Addressing Diversity in CRE

A tremendous amount of work needs to be done to bridge the diversity gap in our industry.  Over the years, our great country has become much more diverse.  This should be reflected in the way we do business in every industry. Front Street’s Jason Hurst is leading the charge to bridge this gap. “The men and women of minority cultures should have a voice and a platform to share thoughts, ideas and make contributions to the direction of this great nation.  The problem won’t be solved overnight, but it starts with presenting the facts of the case in ways like this.” He said. He added “It starts with strongly considering organizations’ approaches to inclusion and hiring processes to make shifts in corporate cultures that champion diversity.  It starts with partnering with great organizations like the Florida A&M University School of Business & Industry to create exposure to the wonderful opportunities in the CRE industry and educating them as to the path to success in this industry. I'm extremely proud to work for an organization that is proactive in initiating change in areas that provide opportunities for a diverse group of people and organizations... It only takes one spark to start a flame of change.”

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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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