Who We Are
Michael Davis
Partner

Michael Davis brings approximately 15 years of commercial development and construction management experience to D&G Development Group. Prior to joining D&G, Michael served as Senior Development Manager with North American Properties taking the development lead on the Avalon project, a $650 million mixed-use project located in Alpharetta, Georgia. While steering the project through the development process his responsibilities included entitlements, zoning and regulatory compliance, design, brand management, hard cost and soft cost budgeting, lease negotiation, proforma analysis, construction procurement, contractor negotiations, scheduling, construction execution, team building and management, and management of all relationships with financial and development partners along with key stakeholders.

In 2008 Michael founded the Wilshire Capital and Development Group, a boutique real estate firm with a focus on equity placement, senior debt origination, distressed acquisitions, and development services for investment partners. During the recession in early 2009 he also launched nextGEN Management & Design Services, a consulting company with an emphasis on architectural design, construction management and tenant coordination for retail tenants and landlords. While at Wilshire and nextGEN, Michael executed and closed over 70 projects with a total investment value in excess of $42 million dollars.

Prior to launching Wilshire, Michael spent 4 years with Cousins Properties. He joined Cousins Properties as Construction Manager overseeing the construction of the Avenue Carriage Crossing, Cousins’ largest single investment in the retail market place at that time. During his tenure at Cousins, he worked on an array of project types encompassing a total of 1.5 million square feet at an investment value of $267 million dollars. During his tenure at Cousins Michael was promoted twice and ultimately served as Development Director on the Avenue Forsyth – a mixed-use project of retail, office, and entertainment uses.

In early 2004 Michael worked for Winter Construction as a preconstruction manger and was responsible for their retail business development and estimating. During his time at Winter Construction he sold over $12 million dollars of construction work. Prior to his move to Winter Construction, Michael was a project manager with Hardin Construction where he was responsible for the company’s retail pre-construction efforts. He worked on over 1.5 million square feet of retail and office product with a total construction cost of $142 million dollars.

Michael graduated with honors in 1997 from the University of Florida with a B.S. degree in Construction Management. After graduation, he entered into graduate studies at the Living Stream Ministry Bible College, a seminary in Anaheim, CA. While completing his two-year study there, he served as the campus’ facilities manager and was responsible for a team of internal building engineers and external contractors. The team was responsible for the maintenance and renovation projects for the entire campus, including multiple buildings located off-campus.

Michael is active with the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), a licensed Real Estate Salesperson in the State of Georgia, and committed youth group leader with his church. He resides in Kennesaw, Georgia with his wife Amy and their four daughters.



Jon Gallant
Partner

Jon Gallant is a practicing real estate attorney and brings over nine years of commercial real estate law experience to D&G Development Group. After graduating Cum Laude from Georgia State University College of Law in 2005, Jon began his legal career at the law firm of Smith Gambrell & Russell, LLP, located in Atlanta, Georgia. At Smith Gambrell, Jon's practice consisted in the full service representation of clients buying, selling, leasing, developing, lending, and investing in commercial real estate assets with an emphasis upon the representation of developer-owners. In the course of his representation of developers, Jon advised clients in the acquisition and related due diligence concerning all asset types including raw land, anchored and unanchored retail centers, business and residential condominiums, office buildings, hotels, industrial facilities, farmlands, apartment complexes, medical office towers, and timberlands. In 2006, Jon reviewed and perfected title and survey related issues for 1 million acres (valued at over $1 billion) of timberlands on behalf of a purchaser as part of the largest timberland sale in United States history. Throughout his time at Smith Gambrell, Jon routinely represented developer-borrowers in their acquisition, bridge, construction, and permanent debt financings of real estate projects through portfolio, conduit, and agency based credit facilities, including various government related loan programs for acquisition, construction, and permanent financing of multi-family developments such as HUD 221d(4), HUD 223(f), Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac. From 2007 through 2009, Jon acted as lead counsel in the land acquisition, development and separate construction and permanent financing of nineteen student housing projects in eleven states, representing a total development cost of over $280 million.

In addition to general representation of developer clients in the traditional asset classes of retail, office, multi-family, and industrial, Jon has also advised developer clients with respect to certain niche real estate assets such as solar farms and purpose-built military housing projects. In 2009, Jon represented a real estate developer respect to the corporate restructuring and recapitalization of the client's military housing business, which transaction involved the negotiation of a joint venture for future development rights and included the acquisition of six housing projects valued at $252.9 million.

On the lending and investment side, Jon has represented the interests of debt and equity providers in commercial real estate transactions and advised clients with respect to the impact of corporate structures upon real estate assets. Finally, Jon has reviewed, drafted, and negotiated all types and aspects of real estate leases in the representation of both landlords and tenants, including ground leases, triple net leases, and space leases for retail, office, and industrial assets.

In 2001, Jon graduated Cum Laude from Emory University with concentrations in Political Science and Economics. He is an active member of the Church in Atlanta where he serves in the Service Office. Jon and his wife Sarah live in Atlanta, Georgia, with their three children - Samuel, Anna, and David.



Stefan Robichaux
Vice President - Construction

Stefan Robichaux brings nearly a decade of commercial construction management to D&G Development Group. From his first day as an apprentice ironworker to his most recent oversight of high-rise concrete frames, he has maintained a passion for professional challenges and a personal dedication to each project team.

In 2007, Stefan entered the trades as a steel erector on a $25M seismic retrofit in Southern California. The project renovated an abandoned 125,000sf industrial building into an 8,000 seat auditorium and high-tech teleconference facility. After managing the structural construction phase, he was asked to supervise the site development and utility work, eventually overseeing the upgrade of nearly eight acres of parking which included installation of three acres of interlocking pavers and subterranean detention basins. In 2011, he upgraded an adjacent high-bay manufacturing building into a multi-story 70,000sf private education facility. In the course of this work, he supervised a design-build process of fabrication welders, erection gangs, and footing crews.

In 2013, Stefan traded surf and turf for NASCAR and BBQ and relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina. While in Charlotte, he joined a general contractor and helped to transition them into a concrete-only subcontractor serving the commercial and industrial sector in both Carolinas. As a project superintendent, he ran structural concrete packages on schools, condos, and several government buildings. At the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, he oversaw the concrete construction phase of the fuel farm’s $7.6M expansion. As part of his company’s transition, he oversaw their final interiors package, an upfit of commercial space across two active terminals.

Stefan joined Lithko Contracting (a division of Baker Concrete) the following year and entered the world of high-rise vertical concrete structures. After helping to finish two structural podiums for high-end urban residences, he moved into a lead role on the Embassy Suites hotel project, a 225-room $35M ground-up hotel in the booming heart of uptown Charlotte.

Along the way, Stefan has been very active in community and church-based philanthropy. He has helped manage construction of several church facilities in California, Texas, and Massachusetts. He holds an A.S. degree in Construction Management from Fullerton College (Fullerton, California) and has a General Building Contractor’s license in California. He is a member of the American Institute of Steel Construction and a LEED Green Associate. Stefan is a former U.S. Marine with service in the 4th Reconnaissance Battalion (San Antonio, Texas) and 3rd ANGLICO (Long Beach, California). Currently, he resides in Roswell, Georgia with his wife Kristen - an Atlanta native - and their daughter Savannah.