Our Team

The principals of Alinian Real Estate Group have combined their diverse and related experiences to create a multi-dimensional real estate service company that simplifies and efficiently streamlines all phases of property development.

Frank Cougentakis CEO

Frank is an active entrepreneur and investor. He possesses an acute business sense which has enabled him to be the founder and principal owner of several businesses with aggregate revenue in excess of $200 million annually. His businesses interests include construction, real estate development, financial services, biotech, manufacturing, and hospitality. He has developed numerous real estate projects including commercial office and retail, high rise condo and apartment towers. Frank has been immensely involved with construction and development since 1985, having put in place over $750 million in construction.

Frank’s ventures include, but are not limited to:
Foss Manufacturing Company, LLC – Frank is the Chairman of this company, which is a leader in the use of nonwoven fabrics and specialty synthetic fibers in an expanding number of environments and circumstances. Located in Hampton, New Hampshire, Foss has the ability to design, manufacture, convert, package, and distribute a vast array of products worldwide. Foss is one of the world’s largest needle-punch based manufacturers. http://www.fossmfg.com.

Alinian Capital Group – Frank is a Managing Member of this firm, which specializes in mergers and acquisitions, start up companies and troubled assets. http://www.alinian.com.

Despo Cougentakis President

Despo Cougentakis is the founder and President of New York Stone Co., Inc., a NY State and NYC certified Women’s Business Enterprise firm.  The company was established in 1991 and specializes in masonry, granite and natural stone work.  New York Stone performs work in both the private and public sectors and has received multiple awards from the NYC Landmark Preservation Commission for its exceptional work on restoring various NYC Landmark Structures. Despo has more than twenty five years of experience in the industry and is exceptionally skilled in the preparation and submission of NYC government contract bids and in the efficient completion of "time of the essence" NYC contract projects.  She is proficient in reading blueprints and estimating projects and provides hands on executive support throughout the life-cycle of each project. She leads  pre-construction planning and design with clients, develops construction feasibility studies, and monitors cost and schedule from beginning to end of each project. Despo attended the City University of New York.

Theo Ermogenous CFO

Theo is a Certified Public Accountant who serves as Chief Financial Officer and is a Member of this premier group of affiliated construction and real estate development companies. Theo has over thirty years of financial and management experience and his accounting background has proven to be essential in the financial management of the group’s construction companies and multiple real estate projects. Since 2002 he has played a key role in numerous real estate ventures which includes the development of multifamily housing and commercial office/warehouse buildings.

Prior to his current position, Theo was the Managing Director of Cyprus Airways for USA & Canada.  During his tenure, he more than tripled the airline area revenues and launched the first direct code share flight to Cyprus establishing Cyprus as a destination.  

Theo holds a BA in Accounting and Economics and he is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York.

Elena Karacostas Chief Real Estate Officer

Elena Karacostas is an accomplished senior executive with more than twenty five years of experience in the real estate industry. She has extensive knowledge and a proven record of results in property acquisition, development, and management.  Since 2001,  Elena has been the managing member of Metropolis Realty, LLC and is responsible for the institution and implementation of the company’s operational plans and procedures in connection with the acquisition of properties throughout New York City and surrounding areas.  Her responsibilities encompass all phases of property development including acquisition, financing, construction management, sales, leasing, and post-construction property management. Recent real estate projects include but are not limited to commercial office buildings, residential condominium towers, and multifamily rental buildings.

Prior to 2001, Elena was the General Manager and Director of Operations of Bettina Equities Company where she managed the acquisition, financing and development of over 20 multi-family residential properties in the New York City area representing more than 50% of the company holdings and more than 70% of company revenues.

Ms. Ermogenous holds degrees from Barnard College and Columbia University and a New York State Broker’s License.

Robert Goodman Executive VP

Robert’s responsibilities include: coordination and overall development of entire projects from pre-construction services to project closeout, while also providing: budgets/estimating/proposals, project scheduling, direct liaison with clients, owners, developers, architects and engineers, monitoring and coordinating work of field staff and subcontractors, site safety, quality control and phasing plans, ensuring that project operations are in compliance with design specifications, shop drawings and applicable building codes. His attention to detail has been successfully proven by earning the prestigious Lucy G. Moses award issued by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission on three independent restoration and conversion projects. Robert brings over 20 years of diversified experience in the construction industry for projects in both the private sector as well as public projects. Robert studied Construction Management at The Ohio State University and Columbus State. He holds Certifications in Risk Assessment, Lead Inspection, Health Training, a multitude of OSHA Construction Safety Certifications, FDNY Fire Safety Manager, as well as training employees for job-site hazard prevention.

Kurt Dimitriadis Senior Financial Analyst

Kurt Dimitriadis is a financial professional with over sixteen years of experience. Kurt  joined Alinian Real Estate Group in 2011 as a Senior Financial Analyst. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst.  He researches macroeconomic and microeconomic conditions along with company fundamentals to make business, sector and industry recommendations. He assists the team with portfolio and individual property acquisition, due diligence and Evaluates data, prepares forecasts, analyzes trends and presents results to the team. Kurt performs complex financial and operational analysis to support short term and long range strategic plans and operating budgets. He works directly with business partners to provide budgeting, project, and asset management analysis. Kurt has also worked with the principals in creating an international real estate investment program that resulted in investments in Erbil, Iraq and Athens Greece. Kurt received his BS from the University of Florida and an MBA from Baruch College.

Paris Giannopulos Executive VP of Maintenance Operations

Paris Giannopulos is our Executive Vice President. He has been aggressively involved with real estate development and construction for over 20 years.   He is currently the Executive Vice President of Maintenance Operations servicing over 5000 units throughout the metropolitan area. Paris is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Maintenance Division and manages the flow of information between the client, project team, and subcontractors. Paris devotes his time and efforts to ensuring project productivity, quality and efficiency. His main focus is the overall performance and success of our maintenance services.

Angelo Gatzonis Executive VP Business Development

Angelo Gatzonis is a entrepreneur/business developer with over 40 years of real estate and business development experience. Since immigrating to the US in the early 70’s, he started his own business in the electrical trade, where he’s experienced many great accomplishments. The industries in which Angelo has either owned, invested and/or consulted include real estate, as a contractor, owner, developer in both US and Europe, as well as in the energy and mining sector where he took part as an investor; providing financing for businesses in construction and green technologies sectors. Today he is actively involved in developing new opportunities as EVP of Business Development & Marketing for Alinian.

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