Insula Companies Selected to Gator100
Firm Recognized for Growth, Entrepreneurial Spirit and Continued Success

gator 100 awardSARASOTA, Fla. – Insula Companies – a Sarasota-based firm specializing in apartment community Acquisition and revitalization on behalf of investors – was named to the University of Florida’s (UF) 2017 Gator100 during a ceremony February 10, 2017, at UF’s J. Wayne Reitz Union Grand Ballroom.

Sponsored by the UF Alumni Association, in partnership with the UF Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center, the Gator100 recognizes the 100 fastest-growing businesses owned or led by UF alumni. Ernst & Young calculated each company’s compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) over the past three years to generate the ranking.

“The Gator100 is a campus-wide initiative that recognizes the entrepreneurial spirit entrenched in the university,” said Timothy Walsh, the Executive Director of the UF Alumni Association and Assistant Vice President of Alumni Affairs. “UF Alumni have created and guided some of the most innovative and profitable businesses in the nation and world. The Gator100 celebrates the very best of our Gator Entrepreneurs.”

To qualify for the Gator100, companies must have been in business for five years or more as of October 1, 2016, and have had verifiable annual revenues of $250,000 or more in 2013. Additionally, a UF alumnus or alumna must have met one of the following three leadership criteria:

  • Owned 50 percent or more of the company from January 1, 2013, through October 1, 2016;
  • Served as company’s chief executive from January 1, 2013, through October 1, 2016
  • Founded the company and active as a member of the most senior management team from January 1, 2013, through October 1, 2016

gator 100 fred cocranFrederick D. Cochran, MBA and Managing Partner of Insula Companies, earned an MBA from the University of Florida. Cochran formed Insula Companies in 2009 to acquire multi-family properties throughout the Southeast. His vision serves as the firm’s driving force, resulting in a portfolio of more than 5,000 units and $450 million in assets to date. Cochran holds a Florida Real Estate Broker’s License and is an active member in the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).

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