Meet The Team

David Choi

CEO, Co-Founder

David is a seasoned real estate professional and serial entrepreneur. Before starting Leverage Companies, David worked for some of the largest development and private equity companies in the country, including Hampshire and Kayne Anderson. David has been involved in the management of private equity portfolios of over $2 Billion AUM and has personally been involved in thousands of real estate transactions. David is an expert in the syndication of capital and creative financing to assemble deals with unconventional and unique capital structures.

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Eric Panecki

COO- Co-Founder

Eric is an innovative Real Estate Finance professional with an extensive background in capital placement, real estate acquisitions, data analytics and marketing. Prior to founding both Leverage Companies and Leverage Capital Ventures, Eric’s work experience was primarily focused in the real estate hedge fund / private money lending space. Eric has been able to “Leverage” his experience in structuring intricate capital stacks, finding creative solutions to complex problems, and to garner a reputation for himself as a closer and a deal maker.

Randy Vargas

Managing Director of Transactions

Randy heads the Transactions Department at Leverage Companies, bringing his skills as a consummate jack-of-all-trades to the table in every deal to ensure a smooth transaction from start to finish. Using his years of expertise and experience, he researches investment opportunities and risks inherent in specific sectors to bring investors the best opportunities available on and off the market. Above all else, Randy’s main focus is providing an optimal level of customer service and information to investors and clients.

Anthony Pontoriero

Managing Director of Finance

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Samuel Dogbe

Managing Director of Acquisitions

Samuel is a time-tested, sales professional with over 6 years experience in developing high integrity sales culture. He accredits his award winning track record of leading and developing regional sales teams to his “Servant leadership and people before profits mentality.” Currently, he is the Director of Acquisitions at Leverage Companies focused on sourcing, analyzing and closing real estate transactions with his team.

Joan Limangan

Director of Marketing


Joshua Perna

Creative Director

Joshua is a Communications and Marketing specialist with over five years experience in strategizing and producing marketing campaigns and facilitating high-fidelity communication. After offering fully integrated marketing solutions for clients in multiple industries, Joshua joined the Leverage team as the head of creative marketing.

Kristin Beese

Senior Transaction Coordinator

Levi Taveras

Acquisition Manager

Andrew Young

Acquisition Manager

Donald Leingang

Disposition Associate

Viridiana Gonzalez

Acquisition Associate

Jerson Frias

Field & Property Manager

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Earl Olsen

Data Analyst

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Emmanuel Okoye

Operations Associate