Nathan S. Collier is principal and chairman of The Collier Companies, a developer, manager, and owner of multifamily housing with headquarters in Gainesville, Florida, home of the state's flagship university, University of Florida. Under The Collier Companies umbrella, Collier owns more than 45 properties and 10,500 apartments in Gainesville, Ocala, Orlando, Tampa, Tallahassee, and other Florida locations, as well as in Norman, Oklahoma, Champaign, Illinois, and Athens, Georgia. The Collier Companies was recently ranked by Student Housing Business magazine as the third largest—and largest privately held—student housing owner in the country. The Collier Companies also is ranked seventh on Student Housing Business's list of the top 25 management companies of student housing properties, based on October 2012 data.
He endowed the Nathan S. Collier Master of Science in Real Estate program at University of Florida's Warrington College of Business Administration, where he teaches a real estate case studies course. He is lead author of "Construction Funding: The Process of Real Estate Development, Appraisal, and Finance," published by John Wiley & Sons, now in its 4th edition and recently published in Chinese and Korean.
Collier is a life member of the University of Florida Foundation and on the executive committees of Gator Boosters, Inc. and National MultiHousing Council, where he served as founding chair of the Student Housing Committee. He is on the Multifamily Board of Trustees for National Association of Home Builders and the board of UF's Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies, is a member of Urban Land Institute, and is active in World Presidents' Organization. Collier also serves as a member of Columbia University's Columbia Journalism Review Board of Overseers.
A member of the Florida Bar and licensed in Florida as a real estate broker, a CPA, and a building contractor, Collier earned a bachelor's degree in finance from University of Florida in 1974 and an MBA in 1978. He passed the CPA exam on the first sitting, scoring among the top 10 in that sitting in Florida. In 1982 he received a JD from University of Florida. Collier is a member of Harvard Business School's OPM 25 class.