Frank Weed is a Member of the Board of Advisors and is Chairman and COO of The Americas Group Real Estate LLC (theamericasgrouprealestate.com), has over 30 years of exceptional experience and successful leadership in the development, sales and marketing and management of distinguished real estate communities. He was President and Chief Operating Officer of Medallist Developments, Inc. North America from 2001 to 2007 and managed the North American Division of Medallist, owned jointly by Greg Norman’s Great White Enterprises and Macquarie Bank, the largest investment bank in Australia.
The company developed large scale communities either independently or with strategic partners focusing on maximizing the brand of Greg Norman. These communities, amenities, and luxury residential products garnered many awards for environmental leadership, design standards, signage, graphics, merchandising, and sales success and have featured prominently as examples of outstanding development in their markets.
He was Senior Vice President of Atlantic Gulf Communities Corporation from 1996 to 2001 where he started and managed a company division for residential/resort development, the West Bay Club which is a luxury private country club community located between Naples and Fort Myers, FL and had achieved initial sales of over $100 million. The community of 858 acres and
770 residential units from $170,000 to $3.2 million features a Pete and P.B. Dye championship course which hosted the College Golf Match Play Championship. Amenities include Sports
Club, River Park, Beach Club and Golf Club. Residential products feature carriage homes, patio villas, single family homes, and high rise residential towers. The West Bay Club was recognized as an Audubon International Signature Sanctuary – the 20th designated sanctuary in the world. In addition, Builder Magazine recognized West Bay Club as one of the five best new communities in the country. West Bay Club received recognition and many other awards for
environmental stewardship, marketing, and planning.
Frank was President and Chief Executive Officer of Island Developers, Ltd. , the master developers of ultra exclusive Fisher Island club community in Miami, Florida from 1993 to
1996. He redirected and implemented the development, operational and marketing plans for this unique residential island. Fisher Island is a 216 acre residential and resort community just south of Miami Beach in Biscayne Bay. During his management, the island reached new levels in sales of $100 million annually, a 250% increase, operational efficiencies, client satisfaction and real estate product differentiation. Fisher Island is a community reached only by water or air and is known for its international clientele from 40 countries. It is distinguished by its security and extraordinary amenities, including an internationally known spa, tennis facilities featuring grass, clay and hard courts, and championship golf course. The island and its facilities have been recognized worldwide as among the finest anywhere.
From 1991 to 1993 he was Senior Vice President and General Manager of DKM Residential Properties Corp in Princeton, New Jersey where he managed a residential division with emphasis on planned recreational residential communities in New Jersey market. Featured development was Cherry Valley, a luxury residential country club community. This community features a Rees Jones golf course and was nominated by Golf Digest in the “Best New Private Club” category. Model homes in this community were featured on the cover of Builder Magazine and recognized for their excellence.
Frank was Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of LJ Hooker Homes of Atlanta, Georgia from 1986 to 1991 and was Responsible for Eastern United States operation consisting of home building divisions in Atlanta, Tampa, Orlando, and Raleigh. He initiated new divisions in Washington D.C. and south Florida and managed divisions in Dallas/Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Phoenix, after an organizational restructuring. They constructed 1,200 single family homes per annum in the $100,000 to $400,000 price range.
He was President of the Florida Residential Division of Zaremba Development Company of Ft. Lauderdale &Vero Beach, Florida from 1984, a multi-faceted residential development company of resort communities, custom homes, marinas, apartments, and utilities. Frank directed the development of communities for both primary and secondary market segments, including Sea Oaks, located in Vero Beach which was designated “Best Development in the Southeast” by the Southeastern Builders Conference and rated a “5 Star Tennis Resort” by Tennis Magazine. It also won several national awards sponsored by Builder Magazine for sales and marketing accomplishments. Zaremaba developed 1200 rental units in Boca Raton, Ft. Lauderdale and Miami, Florida.
Frank was with Arvida Corporation in Boca Raton, Florida in 1980 thru 1984 where he served as Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Boca West, responsible for a 1,400 acre mixed-use development, encompassing four golf courses, 40 tennis courts, 150-room condominium/hotel, and long-term rental programs. In addition, he directed the long-term planning of a 1,000 acre Planned Unit Development – Broken Sound Country Club. He was also in charge of marketing, design changes and initial sales of The Addison, two 15-sory luxury high rise condominium buildings (180 units). From 1976 to 1980 he was a loan officer with the First National Bank of Chicago in Atlanta, Georgia and was involved with financing of construction projects, credit lines, second mortgages, stand-by commitments, etc. for developments located in
11 southeastern states. He was also involved with “work-out” projects such as the Omni (Atlanta), Big Canoe (Atlanta, Kingspoint Housing (South Florida), and other projects throughout the southeastern United States and arranged financing from $5 million to $15 million.
Frank was a Decorated United States Navy Diving Officer and served in Vietnam, Hawaii and Alaska. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in American Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Board and Community Affiliations:
Selected as one of the nation’s most influential developers of golf communities by Golf, Inc.
Advisory Committee for the Environmental Institute of Golf – GCSAA Board Member of The College Golf Foundation
AMSouth Bank – City Director
Urban Land Institute - Member
National Association of Homebuilders - Member
Local Planning, Economic Development and Chamber Organizations
Recipient of Key to City of Miami Beach
Selected as one of the most influential business leaders – Miami, FL Various Charitable and Civic Organizations
Active in fund raising for charitable organization