Michael is a real estate professional with more than 17 years experience investing, managing, and developing real estate. He is a driven entrepreneur that brings a deep technological and operational expertise to The Paskin Group.
After starting an Internet company at the age of 19 while attending the University of California, Santa Barbara, Michael sold the business and used the proceeds to purchase his first real estate investment. By 2006, Michael had founded The Paskin Group and has since grown the company’s investment and management portfolio to approximately 1.37 million square feet and works alongside his team of nearly 30 real estate professionals spread throughout his California and Texas offices. With assets throughout the continental US and Hawaii, Michael has been involved in more than 200 transactions in his career, valued at over $365 million. As President & CEO, Michael is focused on the company’s growth, investment strategy, and philanthropic involvement.
Previously, Michael served as an Associate for a corporate real estate office where he represented a Fortune 500 company in lease transactions spread throughout the country. Later, he served as a commercial real estate broker for a top-performing investment sales and leasing team where he specialized in office leasing and sales.
Michael adamantly believes that every business has both a professional and social responsibility. He is a fervent supporter of several Santa Barbara-based non-profits, including theGSF.org, Postpartum Education for Parents (PEP), The Junior League of Santa Barbara, Casa Esperanza Homeless Center, Heal the Ocean, the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation, and serves as a mission pilot for Angel Flight West.
In addition to his role within The Paskin Group, Michael enjoys spending time with his wife and children, is an Ironman triathlete, seven-time marathoner, and an FAA licensed private pilot. He is an active member of the Santa Barbara chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), and has earned the distinguished Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation.
David began his career with Nevins Adams Lewbel Schell in 2004 where he gained extensive experience in all aspects of multifamily real estate investment and management over his 8 years with the company. NALS is a highly respected boutique multifamily firm with 14,000 units owned and under management. He has been involved in the acquisition of 17 properties totaling over $350 million in purchase price. In addition, he served as the primary supervisor of over 1,500 units and assets totaling over $100 million. He was lead member of the operations team managing 42 assets totaling over $1.1 billion. His experience in acquisitions, investor relations and asset management contributes to a well-rounded perspective on real estate ownership. Since leaving NALS he has consulted for commercial real estate owners and home builders looking to benefit from his knowledge of best practices with a focus on unit renovations and common area improvements aimed at quantifiable rental increases. His clients have benefited from his knowledge of value-add acquisitions, property inspections, employment evaluations, leasing, corporate structuring and property management. He brought his experience to The Paskin Group in 2013 to contribute in acquisitions as well as with asset and property management.
He is a native of Santa Barbara and graduate of University of California, Santa Barbara with degrees in Business Economics with Emphasis in Accounting and Environmental Studies. In his free time he enjoys surfing, competing in triathlons and supporting local charities through The Paskin Group.
Erin Celmayster began her career with The Paskin Group in 2010 with a primary focus on the management and operational aspects of the company’s multi-family properties. She was involved in the acquisition of over 700 units and played a key role in developing the infrastructure used to effectively manage The Paskin Group’s portfolio of properties. In her current role, Erin is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the company’s commercial assets and is also a member of the acquisitions, dispositions, and underwriting team.
A native Texan, Erin received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Corporate Communications from Texas Tech University. She is involved in local industry groups such as The Institute of Real Estate Management and is currently a Certified Property Manager (CPM) candidate. In her free time, Erin supports the Junior League of Santa Barbara in its efforts to promote youth literacy.
Born and raised in Orange County, Whitney moved to Santa Barbara to study Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. While attending the university and after graduation she worked at Tropicana Student Living. She began as a Resident Assistant and over the course of three years at Tropicana, Whitney promoted to Director of Residence Life. After, she transferred to Meridian Group Real Estate Management, Inc., a fee based property management company, as an Executive Assistant to the president and began gaining experience in property management.
Whitney joined The Paskin Group as the Manager of Operations in November of 2013 and is responsible for the smooth and efficient operations of the company’s California and Texas offices. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the beach, reading and spending time with her husband. She is also in the process of completing her Real Estate License.
Antonette joined The Paskin Group as an Accounting Associate in October 2013, bringing with her seven years of bookkeeping experience. Antonette oversees and handles all accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll and reporting for The Paskin Group’s portfolio of properties. Her main focus is to streamline the accounting process and implement more efficient procedures that will support the company’s continued growth.
A native Santa Barbarian, Antonette has recently returned to school to complete her accounting degree and obtain her CPA license. In her free time, Antonette enjoys supporting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation with her family.
Katherine comes to The Paskin Group after working as an executive assistant at Nevins Adams Lewbel Schell, a real estate investment company. Her primary role at The Paskin Group is to support the office with day-to-day operations and provide general administrative and organization responsibilities for the team. A Santa Barbara local, Katherine seeks to grow in her roles as a vital part of the company.
She attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where she played goalkeeper on the women’s division 1 soccer team. In her free time, she likes to volunteer coach at local high schools and hike.