Kitson & Partners is a private residential and commercial real estate investment and development company based in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Its portfolio includes 1.6 million square feet of retail centers, 6.8 million square feet of commercial entitlements, 21,500 entitled residential units and seven golf courses. With strong, patient, long-term institutional capital, Kitson & Partners' financial strength and operational expertise is unparalleled in the international real estate development business. Please visit

In addition to its existing portfolio of commercial and residential properties, Kitson & Partners is pursuing investment and development opportunities in both residential land development and existing retail properties in core markets across the southeastern United States, as well as internationally.

    • Kitson & Partners Communities is actively pursuing raw and finished single-family and town home residential communities.


    • Kitson & Partners Commercial is actively pursuing existing grocery-anchored and power retail centers in established target locations.


    • Kitson & Partners Real Estate Advisors offers clients unmatched asset management services tailored to the unique needs of each client and asset.


Across all divisions, Kitson & Partners is focused on creating responsible, forward-thinking, sustainable residential communities, cities and retail shopping centers that meet the diverse needs of families, neighbors, businesses, surrounding communities, and our natural environment. Its team of seasoned professionals is experienced in every aspect of real estate investment, planning, approvals/entitlements, market research, development, construction, leasing, marketing, and sales.

Syd Kitson - Chairman & CEO

Sydney W. Kitson is Chairman and CEO of Kitson & Partners, a Florida-based real estate company specializing in the creation and development of master-planned communities, commercial properties and golf courses. 

Kitson is a graduate of Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. Kitson had a notable career in the National Football League, playing offensive guard for both the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys. Upon his retirement from professional football, he began his career in real estate by founding a company that, from 1986 to 1992, was responsible for the development and sale of residential communities, commercial properties, retail stores, medical offices and senior housing units. In 1992, he helped create the residential division of Gale & Wentworth, and became its President and Chief Operating Officer in 1996. From 1996 through 1999, he was responsible for overseeing the development of numerous successful master-planned communities, including Cherry Valley (Montgomery Township, NJ) and Ibis Golf & Country Club (West Palm Beach, FL). He founded Kitson & Partners in 2000, locating the firm’s company headquarters in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. 

In 2006, Kitson completed the historic purchase of Babcock Ranch in Southwest Florida, encompassing more than 92,000 acres – an area five times the size of the island of Manhattan. Over 80% of the original land purchase, some 73,000 acres within Charlotte and Lee counties, has been preserved by the State of Florida and Lee County, in the largest single land preservation agreement in the state’s history. On the remaining land, Kitson & Partners will build an extraordinary, sustainable, environmentally-friendly green community where residents will live, work, learn and play amidst the natural splendor of Florida’s undeveloped wilderness. Babcock Ranch is an exceptional example of environmental preservation and responsible growth.

Kitson & Partners currently owns and operates numerous retail shopping centers, totaling more than 1.6 million square feet. In addition, Kitson & Partners is developing multi-use properties located throughout Florida that include residential, hotels, apartments and commercial space.

Syd Kitson is an active member of the Urban Land Institute, lectures at Princeton University, sits on the Policy Advisory Board for the Florida Solar Energy Center, serves on the Board of Directors for both the Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation, and is a member of the Florida Council of 100. Kitson is a member of the NFL Alumni Association and the National Football League Players’ Association. In 2000, Syd received the Rainbow Award from the Adam Walsh Children's Foundation.

Tom Hoban - President

Tom Hoban has extensive experience in the real estate industry and a broad understanding of the financial markets. Tom's primary responsibilities include managing existing Kitson & Partners Communities real estate investments as well as expanding the Kitson & Partners franchise through the acquisition of additional master planned communities and other real estate investments.

Prior to becoming a member of the Kitson & Partners team, Tom spent eight years in New York City as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley, where he most recently served as Vice President of U.S. Acquisitions for the Morgan Stanley Real Estate Fund (MSREF). During his career on Wall Street, Tom worked on both the agency and principal side of the real estate business and oversaw approximately $9 billion of real estate mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions and principal investment and development. Over the past five years Tom focused solely on real estate investment and development, spending the majority of his time executing commercial and residential real estate transactions. 

While working for MSREF, Tom spearheaded the formation of Morgan Stanley's joint venture with Kitson & Partners, and he was instrumental in executing the closing of Ibis Golf & Country Club in West Palm Beach, and Grande Champion in Daytona Beach, Florida. 

Tom graduated cum laude from University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Computer Applications.

Rick Severance - President Babcock Ranch