The Team

About Paul Benson & Michael Hawkins

As founder and managing partner of EBL Partners, Inc., based in Naples, Paul Benson has a track record for excellence. He is passionate about business and driven to instill quality in all aspects of management and project development and it shows in the numerous projects his company has completed—from luxury condominiums, resort hotels and mixed-use commercial—throughout the country. His educational and professional experience is diverse including design, engineering and construction for a variety of project types. In addition to leading EBL’s Interior Design Division, he personally directed and managed two residential tower projects in New York City..

Michael Hawkins, a founder and managing partner of EBL Partners, Inc., has maintained a long-standing, hands-on involvement with the company’s most salient and noteworthy projects. He has extensive experience in high-rise project and construction management and wields significant expertise in land acquisition and entitlements. Michael has also demonstrated his dedication to completing every project on time and under budget. He has played a key leadership role on one of EBL’s highest profile endeavors to date, Canyon Ranch Miami Beach, ensuring prompt completion of the build-out to the satisfaction of homeowners and Lehman Brothers Holdings.

About EBL Partners

EBL Partners is the creation of two industry leaders—Paul Benson and Michael Hawkins. Working together on a high-profile resort destination community on the paradise coast of Southwest Florida shaped their core strategy: engage a multi-disciplined team of professionals with diverse expertise to integrate real estate development and management into one entity. From this central idea, EBL Partners emerged.

A series of successes in high-rise condominium projects led to expanded holdings and scope of projects, including the Gables Marquis (Coral Gables, FL), The Ellington (Oakland, CA), Canyon Ranch (Miami Beach, FL) and Morgan Falls (Atlanta, GA). Specialized divisions—EBL Construction and EBL Interiors—allow added flexibility for clients to use EBL’s capabilities most effectively, regardless of scope, budget or timeline.

Today, EBL Partners is a key player in a multitude of development endeavors across the country.

About John R. Wood Developer Resources

A division of John R Wood Properties, JRW Developer Resources is uniquely positioned to provide developers with astute, experienced and meticulously considered services to successfully address every aspect of the new home sales process. Their comprehensive suite of developer services includes on-site sales operations, cooperating broker sales management, cooperating broker VIP program, event planning and execution, development and production of media and collateral materials, development and execution of advertising, public relations and media relations strategy. The team at JRW Developer Resources, led by Cheryl Deering, is highly specialized, experienced and focused on results.

About Jose Vidal & V3 Architectural Group

V3 Architectural Group is a full-service architectural design firm headquartered in Miami, Florida. Together, Jose A. Vidal and Manuel Fernandez, the company’s leaders, have over 33 years of professional design experience. They are dedicated to every client and remain directly involved from initial planning to completion. Their experience is illustrated in V3’s extensive portfolio that includes residential, commercial, retail, corporate, industrial, hospitality, education, planning and historic preservation. Architectural scale, proportion, function and durability are top priorities. V3’s projects reflect the aesthetics and individual style of their clients. They credit their success to their focus on design excellence, quality, integrity and client satisfaction.

About EBL Interiors

The origins of EBL Interiors, part of EBL Partners, can be found in distinctive modern stylish kitchens across America—specifically, cabinetry made by Snaidero, Italy’s premier cabinetmaker. The company first integrated Snaidero artisans’ creations and European design standards with the most cutting-edge appliances and finishes to reimagine clients’ kitchens. Doing so helped the team realize that beyond a beautiful, functional, advanced kitchen was a whole home that could also be transformed in the same way. So services were expanded over time to include kitchen and bath fixtures, interior doors, furniture and appliances by the world’s most esteemed brands.

Today, EBL Interiors blends its profound experience with the finest finishes, fixtures and appointments with expertise in installation and aesthetically beautiful results.