTRUCTION - With an extensive and diverse background in structural engineering, design, contract administration, land development and project management, Mr. Braverman brings to Pinnacle Housing Group the hands-on, on-site construction experience necessary to direct the many ongoing and new projects throughout the State of Florida. Mr. Braverman is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Florida, a Licensed General Contractor in Florida and is a registered Special Inspector of Threshold Type Buildings.
Mr. Braverman began his career in the New York/New Jersey area, where he participated in and directed several structural and forensic Engineering projects. After he moved to South Florida, where he founded his own consulting engineering and general contracting firm, Mr. Braverman eventually became Director of Construction for Landstar Development Corporation, one of the south's largest site development companies. For nine years he successfully planned, directed and constructed over 1,200 homes throughout South Florida. Mr. Braverman has a Masters of Science in Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Universidad Metropolitana Mexico City.
TIMOTHY P. WHEAT, REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT - Mr. Wheat's professional career spans over 30 years and has almost entirely been dedicated to the development and preservation of quality housing for the workforce. Mr. Wheat began his career as a housing planner in Palm Beach County government, moved to the non-profit sector and then into private for-profit development. Mr. Wheat has overseen the development, financing and management of thousands of rental housing units in Florida and throughout the United States. Mr. Wheat joined Pinnacle in 2002, and in his capacity he has overseen successful and trend-setting developments across the state, including Pinnacle's partnerships to redevelop publicly-owned land into new, modern rental communities using innovative public/private partnerships.
Mr. Wheat is acknowledged as an industry advocate and an expert in managing successful public/private housing partnerships. In recognition of these accomplishments, Mr. Wheat was appointed to the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta’s Affordable Housing Advisory Council, where he served from 2013-2017, and was elected Vice Chairman in 2016. He is also a founding Board Member of the Community Land Trust of Palm Beach County, formed in 2006, which develops and creates housing opportunities for both renters and homeowners. Mr. Wheat is a native Floridian and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Fordham University in the Bronx, New York.
LISA M. STEPHENS, REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT with Pinnacle Housing Group and President of Saigebrook Development, LLC a certified WBE and Texas HUB real estate development firm. Ms. Stephens is a LEED Green Associate, a former board member of the Florida Green Building Coalition and the Florida Coalition of Affordable Housing Providers and a current member of the National Green Building Standards Advisory Group.
A 1996 graduate of the University of Florida, Ms. Stephens has worked throughout the southeast constructing new apartment homes, conducting extensive rehabilitations, and replacing functionally obsolete housing. In 2006 Ms. Stephens joined Pinnacle Housing Group, a nationally recognized affordable housing developer. In 2011 Ms. Stephens, formed Saigebrook Development and established construction and development offices focused on creating affordable, energy efficient housing in Texas. During her tenure in the affordable housing industry Ms. Stephens has financed and constructed approximately 5,000 multi-family, workforce, market rate and student housing.
“As a workforce housing developer, our job is to transform piles of paper and red tape into the sticks and bricks that become someone’s home.” In carrying out this mission, Ms. Stephens has been fortunate to partner with, and participate in, a variety of public/private partnerships. While the method might not be the same each time, the desired end result is: the provision of quality housing for those in need at a cost they can afford.
CORALY RODRIGUEZ, CPA, CHIEF ACCOUNTING AND OPERATING OFFICER – Ms. Rodriguez brings more than 15 years in diverse accounting, audit and financial experience to her role as Chief Accounting and Operating Officer. Ms. Rodriguez started her career at Pinnacle Housing Group in 2000. In her role as Assistant Controller she managed the day-to-day accounting operations. After obtaining her CPA license, she transitioned into public accounting and continued her career at Deloitte where she served various audit clients within the banking, gaming and real estate industries. After her tenure at Deloitte, Ms. Rodriguez joined the Claire's Stores corporate team where she managed various internal and operational audits and assisted in the implementation of various strategic initiatives throughout North America and Europe. Prior to rejoining Pinnacle in 2015, Ms. Rodriguez served as Accounting Director for TotalBank, a $2.5 billion institution, where she was responsible for all aspects of the Accounting and Finance function handling budgeting, internal controls, financial reporting, technical accounting and strategic management.
Ms. Rodriguez is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Florida and is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Ms. Rodriguez earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Master of Accounting Degree from Florida International University.
MEGAN LASCH, DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE - Originally from Grove, Oklahoma, Ms. Lasch has ten years of experience in the project management/consulting industry. Having received her Bachelor’s degree in Biosystems Engineering from Oklahoma State University, Ms. Lasch began her career as an engineering consultant where she helped design a variety of public and private development projects. Ms. Lasch is based in Pinnacle’s Austin, Texas office and serves as the development coordinator for all Texas projects. Ms. Lasch helps to manage all aspects of the project life cycle from site identification, TDHCA application process, managing third party consultants through the design process to project completion in all Pinnacle’s Texas communities.
Ms. Lasch also serves on the Board of Directors for Skillpoint Alliance, non-profit providing technology based workforce training and is a member of the Real Estate Council of Austin.
JENNIFER SANZ, VICE PRESIDENT OF DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS - Ms. Sanz serves as Vice President of Development Programs for Pinnacle Housing Group, assisting in pursuing and implementing development opportunities as well as shaping funding strategies. Since joining Pinnacle in 2012, Ms. Sanz has sourced and secured funding for numerous developments and overseen the financing applications for countless more. Ms. Sanz previously served as the National Policy Director for National Community Renaissance (National CORE), overseeing both federal and state legislative issues. During her time at National CORE she was also responsible for business development activities in multiple states, securing nearly $45M in federal funds in her first two years with the company. Ms. Sanz joined National CORE in 2009 from a for-profit affordable housing developer based in Miami, Florida.
Prior to her move to Miami, she served as the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Administrator for Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC), overseeing both the 4% and 9% tax credit programs. In this capacity, she helped shape the rules and policies that govern the FHFC multi-family programs and was responsible for annual allocations totaling more than $400M. Prior to joining Florida Housing, Ms. Sanz worked as a Congressional aid in Washington. She also previously worked for the Florida Speaker of the House, the Florida Redistricting Committee and the Florida Secretary of State. Ms. Sanz believes strongly in the spirit of volunteerism, and has spearheaded many such corporate volunteer efforts for Pinnacle. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University.