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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 four 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.

Robert Myles
Project Executive

Robert is one of the most well-rounded construction executives in South Florida.  Since joining the construction industry in 2006, he has specialized in high-rise building envelope structures with an emphasis on roof replacement, façade restoration, structural steel repair and replacement, concrete deck and garage restoration, balcony restoration, railing replacement as well as waterproofing, caulking, and painting. 

Robert has handled critical projects for the University of California, the Smithsonian Institution and in historic districts throughout New York City, including several buildings that are part of New York University.

In addition to his technical construction expertise, Robert knows how to keep construction teams on task while also tightly controlling schedules and budgets and minimizing change orders.  At DSS Condo, Robert has distinguished himself as a creative problem-solver and has quickly taken day-to-day responsibility for key projects and established outstanding relationships with clients and vendors.

Robert is a Florida certified general contractor and is currently working toward advanced project management certifications.

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. 

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.

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

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.

Laura Cisneros
Project Manager

Laura is a juggler, able to keep an amazing number of balls in the air at the same time. She learned to do that at Paul Davis, one of Miami’s oldest and most respected reconstruction and restoration firms where she managed dozens of projects. Prior to Paul Davis, Laura was an operational trainee at the Mexico City office of Grupo Lar, a well-regarded international real estate development, investment, and management companies where she led, among other things, the successful delivery of common areas in luxury high-rise residential projects.

Laura brings numerous skills to all her projects: technical expertise, attention to detail, outstanding analytics, and the ability to build strong relationships with co-workers, customers, design professionals, contractors, and sub-contractors.

Heydi Coto
Project Manager

Heydi is a high-energy person whose enthusiasm for her projects is infectious, inspiring her project participants to bring their very best to her projects.

Heydi started in construction five years ago, and in that relatively short time, she’s developed an in-depth understanding of construction procedures, materials, and project management principles. That knowledge, coupled with her passion, make Heydi one of our most effective project managers. She’s constantly on top of schedules, budgets, RFIs, change orders, permits, and contracts.

Heydi has brought deep expertise in windows and doors to DSS Condo having worked at CDM Windows and Doors and the Crawford-Tracey Corporation, two of Miami’s leading glass replacement and installation companies.

She has a Bachelor of Arts from Florida Atlantic University and has completed the Professional Project Management Certification program at Florida International University.

Lazaro Dominguez
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.

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

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.

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.

John Sokol
Senior 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.

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.

Jesus Alfonzo
Associate Project Manager

Jesus is one of the most diligent and hardworking people you will meet. He’s held jobs since the age of 16, waiting tables, selling auto and home insurance, managing the front desk for a property management company.

But his passion has always been engineering which led him to Florida International University where he will receive his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in the summer of 2022. Prior to joining DSS Condo, Jesus worked as an engineering intern at Bowman Consulting where he learned to read construction documents and write site investigation reports.

When he’s not working, Jesus devotes his time to practicing sports, spending time with his friends and family, as well as training high school soccer players for their collegiate athletic aspirations. He’s also a competitive salsa dancer

David Crocker
Associate Project Manager

David began his professional career in 2000 as an IT technician for EMC in Massachusetts and then moved into ever more senior sales and management roles at UPS and AT&T.

Over that time, David has honed his skills in project management, contract negotiations, planning, leadership, and operational excellence.

At DSS Condo, David has earned a reputation for building strong relationships with all project participants and for providing outstanding customer service to clients.

David earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Johnson & Wales University in 2010 and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Information Technology at Nova Southeastern University.

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.

Dylan Pierz
Associate Project Manager

Dylan moved to South Florida from Southern California in 2019. And though he brings a distinctly Californian vibe to the DSS Condo team, he also brings a deep understanding of engineering principals.

Dylan earned an Associate’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Santa Barbara Community College and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Florida International University where his course work included reinforced concrete design, structural analysis of load bearing systems and the design of steel columns, beams, and flanges.

Outside of work, Dylan’s interests include football, soccer, baseball and weightlifting as well as philanthropic work with community service organizations such as Feeding America, Make-a-Wish and Hoops for Hope.

Alyssa Pinto
Associate Project Manager

Alyssa is an extremely dedicated and hardworking professional. Her attention to detail, organizational strengths, computer skills and administrative experience have made her a highly valuable member of DSS Condo project teams.

Alyssa is a master at good communications and fostering strong working relationships with all project participants while at the same time holding everyone to the highest standards of quality and client service.  She is warm, caring, and friendly while also maintaining a critical attitude when it comes to the correct way of doing things.

Prior to joining DSS Condo, Alyssa worked in retail sales, the pet boarding industry, and the home health-care marketplace.

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 is an integral part of DSS CONDO and brings many years of corporate, professional experience as an Executive Assistant and Administrative Coordinator.

She studied Human Resource Management and her role encompasses the areas of HR, business development and accounting for DSSC projects. Danielle is the first person all new employees communicate with at DSSC and she welcomes everyone with her warm, genuine demeanor. Furthermore, she’s creative and an expert at organizing, she brings positivity and her high level of professionalism to all that she does. She uses her initiative and always goes above and beyond to help her colleagues, who she fondly considers to be her DSSC family.

Danielle handles HR and ensures that new team members are equipped with everything they need to get started effortlessly and smoothly. Her responsibilities include organizing interviews, assessments, administering all onboarding documents, scheduling training, organizing Lunch & Learn sessions, planning team events, purchasing, arranging with all our service providers, employee record keeping, coordinating IT set-up & regular IT communications, DSSC LinkedIn, handling PTO and DSSC team building activities.

Danielle is the point person and educator, implementing new, improved systems including SmartSheet, KnowBe4, Vanguard and advising regarding insurance coverage. She plays a major role in executing updated systems for DSSC’s continuous advancement and success, including the upgrade and roll out of Heartland, the new HR software for PTO & payroll. She shares her business knowledge and ensures that the company’s systems are advanced and always up to date with the latest and best technology. Her years of extensive experience at large-scale, reputable companies add to her assets and highlight her qualities such as being meticulous, dependable and detail oriented.

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

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

305.985.3772

info@dsscondo.com