Founder & CEO
Nick is the founder and CEO of Mentis Capital Partners. Since graduating from Salisbury University’s Perdue School of Business with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management, Nick has built an intimate understanding of the local real estate market and at one time held the largest real estate investment portfolio in Downtown Salisbury.
In recent years, Nick developed the concept for The Ross and profitably sold numerous smaller investments to acquire the site and finalize zoning. Having focused on multifamily and student housing developments worth over $50M on the Delmarva Peninsula, Nick is looking forward to growing Mentis Capital Partners throughout the Southeast.
Previously, Nick began his entrepreneurial career at age twelve with a lawn care business, selling it prior to starting his undergraduate degree. With the proceeds of the sale, he fully funded his college education, graduated in three years and started investing in rental properties while in college with a focus on student housing. Nick won the Bernstein Entrepreneurship competition in 2014 and was the highest-grossing salesperson in the U.S. during his 2013 summer internship with Aflac.
Business Development & KP
David Harkins advises Mentis Capital Partners on all aspects of real estate development, construction, and business growth.
David is also the President of Harkins Contracting Inc. and has over 30 years of experience in concrete construction and general contracting in the Delmarva region. His firm has executed a diverse portfolio of real estate construction worth over $700M in the last ten years. The firm specializes in mid-to high-rise concrete structures on the Eastern Shore and has successfully completed numerous oceanfront mid-rises in Ocean City, MD.
Having worked in the field and office for six previous summers, David joined the family concrete construction business full-time as an estimator and project manager upon graduation from college. By age 30, he was named President of the company. In 1999, David began his career in general contracting with the formation of Southern Builders, Inc. acting as CEO/President. The family business further vertically integrated in 2004 by starting Harkins Ready Mix Inc. to produce its own ready-mix concrete and to sell to retail customers.
In 2009, David formed his own general contracting business, Harkins Contracting, Inc., and retained key employees from Southern Builders, Inc. Harkins Contracting, Inc. and Harkins Concrete Construction, Inc. are the only general contractor and concrete contractor on the Eastern Shore that have the ability to manufacture their own ready-mix concrete.
David, a 1988 graduate of Parkside High School, grew up and resides in Salisbury. In 1992, he graduated from the E. Claiborne Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, with a concentration in Finance.
Mark focuses on banking, deal structures, and financial modeling. Mark is also a Member of Catoctin Overlook and Head of Production and Chief Operating Officer of Wells Fargo Multifamily Capital, one of the nation’s largest Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and FHA multifamily lenders. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Mark held senior executive positions with Red Mortgage Capital and Banc One Capital Funding.
With over 30 years of experience in financing apartment and healthcare facilities with the GSEs and HUD, Mark has served as Chair of the Fannie Mae DUS Advisory Council, Chair of the MBA’s Multifamily Council, Chair of the MBA’s Multifamily Steering Committee and Vice-Chair of the MBA’s Task Force on Affordable Housing.
Mark earned an engineering degree from Princeton University and a master’s degree in business administration from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.
Financial Advisor & Partner
Dr. Leonard Arvi assists Mentis Capital Partners by providing financial advice and real estate modeling services on new deal. Arvi also works as an associate professor of finance at the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business at Salisbury University in Maryland. His expertise is in capital markets and real estate finance. In 2014, he was awarded the University System of Maryland Board of Regents’ Faculty Excellence Award for Mentoring. He is actively involved in SU’s Capital Campaign, Strategic Planning & Budgeting Committee, faculty financial affairs, fiscal advisory committee and numerous other initiatives within the university.
Besides academia, Arvi is a serial entrepreneur. Over the years, he created StrategyD; an e-business consulting firm in Bangkok; Finance Tutor, an executive education firm in Miami; and VerdeQ, a business/finance consulting firm in Boca Raton, Florida. He is a founding board member of a local non-profit, Wicomico Day School Foundation. His current venture is verdeQ Inc., a technology/strategy consulting practice focused on data analytics.
Prior to becoming a professor, Arvi worked as an IT Strategist, Research Analyst and Business Analyst at the Stock Exchange of Thailand in Bangkok. His notable accomplishments include design and management of online learning for Thailand Securities Institute, revenue optimization for financial data products and implementation of the entire IT infrastructure for Thailand’s third largest publicly traded property development firm Goldenland PLC.
Arvi has earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in Finance from Florida International University, an M.S. in Computer Science from the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand and a B.S. in Chemistry from St. Joseph’s College in India.
Development Advisor & Partner
Tricia Beisler advises Mentis Capital Partners on construction, development, financing, and property management services.
Tricia also works as President and Managing Member of Catoctin Overlook where she manages the daily operations. Tricia leads the acquisition search and evaluation process, contract negotiation, closing, rehabilitation, contractor management, rental, property management, and disposition activities. In addition, she has managed the successful rezoning and historic reviews for the firm’s properties located in the historic downtowns of Leesburg, VA, and Frederick, MD, adding significant value to each property.
Formed in 2007, Catoctin Overlook acquires and develops multifamily and single-family rentals in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The firm actively seeks out underperforming properties and executes a plan to maximize value creation, while remaining focused on the adaptive reuse of distressed real estate and revitalizing the neighboring community.
Catoctin Overlook was the original purchaser of the abandoned Coca-Cola Bottling Plant in Frederick, renamed as The Bottling Plant on North Market Street. The firm successfully achieved the rezoning of the property from industrial to mixed use, permitting the new construction of 86 apartments and re-development of the original offices for 9,400 SF of commercial space without the constraints of a historic overlay. The Bottling Plant opened in January 2020.
A native of Salisbury and a 1985 graduate of Parkside High school, Tricia earned her bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University in North Carolina.
Acquisitions & JV Partner
Mark Lewis, Vice President of Harvest construction, a family-owned and operated construction company located in Annapolis, MD. The firm specializes in high-end residential construction in Annapolis and surrounding areas. Mark started working in the family business when he was 14 as a carpenter during the summers. After graduating from East Carolina University with a Business Management degree Mark joined the family business full time as an estimator. Mark quickly was promoted to project manager and director of sales before becoming Vice President. Mark introduced new ideas and technology to the business including developing an estimating spreadsheet and hired new key employees. Mark met with architects, vendors and clients to build a network of referral clients.
Passionate about real estate and using his knowledge of construction Mark started buying rental properties and flipping houses. Mark became a licensed real estate agent in 2015 and worked with a real estate team as an acquisition specialist. Mark manages his family’s real estate investment portfolio. Mark has a network of clients through his construction and real estate companies and is known as a local expert on distressed properties. Mark is looking to build economies of scale with more stable, higher growth investments through multi-family properties.