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Colliers International Gainesville Represents Real Estate Acquisition for Children (REACH) in Purchase of 5,324-Square-Foot Building in Pleasant Street

Gainesville, Fla. — March 11, 2020 — Colliers International Gainesville represented Real Estate Acquisition for Children, LLC (REACH) in the purchase of a 5,324-square-foot building, located at 802 NW 5th Avenue in Gainesville. The transaction closed on February 25, 2020. The building formerly served as the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) for the City of Gainesville.

REACH is an affiliated agency of Service Management Solutions for Children, Inc. (SMS), which is a Gainesville-based nonprofit agency serving organizations throughout the state and nation. The agency provides comprehensive services that promote data-driven innovation and financial sustainability for a growing number of businesses that work toward the safety and wellbeing of children across the world.

The new building will house SMS’s training and staff development team along with staff from the Intercountry Adoption Accreditation and Maintenance Entity (IAAME), another one of SMS’s four affiliated agencies. Staff are already operating out of the newly acquired building.

“Since its inception, SMS has worked to make a positive difference in the lives of children and families and those agencies who serve them. We were honored to represent them in this strategic acquisition,” said Dan Drotos, Senior Director of Colliers Gainesville. “The building’s convenient location — less than one mile from the University of Florida, Gainesville’s Innovation District and Downtown — will put SMS within close proximity to community partners that will help them continue to grow in the years ahead.”

“This opportunity will allow our agency to expand and enhance the services we are currently providing, all with the goal of ensuring the wellbeing of children and families,” stated Stephen Pennypacker, President/CEO of Service Management Solutions for Children. “I am grateful to Colliers International for their knowledge and professionalism in helping us acquire the ideal building and location for our team.”


Colliers Gainesville can be reached at 352-420-9889 and on social media at @ColliersGville.


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Senior Vice President

Gainesville

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.

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Rory Causseaux

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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.

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