Living Legends

JOEL ALTMAN

CHAIRMAN & CO-CEO, ALTMAN COS., BOCA RATON

Altman’s Boca Raton-based company is best known for its Altis-branded amenity-filled luxury apartments. “If we do something great, the next guy is going to copy us. So we said living is experiential. We want to contribute to an exceptional living experience,” he told South Florida Business & Wealth after the Altis Boca Raton was completed.

Born in Philadelphia, Altman was 12 when he began working for his father building homes. He received a bachelor’s degree in building construction from Michigan State University and began his career in 1968 in East Lansing managing an 84-unit student apartment project, working out of a spare bedroom until he bought a rusty trailer to be his first office. In 1983, he opened a regional office in Boca Raton and four years later moved his entire operation to South Florida.

He has developed, acquired and managed more than 25,000 apartment and condo units in the Southeast and Midwest during the past 50 years.

Altman has supported the Boys and Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity, the Dan Marino Foundation and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Mike Adams

Adams Ranch

Jim Allen

Hard Rock International

Joel Altman

Altman Cos.

Alcides Avila

Avila Rodriguez Hernandez Mena & Ferri

Lewis Bear Jr.

Lewis Bear Co.

Robert Behr

Citrus World

James Berger

Berger Singerman

Mitchell Berger

Berger Singerman

Ron Book

Ronald L. Book PA

Peter Bos

Legendary

Colin Brown

JM Family Enterprises

Bowman Brown

Shutts & Bowen

Robert Buker

U.S. Sugar

Locke Burt

Security First Insurance

AL CARDENAS

SQUIRE PATTON BOGGS

Kendall Coffey

Coffey Burlington

DICK CORBETT

Philanthropist

CORNELIA CORBETT

Philanthropist

MAYANNE DOWNS

GRAYROBINSON

Oscar Feldenkreis

Perry Ellis International

George Feldenkreis

Perry Ellis International

Mike Fernandez

MBF Healthcare Partners

Bernardo Fort-Brescia

Arquitectonica

Eugene Franklin

Florida Black Chamber of Commerce

Matthew Gorson

Greenberg Traurig

Gerald Greenspoon

Greenspoon Marder

Lynetta Usher Griner

Usher Land & Timber

Kenneth Kahn

LRP Media Group

Rhea Law

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

David Lawrence Jr.

THE CHILDREN’S MOVEMENT OF FLORIDA

Jeff Levitetz

Purity Wholesale Grocers

Scott Lutgert

Lutgert Cos.

Ian Mackechnie

Amscot Financial

Michael Marder

Greenspoon Marder

Harvey Massey

Massey Services

JUDITH MITCHELL

RAYMOND F. KRAVIS CENTER

Larry Morgan

Morgan Auto Group

John Morgan

Morgan & Morgan

Harold Mullis

Trenam Law

Pam Muma

Philanthropist

Les Muma

Philanthropist

Thomas Peterffy

Interactive Brokers

Aaron Podhurst

Podhurst Orseck

Gene Prescott

Seaway Hotels

Beverly Raphael

RCC Associates

Ron Sachs

Sachs Media Group

Stephen Sawitz

Joe's Stone Crab

Thad Seymour Jr.

University of Central Florida

Sandy Shugart

Valencia College

Martin “Hap” Stein

Regency Centers

Jim Strickland

Strickland Ranch

John C. Sumberg

Bilzin Sumberg

John Thrasher

Florida State University

Ronald Vaughn

University of Tampa

Gary Wishnatzki

Wish Farms

Bernard Zyscovich

Zyscovich Architects