Stephen L. Atkins


As principal and managing director of SouthEast Group, Mr. Atkins oversees program management and serves as the firm’s operational lead. With numerous projects under his direction, he brings a well-rounded approach to the firm’s project programming with extensive experience in the development industry, offering unique skill sets in conceptual architectural design, project development and financing.

Since 1990, Mr. Atkins has maintained a portfolio of private assets including commercial office campuses, medical healthcare facilities and commercial retail properties. In 1995, he founded The Atkins Group, a boutique development company specializing in design-build programming for commercial office, retail and institutional real estate. Atkins later formed affiliated AGI Equities, a holding company of multi-disciplined commercial real estate assets. A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Mr. Atkins attended the University of North Florida School of Business, the Florida Real Estate Institute and is a state licensed real estate broker.

Since 2010, Mr. Atkins has personally financed several Public-Private-Partnerships with the City of Jacksonville and its work on improving the Laura Street Corridor. Atkins independently managed the process of restoring the structural foundations of the Florida Life and Florida National Bank Buildings, in order for street and right-of-way improvements to be completed. In addition, Mr. Atkins donated the cost and directed the construction of infrastructure and replacement of the restored 1901 Greenleaf & Crosby Clock located at the corner of Laura and Adams Streets in downtown Jacksonville, for which he was awarded the 2013 Historic Preservation Commission’s Award for Restoration.

Mr. Atkins and his wife Angela, are the proud parents of two children and take special interest in their family activities through church, community leadership and civic involvement. The Atkins family is an active supporter of the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, the Museum of Science and History, the Museum of Contemporary Art at Jacksonville, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens and the Jacksonville Arboretum. They are also personally involved in many charitable and community outreach organizations including The Episcopal Church of our Saviour, Godly Play Christian Education, Solace for the Children, the Make-a-Wish Foundation, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Breast Cancer Foundation, Church Without Walls, One Spark, Jaxson’s Night Market at the Laura Trio, the Jacksonville Food Fun(d) and the Cummer Museum of Art’s #JaxOutings Program.

His personal and professional affiliations include active memberships in the following organizations:

  • ULI - Urban Land Institute
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • The Congress for the New Urbanism
  • USGBC - U.S. Green Building Council
  • The Jacksonville Historic Society
  • Duval County Schools System (2012 Chairman, Ecology Programming)