Welsh Companies Florida, Inc. was formed by George Vukobratovich in Naples, Florida in 1996. With hard work and dedication from all of his employees they have made the vision of a professional commercial real estate company a reality. As President and Broker of the Company, George Vukobratovich brings over 30 years of real estate experience including ten years of experience working with the cities of Naples and Chicago. He has been involved in the brokerage, development, management and leasing of office buildings, retail centers, warehouse facilities, mixed use retail, as well as ground up development. Additionally, he has been involved in several complex receiverships through the Collier County Courts. George has developed an excellent reputation in the marketplace through his commitment to results, concern for the client, attention to detail and high standards of service. He understands that service to the client is only accomplished when all members of the Welsh team work together. That's why he assembled a well-organized staff, each one bringing something special to the company mix. George realizes that success takes a great deal of hard work and perseverance. George holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Behavioral Psychology from George Williams College in Downers Grove, Illinois, as well as a Masters Degree in Urban Design and Business Administration. George obtained his Florida Real Estate License in 1987 and his Florida Real Estate Broker's License in 1996. Over the years George has worked with many well-known local, national, and international companies including: Tamiami Ford, Naples Dodge, Artis-Naples, Westinghouse Communities, Wells Fargo, Barclays Bank of London, Uccello Immobilien, and Citigroup. Further references for particular projects are available upon request.
LORI A. COOK
EXECUTIVE VP CFO
The growth business in Florida increases each day. With these businesses comes the need for day-to-day accounting and property management services. Welsh Companies Florida Inc. recognizes the special needs of commercial properties. Lori Cook is the Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer, and her division is devoted to seeing to the every day accounting needs of the company. Lori has over 17 years of experience in accounting and property management. This department's responsibilities include preparing budgets, collecting rent, tenant relations and reporting to owners. Over the years Lori has had hands-on experience in managing a large variety of properties such as surgical/medical office buildings, Class "A" retail centers, multi-user industrial property and even a 100 slip marina. She has extensive knowledge of all aspects of property management, from the financial accounting to the physical maintenance. Lori takes great pride in her attention to details and the ability to work well with tenants, vendors and owners. She never hesitates to take that extra step. Prior to joining Welsh Companies Fl, Inc., Lori was employed as the Director of Property Management for John R. Wood, Inc., a local real estate company.
JAMES E. DOANE, JR.
VP OF LEASING & BROKERAGE
Within the Naples/Ft Myers market, diversity is paramount towards helping the client make comprehensive and knowledgeable decisions. Jim Doane exemplifies the broad scope of services and market understanding that the Welsh team provides to its clients. Holding a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Business from Rollins College, Jim easily comprehends the financial goals of the client, and their probabilities considering the realities of the marketplace. Jim represents Welsh Companies Florida, Inc., regarding several professional affiliations, including: the Economic Development Counsel of Collier County, the International Council of Shopping Centers, and as a candidate for the CCIM designation. Drawing from a financial and development background, Jim's focus has been the development and lease-up of projects in North Naples. Current responsibilities primarily include Class "A & B" office leasing, and investment sales in both Lee and Collier Counties. Jim's forte is formulating and implementing strategies toward building and maintaining net asset value. Whether representing our brokerage division, the local businessman, or national corporation, Jim applies comprehensive and in-depth fore-thought to every business decision.
JORDAN D. POPPA
ASSET MANAGER - GENERAL CONTRACTOR
Jordan Poppa has been with Welsh since 2004 where he has served as a construction and asset manager with a continual record of success overseeing all phases of commercial management, construction, and renovation for private-sector clients. Jordan's experience includes management and operation of 32 commercial properties in southwest Florida, including a wide range of industrial, retail, medical and classes A office buildings. His construction background stems from invaluable lessons learned while growing up in a family-owned general contracting business in Ohio. Building on his family's 50 year track record of successful construction projects, he is now transferring the knowledge and skill gained in construction to Southwest Florida as a state certified General Contractor. Jordan's diverse experience is backed by a strong education in the sciences and business from Eckerd College, where he graduated with high honors while majoring in Marine Science and minoring in Business. With professional credentials, substantial management experience and a proven history of on-time, on-budget and high-quality project completions, Jordan is an integral part of Welsh's commercial real-estate team.
Julian Stokes has actively counseled and advised clients on the valuation, sale, leasing, management and development of commercial and residential real estate assets throughout Southwest Florida since 1975. Julian served as the Managing Director/principal of Kushman Stokes Armalavage, Inc. from 1977-1989, Senior Managing Director/owner of Appraisal Research Corp. from 1990-2000 and Integra Realty Resources-SWF from 2000-2010. In 2010 Julian left private practice to join the Collier County Property Appraiser as Director of Special Projects and Chief Deputy from 2010-2013. In May of 2013 Julian returned to private practice with ARC Realty Advisors, Inc. In March of 2016 Julian joined the Welsh Companies as a consultant and broker. Julian’s unique professional prospective is a blend of his educational background which includes formal training in urban land economics, macro and micro economics, real estate finance, real estate feasibility, construction, and land development. His market experience in sales, leasing, management, and valuation disciplines combine to bring practical real world answers to complex real estate assignments. He has been actively involved as a consultant and/or member of a consultant team on various major development and land use projects for institutional and private clients over the past 30+ years.
PROPERTY MANAGER - Leasing
Ryan joined Welsh Companies in December of 2010 to assist in the management of properties in Naples, Ft. Myers, and Cape Coral. From commercial retail and office spaces Ryan has a wide range of skills and responsibilities. Ryan helps to make the property profitable by keeping it well maintained, managing vendor activities and attending to daily operations. Ryan is a very proactive individual who takes every necessary step to make owners and tenants satisfied, through face-to-face contact and frequent property visits. Ryan's positive attitude, exceptional follow-ups, organization and communication skills allows him to work successfully in this business. It is Ryan's goal to manage Welsh's clients the "Welsh Way", by utilizing the latest advances in technology combined with an emphasis organization so that it operates with increased efficiency and accuracy, with fresh ideas and perspectives, a strong work ethic, and a commitment to excellence.
Ashley earned her B.A. in Economics, along with a minor in Statistics, from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is originally from Maryland, but after visiting Naples several times in the last few years, she decided to relocate in 2013. Due to her educational background, Ashley has robust analytical abilities and numeracy skills. She is detail-minded, with a strong work ethic, and is always willing to learn new things. Ashley is responsible for the daily AP and AR, sales tax, and any special projects assigned by CFO, Lori Cook.
GEORGE A. VUKOBRATOVICH
George is the newest addition to Welsh Companies as a property manager. He has extensive experience in all aspects of property management including trade work, project management, tenant improvements, and landscape site planning. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail assist in his responsibilities to develop, communicate and monitor property budgets on a timely basis in a manner that supports the financial expectations of the client and allows the property to remain within budget. His ability to establish strong interpersonal relations with team members, tenants, and vendors make him a valuable asset to the Welsh team.
Mark Edwards began his career here at Welsh working as an administrative assistant in the leasing and brokerage division. His strong work ethic and ability to produce consistent results has allowed Welsh Companies to expand his role into property management over the last couple years. This transition has been natural and has allowed Mark to use his decades of experience as a marketing specialist and former business owner to navigate his way through the myriad of situations that arise in property management. Mark seamlessly facilitates meeting the needs of the clients and tenants seeking assistance from Welsh Companies, by using innate communication skills and thorough due diligence. He excels at being a liaison between tenants, owners and other brokers which facilitates an open line of communication that allows building long term relationships which are integral to achieve growth in today’s marketplace. Mark was born and raised in Naples, and earned a degree in Business Administration from Stetson University.
Christina joined Welsh Companies in 2016 as an Administrative Assistant. She brings to the table a wide range of skills including management, sales, marketing, and client relations experience. She moved to Naples in early 2016 after graduating with a B.S. in Hospitality Management from the Rosen College of Hospitality of The University of Central Florida. She is an ambitious, highly personable individual whose strong character and determination will greatly complement the Welsh organization.
Office Manager & ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT