Nathan Collier

Nathan Collier
The Collier Companies

Nathan S. Collier is founder and chairman of The Collier Companies, a developer, manager, and owner of multifamily housing with headquarters in Gainesville, Florida, home of the state’s flagship university, University of Florida. Under The Collier Companies umbrella, Collier owns more than 45 properties and approximately 11,000+ apartments in Gainesville, Ocala, Orlando, Tampa, Tallahassee, and other Florida locations, as well as in Norman, Oklahoma, and Athens, Georgia. The Collier Companies has consistently been ranked within the top 25 largest student housing owners as well as top student housing management companies in the country by Student Housing Business magazine.

Mr. Collier endowed the Nathan S. Collier Master of Science in Real Estate program at University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business Administration, where he teaches a real estate case studies course. He is lead author of “Construction Funding: The Process of Real Estate Development, Appraisal, and Finance,” published by John Wiley & Sons, now in its 4th edition and published in Chinese and Korean. Collier has written over 1200+ posts related to personal development, leadership and real estate for his personal; he also published a compilation of his blogs in an E-book entitled “99 Thoughts to Help You Fill Your Life Management Tool Box”. Collier is a life member of the University of Florida Foundation and on the executive committees1 of Gator Boosters, Inc. and National MultiHousing Council, where he served as founding chair of the Student Housing Committee. He is on the Multifamily Board of Trustees for National Association of Home Builders and the board of UF’s Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies, is a member of Urban Land Institute, and is active in World Presidents’ Organization. Collier also serves as a member of Columbia University’s Columbia Journalism Review Board of Overseers.

A member of the Florida Bar and licensed in Florida as a real estate broker, a CPA, and a building contractor, Collier earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from University of Florida in 1974 and an MBA in 1978. He passed the CPA exam on the first sitting, scoring among the top 10 in that sitting in Florida. In 1982 he received a JD from University of Florida. Collier is a member of Harvard Business School’s OPM 25 class.

A generous supporter of the arts, Collier supports Gainesville’s Hippodrome State Theatre and Dance Alive National Ballet as well as the University of Florida’s Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Harn Museum, and Museum of Natural History. He also is a financial patron of New York City’s Central Park Zoo, Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum, Museum of Modern Art, American Museum of Natural History, Guggenheim Museum, and Metropolitan Museum of Art.