- Office market surprisingly resilient
- Retail leasing activity brisk
- Industrial market tight but somewhat quiet
- Interest in housing land and product at record level
As the Senior Director 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.
Jason Hurst is a Chicagoland native who graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2005 with a Masters of Business Administration from the School of Business & Industry at Florida A&M University with a concentration in Finance. He has 7 years of successful experience with a variety of Fortune 100 companies such as Pfizer, Inc., JP Morgan, and State Farm Insurance. Jason began his career as a Private Wealth analyst in Manhattan with JP Morgan Private Bank and has endeavored into both finance and sales during his corporate career. Jason also has experience as a savvy entrepreneur as he has run three successful businesses across various industries throughout the State of Florida. Jason served for six years as a Director and Senior Vice President at Avison Young as a leading Agency Leasing broker for the Florida Retail Team. Jason had the pleasure of representing institutional clients such as Kimco Properties, Regency Centers, Site Centers, Washington Prime and several private shopping center owners throughout the state of Florida. Personally, Jason serves on the City of Gainesville Plan Board and as an active member of ICSC and ULI North Florida Chapter, and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
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 is very familiar with Gainesville and its surrounding areas. She graduated with her Associates Degree in Psychology from Santa Fe College. However, Lauren realized her true passion is real estate. Previously a marketing coordinator for a local retail business, Lauren created one-of-a-kind social media posts and weekly newsletters, which increased the company’s sales.
Due to her familiarity with social media and having earned her real estate license, Lauren brings a creative edge to the Drotos Ryals Team, which will assist in the boosting of its brand and marketing of listings. When she isn’t aiding Mike and Dan with marketing ploys, you can find Lauren at the race track where she competitively drag races across the southern United States.
Born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, Bennett moved to Gainesville, Florida where he graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelors degree in Food and Resource Economics with a specialization in business management and marketing. Upon Graduating from the University of Florida in 2017, Bennett joined a local boutique real estate firm specializing in both residential and commercial sales and leasing. Prior to joining Colliers International in 2020, Bennett was an associate with Avison Young specializing in both landlord and tenant representation for retail, office, and industrial clients.
Bennett brings to colliers both the managerial and marketing skills needed in any given real estate transaction, but also the personal skills that are often needed to get a transaction successfully to the finish line leaving all parties involved satisfied.
Jon C. Thomas II is an Associate with Colliers International. He has three years of experience specializing in hotel investment market in North Florida.
Jon’s commercial real estate experiences include Associate at Avison & Young in Gainesville and Associate Advisor with SVN | SouthLand Commercial.
Prior to joining the commercial real estate industry, Jon was the Vice President of Marketing for Thomas-Pierce & Company, a leading succession planning firm, which has completed more than $2 billion in small and medium size business transactions since 1986.