Brent Sembler is Vice Chairman of The Sembler Company. Sembler is currently in his fourth decade of working with the company, founded by his father, Mel Sembler, in 1962. Since then, The Sembler Company has grown into an institution in the industry—developing more than 325 projects totaling more than 27 million square feet, and leasing and managing a portfolio of nearly 10 million square feet throughout the southeastern U.S. and Puerto Rico.
Brent Sembler takes on a wide array of active roles and responsibilities within the full-service real estate firm, which offers development/redevelopment, acquisitions, leasing, property management and other services.
Sembler has been a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) since 1980, and is a founding member of the industry organization’s Florida Government Affairs Committee, on which he still serves. He is also a leader in political fundraising on the state and national stage, having led and served on dozens of successful Republican campaigns and fundraising committees. Currently, Sembler serves as a gubernatorial appointee to the Board of Trustees of Florida State University, a $2-billion public university. He is also Chairman of Legends of Delta Lambda, and serves on the Board of Gulf Coast Community Care. He is also a member of the Florida Council of 100, a business advisory council to the Governor of Florida.
On a local level, Sembler and his wife, Debbie, established a philanthropic fund administered through the Tampa/Orlando/Pinellas (T.O.P.) Jewish Foundation, Inc. that benefits numerous Bay Area charities. He is a past member of the Boards of All Children’s Hospital and Shorecrest Preparatory School’s Board of Trustees.
Born in 1957 in Dyersburg, Tennessee, Sembler earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University in 1980. He and Debbie have three children and one grandchild.