Cord Butler

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Jacksonville native and seasoned real estate professional Cord Butler is the President of The Cordell Group, a full service boutique commercial real estate brokerage and consulting firm. Butler has over 30 years of experience in both real estate and finance. His background emphasizes the critical areas of experience required of today's real estate professional in handling commercial sales, leasing, tenant representation, site selection, disposition and valuation. In addition to owning his own business, Butler brokered with CBRE and was the Director of Real Estate for First Coast Energy (Shell Oil/Daily’s), a joint venture with Motiva. Prior to that, he worked in mortgage banking and as a Commercial Real Estate Appraiser with The Rogers Appraisal Group. Having acquired a real estate background from virtually all aspects of the business, Butler has developed a truly unique skill set adaptable to a wide variety of transactions, property types and situations involving commercial real estate.

Experience

Principal
The Cordell Group
Jan 2006 – Present (14 yrs 7 mos)

Principal/Owner of boutique commercial real estate firm established in 2006 that specializes in all facets of commercial real estate brokerage including sales, landlord & tenant representation, site selection, investment sales, disposition of bank owned properties, urban revitalization/infill - adaptive reuse projects, and complex assemblages. I achieve the maximum value for clients disposing of real estate and significantly reduces occupancy costs for clients acquiring real estate with in-depth market knowledge, financial analysis and skilled negotiation.

Vice President/Principal
Metrovest Properties, Inc.
Aug 2004 – Dec 2006 (2 yrs 5 mos)

Partner in commercial real estate brokerage firm specializing in sales and leasing for infill and urban revitalization areas. Specific areas included San Marco, Riverside and St. Augustine.

Director, Real Estate
First Coast Energy, LLC
Jul 2002 – Aug 2004 (2 yrs 2 mos)

Director of Real Estate for Shell Oil Partner with portfolio comprising over 200 convenience store, service station and retail properties. Actively involved in all phases of site selection from negotiation, contract administration, due diligence, site planning, permitting and closing. Responsible for critical compliance issues related to site development including zoning, land-use, concurrency and access. Experience in working on multi-parcel assemblages, ground leases, purchase options, deed restrictions, various easement agreements and rights of first refusal.  Managed acquisition of new sites and disposition of second generation portfolio with cumulative value in excess of $20MM.  Successfully developed strategic alliances with key developers having representative clients including Lowes, Publix, Winn Dixie, Walgreens and Eckerds/CVS.

Industrial Associate
CBRE
Jan 2000 – Aug 2002 (2 yrs 8 mos)

Represented owners and tenants in the marketing and negotiation of both sales and leases involving a wide variety of transactions on facilities ranging from 1,000 SF upward to 120,000 SF.  Awarded CB Richard Ellis 2000 Rookie of the Year with over $6MM in listings.

President
Gulfstream Financial / Hometrust Financial Services, Inc.
Jan 1995 – Dec 1999 (5 yrs)

Employed as originator, manager and ultimately owner/principal of mortgage banking and brokerage operation in three states including North Carolina, South Carolina and Colorado. Responsibilities included development of budgets, office and employee management, business development and compliance issues related to operation of a mortgage brokerage.

Commercial Real Estate Appraiser
The Rogers Appraisal Group, Inc.
Sep 1987 – Dec 1994 (7 yrs 4 mos)

Completed over 250 narrative commercial real estate appraisals covering a broad spectrum of properties including retail, office, industrial, multi-family, hotel and vacant acreage.  Experienced in valuation of all relevant valuation techniques and completed education credits through Appraisal Institute, receiving required experience credits toward MAI designation.

Education

University of North Florida
Coggin College of Business
BBA, Real Estate and Urban Land Economics
(1987 – 1990)
 
Jacksonville Episcopal High School
(1980 – 1983)

Licenses, Certifications, Affiliations

Florida Licensed Real Estate Broker

Skills

  • Valuation
  • Contract Negotiation
  • Due Diligence
  • Disposition
  • Tenant Representation
  • Investment Analysis
  • Real Estate Appraisal
  • Problem Solving
  • Contract Management
  • Lease Negotiations

Jacksonville School for Autism
Non-profit private school dedicated to helping individuals with Autism
Board Member (2020 -  present)

Beaver Street Enterprise Center
A Fresh Ministries Initiative
Board Member (2018 – present)

Atlantic Beach Athletic Association
Little League Baseball Coach for 8 seasons
All Stars and State

Family and Interests
A Jacksonville native, Cord lives in Atlantic Beach with his wife Joy and two children, Ella (and undergrad at FSU) and C.J.  He enjoys spending time with his family, boating, water skiing, in-shore fishing and golf.


Douglas G. Maier

HIGHLIGHTS OF QUALIFICATIONS

  • Over 30 years of construction and development management experience
  • Thoroughly experienced in all aspects of land acquisition, development, and construction
  • Key consultant for the approval of Developments of Regional Impact (DRI’s), Plan Unit Developments (PUD’s) and Golf & Country Club Communities
  • Extensive knowledge and practice in public (CDD) and private infrastructure facilities
  • Hands-on experience as general manager, project manager, superintendent and craftsman
  • Repeated success in completing projects on time and within budget while maintaining high quality
  • Expertise in land acquisition for improved, unimproved and distressed properties
  • Managed and coordinated lots sales to national and regional builders 
  • Constructed over 3,500 single family homes and multi-family units
  • Entitled and/or developed over 15,000 single family lots
  • Managed the start-up of three home building operations
  • Responsible for the overall profitability of land development and home building operations


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Accomplished in acquisition and management of all phases of development and construction in residential, commercial, and master planned communities. Responsible for engaging all personnel including project management, land brokers, field staff, office administration, suppliers, subcontractors, engineers, and other consultants.

MANAGEMENT OF EXTERNAL OPERATIONS

  • Successfully directed projects sized from 10 to 500 million as owner’s representative
  • Responsible for the site development activities from inception, entitlement, and permitting through construction and build-out
  • Provided due diligence to acquire real estate properties, prepared analyses and recommendations
  • Established construction procedures / schedules / quality control / product delivery
  • Responsible for product development from conception through sale to homebuyer
  • Directed the preparation and processing of architectural and civil drawings 
  • Negotiated contracts, coordinated contract work and managed daily field activities
  • Supervised earthwork, underground utilities, road improvements and public facilities
  • Supervised the preparation of engineering drawings / submittals / shop drawings
  • Developed model homes / sales facilities / selection centers
  • Developed golf courses with all pertinent facilities: clubhouse, maintenance, recreation, etc.
  • Coordinated environmental permits: ACOE / SJRWMD / FDEP / EPA
  • Successfully coordinated the sale of a private utility to a public entity
  • Negotiated developer agreements with governmental agencies


MANAGEMENT OF INTERNAL OPERATIONS

  • Participated in forward planning for the entire company operations as a member of the executive management team
  • Established and monitored project budgets from land acquisition through development and build-out
  • Developed financial model assumptions and projections, evaluated land opportunities
  • Provided land planning oversight to optimize land values for highest and best use
  • Managed and coordinated land developments for national and regional builders
  • Facilitated builder lot takedowns, amendments, lot selections and sales and marketing efforts
  • Successfully monitored and maintained company cash flow
  • Monthly / annual / project / expenditure forecasting
  • Determined bulk delivery of land sales to merchant builders
  • Acquired construction financing through bank loans and Community Development Districts
  • Monitored project draw requests and financial submittals


SALES AND MARKETING

  • Implemented progressive pricing strategy for residential product
  • Skilled in identifying target markets and matching product to the end user
  • Established sales management & community sales representatives for new home construction
  • Monitored completion through statistical analysis & project evaluations
  • Designed and managed advertising program including media & signage
  • Implemented company purchase agreements / change orders / buyer selection process
  • Developed homebuyer warranty manuals and design guidelines and implemented CC&R’s 
  • Effectively conducted sales transaction negotiations
  • Organized buyer upgrade program as a profit center
  • Established and maintained successful builder/homeowner association relationship


EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

2006 – PRESENT President, Maier Development Solutions, LLC & Partner/The Amenities Group, LLC
12786 Hunt Club Road North
Jacksonville, FL  32224

1997 – 2006 Vice President of Development
The St. JOE Company (Arvida)
Jacksonville, FL 32224

General Manager & Vice President
Pacific Heritage Homes Inc.
Lake Oswego, OR 97068

Director of Construction & Vice President
Beztak Companies, Monogram Homes Inc.
Farmington Hills, MI 48334

Vice President of Construction
Delcor Homes Inc.
Milford, MI 48381

Construction Project Manager
Home Capital Development Group
(Subsidiary of Home Federal Savings & Loan)
San Diego, CA 92101

Construction Superintendent
Pacific Scene Inc.
San Diego, CA 92101

Naval Officer, United States Navy
Naval Reserve

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science – Madonna University, Livonia, Michigan
Graduate, United States Naval Officer Candidate School, Rhode Island (Commissioned Officer)
Professional Certificate in Real Estate Development - University of California at San Diego
(1984-1990) – Courses in Real Estate Development, Construction & Environmental Management

PAST & CURRENT PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS & AFFLIATIONS

Licensed General Contractor - State of Florida (Active Status CGC #1510122)
Licensed Inspector - State of Florida (Active Status)
Licensed General Contractor - State of California (Inactive Status)
Licensed Building Contractor - State of Michigan (Inactive Status)

CDD Board Member - Developer Representative – Tison’s Landing CDD (Yellow Bluff Landing)
POA Board Member – Jacksonville Golf & Country Club
POA Board Member - Yellow Bluff Landing
POA Board Member - Old San Jose on the River
Previous CDD Board Member - Moultrie Creek CDD
Previous Board Member - James Island, Sawmill Lakes & St, Johns Golf & Country Club

Member of Jacksonville Northeast Florida Builders Association
Member of Urban Land Institute
Member NACHI - National Association of Home Inspectors

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The Cordell Group
Commercial Real Estate Broker
Cord Butler, Broker

60 Ocean Blvd., Suite 15
Atlantic Beach, Florida
Phone: (904) 465-1000
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