Over $2 Million Raised for the Terry Stiles School of Real Estate Development Campaign

South Florida real estate developer Terry Stiles

When visionary real estate developer and Broward County business leader Terry Stiles passed away on September 11, 2017, friends and colleagues sought a way to honor his legacy. They developed a campaign with a goal to raise $2 million to ensure that the master’s degree in real estate development would forever bear his name. In just three months, they surpassed their goal.

Gifts toward naming the Terry Stiles School of Real Estate Development came from more than 100 donors, their donations ranging from $20 to $250,000. Longtime friend and business partner Steven J. Halmos, C.E.O. of Halmos Holdings, Inc., and NSU Trustee, was not surprised. “The fact that more than 2,000 people attended Terry’s memorial service evidences the respect and affection people from all walks of life have for Terry.

“He wasn't simply a good guy. He was also an icon. His fingerprints are all over our community. Little wonder that, in just three months, more than $2 million poured in from the family members, friends, and colleagues whose lives Terry touched. Terry would probably be surprised by all the fuss being made over him, but I think he's probably looking down and smiling,” Halmos said.

Stiles was passionate about creating a first-class real estate Master's program at NSU, added Harry Posin, president of Label & Company Developments, Inc. and an advisory board member for NSU's real estate development school. 

"The program simply would not exist without Terry's determination and generosity," Posin said. "It provides the next generation of real estate professionals the education, relationships and resources to be the future leaders in our industry. I believe the most appropriate way to honor his career is The Terry Stiles School of Real Estate Development along with the endowment fund that will create scholarships for worthy students."