Alachua County Business Announcements

Nick Banks, managing director of Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group 

Nick Banks, managing director of Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group 

United Way of North Central Florida announced the new officers to the executive committee of its boards, naming Front Street Managing Director Nick Banks as Vice Chair! United Way is a Florida nonprofit corporation organized for the purpose of advancing the common good by focusing on education, income and health. United Way leads the community to focus on issues and build solutions through giving, advocating and volunteering. The new officers are:

Board Chair: Kay Ayers, senior vice president of member services, human resources and facilities for AvMed

Vice Chair: Nick Banks, managing director of Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group

Finance Chair: Kenneth Kurdziel, a partner at James Moore and Company

In other news, Florida Municipal Power Agency re-elected Bill Conrad as chairman of its board of directors for his second term. Along with holding the position of mayor for Newberry, Conrad has served on the board of directors since 2009.

Cox Communications hired Todd Kane as the new media consultant for the Central Florida advertising division. Kane joins Cox Media after eight years at MARCOA Publishing Inc. as a publication manager in San Diego.

Phalanx Defense Systems LLC announced Eric Johnson as executive vice president of sales and marketing. Johnson is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He brings more than 20 years of sales and leadership experience to the position.

The Capital City Bank Group Foundation reinvested $6,000 into the 2014 grant cycle for the Alachua County community.  The foundation is a nonprofit organization that invests in charitable nonprofit organizations and institutions. Capital City Bank Groups’ past investees are Alachua County Historic Trust: Matheson Museum Inc., Children’s Home Society of Florida Mid-Florida Division and Family Promise of Gainesville, Florida.

eTect Inc. won the fist prize in the health and wearable technologies category at the second annual South by Southwest venture competition. eTect Inc. is a communications technology company that develops applications for a wireless communications platform.

Terri Harris joined Capital City Bank’s residential lending team in the Gainesville market. Harris joins the team with four years of banking and lending experience and 25 years in sales and management. 

 

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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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