Tavistock’s Jim Zboril shares what’s ahead for innovative developer

Jim Zboril for 13 years has overseen cow pastures transformed into , offices, eateries and more in the 11,000-acre Lake Nona community.

And the president of Development Co. LLC still is leading the charge in developing one of Central Florida’s hottest communities. This year, Zboril is managing development of $3 billion worth of projects in the southeast Orlando community, including the next $300 million phase of Tavistock’s Lake Nona Town Center mixed-use complex, a fitness-oriented resort with a Crystal Lagoons recreational lake, the massive $132 million Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) fulfillment center, audit giant KPMG LLP’s $430 million training center and an expansion of the Lake Nona Golf & Country Club.

Plus, the company started site work on Sunbridge, a separate, Lake Nona-like community of 24,000 acres that straddles Orange and Osceola counties.

So what is Tavistock Development’s head honcho gunning for in 2018? Here’s what he had to say:

What’s the biggest thing you have going on next year? It’s hard to list just one. Our development pipeline is highlighted with numerous large-scale, economically significant projects. The Lake Nona Resort — the world’s first iconic performance resort and one of the largest man-made lagoons — and our 3.8 million-square-foot Lake Nona Town Center, which is poised to transform the future of retail through innovative technology. In addition, we are breaking ground on Sunbridge, our newest master-planned community. The most important thing is to continue to attract and retain the best development talent in Central Florida and to support a culture that will drive innovation throughout our projects.

What impact will this have on Central Florida’s The continued growth of our shops, restaurants, first-class entertainment options, hotel rooms and homes – the DNA that makes Lake Nona a great place to live, work and play – helps retain and attract new homeowners to our region. It helps our employers retain and attract top talent, adds new jobs, and brings new visitors to our hotels and Orlando International Airport. Growth is also helping our region become increasingly attractive to major companies that want to relocate here like the U.S. Tennis Association, KPMG and Amazon.


What’s happening in your industry right now? Construction and development are booming for many players. However, resources are stretched with so much activity. We are fortunate in Lake Nona and in this region that we offer steady continuous work for our partners, so we aren’t experiencing as many issues as some in our industry in other parts of the country.

What are your benchmarks for 2018? Commencement of construction on the Lake Nona Resort and Crystal Lagoon, and starting sales in Sunbridge’s first neighborhood