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Leadership 2018-01-19T20:56:02+00:00

Leadership

Driven By The Pursuit Of Excellence.

Mark DeMaria

Chief Executive Officer

Driven by the pursuit of excellence for over 20 years, Mark DeMaria, an award-winning Developer and Construction Executive, has
a proven track-record in the development, execution, management and profitable completion of large development projects.

Mark has successfully completed a diverse portfolio of major private and public sector projects including ground up multi-family developments valued over $500 million by utilizing a unique development approach focused around superior market analysis, intuitiveness, dynamic design, costs / timeline management and a passion to create unique and viable living environments within walkable urban neighborhoods.

Mr. DeMaria is committed to improving communities by providing excellence in project delivery through principles of trust, honesty, integrity, reliability and quality. DevMar consistently embraces new technologies, systems and ideas to enhance the development process. To that end, Mark remains fully involved from inception to completion to maintain a consistent project vision, manage the budget and ensure final results exceed all expectations.

Mark DeMaria and DevMar Development have been singled-out for many prestigious awards for excellence including the selection of Mark DeMaria by Crain’s Detroit Business “40 under 40” for his cutting-edge development initiatives.

Shelby Fulkerson

Vice President Development

With over 15 years of experience, Shelby Fulkerson, Vice President of Development, is conversant in real estate and development with a unique background in multi-family, residential, mixed-use, commercial, and investment properties.

Shelby specializes in select sites within exceptional communities, her focus on client and service provider relationships in conjunction with exceptional design, creative energy, technology and industry knowledge realize any and all real estate objectives; bringing remarkable value.

With a focus on ground up projects, Shelby has overseen product definition, marketing strategy, project management, construction management, sales, leasing, and client relations and service provider oversight for more than $200 million within several communities and developments.

Gary N. Cooper

Vice President Construction

For over 40 years, Mr. Cooper has enjoyed being actively involved in all facets of the construction industry. With involvement in three different Michigan based national building and development firms specializing in single and multi-family homes, retail development and management, mixed-use design, development and construction. Gary has served in various capacities including: company officer, partner, and director of development and construction.

Gary earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Building and Construction Management from Michigan State University and pursued further graduate studies at both Lawrence Tech and Wayne State University. He is a licensed professional builder and a member of the Building Industry Association of Southeastern Michigan, ICSC, and the Urban Land Institute.

In addition to various charitable and volunteer activities, Gary takes particular pride in having co-led a Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build, completing construction of 15 Detroit homes in 5 days.

Jason Fracassa

Vice President Finance

Mr. Fracassa is responsible for the accounting and financing activities at DevMar Development including; financial reporting, forecasting, budgeting, lender and investor relations and more. Prior to his engagement with DevMar Development, Mr. Fracassa had previous financial, management, and business development experience within several large corporations such as Fiat Chrysler Auto and UBS.

Jason graduated at the top of his class as Valedictorian, earning a Bachelors and Masters of Business Administration, under scholarships for both football and baseball at Walsh University of Ohio.

Jason Strayhorn

Vice President Business Development
South Region

Mr. Strayhorn plays a vital role in identifying emerging markets and opportunities within DevMar Development’s Southern region. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects related to business development including: investment identification, market demand and knowledge, strategic partnership initiatives, financing and debt opportunities, as well as ongoing investor relations.

Jason has utilized his principles and work ethic as an All Big Ten Conference player and Captain for Michigan State University continuing on to the NFL. Utilizing his strong leadership qualities, Mr. Strayhorn, continues to advance his professional career by forging great relationships and strategic partnerships.

Robert Sims

Vice President Business Development
North Region

Mr Sims, Vice President of Business Development for the North Region at DevMar Development, plays a strategic role within this market thorough the identification of urban multi-family and mixed used properties. Additionally, through his extensive professional relationships, he actively pursues strategic opportunities, partnerships, and ongoing professional and investor relations.

A native of Cleveland Ohio and graduate from The Ohio State University as an outstanding student athlete and Football All-American, Mr. Sims was drafted in the 4th round by the Seattle Seahawks and completed his NFL career with the Detroit Lions. Rob has taken his passion, work ethic, and teamwork of professional sports into his career fostering strong business relationships and opportunities.

Mark DeMaria

Chief Executive Officer

Driven by the pursuit of excellence for over 20 years, Mark DeMaria, an award-winning Developer and Construction Executive, has
a proven track-record in the development, execution, management and profitable completion of large development projects.

Mark has successfully completed a diverse portfolio of major private and public sector projects including ground up multi-family developments valued over $500 million by utilizing a unique development approach focused around superior market analysis, intuitiveness, dynamic design, costs / timeline management and a passion to create unique and viable living environments within walkable urban neighborhoods.

Mr. DeMaria is committed to improving communities by providing excellence in project delivery through principles of trust, honesty, integrity, reliability and quality. DevMar consistently embraces new technologies, systems and ideas to enhance the development process. To that end, Mark remains fully involved from inception to completion to maintain a consistent project vision, manage the budget and ensure final results exceed all expectations.

Mark DeMaria and DevMar Development have been singled-out for many prestigious awards for excellence including the selection of Mark DeMaria by Crain’s Detroit Business “40 under 40” for his cutting-edge development initiatives.

Shelby Fulkerson

Vice President Development

With over 15 years of experience, Shelby Fulkerson, Vice President of Development, is conversant in real estate and development with a unique background in multi-family, residential, mixed-use, commercial, and investment properties.

Shelby specializes in select sites within exceptional communities, her focus on client and service provider relationships in conjunction with exceptional design, creative energy, technology and industry knowledge realize any and all real estate objectives; bringing remarkable value.

With a focus on ground up projects, Shelby has overseen product definition, marketing strategy, project management, construction management, sales, leasing, and client relations and service provider oversight for more than $200 million within several communities and developments.

Gary N. Cooper

Vice President Construction

For over 40 years, Mr. Cooper has enjoyed being actively involved in all facets of the construction industry. With involvement in three different Michigan based national building and development firms specializing in single and multi-family homes, retail development and management, mixed-use design, development and construction. Gary has served in various capacities including: company officer, partner, and director of development and construction.

Gary earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Building and Construction Management from Michigan State University and pursued further graduate studies at both Lawrence Tech and Wayne State University. He is a licensed professional builder and a member of the Building Industry Association of Southeastern Michigan, ICSC, and the Urban Land Institute.

In addition to various charitable and volunteer activities, Gary takes particular pride in having co-led a Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build, completing construction of 15 Detroit homes in 5 days.

Jason Fracassa

Vice President Finance

Mr. Fracassa is responsible for the accounting and financing activities at DevMar Development including; financial reporting, forecasting, budgeting, lender and investor relations and more. Prior to his engagement with DevMar Development, Mr. Fracassa had previous financial, management, and business development experience within several large corporations such as Fiat Chrysler Auto and UBS.

Jason graduated at the top of his class as Valedictorian, earning a Bachelors and Masters of Business Administration, under scholarships for both football and baseball at Walsh University of Ohio.

Jason Strayhorn

Vice President
Business Development
South Region

Mr. Strayhorn plays a vital role in identifying emerging markets and opportunities within DevMar Development’s Southern region. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects related to business development including: investment identification, market demand and knowledge, strategic partnership initiatives, financing and debt opportunities, as well as ongoing investor relations.

Jason has utilized his principles and work ethic as an All Big Ten Conference player and Captain for Michigan State University continuing on to the NFL. Utilizing his strong leadership qualities, Mr. Strayhorn, continues to advance his professional career by forging great relationships and strategic partnerships.

Robert Sims

Vice President
Business Development
North Region

Mr Sims, Vice President of Business Development for the North Region at DevMar Development, plays a strategic role within this market thorough the identification of urban multi-family and mixed used properties. Additionally, through his extensive professional relationships, he actively pursues strategic opportunities, partnerships, and ongoing professional and investor relations.

A native of Cleveland Ohio and graduate from The Ohio State University as an outstanding student athlete and Football All-American, Mr. Sims was drafted in the 4th round by the Seattle Seahawks and completed his NFL career with the Detroit Lions. Rob has taken his passion, work ethic, and teamwork of professional sports into his career fostering strong business relationships and opportunities.

Awards

Mark DeMaria and DevMar Development have been singled-out for many prestigious awards for excellence…

Crain’s Detroit Business “40 under 40” selected Mark DeMaria for his cutting-edge development initiatives

Loft 322, Ann Arbor, Michigan
“M” Award for Excellence in Masonry Design, Masonry Institute of Michigan and AIA Michigan

The Metro Lofts, Royal Oak, Michigan
“M” Award for Excellence in Masonry Design, Masonry Institute of Michigan and AIA Michigan

The Metro Lofts, Royal Oak, Michigan
“Best Contemporary Interior Design”, Detroit Home Design Awards