Sawgrass Mills is one of the largest malls in the country and the largest single-story outlet mall with almost 2.5 million square feet of space and about 400 stores. Gott, a Simon Property Group employee for 22 years, managed malls in Virginia and Maryland before taking over at Sawgrass. “I have become far more focused on facilitating my teams’ success than I am on individual achievement,” Gott says. “I have found this approach delivers superior results and far better employee retention.”

EDUCATION Northern Illinois University (BS)
SOMETHING SURPRISING I am not a big fan of crowds. This is somewhat ironic for the manager of one of the largest tourist attractions in the state.
FLORIDA ISSUE Florida tourism and business would benefit from the elimination of standard time. The extra hour of daylight in the afternoon would mean a more positive vacation experience for our guests.

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