As the Corporate Treasurer for Whitman Family Development, Benjamin Elias focuses on the financial impact of development and leasing decisions. Benjamin uses his knowledge and experience in finance, operations, and real estate to further elevate Whitman Family Development’s position in the competitive landscape. Based in Miami Beach, Benjamin is responsible for the financial models, forecasts, and qualitative analyses used to determine the feasibility and sustainability of existing and potential opportunities.
Prior to joining Whitman Family Development, Benjamin served as Director of Finance and Operations for Del Toro Shoes where he helped direct strategic growth and operational planning, lead real estate decision-making, and revamped the day-to-day business practices and systems for the company. Previously, he served as Associate for a Family Office in Coral Gables where he assisted the Principals with the management, maintenance, and leasing of a $20 million portfolio of residential, retail, and office assets. Having grown up in the home-building industry, Benjamin gained his earliest real estate experiences managing projects for Elias Management and Construction in Palm Beach, Florida.
Benjamin graduated Valedictorian when he earned his Master of Business Administration from the University of Miami in 2011, where he was also honored with the Excellence in Leadership Award. During his studies, Benjamin interned with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami, where he further honed his knowledge of real estate and its impact on the fabric of communities. Benjamin also holds two Bachelor of Science degrees, one in Entrepreneurship and the other in Marketing and Management, both from Florida State University, where he graduated in 2009.
MEET OUR TEAM
Ernesto Barrio is Director of Accounting for Whitman Family Development, LLC.
Lauren Bogage is Whitman Family Development's Leasing Director for Bal Harbour Shops and Brickell City Centre.
Director, International Business Development
Eleonora Dobkin-Parkinson brings her extensive background in the international luxury and fashion industry.
Brett French is Director of Leasing for Whitman Family Development, LLC.
Vice President, Leasing
Courtney Lord develops budgets, designs leasing strategies, and leads negotiations with tenants.
Ivor Nikolas “Nik” Massey
Vice President, Development
Ivor Nikolas “Nik” Massey works with legal, design and construction teams to evaluate existing and potential real estate developments.
Matthew Whitman Lazenby
President & CEO
President and Chief Executive Officer Matthew Whitman Lazenby represents the company in development, leasing, operational and asset-management issues.