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Former Hortons’ Chief joins Goold Estates

Tony Green, the former chief exec of one of the West Midlands’ best-known commercial property companies, has joined development and investment firm Goold Estates.

In his previous role at Hortons’ Estate, Green led the restoration and redevelopment of Birmingham’s historic Grand Hotel and joins Goold in a non-executive capacity.

Commenting on his appointment, a joyous Green said: “I’m thrilled to be given the opportunity to help Dominic Goold and the team. I hope that my knowledge and experience can help drive the business forward during an important period of growth.

“Goold Estates has done extremely well so far, and I hope that I can help them to go on and achieve significant success. I am very optimistic about the future. This is a very ambitious company, and the challenge is the same as any business that experiences growth.

“Perhaps the biggest challenge is that the market that Goold Estates has done business in the last few years, the industrial and logistics sector, has seen prices become very hot. Therefore, buying more property to expand, and getting long-term value for money, presents a genuine challenge.

“You need to stick to your principles and development criteria – that is very important. We need to be ready to make the most of opportunities when they appear.”

Tony was previously at Birmingham-based regeneration and development specialist St Modwen for 12 years, joining as an accountant and working up to become group financial controller before leaving to join Hortons’ Estate as a Financial Director in 2000.

Nine years after joining Hortons’, Tony became Chief Executive, before standing down from the role earlier this year.

As mentioned above, one of the highlights of his career at Hortons’ was the restoration of the Grand Hotel at Colmore Row in Birmingham.

Commenting on the scheme, Tony said: “It was a remarkable project, and it took up a lot of my life for more than 10 years. I am thrilled that we were able to bring it back to life and I’m looking forward to seeing the hotel open there next year. Hortons’ also celebrated its 125thanniversary while I was there, which was a great milestone to be involved in.”

Goold Estates were impressed by Tony’s experience and have recently increased the size of its property portfolio considerably.

Dominic Goold, Managing Director of Goold Estates, said: “We are at an important point in the growth and development of our business, so to have someone with Tony’s knowledge and experience on board is very welcome.”

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