Chair Anthony J. Trella
Owner & President
The Meranth Company
Anthony J. Trella is Owner and President of The Meranth Company, a real estate development and investment advisory company. He has a well-established, national reputation that is based on over 40 years of successful accomplishments in executive, marketing and financial management. Mr. Trella’s preeminent achievements were garnered throughout an impressive career as president/CEO of leading real estate organizations, where he directed: the development of over 20,000 acres of land; numerous private and public golf courses; retail and office centers; over 5,000 residential units; and over 3,000 employees. To date, these attainments have resulted in the completion of 15 master planned communities, 20 diverse development projects and over 10,000 residential lots, totaling more than a billion dollars in sales and several hundred million dollars in profits.
Mr. Trella founded The Meranth Company in 1993, a development and investment management company that has since utilized his knowledge and expertise to successfully assist a fast growing list of highly satisfied clients. The Meranth Company provides a broad variety of advisory services from corporate strategic planning, due diligence studies, merger and acquisitions, project development planning and management, financial planning and capitalization, human resource structure, and marketing strategies and programs. Advisory clients and alliances include major investment bankers, private investors, developers, homebuilders, brokers, and other advisory organizations. This has included real estate organizations and projects in Florida, Texas, Illinois, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, California, Canada and the Bahamas.
Immediately preceding the establishment of The Meranth Company, Mr. Trella served as President/CEO of Markborough Communities, Inc., where he was responsible for all land development and homebuilding operations throughout five states and Canada. These land development holdings were among the largest and most diversified in North America. Seven decentralized operating divisions constituted the fiscal responsibility and supervision of: over $300 million in revenues in five years; over $200 million in development and construction work; eight large master planned communities with over 20 developments in total; and four operating golf course country clubs. Lauded to date is his implementation of one of the best overall marketing programs by a major development firm.
Previous career highlights include serving as the Senior Real Estate Executive of American Capital Corporation, a large bank holding organization and master developer. Mr. Trella, among many major undertakings as executive vice president at American Capital, built out a number of projects, peaking at a volume between 400-500 housing units per year. In addition, while serving as President, he opened the South Florida Division of Pulte Home Corporation, one of the largest homebuilding companies in the United States. Prior to that he served for 12 years as President/CEO of Mondex, Inc., a diversified Florida developer.
Mr. Trella's professional affiliations include the Urban Land Institute for which in addition to being a frequent speaker and panelist, he is a Former Trustee and Chairman of the Community Development Council (Green Flight), and the Former Chairman and current member of the South Florida/Caribbean District Council’s Advisory Committee. He is a former Chairman of the Advisory Board of Nova-Southeastern University’s Masters Program in Real Estate Development. He was a director/founder of the Foundation for Environmental and Economic Progress and the Developer-In-Residence for the University of Miami School of Law/Graduate Program in Real Property Development. His accomplishments have earned him the respect of hundreds of professionals within the real estate industry, including Developers, Builders, Realtors, Architects, Planners, Designers, Attorneys, Investment Bankers, Financial Advisors, Bankers and Management Executives. Mr. Trella was born in New York City and earned a B.B.A. in Accounting from Pace University, after which he completed graduate studies at Adelphi University. He served for six years in the U.S. Navy, receiving an honorable discharge.