Leaders From Across Industries

Principal, Founder

Brian A. Sidman

Brian A. Sidman is the founder of BAS Holdings Investments, LLC (“BAS Holdings”), a real estate private equity firm headquartered in Miami, Florida. BAS Holdings and its affiliated companies specialize in real estate transactions through the following platform verticals: workforce housing developments, solar facility developments, solar finance, mining investments, large tract land acquisitions, and parking lot or garage investments.

BAS Holdings targets sectors that have recession resilient characteristics and have historically proven to resist downturns in previous real estate market correction cycles. Sidman has extensive experience in structuring REIT’s, TIC’s, DST’s and real estate partnership structures across all asset classes.Sidman is a Co-Founder and Principal of METIS Innovative, a venture capital firm focused on investments in early-stage Neuroscience medical device and technology companies.

Sidman is a Co-Founder of KidsBasel which is a platform for young artists to exhibit their collections to investors. The proceeds are earmarked for youth educational progress utilizing innovation in the classroom. Sidman is a board member of Fluid Biomed Inc. a medical device company, a former board member of a charitable foundation that donated over $16,300,000.00 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN and former board member of Lux Home, Inc. DBA Pella Windows and Doors NJ/NY. An avid supporter of Mount Sinai Medical Center on Miami Beach, the Chair of Emergency Medicine has been endowed by the Sidman family.

Principal, General Counsel

Jeremy Ben-David

Jeremy Ben-David is a Principal and the General Counsel of BAS Holdings, LLC. At BAS Holdings, he develops and leads corporate legal strategy to promote and protect the company’s matters, while retaining a commercial focus to steward a variety of deals from origination to diligence, structuring, and execution. He has also been a key figure in executing the company’s growth strategy and overseeing its operations. Mr. Ben-David is also the Chief Legal Officer of Sol-REIT, LLC.

Previously, Jeremy co-founded AXS Law Group, PLLC, a Miami-based full-service boutique law firm that grew to 16 attorneys prior to his departure. While at AXS Law Group, Jeremy headed the firm’s real estate practice group and was co-lead of its corporate law practice group while also managing the firm’s day-to-day activities.

Mr. Ben-David was also Corporate Counsel at Bayview Asset Management, an investment firm focused on investments in mortgage and consumer credit, including whole loans, asset-backed securities, mortgage servicing rights, and other credit-related assets. Mr. Ben-David spearheaded legal structuring and contract negotiation for multiple acquisitions of mortgage servicing rights, as well as the purchase and sale of pools of performing and distressed loans. In addition, he managed a team of paralegals and support staff and was also the go-to resource on matters in labor and employment, legal structure, leasing, and loan servicing.

Mr. Ben-David initiated his legal career in the Real Estate practice group of Bilzin Sumberg, a Miami-based full-service firm with 100+ attorneys. At Bilzin Sumberg, he was engaged on a wide range of legal advisory mandates for the distressed real estate industry including loan workouts, forbearance agreements, and the acquisitions of non-performing loan portfolios.

Outside of his professional endeavors, Mr. Ben-David is active in his community. He spent several years as a Network Board Member for the Miami Jewish Federation, and continues to actively volunteer with the organization. He also sits on the Advisory Board of Repair the World, an organization that mobilizes and engages young adults in social change in their communities, and is a Board Member of Wonder Kids, Inc., a non-profit that advances youth progress through innovative curriculum development.

Mr. Ben-David graduated with Honors from the University of Michigan in 2001 and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law in 2006, where he graduated cum laude. Mr. Ben-David is admitted to practice law in the state of Florida.

Manager of Operations and Strategic Growth

Valerie Zackschewski

Valerie is the Manager of Operations and Strategic Growth at BAS Holdings. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations and strategic plans of the firm and its series of business verticals.

Before joining BAS Holdings, Valerie was Head of Operations and Chief Compliance Officer at Greytown Advisors. She was primarily responsible for the firms Investor Relations, Corporate Finance and Compliance. Prior to Greytown, Valerie was responsible for Finance and Investor Relations at BridgeInvest, with a particular focus on Financial Operations, Accounting, Investor Reporting and Loan Servicing.

Valerie started her career at MKF Group in New York, where she was involved in successfully managing and developing an international portfolio of residential and commercial properties in North and South America. She is a graduate of Hofstra University with concentrations in both Management and Accounting.

Manager of Finance and Accounting

Paul Horkan

Paul oversees finance, accounting, and asset management responsibilities across multiple business verticals at BAS Holdings. With over two years of experience in private equity and a strong corporate accounting background, Paul demonstrates a proven track record in driving financial growth and effective operations management. In his current role, Paul is responsible for tasks such as compiling and evaluating financial data, maintaining accurate account records, executing transactions, conducting data analysis, and leading budgeting, forecasting, and financial analysis projects.

Prior to joining BAS Holdings, Paul worked on the finance team at FairWind, Inc., where he handled full-cycle accounting responsibilities for operations in both the United States & Canada. FairWind is a global leader in providing comprehensive solutions for onshore and offshore wind turbine installation and servicing, with its headquarters in Denmark. Paul began his accounting career as a Junior Accountant at Pre-Cycled, Inc., a commercial printing company based in New York, while completing his bachelor's degree. During his tenure as a graduate student, he pursued various internships in Human Resources, Marketing, and Private Wealth Management, gaining a well-rounded understanding of diverse business functions.

Paul holds a bachelor's degree (BA) in Political Science & International Relations from Western Connecticut State University, where he also served as the Student Body President of his graduating class. In May 2021, he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the same institution, specializing in Financial Analysis & Investments.

Head of Acquisitions – Sustainability

Elijah M. Roth

Elijah is the Head of Acquisitions - Sustainability for BAS Holdings, where he is responsible for sourcing, informing, underwriting, conducting market research and assisting with closing on investment opportunities in the following verticals: large tract land investments, renewable energy, and carbon credit sectors. Elijah also works closely with BAS's asset management team, assists in capital raising, and supports senior leadership by formulating investment materials.

Prior to joining BAS, Elijah served as an ESG Advisor to BH3 and the Crixus BH3 Acquisition Company, where he was responsible for conducting environmental, social, and governance underwriting for existing projects in BH3's core portfolio and potential target acquisitions for BHAC. Elijah also assisted in sourcing new deal opportunities for the firm. Prior to joining BH3, Elijah served as the VP of Business Development and Chief Sustainability Officer for a boutique private equity firm that specializes in natural resources, where he assisted in environmental due diligence and compliance, grand strategy, marketing, fundraising, operations, and exploring alleyways for growth for three portfolio companies: a vertically integrated, sustainable seafood company, a noble metal and rare earth mining company, and a resilient development company that specializes in disaster-proof, solar micro-utilities.

Prior to joining Birch First Capital Advisors and its portfolio companies, Elijah worked on the asset management and market origination teams for New Energy Capital, a private equity firm focused entirely on the renewable energy space. Prior to his work with NEC, Elijah worked on the development team of Cypress Creek Renewables, one of the nation's largest utility-scale solar providers.

Elijah holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies with a focus on Economics from Dartmouth College, where he played Division I football.

Investor Relations Associate

Stephanie Seaman

Stephanie Seaman is the Investor Relations Associate at BAS Holdings, responsible for nourishing relationships with current and potential investors. With over 5 years of experience in the financial services industry, Stephanie brings a robust background to her role. She holds a degree in Business Administration with a minor in Finance from Universidad Francisco Marroquín, a leading university in Latin America.

Prior to joining BAS Holdings, Stephanie amassed 4 years of experience in high net worth client and investor relations at a real estate private equity firm and a boutique asset manager based in Miami. She was also was responsible for driving the operations at a fintech, asset-based lending company and worked as a solar energy asset management analyst for a solar energy financing firm. Additionally, she has worked as a venture seeker for investors in Guatemala and interned in the member relations team at Chief Disruptor (formerly Nimbus Ninety) based in London.

She is currently pursuing her CAIA Level 1 certificate to strengthen her position in the Alternative Investments industry.

Staff Accountant

Diana Rodriguez

Diana holds the position of Staff Accountant at BAS Holdings. Her role encompasses assisting with the management of daily financial operations, reconciling accounts, and meticulously compiling and analyzing financial data. She ensures the integrity of account records, initiates various transactions, and applies her analytical skills to maintain financial excellence.

Her professional journey began at Assurance Dimensions, where Diana's audit responsibilities covered a broad spectrum of both public and private entities. Diana initially emerged into the world of accounting as an intern at Klasfeld and Company. There, she was involved in comprehensive accounting activities and audited multi-family HUD properties.

Diana's academic background from Florida Atlantic University, where she majored in Accounting, laid the groundwork for her career in finance. Building on her experiences and educational background, Diana is actively working towards meeting the requirements for her CPA license.

Junior Associate

Noah Levine

Noah joined BAS Holdings as a Junior Associate in September of 2023.  Noah is responsible for supporting each vertical and contributing to the overall success of the company.  His responsibilities encompass the oversight of marketing materials, ensuring clarity and precision in all documents and presentations tailored for investors.

Before joining BAS Holdings, Noah worked as a Legal Associate at Serber and Associates, P.A. While there, he helped both attorneys and paralegals with daily tasks including editing documents, revising papers, and organizing client information.  He also served as the Assistant Programming Director at Camp Walden in upstate New York, where he planned daily events, managed technical support, and troubleshooted any issues, as a member of the leadership team.  

Noah was born and raised in South Florida, and he graduated with honors from the University of Florida in 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology

Executive Administrator

Catalina Rojas

Catalina Rojas is the Executive Administrator at BAS Holdings. She is responsible for assisting, planning, and directing all administrative activities for the Principal and Founder, Brian A. Sidman.

Before joining BAS, Catalina was the Sr. Executive Assistant to the CEO and CFO of Convey Health Solutions, Inc., Prior to Convey, she assisted the President of Latin America and CFO of Global Emerging Markets of Stanley Black & Decker. Catalina organized and maximized efficiency to facilitate the achievement of the CEO’s goals and objectives. She served as a liaison among staff, executives, and the CEO, managing company climate, employee well-being, project updates, proposals, and planning. Her responsibilities included handling inquiries, developing action plans, and assisting with the preparation and distribution of communications originating from the C-Suite. Furthermore, she acted as the point of contact and gatekeeper between top management and other stakeholders, while also maintaining comprehensive knowledge of departmental functions. Catalina expertly managed the daily agenda and operations of the CEO and CFO in collaboration with department leaders. Her role encompassed various administrative tasks, including the management of complex calendars, intricate global travel arrangements, report preparation, and the coordination of conferences, workshops, and meetings. She also took charge of overseeing the support staff of the C-Suite.

Catalina graduated from Florida International University, Legal Studies Program, where she became a Florida Certified Paralegal. Catalina moved to Miami, FL when she was 3 years old from Cali, Colombia.

EVP of Construction and Development for Redwood Dev Co

Joseph Benton

As Executive Vice President of Construction and Development, Joseph brings more than 20 years of real estate development experience and is responsible for the planning and execution of the Redwood Dev Co real estate projects.  

Prior to joining BAS Holdings, he was instrumental in the successful completion of diverse, high-profile real estate projects for Global City Development, Fort Capital Management, Maefield Development, and WCI Communities in both Florida and the Exumas.

Joseph holds a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He is a Registered Professional Engineer (Structural and Architectural), Special Inspector, and State Certified General Contractor in Florida.

VP of Accounting for Redwood Dev Co

Doris M. Arbaiza

Doris is the Vice President of Accounting for Redwood Dev Co. with over 20 years of experience in real estate accounting, specializing in diverse sectors such as high-rise condominiums, condo-conversions, townhomes, and both 9% and 4% LIHTC multi-family affordable housing development. Doris is recognized for her expertise in navigating the complexities of real estate financial management, including development, construction, and property management accounting.

Before joining BAS Holdings, Doris worked 13 years at Cornerstone Group, where she served as a Senior Accountant ensuring effective financial oversight for a diverse portfolio of properties. Transitioning to Housing Trust Group, she spent 4 years as a Controller for the Development division. Her strategic financial management played a pivotal role in optimizing the financial performance of the organization.

In her role as Director of Treasury Operations for 3 years, Doris continued to showcase her leadership skills by overseeing treasury functions and implementing optimal cash management strategies, further enhancing her comprehensive understanding of real estate financial operations.

Doris earned her Master of Accounting and Bachelor's in Accounting with honors from Florida International University, demonstrating her commitment to academic excellence. This, combined with her extensive work history encompassing development, construction, and property management accounting, positions Doris as a highly versatile and experienced professional capable of leading financial operations with a strategic and informed approach. Doris is dedicated to ensuring compliance with industry regulations, driving process improvements, and providing insightful analysis to support key business decisions. Her leadership extends to successfully managing cross-functional teams and fostering effective collaboration with stakeholders.

Development Manager for Redwood Dev Co

Gabriel Duarte

Gabriel Duarte joined the BAS Holdings team in April of 2023 and serves as Development Manager for the firm. Primarily, he oversees all facets of the real estate development process, from entitlements and design to construction and compliance. He also assists with the preparation and submission of applications for Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) project financing.

Gabriel has an extensive background in real estate and urban development, specifically in the South Florida region. Prior to his role at BAS, he worked in Development Management at McDowell Housing Properties and the Related Group. During his tenure at both firms, he was responsible for managing the development, construction, and rehabilitation of 1,500+ affordable and workforce housing units.

Born and raised in Miami, Duarte received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in International Business from Florida International University. Additionally, he holds a National Affordable Housing Professional Certification from First Housing University.

Development Coordinator of Redwood Dev Co

Maxwell Daniels

As Development Coordinator, Max is responsible for the day to day coordination and maintenance of development projects, continual precision on applications for the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC), and to assist the Development Manager in all necessary capacities.

Max is a 2024 graduate of Hobart College with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a passion for real estate. He played four years of NCAA Division 3 College Soccer including an NCAA tournament appearance and a two-year Captainship.

Max was born in New Jersey, but has spent over a decade living in South Florida with his family and two younger siblings.

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