At ahs® RESIDENTIAL, we work hard to recruit and retain professional talent. Our dedicated development team offers years of experience in construction management, general contracting, architecture, and real estate to ensure excellence in our work and efficiency from start to finish.
Rubens Menin Texeira de Souza
Chairman of the Board
Rubens Menin Teixeira de Souza brings over 35 years of experience in real estate development and construction to ahs® Residential, and has been investing and developing multi-family and commercial real estate properties in Florida since 2000. Moreover, Mr. Menin is a founding member and Chairman to several other significant and successful development groups and companies.
In 1979, Mr. Menin and his two cousins founded MRV Engenharia e Participacoes S.A., recognized as Brazil’s largest real estate development operation. He currently serves as a controlling shareholder and Chairman of the Board. MRV became public in 2007 and today, operates in 142 cities in Brazil and sells and builds around 40,000 residential units per year, while managing more than 270 constructions sites simultaneously. For more information regarding MRV Engenharia e Participacoes S.A., visit www.mrv.com.br.
Mr. Menin is also a founding partner of Bank Intermedium, which holds $550 million in total assets and 120 Million in equity; as well as, founding partner and Chairman of the Board of Urbamais Desenvolvimento Urbano S. A., an urban development company that oversees 14 projects in 11 Brazilian cities, encompassing 56 million square feet in sellable area.
Furthermore, he has served as a Chairman of the Board of Directors since 1994 for LOG Commercial Properties, a property company dedicated to developing, building, and leasing commercial properties. As of today, the LOG portfolio totals approximately 14 million square feet of gross leasable area in 25 different cities.
Rubens Souza holds a Civil Engineering Degree from the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil.
Ernesto P. Lopes
PRESIDENT & CEO
As President and CEO of ahs® Residential, Ernesto Lopes brings more than 33 years of experience in Construction and Real Estate Development.
Mr. Lopes has had a global career, working on high profile projects in Latin America, Europe, and the United States. Starting as a structural engineer in Brazil, he worked on many significant operations related to the design of formwork and shoring systems for bridges, high-rise buildings, and infrastructure projects. Since 1996 he has been a partner at ERGIL Construções, a residential development and construction company in Brazil. He has also held key positions with the Swiss-based Nüssli Company and the Olympvs Group, which led him to become involved in the planning, development, and expansion of hundreds of temporary stadiums and structures for events such as, the Winter Olympic Games in Sarajevo and Lillehammer, the Summer Games in Barcelona in 1992 and Atlanta in 1996, the 1998 Women’s Soccer World Cup in the U.S., and the remodeling of the Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, as well as several Formula One Grand Prix races.
In 1999, he founded Portland Services and also served as President and CEO of the Greenwich Development Group in Miami where he was responsible for more than $450 Million in commercial, industrial, and residential projects.
In 2010, Mr. Lopes became Construction Director for Odebrecht S.A., a multinational construction conglomerate, where he managed contracts with the US Army Corps of Engineers. In 2012 he left the company to become the CEO of ahs®.
Ernesto Lopes is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and a graduate of the Owner/President Management (OPM) Program and the Advanced Management Development Program in Real Estate (ADMP). He holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of São Paulo in Brazil, and is a Certified General Contractor in the State of Florida.
Carlos E. Gonzalez, Jr.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Carlos E. Gonzalez, Jr. is Chief Financial Officer of ahs® Residential, LLC and its subsidiaries. Mr. Gonzalez joined the company in 2015 and is directly responsible for overseeing the day to day operations of the company’s finance, accounting, investor relations, human resources and legal teams. Since joining ahs®, Mr. Gonzalez has been responsible for arranging all the company’s project construction and permanent financing for its various multi-family rental projects throughout South Florida. In addition, Mr. Gonzalez is responsible for the financial management function of the company’s asset (property) management unit.
Formerly, Mr. Gonzalez was Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager for BankUnited, N.A.’s Corporate Banking Division – overseeing and managing over $250 million in commercial and construction loans primarily to large contractors and middle-market companies located in South Florida.
From 1999 to 2009, Mr. Gonzalez held the position of Vice President and Relationship Manager for SunTrust Bank’s Commercial Real Estate Group. During his time at SunTrust, Mr. Gonzalez was responsible for originating and managing close to $1 billion in new construction and permanent loan financing to commercial real estate developers and investors related to multi-family, retail, office, and large residential single-family housing projects.
Mr. Gonzalez has also served as a Board of Director of the Builders Association of South Florida (BASF) since 2006, serving as its 1st Vice President in 2009.
Moreover, his main area of expertise in finance management and lending includes a multi-million dollar portfolio spanning real estate and development sectors across South Florida. Mr. Gonzalez’s extensive industry knowledge and experience working as a commercial real estate and corporate lender is an asset to ahs®.
Mr. Gonzalez holds a Masters in Science in Finance from Florida International University and a Bachelors of Science in both Finance and Real Estate from Florida State University.
Alex R. Ballina
DIRECTOR OF ASSET MANAGEMENT
Alex R. Ballina is responsible for all aspects of property management functions, asset management operations and administration of the diverse residential portfolio for ahs® Residential.
Prior to joining ahs® Residential, Mr. Ballina held several key executive positions for private and public sector organizations, including Director of Asset Management for the Miami Dade Public Housing and Community Development Department (PHCD), City of Miami Beach Housing & Community Development Department and for Prudential Real Estate Services. His responsibilities have been multi-faceted, including the administration of assets in excess of $800 million encompassing the management of housing programs for over 12,000 multifamily units and approximately 40,000 residents throughout Miami Dade County.
Mr. Ballina has served on various boards and committees throughout his career, most recently on the Affordable Housing Task Force of South Florida and the Miami Dade County Tax Increment Financing Coordinating Committee. Mr. Ballina holds a Bachelor of Arts from Florida International University (FIU) along with a Florida Real Estate License, Florida Department of Financial Services- Insurance License and various U.S. HUD Certifications.
Selma Rabelo serves as Project Director for ahs® Residential, bringing 20 years of experience in business development, real estate development, design, and construction.
Ms. Rabelo responsibilities include all elements of development, from land acquisition and due diligence, to project entitlements, design coordination, and owner’s representation, leading finally to project close-out and turnover to Property Management. Ms. Rabelo is a key Architect retained to spearhead the implementation of our new construction system, she will also be serving as our primary day-to-day liaison with MRV on design and technical matters to maintain and enhance both companies’ commitment to mutual knowledge-sharing.
Ms. Rabelo has had a global career, collaborating on high profile projects in Latin America, Australia, Europe, and the United States and has played an integral role in the design, development and construction of several of Brazil’s largest and most innovative real estate projects over the past 2 decades.
In 2010, Mr. Rabelo became Senior Development Manager for Odebrecht, a $60 billion, multinational construction conglomerate, where she managed the $ 2 billion real estate project “Parque da Cidade” (City Park) 21 acres, 6.4 million sqft, 10 towers mixed-use LEED certificated development along prime riverfront property in the heart of Sao Paulo that includes high-end residential living, corporate offices, office suites, restaurants, a plethora of retail shops, and a Four Seasons Hotel. It was also the first project in Brazil to seek LEED Neighborhood Development certification and included at the exclusive Climate Positive Development Network.
Selma Rabelo was an active member in the international Climate Positive Program, an association between Clinton Foundation, C40 Cities and US Green Building which gathers the 17 most sustainable projects worldwide helping cities meet the dual challenge of rapid urbanization and climate change.
Ms. Rabelo holds a Masters of Technology and Management in Construction from USP – Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo, and a Bachelor’s of Architecture and Urbanism from UFBA – Federal University of Brazil. She has also a minor in Civil Engineering from Catholic University.