Michael Shvo is committed to continuing to innovate and redefine real estate worldwide

Michael Shvo is the founder, Chairman, and CEO of SHVO, a leading real estate owner, investor, and developer of unique and innovative luxury and landmark properties. SHVO currently oversees a portfolio of more than $7 billion, including residential, hospitality, and commercial space. Michael draws from his diverse background in real estate – from brokerage to marketing and sales to development – to guide his firm in creating and reimagining one-of-a-kind properties at some of the most important and sought-after locations in the world.

Michael leads the firm’s investment and transaction strategy, site selection, design, conceptualization, and service delivery. He anchors a team of some of the world’s most respected investors who share SHVO’s vision of creating extreme value by elevating how people live and work.

Michael founded SHVO in 2004 and built a reputation for groundbreaking residential lifestyle concepts inspired by, and frequently in partnership with some of the world’s leading luxury brands. That included collaborations with world-renowned architects, designers, and fashion brands including Herzog & de Meuron, Peter Marino, Renzo Piano, Philippe Starck, Denniston, Gwathmey Siegel, and Piero Lissoni. Michael pioneered the marriage of fashion and real estate with Armani Casa at 20 Pine Street, a concept that continues to be emulated throughout the world.

Michael also has great passion for art and is known for creatively marrying the art and real estate worlds.  In 2013, SHVO created the renowned public art installation “Sheep Station” in Manhattan, which transformed an empty former gas station in Chelsea into a whimsical scene of grassy hills and epoxy stone and bronze sheep sculptures by François-Xavier Lalanne. In late 2019, SHVO opened Les Lalanne at The Raleigh Hotel Gardens in Miami Beach.

Before founding SHVO, Michael was one of the most successful real estate brokers in New York City.  He launched the “group” model within major brokerages, which has become a new norm and given rise to some of today’s most notable brokers in New York and other leading markets.

Michael lives in New York City with his wife Seren (who is Executive Director of Communications for SHVO) and their daughter.

Executive Team

Jessica Schmidt

Jessica Schmidt CFO

Ms. Schmidt brings 18 years of experience that span finance, operations, and human resources in the construction, development, hospitality, and property management industries. SHVO relies on Ms. Schmidt to administer and implement processes and improvements across the company and to oversee finance, accounting, IT, human resources, and the general operations of the company. Her skillset is utilized during all lifecycles of the projects and she works directly with each of the department heads and with the CEO to further the strategic goals of the company.

Ms. Schmidt earned a Bachelor’s Degree from University of Maryland University College.

Garland deGraffenried Managing Director | New York

Mr. deGraffenried started his development career in 2010 with Alloy, a vertically integrated real estate company, where he lead the design, planning, and project management of several luxury residential buildings in Brooklyn. Subsequently, Garland joined Toll Brothers where he became Director of Development, overseeing the New York City portfolio including 121 East 22nd Street designed by Rem Koolhaas’ OMA. Most recently, he was Vice President at DDG, leading design driven residential developments in New York City and Miami. Garland has showcased a refined understanding for design excellence with the ability to execute throughout his portfolio of work.

Garland earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Syracuse University and is a licensed architect. He teaches in Fordham University’s real estate program and is board president of a nonprofit organization that supports students in need within the design industry.

Garland deGraffenried
Seth Goldman

Seth Goldman Managing Director | Florida

Over the course of his nearly 20 year career, Mr. Goldman has managed over $2 billion in real estate development projects in the New York City and Miami Beach metropolitan markets. Mr. Goldman’s expertise in real estate development, finance, construction, and risk management makes it possible to execute unique and dynamic projects. Some of his notable successfully completed ground-up developments are Palazzo della Luna and Palazzo del Sol in Fisher Island, FL and 45 East 22nd Street in New York, where he was responsible for obtaining all approvals and acquisition financing leading up to demolition.

Mr. Goldman earned a Master’s Degree from New York University.

John Gullixson MANAGING DIRECTOR | California

Throughout his 14 year career, Mr. Gullixson has overseen the development of more than 2 million square feet of commercial and residential real estate with an aggregate value in excess of $2 billion.  Mr. Gullixson started his career at Toll Brothers City Living, where he managed the design, construction, sales and marketing of condominium and hotel projects in New York City and California. Notable projects include Pierhouse Condominium and 1 Hotel in Brooklyn Bridge Park, and 205 Water in DUMBO, Brooklyn, which was named the 2012 Brooklyn Multi-Family Building of the Year.  John brings a depth of experience in retail, office tenant improvements and office conversion in addition to his residential and hospitality knowledge. Prior to joining SHVO, Mr. Gullixson was the Vice President of Development for Sydell Group, a creator and manager of unique hotels deeply rooted in their location and architecture. While at Sydell, Mr. Gullixson managed the design and construction of the award-winning Freehand LA, NoMad LA and the LINE Austin. 

Mr. Gullixson earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California at San Diego, followed by a Law Degree from Seton Hall.

John Gullixson
Nadia Meratla

Nadia Meratla Managing Director | Design

Ms. Meratla reinforces quality design & development from acquisition to execution, optimizing maximum development value. Encompassing strategic design and development direction, Ms. Meratla’s work within the company emphasizes the fundamental core value of design in the SHVO portfolio. At SHVO, Design & Development navigates predevelopment logistics, integrates tailored market intelligence, calibrates unit mixes, and supports profound detail review to secure a rigorous vision. Ms. Meratla has cultivated exceptional experience on predominantly large-scale, mixed-use residential, hospitality, and commercial developments by renowned international designers. Selected works include: 9900 Wilshire Boulevard, 6AM Los Angeles, The XI, The Belnord, Baccarat Hotel and Residences, 15 Hudson Yards, and The Greenwich Lane. Previously, Ms. Meratla accumulated over 15 years in New York at Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group, Douglas Elliman Development Marketing, and Gluckman Tang Architects. 

Ms. Meratla earned a Master’s Degree from McGill University.

Brian Gorman Executive Director | Marketing

Since 2006, Mr. Gorman has been part of SHVO’s executive team and has played a critical role in its expansion over the past decade. As a creative marketer, Mr. Gorman oversees the company's wide range of marketing efforts including project programming, branding, high impact brand collaborations, and corporate strategy. Mr. Gorman's diverse background includes hospitality, architecture, and branding, working with premier property owners and developers including Vornado Realty Trust, RXR, and Filament Hospitality.

Mr. Gorman earned a degree from the University of New Hampshire.

Brian
Seren

Seren Shvo Executive Director | Communications

With more than 20 years of professional experience within the entertainment industry, Mrs. Shvo integrates her work on commercials, radio, film, and publishing to select the best teams, proper media outlets and timeline efficiencies for SHVO's diverse portfolio. In her native Turkey, Mrs. Shvo worked for PR guru Betul Mardin, where she managed major accounts including Citibank, as well as Fortune 500 companies HSBC and Honda. Since 2013, Mrs. Shvo has overseen all aspects of the company’s corporate communications, corporate and project media relations, and is proactive in implementing general brand-positioning strategies via communication platforms.

Mrs. Shvo earned a degree from Istanbul Technical University.

Eli Harris Vice President | Finance

Over the course of his 20-year career, Mr. Harris has developed a diverse background in construction, real estate, wholesale, and public accounting. Mr. Harris brings a demonstrated ability to impact financial management and cost structures, as well as streamlining and maximizing all aspects of business operations. Mr. Harris manages debt and equity related activities, negotiates loans, oversees cashflows, as well as creates and maintains budgets.

Mr. Harris earned a Master’s Degree from New York University.

Eli