About Us

Established in 1987, The Jay Odom Group has evolved into a conglomerate encompassing Crystal Beach Development, Hammock Bay, Freedom Tech Center, Natureview, Bay Vita, Pigeon Forge RV Resort, The Island, Destiny, Destin Jet, and Uptown Station, The Emily Odom Institute, JG Plaza, Draper J, and over 20 other subsidiary companies. As an integrated real estate company, we specialize in commercial and residential properties, focusing on mixed-use development, master-planned communities, investment, property management, and the development of hotels, resorts, and mixed-use districts. Under our CEO’s steadfast leadership and clear vision, Jay Odom, The Jay Odom Group is poised for continued growth and expansion. We are well-equipped to seize investment and project management opportunities in the years ahead. Our proven ability to deliver tangible value throughout all stages of the development process, whether for our projects, clients, partners, or investors, underscores our commitment to excellence and our capacity for success. 

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With over three decades of industry leadership, The Jay Odom Group is a testament to sustained success in real estate development. Our extensive experience spans various capabilities, enabling us to apply time-tested strategies that consistently yield excellence across all operational aspects.

Our expertise encompasses the entire development process, from acquisition, financing, and planning to permitting infrastructure development and residential and commercial construction. We also excel in property management, marketing, sales, insurance, local compliance, partnerships, and commercial leasing. This comprehensive skill set positions us uniquely to purchase, develop, construct, and manage new projects, delivering exceptional outcomes for our clients, partners, and investors.

Since our establishment, The Jay Odom Group has earned a distinguished reputation as the go-to real estate development firm in Northwest Florida. Our track record is marked by numerous significant milestones, underscoring our commitment to excellence and our capacity to deliver on our promises.

Explore Our Projects Portfolio

Over the course of more than three decades, we have constructed a robust portfolio and earned a reputation for delivering high-quality projects. We currently have many new projects under construction and in planning right now. Like this one; Zatitude Luxury Apartments opening 2024 at Freedom Tech Center. Over the last 30+ years, we have built a portfolio and reputation of producing quality projects such as Freedom Tech Center, Hammock Bay, Natureview, Bay Vita, Pigeon Forge RV Resort, The Island, The Wharf 850, Destiny, City Market, Destin Jet, and The Uptown District…. just to name a few.

Our Expert Team

Founded in 1987, The Jay Odom Group brings together a remarkable team of professionals, each handpicked for their expertise and knowledge in the real estate sector. Our team is recognized for dynamism, creativity, and unwavering commitment to excellence. With a collective experience of over a century, we deeply understand the industry’s intricacies.

Our team’s dedication and enthusiasm have propelled The Jay Odom Group to be one of the most active development companies in Northwest Florida. We take pride in consistently delivering high-quality results, thanks to our team’s vast experience and relentless commitment to our mission.

The Jay Odom Group Corporate Headquarters


Jay Odom


Nick Vlahos

Vice President

Sarah Burgess

Executive Assistant

Mary Rosenheim

Director of Development

Rich Lange

Director of Construction

Emily Gregory

Property Manager

Linda Weed

Assistant Controller

Nick Zimmerman

Marketing Director

Trish Dalton

Director of Design

Jose Marengo

Government/Military Liaison
Odom Hotelz Hospitality

Tania Koehler

Head of Hospitality

Joe Kneeland

Director of Hotel Operations

Mimy Kincaid

Sales & Business Development Director

Emily Medina


Chris Zorad

Project Manager
Hammock Bay

Beth Jones


Gina Walker


Anne Winjum


John Kneeland

Crew Supervisor

Tommy Robison

Crew Supervisor

Bobby Robinson

Equipment Operator

Forrest Melvin

Equipment Operator

Zac Odom

Equipment Operator

Brands of the Past and Present

The Jay Odom Group has been instrumental in fostering significant advancements within several localities, including Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Freeport, and Niceville in Okaloosa and Walton counties. The group has successfully established numerous local brands, which have catalyzed substantial regional development.

Their initiatives have generated a multitude of employment opportunities, bolstering the local economy and enhancing the quality of life for residents. In addition, they have provided robust support to defense contractors, further strengthening the region’s industrial base.

Moreover, The Jay Odom Group has played a pivotal role in promoting tourism by creating attractive destinations that draw visitors from far and wide. Their efforts have also led to the development of diverse shopping experiences, contributing to the vibrant local culture and economy.

Furthermore, their strategic investments and innovative projects in real estate have stimulated growth and prosperity in these areas. The Jay Odom Group’s comprehensive approach to development has not only resulted in tangible economic benefits but also enriched the community’s social fabric. Here are a few of our most recognizable project from then and now,

Giving Back & Making a Difference

The Jay Odom Group takes immense pride in its active community service and philanthropy involvement.

Our dedication to the communities we serve is as profound as our commitment to our various development projects. We firmly believe in the power of giving back and positively impacting society.

Over the years, we have donated more than $1 million to various charities and community organizations. Our philosophy is simple: we aim to rejuvenate communities and make a significant difference, particularly in areas related to youth and education. This is why we have consistently supported programs such as Adopt a Classroom, Take Stock in Children, Education Foundations, and numerous other school and children’s initiatives.

Our contributions extend beyond financial donations. In collaboration with Walton County and Hammock Bay, we have donated 60 acres of land to the City of Freeport to construct a $20 million state-of-the-art Regional Sports Complex. We have also donated 30 acres within Hammock Bay’s Town Center to the Walton County School District for an elementary/middle school.

In a tribute to first responders, armed forces, and all uniformed service members, we erected the tallest flagpole in the State of Florida, standing at 172 feet tall, in the Uptown District of Fort Walton Beach, Florida. We have also donated land in the heart of the City of Destin and the Crystal Beach area for public use and recreation.

Our support extends to charities that provide stability and resources for children and families in need to build brighter futures for all our citizens. These include organizations such as Children in Crisis, Boys & Girls Club, All Sports Association, Children’s Hospitals & Foundations, Ronald McDonald House, St Judes, Special Olympics, The Niemoller Foundation, Opportunity Place, March of Dimes, Shelter House, Families First Network.

We also encourage our team to engage in community service and volunteerism. We support a variety of causes, including Wildlife Rehabilitators, Wounded Warriors, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, the Florida Sheriffs Association, Fisher House, The Air Force Enlisted Village, Local Chambers of Commerce and Economic Development Organizations, and local Rotary, Kiwanis, Lion, and Shriner Clubs. We believe corporate responsibility begins locally and are committed to positively impacting our communities.

How Can We Work with You?

The Jay Odom Group is a leading real estate development firm with over 30+ years of industry experience. We are known for delivering quality, satisfaction, and success in every project. Our team takes pride in our unparalleled reputation, offering top-tier development, sales, and management services. We are committed to maximizing returns on our projects, whether they are our own or those of our clients, partners, or investors. 

Our services are comprehensive and tailored to meet and often exceed expectations. With a blend of experience, professionalism, understanding, and creativity, we offer a customized approach to each project. Our portfolio of services, delivered with value and unmatched leadership, includes:

Smart Growth for Sustainable Success

The Jay Odom Group is renowned for offering a broad range of development solutions and for our commitment to sustainable practices. We firmly believe that smart growth equates to long-term value, positioning us to realize strategic and business objectives successfully. Our highly trained team of specialists has the necessary experience and business relationships to execute successful projects of any complexity and scale. Our project specialties include:

We go the extra mile to ensure the successful execution and completion of all our projects. 

Let's work together and build something great.

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