William (Bill) Holly
Personal & Mission Statement
I am the founder and president of Patton Real Estate Group, a Miami-based, full-service commercial real estate firm providing brokerage, property management, development, and consulting services throughout Florida. I believe in community service, and have served on various non-profit boards. GAHF is close to my heart as my grandparents immigrated to the US from Kiel, Germany and Ossingen, Switzerland. I plan to use my marketing/ PR skills to help GAHF grow through co-operations, partnerships, and events.
I am the founder and president of Patton Real Estate Group, a Miami-based, full service commercial real estate firm providing brokerage, property management, development and consulting services throughout the state of Florida. I was previously presented with the Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, having being named one of the Top Ten “Hot Commercial Real Estate Brokers” in the U.S. by Commercial Property News, and being awarded the Top Sales Broker, Top Leasing Broker, Development of the Year and Broker of the Year in Miami.
In addition, I developed the first LEED-Certified Green Office Building in Miami. I play an active role in the community serving on numerous charitable and for profit boards. I am a founding shareholder of Florida Gulf Bank and Coral Gables Trust. I am also the Chairman of the Patton Real Estate Foundation, a board member of JB Green Estate (a local real estate investment firm), and Chairman of the Board of the Edgewater Trust Company.
Moreover, I was the past Chairman of the Ransom Everglades Board of Trustees, the past President of the Brickell Area Association, and the past Chairman of the Historical Museum of Southern Florida (History Miami). I also served as a councilman on the Coconut Grove Village Council (1999, 2000) and was the past Senior Warden at St. Phillips Church in Coral Gables.
I graduated from Florida State University. I became acquainted with GAHF through my parents and other members of my family who had long been members, and his uncle, Bern E. Deichmann, who had been President Emeritus of GAHF and the 2013 Distinguished German-American of the Year. Furthermore, my grandparents who emigrated to the United States from Kiel, Germany and Ossingen, Switzerland, have always instilled in their family members pride in their German heritage. My grandfather’s papers (he was a founder of the International Society of Toxicology) are located in Kiel today which explains why I am so keen in promoting German interests and cooperation with the USA. I have served on the GAHF board for the past six years.