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Jeff Forsythe

Jeff Forsythe

VIP Realty-Commercial
Business Broker
Lee County, FL
VIP Realty-Commercial

About Me

As a former small business owner and corporate executive, Jeff provides a wealth of life experience as well as practical business acumen to assist his real estate clients. After many years of personal real estate investment activity, he reached the decision to become a full-time real estate professional and joined VIP Realty-Commercial because of its reputation as the area’s premier agency for commercial and investment property. He believes firmly that his clients’ interests and goals are of paramount importance and that starts with investing the time necessary to fully understand all aspects of the client’s criteria for what they will consider as a successful outcome. Once that is well understood and defined, he marshals all personal and agency resources to achieve that outcome with precision and diligence. Got a problem to solve? There is nobody more resourceful and creative with finding the solution. A following is summary of his pre-real estate background: • Executive positions with national retail chains, management and retail consulting • Residential and commercial construction industry • Manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution • Small business consulting • Commercial property development and investment Jeff originates from the Midwest, learning a small business work-ethic from his parents growing up on a small farm in Wisconsin and later working in their family retail businesses in Minnesota – an office supply and printing business, a book and stationery store, and a Best Western motel. After attending college at St. John’s University, he went to work for Sears Roebuck, working his way up the corporate ladder to the level of vice president as the national director of distribution systems, headquartered in Chicago at the Sears Tower. After 20 years in the corporate world, Jeff moved to Clearwater, Florida as a partner in a new retail systems and consulting enterprise that served major corporations in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Among his US clients were Sears, Target Stores, Mervyn’s, Macy’s, The Gap, American Airlines, Philips Electronics, and Discover Card. After 10 years, when family priorities necessitated a return to his roots in Minnesota, he partnered with family members to create a specialty millwork business that served both commercial and residential construction. In parallel, ventures in real estate presented themselves and eventually led to this being a new full-time career where clients benefit from his large and small business background. Throughout his life, Jeff has been active in community service organizations with a focus on local prosperity and charitable endeavors. Included among these were YMCA programs, youth counseling and mentoring programs through his local parish, builder’s associations, and the local chamber of commerce.


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