Founded in 2006, Polizzotto Development began as a boutique development firm with a concentration in southern California. Today, Polizzotto Development has offices across the country in New York, Austin, and Los Angeles with a nationwide presence as both a Development Management and Advisory Services company. With over $5.5 billion in total deal activity, we provide services to the leading private real estate fund investors. Our team is comprised of experienced professionals with deep-rooted backgrounds in architecture, engineering, construction, and project management. We are not only passionate about building remarkable projects but most importantly, continuing to build enduring relationships.
Who We Are
Gino Polizzotto is a founding partner and serves as President and CEO of Polizzotto Development. He has more than 30 years of executive level project management and architectural design experience on a diverse range of projects and uses. His professional experience includes leading large, highly complex project teams through all phases of a project, from conceptual thinking to leading architectural design and engineering teams to construction management on multi-phased projects. Gino is currently overseeing Polizzotto Development’s leadership team as Development Advisor for a leading private equity group’s multibillion-dollar opportunistic investment funds. The development activity consists of high-rise and luxury multifamily, large convention center and resort hospitality, mixed-use residential and retail ground-up projects across the country. Gino’s focus in governmental land use, entitlement procurement and achieving highest and best use return on costs through design, construction cost, revenue opportunity, and schedule management brings accretive value to project underwriting and ultimately higher returns on real estate investments.
Prior to forming Polizzotto Development in 2006, he was Senior Director of Design, Construction and Development Management for Thomas Properties Group, Inc. (“TPG”) where he oversaw approximately 3 million square feet of design and construction activity and established the design standards for TPG, a world class development firm, as well as manage all tenant improvements in a nearly 15 million square foot office portfolio.
From 2005 to 2006, he oversaw TPG’s $125 million reposition effort of the ARCO Plaza to the now branded City National Plaza in downtown Los Angeles. The complete re-branding effort included managing the renovation of a 125,000-square foot below-grade retail mall and twin tower main lobbies, back of house system upgrades and restore the exterior plaza and art fountain. While overseeing the City National Plaza project, he was also responsible for approximately 350,000 square feet of tenant improvements in the twin towers.
In 2002, Gino was Project Manager for TPG’s 26-story, one million square foot iconic high-rise development and tenant improvement build-to-suit for the California Environmental Protection Agency. The project was a public-private joint venture with the City of Sacramento, California, where TPG was honored with the LEED Platinum EB certification, recognizing the project as one of the most energy efficient high-rises in the country.
Prior to joining TPG in 1999, Gino was Project Manager at Lehrer McGovern Bovis where he was successful in the overall execution of the world headquarters build-to-suit for Princess Cruise’s and their state-of the-art call center in Valencia, California. He served as the Western US Regional Quality Manager overseeing corporate training and integrating Total Quality Management principles into the firm’s project management teams throughout the country.
Gino spent five years practicing as an Associate Architect in San Francisco and Los Angeles, where his experience included office, multifamily, and high-end commercial restaurant and winery projects.
He holds a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from the University of Kansas School of Architecture and Design and has been active in the Los Angeles AIA Chapter and Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce organizations, where he has chaired several committees. Gino works from our New York City office.
Christine Cheatham has 13 years of experience in the real estate development industry and has been associated with Polizzotto Development since 2009. As COO, Christine is responsible for the firm’s operations and business development. She coordinates the company’s activities across their team of executives and project managers to ensure clients receive the best service. Christine oversees all project reporting including weekly activity roundup reports and monthly financial and construction activity reporting. She also coordinates acquisition due diligence efforts, implementing the firm’s document control protocol for continuity across projects and project teams. Christine is continually updating the firm’s standard operating procedures, employing the latest technologies and project management tools.
Christine was previously the Director of Operations for Jennifer Naylor Catering & Special Events, a high-end custom catering company based in Malibu, California. As Director of Operations, Christine led the purchase and buildout of a 5,000 square foot commercial kitchen and office space and ran the off-site catering operations department, including scheduling for the company’s more than 100-person event staff. Christine’s responsibilities also included onboarding and training of staff, bookkeeping, and financial reporting.
Prior to that, Christine was the Office Manager for the AREA Property Partners’ Los Angeles office. Christine oversaw the design and buildout of their 5,000+ square foot office, including coordination of the subsequent move and setting up all new office accounts. During her tenure, she was responsible for the office operations as well as supporting the entire west coast acquisitions team of 5 real estate investment professionals.
Prior to working at AREA, Christine was a Senior Project Manager for Yifat Oren & Associates in Los Angeles where she planned and executed multi-day destination celebrations for high-end clientele throughout the world. Christine was responsible for all aspects of planning and orchestrating a multitude of social and corporate events with budgets upward of $1MM. As a Project Manager, her responsibilities included creating client budgets, overseeing event design across multiple disciplines, coordinating all event production and logistics including development of the overall production schedule, vendor contract negotiation, and onsite management of multiple teams comprising more than 250 workers. Christine holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and a minor in English from Texas A&M University. Christine works from our Austin, Texas office.
Director of Preconstruction Services
John Delzell serves as Director of Preconstruction Services with over 23 years of experience in the real estate development and construction industries spanning more than 95 projects (nationwide and international) totaling over $1.8 billion dollars. John is currently in closeout as an Owner’s Representative alongside the ownership team on the $800 million dollar Gaylord Rockies Convention Center and Hotel which includes 1,500 rooms as well as 415,400 square feet of meeting space, eight food & beverage outlets, a spa and fitness center, and indoor and outdoor water parks in Aurora, Colorado. He is also providing owner’s representation services on the new construction of a Four Seasons Hotel and luxury private residences in Boston, Massachusetts as well as a new mixed-use residential and retail tower in Chicago, Illinois.
Prior to joining Polizzotto Development, John served as Senior Project Manager for 10 years at Project One Integrated Services, an owner’s representative firm located in Denver. John has considerable experience in leading and managing the development and construction processes across a wide variety of assets including healthcare, office, retail, institutional, educational, multifamily and mixed-use. He has been directly involved with all aspects of development including project pro forma creation, land acquisition, entitlements, contract negotiations, planning, design, construction, scheduling, leasing, and facility operations. John’s extensive project experience includes multiple large and complex projects in excess of $100 million dollars each.
Prior to joining Project One, John spent 9 years with one of the nation’s largest general contractors, Turner Construction. During this time John gained critical knowledge of all aspects of construction by rotating through all key positions including Project Manager, Project Engineer, Estimator, and Superintendent. While at Turner Construction, John was one of 3 employees selected nationwide to work at Turner Construction’s parent company, Hochtief, a $13 billion dollar per year engineering and construction firm. He spent a year and a half in Essen, Germany working at the Hochtief headquarters and on the construction of a new hockey arena, learning and utilizing the best practices in Europe. John holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University.
Director of Construction Services
Bennett Talsky is a Licensed General Contractor, Licensed Engineer, and has more than 39 years of superintendent, project management, and construction management experience in southern California. As Director of Construction Services, Bennett has completed several mixed-use multifamily projects. Bennett’s most recently completed projects include a 167-unit apartment structure in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood and a 317-room luxury hotel in San Diego. He is currently working on a 2-phase multifamily project outside of Phoenix, Arizona, a multi-phase private resort on Maui, Hawaii, and a high-end custom single-family home with over 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor spaces in the Bird Streets area of Los Angeles.
Bennett honed his skills as a Project Manager at Continental Development Corporation, a real estate development and construction firm with assets located in southern California. Bennett was responsible for several building renovations at Skypark Medical & Business Park in Torrance, California. Other completed projects include adaptive reuse properties, new retail developments for BevMo in Manhattan Beach, and a 60,000 square foot office and photo studio for Source Interlink, the owners of Motor Trend and Hot Rod Magazines.
Prior to working at CDC, Bennett was a Senior Superintendent with Swinerton Builders in Los Angeles. Bennett was responsible for all on-site construction activity including job scheduling, trade coordination, safety, site documentation, and managing a working relationship with subcontractors, architects, owners, and city building departments. Bennett’s project experience includes high-end commercial buildings, retail complexes, parking structures, entertainment venues, and large-scale high-rise office Class A tenant improvements.
Bennett’s start in construction began while growing up on Catalina Island working with his brother at Talsky Construction. Bennett went on to complete the Carpenters Apprenticeship Program and holds a degree in Carpentry from the Long Beach City College. Bennett received his college education at Santa Monica City College and Los Angeles City College in their Business Management Program.
Ami Kern serves as a Project Manager with over 6 years of experience in the architecture, engineering, and construction industries, having served projects nationwide. Ami is currently working as an Owner’s Representative on the development of several multifamily assets in southern California. Ami is also working as Construction Manager for the ownership team on a multi-phase private resort project in Maui, Hawaii. In addition, Ami also leads our Value Add program, where she works with owners to create the best capital improvement program through site, building, and unit renovations.
Prior to joining Polizzotto Development, Ami served as an Architectural Associate for LM Consultants, a lender and development consulting firm. Through her work at LMC, Ami gained considerable experience in construction documents and costs, construction quality and scheduling, property condition assessments, and project finances.
Prior to LM Consultants, Ami worked for Worley Parsons as an assistant to the structural engineers for off-shore oil rigs and as an engineering assistant for a mechanical engineering firm in College Station, Texas. During her time at Brazos Valley Engineering she worked on a school renovation creating drawings and interfacing with the consultant team.
Ami holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design from Texas A&M University and a Masters in Architecture with an emphasis in Structural Engineering from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Minna Choi serves as a Project Manager with more than 7 years of experience in the real estate and construction industries. Minna is currently working as a developer on a private residence at One57 on New York’s billionaire row and as an Owner’s Representative for multiple development deals in various stages in the Northeast region. Her portfolio of projects includes multifamily, office, private residence, and mixed-use developments. Minna is involved in multiple aspects of the development process, ranging from conducting due diligence to direct involvement in managing the design, schedule, and budget of her projects.
Prior to joining Polizzotto Development, Minna was a Project Manager in the corporate real estate and hospitality sectors at Faithful + Gould, a global program and project management consultancy. Her primary responsibilities included budget and schedule management, project team coordination, contract review and recommendation, and quality control for her clients.
Prior to working at Faithful + Gould, Minna served as a Program Manager for Karen Thomas Associates, Inc., an owner’s representative firm that specializes in private residential projects for high net worth individuals. Minna has extensive experience as an owner’s representative in the private residential sector and has managed projects with budgets up to $25MM in some of the most iconic buildings in the New York City real estate market.
Minna holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia and a Master of Science in Construction Administration from Columbia University. She is also an active member of the New York chapter of Professional Women in Construction and Urban Land Institute.
Anthony Chambliss is a Registered Architect with over 12 years of experience in project management, documentation, and construction administration. As a Project Manager at Polizzotto Development, Anthony’s portfolio includes multifamily, mixed-use, and senior living projects. Anthony is currently working as an Owner’s Representative on a best-in-class senior housing community in Wellington, Florida.
Prior to joining Polizzotto Development, Anthony was a Senior Associate and Senior Project Manager for 9 years at Sixthriver Architects, a commercial architecture and interior design firm in Austin, Texas. During his time there, Anthony gained considerable experience in a wide variety of product types including medical and commercial office, industrial, educational, multifamily, and student housing. He was directly involved with preliminary planning, permitting, construction documentation, bidding, construction administration, and close out throughout his tenure. As part of the senior leadership at Sixthriver, Anthony was also responsible for reviewing internal procedures, profitability, and workloads.
Prior to joining Sixthriver Architects, Anthony worked at Pfluger and Associates while attending Texas Tech University where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a Master of Architecture with an emphasis on Historic Preservation. While at Pfluger he worked on documentation, detailing, and construction administration.
Jenny serves as Project Administrator at Polizzotto Development with over 15 years of experience in the administrative world as both an Executive Assistant and a Production Assistant. Jenny is responsible for coordinating a variety of activities across the company while interfacing with the entire internal team, all external project teams, and clients.
Prior to joining Polizzotto Development, Jenny worked in the television and film industries in the production and art design & direction departments. She was responsible for coordinating logistics, communication across multiple departments, creating and maintaining budgets, as well as an array of office management responsibilities. Jenny holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Media Studies from Hunter College.