About Halstatt

 

Halstatt was built upon the legacy of Barron Gift Collier, one of the key figures in the development of Southwest Florida. His descendents, the Sproul family, formed Halstatt to reflect his spirit of leadership, community building and achievement. They have assembled a world class team of real estate and finance professionals, all with significant experience in Florida.

Halstatt is the operational and investment arm of the Sproul family. Judy Sproul, the granddaughter of Barron Gift Collier, established Halstatt over twenty years ago. She spearheaded the development of Grey Oaks Country Club, a prominent and successful golf course community located in Naples, FL.

Under Judy’s leadership, Halstatt has successfully grown its asset base over the past two decades. Currently, Halstatt maintains several other land holdings in its real estate portfolio, and it manages an extensive investment portfolio. Katie Sproul, Judy’s eldest daughter, now leads Halstatt and spearheaded the creation of Halstatt Real Estate Partners.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Juliet “Judy” Sproul

Juliet

 

Juliet “Judy” Sproul is the founder of Halstatt and the driving force behind Halstatt’s first project, Grey Oaks Community and Country Club. She continues to provide vision and strategic direction to Halstatt in her capacity as a Board Member. In addition, Ms. Sproul is a General Partner of Barron Collier Companies where she previously was a Board Member for 30 plus years. Judy has three daughters and has been involved in numerous philanthropic activities, including Naples Botanical Gardens, Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation, Southwest Land Preservation Trust and The Forum Club. She was honored as the Naples Daily News Outstanding Citizen of the Year in 2003, Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame Laureate in 2004, Hodges University Humanitarian of the Year in 2010 and the recipient of the Life Achievement Award from Edison College in 2006.

Katherine “Katie” Sproul

 

Katherine “Katie” Sproul is CEO of Halstatt and a Principal of Halstatt Real Estate Partners. In addition to overseeing all operations, her past projects have included Grey Oaks and LaPlaya Beach and Golf Resort. Previously, Katie was also co-President of Barron Collier Companies. Katie is a graduate of Cornell University and earned an MBA from the Yale School of Management. She has over 17 years of real estate experience and principal investment experience. She is Past Chair of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Collier Foundation, Junior Achievement Hall of Fame and a Board Member of Audubon of Florida.

Julie Sproul

 

Julie Sproul has been a Board Member for Halstatt, LLC since 2012. She serves on the Barron Collier Companies Board of Directors. Julie has three children and volunteers as chairperson of school benefits, the Garden Club, and Tennis Committee. She is a graduate of Hartwick College.

Jennifer Sullivan

 

Jennifer Sullivan has been a Board Member for Halstatt, LLC since 2012. From 1995 to 2003, Jennifer was responsible for Marketing and Launching New Product for Grey Oaks Country Club. She was also a board member of the Design Review Board which approved new product and new homes for the Grey Oaks Community. From 2005 to 2009, Jennifer was a Chairperson of the Naples Botanical Garden’s fundraiser event Hats in the Garden. In 2009 and 2010, she was Chairperson of the Naples Community School’s fundraiser event the Naples Angel Ball. From 1993 to 2012, Mrs. Sullivan was a Board Member of the Barron Collier Partnership. She majored in business at Auburn University.

Annette Franqui

 

Ms. Franqui is a Board Director for Halstatt, LLC. She is a founding partner of Forrestal Capital, a business and financial advisor formed in 2003 to advise a Latin American family. Forrestal Capital invests the liquidity of its clients through third party managers, provides advice in their operating businesses and invests their funds in direct private equity transactions. Prior to co-founding Forrestal, Ms. Franqui was the CFO for Panamerican Beverages, and a banker at JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs. Ms. Franqui is a graduate of the Wharton School and the Stanford GSB. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Arcos Dorados, Freddo, Axionlog, AARP and a number of early stage companies.

John D. DesPrez III

 

John D. DesPrez III, a prominent executive in the wealth management and insurance industries, was appointed Incapital’s Chief Executive Officer in January 2015. Mr. DesPrez previously served as CEO of John Hancock Financial Services and as Chief Operating Officer of Manulife Financial Corp., one of the largest diversified insurance groups in the world. He is a Board Director for Halstatt, LLC.

Mr. DesPrez oversaw the U.S. operations of Manulife for 10 years, during which time the company purchased John Hancock. As CEO and President of John Hancock Financial Services, Mr. DesPrez oversaw a broad-based financial services operation with multiple business lines, including annuities, mutual funds, group pensions, college savings plans, structured financial products, managed accounts, and life and long-term care insurance. In addition to Manulife’s U.S. operations, Mr. DesPrez was later also given responsibility for Canada and Asia, and then became COO with oversight of all the firm’s operating businesses around the globe.

Subsequent to leaving Manulife, Mr. DesPrez served as an advisor to a prominent family office in Florida, a large Canadian pension fund, and to several private equity firms. A native of Cleveland, Mr. DesPrez majored in economics at Harvard College and graduated from law school at Georgetown University. He previously served on the Board of Governors of the Investment Company Institute and the Board of Directors of the American Council of Life Insurance, both in Washington, D.C. Mr. DesPrez continues to serve on the Board of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.