Real Estate Foundation Board of Directors
The Florida State University Real Estate Foundation is governed by an elected board of directors whose members provide professional real estate and property management services. Directors may serve up to three three-year terms and are committed to building successful partnerships with the University and its many generous supporters.
The board of directors includes the chair of the Florida State University Board of Trustees or designee; the president of the Florida State University or designee; representatives from the Florida State University Foundation, Seminole Boosters, Alumni Association and Florida State University Research Foundation, preferably with experience in real estate; and three at-large members who possess significant expertise in the real estate field. The board of directors has four officers: a chair, a vice-chair, a secretary and a treasurer.
The Real Estate Foundation Audit Committee will meet on Monday, March 6, 2017, at 11 a.m. at the FSU Foundation (2010 Levy Avenue, Building B, Tallahassee, Fla.) in room 302.
Please contact Holly Newell at (850) 644-0766 with questions.
Current Board Members
Beth Azor has been in the commercial real estate industry since 1986.
Azor has owned Azor Advisory Services since 2004, offering consulting and sales training services to clients in the commercial real estate industry. Prior to that, she served as president of Terranova, Florida's largest third-party asset manager. A Florida licensed real estate broker since 1993, Azor attended Florida State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English.
Azor is a member of the Florida State executive advisory board for the real estate program in the College of Business, where she has established The Center for Real Estate Education and Research Endowment for the Real Estate Research Center. She also has made additional gifts to the college to support graduate studies in real estate, to build an internship program, to advance an executive speaker series and to boost services provided by the Real Estate Education Research Center.
Because of her love for film, she is an avid supporter of the Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts.
In 2011, Azor helped spearhead the formation of Florida State University’s newest direct support organization, the FSU Real Estate Foundation.
In addition to her Florida State involvement, she is president of the board of directors for the Helping Other People Everywhere (H.O.P.E.) Outreach Center, where she volunteers weekly in the food pantry.
Brett Braciak has been president and owner of BKB Properties Inc. in Clearwater, Fla., since 1992. He is an active investor and developer of commercial real estate. Braciak has been involved with companies and partnerships that have bought, sold and developed raw land; owned and managed apartment buildings; and developed and redeveloped shopping centers, strip centers, free-standing buildings, ground leases, office buildings, retail stores and industrial buildings. He has experience working with bankers, insurers, city planners, inspectors, architects, contractors, engineers, surveyors and environmental agencies.
Prior to founding BKB Properties, Braciak was with Automatic Data Processing, Enterprise Leasing Company and KPMG.
Braciak received a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Florida State University in 1983. He is a lifetime member of the Florida State Alumni Association, Seminole Boosters and Phi Delta Theta fraternity.
Heather Cave is the Director of the FSU Research Foundation (FSURF). In this position she oversees all private and foreign research grant funds to FSU. FSURF is also responsible for managing 8 buildings that house FSU research labs and centers, 6 of which are in Innovation Park. Cave works to raise the awareness of the creativity and innovation that is taking place within FSU Research. She partners with the Leon County Research and Development Authority and other local and state economic development organizations to market existing research assets to lure businesses to Tallahassee and encourage research partnerships with FSU’s high tech centers. The overarching goal is to drive more funding to FSU Research and to create highly skilled jobs for FSU graduates.
Cave has a wide ranging background in the field of economic development. In her previous role at Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI), she spent 8 years engaging in business recruitment, retention, grant oversight, and organization management. One of her crowning achievements while at EFI was writing the joint proposal with NASA and Space Florida that successfully located Space X to Brevard County. Cave was also deeply involved with the administration of state grants to defense communities, many of which served to support compatible land use surrounding military installations.
Cave received a Master of Business Administration focused on Economic Development and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Science Education from Troy University. She attended Troy on a full Rodeo Team scholarship. A Tallahassee resident for over 5 years, she seeks to utilize her background and grow her involvement for the benefit of her community.
As president of the Real Estate Investment Services division for Stiles, Breslau plans and implements all new development and acquisition strategies for its investment partnerships. Breslau’s career encompasses 25 years at Stiles, where he has held roles of increasing responsibility in several areas of development, leasing, analysis, sales and property acquisition.
Breslau is currently responsible for the development of various retail projects for Stiles, including supermarket-anchored shopping centers, “big box” retail projects, community and power centers, and multi-family residential, office and mixed-use projects.
Breslau earned his Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Science in political science from Florida State University and is a Florida State Officer for the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).
Grayton Beach, Fla.
William (Billy) Buzzett has almost 30 years’ experience in engineering, law, and development. With an undergraduate degree in civil engineering, he practiced for several years in New Orleans before advancing to law school at Florida State University. After graduating from law school, Buzzett worked in private practice, for the Florida Legislature, as an Assistant General Counsel to Governor Bob Martinez, and as the Executive Director to the 1997-1998 Constitution Revision Commission. From 2001-2009, he worked for The St. Joe Company, and in 2011, under appointment from Governor Rick Scott, Buzzett served as the Secretary of Florida’s Department of Community Affairs – Florida’s land planning agency. He is currently a partner with the law firm of Harrison, Rivard, Duncan & Buzzett, located in Panama City. In 1996, Buzzett was instrumental in creating one of Florida’s first charter schools, the Seaside Neighborhood School. As the Chairman of the Board of Directors for 6 years, he helped guide the school to its current designation as one of the highest performing middle schools in the state of Florida. Buzzett is a fifth-generation Floridian, whose family hails from Apalachicola. He is married to FSU law graduate, Kelly Haynes Buzzett, and resides in Grayton Beach. They have two sons, one of whom is a recent graduate of Florida State University.
J. Everitt Drew was born and raised in north Florida, graduated from Stetson University in 1977 and began a career in commercial real estate in 1978. In 1984, along with his brother Mitchell, Drew formed SouthGroup, a Tallahassee-based commercial real estate brokerage, management, development and investment firm. In 1999, the brokerage and management sections were sold to Advantis, which was then a subsidiary of the St. Joe Company.
In 2000, Drew became president of the St. Joe Land Company and established a division to oversee the sale and development of several thousand acres of land across northwest Florida and southwest Georgia. In 2006, Drew was named president of the capital region of the St. Joe Company and was responsible for all St. Joe products in seven Florida counties and all of Georgia.
In 2007, Drew left the St. Joe Company to re-establish the private, regional real estate investment company SouthGroup Equities Inc., where he serves as president. Drew also currently serves as a director of the Capital City Bank Group.
Through the years, Drew has devoted extensive time to the community, serving on numerous boards and organizations including Goodwill Industries, Southern Scholarship Foundation, Holy Comforter Episcopal School and the FSU Real Estate Executive Advisory Board. He also served as chairman of the following organizations: Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center Authority, Economic Development Council, Tallahassee Area Chamber of Commerce and the Capital Region Community Development District. He currently serves on the boards of Tallahassee Memorial Health Ventures Inc. and Young Life of Tallahassee, and he serves as chairman of the Community Foundation of North Florida.
Drew is married to the former Julie Livaudais, and they have two daughters.
Tom Jennings is the first person to hold the position of vice president for University Advancement at Florida State University. In this role, Jennings oversees the FSU Alumni Association, FSU Foundation and Seminole Boosters.
Jennings came to Florida State from the University of Virginia, where he most recently served as assistant vice president for School Programs and Institutional Priorities from January 2008 until September 2010. During more than eight years with UVA, Jennings served as senior development officer for special projects in the central development office and as associate dean for development in the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. At Arts & Sciences, Jennings led the early strategic planning and implementation of a $500 million comprehensive campaign.
More recently, as assistant vice president at UVA, Jennings directed all fundraising activities that supported the university's initiatives for historic preservation as well as those for pan-university initiatives in the arts, sciences and technology. In addition, he managed the development staffs in the schools of Architecture, Education and Engineering, and he served in several interim assignments as vacancies occurred in the schools and units he directed. Jennings served as a key member of senior management in development and public affairs and has been instrumental to the success of UVA's current $3 billion comprehensive campaign.
Prior to his University of Virginia appointment, Jennings held positions at Washington and Lee University in Virginia, including posts as director of university development, director of law school relations and director of capital giving programs. During nearly 10 years with the university, Jennings' chief responsibilities included oversight of capital fundraising projects and the creation and implementation of the strategic framework for a $225 million comprehensive campaign.
Jennings is a respected leader within the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), delivering numerous presentations at CASE's District III annual conferences and serving as co-chair for the philanthropy program track in 2009 and 2010. He was co-chair-elect for the CASE District III annual conference in 2012.
A native of Delaware, Jennings earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in psychology from James Madison University and his doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Virginia.
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Leslie McKeon is a partner at McKeon & Menard, a real estate appraisal and consulting company based in Tampa. The company provides a full range of appraisal services with emphasis on eminent domain and litigation support.
McKeon graduated from Florida State University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in real estate from the College of Business. At Florida State, she was a member of Delta Gamma Sorority. McKeon gravitated toward the field of appraisal while working at Glenn E. McCormick Co. Inc., a mortgage banking company in St. Petersburg.
McKeon holds the MAI (commercial) and SRA (residential) appraisal designations from the Appraisal Institute, and is a (Florida) state-certified general appraiser as well as licensed real estate broker. She is a past president of the West Coast Florida Chapter of the Appraisal Institute.
McKeon is a past board member of the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Steve Pattison currently serves as chief financial and vice president, Business Analysis and Risk Management of Restaurant Services Inc., (RSI) in Coral Gables. RSI is an independent purchasing and distribution services cooperative formed for the purpose of managing the annualized $3 billion supply chain for all products and services necessary to operate Burger King restaurants in the United States. Pattison also serves as general manager of RSI’s wholly owned for profit subsidiary, Supply Chain Services LLC.
Prior to joining RSI in 2001, Pattison was senior vice president and chief financial officer for Sunglass Hut International, an international retailer with approximately 2,000 locations. In this capacity, Pattison was responsible for all finance functions including serving on the real estate site selection committee.
Prior to joining Sunglass Hut, Pattison held a number of progressive roles at Burger King Corporation (BKC) for 10 years. Pattison also represented BKC on the board of directors of Franchise Acceptance Corporation Limited and Diversity Foods Processing LLP. As vice president, Corporate Finance, Pattison participated in a number of structured finance projects involving BKC’s real estate portfolio. As senior director, Treasury, Pattison was responsible for development of a captive finance program, which ultimately funded more than $600 million in real estate development loans to BKC system. He also served as BKC’s director of internal audit for three years.
Prior to Burger King, Pattison practiced as a CPA for 12 years with KPMG Peat Marwick LLC, providing auditing, accounting and business advisory services to clients in a variety of industries, including not-for-profit organizations and financial institutions with significant real estate loan portfolios.
Pattison has served on several non-profit boards of directors over his professional career. He currently is serving his second term as board chair of ARC Broward, an agency that employs more than 400 professional staffers with an annual budget in excess of $14 million. In 2011, Pattison was recognized by the Bank Atlantic Non-profit Academy as board leader of the year in Broward County. Pattison also serves on the national board of directors of the Florida State University Alumni Association. He also represents RSI on the board of directors of the Burger King McLamore Foundation, the philanthropic vehicle for the Burger King system.
Pattison graduated summa cum laude from Florida State University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in both finance and accounting.
Winter Haven, Fla.
Brian K. Swain received his Bachelor of Science in real estate from Florida State University in 1980.
Swain has more than 30 years of experience in the real estate development business. He has been involved with all phases of development, from land acquisition to sales.
In addition to being the chairman of the Seminole Boosters, Swain is the vice chairman for the Winter Haven Hospital. He is also a trustee for the Polk Museum of Art and Mid Florida Medical Services.