About Us

Our Mission

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. Over the last 14 years, they have closed nearly  $800,000,000 of primarily multifamily deals encompassing more than 11,000 units.

Our History

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!

Our People

Deme Mekras

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 10,500 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.

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Elliot Shainberg

Managing Partner, Co-Founder

Elliot is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of MSP Group. He has been in the multifamily business in South FL since late 2003 and has closed on the sale of nearly 6,500 multifamily and fractured condominium units in his career. Dedicated to maximum performance for their clients, Elliot and his business partner Deme Mekras, have built a reputation on putting their Clients’ need first and foremost while being aggressive and creative deal makers. A Los Angeles, California native, Elliot also spent time living in the New York City area prior to moving to South Florida with his wife in 2003. He attended Yeshiva University in New York City where he earned his Bachelor… degree, majoring in Political Science.

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Sam Mekras

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.

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Cristy Franyie

Transaction Manager

Cristy Franyie was born and raised in Miami, FL. Cristy brings 13 years of experience to the table. She began her career in the real estate industry in November of 2004. She loyally assisted Deme Mekras, CEO of MSP Group, while he was with Marcus and Millichap. In 2005 they were part of the original team that founded Marcus and Millichap’s Miami Office. Cristy worked alongside Deme on a part time basis while she earned her degree at Florida International University (FIU). She graduated with a double major in History and Political Science before going to work full time. Cristy has been an integral part of Deme’s success throughout his real estate career… including while at Marcus and Millichap where he earned multiple National Achievement Awards.

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Eddie Bustamante

Financial Analyst

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.

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