Our Team

2014 Steven Ekovich Steven M. Ekovich
National Managing Director
Vice President of Investments

Mr. Ekovich has been in the real estate business since 1985, both brokering commercial real estate and serving as Regional Manager for several Marcus & Millichap offices. He has closed or overseen over $3.5 billion of real estate transactions. Currently Steve is the National Managing Director of the Leisure Investment Properties Group and Vice President of Investments for Marcus & Millichap. Since 2011 Mr. Ekovich has listed, sold and underwritten in excess of $1 billion of leisure investment properties (golf courses, resorts, marinas and master planned communities). Ekovich has sold the nation’s largest banking institutions, as well as major national and international leisure asset owners.  Mr. Ekovich has been a published author in numerous golf trade publications such as: Golf Inc., Golf Business, Florida Golf Central and has been named one of the top ten “Movers & Shakers” by Golf Business for 2014. Additionally, Ekovich is routinely called upon for leisure investment industry statistics and quotes by well-known institutions such as Bloomberg News, The New York Times and the Business Journals in major metropolitan areas. Mr. Ekovich has been a featured speaker since 1998 at real estate and leisure industry events nationally.

Mr. Ekovich has opened 4 offices for Marcus & Millichap, was voted “Regional Manager of the Year,” was the National Director of Marcus & Millichap’s National Self Storage Group and he is the perennial top broker at Marcus & Millichap in the Golf / Hospitality Division.


Christopher Karamitsos, PGA
Senior Investment AdvisorMr. Karamitsos has been a member of the PGA of America since 1995 and has worked in nearly every facet of the golf industry since 1990. He has played competitively since 1989 and served in a managerial/consulting capacity for golf course owners and developers throughout his career.  In 2004, Mr. Karamitsos became Associate Vice President of Commercial Investments for Great American Realty of Tampa Inc. In 2008 he and Steven Ekovich founded the National Golf and Resort Properties Group of Marcus & Millichap. The National Golf & Resort Properties Group, now the Leisure Investment Properties Group, has listed, sold and underwritten in excess of  $1 billion of leisure investment properties in over 30 different states.. He has been the editor of several golf publications, the featured instructor for PGA Magazine, and the St. Petersburg Times and is the author of School Golf – A Teacher’s Manual.Mr. Karamitsos has been the recipient of numerous awards from the PGA of America, has served on the executive boards of the North Florida PGA and the First Tee of Clearwater, and is a frequent presenter at industry trade shows and conferences.  Mr. Karamitsos graduated from St. Leo University in 1986 after having been awarded an ROTC scholarship. His degrees include a B.A. in Political Science, International Relations, Military Science and minor degrees in English and History. He served as an active-duty commissioned officer until 1990 at which time he pursued his career in the golf business. Mr. Karamitsos has worked at golf facilities as a Head Golf Professional, Director of Golf and General Manager. He founded the Karamitsos Golf Academy, Sigma Golf Management and Millennium Golf Ventures and was the Junior Golf Chairman of the North Florida PGA.

Terence Vanek
Investment Advisor-Golf & Marina DivisionsMr. Vanek joined the Leisure Investment Properties Group in 2010 after receiving his Master in Business Administration from the University of Florida’s Hough Graduate School of Business. Since that time, the Leisure Investment Properties Group has listed, sold and underwritten in excess of $1 billion of golf, resort and master planned community properties in over 30 different states. Now focusing exclusively on investment sales, Mr. Vanek has been active in real estate financial management and investment services since earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Duke University in 2004. He has an extensive background in financial analysis, brokerage, acquisitions, research, operations, accounting & business development. This expertise and experience together helps provide unparalleled market knowledge to our clients.

Robert Waldron
Investment Advisor-Golf Division

Rob Waldron joined the National Golf Division of the Leisure Investment Properties Group in 2013 as an Investment Advisor. His primary markets are the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast and Florida.

Mr. Waldron is a Golf & Hospitality Industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience. Rob has held management positions with well-respected firms such as Marriott Corporation, Fore Golf, Legg Mason Real Estate Services and Billy Casper Golf. His extensive golf background in finance, operations, marketing, acquisitions, brokerage, debt placement, business development and consulting provide a unique perspective to underwriting and the sale of golf course assets. He managed the acquisition of six golf course properties, brokered the sale of more than $30 million of golf course assets, underwritten the financing of more than $100 million of golf course transactions and has been directly involved with more than 150 golf courses in an advisory capacity.

Mr. Waldron is a published author of numerous articles for golf trade publications and has been a featured speaker for more than 15 years at Golf Industry events. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Chapter of the National Golf Course Owners Association and the Washington Metropolitan Golf Association. Rob volunteered as a Rules Official for USGA, MSGA, MAGA and WMGA golf tournaments and is a member of the Golf Digest “100 Greatest Courses in America” Panel. Mr. Waldron holds a BS in Finance from Penn State University.

Brett Murphy
Investment Advisor/Senior Financial Analyst-Marina DivisionMr. Murphy joined the Marina Division of the Leisure Investment Properties Group in May of 2017 after graduating from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration (specialization in pre-law) and a minor in real estate. Brett started focusing on commercial real estate during his sophomore and junior years of college, and in November of 2016 he earned his real estate license. Prior to his senior year Brett worked as an intern with Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group, focusing on market research and brokerage in the Tampa area.Since joining the team, Brett has been involved in the valuation and underwriting of over $35 million worth of marina assets. In Summer 2018, Brett became an investment advisor, guiding clients in the disposition, acquisition, refinancing, and hold strategies of their marina assets. In addition, he was promoted to Senior Financial Analyst of the Marina Division with focuses including: asset valuation, marketing support, strategic analysis, and market research.

Kody Tibbetts
Senior Financial Analyst-Golf DivisionMr. Tibbetts joined the Leisure Investment Properties Group in February of 2017 after graduating from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance. Kody originally began his college career at Florida Gulf Coast University where he studied professional golf management for two years and later transferred to UCF to further his education in Finance. After moving to Orlando, he worked as a Sales Associate at Pinch A Penny, where he earned his way into a management position in just his second year. Upon graduation, Mr. Tibbetts moved back to Tampa, earned his real estate license and focused on working in commercial real estate. Since joining the Leisure Investment Properties Group team, Kody has personally underwritten over $225 million worth of golf, resort and master planned community assets. His current focuses include new client clarifications, strategic research projects, marketing support, asset valuation and underwriting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeffrey C. Spilman, CCIM
Senior Associate-Marina Division
Jeffrey brings over 40 years commercial real estate investment expertise to the LIPG team.  Jeff has extensive experience in marina market evaluation, marketing plans, investment modeling, and investor relations.   Mr. Spilman has participated in real estate development as partner, and managed personal and client real estate investments.  Included in his experience has been working extensively with attorneys, title companies, contractors, and working with a network of real estate brokers.Mr. Spilman has been the recipient of  Marcus & Millichap awards including; National Achievement Award Winner, National Top 20 Agents, Overall Top 10 Agents for Central Florida and New Agent of the Year for Central Florida.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sonja Pruitt
Business Operations Manager & Executive Assistant

Ms. Pruitt joined the Leisure Investment Properties Group in 2017. Bringing to the team over 20 years’ experience in business development and multi-channel marketing management. In addition, she has over 5 years’ experience in real estate including transactions management with REO’s and commercial real estate; more specifically hotel, multifamily and business brokerage. She had a hand in the analyzing and underwriting of more than 5,000 opportunities per month working with the exclusively appointed buyers for the acquisition of homes for a large, private single family REIT.

Prior to joining the LIPG team, Sonja was the Operations & Marketing Manager with an international real estate firm in Clearwater, FL. Ms. Pruitt served as the Business Development Manager for Barnes & Noble for six years where she helped grow sales and managing over 100 institutional accounts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

                         

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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