Eastwind Development, LLC was founded in 2007 by John “Jack” Weir, who previously served as Senior Vice President for a privately held Florida multifamily development group. Eastwind Development and its affiliate, Eastwind Acquisitions, LLC, are based in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and focus on the multifamily housing in Florida and the Southeast United States. Eastwind Development focuses on the development of new multifamily housing and has both a market division and a work force/ affordable division. Currently, our focus is on South and Central Florida. Eastwind Acquisitions concentrates on the acquisition of land for new development projects or purchasing existing multifamily assets that provide minor rehabilitation and value-added opportunities or that can be purchased at a significant discount to replacement cost.
Eastwind offers a depth of development and acquisition/rehabilitation experience, a strong value orientation in selection of investment opportunities, rigorous standards for project team selection, detailed attention to development and acquisition execution and an ongoing commitment to high quality building and resident satisfaction.
John ``Jack`` WeirManaging Member
John “Jack” Weir is the President of Eastwind Development, LLC and Eastwind Acquisitions, LLC. Eastwind, based in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, focuses on the development and acquisition of multifamily housing in Florida and the Southeast U.S. Previously, Weir was Senior Vice President of Creative Choice Homes, Inc., based in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, from 1994-2007. Mr. Weir served as chief operating officer for the company, was responsible for all strategic and project financing, and oversaw all acquisition and development activities. He was directly responsible for the financing, closing and development of over 40 multifamily projects involving over 6,000 multifamily units in Florida and five other states, as well as multiple additional closings and financings.
He has extensive experience in arranging construction, permanent, mezzanine loan and equity financing from a wide range of banking, insurance and institutional capital sources. He is well-versed in the intricacies of the housing tax credit, has extensive experience with multifamily tax-exempt bond and credit enhancement programs, as well as all major federal, state and local public loan programs.
Prior to his involvement in housing finance, Mr. Weir was a corporate and securities attorney with the firm of Debevoise and Plimpton in New York City. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School, attended the University of St. Andrews in Scotland on a Rotary Fellowship, and received a B.A. from the University of Scranton. He has been admitted to the bar in Florida, New York and New Jersey.
Ron RoanVice President, Development & Acquisitions
Mr. Roan joined Eastwind inApril 2013. Prior to joining Eastwind, Mr. Roan was a Vice President with Milestone Group from 2010 to2012, theLaramar Group from 2006 to 2010, andCreative Choice Homes from 2003 to 2006. In these positions, he was based in Palm Beach County, was responsible for all aspects of the acquisition and new development process, which included identifying land and asset purchase opportunities, with an emphasis on off-market opportunities, conducting due diligence and underwriting the proposed asset, presentation of the projects to the investment committee and equity partners, obtaining all required development approvals, and managing the development and acquisition process from due diligence through construction. An industry veteran, he previously worked at FPL, Ocwen, MIG Realty Advisors, JPI Development, Altman Development and the Landmark Companies. He is a certified general realestate appraiser and graduated from the University of Florida.
Stephanie MillerVice President Asset Management
Ms. Miller joined Eastwind as the Director of Asset Management after 30 years on the operational side of the multi-family industry. She earned her CPM Designation from IREM in 2001 and has managed market rate and affordable communities up and down the east coast. She served as Treasurer for the Executive Committee of the Southeast Florida Apartment Association and the Board of Directors for the Florida Apartment Association. She was also Chair of the Income and Expense Committee for the Institute of Real Estate Management Chapter 19.
Patty LaineAdministration and Closings
Ms. Laine is responsible for office management, administration and closing coordination at Eastwind. Prior to joining Eastwind, she worked at Creative Choice Homes, Inc. from 2000 until 2007, White Oak Development, another affordable housing developer, and the Ocwen Financial Group.
Jennifer Talavera is a CPA with experience in public and private accounting with a focus on real estate, food production and distribution. She graduated from Vanderbilt University and has a Master’s Degree in Accounting from Florida International University. She has served as a Senior Auditor for Ernst & Young, Senior Accountant for LNR Property LLC and Accounting Manager for Starwood Property Trust. She has worked with accounting, financial and forecasting systems and worked on business acquisitions. She has also been responsible for financial reporting in US GAAP and IFRS, as well as, preparation of SEC filings and SOX compliance.
Stephane CantinOwner Representative
Stephane is a construction professional with more than 15 years of success estimating and managing all phases of multimillion dollar construction projects. Stephane led the estimating department of The Altman Companies for many years during which thousands of multi-family units were delivered throughout Florida, North Carolina and Chicago. In 2005, Stephane started Benchmark Construction Consultants Inc., where he successfully completed a variety of public and private sector construction projects for developers (Trammel Crow, Archstone, and Alliance), contractors (Suffolk, Summit) and municipalities (Daytona Beach Housing Authority, Hollywood Beach CRA). In 2010, Stephane was the Chief Estimator at Heatherbrae Builders in Vancouver, British Columbia where he worked for 2 years on commercial public work projects such as schools, affordable housing and government buildings. Stephane is a graduate of Florida State University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering in 1991. He completed his LEED AP for new construction in 2009.