College Park at Midtown Sneak Peek

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The Collier Companies started the college semester by offering an exclusive sneak peek of their latest developments to their internal team. College Park at Midtown, (CPM) is a trio of buildings developed in the College Park neighborhood, in walking distance to UF and many local social centers. TCC, one of the largest private providers of student housing in the nation, and is based locally out of Gainesville, Florida.

 

Located in the heart of Midtown and only steps away from the University of Florida, the community is 100% full for the upcoming school year and excited to welcome in residents. Team Members and guests were treated to a tour prior to the busy move-in week and had the opportunity to set their eyes on the highly anticipated apartment homes.

 

TCC is extremely proud of these new additions to the College Park neighborhood! We feel they are innovative and representative of the best in Gainesville student housing”, said President of Collier Enterprises, Andy Hogshead.

 

TCC proudly escorted their team throughout the corridors of CPM and highlighted their Viceroy building and viewed three of the floorplans available. Apartments offer residents barn-style doors, tech-savvy touches, granite countertops, spacious living areas and so much more. A community that’s ideal for the Gainesville-student, the excitement and tradition of UF gamedays are found to be only minutes, (or a peek outside of your apartment window), away!

 

In certain areas, you can see the Stadium and the scoreboard from your balcony or unit in all three buildings! The micro-unit is under 400 sq. feet and as spacious as it is, there were 16 people in the room and there was still plenty of space to maneuver easily. Which is a wonderful feature”, explained Carl Cataudella, Director of Development when asked his thoughts on the final product and his favorite part of the apartment home features.

 

Recently, The Collier Companies announced its plans to double in size in the coming years as they ramp up the development pipeline. College Park at Midtown is the most recent development and the organization has plans to break ground on a luxurious community with 310 apartment homes in Port Orange later this year. Adding the 108 apartment homes at College Park at Midtown to their portfolio results in 11,829 apartment homes owned and managed by The Collier Companies across three states and ten cities.

 

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

 


The Collier Companies Taps Ricardo Alicea for VP of Operations Position

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As The Collier Companies (TCC) recently announced their ‘2X’ initiative to double in size and announcements of leadership changes in its organizational structure, the company also welcomed a new member to the team effective July 22, 2019.

Ricardo Alicea has joined the organization as VP of Operations alongside his peers, Michael Rosenblatt, and Ralph Sabio. As TCC continues to grow and focus on development and acquisitions, Ricardo brings to the team a long list of attributes that will positively impact TCC’s operations infrastructure.

Alicea’s resume boasts over 19 years of experience in Property Management. He served as Regional Community Manager for UDR for 8 years where he focused on rehab communities. Before joining The Collier Companies, Ricardo was Senior VP for Bainbridge Companies for 9 years while focusing on new development and third-party management communities and was most recently a Senior VP for Vidalta Property Management, a start-up investment firm where he implemented new strategies and start-up procedures.

We look forward to Ricardo’s contributions and a heavy focus on development supporting TCC to achieve its goal of doubling in size over the next 12 years,” said Mike Still, Senior Vice President of The Collier Companies.

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


The Collier Companies Announces Major Organizational Leadership Changes

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The Collier Companies (TCC) one of the largest private providers of student housing in the nation, has announced major organizational leadership changes.

 

Effective July 19, 2019, long-standing CEO, J. Andrew Hogshead, will take on the role of President of Collier Enterprises as he centers his energy on TCC’s ‘2X’ initiative to double in size by ramping up its development pipeline. A graduate of Harvard University with an AB in Biological Anthropology and an MBA in Real Estate/Finance from Columbia University, Andy brings a 30-year background in real estate to the company. In his 15-Year tenure, Hogshead has held several positions, leading the company to acquire and develop more than 8,000 apartment homes and raise more than $1.3 billion in debt and equity.

“I am extremely proud of Andy and deeply grateful for his willingness to direct his unique and special talents in the direction of TCC’s greatest need and highest impact,” said Nathan S. Collier, founder, and chairman of The Collier Companies.

 

 

Jennifer Clince, previously Chief Operating Officer for The Collier Companies, has been named Chief Executive Officer. As CEO, Ms. Clince will be the first woman to hold the position within the company which she joined in 2004. Within her new role, Clince has been tasked with strategic planning and developing operations initiatives and goals to meet organizational growth plans. She has a strong background in property operations, previously serving as Director of Operations and then COO/President of Operations. With almost 500 employees in three states, Ms. Clince will be at the helm of TCC culture enhancement and investing further into resources and opportunities for development among team members. She holds an MBA and BS in Marketing from the University of Tampa and is an alumna and graduate of Harvard Business School’s OPM 51 Program as well as a member of YPO, Young President’s Organization.

 

 

 

 

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. 


Nathan S. Collier Master of Real Estate program at University of Florida ranked #1 among public graduate programs

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The Nathan S. Collier Master of Science in Real Estate program at the University of Florida was ranked No. 1 program among public universities on the 2019 edition of  Eduniversal’s Best Master’s Ranking.

This is the second top rating that the program has earned, as the Master of Science in Real Estate (MSRE),  program was ranked No. 1 in 2018 as well when Real Estate/Wealth Management programs joined the list. In 2018, over 12,000 postgraduate global master’s programs in 30 fields of study were evaluated to present the rankings for the year; 20,000 postgraduate master’s programs in 50 fields of study were evaluated.  Rankings are based on three main criteria: Program reputation, salary upon graduation and student satisfaction.

A world-class program that offers students real-world connections with industry professionals and professors, networking with career mentors and educational opportunities that go beyond expectations.   Endowed by the Collier Companies Founder and Chairman, Nathan S. Collier, the MSRE program at the University of Florida boasts an impressive list of alumni who credit the program for introducing them to industry experience and knowledge.  As well as being the lead author of “Construction Funding: The Process of Real Estate Development, Appraisal, and Finance,” published by John Wiley & Sons, now in its 4th edition and published in Chinese and Korean, Mr. Collier also teaches a real estate studies course for the MSRE program.

 

Nathan S. Collier is founder and chairman of The Collier Companies, the largest individual owner of student housing with more than 45 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 in Gainesville and of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim Museum, and Metropolitan Museum of Art.

 

*Featured graphic property of UF Warrington School of Business 

Nathan S. Collier introduces the Collier Challenge at The Hippodrome

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The Collier Companies Founder & Chairman, Nathan S. Collier, has introduced the Collier Challenge to the city of Gainesville, Florida, and fans of The Hippodrome Theater, (“The Hipp”).  The iconic local jewel is a staple in the arts community and shares a special place in the heart of the Developer, Nathan S. Collier.

The Collier Challenge: Hippodrome 2029 officially began on April 29th, to the joy of theater-goers and local community citizens alike.  The challenge is a 10-year commitment by Collier to match donations dollar for dollar that will go directly the  Hippodrome Theater.

With a 93% cut to nonprofit organizations in the 2018 state budget, The Hippodrome Theater received almost $140,000 less in funding than they primarily receive for their annual operation costs.  The importance of cultural outlets and community growth in Gainesville is important to Collier, who also recently introduced the annual $25,000 Collier Prize for State Government Accountability with the University of Florida School of Journalism, which was introduced at the 2019 White House Correspondents Dinner.

“Beyond the fact I’m married to a professional ballerina and now an artistic professional photographer with not one but two galleries, here and in Europe, I’ve always felt that the Hipp was a unique artistic treasure, both for Gainesville and for downtown. I located The Collier Companies Headquarters in downtown because I very much enjoy living/working in a vibrant, mixed-use pedestrian environment that allows me to mingle casually with my fellow citizens,” said Collier. “The Hipp’s live theatre brings people downtown, gives downtown a special aura, adds tremendously to the ambiance.”

The Hippodrome Theater not only presents performances for public enjoyment, but provides employment for local performers, education for children, and so much more.  To join the Collier Challenge, please visit https://thehipp.org/collier-pledge-form.

 

Read more about The Collier Challenge on Gainesville.com!

 

Nathan S. Collier is founder and chairman of The Collier Companies, the largest individual owner of student housing with more than 45 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 in Gainesville and of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim Museum, and Metropolitan Museum of Art.

 


Nathan S. Collier & University of Florida Announce $25,000 Collier Prize for State Government Accountability

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
University of Florida Announces $25,000 Collier Prize for State Government
Accountability
Gainesville, Fla., April 25, 2019

The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications (UFCJC) announced the creation of The Collier Prize for State Government Accountability, a prize that will be awarded annually at the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) dinner starting in 2020.

The $25,000 prize, one of the largest journalism prizes in the nation, is designed to encourage coverage of state government, focusing on investigative and political reporting. The award is funded by Nathan S. Collier, founder and chairman of The Collier Companies headquartered in Gainesville, Florida. Collier is a descendant of Peter Fenelon Collier, who in 1888 founded Collier’s, a weekly magazine focused on investigative journalism and publishing stories from renowned journalists such as Jack London, Upton Sinclair, Ida Tarbell and Samuel Hopkins Adams. One of the magazine’s most famous investigative series was the “The Great American Fraud,” which analyzed the contents of popular patent medicines and led to the first Pure Food and Drug Act in 1906.

“Collier’s Weekly had a long history of investigative journalism, shining light in the dark recesses of government,” said Collier, great-grandnephew of the magazine’s founder. “I am honoring Peter Fenelon Collier’s vision and dedication by supporting a vibrant free press, particularly at the state government level.”

In announcing this award, UFCJC Dean Diane McFarlin cited a diminished investment in
statehouse coverage over the last decade. “The professional news media’s watchdog role in state capitols has declined precipitously over the last decade in the number of journalists employed to cover state governments,” said McFarlin, former publisher of the Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune. “The result is that citizens don’t know what they don’t know, and the danger is that corruption and malfeasance can proceed unchecked. We hope this prize will encourage more rigorous coverage of a government body that has a direct impact on citizens’ lives every day.”

 

A 2014 assessment of state capitol press corps by the Pew Research Center found that the number of newspaper reporters covering state capitols declined by 35 percent between 2003 and 2014. Less than one-third of newspapers today assign even one reporter to the statehouse. Among local TV news stations, it is just 14 percent. In Florida alone, the number of journalists stationed in Tallahassee and assigned to cover the Legislature and government agencies has dwindled by as much as half in the last decade, by some estimates.

UFCJC will partner with WHCA to promote, administer and present the annual award.

“I’m deeply grateful to the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications for partnering with us to create the Collier Prize for Statehouse Accountability,” said Olivier Knox, chief Washington correspondent for SiriusXm radio and WHCA president. “Few trends in news worry me more than the widespread hollowing-out of local and regional coverage. The WHCA cannot, by itself or even with a generous partner, reverse this corrosive phenomenon, but we owe it to ourselves and to the public to sound this call to arms.”

Details for submitting nominations for the 2020 award will be available in fall 2019.

For more information, contact Randy Bennett at 352-273-1223 or rbennett@jou.ufl.edu.

 

About Nathan S. Collier
Nathan S. Collier is founder and chairman of The Collier Companies, the largest owner of multifamily housing with more than 45 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 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 in Gainesville and financial patron of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim Museum, and Metropolitan Museum of Art.

About the White House Correspondents Association
The White House Correspondents’ Association exists to promote excellence in journalism as
well as journalism education, and to ensure robust news coverage of the president and the
presidency.

About the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications
The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, recognized by its peers as one of the premier programs in the country, is driving innovation and engagement across the disciplines of advertising, journalism, public relations, and telecommunication. The college’s strength is drawn from both academic rigor and experiential learning. It offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and certificates, both online and on campus. CJC students have the opportunity to gain practical experience in the Innovation News Center, which generates content across multiple platforms, and The Agency, an integrated strategic communication and consumer research agency focused on marketing to young adults. The College includes seven broadcast and digital media properties, the Joseph L. Brechner Center for Freedom of Information and the nation’s only STEM Translational Communication Center and Center for Public Interest Communications.


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:


Praise from a UF Business Graduate, Class of 2010

Kristen Hadeed, UF Warrington Class of 2010 graduate and Gainesville business owner and author, posted the following letter to NSC after his keynote speech at her graduation:

“As fate would have it, the graduation speaker that year was my first major client: Nathan S. Collier.

. . . Nathan held the number one spot on my ‘people I wanted to meet’ list. Not only was Nathan a UF grad, he was also a major financial contributor to the business school and one of the largest privately held owners of student housing in the country. I couldn’t believe he was there, speaking at my graduation. Who better to learn from than a majorly successful CEO who made it in the same town I was trying to make it in?”

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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.