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‘We’ve weathered a lot of storms, and I’m happy to say we’ll enter our 30th year in a great position,” Scott Crossman said.
Going forward the company will pursue more areas outside of Orlando, he said.
David Gabbai, a managing director at Colliers International in Orlando, has worked with John Crossman in the past and is a longtime friend.
“Of the many years I’ve known him, I think I’ve only seen him twice without a suit,” he said. “That’s his motto: Always dress for success.
John Crossman serves on educational boards of historically black colleges and universities, where he has helped endow the first real estate scholarships at Florida A&M University and Bethune-Cookman University.
Next month, he will be hosting a fundraiser featuring former NFL player and three-time SuperBowl champion Emmitt Smith that will benefit FAMU’s College of Law.
“We’ve not seen the last of John Crossman,” Gabbai said. “I think the move will only allow him to give more into the community.”
For now, John Crossman said he’s going to focus on his family and philanthropy.
“I’ve worked like a wild man for 26 years,” Crossman said. “Who knows, in a few years I might come back in some different way, but at the moment I don’t want [to give] a timeline.”