Our Team

Encore’s management team has a unique combination of skills and experience which differentiates Encore from other opportunistic residential real estate funds. Encore is led by Art Falcone, Tony Avila, and Bill Powers, and staffed by a team of seasoned real estate and investment professionals.

Acquisitions & Asset ManagementFund Operations

Joe DiCristina
Steve Colamarino
Nitin Motwani
Hector Calderon
Anthony Craig
Donald Povieng
Neil Eisner
Robert Huggins
Ben Feldman
Will Hetfield
Ryan Williams
Peter Brown
David Hardy

John Chiste
Oscar Vasquez
Jared Bouskila
Cora DiFiore
John Schnabel
Bill Patzarian


Acquisitions & Asset Management

Joe DiCristina
President – Multifamily

Based in South Florida, Mr. DiCristina heads Encore’s multifamily acquisition and asset management team, which is primarily focused on expanding the firm's position in the major California, Florida and Texas markets.

Prior to Encore, Mr. DiCristina was Managing Principal of American Group Advisors, LLC, providing real estate workout, turn around and restructuring services to public and privately held financial institutions through court appointed receiverships and REO asset management. Prior to forming AGA, Mr. DiCristina founded DiCristina and Associates, Inc, providing advisory services to publicly traded and privately held companies on the creation and execution of real estate investment strategies. Concurrent to his work at DiCristina and Associates, Mr. DiCristina became a principal in Atlantis Development, LLC. Prior thereto, Mr. DiCristina was Managing Director of the Cornerstone Group, where he was recruited to create a market rate apartment development company. In addition, Mr. DiCristina was also employed by Archstone as Senior Vice President of Investments for the Central Region of the United States.

Mr. DiCristina holds a BS from Arizona State University and a Master’s Degree in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania where he also attended the Wharton School.

Steve Colamarino
Vice President – Capital Markets

Based in South Florida, Mr. Colamarino heads the sourcing and underwriting of multifamily acquisitions nationwide.

Prior to Encore, Mr. Colamarino served as the Director of Finance for the Falcone Group. In this capacity he oversaw the equity and debt investments in the company’s portfolio of properties, as well as sourcing new acquisition targets and analyzing investment opportunities across multiple asset classes for the deployment of new capital. Prior to joining Falcone, Mr. Colamarino worked for Lennar Corporation, focusing on green production homebuilding practices. Before that Mr. Colamarino worked with Los Angeles-based Westfield Corporation on new retail mall acquisitions. Mr. Colamarino began his professional career as an investment banker at Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette in New York City.

Mr. Colamarino is a member of the Urban Land Institute and holds a BA in Political Science and International Relations from Yale University, as well as an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Nitin Motwani
Managing Director

Based in South Florida, Mr. Motwani heads Encore's East Coast acquisitions and asset management team, which is primarily focused on expanding the firm's position in the major Florida markets.

Prior to Encore, Mr. Motwani served as the Managing Director at the Falcone Group where his primary focus was overseeing Miami Worldcenter, a large mixed-use project, located in the heart of downtown Miami, FL. Earlier, Mr. Motwani was the President of Merrimac Ventures where he oversaw the acquisition, entitlement and management of various assets. Before Merrimac Ventures, Mr. Motwani was an equity derivatives trader at Goldman Sachs in New York.

Mr. Motwani currently serves as a member of the board of the Miami Downtown Development Authority, the World Trade Center of Miami and is a Co-Chair of Operation Hope for Haiti. He is also a member of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and the Beacon Council. Nationally, he is a member of both the Urban Land Institute and International Council of Shopping Centers.

Mr. Motwani earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Duke University and holds a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from Columbia University.

Hector Calderon
Managing Director

Based in San Francisco, Mr. Calderon heads Encore's West Coast acquisitions and asset management team which is primarily focused on expanding the firm’s position in the major California markets.

Prior to joining Encore, Mr. Calderon ran the Homebuilding Investment Banking group of JMP Securities. During his six years at JMP Securities, Mr. Calderon served as an advisor in 20 homebuilding mergers and acquisitions and 42 debt and equity issuances for both publicly-traded and private real estate companies. Most notably, Mr. Calderon advised on the sale of Transeastern Homes' sale to Technical Olympic USA and Town and Country's sale to a joint venture between Hovnanian Enterprises and the Blackstone Group. Previously, Mr. Calderon worked as a consultant to Pacific Gas and Electric (NYSE: PCG) through its Chapter 11 bankruptcy and reorganization and as an investment banker in the Mergers and Acquisitions group at Thomas Weisel Partners.

Mr. Calderon is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and serves on ULI's Residential Neighborhood Development Council. He is also a member of the Stanford Real Estate Council (SREC).

He holds and AB in economics from Stanford University.

Anthony Craig
Vice President – Northern California Acquisitions

Based in San Francisco, Mr. Craig heads asset acquisition in Northern California.

Prior to Encore, Mr. Craig was president and co-founder of multiple real estate advisory firms focused on serving the San Francisco Bay Area. Previous to that, Mr. Craig served as the Vice President of Development for Lincoln Property Company, maintaining full responsibility for Northern California including business development and all ground-up development including acquisitions. Prior to that, Mr. Craig spent time at Toll Brothers, as a Senior Project Manager and Land Acquisition Manager, both throughout the Bay Area. Mr. Craig is a member of the Urban Land Institute, as well as the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association.

Mr. Craig received his BS in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning from the University of California, Davis, and a Master in Urban Planning from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Donald Povieng
Vice President – Southern California

Based in Los Angeles, Mr. Povieng heads asset acquisition and management in Southern California.

Prior to Encore, Mr. Povieng was the Director of Planning and Development for KB Home, where he oversaw a team responsible for land acquisition, entitlements, purchasing, and development for Orange County, California. Before KB Home, Mr. Povieng was a Project Manager of Land Entitlements and Development for Pulte Homes, where he managed over 25 housing developments throughout Southern California.

Mr. Povieng earned a BS in Management Science and a BA in Urban Studies and Planning from the University of California, San Diego, as well as an MBA in Finance and a Master of Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California. Mr. Povieng is also a licensed general engineering (A) contractor, general building (B) contractor, and real estate broker in the state of California.

Neil Eisner
Managing Director

Based in South Florida, Mr. Eisner heads homebuilding operations on the East Coast.

Prior to Encore, Mr. Eisner was president and Chief Operating Officer of Transeastern Homes, where he helped grow the company from 11 employees and gross revenues of $7 million per year, to having over 700 employees and gross revenues exceeding $650 million per year. Prior to Transeastern, Mr. Eisner was an Executive Vice President with the New York based Strathmore Organization, a large residential and commercial developer.

Mr. Eisner was a two term President of Florida’s Gold Coast Builders Association and is an active member of the National Association of Home Builders. Mr. Eisner is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Business & Management.

Robert Huggins
Vice President – West Coast Operations

Based in San Francisco, Mr. Huggins heads homebuilding operations on the West Coast.

Prior to Encore, Mr. Huggins was a Vice President at Signature Properties, a premier urban/infill builder in Northern California. Prior to Signature, Mr. Huggins worked for a handful of builders including Brookfield Homes, Richmond American Homes, Shea Homes and The Baldwin Company. Mr. Huggins has worked on 4,500+ residential completions over the course of his 20+ year career in residential real estate.

Mr. Huggins is a member of the California Building Industry Association, the National Association of Home Building, the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association and the Urban Land Institute. Mr. Huggins received his BA in Business Administration from Fort Lewis College.

Ben Feldman
Analyst

Based in South Florida, Mr. Feldman is responsible for asset underwriting and urban properties.

Prior to Encore, Mr. Feldman served as the Director of Acquisitions and Asset Management with the Falcone Group. In this role he was responsible for both the review of new potential investments and the management of currently held projects. Simultaneously, Mr. Feldman was part of a small team that assembled and planned Miami Worldcenter. Previously Mr. Feldman worked at Lennar Homes in West Palm Beach, FL and for Jack Finn & Co., a luxury renovator and custom home builder.

Mr. Feldman is a member of the Urban Land Institute and holds a degree in Construction Management from the Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Will Hetfield
Vice President

Based in San Francisco, Mr. Hetfield is a financial and homebuilding industry analyst.

Prior to joining Encore, Mr. Hetfield was an analyst at JMP Securities focused on financial institutions and real estate companies, working on a variety of capital raising and advisory assignments. Additionally, Mr. Hetfield has passed the exams for all three levels in the Chartered Financial Analyst Program.

Mr. Hetfield received a BA in Economics from Pomona College.

Ryan Williams
Analyst

Based in South Florida, Mr. Williams is a financial analyst focused on development and acquisition opportunities.

Prior to joining Encore in 2013, Ryan received his bachelor’s degree from Washington and Lee University.

Peter Brown
Executive Director – Operations and Asset Management

Based in South Florida, Mr. Brown is focused on operations and asset management in Central Florida.

Prior to Encore, Mr. Brown was President of Four Seasons Group, Inc. a regional land development, homebuilding, hospitality, and real estate brokerage organization. Prior to Four Seasons, Mr. Brown worked for LNR as a financial analyst on the West Coast.

Mr. Brown is a member of the Urban Land Institute and the National Association of Homebuilders. Mr. Brown earned a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan, as well as a Master of Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California. Mr. Brown is also an AMDP alumnus from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

David Hardy
Associate

Based in Los Angeles, Mr. Hardy is an acquisition and project management associate in Southern California.

Prior to Encore, Mr. Hardy was a Project Manager for KB Home where he oversaw the development and management of over 900 single family lots and $100mm in assets for projects in Southern California. Before KB Home, Mr. Hardy was a Planner for the City of El Cajon.

Mr. Hardy earned a BS in Geography with an emphasis in Geographic Information Systems from Cal Poly Pomona, as well as a Master of City Planning from San Diego State University.


Fund Operations

John Chiste
Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer

Based in South Florida, Mr. Chiste oversees all financial aspects of the fund, including maintaining compliance procedures.

Prior to Encore, Mr. Chiste was the Chief Financial Officer for the Falcone Group and its affiliates. For 10 years prior to joining the Falcone Group, Mr. Chiste was the Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of Bluegreen Corporation, a publicly-held timeshare and residential land developer. Mr. Chiste was also named Senior Vice President at Bluegreen Corporation. Earlier in his career, Mr. Chiste was the Chief Financial Officer of Comscript, Inc., a pharmaceutical services company. Before that Mr. Chiste served as Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and Treasurer of Computer Integration Corporation, a publicly held distribution company. Mr. Chiste also held various positions at Ernst and Young LLP.

Chiste holds a BBA in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Oscar Vasquez
Chief Operating Officer

Based in San Francisco, Mr. Vasquez oversees back office operations and investor relations.

Prior to Encore, Mr. Vasquez led the Management Consulting organization in California for EMC, one of the world’s largest technology companies. In this role he had full operational, profit/loss, and business development responsibility for the unit, and presided over 30% year-on-year growth of revenue. Prior to EMC, he worked for Accenture/Andersen Consulting and Deloitte Touche.

Mr. Vasquez earned his BS in Computer Engineering from U.C. San Diego.

Jared Bouskila
Chief Accounting Officer

Based in South Florida, Mr. Bouskila serves as a project controller and fund accountant.

Prior to Encore, Mr. Bouskila worked with Lennar Homes for five years as Controller and Vice President. He oversaw the completion of monthly financial statements, reviewed land purchase agreements, and evaluated proformae on potential land purchases. Prior to joining Lennar, Mr. Bouskila was an audit senior with PricewaterhouseCoopers with a focus on homebuilding.

Mr. Bouskila is a graduate from the University of Florida and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Cora DiFiore
Administration

Based in South Florida, Ms. DiFiore is an administrative assistant.

Prior to joining Encore, Ms. DiFiore served as a Vice President with Falcone Group. She was charged with overseeing all employee benefits, corporate insurance programs, and managing day-to-day administration and operations of the group.

Ms. DiFiore graduated from Stony Brook University in New York State.

John Schnabel
Assistant Controller

Based in South Florida, Mr. Schnabel serves as a project and fund accountant.

Prior to Encore, Mr. Schnabel worked for 17 years at Forest City Ratner Companies (“FCRC”) which is a large real estate developer, owner/operator and New York subsidiary of a publicly held Company; Forest City Enterprises.

As Director of Financial Reporting, Mr. Schnabel was responsible for all financial reporting of the development projects. Including, GAAP research for complex transactions; internal control documentation in accordance with Sarbanes Oxley act and overseeing tax return preparations.

Prior to FCRC, John worked in Public Accounting for approximately 5 years, where he earned his CPA.

Mr. Schnabel is a Graduate of the College of Staten Island which is part of the City University of New York.

Bill Patzarian
Controller

Based in South Florida, Mr. Patzarian serves as a project and fund accountant.

Mr. Patzarian has held several finance and marketing leadership roles in the cruise, healthcare and real estate industries. Mr. Patzarian began his career in the Big 4 accounting firms.

Prior to joining Encore, Mr. Patzarian served as the Chief Accounting Officer of Property Markets Group, a boutique developer of luxury condominiums in the South Florida market. Earlier, Mr. Patzarian was the Regional Controller of The Related Group, a large developer of luxury condominiums, market-rate rentals and mixed-used centers. His controller responsibilities included Southeastern United States and International projects.

Mr. Patzarian holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from University of Miami, a Master of Science in Taxation from Florida International University and is a CPA.