Ari Pearl, the CEO and founder of PPG Development, has been a prominent figure in the South Florida real estate and development industry for more than two decades. His success is highlighted by an impressive track record of delivering Projects with over 4,000 hotel and condo units with a total of over 5 million square feet. In addition, he has managed over $3 billion in real estate transactions reflecting his unparalleled expertise in multifamily, hotel, condominium, and resort development. Despite his responsibility of driving the company's strategic plan, Mr. Pearl is known for his keen attention to detail, ensuring that each project receives individualized attention throughout its lifecycle.
Mr. Pearl's commitment to the South Florida real estate market has not gone unnoticed, he takes great pride in remaining an active member of multiple housing and education associations throughout the area. His dedication to giving back to the community has made him a respected pillar in the industry.
Since joining PPG Development in 2019, Miriam has led the financing, underwriting and structuring of the firm's real estate activities as well as playing a key role in the firms day to day management. Miriam is a seasoned professional with a wealth of experience in the real estate and financial services industries.
Prior to joining PPG Development, Miriam spent 3 years overseeing the acquisition and repositioning of a family real estate portfolio in NY. Miriam started her career with PricewaterhouseCoopers where she spent over 7 years in tax and management consulting servicing financial services clients. Miriam is a licensed CPA in NY with B.S. and M.S. degrees in accounting from Yeshiva University.
As the Senior VP of Construction at PPG since 2019, Aaron Imhoff brings passion, experience, and a results-driven attitude to all aspects of the design process, ensuring a high level of quality and professionalism from the opening bid through the course of construction. A native of Michigan, Aaron spent the last two decades building residential, hospitality, and commercial developments around the Sunshine State as the Senior Project Manager for Plaza Construction. He holds a Masters in Construction Management from Florida International University and is a LEED-accredited professional.
James Zaepfel is a highly skilled real estate professional with extensive experience in development and investment. Since joining PPG Development in 2022, James has been key to the firm's success, working closely with the Managing Director to oversee all aspects of the development life cycle. James has a deep understanding of the industry with a focus on underwriting, construction, acquisitions, capital markets, and asset management at PPG.
James earned his B.S. Magna Cum Laude from Bentley University, where he also played on the men's soccer team. He later worked as a Senior Capital Markets Analyst at Dansker Capital Group for two years. Prior to joining PPG Development, James completed his Masters in Real Estate Development at Columbia University (M.S.RED). He is an active member of NAIOP and ULI and holds a Real Estate Salesperson license in the state of New York.
Ted Matalon joined PPG in 2020 as a key member of our development team, responsible for coordinating project delivery throughout the construction lifecycle. With extensive experience in hospitality, retail, and commercial development, Ted leverages his knowledge to ensure the successful completion of each project.
Before joining PPG, Ted served as Director of Development at Jordache Enterprises, where he was responsible for overseeing the development of high-end hotels, including The Villa Casa Casuarina at the former Versace Mansion and The Setai in Miami Beach.
Ted graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Economics, and his exceptional leadership skills and dedication to achieving project goals make him an invaluable asset to our team.
Andrew Pearl manages PPG Development’s social media and public relations, always keeping an eye on the horizon and leveraging his expertise and keen insight to help expand the PPG brand. Andrew began his career at New York-based venture capital firm Strada Holdings, and now splits his time between pursuing a degree in Business Management from Touro College and planning and developing PPG projects in Hallandale and Hollywood.
With over two decades of experience managing and developing golf courses and resorts around the country, Lewis Rissman is an invaluable member of the PPG Development team. A graduate of Concordia University with degrees in Economics and Anthropology, Lewis has been instrumental in the permitting and approval processes for a number of residential and hotel developments, helping deliver everything from multi-purpose homes to high-rise towers. He is currently responsible for overseeing the renovations and redesign of The Shell Bay Golf Course.
After earning her BBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and her J.D. from New York Law School, Jessica Levinson dove into the world of real estate law, handling closings and acquisitions for a boutique law firm and representing large developers of condominium and hotel-condominium projects on behalf of Becker & Poliakoff. She joined PPG Development in 2022 and manages the firm’s legal affairs as well as overseeing all aspects of the development process, including managing the development of Bay Harbor Towers. In addition to being licensed to practice law in New York and Florida, Jessica is a Certified Building Contractor.
Asher Wrona, a New York City native, with experience in navigating real estate transactions. He previously completed short sales for multifamily projects in Brooklyn, NY before joining PPG Development as a Project Manager in 2021. Asher's primary responsibilities at PPG Development include oversight of high-end residential projects, The Altair and Slate Residence, coordinating budgets, and ensuring timely project completion. Additionally, he assists with asset management on an as needed basis. He works closely with vendors and contractors to identify cost savings to ensure that each project is completed to the highest quality standards through meticulous oversight.