Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group announced today the hiring of Ally Nygaard as Director of Client Relations as well as the promotion of Virginia MacKoul to Director of Marketing.   

“We’ve experienced rapid growth over the last eighteen months and we’re always looking for innovative ways to enhance our client relationships.” said Nick Banks, Managing Director of Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group. He added, “The addition of Ally and the promotion of Virginia allow us to enhance our team approach and help make our operations more efficient and effective.”

MacKoul began her career as an intern while still attending the University of Florida and began working full-time at Front Street about eighteen months ago.  She now manages the firm’s team of interns and oversees all marketing and branding activity. Nygaard, Front Street’s newest employee, has a strong financial background and has also run her own events planning business for a number of years.  Her new role will utilize both of these skill sets as she oversees accounting management functions as well as maintaining new and existing client relationships. 

Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group is a leader in the North Central Florida commercial real estate business.  The company’s mission is to impact its community, clients and industry by doing commercial real estate differently.  Front Street is committed to leadership in the commercial real estate business by offering superior brokerage, commercial mortgage banking and property management solutions to its commercial real estate clients.  For more information please visit or contact Nick Banks at 352-505-3884. 


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Nick Banks

Nick created Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group in 2002 and spent the first eight years developing and acquiring office and retail projects in South Florida as well as North Central Florida. In 2010 the focus of the firm was shifted to primarily serve third party clients and perform brokerage, property management and mortgage banking functions. Nick has personally developed and acquired nearly 200,000 square feet of office and retail properties in markets throughout Florida. Prior to founding Front Street, Nick was the Director of Finance and Dispositions for Stiles Corporation in Fort Lauderdale where he financed and sold over $500 million in commercial real estate. Before joining Stiles, Nick was an Associate Director at GE Capital Real Estate where he sourced over $200 million in financing throughout Florida. Nick is a graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Finance and a concentration in Real Estate. He serves as a board member and current vice-chair for the United Way of North Central Florida where he also chairs the Development Committee. Nick is actively involved with the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce where he serves as a board member and committee member for the Council for Economic Outreach. He is also a recent graduate of Leadership Gainesville which is a year long leadership program hosted by the Chamber. He is a member of Grace United Methodist Church where he has served as finance chair and as a member of the leadership council. Nick serves as an advisory board member of the University of Florida Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies. Nick was recently named chair of the Gainesville committee for the North Florida chapter of Urban Land Institute (ULI). He is a licensed real estate broker in the State of Florida and is a long time member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

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