The Collier Companies Welcomes In-House Counsel


The Collier Companies (TCC), the largest private provider of student housing in the nation, has introduced Ryan Finnegan as their In-House Counsel.

A University of Florida graduate, Finnegan will have a primary focus in the negotiation, entitlement, due diligence and transaction process for each of the organization’s new developments. Along with his active role in the development growth of the company, Finnegan will also assist in the creation of legal documents within TCC.

“Adding Ryan to the team has enabled TCC to significantly reduce legal costs and get real-time legal advice on many critical issues impacting TCC”, explains Chief of Staff, Angela Tharpe, who Finnegan will report to. Tharpe also states, “Strategically, Ryan’s skill set was a necessary addition and right on time.”

Licensed to practice in Florida, USDC M.D. FL, USDC S.D. FL and Missouri, Finnegan’s’ 12-years of professional experience have prepared him for his new position at TCC. Before joining The Collier Companies, Ryan served as Staff Counsel for TopBuild Corporation, Commercial Counsel for Kiewit Power Corporation and Associate with South Milhausen PA.

“The chance to join an established company as well-run as The Collier Companies as the first in-house counsel is not an opportunity many attorneys get,” expressed Finnegan, “I am humbled and excited to be able to undertake this role and look forward to serving The Collier Companies with high quality and responsive legal services in support of the 2X initiative, an especially thrilling mission to be a part of!”

TCC prepares to hosts the 10th Annual Conference of Champions

The Collier Companies' 2020 Conference logo is shown

This upcoming week will see The Collier Companies host its 10th Annual Conference of Champions in Gainesville, Florida.  The much-anticipated Conference of Champions will be held at the UF Hilton, as the organization prepares to host over 60 team members at this year’s conference.


The Collier Companies (TCC) Team will enjoy two days of learning, engagement and company culture alongside fellow team members.  The Conference of Champions (COC) is a highly anticipated, annual event, that provides transparency, communication, and opportunities for open forums while making it fun for all.


This year, day 1 of the Conference will see this year’s guest speaker, Debbie Phillips, Ph.D., CPM, provide insight on the cornerstones of success in the real estate industry and beyond.  Phillips boasts 30 years in the multifamily housing industry and has a mission to assist in developing top tier talent that adds values to an organization through increased employee engagement. Day 2 will focus on TCC-specific culture, initiatives and more, presented by members of the organizations’ Executive Team.  Presentations on this day include a transparent TCC State of the Union, which provides deeper insight into the plans of the largest privately-owned provider of student housing.  “TCC strives to be as open a company as possible”, explains Founder/Chairman, Nathan S. Collier, when asked about the transparency, Involvement breeds commitment.”


Along with Executive Team members, Community Managers and Service Managers from across the TCC organization will be in attendance.  The Conference of Champions offers an opportunity for not simply team-bonding, but growth as team members which translates to a better experience for our customers.


“I always enjoy taking questions, interacting with TMs, listening, especially out of town team members that I don’t get to spend as much time with as I’d like”, explains Collier when discussing the COC. “TCC is an INCREDIBLE Team; it’s vital we gather together, share our learning, grow together, bond”

Collier Prize Accepts Final Submissions

Owner, Nathan S. Collier, sits among development plans holding his glasses

Final entries have been submitted for the Collier Prize for State Government Accountability, as the total number of entries was counted at fifty-five when the January 31st deadline approached.

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 top prize will be presented at the annual event once entries have been collected and judged.

The prize, worth $25,000, recognizes the best professional U.S. reporting on state government accountability in any medium or any platform.  Entries will be judged based on impact resulting from the reporting along with the overall accountability coverage and any challenges or difficulties experienced while reporting or publishing.

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.

Along with the winner, three honorable mention winners (who will take home $1,000 each), will be announced by the University of Florida School of Journalism on April 25, 2020.

For more information about the Collier Prize for State Government Accountability, click here!

Nathan S. Collier Sponsors UF MSRE ReConnect Alumni Event


Nathan S. Collier and The Collier Companies is proud to sponsor the opening networking event for the 2020 Trends + Strategies Conference, hosted by the University of Florida Bergstrom Center.  Presented by The Collier Companies, the ReConnect event exclusively for program alumni and advisory board members the day before the Trends conference.  This networking event will allow guests to engage prior to the conferences’ opening day.


The annual conference brings together commercial and residential real estate investors, brokers, developers and other professionals in the real estate industry.   The 2-day conference will feature speakers from the University of Florida Bergstrom program, leading organizations in the industry, and Pro Football Hall of Famer, Business Owner and UF Grad, Emmitt Smith.


Ranked #1 Master of Science in Real Estate program among public Universities, the Nathan S. Collier Master of Science in Real Estate program has continually grown in success and size!  Along with the Nathan S. Collier MSRE Scholarship, leading the programs 2018 Commencement program and actively engaging and networking with students from the program, Mr. Collier also leads courses throughout the semester.


Learn more about the ReConnect Event and the Trends + Strategies Conference by reaching out to the Kelley A. Bergstrom Center

Collier Challenge with The Hipp Brings in $168K in First Year

2nd Place street with the Hippodrome State Theatre and businesses in downtown Gainesville, Florida, USA

2019 saw the introduction of the Collier Challenge to the city of Gainesville, Florida, as well as lovers of the arts far and wide.  The challenge to assist beloved theater, The Hippodrome, was the brainchild of The Collier Companies Founder/Chairman and Philanthropist, Nathan S. Collier.  After only one year, over $80,000 was raised by the Theater which was then matched by Collier.

The Collier Challenge began after The Hippodrome (“The Hipp”) received almost $140,000 less in funding due to cuts within the 2018 state budget.  Collier has a special place and mission in his heart for the city, as well as the local arts, as his wife is a professional ballerina, photographer, and artist.

With a family history steeped within the city, (his father served Gainesville for 18 years as City Commissioner), The Hipp was a part of Collier’s childhood and he wants to ensure its future.  “The Hipp was part of my youth, I remember attending plays in a couple of temporary make-do locations”, Collier fondly recalls, “(I) remember once in a small crowded venue where the stage was raised, I sat on the floor with my feet stuck under the stage!

A 10-year commitment by Collier, the Developer plans to match donations dollar for dollar up to $100,000 each year for 10 years.   The funds will go towards salaries, educational programming, operations and more.


To learn more about the Collier Challenge, click here!

Collier Companies ranks Top 5 in Top 25 Student Housing Owners

The cover of Student Housing Business is shown

Results and rankings of the Top 25 Owners in Student Housing is shownGainesville-based housing owner, developer, and provider, The Collier Companies, was named one of the Top Five Owners of Student Housing in the nation by Student Housing Business Magazine. In the annual listing of industry giants, the long-running publication ranks owners and managers based on several factors including the number of communities and beds owned and managed, and year over year change.


The Collier Companies was ranked #5 in the Top 25 Owners of Student Housing in the listing, as well as #12 in the Top 25 Managers of Student Housing.


The Collier Companies was founded in December of 1972, Founder/Chairman, Nathan S. Collier, acquired his first real estate investment which was a 2-story duplex just north of the University of Florida Law School. To date, the Collier Companies owns over 50 communities with over 26,000 beds in three states, with over 25 here in Gainesville. One of the largest privately-owned providers of student housing in the nation, the Collier Companies recently announced its 2X plan which will see the company ramp up its development pipeline along with its team member recruitment.  In 2020, the organization will break ground on two new luxury developments in its home state of Florida.


The Collier Companies Founder/Chairman, Nathan S. Collier, stands confidently against TCC Development plans with his arms crossed


The Collier Companies owns and manages over 11,000 apartment homes in the states of Florida, Georgia, and Oklahoma

The Collier Companies Team Gives Thanks

TCC Team Members enjoy a Thanksgiving potluck meal

The Collier Companies’ Home Office gathered together to celebrate their Annual Thanksgiving Holiday Potluck for the season.


Focused on providing team members with the opportunity to mingle and enjoy holiday fare, the luncheon brought together our teams that work at our Home Office for an afternoon meal.  Onsite teams have recently been enjoying the holiday season with their residents with events such as “Friendsgiving” and hosting events at the community for those who may not be leaving their apartment home to feast with family.


TCC Team Members smile as they enjoy a Thanksgiving potluck meal

TCC Team Members smile as they enjoy a Thanksgiving potluck meal

This holiday and every day, The Collier Companies is thankful for our wonderful team members and most importantly, our amazing residents.

TCC Executive Team visits Tallahassee for “Meet the Chair” session

NSC speaks with Service TMs in Tallahassee



Teaching our teams customer service and leadership is an important part of the TCC culture.  As The Collier Companies continues to grow, we aim to provide individual team members opportunities to grow with it. Recently, our Founder/Chairman, Nathan S. Collier (NSC), and CEO, Jennifer Clince, visited our leaders in Tallahassee to have an open discussion and spend time with the regional team.

With eight apartment home communities in the state capital that provides housing for students and families, the focus on providing the best in customer service and making our residents’ homes the heart of our business is always a top priority. During this visit, teams were welcomed to share their feedback and ask open questions as team members to the organizations’ leaders, in an effort to cultivate a culture of open communication among the team.

The organization has plans to make these intimate sessions a consistent event across the portfolio, in hopes of continuing to learn and grow with team members. Recently, the organization announced its ‘2X’ initiative to double in size by ramping up its development pipeline in the coming years, along with an increase in employment opportunities.

TCC Welcomes Costa Rica Institute of Technology Students for 3rd Year

Nathan Collier welcoming Costa Rica Institute of Technology Students
Students meet with Nathan S. Collier at UF Law

Students meet with Nathan S. Collier at UF Law


Continuing in their commitment to share knowledge within the housing industry through education, The Collier Companies, and their Founder, Nathan S. Collier, recently welcomed students from the Costa Rican Institute of Technology for their 3rd annual visit to Gainesville.

All Business School students, the special guests were welcomed into the city by the TCC Team, UF Warrington Business School & UF School of Journalism, Shands Hospital CEO, Edward Jimenez, and a host of other citizens eager to show off their Southern hospitality.

The students attended courses such as Introduction to Real Estate and Cultural Immersion, taught by TCC Founder/Chairman, Nathan S. Collier, for which the UF Masters of Real Estate program is named. Students were introduced to TCC Case-Studies, taken on personal tours of the University, and even welcomed to listen to the knowledge shared by Pulitzer Prize-winning professor, Ted Bridis.


I learned SO MUCH. I think that I will arrive in Costa Rica tomorrow being a different person in many aspects. I’m so grateful with the Professor Patricia and Mr. Collier for this opportunity. And also, the relationship that I build with my classmates during the week was awesome.” – Marialex, Costa Rica Institute for Technology student

“First, I would like to say when grateful I am with this opportunity, I know that not many people have the opportunity to live this experience. To be able to come to UF is to know a totally different world from the one we know in Costa Rica. I think I’m very fortunate to be able to live this experience. I’m also very lucky to have a professor like Professor Patricia. … And it is thanks to Professor Patricia that we got the support of Mr. Collier. Without Mr. Collier this trip would never have happened and I feel very grateful for the opportunity, this is a life-changing experience of a person and would never have happened without the support of Mr. Collier.”Kembly, Costa Rica Institute for Technology student


Students pose in front of the TCC HO SignStudents listen to NSC teaching Cultural Immersion

Nathan S. Collier and TCC are always ecstatic to host this annual visit, and are looking forward to the next!

Thank you to the University of Florida team along with Dr. Patricia Lopez Estrada from TEC for their knowledge! 


TCC Team Celebrates UF Homecoming with Team BBQ

Team Members enjoy the company BBQ Luncheon

The Collier Companies celebrated the 2019 University of Florida Homecoming Weekend with a return of the annual Homecoming BBQ Luncheon at our Home Office in Gainesville, Florida.  A team full of proud Gators and UF supporters, this event is a favorite of TM’s as the festive activities and engagement with their fellow team members are a great way to enjoy a Friday lunch break!


Team Members enjoy the company BBQ LuncheonGrill Master Chris relaxes as he BBQsCollier Companies Guess the Score