Team

Our team is dedicated to providing our clients and investors with the best possible service and results.

Todd C. Zapolski

Principal  |  Email  |  vcardicon

As managing member of Zapolski Real Estate, LLC Todd C. Zapolski has over 36 years’ experience in real estate investment and development. In addition he is Principal of Zapolski Holding, LLC.

In 1998 he co-founded Zapolski + Rudd, LLC. Todd served as Managing Member until the company was split among the principals in 2008. Under Z+R he built a bi coastal operation with offices in North Carolina and California with interests in a diverse portfolio of retail, office, and multi use real estate with a value in excess of a half a billion dollars.

From 1991 through 1998 Todd served as Executive Vice President of Durham, NC based Mark Properties, Inc. In that capacity he directed the acquisition effort for three equity funds that were successfully invested in undervalued commercial properties located in seven states. In addition, he headed the team that controlled a twenty five shopping center portfolio located in ten states.

1982 – 1991 Todd was the owner of Consolidated Ventures Corporation that was located in Chapel Hill, NC. As President/CEO he managed the daily operation of the real estate development, brokerage, and investment company. The company completed development projects in office, residential, industrial, and retail product types.

Among other interests Todd was a partner in the Girard Winery, Napa, CA and has served in leadership capacities in many non-profit community and industry organizations. Currently he is Chair of Board of the Napa based Ole Health Foundation, Chair of the Board of national Don’t Ever Give Up support organization to the V Foundation for Cancer Research, and a board member of V Foundation Wine Celebration. He is a past two term Chair of the Board of the Durham based Genesis Home family shelter. Todd is a 1980 graduate of Duke University.


Andrew Mazotti

DirectorEmail  |  vcardicon

Andrew Mazotti serves as the Director for Zapolski Real Estate. He is responsible for managing ZRE’s investment activity and oversees acquisitions, dispositions, asset management, joint-venture structuring, and debt and equity financing for the company. Since joining Zapolski Real Estate, Andrew has managed the acquisition of over $100mm in deal size and currently manages over $175mm in value-add projects.

Prior to joining ZRE, Andrew was a Senior Associate for McKinley Capital Partners where he helped lead acquisitions as part of a $200mm opportunity fund with Goldman Sachs and Tricon Capital Group. Prior to McKinley CP, Andrew worked for Davies Public Affairs, a firm specializing in high stakes real estate campaigns. Andrew brings a unique background to ZRE, having been involved in real estate projects at all stages from inception to completion. Andrew joined Zapolski Real Estate in 2013 and has over 10 years of real estate experience.

Andrew holds a Master of Science degree in Real Estate Development and Finance from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Davis. He currently serves as a Planning Commissioner for the County of Napa.


Richard (Dick) Byers

Chief Financial OfficerEmail  |  vcardicon

Dick rejoined Zapolski Real Estate in August 2015 as Chief Financial Officer and manages the accounting, treasury and financial planning functions for ZRE.  He previously consulted with ZRE as their CFO/Controller from 2009 to 2013 and also served as the Controller for Zapolski + Rudd’s East Coast operations from 2003 until 2008.  Dick has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1979.

In addition to his ZRE background, Dick served as the Controller of Capital Square Holdings, LLC from 2013 to 2015.  He was heavily involved with the sponsorship and management of nineteen offerings totaling $325,000,000 using the Delaware Statutory Trust (DST) structure for Section 1031 investors.

Dick was the Controller for Mark Properties in Durham, NC from 1996 – 1997 and with F. G. Pruitt, Inc. in Richmond, VA from 1997 – 1999. For much of his earlier career, he was an executive with RF&P Corporation in Richmond, VA, a $700 million real estate company that also owned RF&P Railroad Company. He played a significant role in converting RF&P from a C-corporation to a REIT in 1994.

Dick is a graduate of the University of Virginia and is a member of the American Institute of CPA’s.


Michelle Gay

Michelle C. Gay

Manager of Legal Matters | emailvcardicon

Michelle joined Zapolski Real Estate in 2016 as Manager of Legal Matters. She has broad experience in the areas of commercial real estate and secured lending, including representation of institutional lenders and borrowers in loan transactions secured by real estate, purchasers and sellers in real estate acquisitions and divestitures and 1031 exchanges, and landlords and tenants in commercial lease negotiations and controversies.

Michelle served as an Associate with Jones Day Reavis & Pogue (Atlanta) from 1995 to 2001, a Partner with Tatum Levine & Powell, LLP, from 2001 to 2009, and a Partner with Tatum Hillman Hickerson & Powell, LLP, from 2009 to 2015.  Michelle also served as the CFO of LightSpeed Technology Group, a computer consulting and development company, from 1994 to 2013.

Michelle holds a JD degree from Emory University and a BA (chemistry) from Colgate University. She is also a triathlete and endurance runner.


Kelly Moore

Asset Manager, West Coast Email  |  vcardicon

Kelly Moore rejoined ZRE in August 2011 as West Coast Asset Manager and handles various property management, construction management and due diligence matters, as well as tenant relations. From 2002 to 2008, Kelly worked with us previously as Property Manager and also served as the Bookkeeper for Zapolski + Rudd, LLC.

Kelly attended the College of the Desert located in Palm Springs, CA and earned a Certificate from Barclay Business College in Legal Studies. Kelly has over twenty five years of accounting and management experience and previously worked in the banking, mortgage and hospitality industries.

Kelly currently serves on the Downtown Napa PBID Board and is a member of ICSC.  Kelly is a Northern California native and has lived in Napa since 2001.


Alix Zapolski

Alixandra Zapolski Guthrie

Asset Manager, East Coast | emailvcardicon

Alixandra joined ZRE in 2014 as a Property Manager and oversees project management and facility operations for the East Coast office portfolio in addition to managing tenant relationships.

Alix holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from North Carolina State University and is an active member of ICSC. She is a North Carolina native and currently resides in downtown Raleigh.


Maria DeSanto

General Manager, First Street Napa | emailvcardicon

Maria DeSanto has joined the Zapolski Real Estate team as the General Manager of First Street Napa.  She transitioned to Napa over a year ago from New York City where she worked as a Senior Real Estate Manager for CBRE, Inc. managing and repositioning numerous properties.

Ms. DeSanto has over 18 year’s experience in the commercial real estate industry.  She began her career in commercial property management as a facility manager for a national sports broadcasting company.  She quickly transitioned from managing leased space to managing the day-to-day operations of a newly constructed state-of-the-art broadcast facility. She later joined Capstar Commercial Real Estate, a Dallas real estate firm, specializing in property acquisition, reposition, and stabilization throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Maria holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Texas at Arlington


Stacy Gura

Accountant & Human Resource ManagerEmail  |  vcardicon

Stacy joined Zapolski Real Estate in 2015 as Accountant and Human Resource Manager where she is responsible for daily accounting, financial reporting and employee relations. She has over 12 years of accounting experience in real estate/property management, hospitality and legal industries.

Previously, Stacy held the position of Senior Accountant at Newmeyer & Dillion LLP, a construction litigation law firm.  She was responsible for general ledger reconciliations, budgets and overseeing payroll.  Prior to Newmeyer & Dillion, she excelled in various hospitality accounting positions at Marriott International, Trump International, and other boutique hotels in California and Hawaii.

Stacy holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Illinois State University.  Originally from Illinois, she currently resides in Durham.  A strong advocate, Stacy spends time working with the homeless and foster children.


Abraham D. Yacob

Analyst | Email

Abraham joined Zapolski Real Estate in 2018 as an analyst. In addition to evaluating market trends and performing demographic research, Abraham works closely with team members in the underwriting and execution of new investment opportunities and provides periodic re-forecasting of existing property assets.  He previously spent time at ZRE in 2015 as a summer intern, as well in the Washington D.C. office of U.S. Congressman Mike Thompson, aiding congressional staff members in legislative research and constituent services.

Abraham holds a Bachelors degree in Political Science with a concentration in International Politics and a minor in Corporate Strategy from Vanderbilt University.

Abraham is an avid follower of foreign affairs, history and sports, particularly the NBA and European soccer. He plans to obtain his CCIM designation in the near future.


Andy Fisher

Contract Associate, Construction Management | email

Andy joined Zapolski Real Estate in 2012 as a contract associate on construction and project management. His experience spans all disciplines related to the development of commercial and mixed-use projects throughout the west coast.  With more than 30 years of experience in development and construction management, Mr. Fisher is recognized as an industry leader in his field.

Before becoming an independent consultant, Andy served as the US Senior Vice President of Development for Madison Marquette for 17 years.  Prior to his time at Madison Marquette, Andy served as the Project/ Construction Manager at Burton Property Trust, where he managed and coordinated all activities related to the construction management of commercial projects.

Andy began his career in construction management as the owner and president of Dudley Construction Inc. of California where he was responsible for business operations for commercial and local government projects.

Andy received his degree from Berlin Stadt Frei Universitat in Germany.


Nicole Mori

Director of Marketing and Communication | Email

Nicole Mori is the Director of marketing and communications.  Prior to collaborating with the ZRE Team, Mori held the position of Vice President, Marketing for Caruso Affiliated in Los Angeles where she oversaw the Company’s portfolio of mixed-use lifestyle centers and development properties.

Prior to joining Caruso Affiliated, Mori held the position of Director of Marketing with Related Urban, the mixed-use development division of Related Companies. Mori was responsible for managing communication and marketing initiatives, public relations, partnership marketing, hospitality, specialty retail, operational strategy and brand positioning for CityCenter of CityNorth in Phoenix and The Grand Avenue Project in Los Angeles.

Mori began her shopping center career with Westfield where she worked at several properties including flagship property Century City, creating and executing operational and redevelopment marketing initiatives.

Mori holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and International Business from Duquesne University, is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and is a two-time MAXI award winner.