High-quality opportunities for accredited investors only – 18 Squared leverages its real estate expertise to source valuable, diversified opportunities for investors and developers.

Our Mission

To participate in tax efficient real estate investment strategies as a partner with investors wanting a return not correlated with the liquid markets. We will lead the investment process and diversify risk among investors and properties.

Our Vision

To drive people and communities towards long-term financial stability and prosperity.

Our Name

18 Squared gets its name according to the system of gematria and the letter of "Chai" (meaning living or life) which add up to 18. We believe 18 Squared is a company whose ethos is living life with exponential potential.

Mark S. Germain, CFP™, MBA, ADPA®

CEO

 MARK@18SQUARED.COM

As CEO, Mark steers all aspects of the business—from strategizing and communicating a clear vision for the future to collaborating with the team on implementing new initiatives. He’s especially passionate about keeping the firm on the leading edge of real estate and was instrumental when he founded 18 Squared Tactical Fund in 2011, a U.S. based private equity real estate fund, which invests in multifamily, commercial properties, as well as opportunity zones.

Formal training and experience with professionals in the real estate industry has allowed Mark to invest as a general partner or limited partner in more than 6,000 housing units throughout the country. He was also instrumental in forming 18 Squared Qualified Opportunity Zone Fund One and 18 Squared Qualified Opportunity Zone Fund Two.

As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional with over 30 years of wealth management experience and previous CEO of a wealth management firm, he has focused on alternative non-correlated assets to enhance and stabilize returns for his clients.

Mark has earned a reputation as being an active serial entrepreneur and has aided others in creating quality business opportunities and offered lasting financial counsel for the last 35 years. He believes working with strong developers and partners leverages the expertise of each professional to meet or beat performance expectations.

Mark received a BS in Economics and Accounting from Southern Connecticut State University and received an MBA from Northeastern University.

Mark splits his time between Palm Beach Gardens FL and Yardley, PA with his fiancée. He has three children and four grandchildren and when not in the office you can find him on the golf course.

As CEO, Mark steers all aspects of the business—from strategizing and communicating a clear vision for the future to collaborating with the team on implementing new initiatives. He’s especially passionate about keeping the firm on the leading edge of real estate and was instrumental when he founded 18 Squared Tactical Fund in 2011, a U.S. based private equity real estate fund, which invests in multifamily, commercial properties, as well as opportunity zones.

Formal training and experience with professionals in the real estate industry has allowed Mark to invest as a general partner or limited partner in more than 6,000 housing units throughout the country. He was also instrumental in forming 18 Squared Qualified Opportunity Zone Fund One and 18 Squared Qualified Opportunity Zone Fund Two.

As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional with over 30 years of wealth management experience and previous CEO of a wealth management firm, he has focused on alternative non-correlated assets to enhance and stabilize returns for his clients.

Mark has earned a reputation as being an active serial entrepreneur and has aided others in creating quality business opportunities and offered lasting financial counsel for the last 35 years. He believes working with strong developers and partners leverages the expertise of each professional to meet or beat performance expectations.

Mark received a BS in Economics and Accounting from Southern Connecticut State University and received an MBA from Northeastern University.

Mark splits his time between Palm Beach Gardens FL and Yardley, PA with his fiancée. He has three children and four grandchildren and when not in the office you can find him on the golf course.

Claudia Capilla, FPQP®, AIF®

Capital Markets Associate

 CLAUDIA@18SQUARED.COM

As the Capital Markets Associate, Claudia manages all facets of the investor relationship and journey. She supports the efforts of the CEO including capital raising, branding and digital presence for the firm.

She began her finance career in 2006 as a Client Service Associate of Beacon Wealth Management. Since 2012, she has worked in many different roles within the financial services industry, primarily as a financial planning associate in New Jersey and California. Claudia has spent 16 years in the industry honing her skills.

Claudia received her BS in Financial Planning from William Paterson University. She is a Financial Paraplanner Qualified Professional and an Accredited Investment Fiduciary®.

Living in Italy most of her childhood, Claudia is fluent in Italian. In her spare time, her niece Brooke is the focus of her attention. Claudia lives in San Diego, CA and will soon take over all corporate functions at the Palm Beach Gardens headquarters when she relocates this year with her fiancée.

As the Capital Markets Associate, Claudia manages all facets of the investor relationship and journey. She supports the efforts of the CEO including capital raising, branding and digital presence for the firm.

She began her finance career in 2006 as a Client Service Associate of Beacon Wealth Management. Since 2012, she has worked in many different roles within the financial services industry, primarily as a financial planning associate in New Jersey and California. Claudia has spent 16 years in the industry honing her skills.

Claudia received her BS in Financial Planning from William Paterson University. She is a Financial Paraplanner Qualified Professional and an Accredited Investment Fiduciary®.

Living in Italy most of her childhood, Claudia is fluent in Italian. In her spare time, her niece Brooke is the focus of her attention. Claudia lives in San Diego, CA and will soon take over all corporate functions at the Palm Beach Gardens headquarters when she relocates this year with her fiancée.

Christopher Cacchiola, CIMA®, CRPC®, CPWA®

Consultant

 CHRISTOPHER@18SQUARED.COM

Christopher has over 10 years of real estate and investment experience, property management, and contract negotiations. His extensive background in the areas of income taxation, estate and wealth transfer planning, as well as comprehensive financial planning gives him great insight into the current trends of the industry. Christopher's focus is navigating the complexities of today’s dynamic markets and identifying investment opportunities that achieve strategic and operational goals.

Christopher received a BS in Finance from Kean University. He is currently finishing his Masters in Tax at University of Cincinnati.

Christopher holds a Series 65 (Uniform Investment Advisor Law Registration) and has earned his Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®), Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC®) and Certified Private Wealth Advisor (CPWA®) certifications.

Christopher has over 10 years of real estate and investment experience, property management, and contract negotiations. His extensive background in the areas of income taxation, estate and wealth transfer planning, as well as comprehensive financial planning gives him great insight into the current trends of the industry. Christopher's focus is navigating the complexities of today’s dynamic markets and identifying investment opportunities that achieve strategic and operational goals.

Christopher received a BS in Finance from Kean University. He is currently finishing his Masters in Tax at University of Cincinnati.

Christopher holds a Series 65 (Uniform Investment Advisor Law Registration) and has earned his Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®), Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC®) and Certified Private Wealth Advisor (CPWA®) certifications.

Y. Dogan Sahin, CFA

Director of Operations and Analytics

 DOGAN@18SQUARED.COM

Dogan has 17 years of investment industry experience including modeling and valuation analysis, portfolio management and investment. Prior to joining 18 Squared, Dogan independently managed public equity and derivative portfolios.

During his 11-year tenure with Franklin Templeton Investments, he served as research analyst and co-portfolio manager of the Franklin Small Cap Value fund.

Throughout his career, Dogan’s focus has been on creating and maintaining systems that streamline and automate all phases of the investment process.

Dogan received a BA in Chemistry and Biology from Carleton College and a MA in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Dogan has earned his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) certification. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Dogan has 17 years of investment industry experience including modeling and valuation analysis, portfolio management and investment. Prior to joining 18 Squared, Dogan independently managed public equity and derivative portfolios.

During his 11-year tenure with Franklin Templeton Investments, he served as research analyst and co-portfolio manager of the Franklin Small Cap Value fund.

Throughout his career, Dogan’s focus has been on creating and maintaining systems that streamline and automate all phases of the investment process.

Dogan received a BA in Chemistry and Biology from Carleton College and a MA in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Dogan has earned his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) certification. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Sharon La Roux, CPA

Controller and Director of Finance

 SHARON@18SQUARED.COM

As controller, Sharon oversees the accounting functions for 18 Squared Capital Partners, which include financial reporting and routine compliance filings.

Prior to joining 18 Squared, Sharon served as Assistant Controller for Premier Management Associates located in Englewood Cliffs, NJ for 5 years. While at PMA, she was responsible for accounting, auditing, budgeting, and financial reporting. Prior to joining PMA, Sharon was a real estate agent with Weichert Realtors in Bergen County, NJ for many years while also running a successful, small tax practice and working part time for local CPA firms, all while raising her two sons.

Sharon received a BS in Accounting from Kent State University and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and is a Licensed Real Estate Broker in New Jersey.

As controller, Sharon oversees the accounting functions for 18 Squared Capital Partners, which include financial reporting and routine compliance filings.

Prior to joining 18 Squared, Sharon served as Assistant Controller for Premier Management Associates located in Englewood Cliffs, NJ for 5 years. While at PMA, she was responsible for accounting, auditing, budgeting, and financial reporting. Prior to joining PMA, Sharon was a real estate agent with Weichert Realtors in Bergen County, NJ for many years while also running a successful, small tax practice and working part time for local CPA firms, all while raising her two sons.

Sharon received a BS in Accounting from Kent State University and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and is a Licensed Real Estate Broker in New Jersey.