Our Team

Peninsula’s team is composed of talented and experienced professionals from across the Americas. Currently, the Firm has offices in Miami, Montevideo, Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Lima, Panama and Sao Paulo

FOUNDERS & MANAGING DIRECTORS

JOSEF PRESCHEL


Based in: Miami, United States of America
Josef is Managing Director and Founder of Peninsula Investments Group. Mr. Preschel has over 16 years of experience in Real Estate.
He has been both an Investor and Developer of residential and mixed-used projects across Latin America and the South Eastern US. While working in Latin America, Josef identified a significant regional housing deficit, which he saw as a great opportunity to create value by investing in the residential development space; therefore, in 2005 he co-founded Peninsula with Mauricio Levitin. At Peninsula, Josef is responsible for overseeing investments, portfolio allocation in Mexico, Panama and Colombia, and managing investor relations. He is a member of the Investment Committee of the different funds of the firm.
Prior to founding Peninsula, Josef managed the day-to-day operations of Rain Forest Adventures for Boston Capital Ventures (“BCV”). Before joining BCV, Josef worked in Venezuela as Manager of New Business Development for Patagon (acquired by Santander Bank in 2000) and as Assistant Brand Manager for Procter & Gamble. Josef earned his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and his industrial Engineering degree from the Universidad Catolica Andres Bello of Caracas.




MAURICIO LEVITIN Z"L


​​​​ Mauricio Z"L is Founder of Peninsula Investments Group. Mr. Levitin was actively involved in Real Estate investment since 1996. Following his passion, he co-founded Peninsula in 2005, an asset management firm focused on Real Estate investments across the Americas. Peninsula’s strategy is based on identifying opportunistic investments in markets that have favorable demographic trends, growing economies, availability of financing and where Peninsula has a strong network of relationships to partner with trusted and experienced local developers. Prior to Peninsula, Mauricio was a management consultant with McKinsey & Co. for seven years. At McKinsey, he led a wide range of engagements in corporate strategy, business acceleration, turnaround and M&A across many industries including telecom, media, internet, consumer goods, retail, basic material and mining. With McKinsey, Mauricio worked in various markets, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Spain, the United States, Uruguay and Venezuela. During his MBA, Mauricio worked at Lehman Brothers in London as a Summer Associate in the Real Estate Investment Banking division. At Lehman, he developed M&A strategies for companies across Europe.
Mr. Levitin also served as Director in several company boards and is a Mentor of Endeavor entrepreneurs. Mauricio earned his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and his BBA from the Goizueta Business School of Emory University.




JUAN FERNANDO VALDIVIESO


Based in: Miami, United States of America Juan Fernando is Managing Director of Peninsula U.S. Mr. Valdivieso has been actively involved in real estate investing since 2004.
Juan Fernando joined Peninsula in 2015 as Managing Director of Alternative Real Estate. At Peninsula, Juan Fernando is responsible for leading the firm’s efforts in the United States and Latin America in student and senior housing, in partnership with specialized developers. Prior to Peninsula, Juan Fernando founded and led various private equity, consulting and real estate companies, including Abu Dhabi Equity Partners, focused on investments in agribusiness and real estate in emerging markets, Gulf Housing Solutions, focused on staff and workforce housing in the UAE, Dubai Equity Partners, a US-based real estate investment company and Park Street Advisors, a boutique strategy consulting and private equity firm. Prior to that, Juan Fernando was a junior partner with McKinsey & Co. where he worked for 7 years. He worked in 14 different offices in 9 countries, primarily in projects in financial services, telecom & oil, with a special focus on strategy, business building, M&A and post-merger management. He earned his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and his BA degrees in Economics & Business and International Affairs from Lafayette College. Juan Fernando was awarded the Wall Street Journal Achievement Award in Economics, as one of the top Economics undergraduates in the United States




CARLOS MENDIEVE


Based in: Montevideo, Uruguay Carlos is Managing Director of Peninsula Rentals Uruguay Mr. Mendive join Peninsula in 2014 to structure a new line of business in the housing sector focusing in acquiring homes for rent and founding Peninsula Rentals Uruguay. He is the Managing Director of Peninsula Rentals Uruguay. Prior Peninsula, between the years 2007 up to 2012, Carlos was the first President of the Agencia Nacional de Vivienda (ANV), where he designed and executed the administration of a portfolio of almost 70,000 homes with mortgage transferred from the Banco Hipotecario del Uruguay (BHU). While he was in the Administration, was responsible of different legal initiatives related with the development of the financing sector and investments in housing for mid income homes. Some examples are the Program to Promote Private Investments in mid income homes and Notas de Crédito Hipotecarias that is a financial instrument similar to the cover bonds from several European countries. Carlos studied at MSc Urban and Regional Planning Studies, London School of Economics, UK and obtained his Major in Economics in Universidad Torcuato di Tella in Argentina.





U.S. SENIOR ANALYST

JORGE D. RODRIGUEZ


Based in: Miami, FL

Jorge has been actively involved in real estate investing since 2015.

Mr. Rodriguez joined Peninsula in 2019, as Senior Analyst of Peninsula Alternative Real Estate its US focused fund. At Peninsula, Jorge assists the firm’s efforts in student, senior, and multifamily investments. Immediately before Peninsula, Jorge worked at a New York based private equity firm focused on the acquisition and redevelopment of senior housing assets. Prior to that, Jorge worked at various private real estate firms focused on the acquisition and disposition of New York City real estate assets.

He earned his MS in Real Estate Development from New York University and his BA degree in Economics from Villanova University.





INVESTOR RELATIONS

JAVIER BARRERA


Based in: Miami, FL

Javier is responsible for Investor Relations for Peninsula Investments. Prior to Peninsula, Javier held various investment roles, from investing in alternative assets with Promontory Financial Group in Toronto, Canada as a Financial Analyst and Abacus, & Associates, Inc. in New York, NY as Vice President of Alternative Investments and developing real estate opportunities with a major real estate developer in Mexico at Grupo Marhnos.

Javier Barrera earned his Mechanical Engineer degree from the Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey and has a double major in Financial Engineering from Lingnan University in Hong Kong, China. Javier also completed his certification in Real Estate Finance and Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.





DIRECTOR OF INVESTMENTS

FEDERICO BRUM


Based in: Montevideo, Uruguay Federico is responsible for the financial controlling of Peninsula portfolio, which includes overseeing the fund & projects performance. Prior to joining Peninsula, Federico worked as a Consultant at AMP Financial Advisory Services and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. In these positions, he performed consulting projects for companies mainly in the financial sector, where he worked on implementing and assessing credit, marketing & operating risk systems, systemizing and evaluating procedures and reporting to the Central Bank of Uruguay. Prior to being a consultant, Federico worked as a Financial Analyst for three years at Itaú Bank, where he was responsible for preparing monthly reports and presentations to the local Board of Directors and to Itaú’s Headquarters in Sao Paulo on budget analysis and on the overall performance of the operation. Federico earned his MBA from IEEM Business School in Montevideo, his master in Economics in the Universidad de Montevideo and is graduate in Business Administration from the Universidad de la República (UDELAR).





U.S. SENIOR ANALYST

JORGE D. RODRIGUEZ


Based in: Miami, FL

Jorge has been actively involved in real estate investing since 2015.

Mr. Rodriguez joined Peninsula in 2019, as Senior Analyst of Peninsula Alternative Real Estate its US focused fund. At Peninsula, Jorge assists the firm’s efforts in student, senior, and multifamily investments. Immediately before Peninsula, Jorge worked at a New York based private equity firm focused on the acquisition and redevelopment of senior housing assets. Prior to that, Jorge worked at various private real estate firms focused on the acquisition and disposition of New York City real estate assets.

He earned his MS in Real Estate Development from New York University and his BA degree in Economics from Villanova University.





U.S. SENIOR ANALYST

JORGE D. RODRIGUEZ


Based in: Miami, FL

Jorge has been actively involved in real estate investing since 2015.

Mr. Rodriguez joined Peninsula in 2019, as Senior Analyst of Peninsula Alternative Real Estate its US focused fund. At Peninsula, Jorge assists the firm’s efforts in student, senior, and multifamily investments. Immediately before Peninsula, Jorge worked at a New York based private equity firm focused on the acquisition and redevelopment of senior housing assets. Prior to that, Jorge worked at various private real estate firms focused on the acquisition and disposition of New York City real estate assets.

He earned his MS in Real Estate Development from New York University and his BA degree in Economics from Villanova University.





U.S. SENIOR ANALYST

JORGE D. RODRIGUEZ


Based in: Miami, FL

Jorge has been actively involved in real estate investing since 2015.

Mr. Rodriguez joined Peninsula in 2019, as Senior Analyst of Peninsula Alternative Real Estate its US focused fund. At Peninsula, Jorge assists the firm’s efforts in student, senior, and multifamily investments. Immediately before Peninsula, Jorge worked at a New York based private equity firm focused on the acquisition and redevelopment of senior housing assets. Prior to that, Jorge worked at various private real estate firms focused on the acquisition and disposition of New York City real estate assets.

He earned his MS in Real Estate Development from New York University and his BA degree in Economics from Villanova University.





DIRECTOR OF INVESTMENTS

FEDERICO BRUM


Based in: Montevideo, Uruguay Federico is responsible for the financial controlling of Peninsula portfolio, which includes overseeing the fund & projects performance. Prior to joining Peninsula, Federico worked as a Consultant at AMP Financial Advisory Services and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. In these positions, he performed consulting projects for companies mainly in the financial sector, where he worked on implementing and assessing credit, marketing & operating risk systems, systemizing and evaluating procedures and reporting to the Central Bank of Uruguay. Prior to being a consultant, Federico worked as a Financial Analyst for three years at Itaú Bank, where he was responsible for preparing monthly reports and presentations to the local Board of Directors and to Itaú’s Headquarters in Sao Paulo on budget analysis and on the overall performance of the operation. Federico earned his MBA from IEEM Business School in Montevideo, his master in Economics in the Universidad de Montevideo and is graduate in Business Administration from the Universidad de la República (UDELAR).





INVESTOR RELATIONS

JAVIER BARRERA


Based in: Miami, FL

Javier is responsible for Investor Relations for Peninsula Investments. Prior to Peninsula, Javier held various investment roles, from investing in alternative assets with Promontory Financial Group in Toronto, Canada as a Financial Analyst and Abacus, & Associates, Inc. in New York, NY as Vice President of Alternative Investments and developing real estate opportunities with a major real estate developer in Mexico at Grupo Marhnos.

Javier Barrera earned his Mechanical Engineer degree from the Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey and has a double major in Financial Engineering from Lingnan University in Hong Kong, China. Javier also completed his certification in Real Estate Finance and Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.





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