Meet the Team

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Donald Shapiro

M: 954.803.9514

Donald Shapiro has earned his reputation as “Commercial Don” for his expert representation of all matters commercial real estate, including multi-family, industrial, land, retail, and office. Highlights include projects on Lincoln Road, Brickell City Center, and a land transaction that generated the client a million-dollar profit in a single year. While commercial and residential real estate run in tandem in many respects, commercial transactions do present their own unique sets of circumstances. Donald is proficient in the nuanced aspects of commercial real estate, the sophisticated and multi-part negotiations, and specific objectives and needs of the clientele. Donald values prompt communication, knowing that his clients’ time is money, and displays always up-to-date market awareness.

Donald leverages his Bachelor’s Degree in Public Finance from Indiana University with eight years of experience to offer clients quick and thorough market assessments for a property, including potential lease rates and details about zoning or development. He has previously been named a top agent three times, will soon receive his designation as a Certified Commercial Investment Member, and belongs to the South Beach chapter of Business Network International (BNI). Donald believes real estate to be holding strong as the best-performing asset an investor can acquire, and has an intuitive capacity to represent his clients’ true interests.

His personal passions include travel, watching sports, physical fitness, and dining out. An affiliation with , the leading real estate firm for technology and marketing, enables Don to move at his preferred speed—fast, and always in service of clients.

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Elliot Koolik

M: 561.843.0918

With tireless passion, Elliot’s mission is to always do the right thing and exceed his clients’ expectations. Recognized repeatedly as a top-producing agent during a three-decade career with his family’s Boca Raton-based brokerage, Elliot enjoys the journey he takes with buyers and sellers. He is proactive, not reactive, in his approach. When he identifies a priority, he goes all in to create a successful outcome. With optimism for the future of South Florida real estate, for The Koolik Group, and for Compass, Elliot’s proficiency is evident.

Elliot’s long-standing local insights are an asset to his clients as he knowledgeably navigates these often complex, emotionally weighted transactions. Marshaling the extensive resources offered by Compass, Elliot is pleased to offer clients the best of the best in technology, infrastructure, and forward-thinking leadership. Among his myriad skills, he is an expert at assessing a set of circumstances and determining a strategic approach. He is a strong advocate for his clients and will commit to getting the deal done.

"Having grown up in South Florida, and understanding the desire of so many people who want to reside and invest here, I saw a unique opportunity for my team," says Elliot. "The region is growing, and in turn, so are the commercial real estate needs. Commercial investment is tangible in a way stocks and bonds aren't, and that's what people look for. When I met Don, I immediately knew he was a great fit to lead our commercial division. With his commercial experience, Compass's technology, and my real estate expertise and reach, I am excited to offer all of our clients and friends a chance to invest not just in South Florida, but nationwide.

Todd Cohen

M: 215.356.8775

Hailing from the Philadelphia area, Todd is now a permanent resident of Boca Raton.

Todd graduated Summa Cum Laude from The University of Texas at Austin with degrees in Finance and Accounting. Upon graduation, Todd was the founder of two companies, The SNI Group and Florida Business Opportunities Clearinghouse. Through Todd's leadership and dedication, SNI Group became the leading supplier of travel products and accessories to retail locations in airports, cruise ships, hotels, resorts, and casinos throughout the USA, Canada, and the Caribbean. Over the past 11 years, Todd facilitated the sale of SNI Group three times to three different private equity funds.

Florida Business Opportunities Clearinghouse was built around Todd's love of everything Florida.  Since he was young, Todd loved spending time in Florida and knew one day he would be a permanent resident of South Florida. He built a buyer's business portal that assisted clients from the Northeastern U.S., who had a propensity to live and work in Florida, find businesses they could purchase and a dream home for their families. He negotiated deals on many different businesses including a marina, a car dealership, a bakery supply company. and a hardware distribution business and helped his clients find their personal paradise in the sun.  

Todd is excited to continue the legacy of Florida Business Opportunities Clearinghouse to help clients achieve the "Florida Dream". Utilizing his skills attained over the last 33 years in Real Estate, Sales, Finance, Marketing, Operations, and Entrepreneurship, he looks forward to helping others achieve their goals and find their piece of Florida to call home.

Also, given Todd's love for Florida and Florida real estate, during the past 10 years, Todd bought, managed, and continues to manage a portfolio of single-family residential real estate in Palm Beach County.

Family is a core bedrock of Todd's life and he enjoys golf, pickleball, working out, traveling, and spending time with family and friends

Jon Rifkind

M: 917.608.2719

After a long and successful career in the music industry as a partner in one of the most influential hip hop labels of all time, Loud Records, For over 25 years Jonathan traveled the country promoting his Loud artists through a network of DJ’s and radio stations.

 

“Navigating through all the personalities in the music industry has definitely prepared me for the emotions that sellers and buyers feel when making a real estate decision."

Real estate has always been a passion of Jonathan’s, especially on the investment side. After living in New York, Los Angeles, and now Miami, Jonathan states “Many of our buyers and sellers in the KG network who have relocated to South Florida are looking for commercial/investment opportunities. KG is perfectly positioned to execute on those requests.”

Jonathan now resides in sunny South Florida and makes his home in Miami Beach. Living back on the east coast and in Miami brings back a lot of childhood memories when Jonathan would vacation with his family in South Florida to get out of the cold Long Island, New York weather.

“Living steps away from the ocean is a dream come true, states Jonathan. Living in the three major US markets and traveling the nation during my music career has given me insight as to why people live, work and move to certain markets. I plan to share that knowledge and I am confident all of those experiences are a huge asset when helping my future buyers and sellers.

Jonathan enjoys spending his free time running, biking, tennis and playing softball with a team of friends that he manages.