Collier Companies Hosts “Meet the Chair” Sessions

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In business, staying connected with your team can result in positive results for not only the team member but the organization as well. No business knows this like The Collier Companies, the largest private owner of student housing in the nation and a leader in the multifamily housing field.  Founded in 1972 by Gainesville-based Real Estate Developer, Nathan S. Collier, The Collier Companies currently has a team of over 400 who manage the 12,000+ apartment homes owned and developed by the organization.

 

The organizations focus on team member development and communication is displayed through a number of their initiatives, including the personal “Meet The Chair” chats that have become a greatly anticipated opportunity for the entire team. The “Meet the Chair” series offers their Founder/Chairman, Nathan S. Collier, the opportunity to sit with Team Members in a casual setting with the objective of open-communication and feedback.  Known for transparency among the team, the series began in 2019 at the urging of Mr. Collier, as he desired face-to-face time with onsite team members whose thoughts and opinions he may not hear on a daily basis.

 

“I have the greatest admiration and respect for the front line TMs who take care of our Customers and Communities and the final analysis,” explains Collier. “The whole purpose of the Home Office is to support the field. As a leader, I take my responsibility to all stakeholders seriously and I would love to be able to have every TCC TM have a chance to attend at least once a year.”

 

Among these discussions, some even focusing on plans of growth among the internal team and the organizations’ portfolio, these interactive sessions allow a roundtable discussion between the Founder and team who he deems as half of the “investment holders” of the privately-held business. The other investment holders being the organizations’ residents who Collier doesn’t dare refer to as “tenants”, citing them as the most important part of the business. Sessions happen on a varied basis, often being held at a local community and including Community Managers, Service Managers, and their Assistant Managers.

 

“I always enjoy getting the opportunity to speak with our chair, Nathan Collier.  You never know what you are going to get from him that day or which direction the discussion is going to go in.  It may be his personal drive and motivation or it may be a teaching moment where you are going to learn something.  Most times, his unique perception of the world makes you think about things from a different point of view.  He is always looking to share his knowledge and have you think outside the box,” explains Senior Community Manager and Team Member of 6 years, Nicole Brass.  “The most obvious solution is not always the one that is the best solution.  I have learned so much from my time with TCC.  I loved the open discussion he had with us during our lunch and previous Meet The Chair events.  It gives the team members the opportunity to bring up challenges within our organization that is not always known to the executive team without feeling there will be repercussions for speaking up.  You learn more than just about TCC, he is open to speaking about all his life lessons and what has made him who he is today.”

 

The culture cultivated and provided at The Collier Companies is one that comes from Founder, Nathan’s experience being in the shoes of every team member, as he once fulfilled the maintenance requests of residents, served as Accountant, CEO, and Leasing Specialist – all at once.  A firm believer in “servant leadership”, the leadership team at The Collier Companies continues to increase the opportunities to not simply lead their team but to learn from them as well. The organization plans to continue the “Meet the Chair” series as they focus on their “2X” initiative which will see not only their development pipeline ramp up in the coming years but also their internal team.

 

The Collier Companies currently has two ongoing developments within 2020. The Overlook in Orange County between Maitland and Apopka, and their upcoming 310-apartment luxury apartment home community in Port Orange, FL named, “The Atlantic” which opens its doors in Spring 2021.  The Collier Companies owns and manages over 12,000 apartment homes in the states of Florida, Georgia, and Oklahoma. For more information about The Collier Companies, please visit colliercompanies.com.


Framing begins at The Atlantic Apartments

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Building framework has begun at The Collier Companies’ latest development, The Atlantic Apartments in Port Orange, as buildings begin to take form.

The Atlantic is the latest multifamily community in the works for The Collier Companies, as the location will comprise of 310-apartment homes and over 400,000 gross square footage.  Residents who call The Atlantic home will have a 5-acre park with jogging trails and a South Beach-style zero-entry pool for their enjoyment among the listed amenities to come.

 

 

 

 

Minutes away from the city of Daytona Beach, the organization looks towards a completion date in early Summer 2021.

 

 

 

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The Collier Companies Celebrates Apartment Onsite Teams Day!

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August 12, 2020, marked the 1st Annual, Apartment Onsite Teams Day along with the National Apartment Association.

 

This day offered an opportunity for our industry to take a moment to appreciate and congratulate our wonderful team members at our communities for a job well done every single day.  Our team and all of those in our industry work tirelessly to provide phenomenal experiences, proudly making our residents home the heart of our business.  With over 11,000 apartment homes and hundreds of team members here at The Collier Companies, we work to show our appreciation for our team on a daily basis and jumped at the chance to bring them some smiles.

 

So loaded up with cold drinks and snacks, our Director of Operations, Michael Rosenblatt, joined Director of Team Member Success, Racheal McDermott, and Vice-Presidents of Operations: Rachelle Dow, Ricard Alicea, and Ralph Sabio, as they visited all of the communities in our portfolio as a fun surprise!

 

       


The Collier Companies Goes Vertical on The Atlantic

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This week, the concrete was poured as the first building of The Atlantic Apartments is formed. The community is the latest from multifamily community developers, The Collier Companies. Located in the growing city of Port Orange, Florida, this luxury community will feature 310 apartment homes complete with private balconies, a 5-acre park complete with jogging trails, a South Beach-style zero-entry pool, and more!

Aptly named “The Atlantic” based on its proximity to the Atlantic coast, residents will find themselves just minutes away from the buzzing city of Daytona Beach. The community will be comprised of 310 apartment homes in total and over 400,000 gross square footage. The Collier Companies team is looking towards a Fall 2022 completion date.

The future site of The Atlantic is located at 1401 Reed Canal Road, Port Orange, Florida

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The Collier Companies acquiries majority interest in Tuscany Place Apartments

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Industry-leaders, The Collier Companies, have finalized their acquisition of Tuscany Place Apartments in Ocala, Florida.

Tuscany Place joined The Collier Companies portfolio in January 2017 as the organization became a minority investor in a partnership with Texas-based investment partners, ApexOne.  The two have benefitted from a long and successful partnership having collaborated on communities in Ocala, Port Orange, and Tallahassee, Florida.

“Near the end of a very successful value-add program, ApexOne suggested placing the community for sale. The Collier Companies saw Tuscany Place as an excellent long-term investment in a growing market,” details Director of Finance, Eric Heninger.  “The partners agreed to an internal buyout that was a Win/Win for both parties.”

Since the 2017 investment, Tuscany place has received clubhouse renovations and amenity upgrades, providing updates to the 288-home community originally built in 1997.  Tuscany Place offers six different floor plans featuring detached garages, high ceilings, and a patio or balcony. Some of Tuscany Place’s community amenities include a resort-style pool, pet walk, 24-hour fitness center, and two car wash areas.

The Collier Companies is no stranger to the Ocala housing market, as they also own: Highlands at Heathbrook, Grand Reserve and the recently built luxury apartments, Canterbury Circle. Currently, their Ocala apartment home-count to nearly 1,000 homes for families, an over 200% increase in growth since they built Highlands at Heathbrook in 2004.

“The Collier Companies is traditionally a long-term holder of our multifamily communities and we view Tuscany Place as an excellent long-term investment,” Heninger explains. “We have a great team in place, and we believe in Ocala and the jobs that are being created. The Collier Companies also has other holdings in the market including its newly developed Canterbury Apt Homes. This was truly a Win/Win for The Collier Companies and ApexOne.”


The Collier Companies Welcomes President of Construction

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The Collier Companies, a leader in the multifamily and student-housing industry, has introduced their first President of Construction, Gerard van der Laan.

An industry veteran with over 3 decades of experience under his belt, van der Laan joins The Collier Companies to head the organization’s construction.  Having worked closely in general contracting in building hotels and multifamily residential apartments, Gerard brings a wealth of knowledge to his new team.  Formerly with Zom Living and Hardin Construction, van der Laan has overseen development projects internationally and within the Sunshine State, having previously managed over $1B in projects.

“[It’s] very clear that the Collier Team consists of open-minded people that promote the growth of the individual which was a very important aspect for me”, explains van der Laan when speaking of his new colleagues.

In 2019, The Collier Companies announced their “2X” plans to double their portfolio as well as their team.  The organization recently announced its latest development, The Atlantic, a 310-home community in Port Orange, Florida.  In his new position, Mr. van der Laan will focus on the execution of multifamily communities to be added to their portfolio of 11,000+ apartment homes.


The Collier Companies tags new Vice-President of Operations

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The largest private-provider of housing in the nation has welcomed in its new Vice-President of Operations to their team.

Rachelle Dow has been tapped as the third member of The Collier Companies’ Vice-President of Operations team, in a role once held by Michael Rosenblatt who was recently promoted to Director of Operations.  An industry veteran with over 10 years of experience, Dow has excelled at numerous roles including Asset Manager and Senior Vice-President of Property Management and was previously with Passco Companies and Riverstone Residential.  Dow was drawn to The Collier Companies for a variety of reasons, including the organizations’ focus on education and ongoing learning, the opportunity for growth within, and the value placed on team members’ performance and success.

“The ability to know and understand the process from start to finish – acquisition/construction, lease-up/stabilization to disposition, leasing to management, construction, and asset management viewpoints. I don’t just look at one side of the coin, but the full spectrum of how every decision affects the end result. Big picture results through everyday actions and processes”, asserts Mrs. Dow as she discusses what she hopes to bring to The Collier Companies.  “I couldn’t be more excited to be here with this dynamic team! I have been very impressed with the amazing welcome and culture emersion that has taken place”, exclaimed Dow. “In the short time I’ve been on board, I have already experienced an overwhelming assurance of the value on team and each person that is here.”

The organization, which began in 1972 by their enigmatic Founder/Chairman Nathan S. Collier, has been transparent about its focus on growth within its portfolio and team.  With an increase in recruiting and growth externally and internally, the company has made sure that the opportunities for growth have continued as well.


Winner of Inaugural Collier Prize Announced

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The winner of the first Collier Prize for State Government Accountability has been announced.

The Collier Prize, one of the largest journalism prizes in the nation, is funded by Nathan S. Collier, founder, and chairman of The Collier Companies, the largest private provider of student housing in the nation.  Introduced at the 2019 White House Correspondents’ Dinner, the prize is worth $25,000 and recognizes the best professional U.S. reporting on state government accountability in any medium or any platform.

58 entries were received by the UF College of Journalism by the January 31st deadline with first prize being awarded to The Oregonian newspaper.   The newspaper staff’s four-part series, “Polluted by Money”, digs deep into the practice of corrupt campaign contributions within the state of Oregon. Highly lauded for being “extraordinary in-depth and scope”, the February 2019 piece of journalism has made its rounds in the worlds of journalism and politics winning previous awards prior to the Collier Prize.

Two projects were chosen as Honorable Mention winners alongside the top prize.  “Copy, Paste, Legislate” from the Center for Public Integrity and the USA Today Network, and “Beaten, then Silenced” by The Philadelphia Inquirer.  Both pieces of journalism have won top awards within the industry.

Collier is a descendant of Peter Fenelon Collier who founded Collier’s, a weekly magazine that focused on investigative journalism.  “Collier’s Weekly had a long history of investigative journalism, shining light in the dark recesses of government,” said Collier, “I am honoring Peter Fenelon Collier’s vision and dedication by supporting a vibrant free press, particularly at the state government level.

Nathan S. Collier is the founder and chairman of The Collier Companies, the largest individual owner of student housing with 50 properties and approximately 11,000 apartments in Florida, Oklahoma, and Georgia. Collier, who earned a bachelor’s, master’s, and J.D. from the University of Florida, has endowed the Nathan S. Collier Master of Science in Real Estate program at UF’s Warrington College of Business. He is a generous supporter of the arts and education in Gainesville and of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim Museum, and Metropolitan Museum of Art.


The Collier Companies names new Director of Operations

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The Collier Companies, based in Gainesville, FL, has introduced its newly appointed Director of Operations, Michael Rosenblatt.

Michael brings to the team over 20 years of experience in multifamily housing.  His ten-year career at The Collier Companies will support the continued growth plans of the organization forward to double its size in the upcoming decade.  As Director of Operations, Rosenblatt will oversee Operations, Capital Expenses, and Information Technology.

“Michael is a reflection of the strong team behind The Collier Companies stellar operating record,” explains CEO Jennifer Clince.  “We are eager to see such talent from within grow and flourish.  The Collier Companies is committed to investing in our team members to build the foundation to meet our goals in the upcoming decade.”

With a team of over 400 across 3 states, The Collier Companies has remained committed to the growth of its team members and its portfolio.  In recent years, the organization has created new positions, focused on promoting from within, and increased investments in training opportunities for team members.  In the Fall of 2019, The Collier Companies announced its “2X” plan, which lays out a path to double its portfolio in the next decade.  In his new role, Rosenblatt will play a pivotal part in planning and executing The Collier Companies’ future.

“During my time here at The Collier Companies I have had the wonderful opportunity to work with many outstanding individuals,” says Rosenblatt. “I plan to work with and inspire our team and help our team members continue to learn and grow. I look forward to the challenge of taking The Collier Companies to even greater heights as we continue to push towards our goals while continuing to instill our values and principles.”

The Collier Companies owns and manages over 11,000 apartment homes in the states of Florida, Georgia, and Oklahoma.  For more information about The Collier Companies, please visit CollierCompanies.com. 


The Collier Companies announces New 310-Home Community in Port Orange

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The Collier Companies, a leader in Florida multifamily housing, has announced its upcoming 310 apartment home multifamily housing development in Port Orange, Florida.

 

The Collier Companies is moving forward with its 2X initiative (focused on doubling their portfolio and internal growth) by preparing to break ground on its latest multifamily community. Aptly named “The Atlantic” based on its proximity to the Atlantic coast and its residents will find themselves just minutes away from the buzzing city of Daytona Beach.

 

As of March 2020, the organization has broken ground on the community. The future site of The Atlantic is located at 1401 Reed Canal Road, in the growing city of Port Orange. The community will be comprised of 310 apartment homes in total and over 400,000 gross square footage, complete with private garages. The Atlantic will be located minutes away from local schools and retail, making it a prime location for families within the city.

 

The latest development is one of many in the organizations’ pipeline, as they announced their 2X initiative last Fall which will focus on continuous growth in their portfolio growth over the next decade.

 

The Collier Companies owns and manages over 11,000 apartment homes in the states of Florida, Georgia, and Oklahoma. For more information about The Collier Companies, please visit colliercompanies.com.