Our extensive experience with the industry’s leading self-storage tenants and experts get deals and developments done.

Our mission is to develop functional, multi-generational real estate assets while always focusing on our client’s profitability & the betterment of the communities in which we work.


As an integrated company, we can handle complicated land transactions, secure financial partners and overcome design and construction challenges. 

No development project can be successful without a precise, all-encompassing approach. Hernandez begins each project by developing and implementing a thorough business plan, with the help of our in-house resources, to meet the exacting needs of the work. Our in-house experts in development, development services, construction and preconstruction work as one team to identify the right solutions and ensure that our projects minimize cost and maximize value. We intimately understand the intricacies of self-storage assets and consider the upside and risk associated with each type of investment, ground up, reposition or adaptive re-use opportunity. 

We leverage our expertise, relationships, in-house capabilities and market knowledge for predictably successful outcomes.” 

Our team of development professionals excel in Class A self-storage relationships

Our people embrace complexity and execute with creativity and certainty. The results of our expertise and efforts are exceptional investor returns on irreplaceable assets.

 

Our team is comprised of proven industry experts dedicated to achieving a property’s highest and best development potential. With over 23 years in self-storage experience ranging from billion dollar portfolio management, over $300 million in acquisitions of value-add cash flow facilities, and development of facilities from coast-to-coast in the United States and in Canada, we pursue excellence within an environment that promotes collaboration, communication, a sense of urgency, innovation and value creation.

BOUGHTON ROAD SELF STORAGE | Bolingbrook, IL

This new development in the Village of Bolingbrook, Illinois is a 3-story, 110,200-square-foot self-storage facility that will feature 782 climate-controlled units in an attractive market and thriving community. The site is within a few miles of Promenade Bolingbrook; a major economic driver in the area, making it an ideal location when it comes to visibility and convenience that will ensure quick access for customers that reside within the city limits of the village which is located 28 miles southwest of Chicago.

RIVERBEND SELF STORAGE | Fort Lauderdale, FL

This 4-story, 110,698 square-foot facility features 970 climate-controlled self-storage units and 5,168 SF of ground floor retail. The Project is located just west of I-95 in the center of new commercial development anchored by a Super Walmart, Planet Fitness, Racetrak, Wawa and Marshalls. With direct frontage on Broward Boulevard and adjacent residential and commercial areas, the project boasts maximum storefront exposure and unubstructed building signage with great accessibility from a lighted intersection.

OPA-LOCKA SELF STORAGE | Opa-Locka, FL

This 4-story, 125,000 sq. ft. facility will feature 965 climate-controlled units, as well as 25 RV covered spaces. It is centrally located in the Northeast quadrant of Miami-Dade County, with easy access to areas all along the intracoastal Waterway, and 8 miles northwest of Downtown Miami. This high density area is within a market that continues to signal room for growth as well as sustainability for the development of new self-storage facilities.

OSWEGO SELF STORAGE | Chicago, IL

In addition to an outstanding location on the famous coast to coast US Route 30, this 119,000-square-foot facility will feature 983 climate-controlled units, 29 covered RV/Boat spaces and 16 open RV/Boat spaces located in a dense rapid growth residential area with supporting retail and professional services. The project will be operated by the CubeSmart Self Storage Management. Located 36 miles west of Chicago, the third largest metropolitan city in the US, this growing suburb has considerable in-fill residential development with US Highway 30 as a main east/west thoroughfare to busy commercial and retail marketplaces.

Our Team

 

The experienced professionals on our staff have been involved in acquisitions, dispositions and management. They have real world experience, are highly trained, extremely knowledgeable about real estate, and supported by an outstanding leadership team. All of the above combine to ensure that each assignment is addressed with the full support of our firm and completed to the total satisfaction of each client.

ALEX HERNANDEZ
President

Alex Hernandez is responsible for leading & managing the operations & strategic direction of the company, providing creative leadership for a full range of commercial development services. He prioritizes performance over profit & focuses on sustainable, long-term development solutions Alex oversees all development activities including project sourcing, contract & lease negotiation, entitlements, construction procurement, underwriting & tenant services.

ROBERT CERRONE
Senior Vice President – Development

Robert Cerrone brings over two decades of experience in acquisitions, property and asset management, marketing and business operations. He has successfully acquired, developed and managed portfolios of over $1 Billion dollars in total market value. As Director of Development, Mr. Cerrone is responsible for the company’s real estate ventures, acquisitions, partnerships, and developments.

DON WOODS
Executive Vice President

Don Woods has a distinguished career spanning over 40 years, working with some of the most elite global companies, including Boeing, Amazon & Honda. He developed an expertise in all phases of the real estate spectrum, including specification development, procurement, contract negotiation, project management, scheduling and budget management. In short, Don’s vast experience positions Hernandez extraordinarily well to manage all aspects of a project and communicate clearly, concisely, and effectively with clients.

THOMAS BURKETT
Vice President – Finance

Thomas Burkett is a highly skilled financial professional with notable experience in accounting, sales tax auditing and financial modeling. As VP of Finance for Hernandez, Tom oversees the preparation and accuracy of financial statements, annual budgets, bonding, reporting, management of all project accounting functions, and tax compliance documentation. 

MASON JOHNSON
Acquisition Manager

Mr. Johnson is responsible for acquiring properties from site selection to turn-key, including managing environmental initiatives from site reviews, operational feasibility, functionality elements, and engineering site plans to meet and exceed municipal zoning codes and ordinances throughout the permitting process at the local, state, and federal level. Mason analyzes markets, costs, and income approaches in order to structure the procurement and sales of real estate.

STEPHEN SANDEFUR, MBA, LEED AP BD + C, HCC
Vice President – Construction Management

As VP of Construction Management, Stephen is responsible for all aspects of Hernandez’s construction operations. Stephen brings beneficial new alliances, strategic partnerships and a deep understanding of the entire construction process to support Hernandez Development’s performance and growth efforts. He is currently overseeing and leading Hernandez’s geographical expansion across Chicago and Indianapolis while continuing to advance their presence in the Midwest market.

JOE GOSS
Senior Development Manager

As Senior Development Manager, Joe Goss is responsible for overseeing all facets of the development cycle including planning, design, pre-construction due diligence, entitlements, regulatory approval processes and permitting. With over four decades of development experience, Mr. Goss has worked for some of the nations largest development companies. 

ROBERT CURBELO
Senior Development Manager

As a Project Executive at Hernandez Construction, Mr. Curbelo improves the vision of the Project Leaders, drives greater realism on job planning, provides “aid & comfort” to Project Leaders when they need it most, and educates Project Leaders on critical and strategic decision making when challenges arise.

BOB SCHECTER
Senior Development Manager

Bob Schecter provides full oversight of the feasibility analysis and is responsible for governmental entitlement and execution of all aspects of commercial real estate development services. Over the course of his career, Mr. Schecter has been responsible for the construction and development of millions of square feet of institutional, residential, educational, commercial and retail projects throughout Florida.

 

REX GUZMAN
Development Analyst

Rex Guzman supports the execution of the Company’s development platform by performing financial analyses of development opportunities, preparing appropriate documents to facilitate the underwriting and closing of real estate transactions, interfacing with brokers, equity partners, institutional clients, and the Company’s development leadership, and tracking and reporting on the status of self-storage transactions within the assigned geographic markets.

RENE GARCIA
Senior Preconstruction Manager

Rene Garcia is responsible for leading and coordinating preconstruction and estimating efforts. As such, Garcia prepares cost estimates from conception through final contract, working with and coordinating the project team including the Owner/Client, all design professionals, subcontractors, and the Project Manager. In addition, he provides value-adding solutions that take schedule, maintenance, and life-cycle cost into consideration.

DAVID GROSS
Senior Partnership Accountant

David Gross is an accomplished professional with over 30 years of demonstrated experience and proven success in providing overall management and oversight of accounting and risk management operational services applicable to a diverse range of projects. Before Hernandez, David worked for Swire Properties, a leading developer with investments across Hong Kong, Mainland China, Singapore, and the US.

MICHAEL FALKE
Director of Tenant Coordination

As Director of Tenant Coordination, Michael serves as a liaison with the client and all project team members including leasing, planning, design, construction and finance. He oversees all oversees the scope of work, budget, schedule and phasing related to landlord and tenant premises. Mr. Falke passionately navigates the real estate process on our clients behalf, and ensures that projects are on time and in accordance with its lease so the client can remain focused on their primary business.

Combining practical design with expert-led real estate development and construction, our unique, coordinated approach increases efficiencies, streamlines approvals, and makes things happen quickly.

Contact Us

301 E Las Olas Boulevard, Suite 200
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301

Headquarters Office: 954.712.1011
Headquarters Fax: 954.712.1013

530 N. Lake Shore Drive, Suite 2903
Chicago, Illinois 60611

101 W. Ohio Street, Suite 2000
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Indiana Office: 317.472.2877

info@hernandezdevelopment.com

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