Real Estate Visionary: An individual whose approach to real-estate development is improving the quality of life and community image. This may include residential or commercial development at the affordable or luxury levels, or education efforts related to development and its impacts.
▪ Tibor Hollo, founder of Florida East Coast Realty and urban living pioneer
▪ Stephen Owens, president of Swire Properties, developers of Brickell CityCentre
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▪ Stanley Whitman, founder and developer, Bal Harbour Shops
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Tibor Hollo founded FECR over 60 years ago, developing over 60 million square feet of residential, commercial, retail and industrial space. A true visionary, Hollo was the first to envision urban living in Miami with his Omni and Venetia projects in the Arts & Entertainment District, as well as the first high-rise office building on Brickell Avenue (444 Brickell).
Even now, at 88-years-old, Hollo is developing the most electrifying projects in Miami, including the under-construction Panorama Tower, which will feature 821 luxury apartments and be the tallest building in Florida, One Bayfront Plaza, an iconic mixed-use project that will be the tallest building south of New York, and 1201 Brickell Bay, a landmark residential development on Brickell’s last waterfront site.
Additionally, he and his wife established the Tibor & Sheila Hollo Charitable Foundation to support causes throughout the community that are close to their hearts. In 2012, they partnered with FIU to create the Hollo School of Real Estate, and, for almost a decade, they have supported Dr. Mehmet Oz’s HealthCorps, educating local high school students on health and nutrition.
As president of Swire Properties, Stephen Owens has played a central role in the urban transformation of Miami for more than three decades. The complete master-planning and incremental build-out of Brickell Key in downtown Miami, an island city within the city, beginning in the 1970s and now entering its final phase, represents a major mixed-use urban development praised for its masterful planning. Steve is also the driving force behind Brickell City Centre, which is transforming Miami’s Brickell neighborhood from a historically international finance hub to a true urban center and a leading shopping, dining and entertainment destination.
Brickell City Centre has so far created close to 3,000 jobs, has enhanced one of Miami’s Metromover stations, created pedestrian-friendly spaces and invested hundreds of thousands of dollars to move historic trees from its construction site to their new home in Museum Park. Steve serves on FIU's President's Council as brand ambassador and is a mentor to students in the college of architecture to advocate for sustainable development.
Stanley Whitman: When Bal Harbour Shops opened in 1965, its owner and developer Stanley F. Whitman had long ago bought into the belief that South Florida was Paradise Found: A young Whitman and his growing family were among the 25 pioneering families that incorporated Bal Harbour Village in 1946. The picturesque seaside town would soon inspire him to transform a dusty old World War II POW camp there into the global luxury retail icon that it is today.
His early vision — an intimate outdoor shopping experience that blended top luxury brands with South Florida’s tropical beauty — was ahead of its time. Under Stanley’s forward-thinking leadership, the Shops have followed a steady upward trajectory, earning recognition as the world’s most productive shopping center in sales per square foot. Today, Bal Harbour Shops is the standard-bearer for luxury retail in South Florida, and a third generation of Whitmans is proudly carrying Stanley’s vision forward.