About Us

Menin Development, Inc. provides acquisition, development, re-development, leasing and property management services for ‘Class A’ retail and mixed use properties across the U.S. on behalf of two family office investment groups.

Founded in 1985 in New York City and headquartered in Delray Beach, Florida, Menin Development has acquired and developed in excess of $1 billion of property in South Florida, Phoenix, New Orleans and throughout the Mid Atlantic and Southeast.

Menin has won design accolades on several of its projects, and its properties are known for their design aesthetic and the relationship between properties and the communities they serve.

In 2014, Menin began shifting its portfolio away from large scale suburban retail and mixed use developments. Today, Menin pursues a combination of urban commercial and mixed use projects in South Florida along with select single tenant acquisitions in upscale markets nationally. Menin currently operates in South Florida, Phoenix and New Orleans.

Meet The Team

Craig I. Menin

President and Chief Executive Officer

After graduating from Georgetown University, Craig I. Menin began his career as a commercial real estate broker before founding Menin Development Companies in New York City in 1985. Within two years, Menin had purchased six shopping centers in Virginia, Tennessee and Florida. Menin moved company’s operations to Virginia shortly thereafter, where he continued to acquire and develop a number of commercial properties throughout the region. In 1995, Menin established a Florida division and relocated the company to Palm Beach County. Since its inception, Menin Development has acquired, built and improved over $1.5 billion in commercial real estate nationwide. Today, Menin Development owns and is in development of more than $500 million of commercial real estate and continues to explore new acquisition and development opportunities in South Florida and select markets nationwide.

Jordana Jarjura

Vice President/General Counsel

Born in Connecticut, Jordana L. Jarjura has lived in Palm Beach County for 30+ years – 18 of which have been in Delray’s lauded Downtown. She has a B.A. from the University of Florida, a JD from Pepperdine University’s School of Law, and a MBA from the Graziadio School of Business and Management. Before joining Menin, Jarjura was General Counsel for a leading South Florida construction company. Prior to that, Jarjura’s private practice focused on government affairs, development entitlements, and land use/zoning appeals. She has found that the combination of knowledgeable lobbying with a mindful eye on litigation is very effective in preserving development rights. Jarjura is the former Vice Mayor of the City of Delray Beach. Currently, Jarjura sits on the Boards of Bound for College, a non-profit that focuses on standardized testing college prep, and the Crockett Foundation, a non-profit that focuses on educational enhancement programs for middle school students.

Lori Lucas

Controller

Lucas began her career in Real Estate in 1986 where she gained extensive knowledge and directed finance and accounting divisions of major development, construction and property management companies. Before joining Menin in 2006, she served as Director of Finance for Stor-All Management and, prior to that, served as Controller for Catalfumo Construction. Lucas is responsible for and oversees the accounting, cash management, finance, HR and IT for Menin, She works directly with the tax accountants, insurance agents for Menin’s master portfolio and maintains the banking and investment relationships. Lucas is a graduate of Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She has lived in Wellington, Florida for the past 20 years with her husband Jim and their three fur kids.

Danielle Rosenberg

Marketing & Property Manager

Danielle Rosenberg oversees property management duties for all Menin properties and manages marketing and public relations for the company. Rosenberg is a Florida Atlantic University graduate and holds a degree in Communications & Public Relations. During her time at FAU, she participated as a cheerleader and took on internships at a public relations company in California and at South Florida’s own KVJ Radio Show. After graduating, Rosenberg worked at ADT as the Community Relations Specialist where she oversaw social responsibility strategy for the company. Rosenberg sits on the board of directors for the Palm Beach County Police Athletic League and is credited with forming a board of young professionals for the program. Rosenberg hosted the very first PAL Gala and continues to bring awareness to the program.

DEBBIE REZNIK

Creative Art Director

Debbie Reznik is an award-winning Art Director with a proven record for driving business in diverse industries. Her experience includes managing creative production and implementation of branding, advertising, collateral and interactive design, and establishing relationships with printers, photographers and copywriters. Some of the accounts she has proudly worked on include a variety of high-end Waldorf Astoria and Hilton Resorts including the Boca Raton Resort & Club, Casa Marina and The Reach Resorts in The Florida Keys, Caribe Hilton and El San Juan Hotel in Puerto Rico. Other real estate projects she was involved in include Turnberry & Associates, Midtown Miami, Metropolitan Miami and Paradisus Resorts. Reznik works alongside the construction and management teams to create brand collateral for all existing and up-and-coming Menin projects. Reznik is a graduate of the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and lives in Parkland, Florida with her two daughters.

LISA HENNING

Senior Project Manager

Lisa Henning’s professional experience encompasses over 30 years of working in the construction industry. After graduating from Tufts University in 1986, Henning started out as an APM for Morse Diesel in New York before relocating to South Florida in 1997 and rising through the ranks to eventually become Director of Cost Control/Procurement for Facchina Construction of Florida. Just before joining Menin, Henning served as the Director of Operations for Craft Construction. As Senior Project Manager, Henning oversees all projects under construction. Henning is responsible for the financial and contractual oversight of each project and interacts with general contractors, architects, and consultants on a daily basis to ensure projects progress smoothly and timely. Henning has recently moved to the Palm Beach area and has one son currently attending college.

Leigh Gove

Owner’s Representative

After graduating from the University of Dayton, Leigh Gove moved to Boston in 1969 and started his career as engineer with General Electric. Gove later relocated to Florida and continued his career as a general contractor for the Boca Raton Resort & Club as well as working for Crocker and Company on development and construction matters. In addition to a multitude of projects across the United States, Gove has participated in South Florida projects such as Pineapple Grove Village and The Lofts in Delray Beach, One Boynton in Boynton Beach, and Mizner Park in Boca Raton. Gove joined the Menin team in 2018 and serves as the Owner’s Representative in a variety of construction and development matters.

Dennis Max

Hospitality Director

After graduating from University of California, Berkeley, Dennis Max was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1968. He served his duty in Heidelberg, Germany and was honorably discharged in 1970. Max began his hospitality career with Victoria Station Restaurant Company in 1970. When Dennis left Victoria Station in 1977, he was the Regional Director of the East Coast with 50 restaurants under his control. Max moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1978 and has since developed, owned, and operated over 50 restaurants mostly in the state. Max is credited with bringing New American cuisine to Florida with restaurants such as Café Max, Max’s Place, Prezzo, and Max’s Harvest.

Bob Higginbotham

With more than 20 years in the hospitality industry, Bob Higginbotham has cultivated a passion for the development of creative food and beverage programs for top tier hotels and restaurants throughout the U.S.

A native of Rhode Island, Higginbotham began his professional career as Director of Operations for Café Paragon/Viva, then became owner/operating partner of Bravo Brasserie in Providence. He moved to the corporate side of the industry, serving as Corporate General Manager/Management Trainer for SBC Restaurant Group for several years, before heading to Florida in 2014 to join The Max Group. He launched Atlantic Avenue Beverage in 2016 and has worked as a consultant with a number of premier hospitality brands, including Phoenix Hospitality, Bold Food, T2 Hospitality, Evolution Hospitality, Next Hospitality, Bread and Butter Advisors, The Concept Gurus and others.

Higginbotham is a member of the International Live Events Society, United States Bartenders’ Guild Palm Beach Chapter, and the Rhode Island Association of Hospitality and Tourism.