To be the most trusted name in South Florida commercial real estate.
Integrity | Service | Results
The three pillars of INTEGRITY | SERVICE | RESULTS are the foundation on which MSP Group was born and the philosophy that every member of our team is committed to. MSP Group’s success is obviously not due to our size, but rather an unwavering commitment to our mantra that “the Client’s agenda is the ONLY agenda.” MSP Group founders, Deme Mekras and Elliot Shainberg, share their deep experience, market knowledge and industry relationships with their clients. Really want to make an effort ones own good luck slot. Over the last 14 years, they have closed nearly $800,000,000 and more than 11,000 units in multifamily sales.
To date, the duo of Deme Mekras and Elliot Shainberg have closed nearly $800,000,000 and more than 11,000 units in their careers. Deme and Elliot each began their professional careers in different parts of the country and in different industries, but both began in sales. They learned that hard work and tenacity lead to results. While Deme was selling telecommunications services to small businesses in Miami, Elliot sold payroll solutions to small and medium sized businesses in New York City. Both recent college graduates, they spent their days pounding the phones, beating the pavement and literally knocking on doors.
After proving themselves in competitive markets, they turned their attention to real estate, which quickly became their passion. When they each entered the real estate business, neither knew the other existed, but both were hungry to learn and develop. This ambition and thirst for knowledge lead them to entry level positions at Marcus & Millichap, one of the world’s largest commercial brokerage houses. Elliot started with Marcus & Millichap in New York and Deme in Ft. Lauderdale. Shortly after marrying his wife, a South Florida native, Elliot moved to South Florida and joined the Ft. Lauderdale office. Deme and Elliot spent the next 10 years at the firm, earning numerous sales awards, receiving several promotions and helped found the Miami office prior to their departure in 2012.
In late 2012, Deme was recruited at the partner level to join Franklin Street, based in Tampa. Deme agreed to open the firm’s Miami office and did so by bringing his team of 4 professionals over with him. Over the next two years, Deme and Elliot established the firm’s brand in the South Florida multifamily sales arena by closing more than $150,000,000 in deals. Despite their success at Franklin Street, the time had come for them to spread their wings and launch their own enterprise. In 2015, Deme and Elliot founded MSP Group and were off to the races.
They set out to make MSP Group the most trusted brand in South Florida commercial real estate. To accomplish their mission, they needed a platform that would allow them to truly serve their clients, free from conflicting corporate agendas and toxic work environments. Having left all of the infighting, office politics and bureaucracy behind, Deme and Elliot were free to focus on what they do best…Delivering best-in-class results for their clients!
CEO, Managing Partner
Deme is the visionary and Chief Executive Officer at MSP Group. He is an expert in the multifamily arena and has closed more than 11,000 units in his career as well as numerous commercial properties and developable land. A dedicated specialist, Deme has a firm command over all aspects of the multifamily business and enjoys a stellar reputation in the market. A Miami native, Deme grew up in the areas of Coral Gables and Coconut Grove. He attended Ransom Everglades middle and high schools before graduating from Coral Gables Senior High. He then attended Southern Methodist University (SMU) where he earned his Bachelors in Business Administration, majoring in Organizational Behavior and Business Management with a double minor in Spanish and Latin American Studies. Deme is fluent in Spanish which vastly enhances his relationship with his Latin American clientele.
After finishing at SMU in Dallas, Deme returned home to Miami to begin his professional career. He gained valuable experience in a variety of industries ranging from aviation to telecom. During his time as a salesperson in the telecom industry, Deme’s determination and tenacity made him a consistent performer. His last sales position in the tech world was at MCI/Worldcom. Fortunately, he had earned his salespersons license in 2001 and closed his first commercial real estate transaction just as the dot com crash was unfolding.
Having closed the telecom chapter of his career, Deme pursued his calling in the real estate business. After a brief stint at CBRE, he joined the ranks at Marcus & Millichap in Ft. Lauderdale, where he earned the esteemed Rookie of the Year award in 2003. Later he became a founding member of the firm’s Miami office which opened in 2005. Prior to his departure from Marcus & Millichap in 2012, Deme was recognized by the firm numerous times for his performance, including receiving the prestigious National Sales Achievement Award multiple times and earning the title of Vice President of Investment Sales.
He was pulled away from Marcus & Millichap in late 2012 after being recruited at the partner level to join Franklin Street. Deme brought his entire team with him and opened Franklin Street’s Miami office. Over the next 2 years, they put the previously unrecognized brand on the map in South Florida by closing $150,000,000 in deals under the Franklin Street flag.
An entrepreneur at heart, going out on his own was a natural evolution for Deme. In March of 2015, Deme and co-founder, Elliot Shainberg, launched MSP Group. Through their hard work and an unwavering commitment to their founding principles, the company surpassed $100,000,000 in sales and closed over 900 units in the first full calendar year. And the rest is history…in the making!
Senior Investment Associate
In addition to being a founding member of MSP Group, Sam was instrumental in developing MSP Group’s proprietary financial models, proposal templates and marketing materials. As MSP Group has progressed out of the start-up phase, Sam is an integral part of the MSP Group sales team, focusing on multifamily properties between 10 and 50 units in South Florida.
While Sam was born in Durham, North Carolina, he returned to his family roots, moving to Miami just before Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Both of Sam’s parents being Miami natives and strong family ties brought them back to Miami. Sam grew up in the South Miami area, attending Kenwood K-8 Center and later graduated from Florida Christian School.
He then went on to study at Florida International University (FIU) where he earned a Bachelors of Business Administration, majoring in Finance. Sam completed his post graduate studies at FIU and obtained a Master of Science in Finance; earning a 3.8 grade point average while shouldering a full time work load as a Senior Analyst at Franklin Street. Prior to Franklin Street, Sam began his real estate career with a brief stint at Marcus & Millichap, assisting MSP Group CEO, Deme Mekras in all business functions. Sam logged a combined 3 years at Marcus & Millichap and Franklin Street, where he gained valuable experience, underwriting close to $500,000,000 of multifamily properties and helping to facilitate the teams’ pipeline of closings. Sam’s integrity, knowledge of finance, mastery of Microsoft Excel and rigorous work ethic make him an invaluable asset to MSP Group.
Eddie was born and raised in Miami, Florida and currently holds the title of Financial Analyst at MSP Group. He grew up in the Roads neighborhood of Miami, nestled close to downtown and Brickell Avenue. He attended Sunset Elementary and later Ransom Everglades Middle, ultimately graduating from Ransom in 2012. He continued his education at Florida State University (FSU) where he earned a Bachelor degree with a double major in Marketing and Real Estate. Eddie graduated from FSU in December 2016 and joined the MSP team the following summer. Prior to joining MSP Group and in addition to his degree from FSU, Eddie acquired real estate experience with… summer internships at Pointe Group Advisors and then Patton Real Estate, both in Miami. He was also a member of the Real Estate Society at FSU.