James S. Gielda joined Mr. Markey as co-founder and Principal of JKM Developers in 2008. Mr. Gielda’s primary responsibilities at JKM include project entitlements, design and marketing. Prior to co-founding JKM Developers, Gielda worked alongside John Markey at Boca-Raton based EB Developers, Inc. as a Director of Real Estate Entitlements. Gielda managed and executed land use, concurrency, site plan, architecture, environmental, and permit approvals for numerous single family, multi-family, and mixed-use developments. His experience spans projects located in the Hillsborough, Orange, St. Lucie, Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade County markets.
Gielda began his professional career with one of the largest land use consulting firms in South Florida, Land Design South where he was responsible for managing and executing comprehensive plan, re-zoning, conditional/requested use, master/site plan, and architectural approvals while leading an interdisciplinary team of four staff members.
Mr. Gielda graduated with a Bachelors of Landscape Architecture degree from the School of Architecture + Design, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is a member of the Palm Beach County Planning Congress, serves as a Florida state-level real estate and construction lobbyist and holds a Florida Real Estate License.