Real Estate

SYD KITSON

CEO & CHAIRMAN, KITSON & PARTNERS, PALM BEACH GARDENS

Kitson & Partners, founded in 1999, is a private real estate development company with more than 250 employees. Kitson, who played professional football for the Green Bay Packers, has led the development of Florida’s first solar-powered city, Babcock Ranch, which involved the largest land preservation acquisition in state history. He has served as chair of the Florida Chamber of Commerce and chair of the board of governors for the State University System. “The transition from the NFL to a business career was extremely challenging, and the skills learned on the football field, hitting and blocking people for a living, don’t translate well in the business world. But the life lessons of dedication, hard work and overcoming adversity are things that continue to influence my career.”

EDUCATION Wake Forest University (BA)
SOMETHING SURPRISING People find it difficult to believe that a developer could also be an environmentalist, but I am. While many know that I played football, I also played the trombone and sang in the choir.
FLORIDA ISSUE Education. We need to help people who are less fortunate, and education is a critical tool for breaking the cycle of poverty.
FAVORITE PART OF LEADERSHIP Innovating in ways that are disrupting our industry and challenging our team to find ways to do it better. Our industry has been talking about sustainability for years, but we are actually doing it.
STAYING FIT I start every day in the gym.

John Albright

Consolidated-Tomoka Land

Carlos Alfonso

Alfonso Architects

Joel Altman

Altman Cos.

John Baker

FRP Holdings

ANA-MARIE CODINA BARLICK

Codina Partners

Michael Belmont

Minto Communities USA

Randy Benderson

Benderson Development

Allan Bense

Bense Enterprises

Jeff Berkowitz

Berkowitz Development Group

Stephanie Berman-Eisenberg

Carrfour Supportive Housing

Angelo Bianco

Crocker Partners

Tere Blanca

Blanca Commercial Real Estate

David Boree

W.W. GAY MECHANICAL CONTRACTOR

Peter Bos

Legendary

KIERAN BOWERS

Swire Properties

Michael C. Brown

Skanska USA

Edward Burr

GreenPointe Holdings

Brian Butler

JCB Construction

Malcolm Butters

Butters Construction & Development

Lissette Calderon

Neology Life Development

Tracy Duda Chapman

A. Duda & Sons

Chris Corr

Raydient Places & Properties

Husein Cumber

Florida East Coast Industries

Ron Davoli

Wharton-Smith

Edgardo Defortuna

Fortune International Group

Gil Dezer

Dezer Development

David Duda

A. Duda & Sons

Misha Ezratti

GL Homes

Art Falcone

Encore Capital Management

Michael Fay

Avison Young

SHARON FELTINGOFF

JC White Architectural

MARK FELTINGOFF

JC White Architectural

Bernardo Fort-Brescia

Arquitectonica

Mark Gensheimer

Penn-Florida Cos.

Mark Gilbert

Cushman & Wakefield

James Goldsmith

Gator Investments

Jorge L. Gonzalez

St. Joe Co.

Jeff Greene

Investor & Developer

Steven Halverson

Haskell Co.

Gary Harrod

Harrod Properties

David Hoffmann

Hoffmann Family of Companies

Mori Hosseini

ICI Homes

C.T. Hsu

C.T. Hsu + Associates

Don Huffner

Collier Enterprises

Mark Israel

Universal Engineering Sciences

Rex Jensen

Schroeder-Manatee Ranch

Bobby Julien

Kolter Group

Paul Kaplan

KW Property Management & Consulting

Arden Karson

Karson & Co.

Ezra Katz

Aztec Group

Michael Kaufman

Kaufman Lynn Construction

Justin Kennedy

Grass River Property

William Kerdyk Jr.

Kerdyk Real Estate

Syd Kitson

Kitson & Partners

Edward M. Kobel

DeBartolo Development

Rob Kornahrens

Advanced Roofing

Ryan Kratz

Colliers International Group

Matthew Whitman Lazenby

Whitman Family Development

Diego Lowenstein

Lionstone Development

Scott Lutgert

Lutgert Cos.

Moishe Mana

Mana Group

Jorge Mas

MasTec

Neil Merin

Nai/Merin Hunter Codman

Harley Miller

Miller Construction

Mark Morse

The Villages

Bob Moss

Moss & Associates

Nitin Motwani

Miami Worldcenter Associates

Dev Motwani

Merrimac Ventures

Tom Murphy Jr.

Coastal Construction Group

Patrick K. Neal

Neal Communities

Michael Neal

KAST Construction

James Nozar

Strategic Property Partners

David Nunes

Rayonier

Mike Pappas

Keyes Co. / Illustrated Properties

Mitch Permuy

Power Design

Thomas Peterffy

Interactive Brokers

Beverly Raphael

RCC Associates

Larry Richey

Cushman & Wakefield

Matthew A. Rieger

HOUSING TRUST GROUP

Sergio Rok

Rok Acquisitions

John Rood

Vestcor Cos.

Barry Rutenberg

Arthur Rutenberg Homes

Greg Ruthven

The Ruthvens

Dean Saunders

SAUNDERS RALSTON DANTZLER

Rosa Schechter

Avenir Holdings

Greg Sembler

Sembler Co.

Darryl Shaw

BluePearl Veterinary Partners

Craig Sher

Sembler Co.

Linda Sherrer

Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices

Jeffrey Soffer

Fountainebleau Development

Jackie Soffer

Turnberry Associates

Jessica Goldman Srebnick

Goldman Properties

Martin “Hap” Stein

Regency Centers

Rasesh Thakkar

Tavistock Group

Craig Ustler

Ustler Development

Robert White

KW Property Management & Consulting

Chuck Whittall

Unicorp National Developments

DON WHYTE

DESERET CATTLE & CITRUS

Phil Wood

John R. Wood Properties

Andrew Wright

Franklin Street

Stuart Wyllie

Graham Cos.

Jim Zboril

Tavistock Development

Bernard Zyscovich

Zyscovich Architects