About Us

Zaragon, Inc. is a diversified real estate investment company which owns and manages income producing properties throughout the United States.

Our geographic emphasis has been in the Southeast, Southwest, and Midwest sections of the country. Properties located in Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, Arizona, and North Carolina have historically and continue to be key areas of interest for Zaragon.

Headquartered in Miami with satellite offices in Illinois and Michigan. Zaragon (through its principals and affiliates) owns approximately 1,200,000 square feet of industrial/ flex buildings, 900,000 square feet of single-story office buildings, 770,000 square feet of manufacturing buildings, 2700 apartment units, 1800 student housing units and several thousand acres of vacant land in various states.

Zaragon has built several class A high rise student housing complexes throughout the US. In the past, Zaragon has owned several parking structures, hotels, and shopping centers, in addition to the current portfolio. The company specializes in doing unconventional deals with institutions that may seem somewhat incomprehensible at first. Each asset is the primary responsibility of one individual who has the full support and backup of all corporate and on-site personnel. A micro-management style is implemented, meaning that meticulous detail and attention is devoted to every aspect of each asset’s operation. Weekly reviews are conducted of each property’s performance, the objective being to develop strategies to maximize that asset’s net operating income.

Affiliated Companies

Zaragon Holdings, Inc. (ZHI) performs asset management services and coordinates lender related matters as to all real estate transactions. ZHI also interacts with investors, ZMC and ZBL as to all properties within the Zaragon portfolio.

Zaragon Management Corp. (ZMC) provides on-site
management for all properties. ZMC operates each asset from the Chicago office employing on-
site personnel to execute all corporate policy.

Zaragon Brokerage and Leasing Corp. (ZBL) is responsible for all leasing and brokerage aspects of the operation. ZBL works not only on the Zaragon portfolio, but also does leasing and brokerage for third party owned properties.
McAndrew, Phillips & Company (MPC) is the affiliate which procures financing for any transaction requiring debt. MPC works directly with lenders and through mortgage bankers to create the most flexible and advantageous debt or debt/equity structures used to finance new acquisitions. MPC is also charged with the refinancing of existing debt on all assets associated within the Zaragon portfolio.

Lancelot Equities, Inc. (LEI) purchases environmentally challenged real estate. Once acquired, these properties are environmentally corrected, repositioned and sold. Typically, industrial sites in urban areas are chosen for this repositioning. LEI also procures debt and does tenant representation and construction supervision for Zaragon as well as third party entities.

Zaragon Development Corp. (ZDC) is involved in purchasing vacant land for future development. Generally, properties acquired by ZDC are subsequently improved, zoned and built out. Thereafter, these properties are either held in the Zaragon portfolio or sold to third parties.

Key Executives

Richard M. Perlman


Mr. Perlman is the founder and President of Zaragon, Inc. which was formed in 1990, he oversees all aspects of the company’s business with particular emphasis on acquisitions, dispositions, and financings. Prior to Zaragon, he was a Senior Vice President of a national real estate investment company for 15 years where he did acquisitions and structured new deals, both real estate and corporate. Mr. Perlman has developed, acquired and financed student housing, apartment communities, shopping centers, office buildings and hotels throughout the United States involving transactions in excess of $3 billion. He graduated from the Honors College of the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts degree and received a Juris Doctor degree from Case Western Reserve Law School. Mr. Perlman is married and has three children.

Lisa K. Miner

Executive Vice President

Ms. Miner has been an Executive Vice President of Zaragon, Inc. for the past 30 years. She is responsible for overseeing many areas of the company, including but not limited to all management and leasing activities for the entire portfolio. Prior to joining Zaragon, Ms. Miner spent four years as Director of Leasing for RD Management Corp., New York, New York and was responsible for all leasing activity for 200 properties in RD’snational portfolio. Ms. Miner is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree and a graduate of New York University where she earned a graduate degree in Real Estate Investment Analysis. Ms. Miner holds a Real Estate Broker’s license in both New York and Illinois. She is married and has two children.

Sandra E. Caravantes

Executive Accountant

Ms. Caravantes has been with Zaragon for the past 14 years. She has served in many different capacities in the areas of accounting, banking, vendor relations and operations. Her skill set also includes reconciling accounts, managing all tax and insurance payments as well as overseeing all common area maintenance and operating expense receipts, all in accordance with each applicable lease as to each and every commercial tenant. Prior to joining Zaragon, Ms. Caravantes performed corporate accounting for 10 years at Podolsky Company overseeing all the lease commissions and distributions contained within the entire brokers network with Podolsky. Ms. Caravantes has an accounting degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL and Master’s degree in accounting from Olivet University in Chicago, IL. She currently resides in the North suburbs of Chicago, IL with her husband and two children.