Responsibly Transforming Communities to Complement the Way We Live.

Equinox Development believes in shaping communities by introducing meaningful real estate endeavors and cultivating valued relationships. With a specialization in retail, mixed-use and boutique commercial development projects, the Equinox team demonstrates a hands-on approach and the ability to execute on complex transactions in all aspects of real estate development.


  • Triple Net
  • Free Standing Out Parcels
  • Retail Shopping Centers
  • Big Box Anchored Retail Centers
  • Infill Mixed-Use Projects Combining Retail, Office & Residential

Striving for a comprehensive success story within each developed project, an experienced Equinox team skillfully oversees site selection, project development and asset management.


  • Acquisition
  • Development
  • Brokerage
  • Debt/Equity Placement
  • Project Management

We are committed to shaping communities through meaningful real estate endeavors & valued relationships

- Ryan Stahl


Experienced, Thoughtful, Connected.

Based on the pillars of competence, value, integrity and cause the Equinox Development team not only demonstrates an elevated industry IQ, but a fierce commitment to supporting our communities. Equinox is proud to lend resources and support to the following institutions, charities and local communal organizations:

  • Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
  • Junior League of Greater Orlando
  • Kid’s House of Seminole County
  • Lonnie Peterson Foundation
  • Make-A-Wish
  • Seminole High School Foundation
  • CREW Orlando- Commercial Real Estate Women
  • International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
  • Ivanhoe Village Main Street Program
  • NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association
  • University of Central Florida (UCF) Real Estate Council

Ryan Stahl

President & CEO
With family roots in real estate, Ryan Stahl founded Equinox Development with a focus on cultivating lasting client relationships by providing a level of service that is both strategic and detailed. As President & CEO, Ryan is responsible for the overall operations and execution of the company and its many projects. Additionally, Ryan ensures that the overall strategy of the company is aligned with the various market dynamics that impact the Commercial Real Estate industry.

Holding positions with both national and local development companies, Ryan has a diverse background in commercial real estate development. Prior to forming Equinox in 2003, Ryan spent seven years with Opus South Corporation where he developed projects ranging from grocery-anchored shopping centers to mid-rise office buildings & industrial distribution facilities. Thereafter, he spent two years as Senior Vice President with Pelloni Development where he was responsible for the development of multiple, successful large-scale mixed-use developments. He parlayed that knowledge of both small and large development companies into the company that Equinox is today and collectively has been involved in projects that have an aggregate value of over $1.1 billion.

Ryan has received numerous awards over the years ranging from Retail Development of the Year to Game Changer of the Year from the Orlando Business Journal. However, he considers giving back to the community more important than any award received. Throughout the years, Ryan has done so through a broad range of positions at Kid’s House of Seminole, Seminole High School Foundation and the UCF Real Estate Council.

Since moving to Central Florida in 1993, Ryan has been a proud resident of Seminole County. He and his wife currently reside in Lake Mary where they are grateful to have raised their three teenage daughters while being heavily involved within the community.

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Amy McCook

Senior Vice President
As Senior Vice President, Amy McCook, represents Equinox in the State of Florida in the pursuit of acquisition and development opportunities. Amy is responsible for analyzing new opportunities as well as successfully executing on development deals. Over the last seven years she has been an integral part of the growth of the company and has overseen dozens of ground up developments of varying complexity and scale. Amy is detail-oriented and hands-on from property acquisition to grand opening while she coordinates a broad range of development activities including site due diligence, research, project management, permitting and tenant development services. Amy excels at cultivating relationships with and garnering the respect of staff at various municipalities in the area and with tenants who do multiple deals with Equinox. All of this contributes to mutually beneficial relationships which result in new growth that benefits the Central Florida community.

Prior to joining Equinox, Amy was a member of Walt Disney Imagineering's Real Estate Development Team. There she was a part of developing and implementing real estate strategy for land holdings at Walt Disney World. She traveled the country benchmarking best-in-class retail and mixed-use developments, interacting with world-renown architects and identifying unique retail concepts all for the conceptual development of a mixed-use project totaling one million square feet. It was while working at Disney that she established a creative foundation, learned the art of placemaking and refined the process of curating retail.

Amy has been recognized as a “Woman to Watch” by the Orlando Business Journal and as a Visionary of Central Florida by a joint committee of Orlando’s ULI, CREW and ICSC.

She is active in the Central Florida community having spent countless hours volunteering and mentoring in addition to having served on numerous boards and committees including: UCF Real Estate Advisory Council, Junior League of Greater Orlando, CREW – Programs Committee and Future Leaders Steering Committee, ICSC Next Gen, Ivanhoe Village Main Street Program liaison.

Amy is able to couple her diverse practical experience and high-quality formal education to always deliver above expectations. She has a Master of Science in Real Estate from New York University and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Miami. She is proud to call Altamonte Springs home. She resides there with her husband and two young children.

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Joey Clayton

Senior Vice President
As Senior Vice President, Joey Clayton utilizes more than two decades of experience in the retail development industry to expand the Equinox footprint into the Southeast United States. Headquartered in Greenville, SC, Joey leads all development opportunities and manages projects outside the State of Florida.

Prior to joining Equinox, Joey was the Director of Real Estate and Development at Taco Bell where he co-led a nationwide team to expand the brand at the highest rate of any restaurant in the United States. He was the National Director of Corporate Real Estate leading the brands roll out of Taco Bell Cantina, an urban fast casual concept with expanded menu including beer, wine and spiked freezes. The urban nature of the Cantina concept brought numerous interactions with multiuse developments and urban regentrification districts across the US.

His other experience includes handling branch development for Chase Bank in Central and South Florida; corporate and franchise real estate in the Southeast for KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Long John Silvers and A&W; and commercial real estate appraisal. Joey uses his extensive retailer experience to provide a specialized service to retail corporations, large and small, who need a reliable partner.

Joey has a Masters in Finance from The Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College and a Bachelors of Business Administration from Furman University.

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Michelle Theriot

Director of Construction
As the Director of Construction for Equinox Development, Michelle Theriot is responsible for overseeing all construction activities, including the bidding process, permitting, construction, tenant coordination, and project close-out. Michelle is also hands-on during due diligence, design, scope generation, and budgeting as part of the pre-construction process.

Prior to joining the Equinox team, Michelle served as the Director of Development Operations for a large multifamily developer/contractor specializing in rehab/renovation, as well as urban infill new construction and public/private partnerships. During her ten-year employment with this firm, she gained invaluable and richly diverse experience in such areas as contract negotiation and administration, managing relations with governmental authorities, field experience in both rehab and new construction, and site assessment for potential acquisition. It was during the latter half of her tenure at this firm that she obtained her general contractor’s license in the state of Florida, and licensed the new construction division as they acquired distressed properties and constructed class A multifamily and mixed-use projects. These projects have won such awards as the Hillsborough City-County Planning Commission Community Design Award, “Master Planning and Urban Design,” as well as the National Apartment Association Paragon Award of Excellence.

Michelle began her construction and development career with a small subcontracting firm in the Seminole County area in 2000. Although her project sites have spanned the state from coast to coast, she continues to call Seminole County ‘home.’ She lives in the Bear Lake of Apopka / Altamonte Springs with her husband and their four children.

Michelle received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Pennsylvania State University. She is a Certified General Contractor in the State of Florida, as well as an accredited LEED Green Associate.

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Kirsten Davis

Legal Administrator
Kirsten Davis is the firm’s Legal Administrator. Her extensive real estate, development and contracts experience lends itself to each and every deal, where she works tirelessly to ensure a smooth transaction. Her knack for follow-up and organization allow her to be involved in all projects. Kirsten works with each person at Equinox, whether it is working alongside our Property Management department to draft leases and amendments and reviewing existing leases; working with our Construction department on Construction Agreements, project timelines, bids and project deliverables or even reviewing Due Diligence on new projects and performing research.

Originally from Chicago, IL, Kirsten spent much of her childhood in the Northeast before relocating with her family to Florida in the early 1990’s. Spending her teenage years in the Orlando area has given her great area knowledge and has allowed her to witness the Orlando area’s growth firsthand. Kirsten attended Valencia Community College for Business Administration and IFREC Real Estate School.

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Sharon Strang

Financial Administrator
& Office Manager
Sharon Strang is the firm’s dynamic Financial Administrator & Office Manager. She has spent her career working in accounting for attorneys and surgeons offices. It is this experience that has prepared her for the complexities and demands of the position.

Originally from Michigan, Sharon has spent the last 40 years in Central Florida, where she attended Valencia Community College for Business Administration majoring in Accounting. In addition, Sharon has three adult children and two grandchildren she enjoys spending time with. She has traveled extensively and spent a year living in Costa Rica before returning to the US.

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