Joseph Bonora is the founder and President of Catalyst Asset Management, Inc. and Catalyst Community Capital, Inc.. Joe has over 20 years of experience in real estate finance and development, and is responsible for managing the strategic direction of the companies and identifying new real estate development and investment opportunities. Joe is particularly well versed in government funding and tax credit programs, and is well known for his ability to engineer complex capital structures and create innovative new ways to finance projects.
Prior to forming Catalyst, Joe was the co-founder and Managing Director of Aileron Investment Management, a real estate development and specialty finance firm focused on the development of multifamily, senior housing and mixed-use properties, and the origination of government guaranteed loans. From the time he formed the company in 2010 until his departure in 2018 to start Catalyst, Joe led Aileron in providing over $660 million in small business and commercial real estate loans nationwide, and developing over $200 million in multifamily and commercial real estate projects in Florida.
Joe lives in St Petersburg, FL with his two children. He is the Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Lee County, and is President of Catalyst Community Capital, a 501 c3 formed in 2018 to help promote the development of affordable housing and growth of small businesses in low-income and underserved areas. Joe is a member of a number of community-focused organizations, including the Urban Land Institute and Opportunity Finance Network, and he teaches a community real estate development (CRED) course at USF and leads a minority real estate developer training and incubator program (www.catalystcollege.org)