Viking

SVEIN H. DYRKOLBOTN

Principal Owner

Svein Dyrkolbotn has over 15 years of development experience as part owner of Davis & Sons and as principal owner of Viking Companies. Svein has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Florida and is a licensed general contractor in the State of Florida (CGC1517065). He managed and developed over 2,000 multi-family residential units in communities throughout the southeastern United States and has recently secured entitlements for more than one million square feet of retail and office uses and 2,500 residential units. Born in Bergen, Norway, Svein was a member of the Norwegian National Basketball Team before moving to Florida in 1990 as a high school exchange student staying with the Davis family in Newberry, Florida. Svein was a scholarship athlete who played four years of college basketball for the University of Florida, including a trip to the Gators first Final Four in 1994. Svein is very active in the local community coaching his daughter’s basketball teams, working with the Sebastian Ferraro Foundation and actively engaged with the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce and local public/private initiatives to improve transportation mobility within Alachua County.

DAVE STOCKMAN

Director of Real Estate

As Director of Real Estate for Viking, Dave Stockman is responsible for land acquisitions, land development, design and the underwriting of student and market rate multi-family developments. For 15 years, Dave worked for the Davis Companies and was directly involved in the design, development, and construction of nearly 448 luxury condominium units located in Florida and Mississippi valued at approximately $113,500,000. He was also responsible for the design, development, and construction of over 1,000 student housing units in 7 communities located throughout the southeastern United States valued in excess of $100,000,000. Dave is a graduate of Santa Fe College’s Building Construction Technology program and is licensed in Florida as a real estate sales associate.

TROY ELY

Construction Manager

Troy is Construction Manager of Viking, overseeing the build and flow of every project from the ground up. Troy is a State Certified Contractor who received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida. After college, Troy was employed as a Superintendent by Davis and Sons Construction building several multifamily projects. He then went on to own and operate Ely Builders, where he specialized in building and remodeling custom homes. After seven years with Ely Builders, Troy rejoined the Davis and Sons’ team as a project manager where he continued to gain experience in the multifamily construction industry. In 2004, Troy partnered with Svein to help manage the construction arm of Viking Companies.

JIM STOCKMAN

General Counsel

As General Counsel for Viking, Jim is responsible for all legal matters involving real estate, government entitlements, and general business law. For 17 years, Jim worked for the Davis Property Management and Davis Companies. For four years, he oversaw the company’s property management division and was responsible for approximately 8,000 units. He was also general counsel for 13 years and was responsible for the development and refinancing of over $500M of multi-family properties. Jim graduated from the University of Florida with both a Bachelor of Arts in Finance and a Juris Doctorate. He was admitted to the Florida Bar Association in 1998. Jim is also licensed in Florida as a real estate broker and is licensed in Florida as general contractor.

Sean McIntosh

SVP Asset Management, Celebration Pointe

Sean McIntosh is a Commercial Real Estate veteran having worked with industry leaders such as Jamestown Properties where he managed a class A office tower in midtown Atlanta and was subsequently part of the management team during the development process for the innovative mixed-use development Ponce City Market also in Atlanta, CBRE, Inc.  and Jones Lang LaSalle where he was a member of the Atlantic Station Management team.  During this time Sean held the positions of Association Manager and Assistant General Manager, and General Growth Properties.  With experience that includes managing and redeveloping regional shopping centers and managing mixed-use developments, Sean is a well-rounded member of the Viking team.  Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois Sean has resided in the Greater Gainesville area since 2016 and has a degree in Accounting from Northern Illinois University.

Chris Conti

Marketing Coordinator

Chris serves as the Marketing Coordinator for Celebration Pointe and Viking Companies. In addition to his various marketing roles with the company, Chris also holds a Florida Real Estate License and is a sales agent with CP Realty, brokerage of The Vue at Celebration Pointe. Prior to moving to Gainesville in 2017, Chris worked in Atlanta for RaCo Real Estate Advisors, a boutique real estate development firm where he served as Marketing Manager for the company and also Berkshire Hathaway The Preferred Realty in native Pennsylvania. Chris is a graduate of Westminster College, PA with a major in International Relations.

Madeline Da Silva

Controller

Madeline joined the Viking team in May 2010. She serves as the Controller for both Viking Companies and Celebration Pointe.  She is responsible for the accounting operations of the company including maintaining financial records, creating financial reports, and accounts payable and receivable. Through her tenure at Viking Companies, she has performed various roles including office manager and bookkeeper. Madeline, a lifelong resident of Gainesville is an alumna of the University of Florida and The Rock School.

Brenda Granruth

Bookkeeper

As a bookkeeper for Viking Companies, Brenda is a third generation Native Florida who comes to us with many years of accounting experience.  She works with our Controller to help with the daily accounting operations.

Stephanie Magee

Attorney at Law

Stephanie attended Law School at Thomas M. Cooley School of Law in Lansing, MI; wherein, she clerked for the Honorable Graydon W. Dimkoff and interned for two criminal defense attorneys.  Upon graduating and becoming licensed in Florida, she began working for Saunders, Curtis, Ginestra, and Gore, P.A. in Fort Lauderdale FL.  Her primary areas of practice were the handling of foreclosure actions and other real estate litigation on behalf of corporate clients such as BankAtlantic and Habitat for Humanity.  Stephanie then became licensed in California working for McCarthy Holthus, LLP, an AV-rated multi-state law firm representing financial institutions in a variety of banking law matters.  Stephanie welcomed the opportunity to join the Viking team in 2017 with a focus on commercial, real estate, and construction law.

Stephanie is currently licensed to practice in the State of Florida; State of California; United States District Court for the Northern District of California, United States District Court for the Central District of California; United States District Court for the Eastern District of California; and United States District Court for the Southern District of California.

Brandon Smiley

Development Analyst

As the Development Analyst for Viking Companies, Brandon is responsible for the financial underwriting for all Viking Projects.  Brandon received his Bachelor of Science in Finance at the University of Florida, where he was also a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.  Brandon has intern experience at Capital City Bank, Rendina Healthcare Real Estate, and Precision Economics.

Jen Tener

Development Office Manager & Assistant

Jen Tener joined the Viking team in 2015 as an Office Manager and Development Assistant.  Armed with a bachelor’s degree in Operations Management and a minor in Project Management from the University of Cincinnati, Jen has proven to be a valuable asset to the organization.  Not only does Jen bring her years of experience as a Manager, she also has over 8 years of experience in Learning & Development, as a corporate trainer.

John Trimble

Development Associate

John joined Viking Companies in 2016 while completing his Master of Science in Real Estate (MSRE) at the University of Florida. He is responsible for the financial underwriting of projects, both existing and proposed, as well as data and market research. John supports the leasing, marketing, development, investor relations, and construction aspects of projects, with a focus on Celebration Pointe. Outside of the office, John is very involved in the local community, serving as Co-Chair of the founding year of the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Young Leader Group (YLG) for Gainesville, teaching an excel seminar to UF Real Estate students, and co-founding a non-profit youth water polo club in Gainesville. He also has a Bachelor of Science majoring in Finance from the University of Florida.

Michael Trimble

Development Associate

Michael joined Viking Companies in 2016 while completing his Master of Science in Real Estate (MSRE) at the University of Florida. Michael is responsible for the financial underwriting of projects, both existing and proposed, as well as data and market research. He also supports the leasing, marketing, development, investor relations, and construction aspects of projects; with a focus on student housing and multifamily. Outside of the office Michael teaches an excel seminar to UF Real Estate students and can frequently be spotted at a local brewery or park with his dog. Michael also has a Bachelor of Science majoring in Finance from the University of Florida.