Management Team

Jeffrey S. Leitner

Jeffrey S. Leitner

Manager

Jeffrey S. Leitner began his career over 30 years ago in the construction industry.  Mentored at a young age by key developers in the Midwest, Jeff rapidly learned and excelled in the real estate development processes, and began financing and developing his own projects with much success.  These included numerous large commercial, retail and medical facilities, as well as multi-family and single-family residential  golf course communities.  In 2007, Jeff relocated to the Phoenix, Arizona area, where consistent growth continues to offer exciting challenges.

 

As Manager and Co-founder of Iris Consulting Group, Jeff Leitner specializes in entitlement, financial analysis and land acquisition.  He identifies, researches and underwrites IRIS’ real estate and development opportunities.  Once an investment or development is targeted, Jeff is responsible for all negotiations and performs due diligence on the prospective project.  He manages the entire acquisition process and coordinates a variety of in-house and outside consultants, including environmental, geotechnical, architectural, engineering and outside legal counsel.

 

With Jeff’s financial experience and expertise, he is responsible for locating and establishing capital sources.  He continues to cultivate, and maintain trusted relationships with high net-worth individuals, private wealth managers, family offices, and financial institutions throughout the country.  He is proud to be the primary thrust behind the company.

Karen E. Dailey

Karen E. Dailey

Owner

Ms. Dailey’s seventeen years of administrative background as an Educator and Program Director has prepared her well for the detailed world of Real Estate Development.  In 2004, she became a licensed Realtor in the state of Ohio, representing several development companies on both residential and commercial projects.

 

Working side by side with developers, Ms. Dailey has continued to gain hands-on knowledge and experience in taking multi-million dollar projects from concept to completion.  As Owner of Iris Consulting Group, LLC, Ms. Dailey takes pride in assembling and directing the most qualified teams and disciplines for the successful development of such projects.

 

Christopher R. Evans

Christopher R. Evans

New Development Specialist

“When I was a kid, I didn’t really know what I wanted to be,” Chris Evans once confessed. “But I always admired my grandfather, F.M. ‘Don’ Donelson. Entrepreneurship runs in my veins, I guess.”

 

In the 1970s, Donelson developed Fishermen’s Village, a commercial flagship for Southwest Florida’s fastest-growing retirement and tourism hub, Punta Gorda. Today, Evans seems well on his way to equaling his grandfather’s track record.

 

In 2000, Evans got his start as operations manager for a small Minneapolis manufacturing firm. The next year, he returned to Punta Gorda as Chief Operations Officer for his family’s business. He spearheaded, and was the driving force behind significant growth and increased business interests. He and his partners launched a Marina Management company, a full service printing company, a 530 seat waterfront restaurant and a philanthropic organization.

 

Three years ago, he made a fresh start, expanding into a personal career as a restaurateur. In rapid succession, he and New York developer William Socha opened three highly rated restaurants in two states: The Turtle Club and F.M. Don’s (Partnering with Executive Chef Keith Meyer) in Punta Gorda, and The Glass Tavern in Socha’s 60,000-square-foot mixed-use space in Glenville, Schenectady County, NY.

 

Winner of the inaugural Punta Gorda Police Department Community Alliance Award in 2012, Evans continues to be involved in Punta Gorda community development projects, including multifamily and a memory facility in the wealthy harbor front community.

 

In spring 2017, Evans and Socha launched SoEva Hospitality Group, a management-company umbrella for its three enterprises, and more to come.

Karen Hallenbeck, C.D.P.

Karen Hallenbeck, C.D.P.

Resident Advisor, Fountains at Punta Gorda

Originally from Long Island, New York, Karen, Donald and their three children relocated to Florida in 1987 when her husband’s Pharmaceutical Company transferred him to the beautiful sunshine state.

 

Karen began her career in Senior Living in 1997 as Executive Director for an Independent Assisted Living Memory Care Community where she was involved in many organizations and with a passion for Memory Care became an Nationally Certified Dementia Practitioner and advocate for families searching for exceptional Memory Care Programs for their loved ones.  With 27 years in radio as a talk show host and writer of articles for two newspapers, Karen was able to use her media experience to provide valuable information to the many senior listeners and became well known as a “Leader for Change in Senior Living.

 

Karen’s favorite quote is “It’s your unlimited power to care and to love that can make the biggest difference in the quality of your life. “ Anthony Robbins.

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