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Scott Henley
UNF Degree: B.B.A - – ’02
Employment: Vice President, Coldwell Banker Commercial Benchmark, Jacksonville

Henley established name in commercial real estate

 Although Scott Henley is a relative newcomer to the world of commercial real estate, he is already establishing a name for himself in the field.


Henley, who is vice president of the office division for Coldwell Banker Commercial Benchmark, recently was named Broker of the Year by the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP). He also has been the top producer in commercial real estate for the last three years for Coldwell Banker and has been named an "Up and Comer" by the Jacksonville Business Journal.


Henley's road to success started at UNF's Coggin College of Business where he lined up an internship at Coldwell Banker that eventually resulted in his first professional position. In addition to the internship, Henley also recalled his UNF education prepared him for his career by giving him a solid background in understanding the day-to-day workings of his chosen field. "The small classes and the faculty who brought a lot of real world experience to their teaching made all the difference." He specifically recalled classes by Drs. Jay Coleman, Sid Rosenberg and Cheryl Frohlich as being instrumental in his success.


But it wasn't all about classroom experience. Henley made many friends at UNF who continue to be colleagues today forming the basis of a solid professional network. "Some of the friendships gained through UNF were invaluable." Those friendships were formed in a variety of activities, including his involvement in the Finance and Investment Society, a student club of which he was vice president. One such activity was a trip to Washington, D.C., in which he recalled "it was exciting to see how the process of government actually works."


Since graduation, Henley has maintained a connection with UNF through the Coggin College of Business alumni chapter where he said he enjoys meeting with alumni on a regular basis. Other civic activities include working with Habijax, the Jacksonville chapter of Habitat for Humanity and the NAIOP Easter Basket project.


When not working, Henley and his wife Stephanie love outdoor activities, such as boating, fishing, surfing and being involved in activities with their son Jacob.


When he looks back on his young career, Henley points to his selection of UNF as a turning point. After attending St. Johns River Community College, Henley said he wanted to "try something different" other than the traditional business degree. That's when he decided to specialize in real estate and come to Jacksonville. "I wanted to stay at a relatively small school and didn't want to move out of Florida. UNF was the right choice for me."