Brian M. Stolar - Founder, President, and CEO

THE TEAM - Brian M. Stolar - Founder, President, and CEO

The Pinnacle team is an extraordinary group of specialists with backgrounds from diverse industries. They bring a wide range of experience, disciplines, and talents that has Pinnacle leading the way with concepts, technology, and operations. From identifying prime properties and developing the best construction techniques, to researching consumer trends and pioneering technology for the home. These are the special skills that produce the unrivaled excellence for which Pinnacle has gained a reputation over the years.


Brian M. Stolar is the Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of The Pinnacle Companies and he has led the upscale builder/developer’s growth from a start-up in 1984 to its present position with 50 full-time professionals operating in New Jersey, New York, Florida, and Connecticut. Brian’s steadfast focus on technology, design, quality, and cost control has greatly contributed to the company’s continued expansion in the marketplace. 

As a co-founder of The Briad Group, Brian was responsible for growing this organization into one of the largest restaurant and hotel developers and operators in the industry. The $125 million company’s operation includes Wendys, Friday’s, and On The Border restaurants as well as Marriott Hotels in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania, employing over three thousand employees.

Brian also founded Builder Revenue, Inc., a consortium that provides builders and developers with the opportunity to capture revenues from service providers by offering customers real estate services. Additionally, Builder Revenue offers business-to-business products that generate significant revenues, as well as increased efficiencies and cost savings for consortium members.


Charles Applebaum serves as Pinnacle’s General Counsel. Mr. Applebaum brings more than 25 years experience to Pinnacle.  He manages the company’s legal affairs including, among other things, drafting and negotiating agreements, coordinating due diligence investigations, managing the approval process and handling all legal issues arising from the acquisition and development of the many properties under Pinnacle’s control.

Mr. Applebaum came to Pinnacle from Kara Homes where he was General Counsel for four years. He was responsible for the management of an 11 person legal department consisting of five lawyers, two paralegals, two closers and two administrative assistants. He was previously General Counsel to M. Alfieri Co., Inc. which is a privately-held commercial real estate owner, developer and manager active in New Jersey. Prior to that he was with the firm of Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith, Ravin Davis & Himmel for 15 years during which he was a partner for the last 10.

His expertise in real property, land use and environmental law along with his strong organizational, managerial and litigation experience is a significant asset to the Pinnacle Team.


Douglas J. Bush III is Senior Vice President for Development and a Wharton graduate with over 10 years experience in real estate planning and project execution. His unique combination of analytical and practical skills have involved him in real estate projects that have ranged from single family suburban subdivisions to large mixed -use urban communities within the New York tri-state area. Doug was a senior project manager for Toll Brothers for 5 years, which included him managing Maxwell Place on the Hudson a joint venture between The Pinnacle Companies and Toll Brothers. He is a LEED accredited professional and has worked with Tishman Construction Corporation on the Freedom Tower Project at the World Trade Center, advising and progressing certification to the Gold-CS level. These accomplishments, coupled with his strong and diverse background in project management and financial analysis make Doug a tremendous asset to The Pinnacle Companies and in particular, for its workout group, Pinnacle Solutions US - which has gained a reputation for creative development strategies and problem solving in tough markets.

Doug holds a BS from Pennsylvania State University in qualitative business analysis and an MBA from the Wharton School.