(Carl Cronan is editor of RealEstateFlorida.)

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TAMPA, FL-John Flavin has joined Opus South Corp. as VP of thecompany's Florida region based here. He succeeds Jerry Shaw, whorecently departed Opus South to launch his own developmentfirm.

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Flavin, who began his new job April 1 and is in the process ofrelocating to Tampa, tells GlobeSt.com one of his first tasks withOpus South will be to assess development and investmentopportunities throughout Florida in the office, industrial,government, institutional and retail sectors. An immediatepriority, he says, will be leasing up two new 107,200-sf officebuildings: Tampa Oaks II, at Interstate 75 and Fletcher Avenue, andUniversity Corporate Center III, in Orlando's Quadrangle BusinessPark.

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"What we're trying to do now is find the optimum locations toadvance our skills," Flavin says. "I feel like a new crew chief inNASCAR. All the skills are there now, it's just a matter of finetuning instead of rebuilding."

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Flavin, a 25-year real estate veteran, is formerly president andCEO of Gates Capital Group, a construction and development firm inNaples, FL. Prior to joining Gates Capital two years ago, he spent15 years in senior management positions with the North Americansubsidiary of British-based Grosvenor Group. He also was previouslywith the Oliver Carr Co. in Washington, DC, from 1983 until1991.

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"John has an extensive and diverse real estate background, whichwill serve us well as Opus South diversifies our portfolioofferings in Florida and expands into new areas and product types,"Hunter Barrier, president and CEO of Opus South in Atlanta, said ina news release. Flavin is a graduate of the US Air Force Academy,and earned a law degree from Duke University as well as an MBA fromHarvard University.

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As reported byGlobeSt.com, Shaw departed his longtime post as senior VP ofreal estate at Opus South on March 31 to establish Edge Developmentand Consulting Inc. in Tampa, where he is now president. Shaw sayshe planned to leave before Barrier was named president of thecompany and its headquarters effectively moved from Tampa toAtlanta.

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Established in 1981, Opus South has additional Florida officesin Naples, Orlando and Pensacola, and currently has three millionsf of space planned or under development. It is one of fiveregional companies within the Minneapolis-based Opus Group.

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