“I believe in changing the world one home at a time.”
Shawn McIntyre is the Managing Partner of NAP Florida and also serves as the President of NAPCON, the NAP general contracting company in Florida. He has been involved in the acquisition, planning, permitting, and construction of Florida real estate projects since 1985. McIntyre brings unique and creative solutions to the ever-changing entitlement environment facing the Florida real estate Industry. Recently, McIntyre led NAP to the successful completion of 6 student housing projects (1800 + beds) at Florida State University and is leading the development and construction team of Cascades, a $150 million, two city block mixed-use project in downtown Tallahassee.
McIntyre is leading NAP to the Florida Space Coast to enter three segments of development. LUNA in Viera, 245-unit urban apartments, 60,000 SF class A office in Viera, and Industrial - manufacturing in Titusville. Other Space Coast projects are in planning.
Prior to joining North American Properties in 1998, McIntyre's projects Included two 400-acre residential golf course communities, a 150-acre commercial/ industrial office park, Project manager of PGT's Industries 480,000 SF manufacturing facility, a 600 slip marina, and numerous multi-use developments in Southwest Florida.
He served In the US Navy, served 8 years on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity of Lee County, FL, is a member of the executive board of the FSU Real Estate Center, College of Business, is a member of the FGCU Real Estate Foundation Board and has provided logistics support for medical mission teams traveling to Central America for over 12 years. McIntyre is a licensed State of Florida Underground Utilities Contractor.
“My saying with everybody that works with me is, ‘Give me the hardest thing to do, and I’ll do it’,” Shawn says. Take a look at The Lumberyard near Florida State University in Tallahassee (an NAP project he spearheaded), and you’ll see that principle in action. The student housing development sits on the site of the former J.H. Dowling lumberyard—a family-owned business in operation since the 1950s. “Other developers had offered them more money to just close down and leave,” Shawn explains. But Shawn helped them find and develop a new location, then traded Dowling the deed to their new place for the old one. (Read more about this unique arrangement here). “It proved just how much we care about existing local businesses; we’re not just trying to push them out,” Shawn asserts. “It’s about discipline and respect,” he says.
Shawn’s work with Habitat for Humanity brings all the pieces of his life and career together and into focus—a job in real estate, a commitment to philanthropy, and a respect for the virtues of hard work that comes in part from his service in the U.S. Navy.
“It’s not a handout, it’s a hand up, as the saying goes,” Shawn explains. “What that means is Habitat doesn’t just give away homes; families have to put in ‘sweat equity’ (spending time building their own home and their neighbors’) and they pay a mortgage, but it’s a zero-interest loan based on what they are able to afford.” Additionally, Shawn and his wife have personally sponsored several homes. The result? Fifty to 60 new homes each year for families in need.
There’s a common factor in the way he conducts business that he attributes to his success—whether facilitating medical treatment overseas, building homes with Habitat or developing property for NAP: “It comes down to character and doing the right thing.”