As an experienced construction manager who holds degrees in both real estate development and business administration, Charlo Jenkins is described by his clients as “a man who will go the extra mile to get the job done." He has coordinated architects, engineers, design consultants, and contractors on a variety of development projects and has cultivated years of experience sourcing and underwriting multi-million-dollar projects. Charlo presently serves as the executive vice president of Development Service Solutions, LLC (DSS), located in Miami, Florida.
DSS is a boutique owner’s representative firm that was founded in 2004 by a team of experienced construction professionals who decided not to accept the usual frustrations of the development and construction process. Instead, they created a full-service construction consulting and project management firm that promises “certainty of delivery." Charlo explains, “We are essentially owner representatives who thrive on efficiently managing even the most challenging projects. Although we manage additional professionals to assist throughout the stages of development, we never stop working until projects are delivered on time and on budget.” The team at DSS boasts decades of experience spanning the hospitality, commercial, institutional, multifamily residential, and governmental industries.
With only ten team members on staff, Charlo plays many roles as executive vice president. For instance, he recruits new clients and completes front-end underwriting and financial analysis work for all projects. From the beginning of each project, he provides DSS with the financial information and value of the potential development site. Charlo then helps with selecting design professionals as well as a contractor for the project. He is present from start-to-finish.
According to Charlo, what makes DSS unique is that their team looks at their business through a lens of development instead of just construction. Therefore, they are constantly looking to add more value without drastically changing the product. In contrast, many other firms have difficulty managing the daily work involved in construction projects, so they try to change the entire system. Donald Kipnis, the founder and owner of DSS, was a contractor for 15 years prior to found DSS and always encourages his team to look for alternative ways to make a project successful instead of altering it completely.
Prior to joining DSS, Charlo worked as a developer for Bazbaz Development and as an investment analyst for Advenir. He also served in the military, where he became a recipient of the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for Leadership. After leaving the military, he chose to enter the field of construction management.
When he is not at DSS, Charlo serves as an alumni representative on the advisory board at the University of Miami. The school’s master’s degree program in real estate development and urbanism has become extremely popular, and the university brings in top professionals in development to serve on the board. He is also and candidate in the ULI leadership program, which engages with the community to create platforms to help find practical solutions for challenging issues facing today’s urban, suburban, and rural areas.
Charlo also enjoys being a member of Make-a-Wish Champions based in southern Florida. The organization provides a platform that allows young professionals to come together to help make wishes come true for terminally ill children while also enhancing their professional network. Throughout the year, members host a variety of events and participate in fundraising initiatives. Charlo says that he plans to continue doing charity work in the future and helping to improve the lives of those around him.
Executive Vice President
Development Service Solutions, LLC
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Miami, Florida 33129
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