Co-Founder & Managing Principal
Forge Capital Partners
Mr. Collins is Co-Founder and Managing Principal of Forge Capital Partners (“Forge”). Mr. Collins directs all private equity activities for Forge and is the CEO of Forge’s real estate private equity fund business. Forge’s real estate funds are private institutional real estate investment partnerships focused on acquiring and developing income- producing commercial real estate throughout the southeastern United States and Puerto Rico. Over the last 15 years, Mr. Collins has overseen more than $1 billion of real estate and corporate transactions including over five million square feet of commercial and residential real estate acquisitions.
Prior to co-founding Forge, Mr. Collins spent 5 years a Managing Director at Rock Creek Capital, located in Jacksonville, Florida. At the time, Rock Creek was one of the Southeast’s largest private equity firms and has backed several successful companies across the United States. Additionally, Rock Creek was involved in large land acquisitions and developments as well as the timber investment business having co-founded a TIMCO focused on the southeast United States.
Prior to joining Rock Creek, Mr. Collins served as a Manager with the Florida State Board of Administration (Florida’s Public Pension Fund) in Tallahassee, Florida. During this time, Mr. Collins was directly engaged with major economic issues involving the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund, The Florida Division of Bond Finance and The Department of Treasury. Mr. Collins was a member of the search and selection committee for external equity and private equity managers as well as the Asset Allocation Committee.
Prior to joining Rock Creek, Mr. Collins served four years as Chief of Staff to Florida State Senator Charles Williams. In this capacity, he was regularly involved with major economic and social issues impacting the State of Florida.
Mr. Collins earned his B.S. in Finance as well as a MBA from Florida State University.
Mr. Collins is a frequent guest speaker and lecturer on private equity and real estate across the country. Mr. Collins is a member of the Urban Land Institute. Mr. Collins is a Trustee of the Boys Scouts of America National Foundation and chairs its Investment Committee. Mr. Collins is a Trustee of the Florida State University Foundation and is a member of the Investment Committee for the University Endowment Fund. In January of 2013, Mr. Collins was appointed by the Trustees of the State Pension Fund and confirmed by the Florida Senate for a four year term to the Advisory Board of the State of Florida Pension Fund.