Our Team

Experienced professionals is the reason for Elevation Development’s success.

Owais Khanani

Founder / Managing Partner

Owais Khanani is an entrepreneur based in Orlando, Florida. With over 30 years of experience, he has founded and managed multiple successful businesses specializing in finance, renewable energy, media, and real estate development.

Mr. Khanani’s expertise lies in defining business models and creating a solid foundation by hand picking key management to support growth and strategically identifying opportunities for successful implementation.

Mr. Khanani is the founder and managing partner of Elevation Development, LLC (“Elevation Development”) which is involved in several projects including residential, multifamily, and mixed-use / commercial developments in Florida. 

Shaman Foradi

Managing Partner

Shaman Foradi is engaged in the acquisition and general design of the projects for Elevation Development Combining his experience in his field with Elevation Development Engineers and Planners. 


Shaman Foradi successfully negotiates with the surrounding property owners of any Elevation Development project as well as the governmental agencies to bring about subdivisions that are harmonious with the environment while creating quality of life for the future residences of the project. 


He is also, involved in networking, in finding common ground with the appropriate parties and conducts neighborhood specification & site condition meetings with planners and builders. He has used his experience to obtain Entitlements for over 1.5 Million square feet of mixed use, retail and commercial in States of Florida, Georgia and as well as the Northern Virginia area.

Mike Rich

Vice President of Development

Michael Rich has been involved in the development and construction of a variety of commercial and residential projects during his professional career. Upon graduation from the University of Florida, Mike joined his family’s development business where he oversaw the horizontal and vertical construction of single-family subdivisions and office buildings. In 1989 he joined a Texas based development firm and headed the Orlando operations in the development of a 100-acre mixed-use tourist oriented project in Osceola County, Florida. 


In 1999 he joined a Winter Park, Florida based development firm. While there he was responsible for design, entitlement and construction of shopping centers eventually becoming Chief Operating Officer. More recently, Mike has been involved in the development of single tenant properties, hotels and mixed use developments. Mike has been an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Steve Goodman

Director- Commercial Development

Dan Eshleman

Project Manager – Residential Development

Dan Eshleman is Project Manager at Elevation Development, LLC. He graduated from Grace College with a BS in Business Administration and Management. Dan has over fifteen years experience in a variety of aspects of real estate including sales and managing projects including land development, residential construction, and residential amenities in Pennsylvania, Texas, and Florida. Dan and his wife of 22 years and two children are very involved in the local community and volunteer at their church and Orlando Rescue Mission.

Maria Rust

Controller, CPA

Maria E. Rust, CPA is the controller for Elevation Development, LLC and has over 12 years of experience in the accounting profession. She has enjoyed a wide range of professional roles in both publicly traded and privately held corporations, including extensive experience as a successful small business owner in both the accounting and real estate industries. Maria has been elected to serve a three-year term as a board of trustee member for the Florida Institute of CPAs Scholarship Foundation from 2021-2024.

Jawaad Khanani

Development Associate

Jawaad Khanani is the Investment Analyst at Elevation Development,LLC. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Rollins College with concentrations in International Business and Finance. He joins the team with various internship experience in Real Estate Development, Private Equity and Non-Profit work.

Garrett Thiele

Senior Financial Analyst

Garrett Thiele is a Senior Financial Analyst at Elevation Development, LLC. He has over 10 years of experience in finance and real estate, working in the investment banking and private equity industries, as well as with real estate developers. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Rollins College and his MBA in finance and management science from the University of Miami.

Brittany Brookes

Office Manager

Brittany is the Office Manager with Elevation Development LLC. Brittany began her career in the industry as an executive assistant to the broker of a major residential real estate firm, named a top ten global franchise. Soon after getting her real estate license, she received club awards as a top producer of sales, doubling the industry average. She enjoys working as a team with all parties involved to get a deal closed. Brittany and her family recently moved to Orlando from Virginia and have enjoyed living in Florida.

Kristin Banks

Senior Administrator

Kristin Banks is the Senior Administrator at Elevation Development, LLC.   Kristin has over a decade of successful experience in administration, human resources, construction/engineering, and commercial real estate.   Also a professional photographer, she has experience photographing projects both aerially and on ground.  Kristin, who is originally from Georgia, moved to Orlando with her husband and two daughters in 2017. 

Fernanda Loza

Staff Accountant

Fernanda Loza is the Accountant Assistant at Elevation Development, LLC. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and more than 20 years of experience in accounting in the USA and in Ecuador, her country of origin. Fernanda is bilingual in English and Spanish and has worked in different industries such as hospitality, flower’s exporter, manufacturing, financial services, and non-profit organizations. 


She loves to work with numbers and accounts reconciliation is a challenge and motivation for her. She has certifications in Digital Photography, Web Development, and Accounting Operations. For many years she volunteered at her church in the AWANA program. Her hobbies are photography and traveling, and during her free time she enjoys sharing activities with her husband and daughter.

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