James Carter - Vice President of Community Affairs
A native New Orleanian and accomplished civil trial attorney, James Carter opened the law firm of James Carter & Associates, LLC in January of 2000. Mr. Carter is a graduate of the nationally acclaimed McDonough 35 College Preparatory Senior High School and the internationally known New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, where he studied theatre. Mr. Carter earned both his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate from Howard University. He was admitted to the Louisiana State Bar in 2000. In 2013, he attained the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum distinctions. James Carter & Associates, LLC was nominated for a 2014 Litigator Award by the Trial Lawyer Board of Regents. Mr. Carter was elected to the New Orleans City Council, where he served District C from 2006 to 2010. In keeping with and recognizing the importance of civic leadership in the New Orleans community, Mr. Carter has donated his time by serving on the boards of organizations such as Ochsner Baptist Hospital, Second Harvest Food Bank, New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation, and Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. He currently serves on the University of Louisiana Board of Supervisors and has over 10 years of real estate experience. Mr. Carter brings his experience with a variety of organizations and his desire to reach out to the community on behalf of our Diversified team.
Jose R. Tarantino – Office Manager/Accountant
Mr. Tarantino has a B.S. degree in accounting from the University of New Orleans. and serves as the accounting and officer manager for Diversified Enterprise of N.O. He has over fifteen years of experience as an accountant in a diverse range of companies. He brings his organizational skills, as well as, his technical knowledge to the Diversified office. Mr. Tarantino handles all of the bookkeeping for the real estate company, and additionally provides project management assistance to the team.
Norman Robles – Property Manager
Mr. Robles is currently a student at the University of New Orleans majoring in business management, and will pursue his masters in real estate development at Tulane University. He has successfully managed and leased our single family homes portfolio. In addition, Mr. Robles is the project manager for our re-development projects in the historic French Quarter.
Diana David - Senior Property Manager / Accountant
Ms. David , a native of Washington state, has an extensive background in real estate and accounting. Her experience includes her work as a Property Manager and subsequently Chief Operating Office of Vander Hoek Corporation where she was responsible for the overall operational and financial performance of the commercial and residential properties. She supervised the accounting, budgeting and leasing functions for approximately 400,000 sq. ft. of commercial and residential properties and monitored a construction loan budget of $25 million. In addition, Ms. David managed all of the commercial tenants accounts and services for Harbor Properties, Inc. in downtown Seattle. She currently supervises the residential management and leasing for our multi-family units.
Lori G. Leal – Controller
Ms. Leal is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in Texas and Louisiana, with a B.S. degree in accounting from Louisiana State University and an MBA from the University of Georgia. She has over 25 years of experience in management, as well as, an extensive background in the real estate industry. Early in her career, Ms. Leal was an accountant for Canizaro Properties, Inc. working in the Office Park Division during the building boom in New Orleans during the mid-1980’s. She continued her real estate development experience as Controller of Russo Properties, Inc. and VeriQuest Services, Inc. both located in Houston, Texas. Sarcor Services, Inc. was a company that she formed that handled property management and real estate accounting services. In addition, Ms. Leal has extensive experience in non-profit accounting and management. She is responsible for all financial aspects of the company and management of the Diversified office.
Cesar R. Burgos – Principal
Mr. Burgos has provided legal advice to a variety of clients, corporate and private. He has successfully represented plaintiffs and defendants in the areas of tort claims and commercial transaction disputes in Southeast Louisiana. Mr. Burgos has been a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Hispanic National Bar Association, and the Federal Bar Association and has served two terms as President of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Louisiana. Mr. Burgos has been appointed by the City of New Orleans as an Honorary Ambassador to Honduras. Mr. Burgos was appointed by the Mayor of New Orleans to serve on the Mayor’s 17-members “Bring New Orleans Back Commission” in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The commission was given a mandate to develop a master plan by the end of 2005 that will serve as the blue print for rebuilding New Orleans. Mr. Burgos was appointed by the Mayor and Commission members at the Chair of the Cultural Sector within the Commission. Mr. Burgos has over 20 years of experience with development and restoration of both residential and commercial properties.