Our Team

Our Team

  • Dr. Shimon Elkabetz


    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…

  • Eyal Peretz


    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…

  • Steve Vargem

    VP of Lending

    Steve M. Vargem is a Financial Architect with over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry with a particular focus on both Residential and Commercial Capital Markets. Steve Vargem has a proven success rate with generating record-setting revenues and developing new business opportunities. Steve Vargem has served as a Board Member on the BASF Builders’ Association of South Florida, the Florida Homebuilders’ Association as District 7 Vice President, and is a member of the National Homebuilders’ Association.

    Steve Vargem completed his Bachelor of Science in Business at the Kansas State University. His experience in the Financial industry includes serving as Executive Vice President at Trust One Mortgage for seven years where he directed a 100-member wholesale, retail, and operations team while increasing profits by $122 million. Steve Vargem then went on to serve as Regional Vice President at Angel Oak Home Loans LLC where he led the daily operations for the U.S. Sales Division for three years. For his next role, Steve M. Vargem then served as Area Branch Manager for EverBank for two years, after which he transitioned to City National Bank as Area Vice President. Currently Steve Vargem is serving as the  Vice President of BBVA Compass  Bank where he manages ten different loan officers and has successfully grown sales by 40%.

    In addition to Steve Vargem’s professional expertise in financial markets, he also was  a professional athlete in both football and martial arts. In martial arts, Steve Vargem has a Black Belt in the Kempo Karate 5X National Championship. In his spare time, he devotes his experience to coaching and mentoring professionals looking to have success in the financial services sector.

  • Carolina Noronha

    CFO, CPA

    Ms. Noronha serves as the CFO of Fuse Group.  Previously, she held the Corporate Controller role for a multinational construction and engineering company for 9 years, where she was part of the executive team responsible for the company’s capitalization through two Private Placement operations, for a total amount of USD 575 million, and for structuring a Security Bond (Project Finance) associated with the construction of two drilling vessels, totaling USD 1.5 billion. Ms. Noronha previously worked 10 years in a Big 4 public accounting firm, having led several public offerings in the United States and Brazil. She has a BS in Business Administration and Masters in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant in the US.

  • Jonathan K. Winer, Esq.

    General Counsel

    Mr. Winer began his career in the law doing high-profile business bankruptcy and commercial litigation with two of Miami’s premier boutique law firms in these areas: Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, P.A. and Meland Russin & Budwick, P.A.  After a stint as a solo practitioner focusing in those areas of the law, as well as collections and creditor’s rights, Mr. Winer was General Counsel for United TranzActions, LLC, one of the nation’s largest check guarantee and payment processing companies.  Mr. Winer’s broad array of legal experience includes business bankruptcy and commercial litigation, complex contract preparation and review, corporate governance, transactions, and joint ventures.  Mr. Winer received a BS in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with concentrations in Accounting and Finance, and received his JD from the U.C.L.A. School of Law.  Mr. Winer is admitted to practice law in both Florida and New York.

Advisory Committee

  • Ofer Tamir


    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. in 2020, Mr. Tamir decided to take a different path and focus on other philanthropic and business ventures and parted from Fuse Group. Mr. Tamir remains a vital part of Fuse Group’s advisory committee. 

    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.

  • 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…

  • Maria Tude

    Credit Advisory Committee

    Ms. Tude has over 20 years of diversified experience in the design, procurement, and construction industry. Ms. Tude has held several leading positions in a variety of heavy construction projects, such as buildings, airports, and roadways. Ms. Tude has led an international procurement center that supported worldwide projects ranging from $1M to$4B. She has also led the finance/administration area of iconic projects.

  • 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…

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  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.

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