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Eastwind Development knows it’s all about location when it comes to developing successful multifamily housing communities in Florida.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers

Eastwind Development prides itself on being a small and nimble firm when it comes to the acquisition and development of multifamily housing throughout Florida. “We are a local shop with a focus of developing entirely in Florida,” Vice President Ron Roan says. “I was born and lived my whole life in Florida and our president, Jack Weir, has been here for approximately 30 years. We understand our markets.”

Eastwind, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, was founded Weir in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., in 2007. After serving as senior vice president for a privately held Florida multifamily development group, Weir saw the potential for a better company. Eastwind Development and its affiliate, Eastwind Acquisitions, focus on the acquisition and development of new multifamily housing.

PostProp

Post Properties reinvests in urban neighborhoods by building apartment communities with expanded amenity offerings. By Stephanie Crets

Post Properties strives to make a difference through urban renewal and redevelopment in the core of major cities such as Atlanta, Houston, Tampa and Washington, D.C. The company builds apartment communities in close proximity to local businesses and public transit, appealing to young professionals and millennials attracted to an urban lifestyle.

“We’re experiencing the resurgence of the urban core in cities across America,” Executive Vice President and CIO David Ward says. “People are flocking back to the central city in almost every market we’re in. That’s a very healthy dynamic for the cities and housing in these areas. We spend a lot of time understanding the neighborhoods in which we choose to invest. People desire the kind of walkable neighborhood with access to restaurants and entertainment that provides the opportunity meet friends and experience life together.” Ward says millennials want “a nice place with the opportunity to connect and mingle with folks and walk to work or where they want to go eat.”

Kamson

Kamson keeps its finger on the pulse of industry changes and trends. By Alan Dorich

Some companies focus on short-term goals, but The Kamson Corp. intends to last for generations, Executive Vice President Mike Beirne says. To do that, “You’ve got to be a leader and stay ahead of the game in terms of what happens in the industry,” he says. “We’re very forward-thinking.”

Based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., The Kamson Corp. manages apartments in its home state, New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. CEO Richard Kurtz started the company in 1974.

“His thought was he wanted to provide good, affordable housing for people,” Beirne says, noting that the company started with a single building and has since grown to 14,000 residential units. “We also have quite a bit of commercial space and we have some ancillary businesses.

“We’re the second-largest managing entity based in the state of New Jersey,” he says, noting that the company manages this by keeping its finger on the pulse of the industry. For example, Beirne himself has served on the board of the New Jersey Apartment Association.

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