Trendsetters - Jan. 2006
PROFESSIONALLY: 10-year-old Gates McVey, with $85 million in 2005 revenue, expects to grow to $500 million in five years. Revenue derives equally from office, retail, multifamily and public projects. Also, Gates chairs the Economic Development Council of Collier County.
EDGE: Statewide, fully integrated land acquisition, development, design, financing, construction and property management for clients. "Lots of people want to develop -- but don't have the time and skill set."
QUOTE: "Commercial is speed, speed, speed. Every day that school, that auditorium, is not open, people are losing money."
BIGGIES NOW: $120-million, 192-unit condo project in Aventura, The Atrium
NEW IDEA: Gates would like to build a school and lease it back to a county.
DESIGN APPEAL: "I like projects that are unique and special. It needs to be a project that is timeless and that is an asset to the citizens and the state."
BEYOND CEMENT: Gates sponsors and competes in backwater fishing tournaments.
PERSONALLY: Virginia native, 43. Wife, Angela, his high school sweetheart; daughters Courtney and Britney
Developer, business owner
Miami condo developer Ugo Colombo, 43, has brought in his brother Claudio to run Glasswall, a Miami company Colombo took over a couple of years ago to ensure a supply of high-performance glass, railings and mirrors for his projects. Glasswall now supplies products, including hurricane-proof glass, for mid- and high-rise projects throughout Florida and in Las Vegas. Meanwhile, Colombo, a Milan native who came to the U.S. in 1983, is busy with Epic, his newest downtown Miami condo project.
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