The Collier Companies gathers for its 9th Annual Conference of Champions

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The Collier Companies gathered for its annual Conference of Champions which brought together the Community Manager and Service Manager from each community in the company’s portfolio. Along with the 91 Managers in attendance, in attendance were Executive Team Members and Regional Community Managers who were on site to partake in the activities and lessons ahead.

The Conference, which has been an annual staple within the company culture since 2011, brings together managers from the three states where the privately-owned Collier Companies owns and manages communities, to learn vital lessons poised to strengthen them as a leader and skills to provide their customers with excellence in customer service. “COC is an annual leadership event! As our owner and founder Nathan Collier says, “We are frequently pleased, but never satisfied!” COC is an opportunity for us to use feedback from the previous year (our challenges, achievements, what went well, and what didn’t) and use this forum to learn, develop and recognize our on-site leaders!” says COO, Jennifer Clince. “They are our torchbearers for TCC, so COC is a way to show them appreciation and recognition, while also developing their skillsets, involving them in TCC developments and future plans, and have some fun!”

 

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This year’s conference was held in two parts with the first day hosted at the historic Hippodrome Theatre in Downtown Gainesville, FL, to which Founder/Chairman, Nathan S. Collier (NSC), is a longtime supporter. Team Members were treated to lessons from Lisa Trosien, an industry-insider dubbed “The Apartment Expert”, as she spoke on topics ranging from mindful management, leading by example and lessons in customer service. Quick-witted and engaging, Mrs. Trosien stressed points such as being on time, as she jokingly laid upon the task of singing and dancing to the childhood song of her choice in front of the crowd. Hands were eagerly raised to share their experiences in leadership when it came time to discuss how to motivate employees, and how to communicate more effectively with residents when there is a solution to be found.

 

The purpose of COC is to get all of our on-site leaders together to help develop their skillset with topics such as leadership, conflict resolution, customer service, and emotional intelligence, and to have fun! COC is also an important venue to discuss what’s happening at TCC! Our senior management team, including our owner/founder, Nathan S. Collier are in attendance and we talk about where TCC is now, where we are going, and upcoming developments.” details Human Resource VP, Betsy Guynn, “We also incorporate a learning activity so we have a chance to work together and overcome hurdles and problem-solve as we do in everyday life. The goal is to engage our Team Members in every way so that upon leaving they feel acknowledged, appreciated, and challenged for the New Year ahead!

Day two of The Conference of Champions was hosted at The Enclave Apartments, a Collier community located in Gainesville, Florida. This day focused on the inner workings of TCC, attendees were updated on The Collier Companies State of the Union by CEO, J. Andrew Hogshead and then introduced to the latest initiatives by COO, Jennifer Clince. After being updated on company business and welcomed by NSC himself, team members joyfully fist-bumped the charismatic Founder as they joined him in boarding buses headed to the two communities currently in development for The Collier Companies. One group took a ride not too far from The Enclave Apartments to the Midtown area of Gainesville where College Park at Midtown is currently being developed in the buzzing student community. Due to be completed in the Fall of 2019, team members were given a sneak peek into the luxury accommodations steps away from the original College Park property also owned by TCC. While at College Park at Midtown, the rest of the attending guests headed over to Ocala, Florida which is home to four Collier properties including the latest, Canterbury Circle Apartments, which recently completed its final units. The lush landscaping and amenities of the newly-constructed community caught the eyes all of approaching by bus, as team members were escorted through the beautifully decorated units and clubhouse for a closer look.

 

The floor was open for an informative Q&A session with Founder/Chairman, Nathan S. Collier (NSC), who shared about his advice for up and coming real estate investors, how he got started in business. Team Members were given the opportunity to submit thought-provoking questions for the Entrepreneur who has an open-door policy, and he happily answered all questions for the curious crowd.

Question from a TCC Team Member for NSC: “What character trait do you believe contributes the most to your success/TCC?”

Answer from NSC: “Here are 5 traits! 1) Persistence “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in & day out.” – Robert Collier, 1885-1950. After that 2) DRIVE. I was determined to live no ordinary life, I wanted to trip the ‘Light Fantastic’. All that I wanted was mine & what was next to it. 3) Hard Work. There were a few decades where I literally worked 7 days a week, 70/80 hrs. a week. Now I say I’m retired & I refuse to work more than 50 hours a week. 4) Sharpening the Saw: I was forever reading books, attending conferences, journaling, working on both hard skills & soft EQ leadership skills. The best I could be, I had to be! 5) Planning: for most of my life, I’ve had written plans of one sort or another even if it just lists a 3×5 card with the short term on one side & long term on the other.”

 

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The Grand Finale to the conference was a team event and competition. Teams were tasked with crafting a boat as a team with only cardboard and duct tape that would get their self-proclaimed Captain across the pool. Additionally, the boat had to be decorated, named and marketed to the Executive team. The activity required teams to put their technical skills to the test as they worked together to ensure the safe travels of their captain, as the final test showed the success (and lack thereof for some) of the team building activity for the day. As teams left the 2-day event, the Human Resources team reflects in the benefits of the annual conference, “COC is a proven mood booster! We do an annual survey after the conference and our Team Members love being able to interact with and meet all of their peers from other communities, learn about the future of TCC, and enjoy face to face communication with our senior team and Nathan Collier.”, explains HR Manager of Benefits & Employee Relations, Ashley Griffith. “Additionally, we always bring in a speaker who understands the ins and outs of our industry so our Team Members are given the opportunity to take away new ideas, strategies, and leadership skills back to their communities to make a positive impact to our Team Members and residents!”

 

 


Nathan S. Collier Shares Words of Wisdom with University of Florida Business Graduates

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Graduates of the University of Florida’s Warrington School of Business were treated to words of encouragement and wisdom by the three-time Gator Graduate at the 2018 Commencement Ceremony held on Sunday afternoon.  Founder & Chairman of the largest privately-owned Student Housing portfolio in the nation with over 11,000 units, Collier, with over 4 decades of business under his belt, has built and maintained his headquarters here in Gainesville, Florida.

 

With a passion for sharing knowledge learned, Collier shared with the graduates his Three Highest Leverage Behaviors that he uses personally to maximize his personal impact as a business person. Collier stressed to the new graduates how vital it has always been for him to maximize his impact by sharing the importance of creating a written plan, journaling and committing to becoming a continuous learner.

 

 

“Today is a momentous milestone! And yet the best is yet to be for your entire life lies before you, yours to create,” said Nathan S. Collier, the energetic speaker who emerged from his seat and greeted UF Warrington Dean Kraft with a friendly fist bump prior to greeting the happy graduates and their guests at the momentous ceremony.

 

“Some goals and plans will be detailed, others will be more formless, but I assure you they will eventually come into greater focus,” he explained. “Also, as you live life, grow and change, some goals will fade, others will appear. This is both normal and good.”

 

Collier is a familiar name to many students in the UF Warrington program as the Master of Science in Real Estate program bears his name.  Collier also leads real estate classes with case studies from The Collier Companies portfolio to provide students with an opportunity to analyze real experiences from industry professionals.

 

No stranger to the University of Florida, Collier holds a bachelor’s degree in finance, an MBA and a J.D. from the esteemed institute.  While a student in the winter of 1972, Collier purchased a single duplex with only $1,000 down and in less than 6 years had increased his personal portfolio to 25 houses in the historic College Park neighborhood.

 

Watch the Live Video Here!

Otherwise, here’s Nathan S. Collier’s Keynote speech with an introduction from Dean Craft:

The Collier Companies owns and manages 11,271 apartment units in the states of Florida, Georgia, and Oklahoma.  For more information about The Collier Companies, please visit CollierCompanies.com.

 

 


The Collier Companies Announces $35M Ocala Acquisition

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On November 15th, The Collier Companies,  in partnership with Apex One, acquired Grand Reserve, a 263-unit conventional community in Ocala, Florida, for $35 million. Grand Reserve marks the fourth Collier Companies’ community in Ocala, FL, and the second Collier Companies’ acquisition in Ocala in just two years.

ApexOne is very excited to expand our relationship with The Collier Companies. Florida is an important target market for us and given The Collier Companies presence, they are the perfect partner to help us execute our strategy,” said ApexOne Investment CIO Tim Burns. “This will be our 4th investment together and we are looking forward to many more in the future.”

Originally constructed in 2003, Grand Reserve will see over $2 million in renovations, landscaping and amenity upgrades in the coming years, including a state-of-the-art fitness center. Grand Reserve is comprised of 263 units in 19 buildings built upon 18.53 acres. With eleven different 1, 2 and 3-bedroom floorplans available, select units also include detached garages.

The Collier Companies is very excited to be acquiring another property in Ocala. This will be our fourth property in this market. The city has a vibrant business climate, a growing population with strong household income demographics, and intelligent local government. Our partner in Grand Reserve, Apex One, is a savvy investment firm which shares our bullish sentiments on the city,” says The Collier Companies CEO, Andy Hogshead.

The Collier Companies is no stranger to the Ocala housing market, as they also own: Highlands at Heathbrook, Tuscany Place and the newly-built luxury apartments, Canterbury Circle. Adding Grand Reserve to the TCC portfolio will catapult their Ocala unit-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 owns and manages 11,271 apartment units in the states of Florida, Georgia, and Oklahoma. Grand Reserve is the fourth apartment community owned and managed by The Collier Companies in Ocala, Florida. For more information about The Collier Companies, please visit colliercompanies.com.


Collier Companies Surprises Ronald McDonald House Mothers

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The Collier Companies, one of the largest privately owned providers of student housing in the nation, brought a few surprises for the mothers residing and working at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida this week.

With arms and hearts full, Collier Companies employees happily packaged and delivered 36 bags (one for each Mother – Resident and Staff). Each bag was filled with Spa Pampering items such as: Face masks, Body Wash, Bath Bombs and much more to relax these hard-working Moms.

The Collier Companies joined two of their Gainesville properties in the giving: Boardwalk Apartments led by DeCara Jones and Alexa Hoffman, and College Manor Apartments, led by James Scarratt and Ralph Sabio. Founder and Chairman, Nathan S. Collier of The Collier Companies has generously donated to The Ronald McDonald House in the past, and the company is focused on continuing that partnership.

A safe haven for families who have children undergoing medical treatment at local hospitals, The Ronald McDonald House serves as a true “home away from home” for so many. Families may only stay for weeks, but in less fortunate cases, families may find themselves staying for months or even years as they shuffle to care for their sick child out of city/state. After a meeting with The Ronald McDonald House’s Executive Director, Sherry Houston, recently, The Collier Companies got a firsthand look at the wonderful services and comfort offered to the families who walk through their doors.

The Collier Companies is headquartered in Gainesville, Fla.- home of the University of Florida, the state’s flagship university. The Collier Companies owns more than 45 properties and has over 10,500 apartment homes located in: Gainesville, Ocala, Orlando, Tampa, Tallahassee, and other Florida locations, as well as Norman, Okla. and Athens, Ga.

 

 

 


The Collier Companies Joins The Fight Against Homelessness

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The Collier Companies, one of the largest privately owned providers of student housing in the nation, proudly announces their partnership with Family Promise of Gainesville.

At The Collier Companies, the company mission, “Proudly Making Your Home the Heart of Our Business” refers to residents of all backgrounds, and they have shown that with their latest partnership.  Collier Companies Team and Founder/Chairman, Nathan S. Collier, proudly join the Women’s Giving circle at the Community Foundation of North Central Florida as they award Family Promise with a $50,000 Impact Grant.

Family Promise dedicates their daily services and mission to providing a sense of normalcy to families experiencing homelessness.  This grant will fund the purchase of units from The Collier Companies to house families in need. The Collier Companies will be working closely with Family Promise to approve families for housing who previously had a rough rental past, but are preparing for a brighter future. The partnering duo aims to cultivate responsible tenants who previously may have been considered nontraditional families to rent to.

The partnership will follow US Department of Housing and Urban Development guidelines of the 30% Income Standard.  This guideline allows families to have a safe and loving home to return to, as they continue to create a sense of normalcy.

The Collier Companies is proud to join this wonderful mission, as the company believes that families and children deserve a place to call home, no matter the financial struggles happening in their lives.

Nathan Collier and The Collier Companies are pleased to join this mission and partnership, and look forward to providing housing for these hard-working Gainesville families.

The Collier Companies is headquartered in Gainesville, Fla.- home of the University of Florida, the state’s flagship university. The Collier Companies owns more than 45 properties and has over 10,500 apartment homes located in: Gainesville, Ocala, Orlando, Tampa, Tallahassee, and other Florida locations, as well as Norman, Okla. and Athens, Ga.

 

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For more information regarding Family Promise of Gainesville, please visit familypromisegvl.org

Contact: Jayne Moraski, Executive Director – Family Promise of Gainesville

 

 


Why I became a Collier Companies Superhero!

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Joining a company that you love, that makes work always feel like a safe place is extremely important to the lives of us all.

Here at The Collier Companies, we strive to cultivate an environment that empowers, teaches and promotes continuous growth for all of our Collier team!  We don’t refer to those hard-workers here as “employees”, but as “team members”, as we all work together for a common goal.

Every day our number #1 goal is the same; Make your homes the heart of our business.

“We Believe that everyone is a leader and our actions teach our belief systems.” – Collier Companies Manifesto

Read more about Adrian, Regional Leasing Strategist, and why he chose to be a Collier Companies Superhero!

 

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    • Name/TCC Position: Adrian Rodriguez/Regional Leasing Strategist

 

    • Hometown: Woonsocket, Rhode Island

 

    • Education: Santa Fe College, Associates in Graphic Design

 

    • TCC Anniversary: February 5th, 2014

 

    • Employment history with the company: When I was hired, I started as a part time leasing specialist at Lexington Crossing with little to no sales experience. I still remember being ask to sell my manager a stapler in her office that she already owned during my interview. After being at Lexington for about a year and experiencing my first turn, I made it known that I wanted to move up and continue to grow within The Collier Companies. This is when I heard about the Regional Leasing Strategist role. I thought to myself, “I get to do what I enjoy and travel too? Sign me up!” So in May 2015, I was blessed with the opportunity to become The Collier Companies new Regional Leasing Strategist. I began my new adventure by traveling to multiple communities within our portfolio and took on my biggest project to date; IQ’s lease up. Now the RLS role and program continues to grow and I have the pleasure to work, train and experience life with all of our lovely crew members throughout our 10,500+ unit portfolio.

 

    • Why did you join TCC?: At first, I was simply looking for a part-time job that would be flexible with my school schedule. I’ve stayed over the years because I genuinely enjoy what I do and love the people I work with. The values and culture put in place by Nathan makes coming to work feel like your hanging out with family.

 

    • What are some TCC Benefits that you love?:Traveling to conferences and apartment association trainings are always a blast! I love getting the opportunity to learn and grow my knowledge within the industry as well as an individual. That’s one thing I definitely admire about our company culture; we’re encouraged to never stop learning!

 

    • What’s special about TCC? : One thing I always say that sets The Collier Companies apart from any other company I’ve worked with, is the level of comradery, mentorship, and accessibility. For me, it wasn’t common to run into the owner of a company I worked for, let alone have that same owner take time to teach a class and invest in his/her employees personally. Now, I am constantly encouraged to grow and have a direct line of communication with superiors, that within any other company, would seem beyond reach.

 

    • Your goals at TCC and beyond? : My goal is to utilize the skills and experience I’ve obtained within TCC for further growth opportunities. To be a continued asset to our company, crew members, and residents. To thirst for improvement and knowledge. To be frequently pleased, but never satisfied.

 

 

 

Thinking about your next career move? Visit Collier Careers for more Information on joining our team!

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


The Collier Companies and Danny Gaekwad bring new luxury apartments to Ocala, FL

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Residents in Ocala, Florida, will soon have a new place to call home as the newly-built Canterbury Circle Apartments will open its doors to residents in June.  Leasing has already begun, and dozens of Ocala residents can already call the newly-built property as their future home in the coming months.

Upon completion, Canterbury Circle will be comprised of 304 units in 20 residential buildings, with a choice of eight floorplans that will allow all to find a design that fits your personal style.  All units will feature modern stainless steel appliances, walk-in closets, granite countertops, and a patio or balcony. Select units have additional luxury features including wood flooring and custom cabinets.

Canterbury Circle also boasts a wide array of innovative additions that will be open to all residents and their families.  Some of the many amenities include  a Tesla charging station, beach-entry pool with outdoor kitchen, kid’s splash zone, dog park, 2,000 square foot state-of-the-art fitness center, and 10,085 square foot clubhouse with a coffee bar, lounge, and clubroom.

The development is a partnership between Nathan Collier, The Collier Companies Founder and Chairman, and Danny Gaekwad, entrepreneur and owner of DG Hospitality. Canterbury Circle Apartments started the year off signing on their first residents who will call the property home in the coming months.

 

Canterbury Circle is located directly off of SR 200 & I-75 in West Ocala and aims to continue offering the excellence that has come to be expected of The Collier Companies.  To view floorplans and more, visit https://canterburycircle.com/ or contact (352) 387-3585. 

 

The Collier Companies owns and manages over 10,000 apartment units in the states of Florida, Georgia, and Oklahoma. For more information about The Collier Companies, please visit https://colliercompanies.com.


Collier Companies takes 6 spots on Top 100 Student Housing Properties by Online Reputation 2017

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Six Collier Companies properties have been named in the Top 100 Student Housing Properties of 2017 by online reputation based on data gathered by J Turner Research.  J Turner Research manages the online reputations of the multifamily industry and prides itself on empowering companies in the industry.  To be eligible for this achievement, properties had to register a minimum ORA (Online Reputation Assessment) score of 76 and have at least 15 online reviews.  According to J Turner Research, the national housing average ORA score is 59.07, with Collier Companies properties averaging 79.3 in this listing, out of 1,100 properties tested.

The Collier Companies placed in the top 6 management companies as far as number of top 100 winners. Gainesville, Florida properties Arlington Square, Wisteria Downs, Hidden Village, Museum Walk and The Landings at Bivens Arm along with Tallahassee, Florida property, West 10 all ranked in the top 100 in this research.

“I really am truly honored and humbled. In a day and age where reputation can make or break a business, it’s really great too be in the top 100.  My entire team made this happen, day in and day out, proving what it means to live up to the TCC manifesto.  I really could not be a more proud Community Manager, to manage such an effective team and community,” says Jared Winn, of The Landings at Bivens Arm.

ORA scores are compilations of property ratings across various review sites.  J Turner Research actively monitors the ratings and uses a statistical model, creating a score of 0 to 100.

 

The Collier Companies Property Rankings (Out of 100 properties)

Arlington Square (Gainesville, FL) – 52

Wisteria Downs (Gainesville, FL) – 71

Hidden Village (Gainesville, FL) – 60

Museum Walk (Gainesville, FL) – 81

The Landings at Bivens Arm (Gainesville, FL) – 82

West 10 (Tallahassee, FL) – 87

 

Read more at:

http://www.multifamilyexecutive.com/property-management/top-100-student-housing-properties-by-online-reputation-for-2017_o

 

The Collier Companies owns and manages over 10,000 apartment units in the states of Florida, Georgia, and Oklahoma. For more information about The Collier Companies, please visit https://colliercompanies.com.


Tampa Service Manager Wins Local Maintenance Mania, Again!

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The Collier Companies is pleased to congratulate Bennie Santiago, Service Manager, for his accomplishment in being the overall event winner of the Bay Area Apartment Association’s Maintenance Mania on February 15. As the overall winner, Bennie will travel to the National Maintenance Mania to compete to be National Champion.

Bennie competed with several other service professionals from the Bay Area Apartment Association, BAAA, at the Tampa Letter Carriers Hall in Tampa, Florida. The Maintenance Mania is a national competition by The National Apartment Association, NAA, that includes eight events where maintenance technicians compete against each other in timed, skill-based games built around everyday maintenance activities.

Besides being the overall event winner, Bennie placed first in the Fluidmaster Duo Flush Toilet Conversion. He placed second in Season’s Ceiling Fan Installation and the Frigidaire Ice Maker Installation. He also placed third in the CFG Faucet Installation and the Bradford White Water Heater Installation. Winners from each local event get the opportunity to travel and compete at the National Championship held at the annual NAA Education Conference & Exposition on June 13 in San Diego, California.

Bennie’s skill set and dedication display the qualities that The Collier Companies, TCC, nourishes in each team member. Bennie is currently a three-year veteran of TCC and serves as the Service Manager at IQ Luxury Apartments in Tampa, Florida.

 

The Collier Companies owns and manages over 10,000 apartment units in the states of Florida, Georgia, and Oklahoma. For more information about The Collier Companies, please visit https://colliercompanies.com.


Why I became a Collier Companies Superhero!

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Joining a company that you love, that makes work always feel like a safe place is extremely important to the lives of us all.

Here at The Collier Companies, we strive to cultivate an environment that empowers, teaches and promotes continuous growth for all of our Collier team!  We don’t refer to those hard-workers here as “employees”, but as “team members”, as we all work together for a common goal.

Every day our number #1 goal is the same; Make your homes the heart of our business.

“We Believe that everyone is a leader and our actions teach our belief systems.” – Collier Companies Manifesto

Read more about Kristen, our Director of Sales & Leasing, and why she chose to be a Collier Companies Superhero!

 

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  • Name/Position: Kristen Koon
  • Hometown: Lake City, FL
  • Education: University of Florida, Bachelors in Business Administration
  • TCC Anniversary: August 15, 2015
  • Employment history with the company:
  • I started my humble beginnings as a leasing specialist at College Manor.  From there, I was promoted to Lux13 (formerly known as Hidden Lake) as a Leasing Manager during a vital year for refinancing.  After a successful campaign there, I was then promoted to the Assistant Community Manager of College Manor and later College Park.  Soon after, I was given the incredible opportunity to be the Community Manager at The Landings. In August of 2015, I began as a Community Manager at LUX13 Apartments.  After having a successful year, I went on to finish the lease-up at IQ Luxury Apartments. In September of 2016, I was awarded the honor of being the Reposition and Lease-Up Manager for The Collier Companies to assist with our repositioning communities and work with our upcoming developments.  I am now the Director of Sales and Leasing working with our onsite teams to build leasing strategies, and overseeing our regional leasing team and brand ambassadors.
  • Why did you join TCC? : In the beginning, I started because I loved the idea of working where I lived and needed to support myself through college.  I’ve continued to choose The Collier Companies over the years due to the consistent values Nathan has instilled in our company culture.
  • What are some TCC Benefits that you love? : The passion for growth and the love for continuing education is what keeps me smitten with The Collier Companies.  Nathan’s passion for growth individually, and as an organization, is a key principal on what TCC is built on.  Whether we are attending a local apartment association training, a conference, internal company training, or one-on-one training, we’re encouraged to grow.  Nathan shares his knowledge daily to all of the company, each day we’re offered a new opportunity to learn!
  • What’s special about TCC? : What isn’t special about The Collier Companies, honestly? We are offered endless of possibilities for growth.  You choose your own destiny within The Collier Companies. You’re encouraged to set a goal, and work towards surpassing it. During my first year in Collier College, I was told to write a letter to my future self to open in 5 years. When I opened the letter 5 years later, the goals I had set for myself had been accomplished due to the encouragement of our companies unvarying leadership.  Nathan has built The Collier Companies leading by example. When you see the founder of such a great organization wade through a retention pond to pick up one empty can, you’re in awe of the caliber of leadership and guidance set for this company that make us unique from so many others.
  • Your goals in TCC and beyond? :  I aspire to continue to grow as a team member personally and professionally, to positively impact resident retention and revenue growth, and most of all, to make a positive impact on each person I encounter.

 

 

Thinking about your next career move? Visit Collier Careers for more Information on joining our team!

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