FORT MYERS, FL-Sperry Van Ness, a national commercial real estate investment firm, is looking to expand into the Southwest Florida area.The company “is selectively looking to award affiliations to the highest-quality advisers” in that area’s commercial real estate market, according to a company statement. It is targeting Collier and Lee counties due to their economic strength. The Collier County population increased 65% in the 1990s and is still growing, as are retail sales and the work force. Fort Myers, a major city in Lee County, is considered a commercial hub.”Sperry Van Ness is expanding into Southwest Florida because this region has experienced tremendous growth and positive community policies,” Anderson explains in the statement. “We will be awarding Sperry Van Ness affiliations to … three professionals in the Naples and Fort Myers area.”The firm expects to open the office in mid-summer. Sperry Van Ness senior vice president Jerry Anderson, who focuses on strategic business development, is responsible for the firm’s Florida growth. The move is part of the company’s national expansion program. The firm has grown from nine to more than 100 regions in roughly two years.

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