For almost 15 years my passion has been helping others create, manage and preserve their real estate wealth. As President of Equity Investment Services (EIS), an Orlando based full service commercial real estate investment advisory company, it is my mission to help clients maximize value through the acquisition, stabilization, and exit of their investment properties. We achieve these goals through a few distinct service lines; leasing, management, investment sales and insurance. Overseeing the day to day operations of the company, I am honored with the task of empowering, motivating and coaching the EIS team members. I’m always looking to help others grow beyond what they believed was possible.
I have a wide-ranging background in commercial real estate including investment sales, leasing, property management, development, loan workouts and court appointed receiverships.
Running three different real estate related companies keeps me busy. I am proud that all our businesses are increasing the value that we provide our clients.
I am actively involved with several charitable organizations in Central Florida and encourage team members to give back. EIS donates 1% of its annual profit to charity.
I am a Christian, a husband and a proud father of three.
Leah Kovachev is the Chief Operating Officer at EIS. She is responsible for overseeing and improving the procedures, plans, and operations of the company. She provides leadership and strategic implementation of the company’s vision by working closely with all departments within EIS. Leah’s main goal is designing and implementing business operations that promote EIS’s mission and culture.
Leah graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and has been an integral part of EIS since 2011.
Nick specializes in landlord representation, developer representation, site acquisitions, and tenant representation. He is responsible for overseeing a portfolio of more than 4,000,000 square feet of commercial property in central Florida. Graduating from the University of Central Florida with a double-major in Finance and Real Estate has helped Nick quickly adapt to the intricacies of commercial real estate. Other specialties include distressed assets, assemblages, dispositions, pre-construction leasing, and through his career has transacted more than $250,000,000 in commercial real estate value.
Prior to joining the EIS team, Nick founded the company Southern Commercial Partners, an independent commercial real estate brokerage where his primary focus was centered around site acquisitions and landlord representation. Nick is licensed as a Broker Associate with the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, NAIOP, and has served on the Board of Retail Live. Nick is the recipient of the CoStar Power Broker for Retail Leasing in 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020, in addition to multiple quarterly Power Broker awards.
Kevin leads an experienced team of property management professionals directing all operational aspects of the company’s property management portfolio of over 1,000,000 square feet of retail shopping center properties in central Florida. He has over 20 years of experience in property management including retail, office, and residential properties, as well as commercial condominiums. Kevin started his management career with Church Street Station, a landmark retail and entertainment complex in downtown Orlando.
Prior to joining Equity Investment Services, Kevin managed a portfolio of over 827,000 square feet of retail shopping center properties with Crossman & Company and was previously a property manager with Quest Company of Central Florida. Kevin earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Warrington College of Business Administration at the University of Florida, and he is a Certified Property Manager (CPM®) with the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM.)
Since joining the IREM Central Florida Chapter in 2011 Kevin has been an active member of the chapter executive council serving on the Membership, Website, and Legislative committees. He is a former chapter Secretary/Treasurer, the current President-Elect and will be the 2022 Chapter President. Kevin also currently serves on the IREM National Legislative and Public Policy committee and has for the past 4 years. Kevin was recently appointed as the Vice-Chair of the 2022 IREM National Legislative and Public Policy committee.
Ryan specializes in retail leasing and sales. He graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a major in Business Management-Entrepreneurship and Real Estate. Ryan is licensed as a Sales Associate with the Department of Business and Professional Regulation and is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers. Ryan currently leases a portfolio of retail centers throughout the Central Florida market.
Prior to joining the EIS team, Ryan co-founded Southern Commercial Partners. His focus was leasing high vacancy centers and locating local tenants for relocation. Ryan has extensive experience negotiating LOI’s and leases for both tenants and landlords. He is familiar with both the Central and SW Florida markets.
Juan Jimenez is a senior associate at Equity Investment Services. Mr. Jimenez with his experience, work ethic and unique knowledge of the market effectively advises and serves his clients through their specific real estate needs. Mr. Jimenez is active in a broad range of activities including lease negotiations, sales transactions and financial analysis of investment properties. Additionally, Mr. Jimenez identifies strategic opportunities for his clients.
Prior to joining Equity Investment Services, Mr. Jimenez worked for over five years at NAI Realvest where he gained significant knowledge and experience early in his career. Mr. Jimenez was involved in 68 commercial real estate transactions totaling $57 million, quickly establishing his proficiency in the commercial real estate industry.
Previously, Mr. Jimenez worked for over three years with Orange County Government. In that role, he performed a variety of tasks that acquainted him with governmental procedures. Eventually Mr. Jimenez joined a consulting firm based in Orlando that provides governmental
relations and business development services for large companies and small businesses. Mr. Jimenez co-founded a real estate investment company while in college and sold his first property when he was 20 years old. Mr. Jimenez is an active real estate investor.
Angie is the Senior Property Accountant for Equity Investment Services. She graduated from The University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting as well as an Associate degree in Business Administration and has been the Secretary for the Central Florida Chapter of Legal Administrators for several years. Angie has over 25 years’ experience in accounting and for the past 5 years, her concentration has been in property management. She has experience in both Commercial and Residential Real Estate Accounting. Angie currently handles a large portfolio of shopping centers in performing the entire accounting cycle and preparing the monthly financial packages.
Eric Portnoy joined Equity Investment Services in January 2015. Eric leases a portfolio of anchored and uncharted shopping centers on behalf of his private clients. He also has focuses on ground up development, redevelopment, and Tenant Representation. He’s a multiple time CoStar Power Broker Award Winner for Retail Leasing and is responsible for completing more than $100M in in Transaction Value.
Prior to working in the commercial real estate industry, Eric was in sports broadcasting for over six years. His main client being Fox Sports Florida he also worked for networks like ESPN, TNT, CBS, and Versus. Originally from South Florida, he’s been an Orlando native since 2007; graduating from UCF with a film degree.
Andreas specializes in retail investments with his primary focus being Multi- Tenant Net Lease Properties across Central Florida. As part of the sales team Andreas has in recent years been part of sales of properties worth an average of $4,000,000 With a sports background, Andreas has a relentless approach to serving his clients during sales, but also before and after a sale.
Andreas was born and raised in Oslo, Norway before coming to University of Central Florida to pursue his academics as well as an athletic career in Soccer. After 5 years at UCF Andreas graduated with a B.S. degree in Finance and a master’s degree in business administration. With a unique background in the industry Andreas has demonstrated over the years outstanding results for his clients.
Sue Theodore has been in property management over 20 years. Her experience includes the management of retail, office condominiums, community associations, property associations and residential with her focus on retail. Ms. Theodore has managed large anchored retail clients across the nation such as Publix, L.A. Fitness, Walgreens and Hobby Lobby. She obtained her Commercial Shopping Center Manager (CSM) designation from the International Council of Shopping Centers. Ms. Theodore continues to successfully manage commercial real estate assets by delivering day to day operational excellence concentrating on P&L management, capital expenses, contract negotiations and tenant/landlord relations.