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About DSS Condo

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DSS Condo was founded in 2014 by a team of experienced construction professionals who could no longer accept the fact that Condo Associations were over-paying for low-quality work and disorganized renovation and restoration projects. More often than not, Condo projects turned into every unit owner’s nightmare, creating chaos within communities and costing homeowners millions more than necessary.

It became clear that Associations needed a qualified, independent third-party to guide them through the construction process and protect the interests of unit owners along the way.

The team distilled their expertise and decades of construction experience into innovative new approaches to construction; created from the Association’s perspective, and designed to protect the unit owners’ interests.

 

Your DSS Condo Team

Founder & CEO

Donald has been a leader and innovator in the construction industry throughout his 30- year career. Donald graduated at the top of his class with a degree in Building Construction from the University of Florida, where he also served as President of the Building Construction Honor Society. Shortly thereafter, upon entering the construction workforce, Donald quickly developed a reputation as a no-nonsense determined leader and a pragmatic construction visionary. Before starting DSS Condo, Donald served as CEO of Miller & Solomon General Contractors, where he grew the business from $12mil to $175mil in revenue, making Miller & Solomon a leading industry name, renowned for their integrity, quality, and timeliness throughout the state of Florida. Donald’s credo, “No Excuses,” branded during this time at Miller & Solomon, has set a precedent in the industry that competitors have struggled to live up to ever since.

After Miller & Solomon, Donald utilized his sharp business acumen as the problem-solving Partner and Executive Vice President of Construction for the Trump Group. Here, he supervised the Luxuria project’s design in Boca Raton and Acqualina II in Sunny Isles Beach while simultaneously completing water damage remediation and construction of the first Acqualina Resort Tower. Today, Donald brings it all to the table as the visionary behind DSS Condo – the leading construction consulting and project management firm specializing in condominium construction management. His ability to simplify, direct, and successfully complete even the most daunting projects serves as a source of comfort for his clients, making Donald, and DSS Condo, a rare commodity in an industry that needs it most.

Chief Operating Officer

Michael is a Certified General Contractor and a Certified Roofing Contractor with nearly 20-years’ experience building and restoring condominiums, private homes, and commercial spaces throughout South Florida. He has been part of the DSS Condo team for over two years, during which time he has managed the construction of 8 condominium projects, representing budgets ranging from $500,000 to $28 million.

Before joining DSS Condo, Michael was on the front lines as a senior project manager for two of Miami’s largest general contracting firms and spearheaded major concrete restoration projects at many of Miami’s premier condominiums buildings.   

Adam Snitzer
Chief Financial Officer

Adam’s business career spans more than 25 years at several of the country’s top corporations including American Express, Royal Caribbean and Carnival Corporation.

He’s known for his passionate focus on customer service and client satisfaction, which he brings to DSS Condo. Adam has an MBA from New York University where he studied operations, finance, and marketing.

Project Executive

Steven is an accomplished construction management professional with 25+ years’ experience. His vast portfolio of skills includes project scheduling, construction administration, contract negotiations, cost control, budget administration and financial forecasting. Steven’s clients and projects benefit from his expertise in concrete restoration, stucco repair, PT cable repair and waterproofing applications as well as his deep knowledge of HVAC systems and interior beautification projects.

Steven started as a project superintendent at Lehr Construction in New York City and quickly moved up the ranks to senior management roles in the construction divisions at a national real estate firm, a global education company and a Wall Street hedge fund. Since relocating to Florida, Steven has served as the director of construction at National Stoneworks of Weston and as operations manager at Direct Cabinets of Pompano, prior to joining DSS Condo.

As a condominium unit owner and board member, Steven also brings a keen understanding of condominium community living and the challenges faced by board members during any major renovation project.

Project Executive

Sal is known as a “swiss army knife” of construction because he truly does it all. He earned a highly specialized structural/mechanical/electrical/plumbing building-systems Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering from the University of Miami’s Civil Engineering Department. He also holds a Master of Science in Real Estate and Construction Management from the University of Denver’s business school.

In addition, most of Sal’s construction career has been spent building or renovating healthcare facilities, which are among the most sophisticated and complex of all construction projects. He’s overseen construction project management teams at the University of Chicago Hospital, Loyola University Medical Center, Rush University Medical Center, and the University of Miami/Jackson Health Hospital System.

Outside of work Sal mentors local Miami student engineers through the Florida Engineering Society Miami Chapter and has taught graduate-level engineering coursework at UM. At DSS Condo, Sal brings a deep understanding of construction and vast experience supervising construction project management teams working hard to bring their clients’ projects in on time and within budget.

Andreina Borges
Project Manager

Andreina holds a master’s degree in Construction Engineering and Management from Purdue University, Indiana, and a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Universidad Simon Bolivar, Caracas, Venezuela.
Her architectural education combined with her strong analytical skills and amazing attention to detail make her an exceptionally valuable member of the DSS Condo team.

Andreina has worked as an architect, as an interior designer, and has also been involved with the process of custom woodworking. Andreina’s natural talents make her an outstanding project manager and her keen eye for design makes her a “go-to” person on all our interior beautification projects.

Reliable, meticulous, and energetic, Andreina shows her professionalism and commitment to excellence in all her projects.

Project Manager

Chantal was born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where she received a rigorous education that set a precedent for her strong work ethic and eagerness to learn, all of which helped her to remain at the top of her class throughout her academic studies. She graduated with her Master’s Degree in Architecture from Florida International University with a thesis on Urban Agriculture in Miami for climate change resiliency.

With a passion for creativity, architecture has allowed her to express herself while also prompting her to become more observant and analytical. Having worked in various fields, Chantal has gained insight into teamwork, customer service, and relationship-building skills.

Project Manager

Germaine was born in Miami and obtained his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Universidad Latina de Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica. He entered the university at the young age of 15, and graduated with Magna Cum Laude distinction. He has worked in several areas of engineering, where he has gained experience in project management, structural engineering, and road development.

Germaine was raised in both the USA and Costa Rica, which helped him to understand and appreciate various cultural backgrounds. These experiences, combined with his personable nature, have made him adept at building strong relationships with contractors and clients. He is skilled problem solver, and is known for his innate ability to bring a team together towards a common goal. Germaine has a passion for learning and is seeking to further his education in civil engineering and renewable energies.

Project manager

Richard graduated from FIU with a degree in Construction Management, and currently provides invaluable support to our Project Managers and Project Executives on both interior and exterior projects.

Richard has worked on a number of high-profile condominiums while at DSS Condo, including the Alexander on Miami Beach, and Grove Towers in Coconut Grove. He is respected by his colleagues for his accuracy and clarity in communication not only amongst his co-workers, but as well in his dealings with clients and vendors.

With a keen attention to detail and a passion for continually broadening his knowledge of the construction industry, Richard is an incredible asset to the DSS Condo team. 

Project Manager

Sofia graduated from California State University Long Beach with a Bachelors in Business Administration, with a concentration in accounting. Sofia comes to DSS Condo from the property management side of the industry.

Before joining the DSS Condo team, Sofia worked as an estate manager for a single $25M account for over ten years. She is renowned for her organizational skills, accuracy, and ensuring that nothing falls through the cracks.

She is passionate about delivering successful projects to DSS Condo’s clients, with maximum savings and minimal inconvenience to unit owners. She strongly believes in the value of living and working with integrity, a quality that makes her well-respected amongst her DSS Condo colleagues and clients.

Herico Baez
Project Manager

Herico is known as both a construction expert and a people person who is a team player and who always gets the job done.

Herico has over six years in the construction management and general contracting fields with broad experience with residential, commercial, retail, hospitality, and healthcare projects. His areas of strength include design and planning, estimating and cost control, managing change orders, maintaining schedules, and successfully closing out projects on time and within budget.

Herico brings to DSS Condo a laser sharp focus on the getting the job done while at the same time building strong relationships with clients, design professionals, contractors, and vendors.

John Sokol
Project manager

John is an encyclopedia of technical knowledge, which fits the needs of DSS Condo clients to a tee. For the past 20 years, John has acquired deep experience in concrete restoration, structural foundations, corrosion inhibition, waterproofing, specialty coatings and roofing. His specialty: Florida condominium and oceanfront structures.

In addition to his technical experience, John is also an accomplished project manager with a long track record of successful completion of projects through coordination of construction trades, as well as collaboration with architects, engineers, contractors, local government officials, property managers and owners. John has also worked on some esoteric construction projects for NASA, the New York and New Jersey Turnpike Authorities and the South Korean city of Inchon.

John is well versed in contract negotiations, project estimating, achieving cost savings, solving design problems, obtaining permits, purchasing materials, and managing a job site through final close out.

Nidia Davidson
Project Manager

Nidia is an extremely experienced construction professional. She is a certified Florida general contractor. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in construction management. She has six sigma green belt certification in process management, and she holds an advanced certificate in project management.

On top of that, she’s been a practitioner in the construction field since 2004, first as a project engineer and then as a general contractor and the leader of her own construction company, Zurk Construction Group. Throughout her career, she’s worked on many of South Florida’ iconic buildings including: The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, the Patricia Frost Museum, the Cleveland Clinic and the 600 Brickell Financial Center.

Nidia thrives in a fast-paced environment and is known for her technical expertise, critical thinking, and ability to provide creative and sensible solutions to demanding construction challenges.

Lazaro Dominguez
Associate Project Manager

Lazaro takes his work personally. Which is a good thing because few professionals are as deeply committed to their clients’ best interests. Lazaro has a 20-year track record of putting customers first and ensuring that procedures, policies, and practices that benefit customers are adhered to.

Lazaro started his career as a retail store manager where he had total soup-to-nuts responsibility for the business, including hiring and training staff, maintaining instore displays, ordering inventory, and building the kind of customer relationships that lead to sales and repeat business.

Lazaro then moved into project management for a Miami-based pool contractor where he learned to evaluate proposals, negotiate contracts, supervise sub-contractors, provide status reports, and create – and adhere to – schedules and budgets.

He brings all those skills to DSS Condo to the benefit of our team, our partners, and our clients.

Associate Project Manager

Maelys is known for her superb work ethic, strong attention to detail, and unwavering dedication to her clients and their projects. She’s an out-of-the-box thinker who anticipates potential operational issues before they have a chance to disrupt a project’s schedule and the team’s productivity.

Prior to joining DSS Condo, Maelys played critical client service and administrative roles at National Concrete and Paving, P & J Striping and JVA Engineering where she learned the ins and outs of construction project management and distinguished herself as a professional who can get things done correctly, on time, and within budget.

Maelys is also a part-time student at FIU where she is enhancing her professional capabilities by working toward her bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.

Associate Project Manager

Val is an outstanding problem solver with a long track-record of getting things done. Val comes to DSS Condo from the commercial and residential building solution side of the construction industry. Before joining the DSS Condo Team, Val worked as an account manager for a global manufacturer and distributer of architectural products and finishes where she gained expertise in value engineering.

Val has developed a deep understanding of end-to-end project management across different industries which has honed her ability to think outside the box. She is an extremely positive and highly proactive team player and is always eager to infuse client experiences with clear communication and creative solutions.

Val takes pride in being extremely passionate and diligent and believes this is the key to being successful in any DSS Condo project.

Ehab Abdel-Naby
Associate project Manager

Ehab cut his teeth in the construction industry in New York City, working as a Field Intern while earning his bachelor’s degree in Architecture at City College. As an intern, he was assigned to assist construction superintendents, field engineers and project managers who taught him how to monitor construction activities such as concrete pouring, form building, rebar installations as well as job site safety.

Upon graduation, we went to work as a project manager for Jacobs Engineering, where he learned to manage construction budgets, prepare schedules, develop scope documents, negotiate contracts, manage change orders, and keep everything carefully documented.

He brings all those skills to DSS Condo where he’s quickly gained a reputation as a competent, quality-oriented pro who works well under demanding deadlines.

Samira Umuhoza
Associate Project Manager

Samira is known for her excellent organizational and administrative skills as well as her results-driven and passionate approach to project management. And, as a previous member of the South Florida hospitality industry, Samira’s commitment to customer service and client satisfaction is unparalleled.

At the same time, Samira brings a host a technical knowledge to her work at DSS Condo. She holds dual master’s degrees, one in Architecture and one in Construction Management, multiple certificates in jobsite safety as well as experience in accounting.
For DSS Condo clients, Samira is both a pleasure to work with as well as someone they can rely upon for outstanding services in the areas of architectural design, construction development, budgeting, estimating, and thorough financial management.

Administrative Associate

Danielle’s administrative skills are unparalleled. Her years of corporate and professional experience as an executive assistant and administrative coordinator coupled with her genuine, warm, and friendly demeanor have made her an integral part of DSS Condo.

Danielle’s studies have included human resources, business management, accounting, and economics as well as sociology, art, geography, and French, making her an extremely well-rounded member of the DSS Condo team.

Danielle is one of the first people to welcome new clients into the DSS Condo family. Property managers quickly learn that they can depend upon Danielle. She’s an expert at organization and administration and she brings positivity and a meticulous, high level of professionalism to all that she does.

Condo renovation projects are hard.

So hard, in fact, that most are either late, over budget, or both –But they don’t have to be. You can beat those odds. Let us show you how.

“We are strong supporters of DSS Condo and the qualities and skills they bring to their projects. Yacht Harbour has been a total success. DSS Condo’s expertise saved us a significant amount of money.”

 Paul Kaplan, Managing Director, KW Property Management

get in touch

110 East Broward Blvd, Suite 1620, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

305.985.3772

info@dsscondo.com