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Howard Joffe

President

Howard Joffe is the president and founder of Joffe Land Companies, an Atlanta-based land investment, development and management company. At 35, Joffe has already amassed a portfolio of over 7,000 acres (for residential, commercial and industrial use) with a value approaching $500 million. In a short time, he has become one of the region’s largest and most influential land investors.

Joffe maintains several land opportunity funds, focusing on fully developed residential and mixed-use communities, as well as raw land. Over the past decade, he has established a following of several hundred high net-worth investors, in addition to a number of billion-dollar institutional, private equity and pension fund investment partners.

Joffe is the son of a homebuilder, and has been looking for land opportunities since he was 19 years old.  Joffe moved to Atlanta to further his career in the land investment business, and began experimenting with new technologies that made it easier to find land-related information (ex: online listings and tax information, satellite imagery and mapping, digital flood plains, topography maps and GPS). Working behind three computer monitors, Joffe integrated these tools in order to analyze multiple properties at once.

At age 24, Joffe then found his first land investment opportunity. It was located in an undesirable area of metro Atlanta, a place most investors didn’t want to visit, let alone invest in. However, Joffe knew certain tracts of land in that corridor had been rezoned from single family to multifamily and/or commercial. He eventually scraped together the capital from investors, and six months later the land was sold for 9X the purchase price.

Ten years later, Joffe continues to see opportunity in places others don’t. Remarkably, the total sales price of all properties sold have averaged 7X their original purchase price. Even more impressive, he achieves the returns with little to no bank debt. When it comes to investing, performance is everything.

Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Joffe has always been passionate about investing. After moving to the U.S., Joffe made his first investment of $200 at the age of 10, which he had earned by selling golf balls retrieved from the lakes of a golf course he lived on. As a teen, he created one of the first e-commerce photography websites hiring photographers across the country. He also imported artifacts from Zimbabwe, set up tent sales selling rugs from his uncle’s rug and carpet store in Virginia Beach, and cut over 1,000 lawns through his landscaping business.

Joffe holds a degree in finance from Indiana University-Bloomington. 

Chris Easterwood

Property & Development Management

Chris Easterwood began his career working for local municipalities in Metro Atlanta. While serving as a Senior Land Development Inspector and DOT Project Manager, Easterwood gained extensive knowledge of residential and commercial construction. Easterwood has since spent 16 years in the private sector managing, coordinating and developing over 35 residential projects.

Prior to Joffe, Easterwood worked for Steve Simpson Investments and managed the development of large scale mixed-use communities. He was also part of the leadership team with publicly-traded company KB Homes (formerly Colony Homes) and served as the Development Manager for Morrison Homes.

Easterwood attended Chattahoochee Technical College.

He can be reached at [email protected]

David Brening

Engineer

David Brening is a registered professional engineer with a wealth of knowledge in civil engineering practices and procedures. Brenning has extensive experience on a variety of projects including residential and master-planned communities, office/retail, industrial and large-scale infrastructure projects. Brenning has also conducted and provided oversight for numerous surveying efforts, due diligence and property studies, construction management efforts and worked with several Community Improvement Districts throughout Metro Atlanta.

Prior to Joffe, Brenning worked for Lowe Engineers as a project manager and oversaw day-to-day operations for the civil commercial group. He belongs to numerous organizations including ASHE, ASCE and BBA.

Brenning received a degree in civil engineering from Auburn University.

He can be reached at [email protected]

 

Nathan Hardin

Controller

Nathan Hardin graduated from Georgia State University in 1997 with a B.A. in Finance. Amongst other industries, Nathan’s past accounting and finance expertise has proven useful in the real estate and marketing research sectors. Prior to employment at Joffe Land Companies, Nathan served as the Controller of Pioneer Marketing Research in Norcross, GA for 11 years. As a director of the company's accounting and finance departments, Nathan's focus on financial strength and stability became an invaluable tool for his department, and the company overall.

Nathan can be reached at [email protected].

Simon Cruz

Project Manager

Cruz has 20+ years experience performing landscaping on residential and commercial sites.

Cruz makes it his personal goal to deliver a quality finished product each and every time he completes a job. He can always find the most effective and cost efficient way to tackle a project.  

Andrew Pinckney

Land Acquisitions and Sales

Andrew has been a Licensed Real Estate Agent in the state of Georgia for the past ten years.  He received his Bachelor's Degree in Marketing and Management from the Goizueta School of Business at Emory University.  His first passion was in professional sports where he played minor league baseball for six years with both the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays.  In his off seasons, Andrew sold real estate with Solid Source Realty of Georgia.  After his baseball career, he worked in the field of medical device sales, all the while staying active in the real estate market with Solid Source.  Andrew comes to us with a background in commercial real estate, residential real estate and land acquisition.  As a member of the Joffe team, Andrew focuses on land acquisitions and sales in Georgia and around the country.

Board of Directors

Lawrence Siegel

Chairman of the Board

For over forty years, Lawrence Siegel has focused his practice on business law and commercial transactions representing investors, health care providers, private and public REITs and private equity investors. He has also been investing in commercial and residential real estate his entire career. In the recent past, he has served as lead counsel on merger and acquisition transactions at a value greater than $5 billion dollars. Some of the acquisitions and dispositions were structured as stock/equity purchase agreements and others as asset purchase agreements. Yet others were acquired pursuant to bankruptcy court order following bankruptcy court auctions in which his clients were the successful bidder.

A former member of the board of Old Dominion University Entrepreneurial Center and a former vice-chairman of the City of Virginia Beach Resort Area Advisory Commission, Siegel serves on numerous charitable boards and committees. He has been named one of Virginia’s “Legal Elite” by Virginia Business magazine and a “Super Lawyer” by Virginia Super Lawyers magazine. In addition, Martindale Hubbell has rated Mr. Siegel an AV attorney, its highest rating available. He received his undergraduate degree in 1969 from the University of Virginia and his law degree in 1973 from Georgetown University Law Center.

Robert Heitner

Board Member

Robert Heitner is a co-founder and principal of Vision Capital Partners. Heitner was born and raised in Stamford Connecticut and moved to Atlanta in 1982. 

Heitner's career began in 1986 with the creation of HeitneReps, a leading company in the security industry. Later, Total Detection Systems (TDS) was added to the Heitner business portfolio. As owner and president of the two companies, he managed and successfully grew both businesses at an annual average of 20 percent and 30 percent, respectively. 

Later, as a business consultant, Heitner guided companies in business development and project management including the successful development of the Memphis Redbirds $73 million stadium. His experience includes profitable real estate investments in the Greater Metro Atlanta area spanning almost 20 years. 

Heitner started investing in real estate through acquiring rehab properties in the early 1990's and transitioned to building a portfolio of investments. He has gained experience and knowledge in all aspects of real estate, including building relationships with domestic, institutional and pension fund investors, as well as buying and selling properties, property management, financing and exit strategies.

Kevin M. Kornegay

Board Member

A second generation entrepreneur, Kevin was mentored in many aspects of real estate and health care by his father, George R. Kornegay, Jr. Early in his career, Kevin worked in the family's assisted living facility where he learned the elements of customer service and agency management. Later Kevin put his skills to good use as Kornegay Company LLC acquired two hotels, in addition to their connection to company-owned healthcare facilities. Currently, the company is building a new hotel and continuing with other real estate development ideas. Kevin graduated with a BA in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1994.

Kevin is the past president of the Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce, and the current chair of the board of directors for Mount Olive Family Medicine Center. He served on the local Kids World fund raising committee to build and maintain a local park and participates annually in various golf tournaments and fund raisers. Kevin is a board member of Vision Capital Opportunity Fund II, and he serves on the board of directors of American Senior Living of Naples, Florida.

Michael E. Barney

Board Member

Mr. Barney is the owner and President of Michael E. Barney, Inc., incorporated in Virginia in April 1998, through which he conducts his real estate acquisition, sale, development, asset and property management and consulting business.  Mr. Barney, who was initially licensed in 1978, and his corporation, holds an active real estate sales license in Virginia.

Since 1972, Mr. Barney as a former principal and currently a practicing lawyer with the 120 lawyer firm of Kaufman & Canoles based in Norfolk, Va., has practiced in its Real Estate Strategies Practice Group.  He has been located in the firm’s Virginia Beach office for the last 15 years.  His law practice focuses on real estate acquisition and sale, including development, construction, management, leasing, brokerage, financing, lending, workout, environmental, and land use.  He also has extensive experience in asset and wealth planning, in addition to estate administration.

Michael H. Levinson

Board Member

A 1966 graduate of the University of Virginia (BA-Economics), where he was a two sport athlete, and a 1970 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, Mr. Levinson has engaged in the private practice of law in Virginia since 1970.  His area of specialization is business and commercial transactions, including real estate transactions.  Mr. Levinson is also the founder and principal of Princess Anne Title Agency, Inc., a title insurance agency, for over thirty years, specializing in time-share transactions.  For the last twenty years, he has primarily represented clients in the hospitality and resort development industries.   In addition, Mr. Levinson has been a financial participant in a number of hotel and resort development ventures.  Mr. Levinson is also active within his local business and residential community, serving or having served on various city commissions and non-profit organizations.  

Randall Sarfan

Board Member

Mr. Sarfan is the president of Sarfan Builders, Inc. and Sarfan Rentals, LLC. Since 1985, he has been involved with numerous residential housing developments in the Peninsula region of Virginia, which includes the cities of Hampton and Newport News as well as York County.
 
Over his career, Randall has built hundreds of homes including over a dozen subdivisions in York County and most recently the Running Man neighborhood. He's also built the majority of homes in the popular Hampton subdivisions of Colonial Acres and Inlet Point. He specializes in custom and semi-custom homes.

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