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Brian Walsh: Collage Companies Founder Passes the Baton

From left, Steve Pinyot, executive vice president; Rob Maphis, president; Brian Walsh, founder, CEO and chairman; and Tara Sanders, chief financial officer
From left, Steve Pinyot, executive vice president; Rob Maphis, president; Brian Walsh, founder, CEO and chairman; and Tara Sanders, chief financial officer

The Collage Companies has been the catalyst behind some of Florida’s most iconic structures for nearly 40 years, providing design build, general contracting and construction management services with an emphasis on community-centric projects in the hospitality, religious, transportation and park sectors. High-profile projects include Lynx Central Station, Aloft Lake Buena Vista, Luminary Green at Creative Village, and Tampa Union Station. 

Since 1982, Collage projects have provided thousands of jobs in Central Florida, and in 2020 Collage completed nearly $100 million in construction projects. Collage has been recognized among GrowFL Florida Companies
to Watch and as one of Central Florida’s Top Workplaces for 2020 by the Orlando Sentinel. 

Effective January 20, Brian Walsh, founder of The Collage Companies, assumed the title of chairman and CEO, and he will continue to guide the vision and strategic direction for Collage’s market expansion. He is succeeded by Rob Maphis, who assumed the role of president after serving as chief operating officer since 2016. Steve Pinyot moved from his role of vice president to fill the role of executive vice president. Tara Sanders, who had been Collage’s controller since 2014, became chief financial officer. 

Walsh received the industry’s highest distinction in 2018 as part of the Design Build Institute of America’s inaugural College of Fellows. 

“This transition or growing of our leadership team has been planned for quite a while and is part of our progression to become an employee-owned business,” Walsh said. “This is the time, and I have all the confidence in Rob and our team to continue our growth and impact in our industry and our community. We have a stronger team now to continue our mission to build projects that strengthen the foundation of our community, and I may take a little more time to pursue our family’s philanthropic and charitable interests.”

In 2018, Maphis was appointed by then-Florida Gov. Rick Scott to the Construction Industry Licensing Board, which regulates state-licensed contractors.

“I am honored to take the baton as president of this company, building upon the solid reputation Brian has cultivated over the past four decades,” Maphis said. “I truly love the business of building, the organization that I am part of, and the talented construction professionals I am blessed to work alongside. I look forward to continuing to carry out Collage’s mission.” 

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