Updated: Aug 24, 2019
I am thrilled to announce that Engel & Völkers Naples Bonita-Estero license partners Jim & Ellen Hollars, and Ryan Chiodo, and I have entered into an agreement in which I will be your managing broker, and a partner in the ownership of the company effective June 17, 2019.
Over the next several weeks I plan to meet with each of you, get to know you and learn what you believe we are doing well and where we have room for improvement such that collectively, we can craft a strategy for success to make our franchise the #1 Engel & Volkers franchise in Florida.
My role will be to: 1) help shape that strategy with you 2) make sure that you have the tools you need to be successful 3) recruit and retain talent (our advisors) and 4) bring some fun and positive energy to what we do.
I value transparency, accountability, and enthusiasm, and I pledge the same to you. By that I mean, I will be available when you need me in and out of the office. I will do my best to pick-up when you call, and if I am on another call, I will return your call promptly. Call me anytime, or feel free to stop into the office for a face to face visit.
Together, we are going to make it known that we at Engel & Volkers Naples Bonita-Estero are the very best at what we do.
I was born in Hopewell, VA, and grew up in Wilmington, DE. I graduated at the University of Alabama in 1991 with a degree in accounting and a minor in finance. After graduation I joined my late father’s construction firm as his CFO. Our firm, Minker Construction, Inc. became one of the largest construction company in Delaware. We were twice recognized by Fortune Magazine as one of the top 100, fastest growing, privately held, construction companies in the nation. We also built commercial office buildings for our own account. I began planning, leasing, financing and managing those office parks. That’s where my love of real estate began.
On a whim, my wife and I visited Naples and fell in love with it. So much so, that we decided to expand our business interests to include Southwest Florida, where we began investing in residential condos, single family homes and commercial properties. To facilitate those transactions, I obtained a broker’s license and began operating as Minker Properties, LLC. That was 20+ years ago.
We also invested in, and now own and manage a Minor League Baseball Team in Wilmington, Delaware, the Wilmington Blue Rocks (www.bluerocks.com).
I have been married to my wife, Maureen for 24 years. She is smarter, better educated, and prettier than me. She graduated Suma Cum Laude from Georgetown University with a degree in Mathematics and a Minor in physics and obtained her Masters in Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. She is a licensed architect in DE and FL and has a great working relationship with most of the City and County officials in their building departments and also with other local architects, contractors and sub-contractors. Maureen will be in the office frequently and is my partner in all things in life. Should you have a “code compliance” question, architecture question or just need to know asap if a client’s beachfront home meets code, she’s your go-to person.
Maureen and I have a daughter Allison. Allison, like her mother is prettier and smarter than me. She is a Junior at Georgetown, who was just accepted to Oxford to do a study abroad. We also have a nephew Dylan, of whom we became the legal guardians when his father passed away. Dylan is a Sophomore at Tufts University in Boston.
We live on the water in Royal Harbor and enjoy boating. We can often be found at Gordon’s Pass watching the sunset or on Keewaydin celebrating life on the weekend on our boat,“Miss Magic” . She is a Meridian Sedan Bridge flying a large American flag. If you see her out on the water, don’t hesitate to stop by and say hello. To that end, if you have a client who is interested in seeing properties from the water, I would be happy to serve as your captain.
That’s it for now. Maureen and I very excited are to work with each and every one of you, hear your ideas, and shape them into a strategy that will make all of us successful.
Clark T. Minker
A Word from the Owners
When Ellen and I founded Engel & Voelkers Olde Naples (EVON) over nine years ago, we had a vision of a company that would use our outstanding world-wide brand as the basis for building a successful local real estate company. We wanted to combine the power of the brand with a long-term, stable ownership structure that would enable us recruit top notch people as the building blocks for a world class team. Our goal was to create an environment where hard work would be rewarded, where our Advisors would be the most respected real estate professionals in their respective markets, and where every Advisor would earn at least $200,000.00 per year. Those of you who have been with us longer have heard me state these goals many times. They have not changed during the last almost decade.
Four years ago, we moved closer to realizing our vision when we combined Ryan Chiodo’s Florida Platinum Realty with E&V Olde Naples to form E&V Naples Bonita-Estero (EVNBE) and Ryan became a partner in the ownership of the company. Ryan brought youth, intelligence, high energy, strong customer focus and thorough professionalism to our company and management team. He and people he brought to the company contributed substantially to our subsequent growth.
Now, we have taken another significant step toward the full realization of our dream. Clark Minker has joined EVNBE as Managing Broker and a partner in the ownership of the company. He and his wife, Maureen, are long-time Naples residents and, in spite of their relative youth, bring with them over 25 years of experience in Southwest Florida real estate. They are active participants in local organizations and have established a reputation for being caring people, who bring intelligence, integrity and high energy to their work. They both will be active in the Southwest Florida real estate scene for many years to come.
Two years ago we almost reached our goal of being one of the Top 10 real estate companies in Southwest Florida. With Clark and Maureen’s help, together with the help of our great support team of Katie, Sina and Stevan, I am confident that we will reach our target soon.
James A. Hollars
Founding License Partner
This last Thursday we organized a welcoming event for Clark and Maureen at our 5th Avenue South shop. The meeting was followed by cocktails and hors de’ oeuvres at Yabba’s on 5th Avenue South.