Dr. Kent Malone’s Real Estate Development Project at UF’s Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies



Nick Banks, managing director of Front Street, was invited to judge the student presentations in Dr. Kent Malone’s Real Estate Development class at UF’s Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies on Wednesday. The Real Estate Development course is a graduate-level course in the Hough Graduate School of Business at UF, attracting an interdisciplinary group of students from the MSRE (Master of Science in Real Estate), MBA, MSF, Design, Construction and Planning, as well as Urban Planning and other graduate programs. Nick and the other two judges, Andy Hogshead of Collier Companies, and Keith Crutcher of Sooner Management, acted as equity investors that the students were pitching their projects to.  

The students chose sites in Gainesville and presented a variety of projects including multi-family, office, mixed-use and single tenant net leased investment. Many of the development sites chosen for the projects were Front Street listings. Each of the eight teams gave a seven minute presentation and then the judges had the opportunity to ask questions.

All the projects were very well presented, professional, and insightful as to market conditions and economic assumptions.  The winning project was a project called Kentro Downtown presented by Kevin Jund, Jon Sieg, Chris Johnston, and Humphrey Piccus.  Their project was a small mixed use project in downtown Gainesville that included an urban grocery component as well as about 45 boutique residential units.  


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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