Aug 26, 2015

Zephyr Expands Team with Four Hires, Including Senior Vice President of Real Estate Finance and Vice President of Land Development.

San Diego-based real estate development and investment company Zephyr has expanded its team and continues to grow with multiple projects, including The Park, 60 high-end condos and townhomes in Bankers Hill; The Block, a mixed-use residential development planned for downtown; Signature Homes, custom-spec properties in A+ locations throughout the region; and the $50 million acquisition of a nine-acre parcel in Dana Point, California, where the company plans to develop a mixed-use community.

New hires include Dean Loisel (a Carmel Valley Highlands resident) as senior vice president of real estate finance, Mike Lake as vice president of land development, Russel Kaup as senior project manager and Amber Frankhuizen as sales manager. Jeff Schieferstein has been promoted to vice president of construction.

“Zephyr is growing quickly as we move forward with multiple, large-scale projects in San Diego and now Orange County,” said Zephyr Co-CEO Brad Termini. “Our newest team members bring a wealth of experience, passion and ingenuity that’s essential to everything we do. They’ll play key roles in advancing our goals.”

Dean Loisel – a skilled real estate development and finance executive with more than 15 years’ experience in executing complex projects – will help lead Zephyr’s developments, utilizing his knowledge of real estate investment, acquisitions, contract negotiations and management. Prior to joining Zephyr, he was the vice president of finance for the Faena Group, a real estate and hospitality group from Buenos Aires.

Mike Lake previously worked as vice president of land development for California West Communities and as project manager for Ryland Homes. In his new role, Lake will coordinate all phases of project development for Zephyr’s Signature Homes. He has extensive experience negotiating purchase agreements, developing contracts, managing escrows and developing strong working relationships with bank and equity partners, land sellers, community groups and more.

Russel Kaup is an established development and procurement executive with more than 15 years of industry leadership experience, and previously worked as the regional vice president of procurement and supply chain for MDC Holdings, a leading homebuilding and financial services company. Before that, Kaup was the vice president of construction services for Centex Homes in San Diego.

Amber Frankhuizen – who has extensive experience in real estate sales, marketing and project management – will oversee sales and marketing of Zephyr’s Signature Homes. A former leasing manager with Carmel Partners, she’s executed more than 2,800 contracts and closed over $15 million in sales, exceeding the company’s goals.

Recently promoted at Zephyr, Jeff Schieferstein has a 15-year history of success in construction management. In his new role as vice president of construction, he’ll oversee purchasing, supervision and management of all construction for Signature Homes, as well as Zephyr’s multi-family projects.

About Zephyr

Founded in 2008, Zephyr is a San Diego-based real estate development and investment company committed to building high-quality attached and detached homes, condominiums and luxury apartments. The company, co-founded by Brad Termini and Dane Chapin, has successfully completed and sold developments throughout San Diego County. Currently, Zephyr manages projects in Carlsbad, Encinitas, San Diego, Coronado, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe, Fallbrook, Escondido and Dana Point.

The Zephyr leadership team holds over 100 years of unrivaled experience in residential, commercial, and industrial development. Over the last 6 years, the team has completed over $750 million worth of residential developments. For more information, visit


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