Our partners are passionate about this community. Here's a bit more about who we are and why we're involved.
Eric Deutsch was born and raised in Rochester. He graduated from Lourde High School in 2002 and furthered his education at the University of Notre Dame where earned both bachelor's and master’s degrees in accounting. Eric worked for two years in public accounting in Phoenix, AZ before returning to Rochester to join his third generation family business, Pace International.
In addition to his role at Pace, Eric is the CFO and co-founder of Imawhale LLC which is a poker staking company out of Las Vegas. He is also active in the real estate market in Rochester. Eric is married to Deanna and they have two children, Allison and Owen.
Ross Henderson was raised in Rochester. He graduated from Rochester John Marshall High School, Class of 2000. He is a real estate professional by trade. Ross is commercial property manager for the properties he owns around Rochester. Ross was a founding member of C4 (Concerned Citizens for a Creative Community) Arts Group and continues to support the arts community in Rochester. Ross is the owner of Henderson Investments, which owns Centerville Apartments, which is located directly South of the Armory.
Scott Hoss a real estate professional by trade. He graduated from Rochester John Marshall High School, Class of 1991. Commercial real estate sales, leasing, and property management are his main areas of expertise. Scott practiced as an attorney at Dunlap & Seeger PA for seven years before pursuing a career in Commercial Real Estate. Scott is a commercial property manager and shareholder in Paramark Real Estate Services, a property management company.
Scott is an avid traveler. In his travels, Scott has identified a variety of community spaces that attract community, tourists, and artisans to activate it. Some of the inspiration for the Castle Community comes from his travels to Union Station in Denver, Colorado, SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) in Savannah, Georgia, Northeast Minneapolis (i.e. Northrup King Building), and a variety of spaces in the Pacific Northwest.
Leyzer Topel is a Venezuelan citizen. His father first brought his family to Rochester in the early 1980s while his sister was being treated by Dr. Peter James Dyck at the Mayo Clinic. Ever since then, Rochester has been an integral part of his life. Leyzer has owned and developed properties in Rochester such as Zick Apartments; The Lofts on 1st Street SW between 6th and 7th Avenues; Clinic Suites on 3rd Avenue SE; and the 105 North Broadway building which he remodeled as an assisted living facility and is now leased to Prime Time Living. He has recently purchased a home in the Fox Hill neighborhood with his wife and four children. Leyzer plans to spend more time in Rochester as the turmoil in Venezuela continues. Leyzer is a grand supporter of the arts. He is also an art collector and presides over a private art museum owned by his family which holds a collection of Latin American, opt art, and drawings. The museum holds, every two years, one of the most prestigious art exhibits in Venezuela, the Arturo Michelena art prize.
Naura Anderson | Threshold Arts
Naura Anderson is a creative professional with more than a decade of experience in the local arts community. She grew up in Southeast Minnesota, studied Studio Art at St. Olaf College, and from 2006-2015 worked for Rochester Art Center. During her time at RAC, Anderson served in a variety of program and administrative roles including: museum store management, arts education, public programming, special events, community engagement, publications, and curatorial work. She currently runs an arts consulting business, providing marketing support, graphic and web design services, and arts programming for local nonprofit organizations, artists, entrepreneurs, and community groups. As the director of Threshold Arts, Anderson will manage special events and arts programming for The Castle. She will also operate the The Art Store on the second floor of the building.
ZACH OHLY | Cameo at the Castle
Zach Ohly has been cooking professionally for over 14 years. Since his first job as a prep cook at Famous Dave’s Duluth when he was 18, to working at Thomas Keller’s world renowned French Laundry in Yountville, California, Zach has been pursuing excellence in his craft at each stop along the way. He honed his culinary skills at restaurants in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Denver, San Francisco Bay Area, and finally returned to his hometown of Rochester. Most recently, Zach was the Catering Chef for Morrison Healthcare at Mayo Clinic and prior to that he was the Executive Chef at Pescara Restaurant in the Doubletree Hotel. This concept is a passion project for Ohly, and along with his team which includes Danika Ohly (FoH and Special Events), Kiefer Manning (General Manager and Sommelier), and Aynsley Jones (Beverage Program) will bring an entirely new type of dining experience to Rochester with Cameo.
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