As Chief Executive Officer of The Sembler Company, Ron Wheeler oversees the strategic vision and daily operations of one of the real estate industry’s most storied development companies. In more than 50 years of operation, The Sembler Company has developed more than 325 projects totaling more than 27 million square feet, and currently leases and manages a portfolio of nearly 10 million square feet throughout the southeastern U.S. and Puerto Rico.
Wheeler is responsible for directing all operations of the full-service real estate firm, including acquisitions, development and redevelopment, property management, and leasing operations as well as in-house accounting, legal and administrative teams. He has been with Sembler since 1997, when he joined the company as Vice President of Investments and moved on to serve as Chief Operating Officer.
Prior to joining Sembler, Wheeler spent a decade in commercial real estate finance with NCNB and then in the role of Vice President of Commercial Real Estate Lending with First Union National Bank.
Wheeler is on the Advisory Board and is a past member of the Executive Committee of the University of Florida’s Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies, where he serves as a guest lecturer on the topic of business ethics. He also serves as a Board Member of the Real Estate Investment Council Tampa Bay, and is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Risk and Insurance Management Society.
Known for his passion for community service – and his advocacy for the philanthropic efforts of all Sembler employees – Wheeler makes it a point to pitch in at employee service events whenever possible, and ensures his team feels supported in their own endeavors. On a personal level, he serves as the Board Chairman of the Alzheimer’s Association, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter. He is also an active Committee Member of St. Pete’s Promise, focusing on obtaining grants for schools with at-risk students in St. Petersburg, FL. Wheeler has also served as a member of the Central Business Council of the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce, and on the Basic Needs Allocation Committee of the United Way Tampa Bay.
Wheeler graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida, majoring in Business Administration and specializing in Finance.