For a real estate project to reach the peak potential, it requires the right combination of vision, timing, economics, nuance and history. It also needs to adopt a balanced approach that accounts for the realities of the market, a sense of the needs of the community and an understanding of how to maximize the return through careful planning and meticulous management. And, most importantly, it needs a principal or partner who can bring all of those elements to the project.
Our extensive expertise and specific approach to real estate projects help us see the untapped potential of a property and assemble the right people, at the right time, to turn that vision into a fully-realized project that creates ideal outcomes for everyone involved.
John has enjoyed a long and prosperous career in real estate primarily driven by two stand-out skills: his vision to see the potential that others cannot and his effective management—truly mentoring—of talented people. He has a widely varied background along with a creative approach to business.
Upon graduation from the University of Florida with dual majors in finance and real estate, John began his illustrious career in real estate in the 70’s in South Florida. Unsatisfied with the competitive landscape of “mom and pop” firms, John developed a new model for a real estate brokerage, where he marketed the business as well as the properties, and trained and maintained an elite sales team of agents. As CEO of Stadler Associates, Inc., he ran the largest independently owned real estate brokerage in Florida commanding a 42 percent share of the luxury residential market in South Florida.
John Barkett has a three-decade career specialized in commercial real estate development, with the past 20 years in the Tampa Bay area. His keen eye for development stems from his highly analytical mindset combined with his local market knowledge of land development codes, zoning, processes and key players, giving the Apogee team an influential advantage in this area. John’s business acumen is counterbalanced by his civic responsibility as an active community leader, where he is committed to local organizations shaping Tampa Bay’s economic future.
John holds an M.S. in Real Estate Valuation and Analysis from New York University and is a Member of the Appraisal Institute (MAI). His career began as a commercial appraiser in New York City, where he first honed his creative talents in vertical development due to the scarcity of available vacant land—a skill he puts to good use today in Tampa Bay’s emerging real estate development market.
Gordon Crozier has over 30 years of executive level real estate experience and is well versed in all phases of real estate development from site evaluation to asset disposition. Prior to joining Apogee, Gordon was the Director of Investments for the Allen Morris Company where he helped resurrect the company’s development operations, acquiring land and developing over 500 Condominium units, over 1,400 Multi-Family Units, over 230,000 square feet of Class A Office space and over 100,000 square feet of Retail space. He was responsible for securing and negotiating the company’s debt and equity financing agreements, financial reporting to Lenders and Investors, and Development and Operating Budget Management. During his tenure at AMCO, Gordon closed over $350 million in Bank Debt, $60 of Mezzanine Debt, $8.0 million of Preferred Equity, and over $95 million of LP Equity.