Ian Black Real Estate, Sarasota’s premier commercial real estate brokerage firm, has hired veteran restaurant and retail expert Doug Sullivan as a new sales associate. He brings more than 30 years of retail experience and project development leadership to his new role.
Sullivan has been directly responsible for a multitude of diverse restaurant projects through all phases of development across the Southeast. From 1998 to 2012, he was founder and president/CEO of Stonewood Holdings. There, he led the company from inception through the development of 18 Stonewood Grill & Tavern and four Peach Valley Cafe restaurant locations.
“We are very pleased to have Doug join our firm,” said Ian Black, partner and founder of Ian Black Real Estate. “He has a keen eye for successful restaurant site locations and in-depth experience in the hospitality industry.”
Prior to joining Ian Black Real Estate, Sullivan was an associate at LandQwest in Tampa. He has also served in leadership positions with Olive Garden, Outback Steakhouse, Morton’s Steakhouse and PDQ.
Sullivan is a graduate of Manatee High School in Bradenton and earned a Bachelor of Science in Business from Florida State University. He is committed to community involvement and has served on the Advisory Board of Hospitality and Culinary Education at Collin College, and for nine years served on the Board of the Boys & Girls Club Volusia/Flagler County.
“Ian Black has built an incredible team of experienced professionals, and I am very excited to come back to my home town and join such an esteemed organization,” said Sullivan. “Aside from working diligently to bring superior service to my clients, I also look forward to continuing my support of the Boys and Girls Club as a Volunteer Vocational Coach for young men and women in the areas of career and college readiness, vocational training and entrepreneurial programs.”
About Ian Black Real Estate
Ian Black Real Estate (IBRE) is a boutique commercial real estate brokerage firm located in Sarasota, Fla. The firm is one of the largest commercial brokerage firms in Southwest Florida and boasts a deep knowledge of the commercial real estate market in Sarasota and Manatee counties and the surrounding area. For more information, visit ian-black.com.