Dan Woodward

Tampa real estate veteran named Bergstrom Center’s Alumnus of the Year

ORLANDO, Fla. –  Dan Woodward was honored as the 2018 Kelley A. Bergstrom Real Estate Center’s Alumnus of the Year at its annual Trends & Strategies Conference at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando on Friday.

Bergstron Alumnus of the Year 2018

From left: Bergstrom Center Executive Director Dr. Wayne Archer, Bergstrom Center Director Tim Becker, 2018 Bergstrom Center Alumnus of the Year Dan Woodward, and Nathan S. Collier Master of Real Estate Program Director Dr. David Ling.

Woodward is the Vice President of Highwoods Properties, a real estate investment trust. He is responsible for Highwoods’ Tampa Division, including the day-to-day operations, acquisition, leasing, management and development activities. Under his leadership, the Tampa portfolio has grown to include 3.6 million square feet and represents approximately 12 percent of Highwoods’ total annualized revenue. He is also a licensed real estate broker.

“I am very honored and humbled particularly given the quality of the program and the quality of the alumni [at UF],” Woodward said.

He has been in the real estate industry for more than 30 years. Woodward has been with Highwoods since 2006 and was formerly with Trammell Crow Company as Senior Vice President. There, he was responsible for the oversight of development activities in Central Florida.

Woodward received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from UF in 1982, his MBA from UF in 1985 and a master’s degree focused on real estate development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Woodward is active in giving back to students and the community. In addition to his role as a member of the Advisory Board for the Bergstrom Center, he serves in various executive committee and board positions with the Westshore Alliance and the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation. He also serves as the president of the Central Florida Chapter of the National Association for Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP) and as part of CoreNet Global, a non-profit corporate real estate association.

Dan Woodward

Dan Woodward speaks to students as part of the Alfred A. Ring Distinguished Speaker Series.

“What makes [the Bergstrom Center] unique is the access students get to people in the industry and Advisory Board members,” Woodward said. “[Advisory Board members] get a lot of emails from students in programs across the country, but when we get one from UF students, it’s special. Not only do they have staff members inside of the University to help them out, but they also have Advisory Board members that are looking out for them.”

Woodward will join 13 other individuals that have also been named Alumnus of the Year. The Bergstrom Center’s Alumnus of the Year award is given to a UF graduate who has made an impactful and sustained contribution to Real Estate education at the University of Florida. All recipients are friends of the Center who have gone above and beyond to grow the presence of UF’s Real Estate program. Read more about the Bergstrom Center Alumnus of the Year here.