One of the country’s most highly regarded real estate developers, Jeffrey Soffer has been dedicated to Turnberry’s growth for more than 25 years. His vision and influence can be seen in the development of numerous award-winning projects in South Florida and abroad.
Soffer led the $1 billion expansion and renovation of the company’s landmark Fontainebleau Miami Beach, transforming the iconic resort into one of the country’s most sought-after beachfront playgrounds. Famed for architect Morris Lapidus’ emblematic curvilinear façade and whimsical interior elements, the 1,504-room resort now includes two new luxury all-suite towers; 12 restaurants and lounges; a 40,000-square-foot spa; and a dramatic oceanfront poolscape.
Soffer also has created numerous South Florida residential landmarks, including Turnberry Ocean Colony, Porto Vita, Fontainebleau II and Fontainebleau III, Turnberry Village and more; brought his company’s “mansions in the sky” concept to Las Vegas, creating the first high-rise condominium community overlooking The Strip; partnered with MGM Mirage to build The Residences at MGM Grand, which includes three sold-out and completed 40-story towers on the Las Vegas casino-hotel property; and expanded the company into suburban Washington D.C. and The Bahamas with successful high-rise residential developments. Currently Soffer is spearheading development of Turnberry Ocean Club Residences in Sunny Isles Beach, a new 54-story ultra-luxurious high-rise tower on the ocean featuring 154 residences ranging from 2,750 to 10,000 square feet.
Soffer also oversees Turnberry’s development and management of resort and hotel destinations and Class “A” office towers. In addition to Fontainebleau Miami Beach, the company’s portfolio includes Turnberry Isle Miami, a 300-acre, AAA Four Diamond Mediterranean-style luxury retreat, The Four-Diamond Hilton Nashville Downtown and a new JW Marriott hotel in Music City.
In addition, Soffer has entered a joint-venture partnership with LeFrak to develop SoLē Mia Miami, a 184-acre site in North Miami that will include a hotel, luxury condominium residences, a lifestyle center with shopping and dining, and an array of neighborhood-like amenities. When complete, SoLē Mia Miami will be another defining example of Soffer’s mission to build destinations and communities that enhance the quality of life for residents.
Jackie Soffer is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Turnberry, one of the country’s premier real estate development and hospitality groups. Founded more than 50 years ago in South Florida, the company specializes in large-scale lifestyle developments within the hospitality, retail, residential, and commercial sectors.
Soffer has helped evolve Turnberry from a regional leader into one of the most creative and dynamic organizations in real estate today. Turnberry owns and operates more hotel rooms than any organization in South Florida including the legendary Fontainebleau Miami Beach, one of the world’s top destination resorts, as well as JW Marriott Turnberry Miami, a 300-acre resort and country club in South Florida, JW Marriott Nashville, a 533-room hotel located in downtown Nashville, Hilton Downtown Nashville, a 330-room hotel in downtown Nashville, and an extensive portfolio of Select Service properties throughout the United States.
Turnberry is a prolific developer in the retail and residential space. This began with the development of the masterplan community Aventura, Florida. This landmark development included thousands of residential units alongside world class luxury services and entertainment offerings such as Turnberry Isle Country Club and the Aventura Mall. Soffer transformed Aventura Mall from a classic regional shopping mall into one of the country’s premier lifestyle destinations by attracting world class retailers such as Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Cartier, Gucci, Fendi, and integrating them with museum quality contemporary art by Carsten Höller, Ugo Rondinone, The Haas Brothers, Mark Handforth, Jorge Pardo, Julian Opie, Donald Baechler, Louise Bourgeois, Daniel Arsham, and many more. Soffer has continued to magnify this vision with a new tri-level, 315,000 square-foot expansion of Aventura Mall that showcases the next evolution of experiential retail, designed by world-renowned architect Carlos Zapata.
Turnberry recently formed a partnership with LeFrak to develop a 184-acre site along Biscayne Boulevard in North Miami aptly named SoLē Mia. The largest development in North Miami’s history, when complete SoLē Mia will include 1.4 million square feet of retail, 37 acres of parks, 4,390 residences, 2 multi acre crystal lagoons, a hotel, dining outlets, and market-leading entertainment experiences.
In addition to her day-to-day responsibilities for Turnberry, Soffer serves as an Independent Director on the Board of Washington Prime Group, a retail real estate investment trust with a portfolio of 120 enclosed regional malls and open-air lifestyle community centers. She is a member of the Dean’s Leadership Council at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She is a member of the University of Miami Board of Trustees, and the Board of Trustees for the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami.