Here at Portico, our team is made up of experienced professionals who uphold a company culture of professionalism and collaboration.

Our Charlotte renovation experts come together to provide clients with efficiency and premium quality for all home projects, from kitchens to bathrooms and everything in between.

To get started with Team Portico, reach out online or give us a call at 704-742-2720 today!

Meet Our Team

  • Corey Shemtov


    Corey co-founded Portico in 2021 and has served as the CEO since the company’s inception. Prior to his time at Portico, Corey founded S&S Acquisitions, a real estate investment firm, which owns and operates residential real estate properties around the Charlotte, NC market.

    Prior to S&S Acquisitions, Corey founded GoodName Realty which was dedicated to sourcing the acquisitions of income producing properties for large institutional buyers in the Charlotte, NC marketplace. During his time at GoodName Realty, Corey brokered over 100MM in asset purchases.

    Before his time in real estate, Corey operated businesses in the areas of finance and IT and worked at ESPN after graduating the University of Miami in 2000.

  • Praveen Suchdev


    Praveen co-founded Portico in 2021 and focuses on finance, strategy, and growth. Prior to his time at Portico, Praveen is a partner at S&S Acquisitions along with Corey Shemtov. S&S Acquisitions specializes in investment properties for long-term hold and value add resale.

    Prior to S&S Acquisitions, Praveen was a founding team member of Ribbon, a prop-tech/fintech startup that enables homebuyers to bid with the power of cash offers.

    Prior to his time at Ribbon, Praveen was on the Financial Planning and Quantitative Analytics team at Invitation Homes (INVH). This team was a key player in taking the company public at a $1.6bn IPO.

    Praveen graduated with his undergraduate degree in Finance and received his MBA in Finance from Seton Hall University.

  • Taylor Hurwitz

    Director of Growth

    Taylor is a founding team member of Portico and runs the growth efforts for the company, which includes business development, customer success, and marketing initiatives.

    Being a 3rd generation realtor who was immersed in investment real estate from an early age and being a licensed real estate broker, measuring ROI is her specialty.

  • Demi Knight Clark

    General Manager / Chief Spark Igniter

    Demi Clark has spent the last 20+ years leading teams & scaling both public & private companies in construction, real estate, tech & founding nonprofits. She is a passionate runner, triathlete, mountain climber, mom, and overall adventurer.

  • Kyle VanAernum

    Project Manager

    Kyle has been in the construction industry for the past 12 years. Originally from Rochester, NY has been in the Charlotte area for 6 years. In his free time, he loves to golf and spend time with his wife and daughter. As a Project Manager, Kyle is responsible for managing the completion and quality control of our home renovation projects here at Portico.

  • Sholanda Stradford

    Corporate Controller

    Sholanda Stradford serves as the Corporate Controller for Portico. She received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of South Carolina and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of South Carolina.

    Prior to Portico, Sholanda was a senior associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers for 5 years. In her free time, she enjoys traveling the country, spending time with her family, and volunteering within her community.

  • Farhad Aframian

    Construction Manager

    Farhad is a licensed general and electrical contractor with over 20 years of experience in home, kitchen, and bathroom remodeling and room additions.

    He is the construction lead and project consultant to clients at Portico. His passion is to help clients transform their homes into a place they love to live in every day.

  • Sean Rose

    Project Manager

    As a Project Manager, Sean is responsible for managing the completion and quality control of our home renovation projects here at Portico.

  • Grace Whitson

    Project Coordinator

    As Project Coordinator, Grace manages the customer experience, vendor coordinating, and quality control of the Charlotte home remodeling projects we handle here at Portico.

  • Alexandra Gaines 

    Renovation Consultant

    As a Renovation Consultant at Portico, she meets with clients in their homes to discuss the scope of work they are looking to have done. 

    Alexandra is an ambitious, hard-working professional with 6 years of experience in residential and commercial Real Estate sales, development, and strategy. Experienced in coordinating and overseeing construction, interior design, sales, and market analysis.  Alexandra is a licensed Broker in North Carolina and Florida – She founded her own company in 2018 that specializes in locating, purchasing, remodeling, and selling of high-end residential properties. 

  • Marco Maldonado

    Field Supervisor

    For the past 23 years Marco Maldonado has worked hands-on in the construction industry from landscaping to electricity. He is very passionate about his work and gives each project his all. 

    “My work foundation started as an electrician for 17 years, that is what introduced me to the world of construction. I became a Team Leader and trained men and women to learn the trade of electricity. My work philosophy is that by doing my job well, I am helping others. 

    About 7 years ago, I decided to expand my horizons outside of electricity. I recognized one of my biggest strengths was organizing a team for construction projects and I saw a need for someone who specialized in a quality product.

    The vision at Portico aligns with the market need for a quality product and client experience. I’m excited to bring my knowledge and expertise to our customers. My goal as Field Supervisor is to elevate Portico into a household name as the go-to company for all-things construction in the city of Charlotte. 

    During my free time, I enjoy discovering and seeing new places with history, from beaches to mountain towns.” 

Our Process

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Our Projects

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