2024 Speaker Line Up

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Justin Thibaut


Land and New Home
Sales/Development Expert

JUSTIN THIBAUT is the President and CEO of LSI Companies. He is a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management and joined LSI after a successful career in the Nuclear Power and Petroleum Industries, where he held positions in project engineering, construction, and business management of major capital projects valued from $500 million to $1 billion. Specializing in real estate analysis and acquisition/disposition of commercial real estate, Justin is also well versed in all stages of land development and vertical construction. In addition, he is effective and experienced in complex RE transactions including 1031 exchanges, income-producing investment sales, and developer/homebuilder-developed lot programs. Justin spends his free time enjoying the outdoors and SWFL waterways with his wife and kids.

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Denny Grimes

Real Estate Expert

DENNY GRIMES, President of Denny Grimes & Team at Keller Williams Realty has been serving residential real estate clients in SWFL for more than 40 years. With the support of a powerful team that is expertly trained in the real estate process and results-oriented sales and marketing, Denny is able to deliver a superior level of individual customer service while maintaining a high sales volume. He continually expands his services to satisfy a wide range of clients including home buyers and sellers, builders and developers. Denny speaks nationally and is asked to contribute real estate content to local and national media outlets. Denny and his respected team members have handled over 6,000 transactions and achieved more than one billion in residential sales volume.

Matt Simmons

Commercial Real
Estate Expert

MATT SIMMONS is the Managing Partner of Maxwell, Hendry, & Simmons (MHS), the oldest and largest real estate appraisal and consulting firm in Southwest Florida. Matt is a graduate of FGCU’s Lutgert College of Business and joined MHS in 2005 to launch a residential division of the firm. Today, he oversees the commercial division of MHS and his individual practice consists primarily of consulting and valuation work for litigation and property tax appeals. As a recognized expert witness in several state and federal jurisdictions and in many Florida municipalities for zoning and land use valuation matters, Matt leads the firms’ consulting division in providing economic impact, value impact, and market studies. In 2012, he was appointed by Governor Rick Scott to serve on the Florida Real Estate Appraisal Board. He is the youngest appointee in the history of FREAB, served as the 2014 Chairman, and worked to co-author several newer sections of the Administrative Code applicable to real estate appraisers, instructors, and appraisal management companies. Matt enjoys traveling and finding new experiences to enjoy with his wife and their 4-year old son.

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