The Roberts Companies, founded by Avery C. Roberts, has been in the real estate development, horizontal construction, and timber industries since 1980. Avery, together with his son, Austen Roberts, and his daughter, Amber Crawford, has grown the brand of companies and subsidiaries to be leaders in this region in their diverse specialties. Roberts companies specializes in raw land and investment in large tracts of agricultural and timberland properties, as well as the entitlement and development of large industrial and residential developments. With Austen’s dedication and specific expertise, the company is building on its lineage and is growing exponentially in the development sector with much diverse experience in land entitlements and development in recent years. In the last 20 years alone, acquisitions and dispositions have included over 100,000 acres of agricultural, timberland, industrial, commercial and residential properties with well over 1,000 transactions. Regionally, this includes acquisitions and dispositions throughout the Southeast, including Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Mississippi. Recently, their focus has been more localized specifically in the North Florida and South Georgia regions. The Roberts Companies currently owns and operates a diverse portfolio of large land holdings throughout 12 counties across North Florida. Included are a number of projects that they have successfully entitled for either industrial or residential development or are currently in the entitlement process. Through their local presence, experience and vast network, they pride themselves on being able to bring deals together and get deals done, no matter the size or complexity. Often times their projects have been accomplished through working together with large funds including REIT’s, Pension Funds, and publicly traded companies, as well as large industrial users, bioscience users, and residential builders (both national and local). The Roberts Companies includes a vast number of subsidiary entities and industries in addition to the real estate and development companies. Roberts Site Development Inc. performs horizontal construction across the North Florida and South Georgia regions. Some of its specialties include large site and right of way clearing, earthwork and excavation, reforestation, as well as mining, wetland and waterway reclamation.
Avery founded the Roberts companies in 1980 and has been in the real estate development, agriculture management and timber industry ever since. He still oversees a wide range of the daily operations and management of several entities specializing in the investment and development of industrial property, high density subdivisions, mini-ranchettes, as well as large agriculture and timber investment tracts throughout Florida and the Southeast. With over 40 years of experience in all aspects of real estate development, agriculture and timber management, Avery has been directly responsible for the daily management and operation of all associated development projects – ranging from acquisitions, marketing, and dispositions to land excavation, site preparation, right-of- way clearing, wetland reclamation as well as every facet of agriculture, forestry, and timber management operations. Avery currently serves on the Executive Board of Directors for the Florida Forestry Association as well as the Executive Board of the Foundation for Florida Gateway College and the Suwannee Valley Community Foundation Board.
Austen joined the Roberts Companies in 2012 after completing his degree at Valdosta State University on athletic scholarship for football. Gaining his Real Estate license prior to joining the company, he served as Director of Real Estate and Land Management for the Roberts Companies and started growing the large acreage division of Swift Creek Realty, an affiliate company of which he is now Co-Owner/Broker. Having spent more than 7 years specializing in large acreage and development land sales, he brings a vast understanding of the market and complex real estate transactions. With extensive experience in the acquisition, entitlement, development, site work, and disposition of real estate investments within the Roberts Companies and his experience as one of the regions leaders in large acreage real estate brokerage, he possesses an immense range of experience in the sector. Austen is currently a licensed Real Estate Broker in both Florida and Georgia. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida Forestry Association as well as the Union County Education Foundation Board and is a member of local Chambers of Commerce.