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Downtown Vision Introduces New Board Members and 2020 Elected Officers

Published Thursday, November 21, 2019


Downtown Vision, the non-profit Business Improvement District (BID) for Downtown Jacksonville announced today seven new members of the Board of Directors as well as the 2020 elected board officers. The 24-member Board guides the organization's efforts to create and support a vibrant Downtown and to promote Downtown as an exciting place to live, work, visit and invest. 


The Downtown Vision Board of Directors 2020 elected officers are:

  • Board Chair -- Numa Saisselin, The Florida Theatre
  • Vice Chair -- Traci Jenks, Cushman & Wakefield
  • Treasurer -- Oliver Barakat, CBRE Group, Inc.
  • Secretary -- Kerri Stewart, JEA 


DVI is thrilled to welcome seven new board members who have shown the dedication and passion Downtown Jacksonville needs to become a dynamic urban core.  


Caryn Carreiro specializes in property management of office and flex properties in the Jacksonville market; and has worked with multiple owners throughout the State of Florida. She joined Cushman & Wakefield in 2016 during the acquisition of Taylor & Mathis of Florida. She has managed large portfolios of commercial office product over multiple regions during her career. She currently works in downtown Jacksonville. Ms. Carreiro has worked with regional owners in all phases of the real estate cycle, from repositioning and strategic marketing efforts, through acquisition and disposition. She also worked for a national bank in the Corporate Real Estate Department creating value by leasing excess bank space in their facilities in the State of Florida. She obtained her CCIM certification and has served as President of CREW Jacksonville.


Paul Davison is the Assurance office managing partner in BDO’s Jacksonville office. With more than 30 years of experience in public accounting, including 15 years at the partner level, Paul has in-depth experience leading public and large private company audits and has an extensive background in complex accounting matters including business combinations, leasing, restructuring, complex stock-based compensation matters and derivatives. Davison currently serves on the Executive Committee of both the Dreams Come True and Changing Homelessness. He received his B.S. in Accountancy from University of Miami in 1988.


Paul Grainger has been Vice President of Iconic Real Estate Investments since 2014. The firm specializes in the underwriting, structuring, development, and management of real estate investment deals in the Northeast Florida area, with a focus on cultivating long lasting relationships and a concentration in unique urban infill and adaptive re-use projects. Mr. Grainger leads Iconic to service an extensive network of high net worth investors through strategic planning, innovative thinking, and a passion for the business of real estate. Their investment and development opportunities are internally generated, as well as sourced through partnerships with other local, high-quality brokers and developers. Paul graduated from Warrington School of Business at University of Florida in 2006.


Elias Hionides has been Vice President of Petra since 2014, overseeing all development, sales, acquisitions, leasing, and management of the brokerage company. Elias graduated from the University of Miami with degrees in finance, marketing, and urban studies. His historic development experience includes the adaptive re-use and restoration of the Jones Bros Furniture Building into 28 apartment units and 10,000 SF of retail in downtown Jacksonville and the restoration of the Holmes Block in downtown Jacksonville. His focus is looking for ways for Petra to fill voids in the Jacksonville development field, with a focus to bring dense, walkable, and community-driven projects to the market. Elias is an active member of ICSC, ULI, and is part of the Commercial Corridors Committee of Springfield Preservation and Revitalization (SPAR). Recently, Elias was named a 2018 CoStar Power Broker for Retail Leasing and was a Jacksonville Business Journal 40 Under 40 in 2019.


Allan Iosue brings 20 years of experience in the architecture, engineering and construction industry with a focus on local, state and federal agencies as well as private development and education facilities. Allan is active in many community and professional organizations including the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, Urban Land Institute, ASHE, and FES/ACEC. He is a strong advocate for the City of Jacksonville serving as Chair for the Context Sensitive Streets Standards Committee.


Councilwoman Ju’Coby Pittman was appointed by Governor Rick Scott, to serve as Jacksonville City Council Member for District 8. She was installed by City Council President, Aaron Bowman and Chief Judge Mark Mahon on July 12, 2018. She serves on the Land Use and Zoning Committee(LUZ) and Rules Committees. As a native of Jacksonville and the CEO/President of the Clara White Mission, Councilwoman Pittman has been working to improve Jacksonville for over 30 years by implementing programs that effect change through cost-effective initiatives by engaging the community. Councilwoman Pittman is committed to: Engaging and mobilize constituents and government to work together to address neighborhood concerns and achieve results; Expanding economic development with a focus on job training and placement; and Collaborating with law enforcement, community and neighborhoods to reduce criminal activity. She holds dual degrees from Florida State College in Jacksonville (Associate in Arts Degree) and Jones College (Bachelor of Science Degree).  Additionally, she was honored with a Doctorate of Humane Letters by Jones College and serves as one of the institution’s most accomplished alumna. Her philosophy is “Go out of your comfort zone to make a difference”.


Alex Sifakis leads JWB Real Estate Capital, a vertically integrated single family real estate investment company located in Jacksonville FL. JWB provides passive real estate investments for their clients – basically, they make it as easy to invest in real estate as it is to invest in the stock market. “Good” market, “bad” market, doesn’t matter – JWB has an 8 year track record (that’s over 1000 properties) of providing, passive, market beating returns to their clients. With an in-house acquisitions department, construction company, and property management company, JWB is able to find the best real estate deals out there and turn those deals into profits for their clients. However, JWB is not “just about the money” – they maintain a focus on volunteering efforts and improving the community. JWB gives their entire team a half day once a month to do a team building activity, such as building a house for Habitat for Humanity, or reading to underprivileged children in Jacksonville schools. Alex graduated from The University of Florida in 2005, and is a diehard Gator fan. He still returns to Gainesville every now and then to guest lecture an entrepreneurship class for professor Rossi, and he was named to Jacksonville’s “40 under 40” list in 2012. JWB has garnered numerous local and national awards. Among them, in 2012 JWB was named to the INC500 list (#362 fastest growing company in the US, #12 fastest growing real estate company in the US), as well as getting named the 8th Best Place to Work in Jacksonville, and getting recognized as one of 904 Magazine’s “Companies with Heart,” for all they do in the community.


“We’re pleased to add these dynamic and diverse professionals to our Board of Directors to represent our stakeholders,” said Numa Saisselin, Downtown Vision Chair. “Each is passionate about making Downtown a great place to live, work, visit and invest and we are grateful for the expertise and ideas they'll bring to our board.” 


For a complete list of board members and bios, visit


About Downtown Vision, Inc. 

Downtown Vision is a not-for-profit organization revitalizing Downtown through clean and safe initiatives, experience creation, marketing and information management. Created by commercial property owners through a self-assessment and governed by a board representing Downtown property owners, DVI administers a 90-block Business Improvement District. For more information, visit



Katherine Hardwick

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