October 26, 2016

Real Estate

Trendsetters - Jan. 2006

Mike Vogel | 1/1/2006

Todd Gates

Todd Gates
Gates McVey
President, CEO

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

Ugo Colombo

Ugo Colombo
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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