The Collier Companies tags new Vice-President of Operations

Rachelle Dow

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

The Beautiful Architecture of the Gothic and Modern Buildings at the University of Florida

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


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 


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

An aerial shot of Port Orange community in development

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

Collier Companies joins Alachua Public Schools to Provide Wi-Fi to Students


In a time of uncertainty in the Nation, our children’s’ education and opportunities to learn should be prioritized.  With many families without Wi-Fi and over 27,000 children enrolled in Alachua County Public Schools practicing distance-learning, a new initiative to assist students has begun.


The launch of the free School Bus Wi-Fi program for remote learning by Alachua County Public Schools began April 20th.


Hot spots will be available for students at almost 50 various sites around Alachua county for three hours each weekday, using school buses as the center.  Hot spots will be available to those within 15-200 feet of the bus.  Along with multiple access points for students and their families, the district has provided almost 3,000 electronic devices for a-home use.


Nathan S. Collier, Chairman/Founder of Gainesville-based The Collier Companies, the largest private provider of student housing in the nation, was elated to offer communities as hot spot locations.  The Collier Companies and Nathan S. Collier are proud to support this wonderful initiative and are honored to offer space at Bivens Cove Apartments here in Gainesville.


“Together we are stronger. The Collier Companies is a locally owned small business that cheerfully supports the community of which it is a proud member”, explained Nathan S. Collier, “E Pluribus Unum, now more than ever.”


Collier, a supporter of local arts and education, was immediately delighted to join in the efforts. With a strong company culture, one of the founding principles of The Collier Companies manifesto is, “We Believe in life-long learning (Obsessively so) and that to cease to learn is to cease to live.”


A full list of all hot spot locations is available here.

The Collier Companies Welcomes New VP of Site Assessment and Entitlements

Picture shows team member, Shannon Lee

The nation’s largest private provider of student housing, The Collier Companies has welcomed its first Vice-President of Site Assessment and Entitlements, Shannon Lee.

Shannon brings to TCC a background in feasibility analysis, general contractor negotiation, construction of Class-A multifamily and luxury high rise sites. With over 20 years of experience under her belt, (15+ in multifamily development) Lee is a welcomed addition as the company focuses on increases their development pipeline. In her new role at The Collier Companies, Mrs. Lee will maximize opportunities forward in line with The Collier Companies’ objective to double its size in the next decade.

A transplant from South Florida, Shannon was drawn to the friendly people of the organization along with the change of pace in location. “Every site is different. I enjoy the challenge of doing something people say can’t be done”, explains Lee when asked what sparked her interest in the field. Her quote to live by? “Live outside of your comfort zone. Complacency is boring.

TCC Sponsors local Gatorball Baseball Academy

The Gatorball Academy logo is shown with a baseball player preparing to throw a pitch
Founded in 2006, Gatorball Baseball Academy provides our youth the opportunity to fulfill their potential, make great friends, learn from wonderful mentors and more.  With assistance from a $2,000 donation from The Collier Companies and its Founder, Nathan S. Collier, the athletic organization funded trips and tournaments for their young players.

Nathan S. Collier and The Collier Companies are honored to support such a wonderful organization!


Learn more about Gatorball Baseball Academy here!


Nathan S. Collier is the 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.

The Collier Companies Team heads to Harvard!


Members of The Collier Companies’ team are preparing to head back to school as they take on a learning opportunity at one of the most elite Ivy Leagues in the nation.

Sixteen team members (TMs) from The Collier Companies (TCC), will head to Boston this Summer to attend the renowned Harvard Negotiation Institute (HNI) held at Harvard Law School.  These 5-day courses focus on the topics of negotiation and mediation, mediating complex issues and a range of objectives that students will tackle head-on.


The largest private provider of student housing in the nation with over 500 team members, investing in team members’ growth is a major focus for the organizations’ Founder/Chairman, Nathan S. Collier. The sixteen TCC team members traveling to Harvard include Vice-Presidents, Regional Community Managers, and Directors within the organization.


“I believe in TCC TMs and I get up every morning with the goal of going to bed a bit better person, leaving the world a bit better place for all.  TMs & Residents are TCC’s most important Stakeholders, and like Husband/Wife, if not both are not winning, then both are losing.  My Dad raised me with Main Street America Values & believing in Stewardship & Service, and I know no other way to be. Every time I look at the Team Member Wall (located at our Home Office displaying team members’ photos), I get a catch in my throat & a DEEP, feel an overwhelming wave of appreciation & gratitude”, explains Collier.  “Because the best we can be, we must be & it is my job to provide the tools that empower TMs to partnership with TCC in personal (much training is EQ related w 24/7 application) & professional growth.”


This is not the Collier Companies’ first visit to the HNI, as numerous team members have attended in the past.   Having cultivated a culture of lifelong learning in its 47-year history, TCC continues to provide opportunities for growth, not only regarding their portfolio but for the members of their organization.


“[I’m hoping to bring back to TCC] the EQ aspect of negotiating and how to apply it in our teams’ everyday goal – to provide excellent customer service regardless of the situation.”, explains Vice-President of Operations, Ralph Sabio. “I’m honored to have been offered this opportunity. TCC continues to invest in its team members and it’s a rare opportunity most other organizations don’t necessarily offer and thus, what differentiates TCC from other companies – you’re a name and not just a number.”


Founder, Collier, plans to make this opportunity a regular occurrence at the company with the desire to pour into team members and remind them that, “TCC offers a career, not just a job.”



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”