John Connell began his Real Estate Practice in 1970, at the age of eighteen. His specialty was buying valuable land and developing subdivisions. After selling the lots to his representing Builders, John would then list and market the lots to perspective buyers.
In 1982, John Connell partnered with Ken Manziek and formed Connell & Manziek Realty, Inc. Together their partnership represents a unique and dynamic combination of Expertise, Excellence, and Success. Today, Connell & Manziek Realty, Inc. remains the largest independantly owned real estate company in Northwest Florida.
Over the past 25 years, John Baars Connell has Developed or Co-Developed Subdivisions such as Inverness, Windermere, Seashore Village, Lighthouse Pointe, Cordova Estates, Cordova Place, and The Whispers, just to name a few.
His office Developments and Co-Developments in Northwest Florida include IBM, Xerox, GMAC Finance Co., U.S. Armed Forces Recruiting Center and many others.
In 1985, John Connell and Jim Cronley won the famed "Aurora Award" for the Best Commercial Developement, "Cordova Square" for the South East United States. Several years later, he was Co-Developer and Co-owner of "Cordova Collections" Shopping Center anchored by Target and Winn Dixie and Co-Developer of the 220 unit Condo "Villas on the Square" and the 76 unit Townhouse Center "Towne Square".
Currently John Connell is a partner in the Airport Hampton Hotel and the Homewood Suites.
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