Our Team

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

Owais Khanani

Founder / Chief Executive Officer

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.


Jawaad Khanani

Vice President

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.

Loubna Kaboune

Vice President of Development

Vice President of Development – Loubna Kaboune, Vice President of Development, brings over two decades of seasoned expertise in project management to her role. A civil engineer by profession, she possesses a Bachelor and Master’s degree with a focus on project and construction management.  

Throughout her career, Loubna has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills, adeptly steering multiple projects from inception to completion, always ensuring they stay on schedule and within budget. With a robust background in civil engineering and a proven track record of successful project delivery, she continues to drive innovation and excellence in development initiatives.

Maria Rust

Vice President/Corporate 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.

Marcelo Rodrigues

Vice President of Finance

Marcelo Rodrigues has over 20 years of experience as financial executive.  His career started in the financial industry (Bank of Brazil  and Citibank) where he worked for 9 years.

 In 2008, he joined the Pharmaceutical Industry (Animal Health’s third largest company in Brazil) where he built the path for the company to get the IPO in 2014, becoming a publicly traded company.  More recently, he joined an Orlando-based Real Estate Development firm and headed the development of a vacation homes community and property management.  Mr. Rodrigues’ expertise lies in developing capital structure and financial business models to support investments and revenue growth beyond driving and implementing financial/operation management and corporate governance processes.

Jeff Garno

Project Manager

Jeff Garno is a real estate developer with over 22 years of experience in all phases of real estate development with concentration in Market rate and Workforce housing. He has developed, owned, and operated over 2,000 rental units in 7 different states.  

Prior to joining Elevation Development, Mr. Garno was a principal with an Orlando-based development company and prior to that, he was Vice President of Development with nationally recognized firms such as Picerne, and The Related Group of Florida.

Mr. Garno graduated From Alma College with a double major in Economics and Business.

Fernanda Loza

Assistant Controller

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.

MJ Sanchez

Development Coordinator

MJ Sanchez is a dedicated Development Coordinator with a strong background in driving organizational growth and efficiency. She graduated from Baruch College with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management. With over 10 years of customer service experience, MJ excels in fostering strong client relationships and ensuring seamless project execution.

Her expertise in coordinating development initiatives, coupled with her strategic vision and problem-solving skills, makes her an invaluable asset to our team. MJ is committed to facilitating impactful development projects and nurturing an environment of continuous improvement.

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