OUR TEAM

The Catalyst team has established a track record of success and efficient working relationships that benefit its investment platforms and its ability to source deals and execute transactions.

Robert Pardo Catalyst Capital Founding Partner & Managing Director

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Robert Pardo

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Pardo founded Catalyst Capital in 2017 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. In this capacity, he has ultimate responsibility for the Firm’s strategic direction, investment activities, operations, risk management and investor relationships.

He has over 30 years of real estate and legal experience, with over a decade of dedicated investing and operating expertise and has been awarded the “Partner of Choice” designation by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  Under Mr. Pardo’s leadership, Catalyst Capital is a leading investment and management firm specializing in the acquisition, build-to-suit and management of U.S. Government-leased properties with focus on current income and long-term capital appreciation.

Prior to founding Catalyst Capital, Mr. Pardo was a Founding Partner of Los Angeles-based Raines Feldman LLP.  During his 11-year tenure, he oversaw all business affairs of the law firm including client management, business development, accounting, budgets, hiring and risk management.  Prior to Co-Founding Raines Feldman LLP, Mr. Pardo was Co-Founder and President of Marcus Adams Capital LLC (MAC), a $1.5 billion privately-held family office.  During his time at MAC, he was responsible for the investing activities of over 1.35 million square feet of industrial and office properties with value in excess of $200 million, and the disposition of a portfolio of 16 industrial and R&D properties.  Previously, he was associated with the law firms of Kindel & Anderson and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and represented domestic and international investors, developers and lending institutions in real estate and corporate transactions.

Mr. Pardo received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles and his Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School.  He is a Founding Board Member of the White Heart Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to serving the needs of severely injured warriors through community outreach, and actively supports various charitable organizations including the Tower Cancer Research Foundation.

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Robert Pardo Catalyst Capital Founding Partner & Managing Director

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Steven Cody, CFA

Vice President & Chief Investment Officer

Mr. Cody joined Catalyst Capital in 2018 and is Vice President and Chief Investment Officer. He is primarily responsible for the sourcing, structuring and due diligence of real estate acquisitions, collaborating on investment decisions, and is a member of the Firm’s Investment Committee. Prior to joining Catalyst Capital, Mr. Cody was an Associate at Easterly Government Properties (NYSE: DEA), a publicly-traded real estate investment trust specialized in the acquisition, development, and management of real estate properties with notable U.S. Government agency tenants. He participated in the underwriting, management, and structuring of over $4 billion in federally-leased transactions and supported the firm’s debt and equity capital markets efforts. Prior to Easterly, Mr. Cody was a Consultant with Clarendon Partners and worked with clients to improve organizational performance, design and upgrade cost and budgeting models, and integrate various business processes. Previously, he was an Associate with Cambridge Associates where he co-led the hedge fund research and diligence efforts on behalf of institutional investors. Mr. Cody received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics from Princeton University, holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation, and is a member of the CFA Institute and a member of the CFA Society Washington, DC.

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Elliot Sassover Catalyst Capital Vice President and Chief Financial Analyst

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Jason Shoman

Vice President, Fund and Asset Management

Mr. Shoman joined Catalyst Capital in 2019 and is Vice President of Fund and Asset Management.  In this capacity, he is primarily responsible for the financial management of the Firm’s real estate assets and collaborating on investment decisions.  He is also a member of Catalyst’s Investment Committee.

Prior to joining Catalyst Capital, Mr. Shoman was Vice President of Asset Management with Boyd Watterson Asset Management, LLC, a private equity real estate investment firm specialized in the acquisition and management of real estate properties primarily leased to the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).  During his tenure, his responsibilities included the leasing, property management and project management of over $655 million in state and federally-leased assets.  Prior to Boyd Watterson, Mr. Shoman was an Associate at Easterly Government Properties (NYSE: DEA) where he was involved in the acquisition and asset management of federally-leased investments.  Previously, he held Analyst positions in Asset Management and Research with real estate firms in Washington DC and Los Angeles, respectively.

Mr. Shoman received his Bachelor of Science degree in Public Policy, Management and Planning from the University of Southern California and his Master of Science in Real Estate from the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University.  He is also a LEED® BD+C Accredited Professional.

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Elliot Sassover Catalyst Capital Vice President and Chief Financial Analyst

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Elliot Sassover

Associate Vice President, Financial Analysis

Mr. Sassover joined Catalyst Capital in 2018 and is an Associate Vice President of Financial Analysis primarily responsible for financial modeling and debt financing of the firm’s investments. He is also a member of the Firm’s Investment Committee.

Prior to joining Catalyst Capital, Mr. Sassover was an Assistant Vice President with George Smith Partners where he was responsible for the firm’s capital markets and financing activities of over $750 million across various commercial real estate transactions.  He is experienced across property types including industrial, multifamily, office, hospitality, retail, and self-storage, and secured construction loans, permanent and mezzanine debt, and preferred and joint venture capital transactions.  Prior to George Smith Partners, Mr. Sassover worked in the acquisitions group of Cohen Equities and underwrote investment transactions across real estate asset classes.  Previously, he interned at Canyon Partners, LLC and conducted quantitative analysis that supported the firm’s hedge fund positions.

Mr. Sassover received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Michigan and is a member of the Michigan Alumni Association.  He is also a member of the Jewish Federation Real Estate and Construction Group.

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Michael Cocco

Vice President of Facilities and Construction

Mr. Cocco joined Catalyst Capital in 2020 and serves as Vice President of Facilities and Construction.  In this capacity, he is primarily responsible for the budgeting, planning, development and construction of all Catalyst facilities nationwide.

Prior to joining Catalyst Capital, Mr. Cocco was Vice President for Global Real Estate for Synchronoss Technologies, a public company located in the greater New York metropolitan area.  His responsibilities included negotiating leases, construction management, vendor management, daily facilities management and coordinating space utilization. He led the global team responsible for creating and executing against initial construction and annual budgets, including creation of project scope and prepared and analyzed RFP’s and awarded construction contracts for Synchronoss Technologies tenant fit out and build-to-suit projects worldwide.   Prior to Synchronoss Technologies, Mr. Cocco was the Corporate Director of Security for Saint Barnabas Health Care System and was responsible for the overall physical security design, budget, compliance and construction of its hospital facilities.

Mr. Cocco received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Seton Hall University.

Elliot Sassover Catalyst Capital Vice President and Chief Financial Analyst

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Joseph Sprecher, CPA

Financial Controller

Mr. Sprecher joined Catalyst Capital in 2020 and serves as Financial Controller. In this capacity, he is primarily responsible for the management of the Firm’s finance and accounting operations. Additionally, he supports other team members on investment and asset management efforts.

Prior to joining Catalyst Capital, Mr. Sprecher was Controller at Snyder Enterprises, a high net worth family office located in the greater Washington DC area. He oversaw day-to-day accounting matters which included cash flow analysis, annual budgets, tax planning, and debt compliance. Prior to Snyder Enterprises, Mr. Sprecher was a Senior Financial Analyst with publicly-traded insurer Universal Insurance Holdings (NYSE: UVE) where he supported Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) initiatives and also worked on SEC reporting requirements. Previously, he spent 5+ years with GEICO insurance and was the lead contact for regulatory filings and prepared financial reports.

Mr. Sprecher received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Clemson University. He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Virginia and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

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Brenda Arroyo Catalyst Capital Senior Executive Administrator & Investor Relations Manager

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Brenda Arroyo

Director, Corporate Operations

Mrs. Arroyo joined Catalyst Capital in 2018 and is Director of Corporate Operations. In this capacity, she is responsible for the daily operations of the Firm including support of its leadership and cross-functional teams, management of vendor and service provider relationships, communication with existing and prospective investors and ensuring business efficiency and conformity to policies and procedures.

Mrs. Arroyo has over 15 years of administrative experience in the real estate and legal industries and is well versed in the procurement process and collaborating with service providers to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and other government agencies. Prior to joining Catalyst Capital, she was Senior Executive Administrator with Pardo Properties LLC. During her 8-year tenure, she oversaw the firm’s administrative, human resources, and investor relations efforts. Previously, she held Office Administrator and Human Resources roles with Los Angeles-based law firm Raines Feldman LLP and Beverly Hills-based law firm Swerdlow Florence Sanchez Swerdlow & Wimmer.

Mrs. Arroyo received her legal assistant/paralegal certification from UCLA Extension, the University’s Continuing Education Division. She is continuing her education towards a Business Administration and Human Resources certification. Mrs. Arroyo is also an active supporter and volunteer of community and public school events.

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Advisory Board

Andrew Raines Catalyst Capital Advisor

Robert Garcia

Corporate Operations Advisor

Mr. Garcia has over 25 years of leadership experience in technology, telecommunication and manufacturing companies.  Most recently, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer at Synchronoss Technologies (NASDAQ: SNCR), a leading software as a service (SaaS) company serving the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) industry in North America, Europe and Asia.  As a founding member, he was instrumental in facilitating the growth of the company from a start-up in 2000 to the firm’s initial public offering (IPO) in 2006 and its international expansion until his retirement in 2018.  Prior to joining Synchronoss, Mr. Garcia was a Senior Manager with the Vertek Corporation and has also held senior management positions with Philips Lighting and Johnson & Johnson.  Mr. Garcia received a Bachelor of Science degree in Logistics and Economics from St. John’s University in New York.  He is on the New Jersey State Board of Junior Achievement and is a Board Advisor and Equity Partner at Catalyst Capital Holdings LLC. 

Corporal Zac Gore Catalyst Capital Advisor & Veteran

Corporal Zac Gore

Advisor

Corporal Zachariah Gore served in the United States Army from August 2010 through September 2014. He was deployed to Afghanistan where on April 5, 2013 he stepped on an improvised explosive device while leading a patrol. He was severely injured and lost his left leg and left arm. He is a Purple Heart Medal recipient for wounds he received while serving our country. He is also the recipient of the Army Commendation Medal, the Nation Defense Medal and was honorably discharged in 2014. Zac partners with Catalyst through his company, Purple Heart Heroes LLC, in numerous transactions throughout the country.  Zac’s life experience adds personal insight into meeting the needs of the VA. His personal story is a touchstone for our mission.

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Yane Hsu

Advisor

Founder and Principal, Laurea LLC

Ms. Hsu is Founder and Principal of Laurea LLC, a consulting firm that provides strategy, fundraising and investor relations advisory services to private equity real estate firms. She is a results-oriented investment professional with over 20 years of experience in advisory consulting, investment research and client management.

Prior to founding Laurea LLC, Ms. Hsu was Vice President and Head of Client Service Analytics at CIM Group responsible for fundraising, investor relations and due diligence efforts. Prior to joining CIM Group, Ms. Hsu was a Director at Cliffwater LLC and led its private equity real estate research efforts. Previously, she was a Director at BlackRock responsible for account management of insurance clients and an Associate Director within MetLife’s Portfolio Management Unit. Ms. Hsu began her career as an Associate in the Pension Consulting Division at Wilshire Associates.

Ms. Hsu received her BA in Economics from UCLA, MBA in Finance from the Marshall School of Business at the USC and holds the Women in Leadership certificate from Cornell University. She serves on the Advisory Boards of Catalyst Capital Holdings LLC and Hillcrest Finance LLC, and is active with various nonprofit organizations in Los Angeles.

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Warren Lowe

Advisor

Chief Investment Officer, Aspen Advisory Services Ltd

Mr. Lowe currently serves as Chief Investment Officer of Aspen Advisory Services Ltd, a London-based private investment office overseeing public, private, hedge-fund and real-estate investments in North America, Europe and Asia. Before his tenure at Aspen Advisory Services Ltd, he spent 20-years working in public markets including roles as Head of Trading for Montlake Capital, a $7.5 BN leading independent and privately-owned fund management company, and Head of Fixed Income to a Geneva-based Family Office. Mr. Lowe started his career at the Société Générale Group in London, where he developed a passion for equity and bond markets advising Family offices and Institutions on their portfolios.

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Richard T. Reiter

Advisor

President and Chief Operating Officer, Harding Loevner

Mr. Reiter currently serves as President and Chief Operating officer of Harding Loevner, a $63 billion Global Equity asset management firm based in New Jersey. Additionally, he is President and Chief Executive officer of Harding Loevner Funds, a $25 billion mutual fund company. Prior to his 23-year tenure at Harding Loevner, he started his career at Bankers Trust Company where he developed his interests in the global equity and foreign exchange markets, and later worked for Harris Trust, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Bank of Montreal, in Chicago. Mr. Reiter received his Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Management Information Systems from Marquette University and his MBA with focus on International Finance, from Loyola University. His leisure time is spent traveling and playing golf and tennis.

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Stephen G. Waldis

Advisor

Synchronoss Technologies

Mr. Waldis is Founder and Chairman of Synchronoss Technologies (NASDAQ: SNCR), an industry leader in Software as a Service in transaction management for a broad range of activation solutions and connected devices, serving the industry leaders around the world. As the 32-year-old Founding CEO of Synchronoss in 2000, he led the company from inception through its successful IPO and development into a $400 million revenue multi-national business. With over 25 years of experience, he has served in senior executive management positions with various high-technology and telecommunication companies. Mr. Waldis began his career at AT&T and held positions in technical, product management, and sales and marketing. Mr. Waldis has received the prestigious Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award three times and is a founding inductee into the Seton Hall University Hall of Fame for Business Entrepreneurial Studies and sits on the Board of Trustees of Seton Hall University. He resides with his family in New Jersey and is active with emerging enterprise technology companies and real estate activities in the New York and MidAtlantic regions.