Leadership & Board of Directors
Our Board of Director has retained the services of Belpointe PREP Manager, LLC, our Manager, to manage our day-to-day operations, implement our investment objectives and strategy and perform certain services for us, subject to the Board of Director’s supervision. A team of investment and asset management professionals, acting through our Manager, makes all of our investment decisions as well as provides portfolio management, marketing, investor relations, financial, accounting and other administrative services on our behalf with the goal of maximizing our operating cash flow and preserving our invested capital.
Chief Executive Officer
Brandon is the Founder, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Belpointe PREP, LLC (NYSE: OZ). Brandon was also the founder, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Belpointe REIT, Inc., (OTCQX: BELP) in 2018, which was a qualified opportunity zone real estate investment trust company that merged into Belpointe PREP, LLC in 2021. Brandon is also the Chief Executive Officer of Belpointe, a private equity investment firm, which he founded in 2011. From 2004 to 2011, Brandon was a Managing Director and the co-founder of Belray Capital, a Greenwich, Connecticut-based real estate and investment firm, which was acquired by Belpointe in 2011. Belpointe owns several operating businesses throughout the region, including Belpointe Asset Management LLC, a financial asset management firm that manages over $3 billion in tradable securities. Brandon and his executive team bring financial strength, operational expertise and investing discipline to its portfolio of investments. Brandon currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Belpointe Multifamily Development Fund I, LP, a real estate private equity fund. Prior to Belpointe, Brandon began his finance/accounting/tax career at Arthur Andersen, LLP then with Ernst & Young, LLP, in their Mergers and Acquisitions departments. In 2001, he co-founded Belray (acquired by Belpointe), where Brandon eventually left Ernst & Young in 2004 to focus full-time on Belpointe. Brandon holds a Juris Doctor degree and a Master of Business Administration from Hofstra University and a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Syracuse University. Brandon has served on the board of multiple non-profit organizations, such as: Greenwich Wiffle for the Greenwich Police Silver Shield Association, Youth Services for the Town of Greenwich (joint venture between Town of Greenwich and United Way of Greenwich), and Eagle Hill School Alumni Board. Brandon currently serves on the board of two non-profit organizations, The Belpointe Foundation and Eagle Hill School Board of Trustees. Brandon is licensed to practice law as an attorney in both the State of Connecticut and New York State.
Chief Strategic Officer
Marty is an entrepreneur with over 45 years’ experience in successfully starting, developing and operating businesses within the securities, real estate, and natural resources industries. His considerable professional experience include former Vice-Chairman and Co-Founder of Walker Energy Partners, one of first publicly traded Master Limited Partnership (MLP) that he brought public; and former Chairman, Founder and General Securities Principal of LaClare Securities, Inc., a NASD broker dealer. Marty was also formerly Vice President of institutional equities at Mitchell Hutchins and later Paine Webber. Marty previously served as a Director of Fortune Natural Resources Corporation, a public company that was listed on the American Stock Exchange and is currently on the board of directors of the Lion’s Foundation of Greenwich, a charitable organization dedicated to helping the blind and visually impaired. Since 2012, Marty has served as a Board of Director for Belpointe Multifamily Development Fund I, LP, where he helps in real estate investment decisions. Marty is an engineer by training, having graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and has a Master’s of Business Administration in Finance from the Simon Business School at University of Rochester. Marty was selected to serve as a director because of his extensive investment and financial experience and detailed knowledge of our acquisition and operational opportunities and challenges.
Chief Operating Officer
Lori is the Chief Operating Officer of Belpointe’s Real Estate Operations including acquisitions, development, construction, property operations and asset management. Lori brings over 25 years’ experience in developing large scale, mixed use properties. Her experience, organization skills, and leadership make her a valued member of Belpointe’s executive team. Prior to becoming COO of Belpointe, Lori served as Vice President of Development at Belpointe Capital LLC where she managed the development, construction, lease up and operations of Belpointe Capital’s portfolio. Prior to joining Belpointe, Lori was the Senior Development Director at Stillwater Investment Management Corp., responsible for development and construction of both condominiums and mixed‐use communities. Before working at Stillwater, Lori was a Development Coordinator at AvalonBay Communities working on new developments as well as developing and implementing AvalonBay’s Development Policies and Procedures. She was a key member at both Stillwater and AvalonBay. Lori is a summa cum laude graduate of Fairfield University with a Bachelor’s degree in Management.
Chief Accounting Officer
Kristin is the Chief Accounting Officer at Belpointe. Prior to joining Belpointe, Kristin was the Chief Accounting Officer for two of W.P. Carey’s managed Real Estate Investment Trusts, where Kristin was responsible for the oversight of accounting, financial reporting and internal controls. Through Kristin’s tenure at W.P. Carey, she also served in other capacities including controller and assistant controller. Kristin started her career with Ernst & Young LLP, where she held various positions in the assurance practice, specializing in real estate. Kristin is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the State University of New York at Albany.
Vice President of Development
Jay is Belpointe’s Vice President of Development with thirty years of experience in real estate development, business management, and construction engineering, Jay brings comprehensive experience on a diverse product mix of real estate developments. In addition to being well versed in low, mid, and high rise multifamily developments, his development /construction experience also includes mixed-use, retail, and office projects in both urban in-fill, and greenfield locations. Over the course of his career, Jay has led the development of multifamily projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast. From predevelopment, leading the design development, and overseeing construction, he brings knowledge and expertise that produces exceptional communities. Prior to joining Belpointe, Jay was Vice President of Development for regional multifamily Developers based in Atlanta, where he was responsible for all aspects of the development process on multifamily and mixed-use communities. Jay holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Georgia.
Vice President of Construction
Brooke is the Vice President of Construction at Belpointe with responsibility for preconstruction and construction activities. Prior to joining Belpointe, Brooke served as Vice President of Residential Construction at Strategic Property Partners (SPP). Brooke has over 18 years’ experience in the construction industry working in multiple sectors from Subcontractor, General Contractor, Construction Manager and Developer. Prior to SPP, Brooke worked as a Sr. Project Manager with Moss and Associates overseeing multifamily and hotel projects. Her experience with Reinforced Structures, Inc., as the Area Manager for the growing Cast in Place Concrete company allowed her to work on iconic projects such as The Perez Art Museum in Miami, FL and The Salvadore Dali museum in St. Petersburg, FL. Brooke currently serves as a Board Member for the Friends of The Riverwalk in downtown Tampa and has previously served in leadership roles with Leadership Tampa Bay, Associated Builders and Contractors, University of Tampa and Dress for Success. Brooke is a cum laude graduate of The University of Tampa with a Bachelor’s degree in International Business.
Vice President of Construction
James Carnicelli, Jr.
Jim is the Vice President of Construction for Belpointe’s real estate division. Prior to joining Belpointe, Mr. Carnicelli was the Co-Founder and President of The Gateway Development Group, Inc. (“Gateway”). Gateway has completed over $200 million in capital improvement projects, such as: high-end multi-family residential, medical and general office, retail, hospitality, and mixed-use projects. Jim was responsible for all operations of Gateway, including conceptual planning and project entitlements, design and architecture, financial analysis and budgeting, and full construction services. Prior to Gateway, Jim spent 12 years in ascending roles including Construction Manager, Project Manager and Project Executive with WCI Communities, Spectrum Skanska and Spectrum Communities. Jim’s varying roles with this lifestyle community developer focused on construction operations and management of large and complex community developments. Jim holds a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Villanova University.
Vice President of Property Operations
Ela is Vice President of Property Operations for Belpointe. Ela has almost 30 years’ experience in multi-family operations on mid-rise and hi-rise property operations, lease-ups, dispositions, commercial mixed-use communities, affordable compliance plans and pricing strategies. Most recently, Ela represented a private commercial operator overseeing capital projects, third-party consulting for a lease-up, and dispositions. Prior to that she was a Development Director with Belpointe Capital overseeing the development, construction and lease up of their mixed use communities. Previously, she was at Greystar where she was the Regional Manager in charge of CT/NY/NJ and prior to Greystar, spent 19 years with AvalonBay and its predecessor companies. Ela is an expert in apartment management and lease up and served as President of the Connecticut Apartment Association and continues to serve on committees. Ela has a bachelor’s degree in Business from Central Connecticut State University.
Vice President of Finance
Adam is the Director of Finance and Tax at Belpointe. Prior to Belpointe, Adam operated his own firm that specialized in accounting and tax services for family offices and Real Estate Investment Trusts. Prior to that, Adam was a consultant to Starwood Capital performing tax and accounting services, Director of Tax at Grill & Partners where he oversaw their tax and compliance department, and Manager at Burt Goldstein & Co where he managed the tax practice. Adam began his career at Coopers & Lybrand as a staff accountant. Adam hold a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Binghamton with a major in Economics and earned his Juris Doctor degree from Quinnipiac University School of Law.
Belpointe PREP’s Board of Directors has established an Executive Advisory Board to provide both it and Belpointe PREP’s Manager with advice regarding, among other things, potential investment opportunities, general market conditions and debt and equity financing opportunities. The current members of our Executive Advisory Board include:
Mr. Kowalski is the owner of Wizard of OZ, a bespoke consultancy focused on helping companies utilize Opportunity Zones to grow their businesses while helping the surrounding community to grow and thrive. Previously, Mr. Kowalski was Counselor to the Secretary at the U.S. Treasury Department from 2017 until January of 2021. Mr. Kowalski was the Treasury official responsible for policy development of the regulations, forms, and instructions required to implement Opportunity Zones. He worked with Treasury and IRS staff as well as public- and private-sector stakeholders to provide as much flexibility for the use of the incentive consistent with the four corners of the statute. Mr. Kowalski has been a featured speaker at over 70 Opportunity Zone events in 30 cities in 20 states and Puerto Rico. He was named a “Top 25 OZ Influencer” in both 2019 and 2020 by Opportunity Zone Magazine. He is also a recipient of the Alexander Hamilton Award, the highest Treasury honor for employees whose performance and leadership demonstrate the highest standards of dedication to public service and the Treasury Department. Prior to Treasury, Mr. Kowalski was Deputy Staff Director of the Senate Budget Committee. He also served as the Director of Budget Review for the House Budget Committee. He started in Washington with the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) as a Principal Analyst in the unit responsible for preparing CBO’s baseline budget projections. In state government, Mr. Kowalski worked as Director of the Legislative Budget Office for the Missouri General Assembly, and as the senior individual income tax analyst with the Finance Committee for the New York State Senate. He started his career as a management analyst for the Deputy Commissioner for Audit in the New York City Department of Finance. Mr. Kowalski holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School and a Bachelor of Arts from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland.
Ms. Broderick is the Founder of FEAT Capital & Advisory, advising primarily female-led or growth stage companies on topics including financial and operational execution, executive leadership, organizational design and corporate cultural transformation. Prior to founding FEAT Capital & Advisory, Mrs. Broderick served as a director, senior executive, and financial expert across a range of organizations, and has 20 years of experience working with both large cap companies, as well as emerging tech and founder-led ventures. Most recently, Mrs. Broderick served as the Chief Operating Officer, CFO, and member of the Board of Directors of VICE Media. Prior to her role at VICE Media, Mrs. Broderick oversaw SEC Reporting and the global accounting operations for General Electric and served in senior financial leadership positions at NBC Universal, Endeavor and Deloitte. Mrs. Broderick holds a Masters degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Connecticut, where she was also a four-year member and captain of the UConn Softball Team. Mrs. Broderick serves on the Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts of Connecticut and is heavily involved in fundraising for the University of Connecticut athletic department.
Mr. Brogan is the President of BB Land Holdings, a private real estate investment company, and an Officer of the Black-Brogan Foundation, a family foundation focused on empowerment through education. Mr. Brogan’s has extensive background in data networking, as he was an early employee at Breakaway Solutions, Blade Logic, Egenera, and Fuze. Over the years Mr. Brogan’s role ranged from Engineering to Sales, to Investor, and ultimately Board of Directors. Mr. Brogan’s extensive business background made him into an expert investor and advisor to early-stage businesses. Mr. Brogan holds a Bachelor’s degree from Boston College.
Mr. Cogsville is the Chief Executive Officer of The Cogsville Group, a New York-based private equity real estate investment firm founded in 2007. Since its inception, the firm has invested in $3 billion of commercial and residential real estate, representing over 4,000 assets in 49 states. Mr. Cogsville began his career as an attorney in the Structured Finance Group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. He then joined the Leveraged Finance Group at Merrill Lynch as an investment banker, and left Merrill Lynch to found RCM Saratoga Capital LLC, a boutique investment banking firm focused on generating value in the urban marketplace. Mr. Cogsville is Of Counsel with Akerman LLP, where his practice focuses on real estate development (specifically urban redevelopments, including opportunity zone projects), real estate financing, and real estate asset management. Additionally, Mr. Cogsville serves or has served on the Board of Marchex, Inc., the Board of Visitors of the University of North Carolina, The New York Urban League, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Amsterdam News Editorial Board and founded the non-partisan voter registration initiative, Citizen Change. Mr. Cogsville holds a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a J.D. from Rutgers University.
Mr. Soler is the Managing Director of Stockbridge Realty Advisors, LLC, where he oversees underwriting, financing, and project management for real estate investments, including assisting Societe Generale with various real estate related matters including developing risk management protocols. Over the past 30 years, Mr. Soler has held senior positions at both real estate investment companies as well as commercial banks focused on commercial real estate financing, where he has overseen more than $15 Billion of commercial real estate transactions covering all asset classes and real estate sectors. Prior to Stockbridge Realty Advisors, LLC, Mr. Soler held the position of Managing Director at Societe Generale and was part of the credit assessment team focused on risk management. Mr. Soler is an Adjunct Professor at the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate where he has taught for more than fifteen years in the Master of Real Estate Program with a focus on Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development. Mr. Soler graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a degree in economics, and he attended the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He has served as a member of the Economics Department Advisory Board at the University of Massachusetts, the Board of the YMCA of Greenwich, and on several Town of Greenwich Boards and Advisory Committees.
Mr. Stoleru is a Principal with Blackburn Point Realty, the real estate affiliate of Hepco Capital Management, LLC, a private investment firm that seeks to make controlled investments in diverse business sectors, particularly real estate, middle market private operating companies, and energy and financial companies. Prior to Blackburn, Mr. Stoleru was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Atlas Resources LLC and Vice President of the general partner of Atlas Growth Partners, L.P., which owns and operates natural gas drilling partnerships. In addition to experience at Atlas, Mr. Stoleru has a considerable professional experience that includes serving as Vice President of Business Development at Resource Financial Institutions Group, Inc., a Principal of NPV/Direct Invest, an Associate at the Capital Transactions Group of the Shorenstein Company, and an Investment Banking Associate with JP Morgan Investment Management. Mr. Stoleru received a Masters of Business Administration degree from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Science degree in business from the University of Delaware.
We operate under the direction of our Board of Directors, the current members of which are Brandon Lacoff and Martin Lacoff. Dean Drulias, Timothy Oberweger, Shawn Orser and Ronald Young, Jr.
Dean Drulias, Esq.
Mr. Drulias has been practicing private law in Westlake Village, California. Mr. Drulias formerly served as Director, Corporate Secretary and General Counsel of Fortune Natural Resources Corporation, a public oil and gas exploration and production services company that was listed on the American Stock Exchange. Mr. Drulias was also a stockholder and a practicing attorney at the law firm of Burris, Drulias & Gartenberg, where he specialized in the areas of energy, environmental and real property law. Mr. Drulias received his undergraduate degree from the University of California Berkley and has a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School. Mr. Drulias is a member of the California and Texas State Bars. Mr. Drulias was selected as a director because of his senior executive officer and board service experience.
Mr. Oberweger has been a Vice President and Senior Business Development Officer at Stewart Title Commercial Services, a title insurance and settlement company providing services to the real estate and mortgage industries since October 2017. He has over 15 years of experience in the title insurance industry. Previously, from November 2015 to September 2017, Mr. Oberweger served as Managing Director & Counsel of First American Title Insurance Company. From September 2009 to November 2015, Mr. Oberweger served as Vice President & Counsel of Fidelity National Title Insurance Company and, from September 2005 to August 2009, as Counsel of First American Title Insurance Company. Mr. Oberweger served as chair of the Young Mortgage Bankers Association from August 2015 to December 2017, and since May 2010 has served on the Executive Board of Brooklyn Law School’s Alumni Association. From May 1995 to May 1996, he served on the Alumni Board of Macalester College. Mr. Oberweger is currently and has been since March 2018 a member of National Multifamily Housing Council and, since January 2020, a member of Urban Land Institute, ULI and National Association for Industrial and Office Parks. Mr. Oberweger has also previously been a member of the Mortgage Bankers Association, MBA of New York, The International Council of Shopping Centers and served as an elected member of the Representative Town Meeting in Greenwich, Connecticut from September 2011 to December 2017. Mr. Oberweger holds a Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School and a Bachelor of Arts from Macalester College.
Mr. Orser has been the President of Seaside Financial & Insurance Services, a San Diego, California based investment advisory firm. Mr. Orser began his career in finance supporting an Index Arbitrage desk at RBC Dominion Securities, then moved to Merrill Lynch where he worked on the trading desk for the Equity Linked Products Group. Thereafter, he then joined Titan Capital, a New York City based hedge fund where he traded equity derivatives, then worked as a proprietary trader for Remsemberg Capital trading equity and option strategies. Afterwards, he moved to the retail side of the investment management business with Northwestern Mutual, then later joined Seaside Financial & Insurance Services. Mr. Orser earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Syracuse University. Mr. Orser was selected as a director because of his extensive investment and finance experience.
Ronald Young, Jr.
Mr. Young has been the President and Co-founder of Tri-State LED, a subsidiary of Revolution Lighting Technologies (NASDAQ: RVLT), which provides LED solutions to commercial, industrial and municipal organizations. Prior to 2010, Mr. Young was a managing director and co-founder of Belray Capital, a Greenwich, Connecticut based real estate and investment firm, which was later acquired by Belpointe. Mr. Young has also held several positions in the investment and financial industry with MAC Pension Inc., Strategies for Wealth Strategies (an agency of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America), and AG Edwards & Sons Inc. (now Wells Fargo Advisors). Ron earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut. Mr. Young was selected as a director because of his extensive investment and real estate development experience.