W. Allen Morris is Chairman and CEO of The Allen Morris Company, which in its 62nd year, completing its 85th successful development project. It is one of the largest private developers and multifamily mixed-use projects in Florida and Georgia.
Fun fact: I am a jet pilot, scuba diver, NASCAR licensed driver and a 4th degree black belt. I love adventure trekking.
What is your favorite South Florida dining destination? Joe’s Stone Crab. My father used to take me to lunch there to have long talks. I now take my son there for special occasions and relaxed talks together.
What do you like to do on weekends? Explore new places, watch science fiction movies that stimulate my creative thinking, reading books on spiritual activity, and go to church (Now Online)!
How do you unwind from a long day at work? I enjoy trying different wines with dinner with my wife.
What is your favorite quote? “The most important thing to do is to decide, What is the most important thing to do, then do it.” — From my father
From whom, or what, do you draw inspiration? From inspiring architects of the past, present, creative artists and the beauty of nature.
What has been the biggest accomplishment of your career? Imagining and executing Alhambra Towers, because it changed all our future projects and defined our mission to inspire, impress, and improve the lives of others.
What has been the most challenging moment in your career and how did you overcome it? The most challenging moment was when I realized I had burned out from the stress of business and personal life. I took a sabbatical for three years to examine my life and reconnect with my passion and my purpose.
What advice would you give an up and coming professional? Get as much diverse experience as you can to discover what you love doing most, then set out to be the very best at it.