Alan B. Levan
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
Alan B. Levan serves as Chairman and CEO of Bluegreen Vacations Corporation. He also serves as the Chairman and CEO of Bluegreen Vacations Holding Corporation and Chairman of BBX Capital, Inc.
Throughout his career, spanning more than four decades, Mr. Levan has served as Chairman and CEO of our New York Stock Exchange listed companies and been a driving force in raising more than $2 billion in debt and equity. In 1971, at the age of 27, he founded IRE Financial, the predecessor to BBX Capital Corporation, and over the next ten years, raised hundreds of millions of dollars and built a national portfolio of real estate exceeding $1.5 billion in value. Mr. Levan spearheaded the acquisition and development of several master-planned communities including tens of thousands of square feet of commercial space, shopping centers and thousands of homes.
Mr. Levan serves on the Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Board of Trustees. Previously, he served as Chairman.
He is also Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of the Susie and Alan B. Levan NSU Ambassadors Board. He is Founder and Chairman of the BBX Capital Foundation, which has contributed over $15 million to the South Florida community and is one of Broward County’s largest Habitat for Humanity supporters. He is currently a member of YPO Gold. Mr. Levan has received Habitat for Humanity’s Spirit of Humanity Award, NSU’s Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame Award, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Cutting Edge Award, Sun Sentinel’s Excalibur Business Leader of the Year Award, Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business, Business Leader of the Year award and Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award for Florida.
Mr. Levan received a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University and subsequently received their Distinguished Alumni Award. Additionally, he received an honorary Doctorate in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University.
John E. Abdo
Mr. John E. Abdo serves as Vice Chairman of Bluegreen Vacations Holding Corporation and of Bluegreen Vacations Corporation. He also serves as Vice Chairman of BBX Capital, Inc.
Mr. Abdo is also President of Abdo Companies, Inc., a construction, development, and property management firm continuously building in Florida since 1967. He formerly served as Vice Chairman of both Benihana, Inc. (formerly listed on NASDAQ: BNHN) and Woodbridge Holdings Corporation (formerly NYSE: WDG).
Through his executive roles with several publicly traded companies and his own business, Mr. Abdo has spearheaded real estate acquisitions, development and construction ventures totaling more than $10 billion. His company has built more than 5,500 residences throughout South Florida, which for a time made it the largest residential builder in Florida’s Broward County. Other notable successes include the acquisition and development of Cypress Creek Station, Center Port, and a major twin-tower condominium project with 350 units in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Mr. Abdo has significant private investment experience, having managed, or played an integral role in transactions totaling more than $5 billion over the course of his career.
Mr. Abdo is a member of the Board of Directors and the Finance Committee of the Broward Performing Arts Center Authority (PACA). He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Broward Performing Arts Foundation and was its President for over 20 years. Mr. Abdo serves on the board of the BBX Capital Foundation, which has contributed over $15 million to the South Florida community. He is inducted in Nova Southeastern University’s Huizenga School of Business Entrepreneur Hall of Fame and has received the Spirit of 100 Award from the Broward Economic Development Council. Mr. Abdo was appointed to and served on the South Florida Super Bowl XXIX Host Committee in 1993.
Jarett S. Levan
Jarett S. Levan serves on the Board of Directors of Bluegreen Vacations Holding Corporation (NYSE: BVH) (formerly BBX Capital Corporation). He also serves on the Board of Bluegreen Vacations Corporation (NYSE: BXG). In addition, he currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and President of BBX Capital, Inc. (OTCQX: BBXIA).
Prior to this, among other corporations, he served on the Board of BBX Capital Corporation (formerly NYSE: BBX), BankAtlantic Bancorp (formerly NYSE: BBX), Woodbridge Holdings Corporation (formerly NYSE: WDG), and BFC Financial Corporation (formerly NYSE ARCA: BFCF). In addition, he also served as President of BankAtlantic and served on the Board of BankAtlantic Bancorp (formerly NYSE: BBX) from 2007 to 2012, after joining the company in 1998 and serving in various executive management roles.
Jarett Levan also serves on the boards of the Community Foundation of Broward, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, Broward Workshop, Nova Southeastern University Ambassador's Board, and is a member of Young President's Organization (YPO). Mr. Levan has been inducted into the Junior Achievement South Florida Business Hall of Fame, recognized for his record of business achievement, excellence, vision, leadership, and community responsibility. He is also on the board of the BBX Capital Foundation.
A member of the Florida Bar, Mr. Levan graduated Cum Laude from the University of Miami School of Law and earned a BBA in Finance from Goizueta Business School of Emory University.
James R. Allmand, III
James R. Allmand, III joined the Company’s Board of Directors in May 2021. Mr. Allmand has over thirty years of resort real estate and hospitality operations management experience in luxury resort hotels, marinas and master planned residential real estate, including over twenty-five years of regional multi-property responsibilities in Florida. Since 2008, he has served as Senior Vice President - Resort Operations and Real Estate of Global Resort Development, Inc., an international resort development consulting company. He served as a director of Bluegreen Vacations Corporation from 2011 until he joined the Company’s Board of Directors in May 2021.
Norman H. Becker
Norman H. Becker re-joined the Company’s Board of Directors during May 2021 after previously serving as a director of the Company from 2013 until the completion of the Company's spin-off of BBX Capital, Inc. on September 30, 2020. In connection with the spin-off, Mr. Becker became a director of BBX Capital. He also served as a director of Bluegreen Vacations Corporation from 2003 until he re-joined the Company’s Board of Directors in May 2021. Mr. Becker is, and has been for more than ten years, self-employed as a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Becker was also the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Proguard Acquisition Corp., as well as a member of its Board of Directors, until 2012. He was previously a partner with Touche Ross & Co., the predecessor of Deloitte & Touche LLP, for more than ten years.
Lawrence A. Cirillo
Lawrence A. Cirillo has served as a director of Bluegreen Vacations since 2003. Mr. Cirillo was Principal Partner and President of Atlantic Chartering, an oil tanker brokerage company, from 1979 until Atlantic Chartering merged with Seabrokers, Inc., a subsidiary of Clarkson, Ltd. Mr. Cirillo served as a Vice President of Seabrokers, Inc. until 2000. Since 2000, Mr. Cirillo has served as an oil tanker broker with Southport Maritime, Inc. The Parent’s Board of Directors believes that will benefit from Mr. Cirillo’s business experience generally and within the sales industry in particular.
Darwin C. Dornbush
Darwin Dornbush has been a Partner in the law firm of Dornbush Schaeffer Strongin & Venaglia, LLP since 1964. Mr. Dornbush also serves as Secretary of Cantel Medical Corp., a healthcare company, and he has served as Secretary of Benihana and its predecessor since 1983. In addition, during February 2009, Mr. Dornbush rejoined the Board of Directors of Benihana, as Chairman of the Board, after serving as a Director of Benihana from 1995 through 2005.
Joel Levy is currently the Vice Chairman of Adler Group, Inc., a commercial real estate company, and he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Adler Group, Inc. from 1984 through 2000. Mr. Levy also serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of JLRE Consulting, Inc.
Mark A. Nerenhausen
Mark A. Nerenhausen joined the Company’s Board of Directors in May 2021. Mr. Nerenhausen serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hennepin Theater Trust. In addition, since August 2010, Mr. Nerenhausen has been a Principal of ZSP Consulting. Previously, he served as a professor and a director of the Syracuse University Janklaw Arts Leadership Program from 2011 through 2017. He served as a director of Bluegreen Vacations Corporation from 2003 until he joined the Company’s Board of Directors in May 2021.
William R. Nicholson
William Nicholson has been a Principal with Heritage Capital Group since 2003. Since 2004, Mr. Nicholson has also served as President of WRN Financial Corporation and, since 2008, he has been a Principal with EXP Loan Services LLC
Arnold Sevell joined the Company’s Board of Directors in May 2021. Mr. Sevell has been the President of Sevell Realty Partners, Inc., a full-service commercial real estate firm, and its affiliated entities, Sevell Realty Holdings LLC and Sevell Residential Realty LLC, for more than 30 years. He served as a director of Bluegreen Vacations Corporation from 2002 until he joined the Company’s Board of Directors in May 2021.
Orlando Sharpe joined the Company’s Board of Directors in May 2021. Mr. Sharpe founded Sharpe Project Developments, Inc., a real estate development company, in 1990 and has served as its President since that time. He is also the President of Sharpe Project Construction, Inc. and OLD, LLC. Mr. Sharpe served as a director of Bluegreen Vacations Corporation from 2011 until he joined the Company’s Board of Directors in May 2021.
Seth M. Wise
Seth M. Wise re-joined the Company’s Board of Directors during May 2021 after previously serving as an Executive Vice President and director of the Company from September 2009 until the completion of the Company's spin-off of BBX Capital, Inc. on September 30, 2020. Mr. Wise is Executive Vice President and a director of BBX Capital and is a co-Chief Executive Officer of The Altman Companies. He also served as a director of Bluegreen Vacations Corporation from 2017 until he re-joined the Company’s Board of Directors in May 2021.