Doug Wilcox: Construction Man

Douglas Wilcox's dad knew his son would build great things from an early age. In 1971 when the Wilcox family was living in St. Petersburg, the city began tearing up the old brick roads. Wilcox and his dad went out and collected as many as they could. They made a fireplace, a barbecue pit and everything in between.

Now, Wilcox is the president of Scherer Construction of North Florida, a Gainesville-based company that contracts work all over Florida and even South Carolina and Georgia. Wilcox joined the company after a 2 1/2-hour meeting with Clark Scherer in 1986 after a family friend referred him.

At the time, Wilcox was studying architecture and working for one in St. Petersburg. His heart was really in construction so he took Scherer up on his offer. "I got into this business because I love building things," Wilcox said. "It felt like I was shuffling too much paper."

During his time in Gainesville studying building construction at the University of Florida, Wilcox built four buildings in the industrial park on the north side of the city. Upon graduation, he decided to stay and start the North Florida branch of Scherer Construction. Wilcox has come a long way from his first office, which was an extra bedroom in his apartment. His new sleek office is located at 2504 NW 71st Place. 

Wilcox now has an impressive statewide portfolio of successful projects, including the Gator Wesley Foundation building. Growth has been steady in more than 20 years in his Gainesville office, but Wilcox hopes to keep on growing. For now, he enjoys reviewing his work around Gainesville. "When you drive down the street and say 'I built that building,' that's a great feeling," he said.


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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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