Meet Our Team
- Beat Kahli
- Eric Marks
- Ross Halle
- Marybel Defillo
- Marta Pierluisi
- Mara Hunt
- Stephanie Lerret
- Mari Robles
- JJ Sofarelli
- Jan DeMaris
- Nicole Kopytko
- Leonor Yepez
- Matt Wren
- Morgan Chaffin
Beat Kahli – President & CEO
Beat Kahli is the founder, President, and CEO of Avalon Park Group (APG). In addition to overseeing the strategic development of the company, Mr. Kahli provides direction and guidance for all APG operations including the development of strategic alliances and joint venture relationships. Mr. Kahli has over 20 years of experience in the fields of real estate, investment banking and financial consulting. Mr. Kahli earned his Business Degree from the Zurich Business School.
Beat Kahli is the controlling shareholder, partner and CEO in a wide range of corporations spanning multiple industries. Mr. Kahli’s real estate investments include single family, multi-family, commercial, retail, office and industrial opportunities. Additional investments include the East Orlando Sun newspaper, where he serves as the publisher; technology companies; and engineering firms. Mr. Kahli has also expanded his operations into Europe by opening Avalon Park AG in Zurich, Switzerland. Mr. Kahli’s European investments include being one of the largest shareholders in a publicly traded specialty paper company, developing real estate for a major department store, and being one of the largest shareholders of a publicly traded investment fund.
Other examples of Mr. Kahli’s projects include the 2,000 acre Avalon Park Development in Orlando, Florida and the 2,000 acre New River Development in Tampa, Florida. Each of these projects includes a town center consisting of commercial, retail and office space surrounded by single family and multi-family units. Mr. Kahli’s Orlando based project was the number one selling development in the Orlando area for multiple years with a total value upon completion of $1.5 billion. Mr. Kahli’s Tampa based project is similar in size and scope to Avalon Park and is anticipated to have a value upon completion of $1.1 billion.
Mr. Kahli has also found success in the concrete industry. Together with a partner, Mr. Kahli began the Prestige group of companies in 1999. Over an eight year period, Prestige became the largest independent concrete producer in the State of Florida. Prestige expanded their operations outside of Florida entering the North Carolina, California and Texas markets. In 2007, the Prestige group of companies was sold to a foreign concrete and cement manufacturer.
Although Mr. Kahli has been fortunate in his business ventures, he has also donated his time and financial support to a number of philanthropic causes. Mr. Kahli serves on the board of many community not-for-profit organizations including the Red Cross of Central Florida, the Central Florida YMCA, the Central Florida Boy Scouts, and the University of Central Florida’s Health and Public Affairs. Mr. Kahli also serves on Florida Hospital Orlando’s Board of Directors.
In 2003, Mr. Kahli was named by the Orlando Business Journal as one of the Top Ten Most Influential Businessmen and the Reader’s Choice, Most Respected CEO in Central Florida. Additional honors by the Orlando Business Journal in 2004 and 2005 named Mr. Kahli to their Top Ten Most Influential Newsmakers and their Top Ten Most Influential Businessmen in Central Florida. The Orlando Magazine awarded Beat Kahli the honor of one of the 50 Most Powerful People in Orlando in 2005, 2006 and 2007.
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Eric Marks joined Avalon Park Group as Vice President in January 2005 and now holds the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Before coming to Avalon, Mr. Marks was a shareholder at Akerman Senterfitt, a prestigious Florida law firm with over 400 attorneys. During his nearly eight year tenure with Akerman Senterfitt, Mr. Marks served as lead counsel to local developers and nation retailers in all manners of real estate and corporate transactions, including over $50 Million in commercial sale leaseback transactions and the creation of hotels and casinos. Mr. Marks has been active in the Orlando community, serving as Chairman of the City of Orlando Citizens Police Review Board, an Executive Board Member of Lighthouse Central Florida, and an advisory board member of Threshold, Inc., a non-profit organization helping autistic children. Mr. Marks earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and a Juris Doctor from the University of Florida.
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Ross received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Miami, and received his Masters in Architecture and Certificate in American Urbanism from the University of Virginia. Prior to joining The Avalon Park Group in 1999, Ross worked for Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Dover, Kohl and Partners and Roger Fry Architects. In addition to Avalon Park, Ross has worked on other notable projects such as CityPlace- West Palm Beach, I’On – Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, the Miami Lakes Town Center, and the plans for Downtown Ft. Pierce’s redevelopment.
Currently, Ross is the Vice President of Architecture and Town Planning for the Avalon Park Group and is responsible for the design, permitting, and implementation of both the horizontal and vertical development endeavors associated with The Avalon Park Group.
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Marybel Defillo came to Avalon Park Group in the Spring of 2014, where she serves as Chief Financial Officer. Marybel comes to Avalon Park Group with over 15 years of public accounting experience mainly from top national firms. While working in public accounting, she mainly served companies in the construction, real estate, manufacturing and wholesale/distribution industries.
Marybel has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master’s Degree in Finance and is a Florida licensed Certified Public Accountant. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
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Marta Pierluisi joined Avalon Group on August 2014 as Accounting Supervisor. Before coming to Avalon, Ms. Pierluisi served as the Accounting Manager of WMFE, a non-profit, member-supported, community-based public broadcasting company that operates 90.7 FM, Orlando’s primary provider of NPR programming.
Marta has over fourteen years of experience in business administration and full accounting field. Marta possesses a BA from the University of Puerto Rico with a double major in Accounting and Business Administration. She also holds Master’s Degree on Business Administration with specialization in Accounting from Keller Graduate School of Business and has the ultimate goal to sit for the Florida CPA Licensure. She is a member of Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
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Mara Hunt joined Avalon Park Group as Property Manager/Assistant Vice President in July 2013. Before coming to Avalon, Ms. Hunt was a Principal with Dykes Everett & Company, Inc., a Central Florida real estate consulting and brokerage firm. During her tenure at Dykes Everett and Company, Ms. Hunt managed a portfolio of commercial real estate with a value in excess of $100 million. Ms. Hunt was responsible for property management, asset stabilization, and project management for a variety of property uses. Mara is actively involved in the community and participates in CREW Orlando a commercial real estate organization. Ms. Hunt earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida and is an active, licensed Florida Real Estate Salesman.
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Stephanie Hodson Lerret came to Avalon Park Group in the Fall of 2003. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Political Science and Anthropology. Stephanie handles the planning and production of the marketing and special events for Avalon Park Group owned entities. She is actively involved in the community by participating in organizations such as the Avalon Park Rotary Club and the East Orlando Chamber of Commerce. She also sits on various boards, such as the Avalon YMCA, Avalon POA and New River CDD.
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Mari Robles came to Avalon Park Group in 2009 as a Property Accountant. She performs full cycle accounting duties for all residential and commercial properties. Before coming to Avalon, Mari served as Executive Assistant for the Senior Vice-President for the Orlando division of Highwoods Properties, Inc., where she was responsible for human resource functions and all office management duties. Mari attended West Coast Christian College in Fresno, California.
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JJ Sofarelli joined Avalon Park Group as an Assistant Vice President in the Summer of 2015. Mr. Sofarelli works with senior management of the company to identify, contract and close real-estate related opportunities, in addition to managing the existing assets of Avalon Park Group, and manage investor, lender, and other stakeholder relationships.
“Avalon Park showcases a great example of new urbanism and brings together an incredible sense of community,” Sofarelli says. “Being a part of the team that helped define how communities are built is a great opportunity for me.”
Sofarelli brings with him experience at several construction companies, including J. Raymond Construction Company in Longwood and Holder Construction Company in Atlanta. A Central Florida native, Sofarelli graduated magna cum laude from the University of Florida with a bachelors in construction management and was a scholarship grant recipient from the Hough Graduate School of Business Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies, where he received his Master of Science in Real Estate.
“As we continue to expand our company, Sofarelli is the type of person who we are looking to bring on to the Avalon Park Group team,” says Beat Kahli, president & CEO, Avalon Park Group. “He’s a new generation of real estate professional who understand a community is more than just building homes.”
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Years with Avalon: 2 Months
Years in the industry: 13+
Where are you from: Wilmington, Delaware
Where did you go to school and what degree(s) did you graduate with: Radford University with a BBA major in Accounting
How do you view your role with the company? Valued
What do you consider to be the best attribute of Avalon Park? Work Ethic and Environment
Name a book, song or movie that describes you? National Lampoon’s Vacation
What quote or motto best describes how you approach your work? Greatness is a journey that begins with the impossible and turns into the unforgettable. Greatness is never given, it is earned. ‘Miguel Torres’
What is the one piece of advice you would give to someone entering your industry? Be persistent and passionate about your career.
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Wesley Chapel Team
Richard Kunz heads Avalon Park Texas L.P. founded in 2008, a joint venture with Avalon Park Group, Orlando. Mr. Kunz is a Swiss national, lawyer by education, entrepreneur by passion. Avalonpark Texas L.P. invests in real estate ventures with a focus on niche products in the Central Texas area, but also invests in non-real estate related companies and ventures, thereby teaming up with other partners individually tailored for each project. “We are constantly looking for new investment opportunities in all kinds of business segments which sell products or provide services in niche markets. Our goal is to joint venture with partners who share the same entrepreneurial and long term views with Beat Kahli and me and who can bring complimentary skills and know how to the table to ensure the success of our projects.”
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