Agador Spartacus Development is a regional, professionally-run, privately-owned company that has been doing business in the U.S. and Mexico. Since its beginnings, Agador Spartacus has distinguished itself through innovation and excellence in property investment.
Today, Agador Spartacus is a dynamic, expanding real estate development company with a portfolio that includes a wealth of office, multi-family, residential, hotel and retail commercial properties.
Samy Cohen graduated with a degree in Business Administration and International Relations from Universidad Iberoamericana, in Mexico City, Mexico, in 2003. He subsequently completed coursework at Boston University and Florida International University. Samy is a Co-Founder and Principal of A.S. Development. Mr. Cohen has over 20 years of experience in real estate construction and hospitality development, having built +1,400 units and over 750,000 square feet of commercial projects. Mr. Cohen’s organizational planning skills, construction expertise, capital markets savviness and investor relation capabilities has made him rise to the top of all development organizations he has worked at prior to starting A.S. Development.
From 2017-2020 he was a Partner and Director of Operations at a renowned real estate development company where he developed in excess of $200 million of hospitality assets.
In addition to his extensive experience as a sponsor and long-term track record of acquiring, constructing, developing and successfully exiting projects, Samy has an equally impressive following of capital, backed by a select group of ultra-high net worth individuals from Mexico and the United States.
Mr. Benenson is the President of MAS Development, a real estate investment, acquisition, and entitlement firm focusing on development projects, land acquisition, and land entitlements, across a variety of asset classes. Mr. Benenson has been extensively involved in the acquisition of land, design, project valuation, entitlement process, development, and disposition of over 3 million square feet of real estate. Mr. Benenson has successfully grown the land entitlement division, including the acquisition and entitlement of large tracts of land, with disposition to both national builders and REITs as well as private developers.
Prior to MAS Development, Mr. Benenson co-founded Universal Storage Group as owner/developer and was responsible for the acquisition, construction management, and development of several self-storage facilities across South Florida and Puerto Rico totaling over 550,000 square feet. Mr. Benenson worked at Post Shell Improvements and Lotspeich Company, where he served as Project Manager and oversaw estimation, construction scheduling, cost tracking, contract negotiation, and project management.
Later, Mr. Benenson founded Futurex Construction, which provided general contracting services for both commercial and residential projects and served as the sponsor and developer/general partner on various projects as well. Mr. Benenson is a licensed general contractor and licensed real estate salesperson. Mr. Benenson holds a B.S. in Buildings Construction from the University of Florida and graduated with high honors.
Chief Financial Officer
Helen L. Cruz
Helen Lazaro Cruz has 15 years in the Accounting & Finance industry, graduated from the prestigious Ashford University’s Forbes School of Business & Technology with her Masters degree in Business and Finance, she is a Quickbooks Pro Advisor, Certified Public Bookkeeper and Certified Financial Advisor. As the CFO of Agador Spartacus, she strives to be a reliable professional with broad knowledge of all accounting, financial and business principles.
Helen is responsible for the company’s funds, securities and financial records. She oversees billing, collections and disbursement of funds, and coordinated the development of the company’s proposed biannual operating budget and reserve allocations. Helen is not only dedicated but trustworthy and very knowledgeable in the latest accounting principles and programs. As the CFO she is responsible for ensuring that all company funds are collected, disbursed, invested and reported accurately and remain in compliance at all times with the company’s by-laws and governing documents (GAAP).