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

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


​​​​ Mauricio is Founder & Managing Director of Peninsula Investments Group. Mr. Levitin has been 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 serves 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.





SENIOR CONSTRUCTION CONTROLLER

FABIÁN BAYONA


Based in: Bogota, Colombia Fabian is responsible for the projects Technical Controlling, from the initial design & engineering to completion and delivery to the buyers. This includes reviewing designs and the proposed engineering, optimizing the construction process, analyzing key contracts, benchmarking the costs of supplies/materials and any other variable that could have an impact on costs. Additionally, he is responsible for projects to execute the technical due diligence and apply best practices in term sheets for new investments, revise the accomplishment of quality and environmental & safety standards according fund internal policies. Fabian has been involved since 2004 on the construction of real estate projects in different locations and diverse income-target-groups. Prior to joining Peninsula, Fabian was Planning & Control Director at Construmax (Colombia), where he led a team of professionals responsible for Architectural Design, Preview Engineering, Budgeting, Construction Programming and Construction Cash Flows in the development of projects in several locations across the country. Before Construmax, he worked in Constructora Bolivar (one of most important housing-building companies in Colombia) as a Control & Cost Coordinator. Fabian earned his Master in Construction Management from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Bogota), and his Civil Engineering degree from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia.





INVESTOR RELATIONS

JAVIER BARREREA


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.





INVESTOR RELATIONS

JAVIER BARREREA


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.





INVESTOR RELATIONS

JAVIER BARREREA


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.





FOUNDERS

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


​​​​ Mauricio is Founder & Managing Director of Peninsula Investments Group. Mr. Levitin has been 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 serves 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.





SENIOR CONSTRUCTION CONTROLLER

FABIÁN BAYONA


Based in: Bogota, Colombia Fabian is responsible for the projects Technical Controlling, from the initial design & engineering to completion and delivery to the buyers. This includes reviewing designs and the proposed engineering, optimizing the construction process, analyzing key contracts, benchmarking the costs of supplies/materials and any other variable that could have an impact on costs. Additionally, he is responsible for projects to execute the technical due diligence and apply best practices in term sheets for new investments, revise the accomplishment of quality and environmental & safety standards according fund internal policies. Fabian has been involved since 2004 on the construction of real estate projects in different locations and diverse income-target-groups. Prior to joining Peninsula, Fabian was Planning & Control Director at Construmax (Colombia), where he led a team of professionals responsible for Architectural Design, Preview Engineering, Budgeting, Construction Programming and Construction Cash Flows in the development of projects in several locations across the country. Before Construmax, he worked in Constructora Bolivar (one of most important housing-building companies in Colombia) as a Control & Cost Coordinator. Fabian earned his Master in Construction Management from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Bogota), and his Civil Engineering degree from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia.





FOUNDERS

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


​​​​ Mauricio is Founder & Managing Director of Peninsula Investments Group. Mr. Levitin has been 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 serves 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.





INVESTOR RELATIONS

JAVIER BARREREA


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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