Jeremy Sisson, MBA
Mr. Jeremy Sisson, MBA is the Managing Director of Evan James & Associates. He is in charge of the brokerages vision, its long-term business strategy, growth, success and has almost twenty years of experience in the mortgage and real estate industries. Their brokerage's American Steel product line was the catalyst for a 2021 Small Business Institute National Award. They also received a 2019 Corporate Philanthropy Award from the Orlando Business Journal for their philanthropic endeavors in the community.
Through his executive leadership and vision the Evan James & Associates Opportunity Zone Fund was formed. This Fund will disburse millions of dollars over the next several years into dozens of distressed "Opportunity Zones and QOZ Businesses" located throughout the State of Florida. His goal is to make available thousands of high-quality, reasonably-priced housing units, as well as, provide low cost, steel-framed alternatives for both residential and commercial real estate projects.
He’s a principal partner in the upcoming 750 million dollar, LEED certified, Vertical Medical City project located in Downtown Orlando. When completed this one million square foot project will be home to the largest single-location of senior housing in the United States with over 1,000 beds. It will have 250,000 square feet of professional medical and office space and will be the home to world-class medical research and development facilities.
He is a commercial real estate expert who has contributed many articles and provided expert guidance on various mediums regarding the industry. His interviews about commercial real estate on the Business Foresight Strategies Show are their most downloaded podcast episodes. He has also been a featured guest on the WESH 2 News Morning Show, BUD 94.1 FM, the Behind the Law Show, Only the Best podcast, Our 3 Sense podcast, Bet the Jockey podcast, 94.9 FM WTLN, STAR Radio 94.5, MIX 105.1, Power Radio 102.2, Indie Jamz Radio and the REAL radio connections show.
While he has built a reputation as a respected and honorable business executive, he has also spent the last twenty years as a perennial and passionate public servant for those in need throughout the Central Florida community. He received a 2018 Man of the Year Award from the Orlando Family Magazine. He and fourteen other influential businessmen in Central Florida were spotlighted for the impact they are each making within the Central Florida community.
He's a former Board Member for the Florida Association of Veteran-Owned Businesses (FAVOB) and was their 2018 Veteran's Day Event Vice-Chair. He was also a personal mentor to multiple Veterans through the Camaraderie Foundations mentorship program. This program assists transitioning military service members to prepare for a career in the local community by offering the opportunity to build local peer support, friendships, and guidance to help them become successful in their businesses and their community.
He’s a Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Director's for the Guys with Ties Philanthropy. They are a group of professional business executives who host fun-filled, themed events and give the proceeds back to charity. To date, they have raised over 500k for over 50+ local non-profits and have poured in several thousand volunteer hours back into the community. They were recently awarded the 2019 Children's Advocacy Award, the 2018 YMCA of Central Florida Volunteerism Award and the 2017 Amy Van Bergen Generosity Award. For his efforts as the 2017 Board President, his fellow members awarded him the 2017 Board Member of the Year Award.
He's a former Board Member for the United Abolitionists, which is a non-profit that is a leading
agency in the United States connecting all organizations and resources necessary to educate, prevent, rescue and rehabilitate in the fight against modern-day slavery and exploitation. Recently, UA partnered up with the UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management in Orlando to fight against slavery and exploitation. Their goal is to train the “future leaders of the hospitality industry to combat human trafficking in hospitality, tourism, events, attractions, hotels and on campus.” He and his wife are the co-emcees for the Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day.
He's a former member of the Entrepreneur Academy Advisory Council for the Down syndrome Association of Central Florida. He volunteered every year as a personal Mentor to one of their program CEO’s and was a featured guest speaker at one of their previous CEO cohort boot camps. This academy is an entrepreneurship program that gives individuals with Down syndrome a path towards productive adulthood financial independence by empowering them with the education and skills training to start their own businesses. This life-changing program is the first of its kind in the United States for people with Down syndrome and sets a new standard for how communities can and should empower individuals with disabilities.