Virtual Lessons for the Tech Minded

As classrooms continue to transition from the traditional in-class setting to virtual classrooms, Broom and Don Pezet founded ITProTV in November 2013 to facilitate the interest in virtual learning.

ITProTV provides information for technology professionals and training in software certifications such as CompTIA A+, Security+ and CCNA. The content is set up in a informal manner that is easy to use and view. With monthly subscription costs at $57, IT Pro TV is already in 43 countries with 10,000 paying subscribers. Subscribers have the option to watch live feed, archived shows and participate in a chat box during the broadcast.

Broom has another IT-learning business, New Horizons, that he opened in 2000. He launched his first location in Gainesville, and locations in Pensacola, Greensboro, Charlotte and North Carolina followed. Although New Horizons centers are owned by franchisees, Broom has put his franchised business locations up for sale to focus on ITProTV. This move will allow him to break free from limitations and target the global market. Before Broom entered the tech industry, he spent 12 years in a trucking business around Florida. He then took New Horizon classes and became inspired to be part of the franchise.

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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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