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.
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
Mr. Raul de la Torre holds a Master of Accounting and Bachelor of Accounting degree from Florida International University. Â He has over 15 years of accounting and management experience in the commercial real estate industry. Â Raul has been with Gator Investments since 2015 and he is currently responsible for the commercial accounting department.
Marc Shandler, J.D.
Marc Shandler graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown University Law Center.Â Â 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. Â Â Marc previously served as General Counsel for El Ad National Properties and for The Federated Companies.
Dina Bartoletta, ESQ.
Vice President of Retail Leasing
Dina Bartoletta, a graduate of the University of Miami School of Law, and member of the Florida Bar and ICSC, has been with Gator Investments since 1997. Dina is responsible for leasing the company’s 8+ million square foot retail portfolio and negotiating all tenant renewals. Dina is accredited with closing approximately 1,000 lease transactions involving more than 1,750,000 square feet.
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.
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.