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 $3.1 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 serves as President and CEO of Polizzotto Development with more than 25 years of senior executive level project management experience. Gino’s professional experience includes leading large, highly complex project teams through all phases of a project from conceptual thinking to architectural design and engineering to construction management. Gino is 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 multifamily, hospitality, mixed-use residential, and retail ground-up projects across the country. Gino’s focus is in governmental land use entitlement work and achieving highest and best use return on costs through design, construction cost management, revenue opportunity, and schedule management.
Prior to forming Polizzotto Development in 2006, Gino was Senior Director of Construction and Development Management for Thomas Properties Group, Inc. where he oversaw approximately 2.5 million square feet of design and construction activity and managed the design standards for all tenant improvements in the nearly 15 million square foot property portfolio.
From 2005-2006, Gino oversaw the $125 million reposition effort of the ARCO Plaza to the newly branded City National Plaza in downtown Los Angeles for TPG. The complete re-branding effort was inclusive of managing the renovation of the 125,000 square foot below grade retail mall and twin tower main lobbies. While overseeing the City National Plaza project, Gino was also responsible for nearly 350,000 square feet of tenant improvements in the towers.
In 2002, Gino was Project Manager for the 26-story, one million square foot high-rise and tenant improvement build-to-suit for the California Environmental Protection Agency. The project was a public/private venture with the City of Sacramento, California and 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 with the overall execution of the build-to-suit for Princess Cruise’s world headquarters and call center in Valencia, California and served as the Regional Quality Manager overseeing corporate training and integrating Total Quality Management principles into project management throughout the country.
Gino spent five years practicing as an Associate Architect in San Francisco and Los Angeles, where his experience included commercial, multifamily, and high-end custom residential projects.
Gino holds a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from the University of Kansas School of Architecture and Urban 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 is also a member of the Urban Land Institute.
Christine Cheatham has 10 years of experience in the real estate development industry and has been associated with Polizzotto Development since 2009. As General Manager, 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 also participates in various project management activities including monthly developer draw review, cost to completion budget analysis, and open issue tracking and resolution.
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 lead 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 all of the workings of the office operations as well as supporting the entire acquisitions team of 5 real estate investment professionals.
Prior to working at AREA Property Partners, Christine was a Senior Associate 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.
Director Of Preconstruction Services
John Delzell serves as Director of Preconstruction Services with over 20 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 working 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.
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, and multifamily/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 Integrated Services, 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 has over 30 years of superintendent, project management, and construction management experience in southern California. As Director of Construction Services at Polizzotto Development, 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 370-unit apartment project in Glenview, Illinois. He is currently working on a 220-unit apartment complex outside of San Francisco as well as a 12-story, 317-room luxury hotel in San Diego.
Prior to joining Polizzotto Development, Bennett was providing project management services 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 joining 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.