Plaza Equity Partners (“PEP”) is a sophisticated full-service real estate development, finance and project management company based in Miami, Florida. The company’s veteran team of developers, architects, engineers, bankers, accountants, and brokers has earned a distinguished reputation as a market leader bringing both experience and vision to their real estate projects. Formed by partners Neil Fairman, Anthony Burns and George Helmstetter, Plaza Equity Partners is a dynamic company poised to lead the market in all aspects of the real estate industry. The firm’s most recent success includes Marina Palms Yacht Club and Residences in North Miami Beach, a two-tower 468-unit luxury condominium project featuring a 112-slip, full-service marina. Previous projects developed by the partners include The Palms in Fort Lauderdale Beach, Ocean Palms in Hollywood Beach, Paramount Bay in Miami’s Edgewater district, and Ocean House in the South of Fifth neighborhood of Miami Beach, as well as other major commercial developments in South Florida and Canada. Please click here to learn more about the partners.
Plaza Equity Partners, a Miami-based real estate development and investment firm led by Neil Fairman, Anthony Burns and George Helmstetter, is the managing partner and is charged with the administration of the Magic City Innovation District. Previous successes include Marina Palms Yacht Club & Residences, The Palms in Fort Lauderdale, Ocean Palms in Hollywood Beach, Paramount Bay in Miami’s Edgewater District, and Ocean House in Miami Beach’s South of Fifth Neighborhood.
Prior to founding Plaza Equity Partners, Neil Fairman was the President of the Plaza Group, a prominent commercial and residential developer in South Florida. Mr. Fairman began his real estate career in Montreal, Canada over 30 years ago, relocating to Miami in 1989. His experience encompasses most areas of real estate including acquisition, development, construction, financing, brokerage, and management. Throughout his career, Mr. Fairman has developed luxury residential, commercial, office and hospitality projects in excess of $1.0 billion dollars. Mr. Fairman pursued undergraduate studies at Loyola College and Sir George Williams University in Montreal, and executive studies at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design where he received the Advanced Management Development Program certification and is an active Harvard University Alumni. He is an Executive Committee Member of the SE Florida and Caribbean chapter of the Urban Land Institute and serves on the International Advisory Board of Directors of the Harvard Real Estate Initiative.
Prior to founding Plaza Equity Partners, Anthony Burns cofounded the DevStar Group, a boutique real estate development and finance company based in Miami, Fl. Prior to this, Mr. Burns served as a senior vice president of investments at iStar Financial, a New York-based real estate investment trust. While at iStar, Mr. Burns was responsible for originating numerous complex commercial real estate debt facilities as well as managing a $1.0 billion commercial real estate portfolio consisting of land, office, retail and multi-family product types in Southeast Florida. A graduate of the United States Military Academy, Mr. Burns holds a bachelor of science degree in environmental engineering and a MBA from Harvard Business School. Mr. Burns served in the United States Army as an Armor Officer and is a member of the Urban Land Institute.
Prior to founding Plaza Equity Partners, George Helmstetter cofounded the DevStar Group, a boutique real estate development and finance company based in Miami, Fl. Prior to this, Mr. Helmstetter was a vice president of investments at iStar Financial, a New York-based real estate investment trust. While at iStar, Mr. Helmstetter was responsible for the financing of $960 million of office, residential, R&D and industrial properties across the United States, and the repositioning of approximately $600 million of owned real estate ranging from master planned residential communities to mixed use commercial centers in the eastern United States. Mr. Helmstetter began his career as a financial analyst at LNR Property Corporation, working in the acquisition and asset management of commercial mortgage backed securities. A graduate of Bentley University, Mr. Helmstetter holds a bachelor of science degree in corporate finance and accounting and is a member of the Urban Land Institute.
Mr. Jankins possesses over 45 years of experience in the development, construction and the marketing of over 6,800 condominium units; 3,500 located in South Florida, the majority of which were waterfront high-rises. Other projects included town home and rental communities, condominium conversions, hotels and other commercial projects. Besides being involved with their development, Mr. Jankins has also undertaken the role of general contractor in many of the projects along with the coordination of professionals, contract negotiations, scheduling and supervision of daily operations.
Mr. Winship brings significant experience in project management and investments to Plaza Equity Partners. He played integral roles in all its projects including the development of Marina Palms Yacht Club and Residences, overseeing the successful repositioning and sellout of 151 at Biscayne and leading the investment side of the firm’s capital management group. Prior to joining the Plaza Equity Partners, Mr. Winship was an investment analyst at iStar Financial, a New York-based real estate investment trust where he created complex financial models as well as the active management of land and condominium redevelopment projects. He began his career in investment banking as a real estate capital markets analyst at Wachovia Securities and post-merger, Wells Fargo. Mr. Winship graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program at the University of Georgia with a bachelor of business administration degree in finance.
Mr. Bec is LEED certified, registered architect and licensed general contractor who has worked on numerous high-profile public and private projects. Prior to his latest project, Marina Palms Yacht Club and Residences, Mr. Bec served as Project Manager on the Ocean Palms Beachfront Residential Tower in Hollywood Beach Florida. Mr. Bec’s career experience includes Construction Manager and Project Manager roles with notable names including: The Related Group of South Florida, Atlantic & Pacific Management Company, the Millennium Partnership of New York, and McCann Construction. Projects have included: Icon Brickell, Miami; Ocean Palms, Hollywood, Florida; the Four Seasons Hotel and Residential Tower, Miami; the Ritz Carlton Hotel and Residential Towers, Miami; and public schools throughout South Florida. Mr. Beck earned bachelor degrees in Design from the University of Florida and Architecture from the University of Miami.
Max Sklar began his 18 year career at the City of Miami Beach working for then Mayor Neisen Kasdin, where he was appointed Chief of Staff and led the Mayor’s legislative and governmental affairs. He subsequently was selected Tourism, Culture, and Economic Development Director where he oversaw a real estate portfolio valued at approximately $1 billion and managed a department budget of approximately $27 million. Mr. Sklar was charged with negotiating multiple public-private partnerships and oversaw the Miami Beach Convention Center’s $600 million renovation and expansion. A native of Miami Beach, he graduated from The American University and attended Florida International University where he earned a Masters in Business Administration.
Mr. Wilt brings over 10 years of real estate property management to Plaza Equity Partners, primarily in residential and multifamily. Previously, at Carnival Cruise Lines, Mr. Wilt managed over $150 million annual Capital and Operational expenditures developing strategic purchasing strategies while conducting in-depth business case analysis. His technical expertise and strong contract negotiations saved Carnival $6 million year over year.
Mr. Wilt served in the US Navy as Nuclear Engineer onboard Submarines, after earning a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Florida Atlantic University. Mr. Wilt graduated summa cum laude from Florida International University with a Master of Science in International Real Estate, as well as earned an MBA from the University of North Carolina – Kenan Flagler Business School.
Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Robert Garcia is a graduate of the University of Florida Fisher School of Accounting, and has a Masters in Accounting from Florida International University. His areas of expertise include financial reporting, real estate project budgeting and forecasting, project financing and asset management. He has 27 years of experience in real estate accounting and real estate development.
Robert Garcia has worked for several highly successful real estate development companies including: GDG Management (property management firm with over 350 community associations under Management); Coscan Waterways, Inc., a publicly traded real estate developer based in Toronto, Canada; Williams Island Associates, developer of 3 million square feet of ultra-luxury condominiums on Williams Island, Aventura, Florida; and Michael Swerdlow & Associates, a real estate development company in Hollywood, Florida responsible for over 2 million square feet of retail malls and shopping centers in the Broward and Miami-Dade County, Florida area.
Amanda Diaz brings over 20 years of property management and accounting experience to Plaza Equity Partners. Prior to joining Plaza Equity Partners, Ms. Diaz managed various property portfolios consisting of single family, multifamily and commercial projects. Ms. Diaz graduated from Miami-Dade College.
Ms. Woodbury has worked in the South Florida construction industry for over 20 years. Prior to joining Plaza Equity Partners, Ms. Woodbury worked for William Island Associates and Turnberry Associates, two well-known condominium and commercial developers in the Aventura and Sunny Isles area. Ms. Woodbury graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College with a bachelor of arts.
Mr. Mayer is a fifth generation South Floridian with over 30 years’ experience in real estate development and general construction. Prior to joining Plaza Equity Partners, he managed his family’s commercial real estate holdings consisting of various triple net and multifamily properties. He began his career working for AT&T and Sprint in commercial sales. Mr. Mayer attended Davidson College and the University of Miami. He is RPA certified for property management.
Mr. Romero has vast construction experience with over 25 years in the industry. Prior to joining Plaza Equity Partners, he worked for various general contractors and specialty contractors with positions ranging from carpentry, field foreman to project superintendent.