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Leadership 2019-02-22T16:31:05+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.

Jason Fracassa

CFO/COO

Mr. Fracassa is responsible for driving DevMar to achieve and surpass business goals and objectives, establishing internal and external processes and key performance indicators for the business and for their measurement and effectiveness.

He is also responsible for the oversight of the accounting and financing activities at DevMar, including; financial reporting, forecasting, budgeting, lender and investor relations and more.

Jason has successfully underwritten, and financially managed over $100M in multifamily and mixed-use development projects for DevMar.

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.

Rick Baker

Director Business Development

Rick Baker most recently served as President of a St. Petersburg-based development and entertainment company, having co-orchestrated some of St Petersburg’s most notable and desirable developments.

Rick is most notably recognized having served as mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida’s fourth largest city, from 2001 – 2010. Under Mayor Baker’s leadership St. Petersburg experienced a renaissance unmatched in city history. In 2008, Mayor Baker was named America’s Mayor/Public Official of the Year by Governing Magazine, and in 2011, was named “America’s greatest mayor of the decade” in Newsweek’s Daily Beast.

Rick has a passion and demonstrated success, in real estate development, with a focus on urban renewal and creating thriving downtowns utilizing the development principles he has created, and has written about in his authored book The Seamless City in 2011, about city leadership and urban revitalization.

Baker holds a B.S., MBA, and a Juris Doctor (with honors) from Florida State University where he was Senior Class President. Rick studied comparative law at Oxford University, served as legal intern to Florida Supreme Court Justice Ben Overton, and law clerk to Governor Bob Graham’s special counsel.

Gary 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.

Angie Fitchett

Controller

A graduate of University of Michigan, Angie has over 25 years of experience in accounting.

Angie is highly skilled in accounting and bookkeeping, having worked as the Controller for a major commercial general contractor for over 12 years. She is specialized in all aspects of construction accounting, reconciling job cost detail, and billings including; all AIA documentation, sworn statements, lien waivers, and payment oversight.

Additionally, Angie has gained experience as the controller for a real estate holdings company and trust attorney that owns and operates multiple entities in several states. Duties included not only all aspects of accounting and reporting for both the real estate assets and the trust accounts, but also property and asset management responsibilities and duties.

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.

Jason Fracassa

CFO/COO

Mr. Fracassa is responsible for driving DevMar to achieve and surpass business goals and objectives, establishing internal and external processes and key performance indicators for the business and for their measurement and effectiveness.

He is also responsible for the oversight of the accounting and financing activities at DevMar, including; financial reporting, forecasting, budgeting, lender and investor relations and more.

Jason has successfully underwritten, and financially managed over $100M in multifamily and mixed-use development projects for DevMar.

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.

Rick Baker

Director Business Development

Rick Baker most recently served as President of a St. Petersburg-based development and entertainment company, having co-orchestrated some of St Petersburg’s most notable and desirable developments.

Rick is most notably recognized having served as mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida’s fourth largest city, from 2001 – 2010. Under Mayor Baker’s leadership St. Petersburg experienced a renaissance unmatched in city history. In 2008, Mayor Baker was named America’s Mayor/Public Official of the Year by Governing Magazine , and in 2011, was named “America’s greatest mayor of the decade” in Newsweek’s Daily Beast.

Rick has a passion and demonstrated success, in real estate development, with a focus on urban renewal and creating thriving downtowns utilizing the development principles he has created, and has written about in his authored book The Seamless City in 2011, about city leadership and urban revitalization.

Baker holds a B.S., MBA, and a Juris Doctor (with honors) from Florida State University where he was Senior Class President. Rick studied comparative law at Oxford University, served as legal intern to Florida Supreme Court Justice Ben Overton, and law clerk to Governor Bob Graham’s special counsel.

Gary 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.

Angie Fitchett

Controller

A graduate of University of Michigan, Angie has over 25 years of experience in accounting.

Angie is highly skilled in accounting and bookkeeping, having worked as the Controller for a major commercial general contractor for over 12 years. She is specialized in all aspects of construction accounting, reconciling job cost detail, and billings including; all AIA documentation, sworn statements, lien waivers, and payment oversight.

Additionally, Angie has gained experience as the controller for a real estate holdings company and trust attorney that owns and operates multiple entities in several states. Duties included not only all aspects of accounting and reporting for both the real estate assets and the trust accounts, but also property and asset management responsibilities and duties.

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