The GNV Commercial Advisory Team believes in the power of personal relationships and that the surest path to success is to forge lasting connections through collaboration and cooperation built on trust. This approach, along with old-fashioned hard work, has made our team the recognized authority on Alachua County Commercial Real Estate and allowed us to transact over $1 billion for our clients. Whether it’s sales or leasing you can be assured you are receiving best-in-class real estate advisory in a variety of asset types including office, land, retail, industrial, and multi-family.
Senior Vice President
As the Senior Vice President of the Gainesville office for Colliers, Dan leads the firm's presence in Alachua County and the surrounding sub-markets by providing commercial real estate solutions for his clients. His team specializes in commercial and land transactions (sales & leasing) including office, retail, industrial, and multi-family. With well over 100 years of combined local knowledge and service, they strive to continuously raise the bar for their clientele.
Prior to joining Colliers International, Dan served as Vice President of the Commercial and Land Division at an independent firm in Gainesville where he was a partner in The Drotos Ryals Group. His team has successfully transacted over $1 billion in local (Alachua County) commercial real estate. Dan holds both a Master of Science in Real Estate (MSRE) and Master of Building Construction (MBC) from the University of Florida along with multiple professional designations, including Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) and Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR). He also also serves in several industry, civic, and non-profit organizations such as: The Urban Land Institute, Ronald McDonald House of North Central Florida, First Federal Bank of Florida, United Way, and Leadership Gainesville.
Rory graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in civil engineering and has spent the past 35 years in Gainesville as a professional consultant in the land-development industry. Shortly following his graduation, Rory founded CHW Professional Consultants. Serving the company for the last 30 years, Rory’s roles shifted from Vice to President, to CEO and later to Founder. Under Rory’s leadership, the company grew from 13 employees to 85 employees and increased its gross revenue to well over $10 million.
As a professional engineer, Rory has worked on thousands of projects within Alachua County and the southern United States. Having worked with numerous owners and developers on single-family, multi- family, commercial, retail, industrial and institutional uses, Rory has discovered a uniqueness to each property and project after having worked in such a diverse market of land development. Rory’s engagement and leadership doesn’t stop there, he is well known in the Gainesville community for his roles in many different organizations, some of which include Rotary club of Gainesville Sunrise (President), Climb for Cancer Foundation (Board Member), Builders Association of North Central Florida (BANCF) (past Associate Vice-President), American Heart Association (2018 Heart Walk Chair) and Gainesville Chamber of Commerce (Board Member since 2013, Chair of The Board 2017, currently Immediate Past-Chair).
Lauren, being born and raised in Gainesville, is extremely familiar with Gainesville and its surrounding areas. She graduated with an Associate Degree in Psychology from Santa Fe College. However, Lauren soon realized her true passion in real estate and has not looked back since.
Lauren continuously demonstrates her value as a commercial real estate professional in Gainesville and brings top customer service to her clients. Aside from her in-depth knowledge of the Gainesville area and insight into the commercial real estate market, Lauren has a firm understanding of landlord and tenant requirements and has built a sound network of both landlord and tenant client relationships. These attributes help her meet the needs of her clients in a timely and efficient manner. Lauren’s attention to detail, communication skills and creative solutions have served her well to become a well-respected member of the GNV Commercial Advisory Team. She continues to gain a broad range of experience in commercial real estate, including landlord representation, tenant representation, lease negotiations, investment properties, and corporate real estate projects.
Senior Vice President
Mike Ryals has been the dominant name in commercial real estate in the Gainesville marketplace for over 25 years. Mike has handled in an excess of over a billion dollars in commercial real estate transactions with clients ranging from individual local business owners to large corporate clients such as Walmart, Taco Bell, Dukin Donuts, UF Health/Shands and many others.
As a fourth generation Floridian who has always lived in Gainesville, Mike knows the market well. He first entered real estate in 1978 and quickly grew to love the business, becoming the company’s top producing agent in 1979. He has consistently retained this level of success throughout his career.
Mike became a broker in 1980, opened and built his own real estate company in the mid 80’s, sold his company to Bosshardt Realty in 1986, and has served as Senior Vice President of the Bosshardt Commercial division until his recent transition to Colliers where he will serve the team behind the scenes in an advisory capacity.
Client Services Specialist
Debbie Wilkinson, Client Services Specialist, joined Colliers International in August as part of the GNV Commercial Advisory Team. She returned to Gainesville from Nashville, TN in 2014 to be closer to family and has worked for an independent real estate firm as Relocation Director and as Team Lead of Customer Service and Quality for the past five years.
Prior to moving to Gainesville, Wilkinson worked for Mars Petcare, a division of Mars, Inc., as Corporate Affairs Senior Project Specialist. In this role, she built corporate reputation through management of corporate and brand sponsorships and events in the areas of sports and entertainment, community, Mars family properties, Pedigree Foundation®, and pet-related events. She was instrumental in the promotion of associate engagement leading over 900 volunteers who participated in these activities each year.
Wilkinson has also worked in the telecommunications industry for AT&T, Lucent Technologies, and Avaya, Inc. where she managed provisioning teams for a seven-state territory, union/management negotiations, national strike preparations, customer loyalty programs and global customer satisfaction programs.
Wilkinson graduated with an M.B.A. from Florida State University and a B.S. from the University of Florida.
The GNV Commercial Advisory Team has assembled a group of professionals to assist you in achieving your real estate goals.
Advisory/Consulting: We take a comprehensive approach to understanding your investment objectives and apply them to our analysis and understanding of market conditions, risks and opportunities.
Market Research: Today’s brokerage advisory teams cannot be fully effective without constantly collecting market data to help shape transaction decisions. We draw upon and share an extensive set of proprietary research to stay on top of evolving market conditions.
Marketing: We’ve built a global proprietary database of active investors and brokers who regularly review our listings. Together with custom tailored marketing campaigns, we maximize your asset’s exposure and value.
Financing: Because we know that financing is a key driver for investing and selling real estate today, we provide a host of financing options for our clients.
Due Diligence/Transactional Management: We utilize a cloud-based system to protect and efficiently handle the entire spectrum of due diligence and closing management, including war room set up and transaction collaboration software.
- Financial Analysis & Valuation
- 1031 Exchanges
- Negotiation – Landlord/Seller & Tenant/Buyer Representation
- Single Tenant Net Lease (STNL)
- Sale Lease-Back
- Lease Renewals
What Differentiates Us
With closing 70+ transactions per year, we know the pitfalls, outcomes and opportunities of most deals and have the expertise to anticipate and navigate you through transactions, which leads to a higher probability of success. We use proven methods and have the staying power resistant to market volatility evidenced by our decades of success. When other Brokers need a Property, Tenant, or Buyer they call us for help!
Each team member’s expertise is varied and complementary allowing us a flexible approach to implement the most effective means possible per assignment.
Loyal & Trustworthy
More than 70% of our business is repeat clients or direct referrals from past clients because we always put their interests first. Our clients take comfort knowing their peers repeatedly hire and trust us to handle their CRE needs.
The GNV Commercial Advisory Team has the most combined team experience of any CRE team in our market (100+ Years). We know the strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities of each sub-market and how to get deals done.
We source and service all of our assignments in Alachua County leading to more opportunities. We do this through a proprietary database of market intel, comps, and contacts. We leverage this information to help you make the best CRE decision possible. When appraisers need data, they call us!
Leads & Exposure
Colliers is an internationally recognized CRE brand of excellence. Pair this with 80+ signs out on the streets locally and your property will get noticed. We deliver the best marketing tools no matter the cost and field more incoming leads than any competitor. This translates to cross-marketing opportunities and an ever-growing list of contacts which means a higher probability of success for you. Seven full-time marketing and design professionals assist in creating the vision of each assignment.
Internally at Colliers, we have deep relationships with every national sub-specialty group. This includes: Life Sciences, Student Housing, Manufactured Housing, Government Services, Golf Course/Leisure, Affordable Housing, Net Lease Investment and many more. If you have a unique need, we have a solution. Externally and locally, we partner with some of the largest organizations in both the public and private sectors including: The University of Florida, School Board of Alachua County, City of Gainesville, Alachua County, Gainesville Regional Utilities and many more. Deep community roots in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors lead to a deeper database and more opportunities.
Size & Resources
Colliers is the largest CRE firm in Alachua County. We have access to the best tools and resources, as well as the backing of a publicly traded company. This gives us the best chance of success for you.
- Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM)
- Society of Industrial & Office Realtors (SIOR)
- International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
- National Association of Realtors (NAR)
- Leadership Gainesville (LG)
- Urban Land Institute (ULI)
- Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies
- Greater Gainesville Chamber of Commerce
- Alachua Chamber of Commerce
- Sunrise Rotary Club of Gainesville
- Climb for Cancer
- Builders Association of North Central Florida (BANCF)
- Professional Engineers (P.E.)
- Colliers Life Science Practice Group
- Ronald McDonald House of North Central Florida (RMHNCF)
- Nathan S. Collier, Master of Science in Real Estate (MSRE)