George Lindemann, Jr., (M.B.A ’99) is an investor and philanthropist committed to helping communities improve quality of life, expand opportunities and protect natural resources. He saw an opportunity early in his career to revive a vital piece of downtown Miami by improving existing buildings and infrastructure along Biscayne Boulevard. His re-development of more than 500,000 square feet of commercial real estate helped to redefine the Biscayne Corridor and served as a springboard for economic development. Lindemann currently serves as General Manager of BC Property Investments, a private real estate group that owns and operates commercial office space and multi-family residential developments in Florida, New York, Tennessee and Mexico.
Lindemann often credits his career in business for the innovative and inclusive approach that has defined his work in philanthropy and environmental conservation. Lindemann is a vocal proponent for a community-based approach to environmental conservation. His leadership on water and climate issues has helped to protect fragile watersheds and restore critical habitat while creating jobs, increasing public access to outdoor recreation and providing economic development opportunities in underserved areas. His leadership in public-private environmental works includes a large-scale water management project that is part of the Northern Everglades and Estuaries Protection Program. Located just east of Lake Okeechobee, the project uses large-scale stormwater management lakes and wetlands to capture polluted run-off and filter using natural systems before making it available for public use or sending it on to the Everglades, the Loxahatchee River, or the St. Lucie Estuary along Florida’s Treasure Coast.
Lindemann has implemented his commitment to practical environmentalism wherever he does business—including in Tennessee, where he has invested significantly in improving multi-family housing stocks in Nashville and Chattanooga. In 2017, he was named “Conservationist of the Year” by the Tennessee Wildlife Federation—the state’s oldest and largest environmental organization. He was nominated for the honor by the Tennessee Department of Environmental Conservation’s State Scenic Rivers Program for his “extraordinary leadership in working with communities to protect critical watersheds and encouraging rural economic development by expanding public access to outdoor recreation.” Upon learning that a local free-flowing wilderness creek adjacent to his farm offered seasonal Class III-IV rapids, eco-tourism opportunities and provided critical habitat for the iconic species of the Cumberland Plateau, Lindemann organized, funded and led a community-based effort to designate Soak Creek as a Tennessee Scenic River. Lindemann backed his advocacy with significant philanthropy, donating 1,034 acres valued at more than $8.27 million to permanently protect Soak Creek by adding it to the Cumberland Trail State Park. The donation created more than five miles of protected riparian corridor and river trail to the park and represents one of the largest private land donations in recent Tennessee history.
A lifelong collector and lover of art, George Lindemann was so inspired by Miami’s local contemporary art scene that in the late 1990s, he sold his traditional, 19th century American art collection and began assembling a diverse and exciting collection of contemporary paintings, sculpture, ceramic and other works. “I love the energy of the Miami arts scene,” says Lindemann. “There are so many fantastic, young artists and so much new happening.”
Many of the large pieces have gone on display in a warehouse-size space that includes his Miami office or to his growing outdoor gallery of monumental works at Coal Creek Farm—Lindemann’s Tennessee family farm.
Lindemann has dedicated much of his work as a philanthropist to expanding the important role arts play in society and encouraging cultural institutions to actively address issues such as climate change. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for The Bass—Miami Beach’s contemporary art museum—where he recently led a dramatic two-year transformation of the museum’s historic home on Miami Beach that includes the new Lindemann Family Arts Education Center and a greatly expanding collecting program inaugurated with the public installation of Ugo Rondinone’s iconic “Miami Mountain.”
An undergraduate alumnus of Brown University, Lindemann embarked on his real estate practice after graduation. Completing a project in Palm Beach, FL, he saw a six-month window that would enable him to begin an MBA. Lindemann wanted to increase his business skills with a formal education. The MBA at Nova Southeastern University was flexible and practical. “There are two things that I learned at Nova that particularly inform my business every day. The first is that ‘it is nine times more costly to find a new client than to keep the one you have’ and the is that ‘in order for a venture to succeed, the interest of all stakeholders must be aligned.” I have applied these concepts to ever venture I’ve ever undertaken and it has helped make them successful.”