Vice President, Asset Management
Mr. Ramparas is Granite’s Vice President of Asset Management. Most recently, Mr. Ramparas was Vice President of Hexagon Capital Partners, a real estate advisory firm focused on executing a strategic plan for assets owned by a global multi-billion dollar corporation. Previously, he served as a Senior Analyst at Fortress Investment Group LLC, a New York-based private equity and hedge fund company. Mr. Ramparas has over 10 years of broad work experience with focus on real estate and equity investments, corporate underwriting, operations and valuations.
Mr. Ramparas plays a key role in the asset management of Granite’s real estate portfolio. This includes supporting the acquisition, disposition and property operations activities, having responsibility for valuation analysis, property underwriting and the development of asset strategies and business plans for the portfolio.
Mr. Ramparas graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.
Vice President, Construction, North America
Mr. Pecile has been with Granite since 1997 and has more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry. Mr. Pecile is responsible for overseeing the construction, development and overall management of properties located in Southern Ontario, United States and Mexico.
Prior to joining Granite, Mr. Pecile was a Field Engineer with Eastern Construction Company Ltd. for over nine years and worked on a variety of projects that included the construction of office high-rises, shopping malls as well as institutional facilities.
Mr. Pecile is a Professional Engineer (Civil) and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Toronto.
Vice President, Construction, North America
Frank Tozzi serves as our Vice President, Construction, North America and has more than 30 years of extensive hands-on experience in the design, construction and supervision of industrial and residential construction projects. Mr. Tozzi liaises with clients, consultants and municipalities to ensure that all projects are completed with the highest level of quality, within timelines and on budget. Prior to joining MID (now Granite), Mr. Tozzi held senior positions in the private sector on residential and industrial projects.
Mr. Tozzi holds a Civil Engineering Technology Diploma from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute.
Vice President, Construction, Europe
Wolfgang Sorger serves as Vice President, Construction for all European Granite entities and is responsible for construction, acquisition, development, leasing and management of Granite’s industrial real estate portfolio in Europe. Mr. Sorger joined MID (now Granite) in 2001 when it was still a part of Magna International where he joined in 1996. For more than 10 years Wolfgang has been responsible for all European Granite construction projects and has worked on almost all Magna construction projects in Europe as well and has a broad experience in the construction and real estate industry. He holds a graduate engineer degree in Architecture from the University of Technology in Graz, Austria and graduated before from the Technical College for constructional engineering in Graz, Austria.
Vice President, Corporate Controller
Ms. Gismondi oversees Granite’s accounting and financial reporting activities.
Prior to joining Granite, Ms. Gismondi was Director, Financial Reporting at Richards Packaging Income Fund from November 2004 to June 2010. She was responsible for the internal and external financial reporting including the financial analysis for significant transactions and the maintenance and review of the internal control environment. Ms. Gismondi is a Chartered Accountant and worked as a Senior Manager in Ernst & Young’s audit practice until November 2004.
Ms. Gismondi graduated from York University’s Schulich School of Business
Executive Vice President Europe
Mr. Stefan Wierzbinski is our Executive Vice President Europe. Mr. Wierzbinski is responsible for acquisition, development, leasing and management of Granite’s industrial real estate portfolio in Europe. He joined Granite in 2001.
From 1997 to 2001, Mr. Wierzbinski worked with Arthur Andersen in Vienna, Austria as tax consultant and auditor in several industries including construction and real estate.
Mr. Wierzbinski holds an M.B.A. from the University of Business Administration in Vienna, Austria.
Executive Vice President, Co-Head Global Real Estate
Mr. Kumer oversees all aspects of Granite’s North American portfolio and asset management activities. These include asset strategies and business plans, property operations activities, leasing and expansions for both the Granite’s Magna tenanted properties as well as the Granite’s diversified portfolio.
Mr. Kumer also plays a key role in providing direction and support to the overall investment activities (acquisitions and dispositions) of Granite. As a member of our senior management team, he is a key leader in the overall integration and alignment of our existing and future Magna tenanted portfolio and our diversified real estate strategy and portfolio.
Mr. Kumer has over 21 years of experience in the real estate industry working for both public and private development companies. His experience includes acquisitions, due diligence, leasing, land use and development approvals, sales and construction. For the past 10 years, Mr. Kumer has worked for Granite in various roles including the management of the Granite’s significant land development portfolio and leasing within the income producing properties portfolio. Prior to Granite, Mr. Kumer held senior positions in the real estate industry including Vice President at C. Hunter Real Estate Corporation in Toronto and Vice President with Peregrine Hunter Properties Ltd.
Mr. Kumer holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours), business administration, from the Richard Ivy School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.
John De Aragon
Chief Operating Officer, Co-Head Global Real Estate
Mr. De Aragon oversees Granite’s investment activities (acquisitions and dispositions) in connection with its real estate diversification strategy. As a member of our senior management team, he is also directly involved in the overall integration and alignment of our diversified investments with the activities (expansions, lease strategies, acquisitions and dispositions) of our existing and future Magna tenanted properties.
Mr. De Aragon has over 22 years of experience in the real estate industry, covering all aspects from finance and accounting to acquisitions, mergers and asset management. His experience covers a wide variety of real estate sectors (retail, office and industrial), markets, investors and operating companies. He has held senior positions in real estate and investment in Canada and worldwide. These include having been Managing Director of Fortress Investment Group (responsible for real estate portfolios in Canada, the U.S. and Europe) from 2005 to 2009, Vice President of Bentall Kennedy and Senior Director Investment and Development at CIBC Development Corp.
Mr. De Aragon graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Arts in Management Economics.
Executive Vice-President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Ms. Tindale is our Executive Vice-President, General Counsel and Secretary and has been an officer of Granite since June 30, 2011. Prior to that Ms. Tindale was most recently Vice President, Associate General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at Biovail Corporation. In this role, Ms. Tindale managed the company’s legal matters and was a member of its executive management team. Over her four years at Biovail, Ms. Tindale provided leadership on numerous corporate acquisitions, licensing transactions, two proxy contests and a merger transaction.
Prior to joining Biovail in 2006, Ms. Tindale was a partner at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, practicing corporate securities law in the Toronto office.
Ms. Tindale holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Ontario.
Chief Financial Officer/Interim Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Forsayeth has been our Chief Financial Officer since August 12, 2011. From June 2007 to August 2011, Mr. Forsayeth was Chief Financial Officer of Intrawest. Over the course of his 30 plus year career, Mr. Forsayeth has held senior executive financial and operating positions in several public and private Canadian companies, including Cara Operations Ltd, Laidlaw Inc, Derlan Industries Limited and Bank of Montreal. Mr Forsayeth is a Chartered Accountant and also spent nine years with Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) in various areas including the audit practice, the insolvency group, as well as a secondment in their London, England office.
Mr. Forsayeth graduated from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree.