ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sealy & Company, a fully-integrated commercial real estate investment and operating company, is proud to announce a contribution of $20,125 to the Fort Myers Collaboratory as a result of a special initiative called “Source Deals, Serve Others” and involving brokers from JLL.
The donation was made on behalf of Brad Berzins, SIOR - Managing Director for JLL and John Dunphy, CCIM, SIOR – Senior Managing Director for JLL. “Source Deals, Serve Others” creates a way for Sealy & Company’s cooperating brokers to make a meaningful difference for causes they embrace. When a broker brings a qualified off-market deal to Sealy & Company and it is closed, Sealy delivers a preidentified contribution amount to the charity or cause of the broker’s choice, preferably to market in which the property was acquired.
“We are incredibly appreciative of the very generous donation by Sealy & Company and JLL,” said Sarah Owen, President and CEO of Collaboratory. “Companies and leadership like this will help us continue to support relief and recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Ian. Sealy & Company and JLL clearly exemplify an inherent responsibility to drive sustainability, technology, and corporate social responsibility efforts.”
Berzins and Dunphy brought the Westgate Industrial Park deal in Fort Myers, Fla., to John Nida, Sealy & Company’s Investment Services Southeast Regional Director. After successfully closing the transaction, Berzins and Dunphy selected Collaboratory as their charity of choice. Collaboratory continues to take a lead role in regional philanthropic support with an immediate focus on relief and recovery in the wake of Hurricane Ian. The massive scope of the recovery and resilience planning has created opportunities for innovative solutions to the issues facing residents in Lee County and throughout the region. Through philanthropic investments, such as the Source Deals, Serve Others donation, Collaboratory can utilize the flexible capital to seize emergent opportunities beyond those addressed with public funding.
“It is truly my honor to partner with Brad and John to support the Collaboratory and the rebuilding of a better, stronger Fort Myers and surrounding areas,” said John Nida, Investment Services Southeast Regional Director for Sealy & Company. “In 2022, Sealy & Company acquired properties in Lakeland and Fort Myers, heralding our re-entry into Florida’s industrial real estate market. We look forward to bringing our institutional quality management and operations, coupled with our community-driven approach to key Florida markets as we continue to seek opportunities in Fort Myers, Lakeland, Tampa, and Orlando. I am proud to be a part of Sealy & Company, which is living up to its commitment to making a positive impact.”
Added Berzins: “Working with Sealy & Company and John Nida on this transaction was a true pleasure. The deal was a ‘win-win’ for both the buyer and seller. The charitable contribution is an added benefit and shows the commitment of both Sealy and JLL to Southwest Florida and all communities they serve.”
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About Sealy & Company
Sealy & Company, a fully integrated commercial real estate investment and operating firm, is a recognized leader in acquiring, developing, and redeveloping regional distribution warehouses, industrial/flex, and other commercial properties. Sealy provides a full-service platform for high-net-worth individuals and institutional investors through our development, management, and brokerage divisions. Sealy & Company has an exceptional team of over 100 employees, with corporate offices in Dallas, TX and Shreveport, LA.
JLL is a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management. JLL shapes the future of real estate for a better world by using the most advanced technology to create rewarding opportunities, amazing spaces, and sustainable real estate solutions for our clients, our people, and our communities. JLL is a Fortune 500 company with annual revenue of $19.4 billion, operations in over 80 countries, and a global workforce of more than 102,000 as of June 30, 2022. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. For further information, visit jll.com.
Collaboratory is committed to coordinating the solving of all of Southwest Florida's social problems on an 18-year deadline, including homelessness, poverty, mental illness, racism, illiteracy, and more. Collaboratory was founded in 1976 as the Southwest Florida Community Foundation. It has made over $100 million in grants since then and is home to more than 650 philanthropic funds. It is upon that legacy of a commitment to the community we plan to fulfill that mission at the level of its greatest expression. As a Collaboratory, we will finish what we started.
To learn more and get involved, call 239-274-5900 or visit www.collaboratory.org.