More than one hundred people are expected to attend a panel discussion tonight in Fort Myers as builders and developers discuss the state of Southwest Florida’s new home construction industry.
The Lee Building Industry Association is holding the forum which will focus on the survival and growth of companies in new home construction. The glut of foreclosures has become a leading competitor to the new home construction industry in an already down market.
“I’ve seen a lot of change and a lot of good people go without a job, so yeah, it’s been very difficult, I think, to be inside the industry,” said Jonathan Pentacost, purchasing and land acquisitions manager for D.R. Horton, Inc. He’s also a panelist for Tuesday night’s forum.
“I think that the worst times are behind us and better times are ahead. Companies are starting to rehire again at various levels of their organization. There’s also a major shift inside the homebuilding business. A lot of the long standing senior management teams are slowly retiring and that’s creating opportunity to move up inside various companies.”
Other discussion panelists include State Representative Gary Aubuchon of Cape Coral and President of Aubuchon Homes along with representatives from Miromar Development, Pulte Homes, Stock Development, Toll Brothers and WCI Communities. The event begins at 5:30 at Pelican Bay Country Club in Fort Myers.
Thursday, Jun 20th
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