John Ropes is the founder and president of Ropes Associates, Inc., a leading executive search and advisory firm. He is recognized as America’s foremost expert in the recruitment and selection of senior management for developers of resort communities and large scale, master planned communities, as well as other developers and land owners in the field of real estate. Established in 1975, the firm is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and his clients are located worldwide. Clients have included companies such as Arvida, DMB, Kapalua, Disney Development, Kiawah, Hualalai, Peninsula Papagayo, Crescent Resources, Dolphin Capital Partners, and Virgin Limited Edition.
John Ropes is a Governor of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), and served as Council Counselor for the Recreational Development Councils, as well as a former Chairman of the Recreational Development Council (Gold). He was a member of ULI’s Executive Committee for Membership, and served on the Membership Committee, the Program Committee, International Committee and District Council Committee. In addition, he was Chairman of the ULI Southeast Florida/Caribbean District Council and served as chairman of three conferences on Caribbean Real Estate Opportunities held in Miami in 1993 and in Puerto Rico in 1994 and 1995. He served as co-Chairman of the Local Arrangements Committee for ULI Spring 2000 meeting in Miami. John has been a member of the University of Florida Real Estate Advisory Board since 2004, and is also an advisory board member for the Master of Science in Real Estate Development Program for Nova Southeastern University. John is a member of the Association of Executive Search Consultants, where he has served on the Board of Directors.
“John is someone we trust when we need organizational insight. He specializes in the real estate industry and knows exactly where to look to find the right people to meet the leadership challenges of our organization. We rely on him.”
As an owner / developer of an office building in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, John has been active in area organizations. He is former Chairman and now currently serves on the board of the Downtown Development Authority for Fort Lauderdale, and the Riverwalk Trust Board. He previously served as a member of the City of Fort Lauderdale Riverwalk GOB subcommittee.
John Ropes earned his MBA at the University of Miami and his BA at the University of Florida. He is a licensed single-engine pilot with an IFR rating. John has two daughters, Chelsea and Katie.