JAMES “JIM” ZBORIL
PRESIDENT, TAVISTOCK DEVELOPMENT, ORLANDO
Zboril heads real estate development for Tavistock, a private investment organization founded by billionaire Joe Lewis that is best known for developing Lake Nona in southeast Orlando, a 17-square-mile master-planned community known as Medical City. Lewis “can see the big picture and the minute detail — and he has an incredible way to see both, on a world scale,” Zboril says. “From the top down — we instill an ownership mentality throughout the company.”
Recent Lake Nona projects include a partnership with Verizon to build a 5G “living lab” for Verizon to develop next-generation technologies. Tavistock is also redeveloping the iconic Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina in Fort Lauderdale. The hotel will also have residences, retail, shops and a two-story pool area. Its reopening is planned for 2022.
After graduating from Western Michigan University with a finance degree, Zboril took a job in a bank, where real estate caught his interest — and was hooked. “We’re building communities. When people choose to be in our community, memories made here are ingrained in their lives. We create the places where memories happen.”