As Principal and Co-Founder of Global City, Brian Pearl’s mission has been to develop world-class buildings that meaningfully contribute to society.
Formerly he served as the Director of Urban Development for Terra Group, one of the largest real estate developers in South Florida. In this position, he oversaw more than $2 billion of development, from property acquisitions, financial structuring and entitlements, to lender and investor relations, sales and marketing, and design and construction.
In addition to his real estate expertise, Pearl has a background in investment banking and money management. Prior to Terra Group, he worked as a fund of hedge funds manager overseeing a $300 million portfolio. Previous to that money management position, he worked on the sell side as a senior equity analyst at JP Morgan in New York. Prior to JP Morgan, he worked as an equity analyst at Salomon Brothers (also in New York) following financial institutions.
Pearl holds a master’s degree in statistics from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Rice University in Houston. He has a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association (CAIA) designation and was ranked a top analyst by Institutional Investor, a leading international business-to-business publisher.
Pearl is a longtime supporter of Save the Children, an organization that transforms children’s lives around the world, and Auge, a Mexico-based charity that provides musical training and food to economically disadvantaged children.
Diego Procel is Principal and Co-Founder of Global City, where he brings more than 20 years of extensive expertise in real estate development and finance.
Throughout his career, Procel has worked with some of the industry’s most prestigious real estate companies. Prior to founding Global City in 2014, he served as a Director for Terra Group, one of the largest real estate developers in South Florida. He also led projects at WCI Communities – which at the time of his tenure was the largest residential for-sale developer in the United States – and Codina Partners, a highly successful real estate development firm in South Florida.
Procel has provided real estate advisory services – including mergers and acquisitions, acquisition and disposition, and asset management – for significant institutions such as ICA (NYSE: ICA), Chateau Group, and Orot Flagler, among others, generating transactions that exceeded $400 million. He was also responsible for creating the first real estate fund in Ecuador with Banco Popular.
Procel holds a master’s degree in strategic management from the University of California and a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering from the University of Texas.
Having previously served in the United States military, Procel is a proud veteran and strong supporter of those who bravely defend our country.
Christiaan A. de la FePrincipal
Christiaan de la Fe is a Principal of Global City. He plays an instrumental role in all facets of the real estate process, from raising capital to the management of projects.
Recognized professionally for his contact base and ongoing engagement with industry players, de la Fe’s influential network has contributed to company collaborations and growth. He is highly motivated by projects that have an impact on the community, both aesthetically and socially, which is a driving force at Global City.De la Fe has always maintained a keen interest in real estate, infusing his passion for architecture and design. His expertise spans from real estate sales as a licensed agent with one of South Florida largest brokerages, to development and acquisitions.
Prior to his career in real estate, de la Fe worked as a film and television producer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Florida International University, and is a member of the Guggenheim Young Collectors Club and Urban Land Institute.
Melissa CharriaExecutive Assistant
Melissa Charria is an Executive Assistant at Global City, where she manages day-to-day operations of the firm’s office.
In this role, she oversees a range of administrative responsibilities, including the planning and scheduling of meetings, answering telephones, and maintaining records and files.
Charria’s attention to detail and hospitality-oriented background allows for the utmost organization within the company, as well as superior customer service for Global City’s clientele and staff.
Her experience in the retail industry and working for large corporations, such as Celebrity Cruises, provides her with a strong business acumen and keen insight into how to effectively execute tasks.
Patricia GolombekArt Advisor
A renowned artist and author, Patricia Golombek serves as the in-house art curator and director for Global City. With more than 30 years of experience in art and design, she brings a unique dimension to the organization by masterfully crafting interiors and real estate projects with a unique palette of meaningful works that ultimately define their structures and spaces.
A native of São Paulo, Brazil, Golombek has always possessed an affinity for the arts – a passion that began when she was just five years old. Holding a Bachelor of Arts degree from Instituto de Educação Caetano de Campos and Faculdade de Belas Artes de São Paulo, she has capitalized on her extensive training in architecture and visual arts.
Golombek has served as an art and design consultant for architects and real estate developers for both public and private spaces. She currently has over 200 of her works within buildings throughout Brazil and Miami.
During her career, Golombek has developed an extensive portfolio in the mediums of graphic design, screen-printing, painting, sculpture and photography. She has participated in exhibits around the world, including ARCOmadrid in Spain and Grand Marché d’Art Contemporain in Paris. Additionally, Golombek has published several books, most recently in 2016 on the architectural history of Brazil’s University of São Paulo.
Maggy RodriguezSenior Project Controller
Maggy Rodriguez is the Senior Project Controller at Global City, where she manages financial reporting and accounting for the firm.
As an avid problem-solver, Rodriguez possesses a valuable skill set that focuses on increasing process efficiencies and standardizing project accounting to ensure the company and its portfolio are well-positioned for continued growth.
Rodriguez developed a passion for real estate while working in public accounting for a large real estate developer in South Florida. Rodriguez also had various clientele in distribution and non-profit.
Prior to her career in public accounting, Rodriguez served as an Assistant Controller for 12 medical centers in South Florida and assisted in timely and accurate financial statement preparation and consolidation. In this position, she managed the accounting department overseeing accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll and benefits functions for over 300 employees.
Rodriguez holds a master’s degree in accounting from Florida International University.