Meet Dakota Partners

Dakota Partners was founded in 2006 when Roberto Arista and Marc Daigle merged their individual real estate development businesses. Shortly thereafter Steve Kominski joined Dakota, bringing substantial experience in financing projects with low income housing tax credits (LIHTC), historic tax credits (HTC), and other federal, state and local programs. Since then, Dakota Partners has assembled an exceptional team that has decades of experience designing, developing, and building residential and commercial projects. This extraordinary group of professionals is dedicated to upholding the highest standards of quality.

Marc Daigle

Marc Daigle


As Principal and CEO, Marc oversees all of Dakota’s acquisition, entitlement, design and construction activities. Prior to co-founding Dakota, Marc was founder and President of Emerald Development Group where he developed two dozen projects with a value of more than $70 million. These projects ranged from luxury single-family residences to multi-family new and rehabilitated buildings. Before starting Emerald, Marc founded Architectural Partners where he designed more than 60 residential projects totaling almost 900 units of residential infill housing projects for other developers. Marc received a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture and Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Roberto Arista


Dakota’s co-founder and President, Roberto is responsible for the development, project financing, and asset management activities of the firm. Roberto brings over 20 years of project planning, budgeting, development and financing experience, and has successfully managed over $100 million in capital projects. Previously, Roberto was co-founder of Austin Development where he was involved in multi-family condominium projects. Roberto holds a BS in Engineering from Northeastern, an MBA from Boston College, and an MS in Real Estate Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Donna Sperounis

Chief Financial Officer

Donna oversees Dakota’s financial and administrative operations, including accounting, cash and risk management, financial reporting and human resources. With over 20 years experience in budgeting, forecasting and financial analysis, Donna’s most recent roles before joining Dakota include work as a Controller and a Senior Vice President of Operations and Finance. Donna received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business with an accounting minor from Ashford University.

Stephen Kominski

Vice President of Acquisitions and Development

Steve directs all acquisition and financing activities for Dakota Partners, with responsibility for identifying, analyzing, securing and structuring the financing of sites and buildings appropriate for multi-family housing and historic conversion. Steve has more than 30 years of experience in real estate development, construction and asset management, including substantial experience developing properties that utilize state and federal tax credit incentives. Steve earned a BA in Economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an MBA from Suffolk University.

Scott Shaw

Vice President of Acquisitions and Development

Scott is responsible for all aspects of project development including identifying new sites for development, evaluating project feasibility, securing financing, and acquisition and permitting activities. He brings more than 28 years of experience in development and asset management to the team, 19 years of which have been focused on affordable housing development. Scott has extensive experience in the industry and has established himself as an expert in developing new construction multi-family and senior housing, historic building conversions, occupied rehabilitation housing and adaptive conversion housing all involved with mixed-finance and mixed income structuring.

Mark Pilotte

Vice President of Development

As Vice President of Development, Mark plays an integral role in growing Dakota’s portfolio. He is responsible for all aspects of the real estate development and permitting process. Mark brings more than 25 years of both national and international real estate development expertise, with a background in residential, office, industrial, retail and hotel development. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Roger Williams College and is a member of the Board of Directors on the Greater Hartford Arts Council.

Karl Walsh

Director of Construction

As Director of Construction, Karl’s responsibilities encompass oversight of construction operations, onsite safety and the financial well-being of all projects. He brings more than twenty-five years of expertise in multi-family residential, commercial, and assisted living construction to Dakota Partners. Additionally, Karl collaborates with the development team to ensure projects are strategically planned, supported and meet targeted budgets and delivery schedules, all while delivering a quality finished product. He holds a degree in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Industrial Studies from Ulster University.

Eric Kuczarski

Development Director

Eric Kuczarski oversees and manages all aspects of the development process, including the closing, construction and/or renovation and lease-up of Dakota’s active projects. Eric brings over 15 years of project management experience in multi-family and mixed use development projects. He earned a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, an MS in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Certificate in Real Estate Design and Development from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

Evan Fink

Development Design Director

Evan brings over 15 years of industry experience to the Dakota team. A licensed architect in Massachusetts and a member of the American Institute of Architects, Evan oversees and coordinates the design and pre-development phases of all projects. He also manages the team’s architects, engineers and other design consultants. Evan graduated from Wentworth Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. He takes pride in providing quality housing that focuses on quality design and community for it’s residents, and has designed and funded Passive House Certified (PHIUS) multi-family housing projects.