Syd Kitson

Chairman and CEO, Kitson & Partners

Syd Kitson is Chairman/CEO of Kitson & Partners, a Florida-based real estate company specializing in the creation and development of environmentally responsible, sustainable master-planned communities and commercial properties.

Kitson is a graduate of Wake Forest University, with a notable career in the National Football League. Upon retirement, he began his career in real estate, founding Kitson & Partners in 1999. In 2006, Kitson completed the historic purchase of Babcock Ranch in Southwest Florida, encompassing an area five times the size of the island of Manhattan, with over 80% of the original land purchase set aside in the largest single land preservation agreement in the state’s history.

Syd has served on multiple civic, education and non-profit boards. He chaired the 2016-2017 Florida Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, served as Chair of the Board of Governors for the State University System of Florida in 2020 and 2021, is immediate past Chair of the Florida Council of 100, and was named TIME Magazine’s “Dreamer of the Year” in 2023.