Senior Management Behind The Success Of Gator Investments

James A. Goldsmith

President & CEO

Mr. James Goldsmith, a 1982 graduate from Cornell University, specialized in investments at Coldwell Banker Commercial Real Estate in Miami. In 1984, he was at the top retail leasing salesperson in the Miami office and was the recipient of the 1985 Top Investment Salesperson Award for Southern United States. After leaving Coldwell Banker in 1986, Mr. Goldsmith started Gator Investments as a development, management, and brokerage company. To date, he has developed and / or renovated over 10,000,000 square feet of retail and specialty properties along with 2,000 apartment units and has been responsible for the development, sales, and leasing of over a half of billion dollars of real estate.

William Goldsmith

Executive Vice President

Mr. William Goldsmith, a graduate of Skidmore College and University of Richmond School of Law, brings multifaceted talents to the team of Gator Investments. In addition to his property management abilities, Mr. Goldsmith is an Attorney and has expertise in zoning issues, construction contracts, and drafting leases and other legal documents. In recognition of his outstanding management of properties owned by Gator Investments, Mr. Goldsmith has been appointed to oversee the renovation of retail properties.

Douglas S. Miska

Executive Vice President Residential

Mr. Douglas Miska has been active in the Florida real estate marketplace for 20 years. His extensive experience includes serving as Senior Sales Consultant at Coldwell Banker Commercial Real Estate in Miami for the Multi-Family Investment Division. At Coldwell Banker, Mr. Miska earned the honor of number one salesperson in 1987 and the prestigious top earning salesperson award presented every five years based on highest cumulative sales. Currently, Mr. Miska serves as President of Gator Realty and Management, Inc., with personal sales and development of investment property of over one half billion dollars. Mr. Miska manages approximately 2,000 apartments units and has been responsible for extensive renovations of over 500 rental units.

Garfield Dacas, BSA, MAcc


Mr. Garfield Dacas holds a Master of Accounting and Bachelor of Science in accounting degree from Nova Southeastern University. He has over 20 years of general accounting experience from various industries. Garfield has been with Gator Investments since 2007 and he is currently responsible for all accounting, budgeting, personnel, MIS, insurance and cash management.

Raul de la Torre, MAcc

Assistant Controller

Mr. Raul de la Torre holds a Master of Accounting and Bachelor of Accounting degree from Florida International University.  He has over 15 years of accounting and management experience in the commercial real estate industry.  Raul has been with Gator Investments since 2015 and he is currently responsible for the commercial accounting department.

Marc Shandler, J.D.

General Counsel

Marc Shandler graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown University Law Center.   His experience includes managing all legal issues in a diverse portfolio of properties, negotiating and drafting documentation for acquisitions, sales, leasing and financing, and overseeing new development and condominium conversion.   Marc previously served as General Counsel for El Ad National Properties and for The Federated Companies.

Dina Bartoletta, J.D.

Vice President of Retail Leasing
Commercial Division

Dina Bartoletta graduated from the University of Miami School of Law and is a member of The Florida Bar and the International Council of Shopping Centers.  She has been with Gator Investments for over 20 years and is responsible for leasing its portfolio of 130 properties in 22 states and Puerto Rico. Dina is accredited with closing approximately 1,000 lease transactions involving more than 1,750,000 square feet.

Lisha Miller

Senior Vice President of Operations

Ms. Lisha Miller oversees the commercial division for Gator and has been involved in the commercial real estate industry for 30 years, working for both owners and third party managers of commercial real estate. Throughout her many years in the industry, Ms. Miller has had the responsibility for a variety of areas including but not limited to property management, leasing, marketing, managing litigation, insurance purchasing and closings. Ms. Miller is active in ICSC, has her Florida Real Estate Brokers License, and has an Associates Degree in Legal Assisting.

Daissel Castillo

Controller/Residential Division

Mrs. Daissel Castillo holds a degree in accounting from Florida International University. She has experience in development, property management and HUD properties. She has overseen more than 2,000 tax credit units in addition to the accounting for commercial and industrial properties totaling 100,000 square feet.

Christina Ladd-Camacho

Retail Leasing Manager
Commercial Division

Christina Ladd-Camacho is from Huntington, West Virginia and a graduate of Marshall University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration majoring in Marketing with summa cum laude honors.  She has been with Gator Investments for over twelve years, joining the company shortly after graduating in 2004.  She serves as the Retail Leasing Manager responsible for leasing Gator’s shopping center portfolio which consists of over 130 properties in 22 states.  Christina holds a Florida real estate license and is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.  She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in International Real Estate (MSIRE) from Florida International University College of Business.  cladd@gatorinvestments.com


Gator Investments
7850 NW 146th Street, 4th Floor
Miami Lakes, FL 33016
Toll free: (877)459-9605
Local: (305)949-9049
Fax: (305)948-6478

James A. Goldsmith, Lic. Real Estate Broker
William Goldsmith, Salesman