Gainesville Chamber’s Tim Giuliani and Global Vision

Tim Giuliani is all for the gold-plated shovels and ribbon-cuttings with giant scissors when you picture an image of a groundbreaking. Those images represent economic growth in Alachua County. Giuliani even has a gold shovel dating back to 1962 that leans against his wall in his downtown Gainesville corner office.

The president and CEO of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce is focused on creating a future for the area through his organization’s Council for Economic Outreach and other initiatives. “We’re seeking to achieve our mission of this being a global hub of talent, innovation and opportunity,” he said.

Giuliani, 32, is young for a chamber president. At 28, he earned the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Chamber of Commerce Executives for membership development. Giuliani’s enthusiasm and insight makes him highly qualified for a vibrant college community like Gainesville. When he took over the Chamber two years ago, he began working to build bonds with the technology companies in the area and encouraging the Chamber to become more vocal and outspoken on public policy matters. One example is Envision Alachua, the Chamber-backed initiative in favor of the Plum Creek development in eastern Alachua County.

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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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