Our Team

Our Team

  • Ofer Tamir

    Managing Partner

    Starting in 1984, and while managing a 500 employee organization in the textile industry, Mr. Tamir purchased and syndicated a substantial real estate portfolio comprised of commercial, residential and development projects in Florida, Georgia, Texas, Tennessee, Costa Rica and Israel. Mr. Tamir also acquired numerous tracts of land for future development in Israel and extended many private loans to real estate entrepreneurs.

    following the Real Estate debacle of 2008, Mr. Tamir co-founded Florida Prime Acquisitions, a real estate investment company that acquired hundreds of commercial and residential properties in South Florida.

    Mr. Tamir is heavily involved in the South Florida community by volunteering many hours as the Chairman of the Board of the Israeli American not for profit organization, The Riviera Parliament, Inc.

  • Eyal Peretz

    Managing Partner

    Since 2002, Eyal Peretz has been a real estate entrepreneur and investor. He serves as managing partner of Florida Prime Acquisitions, a holding company that owns and operates commercial and residential real estate holdings. Throughout his career, Mr. Peretz was directly responsible for acquiring and rehabbing of several hundred single family homes and condominiums as well as hundreds of thousands of sq. ft. of commercial space. Mr. Peretz also founded a real estate tax reduction company where he helped his clients with real estate tax savings on assessments of more than $250 million. Mr. Peretz holds a BA in Biochemistry and a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Miami and is a licensed real estate Broker in the state of Florida. Read more…

  • Dr. Shimon Elkabetz

    Managing Partner

    Shimon Elkabetz is a special investments consultant to the board and was up to January 2016 co-CEO of Harel Investments Insurance and Finance, one of Israel’s largest publicly traded insurance and financial groups. He previously served as CEO of Ilanot Discount, Ilanot Batucha Investment House, and Harel Finance. Dr. Elkabetz’s expertise is in the area of real estate investments and the mortgage business. From 2001 to 2004, Dr. Elkabetz served in senior roles at DBTC & UBC in Geneva, Switzerland. He received a BA in Economics and Accounting from the University of Haifa, a Master’s in Economics from The Technion Institute, and a Ph.D. in Businesses Administration from the University of Haifa. Read more…

  • Jay Jacob

    Managing Partner

    Jay Jacob is a principal at Fuse Funding.  Prior to joining the firm he held various senior executive positions at community banks in South Florida. Mr. Jacob’s primary focus is managing the growth and business development at Fuse while ensuring credit quality.  With over 20 years of experience in South Florida banking and managing over $2 billion in loan portfolios for owner-occupied and investment real estate, Mr. Jacob brings valuable knowledge of the lending process, risk management and an extensive network of experienced professionals to rely on throughout the entire loan cycle. He received his undergraduate degree and MBA from the University of Florida.  Read more…

  • Rebecca A. Lozano

    Business Development

    Rebecca brings more than 20 years of banking experience. In her new role, she will be responsible for loan generation in the Florida market, and fostering relationships with new and existing clients.

    Previously, Lozano served as Vice President of Private Banking for Bank United where she developed a portfolio in excess of $40O million through various business development efforts. Her particular areas of expertise are sales cycle management, client relations, vendor relations and EB-5. Throughout her career she has consistently been recognized and awarded for superior production and customer service.

    Her leadership capabilities and expertise will help us continue to provide the highest level of personal service.

    Lozano received a Bachelor of Science degree in International Relations with a minor in Economics from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Active in the banking industry, Lozano is a regularly featured speaker on the EB-5 program and serves as a committee member for the IIUSA Banking and Finance, an organization dedicated to the permanent authorization of the EB-5 Regional Center Program.

Advisory Committee

  • John G. Primeau

    Executive V.P. & Market President for Centennial Bank

    John G. Primeau, presently, Executive V.P. & Market President for Centennial Bank (formerly known as Broward Bank of Commerce) has been a respected member of the South Florida financial industry for more than 40 years. He began his professional career in banking, serving as Executive Vice President for the Commercial Lending Division of Hollywood Federal Savings and Loan, and later served as President and CEO of Unifirst Bank in Hollywood, successfully directing the merger with Republic Security Bank in 1998. Prior to joining Centennial Bank (BBOC) he was President and CEO of Valley Bank of Florida and Senior Vice President of Florida Community Bank.

    A dedicated community activist, John’s leadership and volunteerism have benefited countless South Florida residents. He has served as a board member of the American Red Cross, the Barry University School of Business Advisory Council, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and the chair of the American Diabetes Association. He was also on the board of the South Broward Hospital District for eight years, two of which were as their Chairman.

    For his outstanding service, he was honored with the National 3R Award from the American Diabetes Association and the Sunshine Health Humanitarian of the Year Award, and was recognized for this community dedication by the Memorial Healthcare Foundation. He formerly served as President of the Liberia Economic Society (L.E.S.). He also currently sits on the Board of Trustees of Women in Distress, The Board of Directors of Broward Partnership for the Homeless, The Board of Trustees of Barry University, and the State of Florida Consumer Affairs Council. He also sits on the Broward County Housing Finance Authority and the United Way Audit Committee.

    Originally from Detroit, Michigan, John is a long-time Broward County resident. Having earned his MBA from Barry University, he held the office of Mayor and Councilman of the Town of Davie and served as President of the Davie-Cooper City Chamber of Commerce.

  • Michael Budwick, Esq.

    Michael Budwick is a shareholder of law firm Meland, Russin and Budwick and has been deeply involved in litigation related to lender liability, negligence, and professional malpractice. Mr. Budwick has represented parties in some of the highest-profile financial fraud cases in the U.S. and is nationally recognized as a bankruptcy and commercial litigation expert. He received both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Florida. Read more…

  • Ryan Poliakoff, Esq.

    Ryan Poliakoff of Becker, Aboud, Poliakoff & Foelster concentrates his practice in the community associations practice group. Mr. Poliakoff serves as general corporate counsel to condominium associations, homeowners associations, master associations and country clubs. He is particularly experienced in the areas of property management, accommodations under the Fair Housing Amendments Act, and executive board operations and service. Previously, Mr. Poliakoff was senior counsel at Sachs Sax Caplan and an attorney in New York, where he practiced complex commercial litigation, including securities, patent, environmental and mass tort litigation. Mr. Poliakoff received both his undergraduate and law degrees from Cornell University. Read more…

  • Greg Matus

    Greg Matus serves as regional managing partner of South Florida for Franklin Street Real Estate Services, where he oversees the growth of the company’s South Florida presence through strategic recruiting and business development. Prior to joining Franklin Street, Mr. Matus spent 11 years with Marcus and Millichap, and has been involved in thousands of transactions valued at more than $3 billion. He serves as a member of the National Association of Office and Industrial Properties, Urban Land Institute, and International Council of Shopping Centers. Mr. Matus received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Florida. Read more…

  • Mark Hobson, Esq.

    Mark D. Hobson is an experienced transactional attorney who has represented domestic and foreign clients, including angel investors, entrepreneurs, privately held companies, majority owners of privately held companies, small and medium-sized businesses, investors, and EB-5 Regional Centers, in diverse business transactions across a wide array of industry sectors.  A significant portion of his practice involves helping clients comply with state and federal securities laws, in mergers & acquisitions, address broker-dealer issues, codify distributorship and sales arrangements, in commercial finance transactions, in preparing manufacturing arrangements, in codifying joint ventures, cross-border transactions, and technology-transfer arrangements, in preparing employment agreements, NDAs and confidentiality agreements, consulting agreements, option agreements, stock and membership interest option plans, stockholders agreements, operating agreements, agreements of limited partnership, convertible promissory notes, and preferred and restricted stock plans, in documenting loan transactions that are insured or guaranteed by the Export-Import Bank of the United States, in preparing and filing Premerger Notification Report Forms under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 for deals that meet the size thresholds, and in documenting loan transactions that are secured transactions subject to Article 9 of the UCC.

    Mark received his J.D. with Honors from The Florida State University College of Law in 1992 and a Masters of Laws, Cum Laude, in International, European & Comparative Law from Vrije Universiteit Brussel, in Brussels, Belgium in 1993.  Mark started his career initially working for a couple of major law firms in São Paulo, Brazil and then worked in-house in Citibank’s São Paulo headquarters, before moving to Miami, where he has lived since November 1998.

    In Miami, Mark worked in the corporate department of Shutts & Bowen, LLP’s Miami offices for 12 years, and then joined with an 8-member firm (made up of mostly big-firm refugees) for 3 & 1/2 years before starting his own firm in July 2014.

    Mark is co-chair of the Newsletter Subcommittee of the Middle Market and Small Business Committee of the ABA’s Business Law Section. Read more…

  • Zvi Rafilovitz, CPA

    Zvi Rafilovich is the managing shareholder of Zvi Rafilovich, CPA, P.A., where he advises entities and high-net worth individuals on tax compliance issues. Rafilovich previously managed large-scale tax credit projects for IVAX (now Teva Pharmaceuticals), one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the U.S. He is a member of the steering committee for Broward County’s annual Joint Tax and Estate Planning Seminar, and received his master’s in taxation from Florida International University. Read more…

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No information provided on this website shall constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to make an investment in any securities or ownership interests in Fuse Funding I, LLC (the “Fund”). This website does not constitute an offer to sell or buy any securities or ownership interests of the Fund (“Interests”). There shall be no offer or sale of the Fund’s Interests without:

  1. A prospective investor first completing the Fund’s questionnaire, pursuant to which that prospective investor will attest that he or she is an Accredited Investor, as defined by Rule 501 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “1933 Act”); and
  2. After it receives a completed Accredited Investor Questionnaire from a prospective investor, the Fund completing its investigation to determine that the prospective investor does satisfy the Accredited Investor standard and is therefore qualified to invest in the Fund.

Only once both of the foregoing conditions precedent have been satisfied, to the Fund’s satisfaction, will the Fund then proceed to deliver a set of confidential offering materials (the “Offering Materials”) to that qualifying prospective investor.

All information contained on this website (including this disclaimer language) is qualified in its entirety by and subject to the information contained in the Offering Materials. As explained in detail in the Offering Materials, Interests in the Fund are not registered (nor is there any present intention to have them registered) under the 1933 Act, or the securities laws of any states, and will only be offered and sold in reliance on exemptions from the registration requirements of the 1933 Act and requisite state laws. The Interests in the Fund, once acquired, may not be transferred or resold except as permitted by the 1933 Act and requisite state laws pursuant to registration or an exemption therefrom. Neither the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) nor any state securities regulatory authority has expressed any approval or disapproval of the Interests in the Fund, nor have any of the foregoing authorities passed upon or endorsed the merits, accuracy or adequacy of the Offering Materials. Any representation to the contrary is unlawful.

Securities offered through the Fund are only suitable for Accredited Investors, who are familiar with and willing to accept the high risk associated with private investments. Investing in private placements requires high-risk tolerance, low-liquidity concerns and long-term commitments. Investors must be able to afford to lose their entire investment. Investors must carefully consider their investment objectives along with the risks, charges, expenses and other factors of any investment product prior to investing.

No communication, through this website or in any other medium, should be construed as a recommendation for any security offering. This website provides general and preliminary information about the Fund and is intended for initial reference purposes only. It is not a summary or compilation of all applicable information and is not complete. It is subject in its entirety to the Offering Materials, which will only be provided to qualifying Accredited Investors.

Neither the Fund nor any of its affiliates is a registered investment adviser or registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940.

Prospective investors should not construe the contents of this website as legal, tax, investment or other advice. Each prospective investor should make his or her own inquiries and consult his or her own advisors as to the appropriateness and desirability of an investment in the Fund and as to legal, tax and related matters concerning an investment in the Fund. All prospective investors are strongly advised to consult with their own tax, legal and financial advisors.

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