October 31, 2014

Todd E. Gates

A native of Virginia, Todd had been coming to Southwest Florida since 1969 and moved permanently to Naples in 1984. As a Southwest Florida resident, Todd has been involved in the project management of such projects as The Ritz Carlton Hotel, The Registry Resort and The Naples Philharmonic Center of the Arts.

Since 1995, Todd has been a principal of GATES. Today, the firm is Florida’s premier fully integrated construction, development and real estate company. This unique approach was recognized when the firm was awarded the Excellence In Industry Award for Innovative Achievement by the Economic Development Council of Collier County.

GATES is an award winning Class “A” general contracting firm, Commercial Development Company, Commercial Real Estate Company, and Property Management Company. GATES specializes in a diverse range of services, and projects including condominiums, hotels, office buildings, shopping centers, restaurants, educational facilities, government and medical facilities.

As of 2006, GATES now includes the largest commercial real estate firm, Gates, D’Alessandro & Woodyard, LLC. In 2007, the firm was recognized as a Top Contractor by Southeast Construction magazine, and ranked second in volume by Gulf Coast Business Review in its Top 50 Contractors on Florida’s Gulf Coast from Tampa to Naples.

Todd is the immediate past chairman for the Economic Development Council of Collier County (EDC). Additionally, he currently serves on the Board of Directors for the President’s Forum. Todd was recently nominated and is currently serving on the Board of Trustees for the Florida Chamber of Commerce Foundation and is a member of the Florida Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors. He is one of the founders and a current board member for Liberty Bank. Todd serves on the board of directors for The Children’s Hospital of SW Florida, Junior Achievement, and the CEO Cultural Advisory Board for the United Arts Council. He is a current board member for the Chamber of Southwest Florida and a current board member for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Todd also serves as a Trustee for the YMCA and as a Trustee for Hodges University. He serves as an Elder for the Moorings Presbyterian Church. He is active in the Naples Chamber of Commerce, helping to start the “Soaring with Eagles Program” aimed at the area’s numerous retired CEO’s and military leaders.

He is a past Chairman of the Christian Chamber of Southwest Florida. He is a past president of the Collier Building Industry Association, the largest builder and development association in the state of Florida, and was also named Builder of the Year in 2003.

Recently, Todd has been named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Gulf Coast Business Review, and he has been recognized as one of Gulfshore Life magazine’s Men of The Year.

In recognition of his commitment and dedication to the community, Todd was honored by the Education Foundation of Collier County as a 2007 Man of Distinction.