Bartow McDonald IV is an Ocala commercial real estate broker who serves as managing director for Sperry Van Ness in Ocala, Florida. Prior to joining Sperry Van Ness, McDonald served as the vice president of acquisitions and development for Cope Properties, Inc. in Ocala, Florida where he was responsible for the acquisition, entitlement, and marketing of portfolio and client properties.
Previously, McDonald served as the founder and chief executive officer of two start-up companies: Bluewire, a service based electrical solutions company and StoreParts, a web-based software company that supplied supply chain management technology to the supermarket and food retail industries.
Upon graduating from the University of Florida, McDonald worked for a fast-growing international manufacturing firm, where he gained in depth industrial experience through his leadership positions in manufacturing operations, distribution, logistics and marketing.
In the early 1990’s, McDonald served in college leadership with Young Life and interned with the Southwestern Company and Merrill Lynch.
McDonald serves on the board of directors for RMI, a charity focused on providing aid to Haitian communities. He has served as a board member of the Ocala/Marion Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the regional advisory board for RBC Bank, board director on the advisory board for Wachovia Bank, board director of Central Florida Commercial Association of Realtors, member of the Ocala/Marion County Economic Development Council, the Florida Association of Realtors and UF Friends and Alumni of Real Estate Association. In addition, he has participated as a conference speaker for the Florida Venture Capital Forum, the Food Marketing Institute and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal and Forbes.