BUTLER LEADERSHIP TEAM

Deborah Butler, President

Deborah Butler was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida. The daughter of founding developer S. Clark Butler, Deborah joined her father in business in the early 1980s. From marketing and leasing to design, finance and development, Deborah has performed nearly every role in the organization. In addition to developing and managing several large multifamily residential projects in the city, together they developed the one million square feet of retail known as Butler Plaza. After her father’s passing in 2008, Deborah continued the vision for expansion–relocating the big box stores off the premium Archer Road frontage and building out the back of the 267-acre property into Butler North, now a successfully leased power center with its own main thoroughfare. This move made way for the development of 350 thousand square feet of the regions first open-air retail and mixed-use project—Butler Town Center. Deborah holds a Bachelor of Arts from Emory University in History, a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Florida, and her MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. She has also spent significant time traveling and studying in Europe. She is an active community leader and member of numerous organizations and causes, and currently serves as Board Member of UF’s Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies, the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, past two-term President UF’s Phillips Center for Performing Arts-among many others.

Brian Jablonski, Property Manager

Brian brings over 20 years of retail and hospitality management experience to the Butler Team. His background includes leadership roles in top global organizations such as The Walt Disney Company and Target Corporation. As part of over a decade of leadership in Target, Brian spent his final five years as the Store Team Leader of the Target Store in Butler Plaza-learning the city, and the property he now manages. In 2016 he transitioned to Dick’s Sporting Goods to lead the anchor’s new-to-market opening in Butler North, the first 750,000 square foot Butler Expansion Project. Having operated multiple businesses from $10 Million to $40+ Million, Brian brings extensive experience in SOPs, budget creation, high aesthetics and appearance standards and a unique understanding of the retail/tenant side to the team. At Butler Enterprises, he manages over 260 acres of retail and dining, maintains relationships with our 120+ businesses on site, monitors and negotiates vendor contracts, provides input on new expansions and oversees all daily operations of the successful 14-county market-dominant retail destination.
 

Jody House, Vice President of Leasing

Jody House brings over 30 years of expertise in the Real Estate Business to Butler Enterprises. Jody has successfully executed leasing strategies in ground up developments and redevelopments for owners and also has a history of rolling out national expansion plans for retailers. Her breadth of experience includes a wide range of product types from, Regional Malls, Power Centers, office, Urban Districts and Mixed-Use projects including award winning Easton Town Center in Columbus OH and Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, MO. Previously, she was Senior Vice President of Leasing at Steiner + Associates, Senior Executive at CBL, and Director at Highwoods Properties.

Nancy Baker, Vice President of Lease Administration

Nancy started her career in retail development in Houston, Texas where she was a licensed broker and spent over 20 years in leasing and property management—diversifying into retail tenant rep in the late 1980s. She spent the next 15 years in lease administration management for national organizations like Pearl Vision/Sears Optical, Lesco and John Deere, and Jo-Ann stores overseeing CAM reconciliations, lease renewals and staff management. She has extensive experience with leasing database systems, real estate accounting systems and legal collaboration. Now Director of Lease Administration for Butler Enterprises, Nancy manages all the lease administration for over 100 tenants and abstraction into the real estate accounting system, assisting with Tenant defaults, and acting as tenant liaison from pre-construction process to opening.
 

John Dickerson, Director of Marketing

John Dickerson joined Butler Enterprises in October of 2018. John brings with him over 15 years of experience in marketing and social media strategy and implementation. His background includes video production for a Gainesville-based television station, leading the intense digital marketing program for a local startup where he coordinated campaigns with national bloggers, QVC, and GNC retailers and boosted the company’s sales through targeted web campaigns lead by Google analytics and data-driven strategies. Most recently John worked with the largest Florida-based homeowners insurance carrier producing digital media content. As Butler’s Director of Marketing, he is responsible for implementing inbound and outbound marketing strategies A Florida native, John attended the University of Florida and graduated in 2010 with a degree in advertising.

Elizabeth Scott, Director of Community & Events

Elizabeth Scott is joining the Butler Enterprises Team as Director of Community and Events. She was born and raised here in Gainesville, FL, and is a lifelong Gators fan. After spending the past seven years living and working in the tech scene of San Francisco, she is excited to bring her experience and learnings back to her hometown.
 
Elizabeth is the former Global Head of Content & Product Marketing for YI Technology. Additionally, she was previously the Director of Social Media at UploadVR and a Social Media Strategist at Google. Elizabeth co-founded and successfully exited the e-commerce company Startup Drugz, a satirical lifestyle brand for entrepreneurs.

Elizabeth has experience in social media marketing and content strategy, in addition to developing a brand’s narrative and tone. She’s managed teams of local and international full-time employees, PR and creative agencies, videographers, and independent contractors. She knows how to build and develop content marketing from the ground up, but has also joined established Fortune 100 Companies and made her mark there.