Agent Spotlight: Dennis Fortenberry
From Fortune 500 companies to small businesses and residential developments, experienced real estate agent Dennis Fortenberry is formidable when it comes to structuring real estate deals. A longtime resident of the Emerald Coast, Dennis capitalizes on his immense knowledge of the area and diverse real estate background to secure the best deals for investors, business owners and individual homeowners alike.
Dennis started his career in Luxury Resort Operations during the eighties when he served as Director of Tennis at Sandestin Golf & Resort near Destin, Florida. A former college tennis standout at the University of Southern Mississippi, Dennis put his passion for the game to work at Sandestin, where he helped plan and design a $1.8 million tennis facility at Baytowne Marina. While serving on the development team for the new facility, Dennis became intrigued with real estate development and decided it was time for a career change. In 2005 he joined Pointe Development, LLC where he assisted with planning and marketing for a variety of Mixed-Use Vertical Developments spanning the Gulf Coast, North Florida and southern Alabama.
In 2008, Dennis joined the executive team at NBI Properties to oversee New Business Development for the firm. It was a perfect match, as he was able to help NBI more than double its listings, leasing and sales volume in just three years. Thanks to his vision and fortitude, Dennis helped NBI skyrocket to the front of the real estate pack, rightfully earning the reputation as “the leading Commercial Real Estate Firm in Northwest Florida.”
Since joining NBI, Dennis has listed, leased and sold more than a million square feet of commercial real estate throughout the region. Clients say they appreciate his intuitive knowledge of real estate trends as well as his ability to utilize a wide variety of business models to help companies and individuals. Strongly committed to contributing to the growth of the area, Dennis feels real estate opportunities are endless on the Emerald Coast.
“Given the historical economic impact of the U.S. Military and the area’s pristine beaches, I believe the City of Fort Walton Beach and surrounding communities lining the coastline will always be an attractive market,” he said. “That’s why investors from all over the world are flocking here to check out the lifestyle our local population enjoys every day.”
When we interviewed him, Dennis was busy juggling a $2.5 million deal with an internationally recognized automobile manufacturer, involved in rezoning a former office park to obtain a variance for a Multi-Family high-density project, negotiating with a client to purchase a bank building, and assembling two large parcels with 200 linear feet of beach valued at $2.1 million for a Limited Service Hotel. He admitted that this was in addition to several businesses he was placing under contract and some brand new listings he wasn’t even able to talk about yet!
In his spare time, Dennis relishes spending time with his wife, Maggie, and three children – Will, Dez, and Abbie Rose. His youngest son, Dez, shares his father’s love of tennis and regularly competes in USTA events around the state. On weekends, the family has many favorite hang outs, including local beaches and aquatic attractions. On a daily basis, Dennis relies on his strong faith in God and is thankful for his blessings and his success.
“The most rewarding aspect of my work day is crossing the Destin Bridge 2-4 times a day, knowing that I’m so blessed to be immersed and thriving in such a beautiful place,” he said. “There’s so much promise and potential for development here that I look forward to helping NBI serve these communities for many years to come!”