The Allen Morris Company Launches Residential Division After 55 Years of Commercial Real Estate Success

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IAMI – November 20, 2013 – The Allen Morris Company, a real estate firm specializing in commercial and industrial properties, today announced the launch of its new division, Allen Morris Residential. Responding to increased market demand for residential projects, the division will allow the company to extend the 55 years of success into the booming South Florida residential market.

A proven team of experienced executives has joined Allen Morris to lead the residential division. The team includes:

Dennis Suarez, Director of Development, The Allen Morris Co.;

Managing Director, Allen Morris Residential
Mr. Suarez is the former Vice President of the Southeast region for Archstone, the second-largest multifamily developer in the U.S. He previously held senior-level positions at JPI and Trammell Crow Residential. His more than 30 years of experience in development and design of multifamily residential units includes the construction of 15,000 apartments and a number of mixed-use developments. Mr. Suarez earned a Degree in Architecture and a Degree in Building Construction from the University of Florida.

Gordon Crozier, CPA, Director of Investments

With over 20 years of senior level financial experience, Mr. Crozier’s expertise in the residential real estate market was honed as CFO of the Southwest Florida Region of Beazer Homes and as the Director of Financial Operations for Atlantic Gulf Communities. Prior to joining Allen Morris, he was a CPA with Deloitte and Touche and directed financial efforts for several start-up companies in the charter school industry. Mr. Crozier earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University, as well as a Master of Science in Taxation from Florida International University.

Kevin Blakey, Director of Construction

Licensed General Contractor
Leveraging his diverse background that includes single family, low- and high-rise rental, high-rise condominium, commercial and assembly projects, Mr. Blakey has managed the construction of several of South Florida’s most prestigious residential projects during his more than 30 years in the industry, including the Portofino Tower, South Beach (47 stories, $92 million), Turnberry on the Green, Aventura (28 stories, $74 million), and 50 Biscayne, City of Miami (56 stories, $127 million).

The Allen Morris Company has consistently produced buildings that exceed even the highest standards of quality—from construction to laser-focused management of each property. The company has grown to one of the largest commercial real estate firms in the southeast with over $5.6 billion in gross business volume and 79 office, retail and industrial developments including the Florida headquarters for AT&T, the regional headquarters of FPL, IBM and CBS, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Miami.

“We invest in buildings for the long term,” says W. Allen Morris, Chairman and C.E.O. of The Allen Morris Company. “Our goal is to approach construction design in a way that considers the quality, architecture, design and materials to create a lasting and thoughtful development for the community where we ourselves would love to work or live.”

“We will continue to enforce these standards and maintain our ambitious vision for Allen Morris Residential around Florida and the Southeastern U.S.,” says Mr. Morris. “I am extremely confident in the team we’ve assembled to lead us to another 55 years of success in every area of mixed-use development.”

About The Allen Morris Company

The Allen Morris Company is one of the largest real estate firms in the Southeast U.S. specializing in office, industrial, retail and residential development, leasing, property management, and brokerage. With offices in Miami, Coral Gables, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, and Jacksonville, The Allen Morris Company has served its business and investment clients for over 55 years. The company has successfully developed 79 office, industrial and retail buildings for businesses and major corporations throughout Florida and Georgia and will shortly be announcing the development of their 80th project in Brickell by its newest venture, Allen Morris Residential and a series of multi-family rental apartment projects around Florida.

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