Team

Leadership Team

Fabio Di Prima

Co-Chief Executive

Fabio Di Prima is the co-founder and co-chief executive of Habitas Opportunity Capital. Fabio is also a Partner and the Vice President of Investments and Acquisitions at Forte Real Estate Development, where he is responsible for the identification, evaluation of investment opportunities, including the oversight of due diligence efforts undertaken in the property and site analysis process, managing investment funds that seek to invest in real estate job-creating projects, through a highly complex fund formation process. Mr. Di Prima handles transaction negotiations, and oversees the company’s closing activities and investor relations. Over the past decade, Fabio has served in leadership positions at several organizations of different sizes operating across multiple industries, including the $14 billion merger between Fiat and Chrysler Group. Additionally, Mr. Di Prima is the co-founder and Managing Director of Silver Sky Global Capital, a multi-strategy private equity firm that actively invested in several real estate projects in North America and that holds an interest in Habitas Opportunity Capital.

Mr. Di Prima holds a joint MSc in Financial Economics from the University of Turin, Italy and Universidad San Pablo CEU in Madrid. He also holds an MBA from Manchester Business School, Manchester, UK. He is also active in a number of businesses and non-profit organizations including serving on the board of the Italian Chamber of Commerce for the UK and as President of EB-5 Italy, the leading Italian EB-5 organization.

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Justin S. Gardinier

Co-Chief Executive, CFA

Justin S. Gardinier is the co-founder and co-chief executive of Habitas Opportunity Capital. He has 19+ years of experience across investment banking, real estate investment and financing, domestic and overseas fundraising, and fund management. In 2016, Mr. Gardinier founded TigerBridge Capital, which is Habitas’ parent company and an SEC-registered broker-dealer and member of FINRA/SIPC.

Prior to Habitas and TigerBridge, Mr. Gardinier held advisory and principal investing roles at Morgan Stanley, CIM Group, Cantor Fitzgerald and Greystone. Over the span of his career, Mr. Gardinier has been involved in more than $8 billion of real estate and specialty finance M&A and capital markets transactions, more than $3 billion of principal real estate investment, financing and turn-around transactions, including involvement in more than $500 million of EB-5 offerings.

Mr. Gardinier holds an MBA from Columbia University, a B.S. from Northeastern University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

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Board of Directors

Massimo Pinelli

Board Member

Massimo Pinelli is President of Forte Real Estate Development. He spent the first ten years of his career with a large, privately held, and hugely successful family business and with interests and holdings in the residential, retail and office sectors. While there, Massimo was involved in all the facets of real estate land development ranging from the due diligence and acquisition process, governmental approvals, construction, sales and leasing process to corporate finance and capital raises.

Massimo started his own company in 1999 that became Forte Real Estate Development. Since then, Forte RE Development has successfully developed multiple mixed use and multifamily projects including condominiums, townhouses and apartments.

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Joseph P. Baumann

Board Member

Joseph P. Baumann, Jr. is Chairman of McManimon, Scotland & Baumann, LLC. He concentrates his practice in all aspects of redevelopment and development law, with a strong emphasis on complicated projects involving numerous stakeholders, difficult sites, complex capital stacks and extensive public sector involvement.

Having spent almost 30 years bringing these types of projects to completion gives Joe a unique ability to assist clients in navigating the often difficult public-private negotiations inherent in such projects. In such projects, Joe provides strategic and legal guidance designed to produce results for his clients. He represents public and private clients throughout New Jersey and in most every county, and has been counsel for signature projects that are transforming municipalities, such as Bayonne, Bloomfield, Carteret, Cranford and Atlantic City.

Joe also has experience in all aspects of public sector law, with a particular emphasis on public finance. He has represented the State, its agencies and numerous municipalities, counties, boards of education and authorities, as well as underwriters and trustees. Such representation has involved a broad range of transactions, including negotiated and competitive, special obligations and general obligations, current and advance refundings, and all aspects of redevelopment-related financings.

Joe received his B.A. degree in government, with a second major in business administration, from the University of Notre Dame, in l984. He received his J.D. degree from Rutgers University Law School, cum laude, in 1987, where he served on the staff of the Rutgers Camden Law Journal.

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