Neal Koni

Neal Koni has over 30 years of executive-level experience in the commercial, industrial, corporate and residential real estate industry. His broad range of experience includes commercial/industrial real estate acquisitions and dispositions, site selection, asset management, distressed property workouts, project development and management, marketing, business development and sales and management consulting.

Neal has developed, financed and managed multiple residential and mixed-use development projects/properties for a progressive, premier lake front/riverfront developer in Florida and internationally. He managed new development projects from conceptualization through governmental approval processes (entitlements), financing, site planning, engineering and architectural design phases, construction, marketing, sales and ongoing property management.

He has held direct and shared management accountability for real estate assets of operational and corporate real estate holdings/interests for several international Corporation and has consulted, trained and coached both financial management and operational process optimization to executives, managers and staff personnel throughout the country.

As a founder of the ZHV, he has directed all phases of real estate management and disposition for a $3 billion lending institution's REO (real estate owned) portfolio of residential, commercial, development and resort properties acquired through foreclosure. In this position he directed appraisals, disposition alternatives analysis, value-enhancement efforts, marketing and sales initiatives as well as final negotiations, property management and general administration of a rolling ~$500MM portfolio.

Neal has been involved with transactions and commercial/industrial real estate negotiations and management in over 3 continents, and financing and investments internationally. He has volunteered nearly 20 years to service organizations and non-for-profit groups developing personal business skills and leadership expertise.

Ed McMullen, Jr

Ed is a Senior Executive with more than 40 years of domestic and international real estate development, sales, and marketing experience primarily for Resort destinations. His experience is best characterized by the legacy established by his family business in creating and executing world-class vacation ownership  destinations & platforms  with  Marriott  Vacation Club International and Hilton Grand Vacations.

Ed has been a leader for more than twenty mixed use and shared ownership resorts from the ground up, dedicated to brand excellence, strategic marketing, and counselor sales disciplines producing more than $3 billion in Sales to tens of thousands of families.

Ed began his career in vacation ownership front line sales for Mariner Properties in Sanibel Island, FL, charged with product development and marketing programs to drive tour generation for multiple sites in the Mariner portfolio in Florida. From there, he has worked for multiple entities in the vacation ownership industry, often being assigned opportunities to “turnaround and sell-through” trouble asset situations.  Ed was charged with marketing, branding, product development, and conversion to points-based platform in launching properties and platform for second hospitality brand to vacation ownership industry – Hilton Grand Vacations.

Since 2004 Ed has been the principal sales and marketing Senior Executive for the Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village in Destin, FL – developing, marketing, and selling the lifestyle resort residences and festival waterfront village. Through diligent product planning, sales discipline, and financial rigor, over the last 15 years Ed led the team in overcoming the 2008 financial crisis, Deepwater Horizon  oil spill, and numerous hurricanes in generating more than $715 M in top-line real estate sales.

Ed is recognized for his expertise in real estate sales & marketing, troubled asset turnarounds, and financial engineering. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business & Marketing from Florida Southern College. Ed currently resides in Destin, Florida.

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Paul H. van Leeuwen

Paul is a Senior Executive with extensive domestic and international operational and development experience in Resort Destinations, Theme Parks, Hotels (Luxury, Upper Upscale, Upscale, Midscale and independently-branded properties), Vacation Ownership, Food & Beverage, Retail Dining & Entertainment (RDE),  Water  Parks,  and Upscale Residential  Club  Communities.  He spent the first  twenty  years  of  his  career with  the Walt Disney Company  throughout  the  world  and  has served in executive roles in several hospitality companies.

Paul started his career at Walt Disney World as an Industrial Engineer, providing internal consulting support to all the Resort’s divisions. He was on the opening crew for Disneyland Paris, responsible for establishing a pan European Business Planning team focused on guest research, attendance forecasting, and consulting support. He concluded his Disney career with five years at Disneyland in Southern California where he led the team responsible for securing approval for the Disneyland Resort expansion which included Disney’s California Adventure, The Grand Californian Hotel, and Downtown Disney.

Paul’s other experience has included serving as Chief Operating Officer for the Reynolds Capital Group – a $175 M private equity fund focused on investing in land, community development and master development opportunities; and Executive Vice President for the Reynolds Hotel Group – a hospitality development and asset management company. Paul has served as President of Professional Hospitality Resources, a Virginia-based hospitality company where he was responsible for leading 1,500 Associates for three hotels, five vacation ownership resorts, and a portfolio of restaurant properties; and served as a governor-appointed Board Member and Vice Chair for the Virginia Tourism Corporation.

Recognized for his expertise in strategy and growth, executive leadership and development, and operational excellence, Paul most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer for HarborWalk Hospitality, and currently provides advisory services and investment sponsorship to the leisure, hospitality, and community development industries. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering, magna cum laude, from Georgia Tech and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Paul currently resides in Destin, Florida.