Meet the Team

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CEO

Roy Blavvise

Roy Blavvise began his professional career in Chicago in 1997, and in the years since he has come in contact with every facet of the real estate business. This includes overseeing the largest condo conversion in Illinois with over $200M in sales proceeds. Roy has extensive experience in multifamily, commercial, and land development, along with new construction, condo conversions and residential communities. In 2008, Roy founded Manna Capital to take advantage of opportunities afforded by the recession. Since then, Manna has become a leader in the rental apartment industry by building an impressive portfolio of real estate holdings through strategic partnerships and leveraging relationships. Over his 25+ year career, Roy has owned, developed, managed and sold an excess of $1 Billion in real estate throughout the United States. Roy’s experience has proven successful through down and up cycles, building and creating value in a multitude of sectors. Roy is a seasoned real estate professional and brings an original and creative outlook to his investments. He currently resides in the Chicagoland area with his wife and 3 children.

E: rblavvise@manna-capital.com
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CEO

Roy Blavvise

Roy Blavvise began his professional career in Chicago in 1997, and in the years since he has come in contact with every facet of...

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CFO

Agota Eross-Whitworth

Agota is a licensed CPA with extensive real estate accounting experience across a multitude of real estate asset classes. In her career, Agota oversaw accounting, financial reporting, auditing, and tax reporting for multibillion-dollar class-A commercial REITs. Agota is proficient and has handled large and small-cap investor relations. With 15 years of hands-on experience, Agota delivers accounting and accountability day in and day out. Agota is an avid skier and has competed in extreme skiing competitions.

E: aewhitworth@manna-capital.com
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CFO

Agota Eross-Whitworth

Agota is a licensed CPA with extensive real estate accounting experience across a multitude of real estate asset classes. In her career, Agota oversaw...

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Managing Director – Brokerage

Tony Zarbano

Tony Zarbano entered the real-estate industry 25 years ago and has evolved through multiple roles. Tony started out working for developers in the Boston area as an on site salesperson and soon after became director of sales for the projects he worked on. This allowed him to be a key part of the interior and exterior design team for the finishes and layouts, as well as marketing and pricing. Tony has been responsible for 2 billion dollars in condo sales and is now Managing Partner in Regatta Realty, a general brokerage firm specializing in sales, leasing and development.

E: tzarbano@regattarealityboston.com
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Managing Director – Brokerage

Tony Zarbano

Tony Zarbano entered the real-estate industry 25 years ago and has evolved through multiple roles. Tony started out working for developers in the Boston...

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Director of Industrial Acquisitions

Tom Gorman

Tom Gorman has 30-plus years of experience in commercial real estate across the broad spectrum of investment real estate in multiple asset classes. Tom has successfully closed more than $3 billion of industrial, development, and office investment transactions. He currently oversees a wide range of industrial value-add, net lease, and development projects in markets around the country. Previously, Tom worked with Transwestern Investment Services Group, a real estate capital advisory firm specializing in value add real estate on behalf of a diverse array of institutional and principal private equity clients. Tom has led the acquisition and disposition of over $1.2 Billion of industrial/logistics/flex properties across the country. He has broad experience focusing on investment sales, tenant and landlord leasing representation, acquisitions, dispositions, asset & portfolio management, financing, debt structuring, and all facets of value-added real estate. Tom has also worked with national brokerage firms such as Colliers and Cushman and Wakefield on the investment disposition and sell side.

E: tgorman@manna-capital.com
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Director of Industrial Acquisitions

Tom Gorman

Tom Gorman has 30-plus years of experience in commercial real estate across the broad spectrum of investment real estate in multiple asset classes. Tom...

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Director of Multifamily Acquisitions

John Kenney

John is the Director of Multifamily Acquisitions for Manna Capital. John started his career as Asset Manager for one of the largest retail portfolios in the Midwest overseeing $100M budget for the strategic repositioning of assets. Prior to joining Manna Capital, John served as Vice President at The Inland Real Estate Group. John has an extensive background in complex commercial real estate transactions across a broad spectrum of property types. John has been involved in over $6 billion in commercial real estate acquisitions. John resides in Chicago with his wife and two children.

E: jkenney@manna-capital.com
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Director of Multifamily Acquisitions

John Kenney

John is the Director of Multifamily Acquisitions for Manna Capital. John started his career as Asset Manager for one of the largest retail portfolios...

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Director of Facilities

Don Torrence

Don started his career in the maintenance field in 1988. Don began as a janitor, but by 1990 Don had become the engineer of a 308-unit building. Don took classes at Local 1 and Local 399 as a building engineer and was educated at AIU for heating and air conditioning. Don graduated and received a universal license for HVAC. Don holds many licenses for lead paint abatement, chillers, locksmithing, and more. In 2009, Don became a director of operations and has continued to push forward with continuing education in the building operations field. Don has also been setting up properties as a proctor to give the EPA exam. Over the past 10 years, Don has trained staff members to become engineers, and they now manage many large buildings.

E: dtorrence@manna-capital.com
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Director of Facilities

Don Torrence

Don started his career in the maintenance field in 1988. Don began as a janitor, but by 1990 Don had become the engineer of...

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Director of Research & Analytics

Scott Starkopf

Scott has been involved in over $1 Billion of real estate transactions throughout his career and takes a pragmatic approach to the way he values and assesses real estate. Scott joined Manna after time with a National real estate brokerage firm and began his real estate career on the Chicagoland acquisition team for a high-volume, publicly traded single-family rental investor. Before a career in real estate, Scott brokered OTC Natural Gas options and futures contracts.

E: sstarkopf@manna-capital.com
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Director of Research & Analytics

Scott Starkopf

Scott has been involved in over $1 Billion of real estate transactions throughout his career and takes a pragmatic approach to the way he...

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Project Manager

Sam Sherman

Sam graduated with a Master’s in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2020. Prior to working at Manna Capital, Sam was a Financial Analyst at Deloitte & Touché where he helped facilitate and oversee M&A Transactions for large PE firms and fortune 500 companies.

E: ssherman@manna-capital.com
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Project Manager

Sam Sherman

Sam graduated with a Master’s in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2020. Prior to working at Manna Capital,...

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Manager of Self Storage Acquisitions

Steven Krueger

Steven was an investment sales broker specializing in Shopping Centers at Marcus & Millichap for 2 years. Following Marcus, Steven continued his career in commercial real estate as a loan originator for CRE & Self-Storage properties nationally. Steven has underwritten over $200m in self-storage loans and has closed over $50m in loans comprising self-storage, multifamily and industrial. Steven has a Bachelor's degree in Finance with a real estate specification from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

E: skrueger@manna-capital.com
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Manager of Self Storage Acquisitions

Steven Krueger

Steven was an investment sales broker specializing in Shopping Centers at Marcus & Millichap for 2 years. Following Marcus, Steven continued his career in...

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Senior Accountant

Polina Navarrete

Polina graduated with a master’s degree in Finance from Pacific National University and has more than 10 years of professional experience in Finance and Accounting. Before joining Manna Capital Polina oversaw the accounting and bookkeeping of the international distribution company Denzel. Before Denzel Polina was involved in budgeting and financial analysis at Guta Group – a large confectionery and investment corporation.

E: pnavarrete@manna-capital.com
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Senior Accountant

Polina Navarrete

Polina graduated with a master’s degree in Finance from Pacific National University and has more than 10 years of professional experience in Finance and...

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