Front Street January 2014

Front Street has had a busy January, from guest lectures, to conferences to annual meetings. Front Street is always seeking new ways to get involved in our community, and sticking true to our mission: to impact our community, clients, and industry by doing commercial real estate differently.

On Monday, January 27th, 2014, Nick Banks and Seth Lane went to Jacksonville for the ICSC Idea Exchange. There were about 300 retail real estate professionals present including brokers, developers, lenders and retailers.

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The overall sentiment at the conference was very positive. New developments are happening throughout the state and retailers and restaurant chains are expanding.

Capital flows are making investment and development easier than it has been in several years.

Let's hope these trends continue. Markets still have a way to go to return to pre-recession levels but we are finally moving in the right direction. We hope to see more retail leasing activity in the coming months in the markets we serve like Gainesville, Ocala and Tallahassee to fill as many spaces as possible. 

On Wednesday, January 29th, Nick headed out to the UF's Hough Hall for the UFMSRE Development Class, where he served as their guest lecturer for the day. Topics of development, trends, future forecasts and commercial real estate were discussed.

Thursday the 30th was just as busy! Front Street's Seth Lane, Virginia MacKoul and Caleb McDow headed off to the Best Western Grand for The Builder's Association of North Central Florida's monthly meeting. 

Attendees enjoyed the buffet lunch as new president Vinnie Moreschi welcomed everyone. Sponsor Scott Costello of Advantage Publishing, Inc. said a few words which was followed by announcements, new member acknowledgements and recognition and awards. Next to speak was Ron Liebeman of the Florida Home Builders Association followed by keynote speaker Tim Giuliani.

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Thursday evening Front Street Directors Nick Banks and Seth Lane attended The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 90th anniversary at the 2014 Annual Meeting on Thursday, at the UF Hilton Conference Center with décor by Keith Watson Events.

Attendees mingled and enjoyed dinner as Tom Anderson of the Hippodrome Theater welcomed everyone. Next to speak was Tim Giuliani followed by Deborah Butler who introduced the keynote speaker Marshall Criser, III. Mitch Glaeser then said a few words and presented the awards and recognitions with the Legacy Award presented to Win Phillips. Check out the top tweets of the night by clicking here...

It was a wonderful week here at Front Street. A big thanks to the University of Florida, the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Builder's Association of North Central Florida for having such a great impact on our community. Special thanks to Advantage Publishing, creators and publishers of Home Living in the Heart of Florida and Business magazines, for the wonderful photos. To all of our clients, fans, friends and family; we thank you for your support! Our theme for 2014 is "Advancing BOLDLY" and we couldn't be more excited to see what the rest of 2014 has in store! 

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Virginia MacKoul

Virginia is a graduate from the University of Florida's College of Design Construction and Planning with a degree in Sustainability and the Built Environment, and a minor in Urban Regional Planning. Virginia joined the Front Street team in 2011, as an intern. Upon graduation, Virginia joined the Front Street team full-time as the Director of Client Services. Ms. MacKoul’s addition furthers Front Street’s continued growth and expansion within Gainesville and other North Central Florida markets. She was promoted to Director of Marketing in 2014 and now manages the firm’s team of interns and oversees all marketing and branding activity. Virginia was born in Boston and moved to Lee County, Florida in 1997. Virginia graduated her high school's International Baccalaureate program and started at the University of Florida with a focus on Architecture. Virginia shares Front Street's passion of giving back to the community and those in need. Virginia's hobbies include photography, cooking, football, movies, music, and spending time with her dog, Brinkley.

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