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


Nathan S. Collier (NSC) and Jennifer Clince, CEO, sit with Tallahassee leaders for Chat with the Chair

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 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!


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

Nathan Collier laughing during a presentation and leaning on the podium.

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!”



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.”




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!”



Why I became a Collier Companies Superhero!

Photograph of collier employee

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!




    • 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

Why I became a Collier Companies Superhero!

Collier Comapny Superhero

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!




  • 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

Why I became a Collier Companies Superhero!

collier companies superhero

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 Erica, our Social Media & Public Relations Specialist, and why she chose to be a Collier Companies Superhero!


    • Name/Position: Erica Eubanks, Social Media & Public Relations Specialist


    • Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Florida


    • Education: Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida


    • TCC Anniversary: May, 2015


    • Facts About Me: I love the color pink and unicorns, and my desk displays that! I’m a FAMU Rattler for life, obsessed with skincare & a healthy lifestyle and I blog in my free time!


    • History with the company:  I joined the company in 2015 as Human Resource Coordinator and then I was promoted in April 2017 to Operations Executive Assistant to the Vice-President of Operations.  I recently accepted the position to Social Media & Public Relations Specialist in the Marketing Department.


    • Why did you join TCC? : I joined The Collier Companies, (TCC) when I was ready to get serious about my career.  I did major research before applying to the company because I wanted to be certain that I was applying to a business that almost made me forget I was at work, and that’s what I found here at The Collier Companies.  Being able to see a proven history of growth and positive company culture was a major point in showing me that TCC was beyond exceptional.  Seeing our owner Nathan Collier and his amazing arsenal of knowledge, I got a taste of the awesome learning experience that was in store for me when I was hired to TCC and WOW!


    • What are some TCC Benefits that you love? : I absolutely love that Nathan and our Executive Team are extremely focused on continued growth and learning for all of our team members!  Whether it’s an industry conference, online certifications, Certified Apartment Manager certifications and more, TCC continues to expose us to it all and ensures that we have the tools to succeed!  I enrolled in Collier College as soon as I joined the company and was blown away by Nathan’s knowledge that he was sharing with us all!  With case studies and interactive lessons, I graduated feeling as if I was a graduate of the University of Florida MSRE program!  Part of our company manifesto notes, “We Believe in life-long learning (Obsessively so) and that to cease to learn is to cease to live.”


    • What’s special about TCC? : TCC was bred from a self-made man who took the time to learn and excel at all of the positions we now hire for on a daily basis, and it shows in his love and care for this team. Most noteworthy  about TCC? Hard to choose, but it’s Nathan and our team. There are thousands of companies in this industry, but I was never drawn into them as I have been to TCC.   They brought me in as a young industry-newbie, nourished my skill-set and so many other young team members the opportunity to grow in this company.


    • Your goals in TCC and beyond? : I aim to continue my training in Marketing and Public Relations to further build The Collier Companies brand online and offline!



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

The Collier Companies Takes Team Members on Development Tour

Collier Group staff picture taken in front of a bus.

     On May 24, 2017, The Collier Companies took team members from Tallahassee, Gainesville, and The Collier Companies’ Regional Headquarters, to Tampa, Florida to view its newest student housing development, IQ Luxury Apartments.

     IQ Luxury Apartments is an all-inclusive student housing apartment community, located in Tampa across from the University of South Florida that opened Fall 2016. Its 10 floor plans and 656 units feature premium amenities and offer resort-style living for an affordable price. While there, The Collier Companies’ team members were able to explore these premium amenities and take a tour of the model unit. Features include private bathrooms, washer and dryer, cable, and new furniture packages. Amenities offered includes two courtyards with gas grills, salt water pool with beach entrance, sun deck, two-story fitness center, standing tanning bed, private study lounges, on-site management, and a multi-level parking garage with direct access to the main building.

     After leaving IQ, team members were taken by other Tampa properties managed or owned by The Collier Companies. On the way back to Gainesville, the bus stopped in Ocala for team members to see the two existing communities The Collier Companies owns, and to see the construction site for the next development, Canterbury. Ground breaking for Canterbury will take place in late June.

     For more information about IQ Luxury Apartments, please visit their website, More information about Canterbury Apartments in Ocala will be released soon. For more photos of the development trip, please visit our Facebook page. The Collier Companies was founded in 1972 with its headquarters in Gainesville, Florida. Today, it is the second largest privately owned provider of student housing in the nation with a portfolio comprised of more than 10,800 units amassing near 24,000 beds from all properties.

Building the best IQ

Conference of Champions 2017

Collier empoyees stand infront of an airplane for the Collier Companies Conference of Champions

     On February 1-3, The Collier Companies had its annual Conference of Champions at the University Air Center in Gainesville, Florida. The keynote speakers conveyed ideas about leadership, service, and current news in the multifamily housing industry over the three days. This annual leadership conference brings together the Community Managers, Service Managers, and key regional team members of TCC, to acknowledge the accomplishments they made in the past year, and motivate them for the upcoming year.

    This year, the conference was about taking flight and soaring above expectations. Mark Cukro, former Director of Service Team Development for Colonial Properties Trust, Inc., was the keynote speaker opening day. Cukro spoke about how important service is in the multifamily housing industry. He challenged all in attendance to change the way they interact with their customers. When interacting with customers, Cukro reminded the managers that they are the company on-site, and it is important to make the customer feel important. The keynote speaker the second day of the Conference of Champions was Jones Loflin, author and leadership trainer. His seminar, “Earning Top Gun Status as a Leader”, was all about teaching our leaders to prioritize and organize their daily tasks to get the most done effectively and efficiently. He stressed the importance of recognizing which types of overload our managers experience and preventing them from becoming overwhelming. Both speakers used a combination of hands-on and group activities to help explain why The Collier Companies’ success is a team effort. Founder and Chairman Nathan S. Collier ended the second day of the conference with a motivational seminar about how The Collier Companies began and where he sees it going.

    The third day of the conference was about where The Collier Companies is now and where it is going as a company. CEO Andy Hogshead spoke about TCC’s new acquisitions The Connection in Statesboro in Statesboro, Georgia and Tuscany Place in Ocala, Florida. Hogshead also spoke about potential for development and upgrades to current properties. Di Brockington, Vice President of Operations, spoke about where TCC has improved over the past year, and answered questions submitted by team members before the conference. Alicia Morris, Social Media and Online Reputation Manager, spoke about The Collier Companies’ current online reputation portfolio-wide and gave tips on how team members can improve their properties’ reputation. Brianne Kocher, Director of Marketing, spoke about how managers can use specific software to gain feedback from their residents on how they can improve on-site. The conference adjourned after team member training for fall 2017’s apartment turn. The Collier Companies’ six regional community managers led this training.

    The Conference of Champions is not only a motivational conference, but is also an acknowledgement of the accomplishments of TCC’s team members over the past year. Every day, time was set aside for awards to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of outstanding leaders in the company. The Collier Companies thanks its wonderful sponsors and team members for another successful year.

Service Manager Wins Local Maintenance Mania

Collier employee showcases his award

    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 3. 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 Egypt Shriner’s Activities 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 common maintenance activities. Besides being the overall event winner, Bennie placed first in the Season’s Ceiling Fan Installation and Fluidmaster Duo Flush Toilet Conversion competitions. He placed second in the CFG Faucet Installation, Kiddie Fire & Carbon Monoxide Safety Installation, and the Bradford White Water Heater Installation. He placed third in Frigidaire Ice Maker Installation and Kwikset Smartkey Key Control Deadbolt competitions. Winners from each local event get a chance to travel and compete at the National Championship held at the annual NAA Education Conference & Exposition on June 23 in Atlanta, Georgia.

    Bennie’s attitude and skill exemplify the Change Agent nature The Collier Companies, TCC, instills in each employee. Bennie is currently a two-year veteran of TCC and serves as the Service Manager at Lakeside Apartments in Brandon, Florida.