The team’s proven real estate acumen combines with its investor-forward approach to ensure the exceptional performance of its 1.24 million-sq. ft. portfolio and the 700,000 sq. ft. of industrial space currently under construction. It’s our relentless pursuit of the deal along with a keen understanding of real estate fundamentals that shape our continued success.
More than a century of combined expertise fuels this team of experts that creates value without fail. Meet them.
Founder + Partner
Steve Berman founded OA Development in 1993 with a mission to acquire and develop premier suburban office assets. Over the past 25 years, he has led the acquisition and development of more that 5 million sq. ft. of industrial and office property partnering with notable tenants including The Coca-Cola Company, General Dynamics, Munich RE and Porsche.
Steve has served as President of the Greenfield Hebrew Academy (now Atlanta Jewish Academy) and Jewish Family & Career Services. He is a Co-Founder and Past President of The Weber School and serves on the Founding National Board of Young Judaea. Steve earned a bachelor’s degree from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.
Brian Granath joined OA Development in 1998 as Associate and became Partner in 2007. In this role, he oversees the company’s operations specifically focusing on acquisitions, asset management and property management. Brian has been involved with the development and acquisition of more than 4 million sq. ft of office, flex and industrial space in partnership with tenants such as Coca Cola, Porsche Cars, Black+Decker, PNC Bank, Pond Engineering, Kellogg’s and more.
Brian is a Wexner Heritage graduate and serves on the board of two Atlanta private schools. He holds a bachelor’s degree in real estate from Georgia State University and resides in Sandy Springs with his wife and three children.
Eric Singer joined OA Development in 2009 and has been pivotal in acquiring 3.2 million sq. ft. of commercial real estate. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President of Real Estate for Pull-A-Part, a do-it-yourself used auto parts store, and led the firm’s expansion throughout the Southeast. Eric is also founding president of Camp Ramah Darom in northeast Georgia and serves on several community boards.
Eric earned a bachelor’s degree at Washington University and a master’s degree in Decision Science at Georgia State University. Eric is a former National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) instructor and Alaskan guide.
Josh Videlefsky joined OA Development in 2017 as Acquisition and Asset Manager tasked to grow the company’s portfolio by seeking new investment opportunities and identifying strategies to optimize returns and mitigate risk. Prior to OA Development, Josh was a financial analyst at Q10|iCap Realty Advisors, a mortgage brokerage firm specializing in debt placement.
An Atlanta resident, Josh is involved with several not-for-profit Atlanta organizations including The Daffodil Project, a world-wide project empowering Holocaust education, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for JELF, a fund that provides interest free loans for higher education to Jewish college, graduate and vocational students in need. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Tulane University.
Vice President of Property Management, OA Management
Over two decades of property management experience shape Melody Frcek’s role as Vice President of Property Management. She oversees the staff and operations of the property management division, which manages sister company OA Development’s 2.1 million-sq. ft. portfolio. Melody’s strong financial background and problem-solving approach ensures OAM remains competitive and proactive in its management style positioning tenants for long-term success.
A consummate volunteer and mentor, Melody is active in BOMI, BOMA-Georgia and CREW Atlanta, currently serving as Chair of the Board for Connections Homes and BOMA-Georgia Foundation having recently completed a stint on the Thrive Women Advisory Board. In 2017, she earned the BOMA-Georgia Foundation Philanthropic Leadership Award. Melody enjoys reading, volunteering, hiking and spending time with her family, especially her granddaughter and dog.
Managing Director, Accounting + Technology
In 2018, Paul Fontaine joined OA Development as Corporate Controller and was promoted to Managing Director in April 2019. Currently, he manages all financial reporting, cash forecasting, investor reporting and relations, technology strategy and deployment, as well as process improvement. Previously, Paul spent 12 years at Jamestown, LP, rising from Assistant Controller to Director of Corporate Accounting.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting at the University of Connecticut and is a Certified Public Accountant. Paul serves as his Homeowner Association’s Treasurer and can be heard rooting for the UConn Huskies basketball teams.
Associate, Acquisition and Asset Management
Kerline joined OA Development in 2023 as an acquisition and asset management associate. Her responsibilities include underwriting the existing OA portfolio, as well as sourcing and evaluating investment opportunities across various property types, geographic regions and industry sectors. Additionally, Kerline assists in other areas including investor relations, accounting and property management. Prior to OA Development, Kerline served as an associate director at Accesso Partners on the asset management team.
Kerline earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and real estate at Florida State University. She is a mentor at Atlanta Youth Academy and frequently volunteers at Hillside Atlanta.
Retired, Former Vice President of Operations
Gita Berman retired in October 2021 following a 20-year career at OA Development. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Operations, responsible for investor relations and managing collateral in support of investment initiatives. Gita previously supported the firm’s public relations, property management, administrative systems, human resources and IT initiatives.
Now that you’ve met the team, let’s talk about the future.