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Don Peebles

CHAIRMAN AND CEO

Recognized as one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the nation, Don Peebles is founder, chairman and CEO of The Peebles Corporation, one of the country’s few privately held national real estate investment and development companies. Mr. Peebles engages in practices of Affirmative Development with a multi-billion dollar portfolio of projects in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Charlotte, Miami, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.  

Mr. Peebles is also the author of top-selling books, “The Peebles Principles” and “The Peebles Path to Real Estate Wealth,” a regular guest host on CNN, CNBC and FOX and a highly sought-after speaker who has addressed educational, business and professional audiences across the United States. 

Mr. Peebles is a passionate proponent of mentoring programs that expose youth to the value of entrepreneurship, as well as an active political supporter and fundraiser for local, state and federal campaigns of both major parties. He serves as Ambassador to the University of Southern California, on the Board of Directors of YMCA of Greater New York and on the Business Roundtable of Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez.

Previously, he has served on the National Finance Committee of President Barack Obama, on the Board of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau and is the former Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. 

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Katrina L. Peebles

Principal and Creative Director

Katrina L. Peebles is responsible for the creative vision and direction of The Peebles Corporation’s design and marketing. For over 25 years she has led the company’s efforts in the areas of real estate, interior design, historic preservation, community involvement and political fundraising. 

Upon joining the company and in conjunction with Mr. Peebles’ entrepreneurial initiatives, Mrs. Peebles spearheaded the development of the Peebles real estate tax assessment appeal business which went on to become the most successful real estate tax appeal firm in the District of Columbia. In the mid-1990s, after the launch of Peebles Atlantic Development Corporation, Mrs. Peebles focused on preparing winning responses to requests for proposals, guiding project-specific marketing efforts and overseeing the preservation and restoration of the company’s historic mixed-use developments including The Royal Palm, The Residences at The Bath Club, and 108 Leonard. Prior to joining The Peebles Corporation, Mrs. Peebles held a position in marketing at Carter, Hawley and Hale (parent company of Neiman Marcus) in her hometown of San Francisco. 

In addition to her corporate role, Mrs. Peebles has made it a priority to give back to her community and devote time to various charities. She currently sits on the board of directors for CARE Elementary School in Miami, as well as the NYC Mission Society. She is the former vice president of Villa Viscaya, former president of the Women's Cancer League, co-founder and former president of the Recreation Wish List Committee of Washington, D.C. and has served as a member of the Miami City Ballet, Cancer Link, United Way, Lighthouse for the Blind and the Women Who Care Committee–NYC. Mrs. Peebles is also active in politics, hosting and contributing to political fundraisers for nearly three decades.

Mrs. Peebles holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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Chris Leng Smith

Managing Director of Development, Northeast Region

Chris Leng Smith oversees the overall execution and day-to-day management of The Peebles Corporation’s developments in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Leng Smith was Senior Vice President for the New York City Economic Development Corporation where he led the structuring and negotiation of public-private partnerships and transactions for more than 2.5 million square feet of developments including Flushing Commons, the Battery Maritime Building and Coney Island, among others. Previously, Mr. Leng Smith managed the financial analysis, project planning, market positioning, design, and preliminary leasing of more than $5 billion of world-class domestic and international real estate projects as Senior Director of Tishman Speyer and Vice President of AIG Global Real Estate Investment Corp. 

Mr. Leng Smith began his career as a resident engineer and engineering project manager on large-scale renovation and construction projects in New York, Trinidad, Malaysia and London. He earned a BA in Engineering from Cambridge University in England and an MBA in Finance and International Business from Columbia University’s Business School. He is an active member of the Urban Land Institute and has served on an advisory panel to the Mayor of Portland, Oregon.

Terry Fortune

Terry E. Fortune

Managing Director of Construction and Development, Mid Atlantic Region

Terry E. Fortune is responsible for the overall execution and day-to-day management of The Peebles Corporation’s development activities in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Mr. Fortune oversees the development of the SLS Hotel and Residences in Washington, D.C., as well as the development of Brooklyn Village, a mixed-use, transit-friendly “urban village” in the historic neighborhood of Charlotte, NC.

Mr. Fortune brings over 30 years of construction and development management experience to the company. Prior to joining The Peebles Corporation, Mr. Fortune was Vice President of Monument Realty where he led the construction team for the firm’s residential and office project portfolios. He managed millions of square feet of ground-up office projects including Ballston Point, Monument View for Boeing and 55M as well as residential condominium and apartment projects such as Potomac Place and Monument Village. He also directed numerous tenant fit out, retail and renovation projects. Prior to Monument Realty, Mr. Fortune ran projects for Manor Care Health Services where he managed the development of assisted living, skilled nursing and acute care facilities. He developed and constructed projects in Texas, New York and Maryland. 

He began his career with Turner Construction Company in New Jersey. While at Turner, he managed numerous projects for clients such as Rutgers University, Port Authority of New York/ New Jersey, Sony, AT&T, Mutual of New York and Prudential. He also managed projects in a variety of product types including airport facilities, industrial, hospitals, micro-biological and biological laboratories and office buildings.

Mr. Fortune holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Virginia Military Institute. He has been a board member of Literacy Volunteers of America, provided pro bono work for SOME (So Others Might Eat) and continues to provide countless hours of service to those in need.

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Donahue Peebles III

Director of Development, Washington D.C. Metro Area

Donahue Peebles III handles new acquisitions and business development for The Peebles Corporation. He leads the company’s Washington, D.C. efforts, including the day-to-day development of the SLS Hotel and Residences, where he was an integral part of the RFP, negotiating, and pre-development teams. He also oversees the day-to-day pre-development activities of all projects in the D.C. area. 

His early executive work at the company includes the preparation of the finance offering package for Bath Club Estates and the RFP response for the 5th and I Street project. 

Mr. Peebles takes an active role in The Peebles Corporation’s public image, participating in business and entrepreneurial summits, as well as real estate panels and forums. He also serves both the Washington D.C. and New York City communities by engaging with multiple philanthropies that benefit and expose youth to various opportunities in entrepreneurship. He currently works with the New York City Mission Society, Best Buddies, Harlem Mothers S.A.V.E., and various other organizations to improve the quality of life of impoverished and special-needs individuals on a global scale.  

Mr. Peebles holds a BA in Economics from Columbia University.

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Vanessa Simmons

Project Manager for Construction and Development

Vanessa is The Peebles Corporation Project manager for Construction and Development. Prior to joining The Peebles Corporation, Vanessa was Project Manager of the D.C. Department of General Services, Capital Construction Division where she managed the completed development of the St. Elizabeths East Campus Development in Washington D.C., with Phase I Stage I infrastructure of the project, gateway Pavilion Teaching Kitchen, and RISE Demonstration Building.

Prior to D.C. Department of General Services, Capital Construction Division, Vanassa managed projects for James G. Davis Construction, LLC where she managed the development of a variety of projects including the Senate Square Towers, City Vista Towers, and Nebraska Avenue Complex in Washington, D.C.

Vanassa holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Delaware State University, a Post-Baccalaureate in Accounting from Philadelphia University, and an Associates in Construction Management from Montgomery College. She is a recipient of DC Women in Construction Award and Historic Preservation Review Board Chair Award for her work on RISE Demonstration Center.

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Wynton Lamb

Project Manager for Construction and Development

Wynton Lamb is responsible for the overall execution of pre-construction and development, construction, and post-construction activities associated with the V Street and Martin Luther King Junior Street projects. Mr. Lamb, most recently occupied the position of Assistant Superintendent CBG Building Company, where he worked on multiple mixed-use projects. In that role he acted as a liaison from the developer and consultants to the subcontractors to ensure project execution effectively and efficiently. He also participated in the bidding process with CBG’s preconstruction department and initiating and executing permits for projects. Prior to working at CBG, Mr. Lamb worked for The Parsons Corporation as a Project Controls Engineer on the Department of Labor’s Job Corps Facilities Management Program. The goal of the program was to renovate and create new Job Corps centers to provide educational facilities for troubled youth across the country.

Mr. Lamb holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Technology from Old Dominion University and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Real Estate Development from George Mason University.

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Gabe Scott

Analyst, Acquisitions and Investments

Gabe Scott assists the Acquisitions Team with underwriting and market research for The Peebles Corporation. Additionally, Mr. Scott supports the development team by advancing design and due diligence for current projects. He played a key role during the company’s largest and most notable acquisition, Angels Landing in Los Angeles, California. 

Mr. Scott first joined The Peebles Corporation as an intern in the company’s Acquisition and Investments department. As an intern, Mr. Scott primarily worked on RFP submissions, and wrote summaries and analyses for prospective opportunities. Prior to joining The Peebles Corporation, Mr. Scott held the positions of office assistant for a residential real estate company, administrative assistant for a commercial real estate general contractor and construction company, and salesperson for an e-commerce marketplace company.

Mr. Scott earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Business and Political Science from Arizona State University.

Eladio Izquierdo

Eladio Izquierdo

Secretary, General Manager, The Bath Club

Eladio Izquierdo is the General Manager of The Bath Club in Miami Beach, FL, a historic oceanfront event venue hosting noteworthy events for Gucci, Art Basel, Louis Vuitton, Blackrock Capital, Estee Lauder, Inter-Continental Hotels, Macallan, and many more. In this role, Mr. Izquierdo has turned around the performance of one of the company’s most important assets and made it a leader in its market. The Bath Club has received the Beautification Award from the City of Miami Beach twice. In addition to his position at The Bath Club, Mr. Izquierdo holds the position of Secretary of The Peebles Corporation and manages all of company’s litigation matters, oversees asset sales and purchases, and handles all of the corporation’s HR matters. 

As the longest tenured employee of The Peebles Corporation, Mr. Izquierdo has played a major role in the company's growth. Since joining over 18 years ago, his role has evolved from executive assistant to then corporate officer in which he managed the growth of the Peebles team. Prior to his role with Peebles, Mr. Izquierdo held the position of Accounting Administrator at a Miami-based cargo airline company that provides service to the Caribbean and South America. He held this role for 6 years and managed sales of over $200M per year.

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Tara Valentin

Executive Assistant to CEO & Chairman

Tara Valentin serves as the gatekeeper to The Peebles Corporations’ CEO and Chairman, Don Peebles, and serves as the direct liason to all other departments of the company. In addition to supporting Mr. Peebles with all day-to-day administrative duties, Ms. Valentin handles a broad scope of administrative responsibilities including extensive calendar management, preparing complex travel arrangements, coordinating internal and external meetings, compiling and preparing materials for meetings and special projects, managing sensitive and confidential information, and providing general support to the Peebles team. Ms. Valentin’s assistance ensures that both Mr. Peebles and the entire team executes the strategy and entrepreneurial initiatives of the company.  

Ms. Valentin’s administrative career began over 15 years ago at Moore Capital Management where she worked closely with the human resources department on projects including new hire training, the electronic database conversion of employee files, employee benefit coordination, firm intranet maintenance, and crisis management. She was subsequently promoted to Executive Assistant to the President and provided administrative support which included planning bi-annual international board of director meetings. Next, she held the position of Executive Assistant to the Founder of Level Global Investors, a long short equity hedge fund. Prior to joining The Peebles Corporation, she was the Executive Assistant to the Special Infrastructure Investment team at Oaktree Capital, where she provided administrative support to the Executive Committee and two Portfolio Managers. Her responsibilities included organizing client site visits at portfolio companies, scheduling weekly team meetings, coordinating the fundraising calendar for the partners, and assisting with the annual investor meeting.  

Ms. Valentin holds a BA in International Relations from Boston University.

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Katrina L. Peebles

Principal and Creative Director

Katrina L. Peebles is responsible for the creative vision and direction of The Peebles Corporation’s design and marketing. For over 25 years she has led the company’s efforts in the areas of real estate, interior design, historic preservation, community involvement and political fundraising. 

Upon joining the company and in conjunction with Mr. Peebles’ entrepreneurial initiatives, Mrs. Peebles spearheaded the development of the Peebles real estate tax assessment appeal business which went on to become the most successful real estate tax appeal firm in the District of Columbia. In the mid-1990s, after the launch of Peebles Atlantic Development Corporation, Mrs. Peebles focused on preparing winning responses to requests for proposals, guiding project-specific marketing efforts and overseeing the preservation and restoration of the company’s historic mixed-use developments including The Royal Palm, The Residences at The Bath Club, and 108 Leonard. Prior to joining The Peebles Corporation, Mrs. Peebles held a position in marketing at Carter, Hawley and Hale (parent company of Neiman Marcus) in her hometown of San Francisco. 

In addition to her corporate role, Mrs. Peebles has made it a priority to give back to her community and devote time to various charities. She currently sits on the board of directors for CARE Elementary School in Miami, as well as the NYC Mission Society. She is the former vice president of Villa Viscaya, former president of the Women's Cancer League, co-founder and former president of the Recreation Wish List Committee of Washington, D.C. and has served as a member of the Miami City Ballet, Cancer Link, United Way, Lighthouse for the Blind and the Women Who Care Committee–NYC. Mrs. Peebles is also active in politics, hosting and contributing to political fundraisers for nearly three decades.

Mrs. Peebles holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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Chris Leng Smith

Managing Director of Development, Northeast Region

Chris Leng Smith is responsible for the overall execution and day-to-day management of The Peebles Corporation’s development activities in the Northeast region of the United States. Mr. Leng Smith oversees the redevelopment of 108 Leonard in New York City, a historic building being converted to luxury condominiums, and the conversion of 1801 Vine Street in Philadelphia from a municipal court building to a lifestyle hotel. He is also managing the development of Parcel 13 in the Back-Bay area of Boston into a multi-use building.

Prior to joining the company, Mr. Leng Smith was Senior Vice President for the New York City Economic Development Corporation where he led the structuring and negotiation of public-private partnerships and transactions for more than 2.5 million square feet of developments including Flushing Commons, the Battery Maritime Building and Coney Island, among others. Previously, Mr. Leng Smith managed the financial analysis, project planning, market positioning, design, and preliminary leasing of more than $5 billion of world-class domestic and international real estate projects as Senior Director of Tishman Speyer and Vice President of AIG Global Real Estate Investment Corp. 

Mr. Leng Smith began his career as a resident engineer and engineering project manager on large-scale renovation and construction projects in New York, Trinidad, Malaysia and London. He earned a BA in Engineering from Cambridge University in England and an MBA in Finance and International Business from Columbia University’s Business School. He is an active member of the Urban Land Institute and has served on an advisory panel to the Mayor of Portland, Oregon.

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Terry E. Fortune

Managing Director of Construction and Development, Mid-Atlantic Region

Terry E. Fortune is responsible for the overall execution and day-to-day management of The Peebles Corporation’s development activities in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Mr. Fortune oversees the development of the SLS Hotel and Residences in Washington, D.C., as well as the development of Brooklyn Village, a mixed-use, transit-friendly “urban village” in the historic neighborhood of Charlotte, NC.

Mr. Fortune brings over 30 years of construction and development management experience to the company. Prior to joining The Peebles Corporation, Mr. Fortune was Vice President of Monument Realty where he led the construction team for the firm’s residential and office project portfolios. He managed millions of square feet of ground-up office projects including Ballston Point, Monument View for Boeing and 55M as well as residential condominium and apartment projects such as Potomac Place and Monument Village. He also directed numerous tenant fit out, retail and renovation projects. Prior to Monument Realty, Mr. Fortune ran projects for Manor Care Health Services where he managed the development of assisted living, skilled nursing and acute care facilities. He developed and constructed projects in Texas, New York and Maryland. 

He began his career with Turner Construction Company in New Jersey. While at Turner, he managed numerous projects for clients such as Rutgers University, Port Authority of New York/ New Jersey, Sony, AT&T, Mutual of New York and Prudential. He also managed projects in a variety of product types including airport facilities, industrial, hospitals, micro-biological and biological laboratories and office buildings.

Mr. Fortune holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Virginia Military Institute. He has been a board member of Literacy Volunteers of America, provided pro bono work for SOME (So Others Might Eat) and continues to provide countless hours of service to those in need.

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Donahue Peebles III

Senior Associate of Development

Donahue Peebles III handles new acquisitions and business development for The Peebles Corporation. He leads the company’s Washington, D.C. efforts, including the day-to-day development of the SLS Hotel and Residences, where he was an integral part of the RFP, negotiating, and pre-development teams. He also oversees the day-to-day pre-development activities of all projects in the D.C. area. 

His early executive work at the company includes the preparation of the finance offering package for Bath Club Estates and the RFP response for the 5th and I Street project. 

Mr. Peebles takes an active role in The Peebles Corporation’s public image, participating in business and entrepreneurial summits, as well as real estate panels and forums. He also serves both the Washington D.C. and New York City communities by engaging with multiple philanthropies that benefit and expose youth to various opportunities in entrepreneurship. He currently works with the New York City Mission Society, Best Buddies, Harlem Mothers S.A.V.E., and various other organizations to improve the quality of life of impoverished and special-needs individuals on a global scale.  

Mr. Peebles holds a BA in Economics from Columbia University.

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Gabe Scott

Junior Analyst, Acquisitions and Investments

Gabe Scott assists the Acquisitions Team with underwriting and market research for The Peebles Corporation. Additionally, Mr. Scott supports the development team by advancing design and due diligence for current projects. He played a key role during the company’s largest and most notable acquisition, Angels Landing in Los Angeles, California. 

Mr. Scott first joined The Peebles Corporation as an intern in the company’s Acquisition and Investments department. As an intern, Mr. Scott primarily worked on RFP submissions, and wrote summaries and analyses for prospective opportunities. Prior to joining The Peebles Corporation, Mr. Scott held the positions of office assistant for a residential real estate company, administrative assistant for a commercial real estate general contractor and construction company, and salesperson for an e-commerce marketplace company.

Mr. Scott earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Business and Political Science from Arizona State University.

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Eladio Izquierdo

Secretary, General Manager, The Bath Club

Eladio Izquierdo is the General Manager of The Bath Club in Miami Beach, FL, a historic oceanfront event venue hosting noteworthy events for Gucci, Art Basel, Louis Vuitton, Blackrock Capital, Estee Lauder, Inter-Continental Hotels, Macallan, and many more. In this role, Mr. Izquierdo has turned around the performance of one of the company’s most important assets and made it a leader in its market. The Bath Club has received the Beautification Award from the City of Miami Beach twice. In addition to his position at The Bath Club, Mr. Izquierdo holds the position of Secretary of The Peebles Corporation and manages all of company’s litigation matters, oversees asset sales and purchases, and handles all of the corporation’s HR matters. 

As the longest tenured employee of The Peebles Corporation, Mr. Izquierdo has played a major role in the company's growth. Since joining over 18 years ago, his role has evolved from executive assistant to then corporate officer in which he managed the growth of the Peebles team. Prior to his role with Peebles, Mr. Izquierdo held the position of Accounting Administrator at a Miami-based cargo airline company that provides service to the Caribbean and South America. He held this role for 6 years and managed sales of over $200M per year.

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Tara Valentin

Executive Assistant to CEO & Chairman

Tara Valentin serves as the gatekeeper to The Peebles Corporations’ CEO and Chairman, Don Peebles, and serves as the direct liason to all other departments of the company. In addition to supporting Mr. Peebles with all day-to-day administrative duties, Ms. Valentin handles a broad scope of administrative responsibilities including extensive calendar management, preparing complex travel arrangements, coordinating internal and external meetings, compiling and preparing materials for meetings and special projects, managing sensitive and confidential information, and providing general support to the Peebles team. Ms. Valentin’s assistance ensures that both Mr. Peebles and the entire team executes the strategy and entrepreneurial initiatives of the company.  

Ms. Valentin’s administrative career began over 15 years ago at Moore Capital Management where she worked closely with the human resources department on projects including new hire training, the electronic database conversion of employee files, employee benefit coordination, firm intranet maintenance, and crisis management. She was subsequently promoted to Executive Assistant to the President and provided administrative support which included planning bi-annual international board of director meetings. Next, she held the position of Executive Assistant to the Founder of Level Global Investors, a long short equity hedge fund. Prior to joining The Peebles Corporation, she was the Executive Assistant to the Special Infrastructure Investment team at Oaktree Capital, where she provided administrative support to the Executive Committee and two Portfolio Managers. Her responsibilities included organizing client site visits at portfolio companies, scheduling weekly team meetings, coordinating the fundraising calendar for the partners, and assisting with the annual investor meeting.  

Ms. Valentin holds a BA in International Relations from Boston University.

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Vanessa Simmons

Project Manager for Construction and Development

Vanessa is The Peebles Corporation Project manager for Construction and Development. Prior to joining The Peebles Corporation, Vanessa was Project Manager of the D.C. Department of General Services, Capital Construction Division where she managed the completed development of the St. Elizabeths East Campus Development in Washington D.C., with Phase I Stage I infrastructure of the project, gateway Pavilion Teaching Kitchen, and RISE Demonstration Building.

Prior to D.C. Department of General Services, Capital Construction Division, Vanassa managed projects for James G. Davis Construction, LLC where she managed the development of a variety of projects including the Senate Square Towers, City Vista Towers, and Nebraska Avenue Complex in Washington, D.C.

Vanassa holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Delaware State University, a Post-Baccalaureate in Accounting from Philadelphia University, and an Associates in Construction Management from Montgomery College. She is a recipient of DC Women in Construction Award and Historic Preservation Review Board Chair Award for her work on RISE Demonstration Center.

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Wynton Lamb

Project Manager for Construction and Development

Wynton Lamb is responsible for the overall execution of pre-construction and development, construction, and post-construction activities associated with the V Street and Martin Luther King Junior Street projects. Mr. Lamb, most recently occupied the position of Assistant Superintendent CBG Building Company, where he worked on multiple mixed-use projects. In that role he acted as a liaison from the developer and consultants to the subcontractors to ensure project execution effectively and efficiently. He also participated in the bidding process with CBG’s preconstruction department and initiating and executing permits for projects. Prior to working at CBG, Mr. Lamb worked for The Parsons Corporation as a Project Controls Engineer on the Department of Labor’s Job Corps Facilities Management Program. The goal of the program was to renovate and create new Job Corps centers to provide educational facilities for troubled youth across the country.

Mr. Lamb holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Technology from Old Dominion University and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Real Estate Development from George Mason University.