As the founder and CEO of Sureste, Michael has led the growth in the company to more than $500 million in assets and $300 million in new multifamily and build to rent development in process. A well-known expert in the field, Michael has more than 30 years’ experience in the finance and real estate world, working with companies such as Price Waterhouse and Security Pacific Bank before founding Sureste. As a principal Michael has acquired and financed more than $1.2 Billion in acquisitions and development deals for industrial, multi-family, and single-family development.
Prior to starting Sureste, Michael was a Senior Vice President and Deputy to the Vice Chairman at Security Pacific where he was responsible for over 13 companies, including the Real Estate and Merchant Banking activities. Previous to that Michael was a Consultant in the International Tax and Consulting Division of Price Waterhouse and clients included Government of Singapore and other large Asia based companies acquiring US real estate.
Michael graduated from the San Diego State University and the prestigious University Honors Program, cum laude with a B.S. in Accounting. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School OPM, is a CPA and holds a real estate brokers license. Michael also serves as a member of the Harvard Club of New York, Young Presidents Organization, YPO Gold Atlanta, and is a director of the Multi-family Housing Association.
Simon is the CRO of Sureste Property Group and a Director of DCM Real Estate. Simon is responsible for driving revenue across the portfolio and brings more than 25 years of experience to the team.
Since 2018, Simon has helped the company acquire and operate more than $400 million in assets. Prior to his time at Sureste, Simon co-founded Direct Lending Advisors, one of the first Fintech-focused investment funds, which was successfully sold to a large asset manager. Simon also served as the Senior Director of Marketing for Office Depot’s $2 Billion Direct Response division where he reported directly to the EVP of Global. Currently residing in the United States, Simon was born in the UK and is a graduate of London Metropolitan University.
Chris leads our Construction department with responsibility for design management, pre-construction activities, general contractor selection, procurement, and logistics, and oversees delivery of horizontal and vertical construction.
Chris has over 30 years’ experience in construction and civil engineering, spanning major urban mixed-use developments on an international scale with a value of more than £20 Billon. Among Chris’ many notable projects are various aspects of the 2012 London Olympic Park including the Athletes Village, the Chelsea Harbour development, and the Canary Wharf district. Chris graduated from the University of Sussex (U.K.) with a degree in Civil Engineering.
Thomas has extensive experience in acquiring multifamily properties with a specific focus on value-add investments. Thomas serves as the Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and a Member of the Senior Leadership Team.
Prior to serving in this role, Thomas founded Iron Oak Residential, LLC, a multifamily investment firm that acquired 595 multifamily units in Columbia, SC. Thomas has overseen the acquisition of over 4,000 multifamily units throughout his career. Thomas began specializing in multifamily investing at Value Partners, joining the firm as an acquisitions analyst and quickly rising to the vice president of acquisitions role.
Thomas’ real estate investment career began at American Realty Capital—formerly one of the largest asset managers of nontraded REITs—raising more than $250 million annually for one of the top-five territories among more than 90 nationwide.
Thomas holds an MBA from Bryant University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Providence College
Tim is responsible for all Build to Rent land acquisitions in the Southeast market targeted by Sureste Development.
He has more than 25-years of diverse real estate experience in acquisitions and development throughout the Southeast. Prior to joining Sureste, Tim held acquisitions and development positions with a variety of national and regional developers. These included leadership positions with Meritage Homes, and KB Home, both Top 10 Builders. At ABG Development, a privately held Atlanta based company, Tim was the architect of revising the firm’s economic model from a suburban residential developer to an urban sub-market developer of high density residential and mixed-use projects, leading to an eventual backlog of almost 1600 lots in the company pipeline.
To date, Tim has acted as the spearhead to a Sureste BTR pipeline of over $59 Million in acquisitions value, representing just under 3,400 potential units, and $740 Million in development valuation.
Tim is a licensed real estate broker and a graduate of Winthrop University, having obtained a BA in History.
George is President and Director of Sureste Capital Management Ltd. George has profit and loss responsibility for Europe including the DCM bond program, asset management, investment banking and trading. George brings more than 26 years of international experience to the team having worked for leading financial companies such as Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers, Barclays, C-BASS and Washington Mutual.
Prior to his time at Sureste, George was a founding member and Chairman of Euro Credit Risk, a European Advisory and Due Diligence platform. Since 2016, George was Director and European Head of Advisory and Due Diligence for MIAC. In this role, George advised on transactions in 21 countries totaling over€15 billion across 11 asset classes. At least half of these transactions were in FinTech.
George’s career highlights include being part of MBO backed by Barclays that sold to Lehman Brothers. During this time, George issued 8 securitizations under the Preferred Residential Securities program and achieved an RPS1 servicer rating. He spearheaded the acquisition of a German bank to take advantage of Germany’s Pfandbriefe covered bond securitization program. George worked with GE to develop a credit insurance policy that protected investors against bad debt.
George was born in America and studied business at the University of Maryland and Credit Finance at Marquette University, he resides in Miami and London.
Raul is Chief Lending Officer of Sureste Capital Management. He has profit and loss for lending, trading, and structured credit. Additionally, Raul will be assisting and structuring the DCM and other credit related bonds.
Raul has over 18+ years in Real Estate Investment Banking, Syndicated & Corporate Capital Markets, Structured Credit, Private Equity, and Commercial Real Estate lending. He has worked in senior leadership roles for leading financial institutions such as Bank of America Merrill Lynch, City National Bank, and BankUnited. Most recently, Raul was the Head of Institutional Specialties Real Estate at BankUnited leading the coverage groups for REITs, Funds, Publicly Traded REOCs, and Affordable Housing including the tax credit equity market.
Raul graduated from Florida International University with a BS in International Business and Business Administration and holds an MBA in International Business from University of Miami.
Michael Wrede is President and Director of Sureste Capital Management S.A. which serves as the asset management company for alternative assets including the DCM asset backed securities and Sureste structured equity/debt. Michael is an entrepreneurial leader with an extensive international network, management experience in multi- cultural environments, with a track record of building high performing teams and businesses that deliver high quality growth and profitability. He has a strong emphasis on staff development and culture. He was the former CEO of NBAD/FAB Private Bank (Suisse) SA, a Swiss private bank based in Geneva with assets over $ 4 billion, , and SVP and Managing director of of the UK and Jersey ABS and private banking activities of ABN AMRO based in London. Member of the Management team and sector head for Credit Suisse private bank in the UK. Michael worked for ABN AMRO in London, Amsterdam and Vienna in investment banking (Structured finance, Financial Engineering & Corporate Finance) in deal origination and execution roles.
Michael has his MBA from Cranfiled University in England and holds a law degree from King’s College. He resides in Zug, Switzerland.
Beth Cohn is Vice President and Controller with full responsibility for all financial reporting, budgeting, accounting, for all Sureste entities.
Beth is a CPA, and also has over 25 years of excellent real estate accounting experience working for closely held family and syndicated groups that have portfolios and were involved in acquisition, construction and development. She is hands on, detail and results driven , and a perfect fit for our high growth and sophisticated workflow business model of acquiring, renovating, and developing residential and multifamily real estate.
Beth holds a B.S. in Business Administration and Master’s in Science in Taxation from the Florida International University; she also is a Certified Public Accountant and member of the AICPA.
Henry has over 45 years of experience with the operation and financing of a diverse range of entrepreneurial companies. From starting and managing a successful Public Accounting firm to founding wireless communications and leading-edge energy companies. Henry has a BA degree in Accounting and Finance from Southeastern Louisiana University, Henry began his career in 1969 at Ernst and Young, a well-respected International Certified Public Accounting firm.
Steve was CEO of Ecolane, a Helsinki-based company prior to Ecolane Steve was the CEO of National Investment Managers until its successful sale to a Private Equity firm. Under his leadership, National Investment Managers became the largest independent retirement services company in the U.S. with more than $11 billion in assets under administration and operations in 17 cities nationwide. Steve was the CEO of National Investment Managers until its successful sale to a Private Equity firm. Under his leadership, National Investment Managers became the largest independent retirement services company in the U.S. with more than $11 billion in assets under administration and operations in 17 cities nationwide.
Steve is an alumnus of Harvard University and a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Alana is responsible for creating and managing schedules for construction employees. She works closely with the GM of construction to create and manage project timelines for all project requests that come from the communities.
Alana holds her Masters in Cybersecurity from the Florida Institute of Technology and her bachelor’s of International Business from the University of Tampa. Alana is also fluent in Spanish.
As a Development Manager, Alexis coordinates of all aspects of the development process for Sureste’s new construction projects from the point of PSA execution on through stabilization. Her work encompasses the due diligence, design, permitting and construction phases to ensure continuity and to provide a single point of contact and institutional knowledge for her portfolio of properties. She is actively overseeing the ground up construction of $400 Million in multifamily and build-for-rent product development, primarily focused on Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina.
Alexis has more than a decade of experience encompassing both the legal and practical aspects of real estate transactions and development. She has worked on a broad range of development projects ranging from for-sale townhomes to senior living communities and VA clinics. Previously she has also acted as a prosecutor in real estate license law regulation for the State of Illinois and prior to that, as the manager of a boutique residential real estate brokerage in the Atlanta market.
Alexis received her Juris Doctor from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and her bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University.
Brandon is responsible for the underwriting of all new acquisitions and developments. His responsibilities also include the asset management and dispositions of Sureste’s portfolio. While at Sureste, Brandon has been a part of the acquisition and disposition of more than $300 million of multifamily assets.
Project Architect. Graduate in BS Architecture – University of the Visayas Philippines. She is a Project Designer and is experienced in design and development activities. Cathlyn has held positions as a Development Control Officer.
Claudelene is Accounts Payable Manager that leads the Accounts Payable Team in TAHCHE in conjunction with the Controller. This hands-on role is responsible for ensuring the daily processing of payables as well as recording and processing all account payable activities.
Claudelene holds a Master’s in Business Administration and Accounting.
Glenn is responsible for ensuring that all tasks involving payables for Sureste are completed.
Jason is responsible for tracking and managing legal matters and their related expenses. As a junior attorney he will identify trends and problem areas; recommend courses of action to promote efficiency and cost-effective measures.
Jason has over 10 years of legal experience and holds his Bachelor of Arts in political Science and Juris Doctor from University of San Carlos.
Graduated Magna Cum Laude with Bachelor of Science in Mathematics major in Computer Science from the University of the Philippines. Jazen has extensive experience working as an Investment Specialist in the Wealth Management division both for international and local banking industry.
As a Development Manager, Kaeli coordinates all aspects of the development process for Sureste’s new construction projects from the point of PSA execution on through stabilization. Her work encompasses the due diligence, design, permitting and construction phases to ensure continuity and to provide a single point of contact and institutional knowledge for her portfolio of properties.
Kaeli joined the Sureste team in February of 2022 as Acquisition Marketing Manager. Her diverse background in property management has made her a valuable asset to the development team.
Kirk has experience in underwriting of new acquisitions and developments. He has four years of real estate experience and his project management portfolio spans 22 projects, 18 of which are housing developments. Prior to joining Sureste, he was the Project Development Officer for Taft Properties and holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of San Carlos.
Graduated B.S. Architecture in Far Eastern University, Manila Philippines. Has been in private practice for 5 years as a Design and Build
Residential, Housing Project, Townhouse & Mixed Used Building.
Architectural CAD Drafter. Graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Licensed and Registered Architect (2020) Has worked as a CAD Operator, Architect Designer and a BIM Architect.
Meniya is responsible the balance between maintaining relationships and guaranteeing timely payments. Meniya possesses outstanding communication and negotiation skills as well as in-depth knowledge of laws and policies as it relates to debt collections.
Meniya has been a part of our Sureste team for 4 years.
Holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture
A Registered and Licensed Architect in the Philippines. Worked as an Architectural Designer in a private architectural firm and has over 4 years experience as QAQC Associate and Senior QAQC Architect in a Quadruple A Platinum Contractor company in the Philippines
Registered and Licensed Architect. Worked as Senior Site Architect and a QAQC Architect for Belmont Luxury Hotel At Mactan, Cebu City. Has experience in project management Architectural Design, Architectural Planning, Architectural Design Conceptualization, Structural Conceptualization, and Utilities Planning.
Rickidah is responsible for supporting HR, Executive Admin and Sureste Development. Prior to joining the Sureste team she was a Client Services Coordinator at ADP. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Clayton State University.
Rickzal ensures that the financial statements for their portfolio are completed timely and accurately. This includes, detailed review of monthly financial statements and general ledger, along with reviewing daily transactions to ensure accuracy and compliance with company policies. Accountants assist the Property Management teams with the completion of Annual Budgets and Reconciliations.
Theresa ensures that the financial statements for their portfolio are completed timely and accurately. This includes, detailed review of monthly financial statements and general ledger, along with reviewing daily transactions to ensure accuracy and compliance with company policies. Accountants assist the Property Management teams with the completion of Annual Budgets and Reconciliations.
Theresa holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from University of San Carlos.
Tim Stone joined Sureste Development as Senior Architect to head up the architecture department. Tim has over 30 years of architecture experience in planning, programming, and design on more than 50 projects nationally and international projects in Qatar Emiri, Abu Dhabi, UAE and Minsk, Belarus. These projects include medical and psychological facilities, courthouse design, full-service jails, work release facilities, medical, education, sports, and military facilities. He is recognized by AIA Justice Facilities Review Publication and was awarded the 2002 Madigan award by the State of Illinois. Tim has his Architecture degree from Ball State University, Muncie, IN.
Project Architect Licensed and practicing Architect since 2012 Graduate of B.S. Architecture in University of San Carlos.
Yolanda is responsible for leading the Accounts Payable Team. This hands-on role is responsible for ensuring the daily processing of payables as well as recording and processing all account payable activities.
Yolanda has over 15 years of Real Estate Accounting experience and holds her Bachelor of Accounting from Wayne State University.