Baldwin Harbor's All-Star Development Team

Share Article

Four very successful friends who share a visionary approach to transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary are teaming up to create Baldwin Harbor, destined to become one of Central Florida's most desirable addresses

Four very successful friends who share a visionary approach to transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary are teaming up to create Baldwin Harbor, destined to become one of Central Florida's most desirable addresses.

Jeff Cohen, Steve Rosenthal, Dan Gilbert and Nate Forbes all have roots in the Detroit area and have collaborated on numerous successful ventures. Mr. Rosenthal and Mr. Cohen own Rock Companies, an award-winning residential development group renowned for its quality construction and attention to detail. Nate Forbes is a nationally celebrated developer of distinctive, upscale regional shopping centers. Dan Gilbert is the founder and chairman of Quicken Loans, the nation’s largest online mortgage lender, and majority owner of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers.

A look at any of their projects reveals the common thread that runs through all they touch – a sense of arrival and a visceral experience that immediately engages their customers. Jeff and Steve have done it with numerous residential projects—including custom homes, condominiums, and apartment communities. Nate has done it with the Mall at Millenia, The Somerset Collection in Troy, Mich., and The Gardens of the Palm Beaches in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Dan has done it with the Cleveland Cavaliers, a franchise he acquired just one year ago and has already led a complete overhaul of the front office executive team, coaching staff, player personnel, game presentation, as well as renovated the newly named "Quicken Loans Arena," (known as "The Q") including new seats, state-of-the-art scoreboards, video systems, sound systems, arena graphics, signage, security, locker rooms, and suite upgrades.

Now they turn their combined attention to Baldwin Harbor, the only lakefront property in Baldwin Park, one of America's most celebrated communities. Baldwin Harbor will deliver a one of a kind Central Florida living experience, offering the convenience and excitement of city life combined with the safety, security and pleasure of living in a friendly traditional neighborhood development,

Just 2 miles from Downtown Orlando and 6 miles from Orlando International Airport, Baldwin Harbor offers the ultimate in luxury living with stunning views, concierge-style five star service and luxurious amenities including a private, 2-acre lush garden park overlooking Lake Baldwin, towel service at the Olympic style pool, and easy walking distance to grocery stores, restaurants, offices, shops and more.

One, two, three and four bedroom homes are available ranging from 1,200 to 5,071 sq. feet in 80 different floor plans. All offer the unique touches of artistic elegance that make Baldwin Harbor a home of incomparable taste and beauty.

http://www.baldwinharbor.com

Baldwin Harbor Development Team

Jeffrey Cohen

Mr. Cohen is a principal of the Rock Companies, including Rock Construction Company, Inc. Rock Equities LLC and Rock Management LLC. Rock Construction was founded in 1991. It is a builder and developer, with principal offices in Livonia, Michigan, that, together with its affiliates, has developed and built numerous residential projects—including custom homes, condominiums, and apartment communities. It is currently in the process of developing hundreds of acres of additional land in the Southeastern Michigan area in addition to Baldwin Harbor, a 500-unit mid-rise condominium project in the nationally recognized Baldwin Park neighborhood in Orlando, Florida. Rock Construction is a licensed Michigan residential builder, a member of the Michigan Association of Home Builders, and licensed Michigan real estate broker.

Rock Equities was formed in 2001 as a vehicle for pursuing real estate investment opportunities. Its holdings have included properties in Florida, Michigan and Missouri. In 2005, the company closed on approximately $150,000,000 in purchases and dispositions, including approximately $120,000,000 in the greater Orlando area.

Rock Management is a property management company that manages many of the Rock Companies’ holdings, particularly its properties in Southeastern Michigan and Metropolitan Orlando.

In June 2002, Mr. Cohen was part of a small group of investors that purchased Quicken Loans (which today consists of which consists of Quicken Loans, Rock Financial and Title Source) from Intuit Inc. While Quicken Loans, Inc. is now 100 percent privately held, the company retains all Quicken Loans branding and marketing initiatives, including partnerships with Yahoo!, MSN.com, AOL.com and Realtor.com. Quicken Loans closed $16 billion in residential mortgage loans in 2005. It employs more than 3,500 people and is ranked as the nation's largest online retail home lender.

In 2005, Mr. Cohen was part of an investor group that acquired the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball club of the National Basketball Association. Since that group has owned the Cavaliers, it has been responsible for a complete overhaul of the front office executive team, coaching staff, player personnel, game presentation, and has renovated the newly named "Quicken Loans Arena," (known as "The Q") including new seats, state-of-the-art scoreboards, video systems, sound systems, arena graphics, signage, security, locker rooms, and suite upgrades.

Mr. Cohen is a Director of the National Association of Home Builders, the Michigan Association of Homebuilders, and serves on the Legislative Affairs Committee of the Michigan Association of Homebuilders. He is a board member of JARC—a non-profit organization providing housing and services to the developmentally disabled—and also serves on the Board of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit. He is active in the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation as well as various other charitable organizations.

Steve Rosenthal

Mr. Rosenthal is a principal of the Rock Companies, including Rock Construction Company, Inc. Rock Equities LLC and Rock Management LLC. Rock Construction was founded in 1991. It is a builder and developer, with principal offices in Livonia, Michigan, that, together with its affiliates, has developed and built numerous residential projects—including custom homes, condominiums, and apartment communities. It is currently in the process of developing hundreds of acres of additional land in the Southeastern Michigan area in addition to Baldwin Harbor, a 500-unit mid-rise condominium project in the nationally recognized Baldwin Park neighborhood in Orlando, Florida. Rock Construction is a licensed Michigan residential builder, a member of the Michigan Association of Home Builders, and licensed Michigan real estate broker.

Rock Equities was formed in 2001 as a vehicle for pursuing real estate investment opportunities. Its holdings have included properties in Florida, Michigan and Missouri. In 2005, the company closed on approximately $150,000,000 in purchases and dispositions, including approximately $120,000,000 in the greater Orlando area.

Rock Management is a property management company that manages many of the Rock Companies’ holdings, particularly its properties in Southeastern Michigan and Metropolitan Orlando.

In June 2002, Mr. Rosenthal was part of a small group of investors that purchased Quicken Loans (which today consists of which consists of Quicken Loans, Rock Financial and Title Source) from Intuit Inc. While Quicken Loans, Inc. is now 100 percent privately held, the company retains all Quicken Loans branding and marketing initiatives, including partnerships with Yahoo!, MSN.com, AOL.com and Realtor.com. Quicken Loans closed $16 billion in residential mortgage loans in 2005. It employs more than 3,500 people and is ranked as the nation's largest online retail home lender.

In 2005, Mr. Rosenthal was part of an investor group that acquired the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball club of the National Basketball Association. Since that group has owned the Cavaliers, it has been responsible for a complete overhaul of the front office executive team, coaching staff, player personnel, game presentation, and has renovated the newly named "Quicken Loans Arena," (known as "The Q") including new seats, state-of-the-art scoreboards, video systems, sound systems, arena graphics, signage, security, locker rooms, and suite upgrades.

Mr. Rosenthal is a board member of JARC—a non-profit organization providing housing and services to the developmentally disabled—and also serves on the Board of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit. He is active in the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation as well as various other charitable organizations.

Daniel Gilbert

Daniel Gilbert is the Chairman and Founder of Quicken Loans Inc., which includes Quicken Loans, Rock Financial and Title Source. He also is the majority owner of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team.

Quicken Loans is the nation’s largest online retail home lender and closed $16 billion in residential mortgage loans in 2005. Rock Financial is Michigan's largest home mortgage company and two of its brick-and-mortar branches in southeast Michigan are the largest retail mortgage branches in the country.

Quicken Loans employs more than 3,500 people and has been ranked a Top 15 "Best Place to Work" in America by FORTUNE magazine for the past three years. Computerworld magazine recently ranked the company #1 on its "Best Places to Work in Technology" list. Rock Financial has been voted "The Best and Brightest Company to Work for in Metro-Detroit." The company's website "Quickenloans.com" has been named the "Best of the Web" site by Forbes, Money and PC magazines.

Gilbert founded Rock Financial Corporation in 1985 as a first-year law student. Gilbert, then 22 years old, served as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board. Rock Financial grew into one of the largest independent mortgage banks in the country.

In May 1998, Gilbert took the company public. Initially a brick-and-mortar lender, the company launched "Rockloans.com" in January of 1999, which quickly positioned itself as the leader in online retail mortgage lenders.

In December 1999, Intuit Inc. (makers of market leading software TurboTax and Quicken) purchased Rock Financial. The national web operation was renamed "Quicken Loans" and grew substantially as the leading provider of direct-to-consumer home loans on the Internet, offering mortgages in all 50 states. Gilbert remained at the company as its CEO.

In July, 2002, 30 months from the sale of Rock Financial, Dan led a small group of private investors and purchased the Quicken Loans subsidiary back from Intuit. While Quicken Loans, Inc. is now 100 percent privately held, the company retains all Quicken Loans branding and marketing initiatives, including partnerships with Yahoo!, MSN.com and AOL.com.

Gilbert became majority owner of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers in March, 2005. In the short period he has owned the Cavaliers, he has led a complete overhaul of the front office executive team, coaching staff, player personnel, game presentation, as well as renovated the newly named "Quicken Loans Arena," (known as "The Q") including new seats, state-of-the-art scoreboards, video systems, sound systems, arena graphics, signage, security, locker rooms, and suite upgrades.

Dan also is a partner in private investment group Camelot Ventures, which primarily invests in and operates technology and consumer-based businesses. Some of Camelot's past and current investments include: Lens 1st, Lens Express and 1-800-Contacts, all contact lens retailing companies; Kintana, a technology chain automation software developer; ePrize, an interactive promotion company; RedEnvelope, a leading online and catalog retailer of stylish gifts; Cellerant, a privately held California-based non-embryonic stem cell company; and Rawlings Sporting Goods. Gilbert was Rawlings' largest shareholder and was instrumental in effecting the sale of Rawlings to K2 in March 2003.

He also has been a partner and investor in numerous commercial and residential real estate ventures including nationally recognized Baldwin Harbor in Orlando, Florida.

Dan is the president of JARC, a non-profit organization providing housing and services to the developmentally disabled, and sits on the board of The Children's Tumor Foundation (formerly the Neurofibromatosis Foundation) in New York City. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Children's Hospital of Michigan Foundation.

Gilbert has earned the "Entrepreneur of the Year" award from Ernst and Young in 1999 and was inducted into the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame in May 2003.

Dan was recently named one of America's Forbes 400 in the magazine's 2005 annual rankings.

Nathan M. Forbes

Nate Forbes is a partner of The Forbes Company, a nationally renowned developer of distinctive regional shopping centers. As managing partner of The Mall at Millenia, he oversees development, leasing, finance, construction and ongoing management.

The Forbes Company is known for creating distinctive retail environments featuring signature architectural design. These facilities attract internationally recognized anchors unique to the markets they serve, combined with a well-rounded tenant mix of luxury merchants, the most successful brand concepts and successful, nationally recognized restaurants.

Having directed the acquisition and disposition of real estate valued at more than one billion dollars, Forbes pursues unique opportunities for the company in major metropolitan areas. Two marquee properties in the company’s portfolio include The Somerset Collection in Troy, Mich., and The Gardens of the Palm Beaches in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. These award-winning properties have received international acclaim for excellence in architectural integrity, landscaping and marketing creativity. Another asset joining the company’s holdings is The Mall at Millenia in Orlando, Fla.

In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Forbes is a director for the Independence One Mutual Funds board, a family of mutual funds valued at $1.65 billion. He is involved in many community and charitable activities, and is a board member of the University of Michigan Cancer Foundation. Forbes has been recognized for his leadership in the Detroit area, with the distinction of being named one of “40 Under 40,” as well as a Detroit Newsmaker of the Year finalist.

Contact:

Marc Middleton

Andrea Coudriet

news@middletoncoudriet.com

407.682.1935

###

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Marc Middleton
Visit website