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(Carl Cronan is editor of Real EstateFlorida.)

TAMPA, FL-John Flavin has joined Opus South Corp. as VP of the company’s Florida region based here. He succeeds Jerry Shaw, who recently departed Opus South to launch his own development firm.

Flavin, who began his new job April 1 and is in the process of relocating to Tampa, tells GlobeSt.com one of his first tasks with Opus South will be to assess development and investment opportunities throughout Florida in the office, industrial, government, institutional and retail sectors. An immediate priority, he says, will be leasing up two new 107,200-sf office buildings: Tampa Oaks II, at Interstate 75 and Fletcher Avenue, and University Corporate Center III, in Orlando’s Quadrangle Business Park.

“What we’re trying to do now is find the optimum locations to advance our skills,” Flavin says. “I feel like a new crew chief in NASCAR. All the skills are there now, it’s just a matter of fine tuning instead of rebuilding.”

Flavin, a 25-year real estate veteran, is formerly president and CEO of Gates Capital Group, a construction and development firm in Naples, FL. Prior to joining Gates Capital two years ago, he spent 15 years in senior management positions with the North American subsidiary of British-based Grosvenor Group. He also was previously with the Oliver Carr Co. in Washington, DC, from 1983 until 1991.

“John has an extensive and diverse real estate background, which will serve us well as Opus South diversifies our portfolio offerings in Florida and expands into new areas and product types,” Hunter Barrier, president and CEO of Opus South in Atlanta, said in a 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 from Harvard University.

As reported by GlobeSt.com, Shaw departed his longtime post as senior VP of real estate at Opus South on March 31 to establish Edge Development and Consulting Inc. in Tampa, where he is now president. Shaw says he planned to leave before Barrier was named president of the company and its headquarters effectively moved from Tampa to Atlanta.

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

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